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  Book Fair: Thank you for the book donations! They will greatly enhance our classroom library. Thank you to the volunteers for all of your hard work. Christmas Shoppe: The students thoroughly enjoyed shopping for their families! Thank you so much to all of the volunteers who provide this opportunity to think of others. Literacy: The students completed and mailed their cards to first grade students at St. Thomas
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Post

¡Hola! This past week we covered: K-2 Christmas/Navidad We made our own Mini Christmas Book that helped us learn in Spanish how to say Joseph, Mary, and Baby Jesus. Also we worked on two art projects: k-1 Grade: We made a Feliz Navidad’ card! 2 Grade: We filled out a worksheet about our Navidad’ costumes and wishes! Home enrichment: Ask your child to show you the mini books we made and to say Merry Christ
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Six Flags Great America Read to Succeed Reading Program

This week your child should have brought 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 5, 2018. Replacement reading logs are avail
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First Grade Christmas Eve Mass Reminder

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 3pm and 5pm Masses on Christmas Eve. These special Family Masses are a lovely way for you to begin your Christmas Eve celebration. This is a reminder that if you have not yet done so and plan to participa
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First Grade News and Important Dates

Important Dates: Tuesday, December 12-Our class will be leading the Mass. Tuesday, December 19-Mrs. O’Keefe’s class will be leading the Mass. Thursday, December 21-Follow the Star Reminders: Follow the Star permission slips are due by Monday, December 18. Gingerbread House items are due by Tuesday, December 19. Literacy: The students are learning how to write a friendly letter and will write to a new frie
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

¡Hola! This past week we covered: K-1 The seasons of the year and the weather. We reviewed both topics by singing songs, watching videos and writing activities. Home enrichment: K- Ask your child to show you the art project that we did this week. 1- Ask your child if it is frio/cold or caliente/hot outside. 4 This week we learned about modes of transportation with the help of the verb go/voy. By working in pairs, stu
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First Grade Christmas Eve Mass Pageant

St. Francis Xavier Parish kindly asks First Grade parents to review yesterday’s letter here regarding 3pm and 5pm Christmas Eve Masses at SFX Church. Children who wish to participate should sign up here. Thank you!
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First Grade

Literacy: The students continue to search for ways to bring their stories to life using a strategy of acting out their writing to notice was needs to be added. Adding quotations marks in their writing took a fun twist when the quotation marks were macaroni noodles. Math: The students completed the chapter on subtraction strategies through 10. The students will continue to review subtraction and strive toward automati
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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thank you all for the wonderful and meaningful conversations during conferences. I am very thankful for all of the children in my class and grateful that God has brought us together. Have a fun and safe Thanksgiving break!
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Family Reading Night Highlights

What a fun time we all had last week Thursday night when 200 people joined us to share stories, swap books, and make a jazzy craft. Much thanks to Alice Joseph of the Wilmette Public Library for being one of our guest readers and helping to sign children up for library cards. Thank you to all of our SFX families who joined us to celebrate our love of reading.     
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First Grade

Literacy: Students are using strategies to solve hard words. During small group instruction  and partner reading the students are encouraged to help their peers by offering strategy ideas, such as checking the picture, looking at all the parts of the word, getting a running start, and trying it two ways. After looking at all the parts of the word, another strategy is “crashing” the parts together and seei
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

¡Hola! This past week we focused in “Día de Acción de Gracias.” K-2 Students worked on an art project:  A mini book in which they got to practice colors and numbers in Spanish by coloring the pavo and the food we eat during Acción de Gracias. Also, we read the book: “Celebra el Día de Acción de Gracias con Beto y Gaby”/ Celebrate Thanksgiving with Beto and Gaby. This book taught us how to say Thank you God/Gracias Di
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Family Reading Night Reminder

This week we will celebrate our 3rd annual Family Reading Night. It will take place in the Xavier Room starting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 16. We hope you will join us for stories, a fun craft designed by our art teacher, Mrs. Kuhn, a visit from Mrs. Joseph of the Wilmette Public Library, and a book swap where children can bring in their own gently used books and swap them for some new treasures to take home
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First Grade

Literacy: The students are continuing their nonfiction reading strategies. They are learning to “zoom in” on the text and pictures to learn more. The students retell the information in the nonfiction books in a celebratory way! In the “tea party” format students enjoy sharing information with peers by rotating around the room talking with a different classmate for a couple of minutes. It’
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Post

¡Hola! This past week we covered: K-3 Days of the week and months of the year. We reviewed both topics by singing songs, watching videos and writing activities. Home enrichment: Ask your child to show you the art projects that we did this week. 4-5 We continued our unit on our school. This week we learned about modes of transportation with the help of the verb go/voy. By working in pairs, students asked each other ho
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First Grade

Literacy: The students began a new unit on non-fiction in reading. They are busy becoming smarter with each page they read! The students are learning about non-fiction text features. Strategies for learning to read non-fiction books include looking at the cover and title page and taking “sneak peeks” to understand the topic. Math: The students are interested in creating class data graphs. They are continu
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Post

¡Hola! This past week we covered: Day of the dead/Dia de los Muertos We focused on learning about this Mexican tradition by reading the book Pablo Remembers (k-2) and reading an excerpt with a 10 word vocabulary (3-5). Also, we made our own Dia de los Muertos books and colored different objects related to this wonderful celebration! 3-5 added an author’s note based on their own interpretations of this celebrati
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First Grade

Literacy: The students were so fortunate to have group, classroom, and grade level time with our poet Bill Buczinsky. Using chants, poems, and a little bit of magic he inspired the students to write a poem about a character. The students have been listening to poems, learning about poetry through The Units of Study, including looking at ordinary things with poet’s eyes, experimenting with line breaks, and think
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

¡Hola! This past week we covered: Kindergarten/1st/2nd/3rd Halloween/Dia de las brujas We focused on improving our Spanish vocabulary by learning the names of halloween theme words such as witch/bruja, ghost/fantasma, etc. Also, we made our own Spanish Halloween books and colored different characters! Home enrichment: Ask your child to show you the books and/or the coloring sheets we did this week. 4t/ 5th Grade We f
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Muntu Dance Theater

The students were enthralled by the drums and dancing of the Muntu Dance Theater. The program was interactive and high energy. West African dance is an important part of the culture. West African dance is meant to bring people together and it certainly did for all of the students and faculty at SFX! A free slideshow design by Smilebox
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Thank you, Miss Catherine!

Miss Catherine is a friend of mine and we traveled to Senegal together for a service trip in 2014. She later made a return trip to Senegal to continue working on projects. She graciously agreed to come to our classroom to speak with all of the first graders about Senegal. She taught the students a welcome song in French, told a story about the baobab tree, showed a video, and brought her djembe (drum). The students t
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First Grade

The students are so excited to learn about the moon! The pictures show students learning about models and the pictures also show a student portraying the sun as other students are rotating and revolving as they act as the moon and earth. The students are eagerly awaiting Poetry Week next week! They have been writing, reading, and listening to poetry this week. We thank the Cubs for a great season! We certainly cheere
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

¡Hola! This past week we covered: Kindergarten/1st/2nd/3rd Shapes: Figuras We focused on: Circulo, rectangulo, cuadrado, and triangulo. We had very fun activities that helped us practicing our Spanish writing skills at the same time as reviewing previous lessons such as colors and numbers. Home enrichment: Ask your child about the shapes around your house! 4t/ 5th Grade We finished our unit on introductions in Spanis
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Field Trip to the Adler Planetarium

A few reminders about our upcoming field trip on Monday, October 30! -Please have your child bring a completely disposable lunch labeled with your child’s name and stapled or taped shut. -If you ordered hot lunch for that day please cancel and call the office for any help. -Jackets will be carried by the students throughout the day. There will be brief time outside upon arrival and departure. One year there was
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