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WEEK FIVE FOR FABULOUS FIRST GRADE

Thank you for coming to our SFX Back to School Night.  It is my joy and  privilege to be your children’s teacher.  I enjoyed meeting with their wonderful parents and sharing our plans for the coming school year. RELIGION We began our PROMISE book, this  handbook begins with a letter to the girls and boys stating “A Promise is very special”.  God made a promise to us. he said “I will send Jesus
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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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WEEK FOUR FOR THE FABULOUS FIRST GRADERS

RELIGION First Graders attended the SFX all school Mass on Tuesday, we sat in our SFX communities. We read the story of creation from a children’s Bible.  Our God designed a beautiful  world for us.  It took six days to form our earth and on the seventh day God rested.  Every  child made CREATION ON A STICK.  The children can retell the story of creation using their stick project and read their book GOD GAVE US
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WEEK THREE FOR FABULOUS FIRST GRADERS

Another 4 day week has helped the First Graders ease into school mode.  Our class, teacher and students are learning about each other. In many instances there is a lot of review, in addition to  introduction to new material, as the children grow accustomed to more rigorous  expectations in First Grade. We continue to practice routines and procedures and have discussed and posted our classroom rules.  Everyone is stri
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WEEK TWO FOR FABULOUS FIRST GRADERS

Our second week began with a class Birthday, always special for young children.  As we get to know each other through stories and discussions the children are learning and practicing  classroom routines,  We have read The Recess Queen and David stories which led the class to discussions about being a good friend and star citizen in First Grade. We began reading our Social Studies text which follow a First Grader thro
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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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FABULOUS FIRST GRADERS

Brand new pencils, Brand new books, Brand new students!!  We are all excited to begin a new school year, filled with love and learning.  During the first few days of school we setting the tone for the rest of the year. We are working to make sure that eery student knows what is expected as we implement our schedule and instruction.  We are learning about each other and helping each other be empathetic. It is importan
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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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FABULOUS FIRST GRADE!!

Our final week of First Grade was filled with end of the year activities.  Children completed their PROMISE Workbooks. Our Spanish teacher hosted a Fiesta  with songs and dancing. A book for Father’s Day was created by every girl and boy for their terrific Dads.  A First Grade Memory Book, including  class autographs was  a wonderful tool to help the children recall their school year. All of the children grew a
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JUNE HAPPENINGS

Animal Dioramas      RELIGION We concluded our text  CHRIST OUR LIFE, GOD IS GOOD  with a Scripture  Prayer booklet, I LOVE JESUS.  The students can re-read the booklet over the summer vacation  In addition to our morning prayer to St. Francis,  our class has joined the SFX community every day as school is ending to say prayers.  The Sign of the Cross, Hail Mary, and the Our Father are said daily to conclude our
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MAY/JUNE

RELIGION This week students completed the PROMISE program.  The children learned that endings lead to new beginnings.  For example, first Jesus’ friends were sad that he had died.  Then they were excited and happy that he was alive again.  The next change  happened after the risen Jesus was with his followers for 40 days, Jesus ascended into heaven. Jesus  promised  to send the Holy Spirit  to help them, guide
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MAY HAPPENINGS

RELIGION Pentecost is the day that the Holy Spirit came to the apostles  to help them become God’s new family, the Church.  Students learned that we are a community of friends, words connect us together,  Again we practiced  using kind and loving words to show others we are children of God.  We discussed the different parts of the Mass so the students  become more familiar with the the flow of the Mass and what
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SPECIAL PERSON DAY!!

First Graders celebrated with their guests in our classroom and praying at Mass ,together.    
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MID-MAY

RELIGION The objective this week was learning that the Holy Spirit helps us to give glory to God in words and deeds.The children learned that kind words and good deeds bring happiness to people and glory to God.  They identified ways to bring God’s love to others for example, May i help you? Thank you, please, and come and play are words to show others that they are loved and important.  We welcomed our Special
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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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SHOWERY MAY

RELIGION The objective this week was learning how the Holy Spirit  helps us know Jesus through the Gospels.  Students learned that  Jesus was God’s messenger who announced the Good News of the Kingdom of God.  He let people know that God wanted everyone to belong to his kingdom.  Jesus was part of the Good News.  He came to save us from sin so that we could live in God’s kingdom.  The word gospel means &#
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MARVELOUS MAY

RELIGION May if the  month of Mary, our Blessed Mother.  Mary became the Mother of the Church after Jesus went to heaven.  Mary stayed on earth to take care of the Christian family.  We attended the St. Francis May Crowning of Mary at Mass. We remember that Jesus is the King of heaven and earth, Mary is the Queen of heaven and earth.  Mary cares for us as she cared for the Church before she went to heaven  She prays
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APRIL NEWS

RELIGION This week the children became familiar with Jesus as the Good Shepherd.  They learned that where Jesus lived, there were lots of sheep.  People made clothes and warm blankets from their wool and drank the sheep’s milk.  People wanted to keep their sheep safe and healthy.  People who cared for the sheep were called shepherds.  Jesus is our shepherd, he cares for us and keeps us safe.  He wants us to tru
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FIRST GRADE NEWS

RELIGION Our class led the SFX All School Mass this week. The girls and boys all sang like angels, read with perfection, and behaved like First Graders. Thank you for joining us on Tuesday to pray. Our PROMISE issue, reminded the children that Jesus is a real friend to us, just like He was a friend to his Apostles He calls us to make peace and we give each other a sign of peace at Mass. We watched a video/cartoon whe
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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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APRIL SHOWERS!!

RELIGION The children learned that Easter and spring are times of new life.  We learned about the Good News of Jesus’ Resurrection.  We prayed “Thank you God, help us to learn more about Jesus.  Thank you for raising him up and for filling us with new life too.”  Butterflies are a sign of spring and new life.   The children created Alleluia  butterflies to express the Church’s joy that Jesus i
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HAPPY EASTER!

Thank you to our wonderful Room Parents for providing a delicous lunch for the SFX Teachers, we all appreciate your thoughtfulness and kindness. RELIGION Hooray for Spring!  Our PROMISE issues  showed children how to identify what makes  seeds grow.  They learned that love grows like a seed and loving actions helps them grow in God’s love.  The children learned about four saints.  We are trying to live like sai
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St. Patrick’s Day

RELIGION Children learned about forgiveness by studying Jesus’ role as the Good Shepherd.  A  shepherd makes sure that the sheep do not wander away.  If some do stray, he finds them and returns them to the flock.  Likewise, Jesus is concerned about us when we do wrong.  We can depend on him to forgive us when we sin and to restore our friendship with him.  Our PROMISE issue explores our Christian call to forgiv
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CHILLY MARCH

RELIGION Last Sunday’s gospel told us the story of Jesus clearing the Temple of buyers and sellers.  He reminds people that his Father’s house is a place to pray.  He is angry that they are making a marketplace out of a sacred place.  Our PROMISE explored children’s experiences of being angry with friends and family members and having to ask for and give forgiveness.   The children identified what i
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MARCH CAME IN LIKE A LION

RELIGION On the second Sunday of Lent, the Church reads the Gospel story of Jesus’ Transfiguration.  Our PROMISE  issue explores with our first Graders the idea of change and growth.  The class is learning to recognize that loving choices help them to grow more like Jesus.  In our textbook  the class  read the parable of the Good Samaritan, the story Jesus told to explain God.s second great law which is”
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