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Important Information: Please check the school blog for all of the news for Catholic Schools Week! Sunday, January 26–I look forward to seeing you in Mass and in the classroom following Mass. Literacy: The students are learning that non-fiction books make you smart! They are learning to look at the cover and think about each page. The are learning about non-fiction text features and to read every word on the pa
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First Grade News

Important Information: Please check the school blog for all of the information pertaining to Catholic Schools Week. There are different ways to dress every day of the week! Literacy: The students wrote in their journals and completed writing for our social studies unit on Martin Luther King, Jr. They wrote about how they can make a difference and also wrote a letter to Ruby Bridges. Please look for all of the writing
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First Grade News

Important Information: We are still in need of cylinder oatmeal containers. There’s no rush, but please keep it in mind. Please send your child with all the winter gear they need to go outside. They will not be allowed to play on the field without boots and snow pants. This is a school rule and is best for the children. Please label vests and sweaters. They are allowed to take them off if our room gets warm. Li
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Intramural Basketball

Thank you to the many parents who have registered their K-3 students for the upcoming season of Intramural Basketball in the St. Joseph Gym. Online registration is now closed. However, parents still interested in late sign ups are invited to email Mike LaRaviere at mlaraviere@gmail.com. While only one spot remains in our K-1 Girls session, we seek additional registrations for our 2nd-3rd Grade Girls program. Boys ses
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Merry Christmas!

I wish you all a safe, restful, and joyful Christmas! Literacy: The students continued writing Christmas themed narratives. They completed word work and had opportunities for independent reading. Thank you to Mrs. Head’s 3rd Grade students for sharing your reading of The Night Before Christmas! Math: The students completed the chapter on plane and solid shapes and the assessment. Religion: The students have bee
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First Grade News

Important Information: Monday, December 16, 10:00 am–Christmas Program in the church. Students should dress up for this event. Monday, December 16–Please be sure your assigned item is brought in for the gingerbread houses. Wednesday, December 18–Students may dress down out of uniform as a special prize from the boosterthon. Friday, December 20–You are welcome to join us in the classroom follow
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First Grade News

Important Information: Please bring a paper grocery bag to school by Tuesday, December 10. I have some, but need more. Plainer bags (such as from Jewel) work best. December 16 at 10:00 Christmas Program in the church (Early Childhood-First Grade) On Mondays please be sure to be here on time. We will proceed to an advent service immediately after the bell rings. Students who are tardy will be directed to meet us. Lite
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First Grade Christmas Eve Mass Opportunity

Christmas is a wonderful time to celebrate traditions! One of the best-loved parish traditions happens at St. Francis Xavier Church when parish first graders bring the Christmas nativity story to life at the 3pm Christmas Eve liturgy. A half pew is reserved for each first grade family that participates. SSJFX Parish asks that interested first grade families please sign up to participate in this special liturgy here.
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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! It was wonderful to see you at conferences! I wish all of you a happy and restful break! Thank You! Thank you to Mr. Kirk for speaking with the first graders! He worked for NASA for several years and gave a wonderful talk and answered many questions about the space station. It was so informative and interesting!  
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First Grade News

Important Information: Please visit the book fair! The students heard about some of the books. November 25 and 26–I look forward to meeting with you during conferences! November 27–No School. Have a wonderful, restful, and happy Thanksgiving! Literacy: The students are wrapping up their Lucy Calkins Unit of Study writing about small moments. The students learned about zooming in on small moments and telli
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First Grade News

Important Information: November 18–Field Trip to the Moon! Nothing needed, just wish your astronaut a good trip! Please send in food for the food collection. Thank you, Veterans! Thank you to our special guests who provided a meaningful and memorable morning for our first graders. Thank you to our room parents for bringing and monitoring our special snack. Literacy: The students practiced meeting their writing
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First Grade Honors Veterans

The first grade will be hosting our annual “Veterans Day breakfast” tomorrow. This is open to first graders and Veterans who they know and have been specifically invited by a first grader. The students look forward to listening, learning, and asking questions! There will be donuts and coffee provided. Thank you to our room parents who have organized the treats! If you have a family member who is a Veteran
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First Grade News

Important Information: By November 12: Please bring in a cereal box with the ends cut off and covered in foil. This is needed equipment for the Moon trip! Moon Journals are due. Please send them in if you have not already done so. Literacy: The students have been looking for spelling patterns, particularly finding small words within words. The students are making independent reading goals. They set a goal for reading
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Glow Run Update

  SFX Glow Run Families, Our class won a prize today! The class had the most people log into the website. Everyone came home with a glow prize! Our class is having a BLAST preparing for the SFX Glow Run coming up soon! We’ve also begun learning how to choose to live with character every day through Booster’s brand new character theme, MindSpark: Wild West. While they’re teaming up with the MindSpark
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First Grade News

Important Information: Monday, November 4--Students will bring a stuffed animal (a size that fits in a backpack) for the Teddy Bear Baptism. Please know that the students have been advised that, while it is highly unlikely, there is always a risk of loss when something is brought out of the home. This will be a special day! Winter Weather–Please send your child dressed for the weather. Students will not be allo
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First Grade News

Important Information: Monday, October 28–Field trip to the Adler Planetarium. Please be sure your child has a completely disposable lunch and drink. All students will wear or carry their own jacket throughout the day. Please complete the Veteran’s Day form and return it as soon as you are able. Literacy: The students continue to learn new reading and writing strategies. The focus this week was working wi
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1st-4th Grade Storybook Pumpkin Patch

Our School Library is growing a Storybook Pumpkin Patch, and we need your help! Families with students in grades 1-4 are invited to decorate a pumpkin to look like a favorite storybook character, and bring it to the library to “plant” in our Storybook Pumpkin Patch. Download a flyer with directions here. Students who choose to submit a pumpkin must fill out the entry form at the bottom of the flyer and br
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First Grade News

Important Information: October 28–Field Trip to the Adler Planetarium Please view the library blog and add to the Storytime Pumpkin Patch! Please bring in cylinder oatmeal containers. I will collect them until we have 23! (We need a lot more!) Literacy: The students are revising their stories. They are using revision strips to add more details to their writing. They are learning to add “Who, What, Where,
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First Grade News

Important Information: Tuesday, October 15--The class is leading the Mass. I hope you all can join us! Monday, October 28--Field Trip to the Adler Planetarium. If you have not already done so, please turn in the permission slip and $12 by Wednesday, October 16 Literacy: The students are working to “unfreeze” the characters in their writing. They are going back to stories that wrote and adding more to the
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Mass on Tuesday

Our next all school liturgy takes place Tuesday morning, October 15th at 10am in the church and will be led by Mrs. Cobia’s 1st grade homeroom. All are welcome and encouraged to attend!
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First Grade News

Important Information: Tuesday, October 15–Our class will be leading the Mass. We hope you are able to join us! Tuesday, October 8 homework starts–students will begin observing the moon outside or online and noting the phase in their journal. The journal will come home Monday, October 7. Please know that due to moonrise and moonset times and weather, you will not always be able to view the moon at night.
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First Grade News

Important Information: If you buy oatmeal cylinders please save them and bring them in when empty. I will be collecting them over a few months. Picture day is Monday. Please return the form with a check or pay online if you wish to purchase the pictures. Literacy: The students are building writing and reading stamina. The expectations rise as they are ready to meet more writing goals. They are now working on writing
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First Grade News

Back to School Night: Thank you for visiting the classroom on back to school night! It was wonderful to see you and let you know about first grade. If you were not able to attend, I will send the hand-out home. Important Information: We will be having a lockdown drill on Monday morning. I will explain it to the students prior to the drill in an age appropriate way. We have already discussed that when someone needs he
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First Grade News

Important Information: Back to School Night is September 19 at 5:00pm! Literacy: The students are continuing to build writing stamina. They wrote in their journals this week and wrote another small moment story. They drew things they do or things that happened to them on hearts to help with ideas for small moment writing. The students are enjoying our author study on Kevin Henkes. The students have been participating
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Upcoming author visit with Matt Tavares

We are off to a great year in the library. Classes have been visiting our wonderful library space and we are learning/revisiting library routines and beginning to checkout to students in 1st-8th grade. Kindergarten students will begin checking out later this fall. I am excited to share that our first author visit of the year will occur this month. In partnership with the Book Stall in Winnetka, award-winning author M
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