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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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PRESIDENT’S DAY

Everyone enjoyed a day to celebrate President’s Day.  Thank you for your generous contributions to the SFX Lenten Project to support the St. Thomas of Canterbury Outreach Program  A concrete example of service projects during Lent.   RELIGION The season of Lent is a time to pray, help, share,  and forgive.  We learned that the greatest law is ‘Love God with all your heart”  Everything we do can
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Author Visits Last Week and Looking Forward to Our Next Author

What a wonderful week we had last week when we were fortunate to host two author visits. On Monday, author Tammi Sauer engaged and enthralled our K-2 students with her incredible storytelling. Children fell in love with her and her endearing new book character, Wordy Birdy. On Friday, bestselling children’s author Andrew Clements concluded our week by speaking with our 3rd-5th grade students. He delighted us as
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FABULOUS FEBRUARY

A busy week after a SNOW DAY began with an outstanding author visit.  Tammi Sauer author of WORDY BIRDY and at least a dozen more books captivated our class with her presentation.  A great start for our week!! RELIGION The Lenten season began this week on Ash Wednesday.  Lent lasts for 40 days.  On Ash Wednesday we attended Mass and received blessed ashes.  The Sign of the Cross  was  traced on our foreheads.  We are
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

¡Hola! K Donde esta? Where is? We walked around the classroom finding the location of different objects and people! Also, we worked on an art project Donde esta el perrito? We hid the little dog under the bed! 1 Me gusta y no me gusta/I like and I don’t like Students enjoyed learning about how to express themselves when liking or disliking different food items.   2-3 Bueno y  malo/ Good and bad We covered
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Monday’s Upcoming Author Visit with Tammi Sauer

Thanks to our friends at the Book Stall in Winnetka, picture book author Tammi Sauer will be coming to SFX the afternoon of Monday, February 12. Last week, I read Ms. Sauer’s newest book, Wordy Birdy, to our Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade students. They adored the zany book. Many asked how they could get a copy. I handed out order forms and told the students the forms needed to be back no later than Friday, Fe
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SNOWY FEBRUARY

SNOW SNOW SNOW  a shortened week which began with a Field Trip to St. Thomas of Canterbury School!  Our First Graders joined the St. Thomas First Graders for a fantastic drum show, had lunch and  community building  activities together.  We had a memorable trip and  will continue fostering our relationships with the St. Thomas First Graders.by mail and hopefully another visit. RELIGION PROMISE issue this week showed
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CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK

It was a busy week at SFX.  So appropriate to start the week by celebrating Mass together on Sunday and concluding the week with an all school Mass on Friday.  PJ day on Monday, Tuesday was  red, white, and blue day, Wacky Wednesday, Throwback Thursday and Green and Gold accessory day on Friday a week of fun and learning.   RELIGION The PROMISE theme was Jesus is our teacher. It was Catholic Schools week so very
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

¡Hola! Señorita Rocha IS ON TWITTER! Please follow me @srita_rocha. I will be posting videos and pictures every day! This past week we covered Semana de la Escuelas Catolicas. K-1-2 Students learned Spanish vocabulary while working on a coloring projecto: Dios/God, Faith/fe, My school/Mi escuela. Also, students drew themselves and then labeled their body parts and the colors they were wearing for the day! Home enrich
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