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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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Welcome to First Grade!

Welcome to our new school year! We are so happy to join so many new and familiar friends together in our classroom! Everyone pitched in to help new students navigate the hallways so everyone felt comfortable right away. First grade is an exciting year and we have started off building relationships and routines. Important Information: Our class is going to try an afternoon snack. Most of the students are saying they a
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Welcome to First Grade!

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An Amazing Year!

Thank you all for this wonderful year we had together! I wish you all a joyful, safe, and restful summer. Congratulations to the new second graders! This week the drum circles continued as each person in the classroom was honored. Thank you to all of you who came to the picnic and provided all the treats, water, blankets, and activities! We had a beautiful day! Please be sure to read your child’s poetry folder!
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First Grade News

Important Information: Monday, June 10-Picnic at Maple Park–Please join us!! Literacy: The students are busy writing more poems. They are experimenting with different styles and learning about nouns, adjectives, and verbs. They will bring home their final journal on Wednesday. Science: The students loved their classroom zoo! Kindergarten and 2nd grade stopped by. Prior to the event the students practiced talkin
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First Grade News

Important Information: Tuesday, June 4–Dioramas due Wednesday, June 5–Field Day Monday, June 10–Picnic at Maple Park Literacy/Science: The students have been busy reading about their animals and completing their animal reports. They have gathered a lot of interesting information. They worked hard on these reports. Math: The students have completed non-standard measurement and did some work with rule
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First Grade News

Important Dates: June 4–Dioramas due. Have fun with them! The students brought home copies of part of their reports to help you. They brought home information about appearance and habitat. These are copies and do not need to be returned. June 5–Field Day–wear your crusader community shirts/colors June 10–field trip/picnic to Maple Park. All are welcome. We will need volunteers to walk there an
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First Grade News

Important Information: May 23-Field Trip to Lincoln Park Zoo–Permission slips with $12 are due  June 4–diorama due (please refer to the letter that went home in the SAFARI folder on Wednesday) June 10–end of the year picnic at Maple Park (details to come) Religion: Special Person’s Day is a beautiful celebration. The students absolutely love preparing for the day, welcoming and spending time w
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First Grade News

Important Dates: Tuesday, May 14–Special Person’s Day and First Graders lead the Mass Thursday, May 23–Field Trip to the Zoo! Please consider chaperoning. Literacy: The students are reading and listening to poetry. They are experimenting with words and started writing a free verse poem. They read a poem about “a poem in my pocket” and made their own paper pocket in which to store their p
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First Grade News

Important Dates: Special Person’s Day–Tuesday, May 14–A special adult will spend the morning with your child in the classroom and at mass. A parent letter and invitation went home Tuesday, April 30. Please return the blue information form by May 9. Leading Mass–Tuesday, May 14 Field Trip to the Zoo–Thursday, May 23 Details will arrive soon. Please consider chaperoning! Literacy: The stud
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First Grade News

  Welcome back from Easter break! Everyone was happy to be back and share stories. It was a short week full of learning and enjoying time together! Important Dates: May 14–Special Person’s Day May 23–Field Trip to the Zoo Mystery Reader sign up: I blocked open dates in May as we will be saying the Rosary together at that time. Please contact me directly if you would like to be Mystery Reader du
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First Grade News

Wishing everyone a joyful and restful time together! Important Information and Dates: May 14–Special Person’s Day for First Grade/First Grade leads Mass. Please think about an adult guest who may join your child for the morning. This event is for your child and an adult, no children please. It can be anyone–we’ve had swim coaches, neighbors, aunts, uncles and they have all been thrilled to att
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Update on Cradles to Crayons

Please check out the April 18 edition of the Wilmette Beacon! An article on page 13 is about the First Grade trip to Cradles to Crayons. One correction is that Cradles to Crayons served 80,000 people this year. We are so grateful for your donations and to chaperones for helping the first graders help others. This was a meaningful Lenten service project for all.
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First Grade News

Thank you! The faculty and staff were so grateful for the wonderful lunch provided by the first grade parents. Thank you so much for the tasty array of salads and sandwiches! You are all amazing! Virtual Field Trip to Madagascar! The first graders had a Skype visit with Katie, who is a very dear friend of mine. She recently completed 3 years in the Peace Corps teaching High School English in Madagascar. She is now wo
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First Grade News

Mystery Readers: Please feel free to sign up for Mystery Reader–we have dates available in April and May. Cradles to Crayons Field Trip: Thank you for your generous donations to Cradles to Crayons. We had a day of thinking of others and learning that as followers of Christ we can give our time and donations and make a true difference in the lives of others. Thank you to all of our chaperones for working alongsi
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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 this week, transitional chapter books-books with controlled vocabulary but more pages and fewer illustrations than beginning readers. Starting this week, first grade studen
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First Grade News

Important Information: April 5–Field Trip to Cradles to Crayons Literacy: The students completed a Units of Study unit on writing reviews. They have some wonderful opinions about restaurants, different foods, and all sorts of things! They have a “tiny topics notebook” and, hopefully, will continue to add ideas. The students continue to work on grammar. Commas can be a little tricky! They are all suc
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First Grade News

Important Information: April 5–Cradles to Crayons field trip. We are accepting donations! Thank you s0 much for the tissues! Grandparents Day! This was a wonderful opportunity for some special time together with grandparents and their very special grandchildren. All students enjoyed having visitors in the classroom and were busy drawing, writing, or reading!   Literacy: The students wrote different pieces
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First Grade News

Thank you for the wonderful conversations during conferences. It was great to have some time together! Important Information: Tissues--We are on our last box of tissues. Please send in a box with your child! March 15--Grandparents Day April 5–Field Trip to Cradles to Crayons. Permission slips due by March 15. Please send in new packages of socks and gently used books and toys. They are always in need of donatio
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First Grade News

Important Information: Mass–Wednesday, March 6  (Ash Wednesday) Due to Wednesday’s Mass there will be no box top dress down day. April 5, 2019–Field Trip to Cradles to Crayons. Information and a permission slip are in your child’s SAFARI folder. Please read the letter as it explains the location, service, and requested donations. We need parent volunteers to accompany us!  Literacy: The studen
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Showcase Photos

Showcase Photos will be taken for our class this Monday, March 4. Please send your child in their “Sunday best” this Monday. This will be a dress-up day! These will be individual portraits. Children will remain in these clothes for the day and will not change.
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First Grade News

Literacy: The students are learning to write a review. They received “tiny topic notebooks” to list their favorites–restaurants, colors, birthday party locations, etc. Then they chose one favorite to write about. They are learning to include important information (what?, when?, how?), use comparisons, include helpful tips, make a recommendation, use friendly words, and add a rating. The students rea
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First Grade News

Presidents Day–Monday, February 18–No School Look who came to lunch on Friday! Literacy: The students are learning that readers use tools to understand their books. Since the beginning of the year students have been challenged to use tools to figure out tricky words. They are all reading more challenging books than at the start of the year and and now they have a bigger and more important job–to und
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