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Important Information and Dates: Mystery Readers–There are some dates available! Please see the sign up Genius. Sunday, January 27–Please attend Mass and visit the school. The classroom and new spaces will be open. I hope to see you! Happy New Year! Everyone was so happy to be back together to share stories, learn, and celebrate our new spaces! Excitement is a demonstration of gratitude. We started our we
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Merry Christmas!

Holiday Cheer! The Holiday Concert was heartwarming and joyous! The first graders were wonderful performers. Personalize a free photo slideshow with Smilebox   Work This Week: Along with many celebrations and special events, the first graders had a busy week of learning!  The students wrote in their journals and wrote Christmas stories. They completed the subtraction and fact family chapter in their math book. T
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Holiday News

  Thursday, December 21 –No hot lunch or milk available. Please send your child with a lunch. –Follow The Star-You are welcome to walk along and come into the classroom afterwards. 1:45 dismissal –Your child may wear a holiday top with uniform bottom.
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First Grade News

Important Information: Monday, December 17 is a DRESS UP day for the Christmas concert at 10am in the church. Students may dress up for school and the concert (Uniforms are not required). Thursday, December 20 is Follow the Star and 1:45 dismissal. Religion: The students are learning and reading about the first Christmas. They thought about what gift they would give to Jesus and what they would say to Jesus if they v
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Six Flags Great America Read to Succeed Reading Program

Before we leave for winter break, your child will bring home a reading log from the Six Flags Read to Succeed Reading Program. This program is open to children in grades K-6. Any child who independently reads or is read to for 6 hours and completes the reading log will earn one free admission to Great America. Completed forms should be returned to the school library no later than February 15, 2019. A replacement read
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Important Christmas Eve Mass Update

Dear First Grade Families, Due to popular demand, we have added a second mass to our Christmas Eve schedule when our First Graders will bring the Christmas scene alive for our congregation. In addition to the 3pm liturgy, First Grade students may now also sign up for the 5pm Mass on Christmas Eve. These 3pm and 5pm special Family Masses provide a lovely way for us all to begin our Christmas Eve celebration! Visit the
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Important Dates for First Grade

Monday, December 17–Christmas Concert at 10am in the church. This is a DRESS UP day. Children can wear dress up clothes for the concert and school day. Thursday and Friday, December 13 and 14–There is no hot lunch due to the Christmas Shoppe. Please send your child with lunch on both days.  
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SFX Alumna to Kickoff RED Campaign

We are happy to share that our RED campaign for the 2018-2019 school year will feature the theme “We are Changemakers.” The Respect Each Difference (RED) campaign, now in its 4th year, serves to help our students understand that our differences are to be celebrated and not judged. On Tuesday, December 18th, Erin Marie Nolan-Tella (pen name Erma Note and SFX’94) returns to Wilmette from her home in M
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First Grade News

Important Dates: December 17 at 10am–Early Childhood Christmas Concert (First Grade is included this year!) December 20–Follow the Star– You are welcome to join us (if you are able) for Follow the Star and for a classroom get together following. Literacy: The Super Secret Detective Agency has been very pleased with the students tackling hard words. The photos show the detectives working on words aft
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First Grade Christmas Concert

This year our first graders join our younger Crusaders in song and celebration of the Christmas season! Don’t miss a very special Christmas concert and performance by our Preschool through 1st grade students on Monday, December 17th at 10am in the church. Kindergartners will continue to share the story of the nativity through their special musical portrayal that morning, and preschool and first grade students w
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Christmas Eve Mass at SFX Church

Dear Parents of First Graders: Christmas is a wonderful time for traditions. One of the best-loved traditions at St. Francis Xavier Parish is the first graders of our parish bringing the Christmas scene alive at the 3:00 Mass on Christmas Eve. This special Family Mass is a lovely way for you to begin your Christmas Eve celebration. Each family will have a half pew reserved that will be held for you until 10 minutes b
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First Grade News

Important Reminders: Please send a cereal box with the ends cut off and wrapped in aluminum foil by December 4. Please write your child’s name inside the box. Please send a large brown paper grocery bag to school. Literacy: The students are happily writing Christmas themed stories! They are learning to brainstorm, complete graphic organizers, write, and revise using an editing checklist. The students continue t
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First Grade News

I hope you all had a happy, fun, and safe Thanksgiving! Thank you so much for meeting with me during conferences. Religion: It was an honor to lead mass on November 20. The students helped write the petitions and select the songs. Thank you to Miss Ford and Mrs. Chada for practicing with the students. . This photo slideshow customized with Smilebox   Reading: These photos are from library time and a book review
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First Grade News

Important Date: The class will be leading mass this Tuesday, November 20. Please check SAFARI folders for your child’s spoken part–either a petition or song introduction. This copy is for practicing at home. We hope to see you there! Conferences: I look forward to meeting with you for conferences! If you are going to be out of town, please let me know so we can schedule a conference for after Thanksgiving
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First Grade News

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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First Grade News

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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First Grade News

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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First Grade News

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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First Grade News

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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First Grade News

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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