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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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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

¡Hola! This past week we covered: Yo puedo/ I can We read the Spanish version of the book From Head to Toe by Eric Carle. This book helped us not only to focus on our main topic: I can, but also to review previous lessons such as body parts and animals. Our art projects consisted in  drawing ourselves running and then tracing the sentence: Yo puedo correr/I can run. Also, we played the Yo Puedo game! Students took tu
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SPRING BREAK

Before leaving for our Spring Break we welcomed a trio of MYSTERY READERS.  Taking turns Dad, brother, and sister read I AM OTTER, OTTER IN SPACE, THE GIVING TREE, OH THE PLACES YOU’LL GO, AND IVAN THE SHOPPING MALL GORILLA. Thank you to our wonderful Mystery Readers!!  Wishing everyone a safe, happy, and fun Spring Bread!!
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

¡Hola! This past week we covered: Yo Veo/ I see We read the Spanish version of the book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? This book helped us not only to focus on our main topic: eyes, but also to review previous lessons such as colors, sizes, and numbers. Our art projects consisted in  drawing our eyes and then tracing the sentence: Yo veo con mis ojos/I see with my eyes. Also, we made a spyglass out of const
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HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!!

Representatives from St. Thomas of Canterbury visited our school and told their story to our students. SFX school is collecting items for Blessing Baskets. Our class is collecting women’s ankle socks and Monday is the last day to send socks to school. We are starting a new Math Unit. We will be learning about place value, regrouping, and number patterns We continue to be committed to our Lenten promise to be ki
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

¡Hola! This past week we covered: Tengo hambre/ I am hungry. We started our lesson reading the Spanish version of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. During our reading students learned to express the feeling of being hungry. This book also helped us reviewing previous lessons such as numbers, days of the week, and colors. Our art project consisted in making a strawberry/fresa and a caterpillar/oruga.  Students really enjoy
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THANK YOU!!

Thank you to all the parents who came to Parent Teacher Conferences. Your presence explains so much about your commitment to your child’s education. It is a pleasure to discuss the continued growth of every First Grader with their parents and help keep our line of communication open. It was another busy week for our class. We completed our Penguin Unit, reading MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS and every child writin
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

¡Hola! This past week we covered Escucha/Listen. We read the book Escucha al Desierto/ Listen to the Dessert. While reading this book, students took turns in order to repeat the rhythmic sounds of this fascinating habitat at night. Our art project consisted in making big paper ears-orejas grandes, then students walked around the classroom asking if they could hear each other. Home Enrichment: Have your child wear the
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Around the World in Art!

First through fourth graders are starting to “take a trip” in art class… we’re going to travel the world! We have begun by taking a verrrrrrry long plane ride to the continent of Asia, first landing in India. Students learned about some cultural practices in India, as well as a traditional art used with Henna dye, called Mendhi.   Students were asked to think of something they associated
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GOOD-BYE FEBRUARY

We concluded February which was Dental Health month by reading stories about loose teeth and the Tooth Fairy. Students wrote sentences and a story using the guidelines on a writing rubric. Dr. Seuss’s Birthday was celebrated dressed as characters from Dr. Seuss books We read, wrote and participated in games – all about Dr. Seuss!! Lent has begun and as a class our goal is to act kind and loving at school
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

¡Hola! This past week we covered: jump/saltar. We read the book Salta Ranita Salta/ Jump Frog Jump.While reading this book students were exposed to repetitive questions such us: what should the frog do now? to which students responded: Salta ranita salta! Our art project consisted in making a  paper jumping frog. We then told la ranita the command jump in Spanish. This project also help us review previous lessons suc
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CELEBRATE READING!!

First Graders dressed in Western gear to prepare for the Showcase Party all looking darling! We continued our Reading Strategy of identifying the Main Idea and story details through the week with both fiction and non-fiction books We are learning fractions!! Practice at home making equal parts – cookies, muffins, etc. Lent begins this week.The All=School Mass = Ash Wednesday. Thursday, MARCH 2 all SFX students
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SFX Showcase Flags!

All of SFX has been working very hard on creating some beautiful artworks to auction off at Showcase! Check it out!! Students have discussed and learned about the paintings of American artist Jasper Johns. Johns was a member of the U.S. military, and his unique painting materials and iconic subjects help to make him very well-known in the art world! Both works below are painted by Johns with a material called “encaus
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VALENTINE’S DAY

During our religion classes this week we are coming to know Jesus the teacher.  Jesus teaches us in many ways, by what he says, by what he does, by the way he lived, and especially by who he is.  Jesus teaches us to love God with all our hearts and to love others as he loves us.  Our classroom this Valentine’s Day was filled with love, kindness, and caring. The First Graders read stories, created masks, played
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Post

¡Hola! This past week we covered: Limpio/Sucio, Clean/Dirty. We read the book Harry: el perrito sucio/dirty dog. Harry is a happy perro who is blanco with negro spots. He loves everything except for taking baths. When bath time comes around Harry corre away and has loads of fun getting sucio. Before he knows it he has changed from a perro blanco with black spots to a perro negro with white spots. Harry starts to miss
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Art Room :: Jim Dine Hearts just in time for Valentine’s!

Jim Dine and his Heart Art! 1st Grade  1st graders learned about Jim Dine and his beautiful painted (and sculpted!) hearts. We tied these artworks to Valentine’s Day, which is quickly approaching, and also discussed warm and cool colors. 1st graders then created a heart cut-out, helping to develop fine motor skills, and used a chalk printing technique to color them. Students chose either warm or cool colors for
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100 Days of School!

The first graders enjoyed the 100 Days of School Activities! The students completed games, activities, and art in both classes. They are all 100 Days Smarter! This picture collage customized with Smilebox
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VALENTINE’S DAY

TUESDA, FEBRUARY 14 IS VALENTINE’S DAY!!  FIRST GRADERS MAY BRING VALENTINE CARDS TO DISTRIBUTE, BUT PLEASE REMEMBER TO SEND A CARD FOR EVERYONE IN THE CLASS.  WE HAVE 14 CHILDREN IN OUR CLASS.  CHILDREN CAN ALSO BRING CARDS FOR MRS. COBIAS CLASS .  THERE ARE 17 CHILDREN IN RS.COBIAS CLASS.  THANK YOU!!!
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YES, YOU CAN!!!

Catholic Schools Week opened with a Family Mass and Open House.  Monday  the students arrived in jammies  and headed to the gyn for our Guest Speaker who was inspirational and full of hope.  Tuesday we celebrated USA Day by collaborating with 7th Graders to create fleece capes for  a children’s hospital in Indianapolis.  Wednesday was Summer-in-Winter Day. our class read stories about TACKY THE PENGUIN.  The gi
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Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

Hola! This past week we celebrated: Semana de los Colegios Católicos/ Catholic Schools Week. Our activities consisted in learning Spanish vocabulary related to such a wonderful celebration such as: Dios/God, misa/mass, colegio/ school, etc. This activity not only helped us reviewing previous lessons such as days of the week, seasons, and colors; but also help 4th and 5th graders to practice their Spanish reading and
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Art Room Update

We are currently beginning a new project that is not only going to be AWESOME, but is going to help out our school! More details to come on how the project will evolve and what it will be used for, but here are some of the beginning steps ::  Students in grades 1-4 have discussed and learned about the paintings of American artist Jasper Johns. Johns was a member of the U.S. military, and his unique painting materials
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