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Mrs. Elliot’s First Grade Blog

We made it!!!! The 2020-2021 school year has come to an end!! This year has had its challenges, but has been a truly wonderful school year. The parents and students have been so supportive of me and Mrs. Donahue and we truly appreciate it! Have a great summer and please stop by to say hello next year on your way to second grade!!
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Mrs. Elliot’s First Grade Blog

The school year is quickly coming to a close!! We are still working very hard!! Our last reading log will be due Tuesday, June 1. Just a few highlights this week: we started a poetry unit with acrostic poems, finished our math unit on numbers to 120, and finished the religion textbook!! We will continue with poetry next week, start a money unit in math, and finish our Promise books for religion. Enjoy a long weekend
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Mrs. Elliot’s First Grade Blog

Wow!!! Time is flying by!! It was another busy week in first grade and we are continuing to learn so much! This week, we took the math portion of the iReady test. Next week, we are taking the reading portion of the iReady test. Our class has taken this assessment twice already this year and they were total pros when we took the math portion this week. Just a reminder that if you would like to donate some blessing bag
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RED Blessing Bag Reminder

All Kindergarten through 3rd grade students met earlier this month with Jahkil Johnson, a school-aged activist from Chicago. Jahkil founded Project I Am, a non-profit organization designed to help the homeless in Chicago through the distribution of blessing bags to our local homeless population. Jahkil is living out God’s call to serve the poor and less fortunate.At Jahkil’s invitation, we continue t
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Mrs. Elliot’s First Grade Blog

What a beautiful ending to the week!! We have been enjoying the sunshine and warmer temperatures. This week, we celebrated Gregory and Declan’s birthdays!!! We celebrated our school nurses by making them cards!! They are the true heroes of SFX and done so much to keep us healthy, safe, and in-person this year!! Please remember reading logs are due Monday!!! Literacy This week, we started talking about different
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Mrs. Elliot’s First Grade Blog

Lots of fun in first grade this week!!! We celebrated Mrs. Donahue’s birthday, had a couple of dress down days, and supported our 8th graders for May crowning. Thank you to all of the students and their families for the cards for Teacher Appreciation!! Mrs. Donahue and I are very lucky to have your support every day in the classroom! Remember that next Tuesday, May 11 is a dress down day for Teddy O!! Bring in
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Mrs. Elliot’s First Grade Blog

It was another great week in first grade!! We started the week off with beautiful weather and learned so much. Next week, there will be a dress down on Tuesday, May 4th for Brier so wear your purple!! Also, the first grade will be having a pajama day on Thursday, May 6th just for fun!!! Reading logs will be due on Monday, May 3rd!! Literacy The students started reading chapter books and learned some strategies to bui
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Mrs. Elliot’s First Grade Blog

We have had the most amazing week! Our class got an opportunity to meet with Father Paul and learn about him as he begins his work at SFX. Also, happy birthday to Aven!!! April Birthday Dress Down Day is April 30!! Continue working on sight words and turn in reading logs on Monday, April 26!! Literacy The students worked hard to edit, write a final draft, and self-evaluate their writing. The students wrote about the
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A Note from Our Reading Specialist Team

Dear Parents, Children get excited about reading chapter books because it marks their coming of age as a reader. We want to nurture their excitement about reading but make sure they are reading a book that is appropriate for them. We share some helpful tips below! Book Selection: Here are some strategies for you to model as your children begin to select books that are “just right”: Look at the cover Read the tit
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Mrs. Elliot’s First Grade Blog

Welcome back, first grade!!! I hope you all had a wonderful Spring Break and enjoyed the beautiful weather. This week, we have been working hard to get back to our routines and continue on our first grade journey. Just a reminder that reading logs will be due Monday, April 19!! Literacy This week, we have continued our opinion writing by adding sparkly words, asking our classmates their opinions, and adding an ending
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Mrs. Elliot’s First Grade Blog

What a fun-filled week! We have done a lot of Holy Week and fun Easter activities. Our Easter door decoration won the Religious category for K-4!!! We were so excited!!! I hope that you all have a wonderful Spring Break and Happy Easter!! Happy Birthday to Anthony on Saturday!!
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Mrs. Elliot’s First Grade Blog

Another fun week in first grade!! We ended the week with an awesome virtual pep rally on our Loyola dress down day!! Just a reminder that an email was sent out to you about Spring Break plans. Make sure you let the school know about your plans so we can make sure we are ready after Spring Break!! Religion The students have been watching Stations of the Cross each week and learning about the journey of Jesus to his cr
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Mrs. Elliot’s First Grade Blog

What an awesome week!! We started with snow and ended with sunshine. We celebrated St. Patrick’s Day and learned so much!! We have welcomed Mrs. Sullivan to SFX as the acting principal for the rest of the year! Many prayers have been said in honor of Mrs. Sullivan and we are excited for her to join us at school. Religion We have continued to talk about following Jesus’ example and ways that we can care fo
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Mrs. Elliot’s First Grade Blog

I really enjoy speaking with each of the parents this week in conferences. It is really nice to hear how much the students are enjoying first grade!! It was another awesome week with some highs and lows. We said goodby to Mrs. Halaburt, our principal, as she prepares to welcome her baby girl soon!! The students enjoyed participating in her school-wide send off on Thursday. The coin drive will conclude on Monday, Marc
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Mrs. Elliot’s First Grade Blog

It has been a gorgeous week this week!!! We have been loving the sunshine!! Please remember to send in your coins for the pantry collection for St. Thomas. Not only will we be collecting money for a great cause, the winning class gets a special surprise!! Don’t forget to sign up for conferences next week! Send in your pre-conference form to me by Monday, March 8. I am looking forward to talking with each of you
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Mrs. Elliot’s First Grade Blog

What a beautiful week! The snow is finally start to melt and the sun has been shining! We have been enjoying playing with friends and trying some new ways to learn in the classroom. We want to wish a happy birthday to Charlie!!! Religion This week, we continued to color a cross every day to signify a way that we are honoring Jesus such as saying an extra prayer, helping others, doing something without being told, or
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Mrs. Elliot’s First Grade Blog

It was a very short week, but full of activities. We started the school week with Ash Wednesday. After watching a special mass, the class received ashes. We “buried” the Alleluia, started thinking about what we can do to show our love for Jesus, and talked about what Lent means. There was A LOT of snow and we were able to take advantage of the huge piles of it outside. Inside the classroom, we have been w
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Mrs. Elliot’s First Grade Blog

What a week of celebration!!! This week, we celebrated our 100th day of school and Valentine’s Day. We counted to 100 by ones, twos, fives, and tens and writing our numbers. We did 100 exercises, have read over 100 books, read 100 words, and much more. The students wrote about what they would be like at 100 years old! It was so much fun to celebrate our 100th day of school. For Valentine’s Day, we celebra
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Mrs. Elliot’s First Grade Blog

This week has been full of celebrations! We celebrated Catholic Schools Week, finishing our midyear assessments, and our first grade friend, Brier, who is now cancer-free!!! Students celebrated through activities, projects, riddles, and dress up days!! SFX is the best!! February is Black History Month and we have started learning a new quote and biographical information about an influential African American historica
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Mrs. Elliot’s First Grade Blog

I am so excited to be back in the classroom with the students!!! This week has been full of midyear assessments, new units, and lots of laughs. February starts next week and there will be some new changes in our classroom!! I will be starting a literacy block on Mondays and Fridays to focus on small group instruction for the students. The students will also be required to read longer for the week and return reading l
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Mrs. Elliot’s First Grade Blog

This week concluded remote learning!!! We will be returning to in-person learning on Tuesday, January 19. Everyone did an amazing job with remote learning, but I know that the students cannot wait to get back to the classroom. Please read the email with the checklist of items to be returned to school on Tuesday. If you are missing an item, please let me know. Math We worked on subtraction up to 20 this week by explor
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Mrs. Elliot’s First Grade

Happy New Year!!! I hope everyone had a restful break with family!! I am so excited to be back and hear about the students’ holiday breaks. This has been another wonderful week of remote learning. The students are becoming very comfortable with their chrome books, Seesaw, and Zoom!! Please let me know if you have questions about any of the assignments. Literacy This week, the students started learning about non
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Mrs. Elliot’s First Grade Blog

It has been a great week of remote learning! Applause to the students and the parents for working together to make it a successful week!! It was wonderful to see all of the smiling faces, hear the giggles, and watch as the students became more confident in submitting their assignments. We want to wish William, Mary Grace, Nora, and Dillon a very Happy Birthday!! They will be celebrating their birthdays during the bre
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Mrs. Elliot’s First Grade Blog

What a marathon week! There were so many activities and fun things happening at SFX!! There were Christmas socks, sweaters, hats, glowing necklaces, and reindeer antlers. There was a Santa playing the saxophone, Santa and Mrs. Claus visiting us while we drank hot chocolate, and a Santa on the roof on our last day!! The students loved every minute of it and are so excited about the holiday season!! I want to thank eve
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Mrs. Elliot’s First Grade Blog

It has been another week of outstanding learning in our classroom! I am seeing so much growth in all of the students and I hope you are, too!! We have continued to practice on our chrome books and becoming more independent. We even did a Zoom!! This week, we will continue to use our chrome books and prepare ourselves for remote learning. Just a reminder, please bring a pack of large markers and a reusable bag to scho
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