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WEEK TWELVE FOR THE FABULOUS FIRST GRADERS

RELIGION Last Sunday’s gospel tells us that we are called to “Love your neighbor as yourself.”   Our PROMISE  issue helped the children identify concrete ways to show love for others.  The story of St. Katharine Drexel, an American saint told the class how she showed that she loved God and other people with her whole heart, mind, and strength.  Children drew a picture in their booklets that showed t
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MORE PLANETARIUM PICTURES

Pictures from our Field Trip which was awesome!! 
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WEEK ELEVEN FOR THE FABULOUS FIRST GRADERS

A Field Trip to the Adler Planetarium opened our week.  Children were engaged in hands on activities while learning about the moon, astronauts, the planets, space travel and so much more.  A big thank you to our chaperones who joined us, they were awesome helpers. RELIGION Sunday’s gospel gave us a picture of a blind man who asked for Jesus’ help and because of the blind man’s faith, Jesus healed hi
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WEEK TEN FOR THE FABULOUS FIRST GRADERS

RELIGION Last Sunday’s Gospel continues Mark’s exploration of what makes an ideal disciple,  Jesus set up children as models his adult followers should imitate.  Jesus invited a rich man to sell all he owned and become a disciple.  Jesus ws teaching the disciples that being first means serving others.  The PROMISE stories and activities helped the children see that they are just the right size for helping
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WEEK NINE FOR THE FABULOUS FIRS GRADERS

  RELIGION Children learned about last Sunday’s gospel where Jesus asks a man to share his riches with the poor.  Mark’s gospel tells how people in Jesus’ time answered the call to follow him and share his values. PROMISE helps children recognize ways they can follow Jesus by sharing with others.  Young children find sharing difficult.  They cannot yet understand sharing for another person̵
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Laurie Keller Author Visit

We are very excited to have the opportunity to host award-winning author/illustrator Laurie Keller here at SFX on Thursday, Nov. 8. Her visit is made possible by our partnership with the Book Stall of Winnetka. Ms. Keller will be here promoting her hilarious new picture book, Potato Pants. She will be speaking with our Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade classes sharing how she generates the ideas for her books and
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WEEK EIGHT FOR THE FABULOUS FIRST GRADERS

RELIGION PROMISE celebrates Jesus’ welcoming actions, he welcomes parents and chlldren and blesses the children so they can identify as followers of Jesus and members of his family.  We want the children to recognize that they belong to a human and a church family.  We had conversations about our church family, where we gather for Mass to pray,  sing, and listen to God’s word. First Graders made Birthday
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WEEK SEVEN FOR FABULOUS FIRST GRADERS

RELIGION Our PROMISE issue this week helped children realize that they are welcome at church. We thanked God for our parish community,  The children played a board game which helped them think about why we go to Mass and how to act in Mass.  We remember that the priest speaks in Jesus’ name In the next weeks our class will take a tour of our church to familiarize them with our parish church and what part it pla
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Follow up from Jon Agee author visit

What a great time we had on Tuesday with author/illustrator Jon Agee! The students were enthralled by his ability to draw while telling them the story of his new book, “The Wall in the Middle of the Book.”  He was such a nice man and really spent a lot of time talking with our students. Much thanks to the Book Stall for making this event possible. If your child would like an autographed copy of one of Mr.
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WEEK SIX FOR THE FABULOUS FIRST GRADERS

RELIGION Our PROMISE issue showed the children how to live the gospel by       belonging to a community of Jesus’ followers. We all should take  care of each other and God’s creation.  Our textbook  opened with a message about friends.  Jesus is our friend and He loves us.  Jesus loves everyone.  We want to be like Jesus.  We want to love others.  The story THE INVISIBLE BOY reminded the children to alway
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Area Author Events

The Book Stall is hosting two wonderful picture book author/illustrators this Friday, Sept. 28. At 4pm Caldecott Medalist Kevin Henkes will be at the Book Stall in Winnetka reading from his new book and autographing books. Mr. Henkes is a delightful person and fans of his books won’t want to miss this opportunity to meet him. No registration is necessary. More information can be found on the Book Stall’s
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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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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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