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Fall Fun! Literacy: Halloween writing was so much fun for the students! The students wrote spooky Halloween stories in a special haunted house book. The students enjoyed an interactive lesson with author, Laurie Keller. Religion: The students are understanding that water is a gift from God. It is important for them to understand that we need to use water properly and care for Gods gift. Math: The students are continu
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Important Dates: Monday, October 29–Field Trip to the Adler Planetarium. Please remember to send your child to school in uniform, comfortable shoes, a jacket he or she can carry all day, and a 100% disposable lunch. The lunch bag should have your child’s name and be taped or stapled shut. Wednesday, October 31–Halloween Parade and classroom party! Tuesday, November 6–Veteran’s Day First
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Field Trip Information: Date-Monday, October 29, 2018 Location-Adler Planetarium Details–Student permission slips are due by Wednesday, October 24. The fee for the trip is $13. Please include payment with the permission slip. Students will wear uniforms and appropriate outerwear. Students will carry their coats throughout the day. Lockers are not provided. Students need a 100% disposable lunch. Please be sure t
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Laurie Keller Author Visit

We are very excited to have the opportunity to host award-winning author/illustrator Laurie Keller here at SFX on Thursday, Nov. 8. Her visit is made possible by our partnership with the Book Stall of Winnetka. Ms. Keller will be here promoting her hilarious new picture book, Potato Pants. She will be speaking with our Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade classes sharing how she generates the ideas for her books and
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Literacy: The students worked on their partner reading strategies and may want to partner read with you at home! There are several ways to partner read and students may choose what is best for them or for the particular book. Partner reading may include taking turns reading a page, echo reading (one reads, the other repeats), reading aloud at the same time, or reading a character’s part. The students are practi
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SFX had exciting “NEW BLUE” news! The students delighted in being part of the great news that SFX was selected as a National Blue Ribbon School. This great honor shows the high level of commitment from the students, families, teachers, and staff of SFX! Important Date: Monday, October 29–Field Trip to the Adler Planetarium. Forms will be sent home in a couple of weeks. Writing: The students are cont
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Follow up from Jon Agee author visit

What a great time we had on Tuesday with author/illustrator Jon Agee! The students were enthralled by his ability to draw while telling them the story of his new book, “The Wall in the Middle of the Book.”  He was such a nice man and really spent a lot of time talking with our students. Much thanks to the Book Stall for making this event possible. If your child would like an autographed copy of one of Mr.
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Special Event: The students were thrilled to watch and learn from the Kolaam West African group. They will continue to hear stories and make connections as I continue to share my experiences with dance and story telling in Senegal. This slideshow design made with Smilebox Senegal–Winter break 2017-18 Reading: The students learned the 10 ways to become a better reader–READ! If you ask, they will have fun n
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Area Author Events

The Book Stall is hosting two wonderful picture book author/illustrators this Friday, Sept. 28. At 4pm Caldecott Medalist Kevin Henkes will be at the Book Stall in Winnetka reading from his new book and autographing books. Mr. Henkes is a delightful person and fans of his books won’t want to miss this opportunity to meet him. No registration is necessary. More information can be found on the Book Stall’s
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First Grade News

It was such a pleasure seeing so many parents at Back to School night. I am grateful for all of your support as we work together for a wonderful first grade year! Your children loved the messages they received from you! It was a happy and exciting surprise for them. New first grade procedure: Children may bring 2 snacks to school each day. We will add an afternoon “working snack.” Students may also eat le
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Upcoming Author Visit for Grades 1-3

Through our partnership with the Book Stall, they are bringing us children’s  author/illustrator Jon Agee the afternoon of Tuesday, Oct. 2. I got a chance to meet Mr. Agee this summer at the national library conference and he is very engaging and fun so I am very excited that our students have the opportunity to meet him.  He will be talking with our 1st-3rd grade students.  Ms. Taubensee and I are collaboratin
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First Grade News

Dates: Back to School Night–September 18 Field Trip to the Adler Planetarium (details to come in October)–October 29 Reading: The students learned that when they begin a book they take a “sneak peek.” This look inside the book helps them start thinking about the book and making predictions. The students are learning how the silent “e” on the ends of many words changes the vowel. Wr
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First Grade News

The students were happy to see each other and share stories about their long Labor Day weekend! Writing: The students have started to learn how to revise their writing by adding who, where, what, when, and how to their stories. While it’s tempting to quickly say, “I’m done,” the students are learning a chant, “When we’re done, we’ve just begun!” Strategies and time for
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Welcome to First Grade!

Everyone in the classroom is giving thanks to God for bringing us together to learn, grow, and love each other this year! The students have been getting to know each other and the routines of first grade. The students received classroom jobs this week. Using the book No, David as a guide, the students wrote rules for the classroom. Instead of saying “no” and “don’t” they worked to write
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Your Class Blog Subscription

Thank you for subscribing to your child’s classroom blog for the 2018-2019 school year. Your subscription is now active and blog posts will automatically push to your email’s inbox the morning after any new posts are logged. You may also check blogs anytime on our website here. Please add office@sfx-school.org (blogs and Newsblast) and sfxschool@mail.vresp.com (SFX School News) to your contacts so that th
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Owl Diaries Author Coming to Evanston Public Library

I hope everyone is enjoying this lovely summer. I wanted to share with you that the author of the very popular Owl Diaries beginning reader series is coming to the Evanston Public Library on Friday, August 10 at 2:00 p.m. and all are welcome to attend. This series is very popular with our SFX 1st and 2nd grade students from last school year and I know many of them would love this rare chance to meet the author who is
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First Grade News

THANK YOU! Thank you to everyone who organized, bought items, carried items, walked, and/or met us at Maple Park for our picnic! It was a lot of fun and a wonderful setting for our first graders. Thank you for your flexibility for our new location. A huge thank you to our room parents for all of the organizing! Important Date: June 13-Last day of school and 1:45 dismissal. Students should wear a uniform and vest for
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First Grade News

Important Dates and Information: Monday, June 4–Animal diorama due in school by 8:15 am. Wednesday, June 6–field trip to Gillson Park. We hope to have many of you walking with us! Strollers are welcome. This is a dress down day. Please be mindful of the weather, sun exposure, and long walk. Please send your child with a completely disposable lunch and drink. Extra water and popsicles will be available at
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Important Dates: Diorama (shoe boxes) Zoo Project-due at school on Monday, June 4. A copy of their graphic organizer will be in their SAFARI folder on Friday to help with the part of the project to be completed at home. End of the Year Picnic-Wednesday, June 6. We hope all of you can join us! Fly Up Day: The first graders hosted both kindergarten classes on Thursday. The first graders answered questions about what is
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First Grade News

Special Persons Day: Thank you to all our guests for making this morning so joyous and memorable for our first graders! They were so excited to host you for this very important event. This slideshow design generated with Smilebox Literacy: The students completed writing a story that included a problem and solution. Whether they are writing a story or in their journals, the students write every day. The students also
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Great America Read to Succeed Tickets

The tickets for the children who completed the Great America Read to Succeed Reading Club have arrived and will be sent home this week via your child’s classroom teacher. Please note the dates listed on the vouchers for the eligible time frame to use the free admission passes as they expire before the end of summer. If for some reason, the voucher doesn’t makes it way home, please don’t hesitate to
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First Grade News

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! Wishing you a special day with your beautiful children! Important Dates: Special Person’s Day–Tuesday, May 15, 8:30 until after Mass. The children will say good-bye in the church. Field Trip to the Chicago Botanic Garden--Wednesday, May 16. Children should be wearing uniforms and dressed for outdoor activities. Please have your child bring a completely disposable lunch in a dispo
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First Grade News

Important Dates and Information: Tuesday, May 15–Special Person’s Day from 8:30-after Mass Wednesday, May 16–Field Trip to the Chicago Botanic Garden Literacy: The students chose their favorite poem to read for our Poetry Festival. They all loved reading their special poem to their classmates. It was interesting how varied the poems were by style (free verse, shape poems, home poems), and subject. T
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First Grade News

Important Dates and Reminders: Special Person’s Day–Tuesday, May 15 beginning at 8:30 in the classroom and ending right after Mass. Field Trip to the Chicago Botanic Garden–Wednesday, May 16 (Permission slips went home in SAFARI folders on April 27) Please note that all students should be wearing their uniform and no dress down passes should be used that day. Uniform reminder–Vests need to be
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First Grade News

Important Dates: Special Person’s Day-May 15, 2018  A note went home with your child. Please complete the paper and envelope and return it by Wednesday, April 25. Field Trip to the Chicago Botanic Garden-Wednesday, May 16, 2018 Thank you! Thank you so much for supplying us with paper towels, tissues, and glue sticks to complete our year! Your children also appreciate the new personal supplies that were needed.
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