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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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First Grade News

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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First Grade Library Checkout

Throughout the school year, first grade students visit the library weekly and they checkout 5 books that they keep in their classrooms to have for reading during the school day. These books are a mix of picture books, beginning readers, and, as of last week, transitional chapters books-books with controlled vocabulary but more pages and fewer illustrations than beginning readers. Starting this week, first grade stude
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First Grade News

Welcome back from Spring Break! Everyone enjoyed being back together even though it didn’t look like spring! Literacy: The students are continuing to look deeper into characters within the story. While reading and writing, students are thinking about the problem and the solution in the story. Stories are filled with life lessons and students are discovering what the characters are learning. When a character lea
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First Grade News

Wishing everyone a wonderful spring break filled with family, friends, and fun! Literacy: The students have been writing stories with details about their characters. They have been meeting in their small reading groups and working on analyzing the main character in their books. They worked individually or with partners to lead discussion questions for their group. Math: The students were busy skip counting by 2s, 5s,
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First Grade News

Special Events: The first graders learned about dinosaurs from their second grade friends. This was a great preview for next year! This digital collage customized with Smilebox   Peace Walk and prayers   Irish Dance Show! Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Customize a free slideshow Literacy: The students are focusing on characters in a story and learning as much as they can about the character through other charact
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First Grade News

Important Dates: March 13-Our class is leading Mass March 15-16-conferences Special Event: Author Jacqueline Davies visited the school for the day. The focus for our time was her book, The Boy Who Drew Birds-A Story of John James Audubon. Thank you so much to Linda Sawyer for arranging this visit. Jacquline Davies  made a special visit to  our room since the students had drawn birds after listening to her story and v
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Monday’s Author Visit with Jacqueline Davies

What a wonderful day we had with our One Author, One Community featured author Jacqueline Davies. Mrs. Davies spent all day Monday on campus and she saw students in grades JK-8th grade giving four very distinct, age-appropriate presentations. With our JK and Kindergarten students, she shared her book The Night Is Singing, which is her evocative poem-book about the sounds we hear as we drift off to sleep. Working with
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First Grade News

Important Dates: March 13-Our class is leading the Mass March 15-16-Conferences Literacy: It’s time to celebrate Dr. Seuss! The students read and responded to Dr. Seuss books this week culminating in a Dr. Seuss celebration to commemorate his March 2 birthday. The students learned that Dr. Seuss is a pen name with Seuss being Theodor Geisel’s middle name. He actually had another pen name-Theo. LeSieg. LeS
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First Grade News

Blessings! Thank you to all of you who provided items for the blessing bags! Our box was full of blessings for others. The school celebrated more generous contributions for our school improvements. The students were excited to be a part of this! Important Dates: Our class will lead Mass on Tuesday, March 13. Conferences will be held Thursday, March 15 and Friday, March 16. Literacy: Writing and science are linked thr
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Author Visits Last Week and Looking Forward to Our Next Author

What a wonderful week we had last week when we were fortunate to host two author visits. On Monday, author Tammi Sauer engaged and enthralled our K-2 students with her incredible storytelling. Children fell in love with her and her endearing new book character, Wordy Birdy. On Friday, bestselling children’s author Andrew Clements concluded our week by speaking with our 3rd-5th grade students. He delighted us as
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