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AWESOME AUTUMN

Visitor showing her drum O THANK YOU MYSTERY READER Autumn is awesome as we celebrate God’s wonderful creation and enjoy the beautiful trees as they change colors. .Don’t forget to “moon gaze” and continue to record the phases of the moon. Along with practicing our Reading, Writing, and Math SFX First Graders were busy with some great performances. Kindergarten’s Three Penny Opera brough
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

¡Hola! Due to wonderful field trips, holidays, and special activities in the past three weeks some of the students did not have Spanish. In the past two weeks we have been working very hard on reviewing topics (with the groups that did not miss Spanish), and finishing new lessons (with the groups that did). We are building our Spanish knowledge as we go!  It is very important for students of the same grade and level
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OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS

Our week began with Picture Day and then was filled with Birthdays. Our Mystery Reader surprised her son on his Birthday. She read WACKY WEDNESDAY, SAM AND DAVE DIG A HOLE, and WHEN I WAS A BOY I DREAMED. A delightful treat for all .Every day the girls and boys are reading and writing. Subtraction facts. writing math sentences and stories, along with IXL practice was our Math work. We were thrilled to host many Grand
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BYE-BYE SEPTEMBER

Our final week of September featured a visit from the Wilmette Fire Department for a Fire Safety Presentation. The First Graders made a Safety Book and completed related activities. Our math classes were enhanced with activities on IXL with the IPADS snd cubes to manipulate and reinforce our learning the concept of part-oart-whole. Our first Mystery Reader engaged our class, she arrived on her daughters Birthday. Tha
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AUTUMN ARRIVES

Thank you to all the families who attended BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT! It was wonderful meeting parents, sharing our curriculum, and dining together. It is so important for our children to understand that their parents and teacher are on the same team – Team First Grade – together we are working towards a successful school year for every child. Our SFX theme, We Are All One Body, is a focus for us all this scho
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Religion Book Blessing

We are grateful to Father Sheridan for his blessings. He blessed the students and the books that will help the students grow in their faith. Thank you so much, Father Sheridan! Customize your own photo collage
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BIRTHDAY TRIO!!

Happy Birthday to three!!   This week three First Graders celebrated their Birthday on the same day!  What a coincidence!! We are learning about Math concepts .  Practicing addition facts is our next Math adventure. Our Tech Art class had the First Graders controlling OZOBOTS with color coded markers. Reading and Writing Workshops are in full swing along with our Kevin Henkes author unit.  These stories are enri
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

¡Hola! This past week we finished our project: La Mochila/My Backpack. All grades: We continued to learn about school supplies in Spanish. This activity not only helps students practice their Spanish writing skills and improve their Spanish vocabulary but also encourages them to speak in Spanish while using or asking for them. 3rd/4th/5th Grades: We ended up our weekend playing a school supplies matching game. Studen
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SEPTEMBER NOTES

Our class has been learning about numbers and number words.  Lots to review for some and much to learn for many First Graders.  We  continue practicing being First Graders and one part is learning to navigate text books.  Our Math book is challenging for many children and we are patiently helping the children learn to “read”  a text book. Our class LOVES BOOKS AND LOVES TO READ.  Some imaginative First Gr
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

¡Hola! This past week we finished our project: Todo Sobre Mi/ All about me. After completing this activity, students took turns and introduced themselves to the rest of the class. We very much enjoyed getting to know each other a little bit more and at the same time learned new adjectives and verbs in Spanish. Also, after the oral presentations some classes did a project on School Supplies. This activity was modified
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FABULOUS FIRST GRADERS

Our class had a fabulous week.  We are practicing being awesome First Graders.  Getting to know each other, learning the rules  and procedures, and adapting to desks, lockers, books, and becoming CAN DO KIDS!  We participated in the All-School Liturgy with  our SFX Communities and attended new Special classes.  We had our first Writing Workshop and using the theme of Small Moments created stories. We began an author&
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

¡Hola!   This past week we began our project: Todo Sobre Mi/ All about me as a way to introduce Spanish greetings and review previously learned topics for upper level grades. These worksheets encouraged students to review the fundamentals of the Spanish language at the same time that allowed students to interact with each other in order to complete all the information needed. We will continue to work on this nex
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BRAND NEW PENCILS, BRAND NEW BOOKS!!

We are in First Grade!!   Our First Week of First Grade was fabulous! Our class is practicing being First Graders. We’re learning classroom routines and procedures. All the boys and girls are learning to be ‘CAN DO KIDS’, taking care of themselves, school supplies, desks, lockers, and our Brand New Pencils, Brand New Books. We are an awesome class who are ready to learn, play, and pray together
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

¡Hola! Welcome back! This is Señorita Rocha back again for this 2017-2018 school year at St. Francis! This past week I had the opportunity to meet with some classes to welcome my students to the Spanish program and to give them some information about the wonderful activities that we are going to do this year. I will continue doing this next week. This year for Kindergarten I will follow the same dynamic as last year:
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¡Adios Adios!

¡Hola a todos! First of all I would like to thank you all for the support throughout this school year! I am very happy with the results of implementing a new Spanish curriculum that encouraged students active participation and satisfied different learning styles! Also, I would like to let you now that I will continue this wonderful journey during the 2017-2018 school year at SFX. I hope you all have a wonderful and s
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FAREWELL FIRST GRADERS

Our final week of First Grade wa busy, fun, and full of learning like every week.  The girls and boys completed many tasks, including Math measurement, Handwriting, writing stories, reading, and cleaning our classroom.  Field day was a huge success, the First Grades voted the DUNK TANK as the best event.  Everyone loved our class picnic – even the weather co=operated.  A heartfelt THANK YOU to all of the First
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Artwork Coming Home!

Hello Parents!   I just wanted to let you know that artwork should be coming home!! Thank you for all of your support during the year and especially at the art show—it was an amazing showing of all of our amazingly talented students! I still have artwork from this year’s 8th graders that was not picked up, as well as a scattering of works from 6th and 7th grades. If you want to pick anything up, I am avail
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Summer Reading and the Wilmette Public Library

Last Friday Mrs. Joseph from the Wilmette Public Library visited our school and spoke to students in Kindergarten-5th grade about all the great offerings the library has for children this summer. From great family entertainment to reading clubs, as well as volunteer opportunities for middle school students to help younger children over the summer, the library is the place to visit this summer. This summer’s rea
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LINCOLN PARK ZOO

First Graders visited the Lincoln Park Zoo.  Thank you to our wonderful chaperones who helped us navigate the crowds on a beautiful day.  Every child wrote an animal research report and they were able to read this reports to the animals and the Zoo visitors. A First Grade Dad was our final Mystery Reader.  He read THE GIVING TREE, THE PRESENT, and CARNIVORE’S.  Thank you to all of the parents, grandparents, and
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Lincoln Park Zoo

A special thank you to all of our parent chaperones! This was our first year completing animal reports and traveling to the zoo to see the animals in person. Even though we had a zoo reservation, it was a very busy day at the zoo and we are so grateful for your watchful eyes. The weather was glorious! Thank you! This free digital slideshow customized with Smilebox
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MEMORIAL DAY

Another week of fun and learning in our First Grade classroom. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!  READING OUR POEM Poet Bill visited our class again   and we read our collaborative poem, THE IMPORTANT THING ABOUT FIRST GRADE for him.  A celebration of May, June, and July Birthdays was enhanced with songs and cupcakes. First Graders began their research on Animals at the Lincoln Park Zoo in preparation for our Field Trip next week. W
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Bill the Poet returns to SFX

Bill Buczinsky, this school year’s poet in residence who spent a week teaching poetry to our students last fall, stopped by the school yesterday to meet with our 5th/6th grade poetry group. The group has been busy working with Mrs. Pritchard and me on creating and animating their original poems. It was heart-warming to watch the students respond excitedly to Bill as he walked around the school. While in the sch
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Mass on Special Person’s Day

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Kirby Larson’s One Author One Community visit

What a wonderful day we had on Friday with our visiting author, Kirby Larson. When Mrs. Larson arrived at SFX, she was greeted by our official student greeter, a 2nd grade student, who had read almost all of Mrs. Larson’s books as he was so excited that she was coming to the school. How wonderful to see so many students excited to finally meet Mrs. Larson and have her at our school. Mrs. Larson gave three prese
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SPECIAL PERSON DAY

Thank you to our wonderful parents who helped make Special Person Day so successful. Our guests enjoyed some time in the classroom and then accompanied the First Graders to our Mass. The children sang like angels and read beautifully. A memorable day for all.
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