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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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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

¡Hola! This past week we covered: Mi Escuela/My School   We read the book Spot va a la escuela/Spot goes to school. While reading this book, students made connections in between the activities that we do at SFX and the activities the Spot was doing in the book. Moreover, this book helped us review previous lessons such as animales, colors, etc. Our art project consisted in drawing our school. 1st graders include
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Great America Read to Succeed Vouchers

The Six Flags Read to Succeed Reading Challenge vouchers have arrived and were distributed to classroom teachers on Wednesday. All children who read the 6 required hours and submitted the reading log to the school earned a free day pass to Six Flags Great America. The vouchers are valid from June 12-August 6, 2017. Be sure to be on the lookout for these vouchers to come home in your child’s backpack. Mrs. Sawye
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MARVELOUS MAY

First Graders had another busy week!!  Our Field Trip to the Botanic Garden was educational and fun.  Thank you to our gracious quartet of chaperones who joined us. Culminating our poetry unit our class wrote a collaborative poem – THE IMPORTANT THING ABOUT FIRST GRADE.  Each child made a book for their Moms – very creative.  Our Science Unit on water was enhanced again by creating hydraulic hands. Anothe
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2017 Art Show!

Hello all! This year’s Art Show will take place on Thursday, May 25th from 6-8:00pm. Please join us for an evening of 1st through 8th grade art in the Xavier Room. If you already have plans, no worries—the show will be left up from Thursday evening-Sunday, so parents can stop by after mass or throughout the day on Friday! We have been working hard all year, and would love for you to come by and celebrate the ar
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End of the year for the Library

It’s hard to believe we are just a few weeks away from the end of the school year. In an effort to get all school library materials back and inventoried before we leave for the summer, all library books checked out to students need to be back to the school library no later than Tuesday, May 30. Students may continue to checkout library books until Friday, May 26. In an effort to help children remember to return
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INVESTIGATING WATER

First Graders have been creating their own Science Notebooks: Investigating Water.  We have conducted many experiments and will be continuing learning about water at the Botanic Garden. Another First Grader had a Birthday this week! Our week concluded with another pair of Mystery Readers.  A Grandma and Grandpa came and read THERE’S A FLY GUY IN MY SOUP, I WAS SO MAD, and MINNIE AND MOO – WANTED DEAD OR A
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Investigating Water

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SPRING HAPPENINGS!!

Spring is here and the weather outside is unpredictable. We are investigating water, learning about the properties of water through hands on experiments. We have observed colored water traveling up celery stalks, watched a variety of substances sink or float in water, and observed other items dissolve in water. We are learning the scientific process of recording a prediction, observing, testing and then writing about
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

¡Hola! This past week we finished started a unit on My School/ My Escuela. We covered Mi Maestra/ My teacher and Mi Maestra de Español/ My Spanish Teacher. We read the book David goes to school/ David va al colegio and we focused on how the teacher was approaching David’s behavior in school. This book also helped us reviewing previous lessons such as bueno/malo and colores. Our art project consisted in creating
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HAPPY SPRING

Our week after Easter Break began with a new Science Unit- INVESTIGATING WATER. Using many tools and techniques the students will pour, mix and freeze water. We will watch water climb, condense, and take different shapes. Our First Graders experimented using a hydraulic cycle during our Tech Art class. Another wonderful Mystery Reader came Friday and he read IGGY PECK ARCHTECT and THE ADVENTURES OF FRASER THE YELLOW
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

¡Hola! This past week we covered: Yo quiero/ I want. We read the book ¡A comer!/ Let’s eat! This libro did not only help us identify food items that we want to eat but also to review previous topics such as family members and colors. We worked on a portfolio activity in which students had to use the provided vocabulary in order  to answer questions indicating if they want or do no want to eat the food item in t
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

¡Hola! This past week we covered Felices Pascuas/Happy Easter We read the book Happy Easter Curious George. This book helped as reviewing Easter vocabulario such as egg/huevo, rabbit/conejo, etc. Also, we colored two Easter projects that helped us reviewing previous lessons such as, colors, shapes, and numbers! Home Enrichment: Ask you child to show you the coloring sheets we did in class. Felices Pascuas/Happy Easte
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APRIL SHOWERS

Our week began welcoming each other back after Spring Break.  We practiced singing and reading to lead the All School Mass on Tuesday.  All of the First Graders sang beautifully, read their Mass parts perfectly and behaved like angels. Completing an Easter Bunny Glyph was a creative activity to conclude our busy week, as we waited to welcome our fabulous Mystery Reader.  She read DON’T PUSH THE BUTTON, MIX IT U
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Special Person’s Day

Special Person’s Day is Tuesday, May 16! We look forward to sharing this morning with your child and his or her special invited guest. Both first grade classes will be leading the Mass that morning. The end of Mass will conclude our morning with guests. This is a wonderful opportunity for your child to spend time and show the classroom to a special visitor. All guests must be adults, please. If you have any que
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