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WEEK TWENETY-SEVEN FOR THE FABULOUS FIRST GRADERS

RELIGION Lent is a time for us to  grow in God’s love and to practice choosing loving actions. Jesus had an important choice to make when he began his work.  Should he become a powerful king or should he teach people to love each other?  Jesus said no to the Devils’ temptations, Jesus choose to trust God. LITERACY Learning about story elements continued.  We enjoyed  many magical legends and  stories of f
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WEEK TWENTY-SIX FOR THE FABULOUS FIRST GRADERS

RELIGION On Ash Wednesday we got ashes on our foreheads to remind us that someday we will die. Lent is a good time for us  to think about how we behave and what we choose.  We made crosses, which remind us of Jesus’ death on the cross, and wrote our Lenten promises on the cross. LITERACY We continue working on story elements,  The title, author, setting, characters, problem and solution were studied  using Jan
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WEEK TWENTY-FIVE FOR THE FABULOUS FIRST GRADERS

RELIGION Last Sunday’s gospel contains what we have come to know as the Golden Rule; Treat others the way you want to be treated. Jesus asks us to love our enemies and do good for them. We prayed that God will help us make loving and kind choices even when we don’t feel loving and kind. LITERACY Our class read and wrote about penguins.  The children choose a type of penguin  to research and  gather inform
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WEEK TWENTY-FOUR FOR THE FABULOUS FIRST GRADERS

RELIGION Children recognized that God shows  his love through creation  and Jesus wants everyone to be happy.  Jesus included everyone in his community, we want to include everyone in our classroom and community.. Our PROMISE explored  what makes children happy and how they seek to bring happiness – and God’s Good News – to others, Jesus healed and forgave people, he asks us to show love today and e
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WEEK TWENTY-THREE FOR THE FABULOUS FIRST GRADERS

RELIGION This week the children recognized that Jesus called people to follow him and do his work,  Jesus’ followers are all over the world. People in our parish teach us  about Jesus. We prayed to S t. Valentine to help us  show love and kindness to everyone we meet.  Both First Grade classes learned a beautiful sign language rendition of the Our Father, LITEREACY First Graders are official Word Detectives. Th
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WEEK TWENTY-TWO FOR THE FABULOUS FIRST GRADERS

RELIGION Our class confidently led SFX students in morning prayers this week .Compliments to all!!  Children learned a prayer to  St. Blase . “May we always be grateful for good health and may our throats always sing out your praise. Amen” Our PROMISE issue taught us that Jesus, had problems, like all of us, because he was human.  We discussed the practice oof making decisions that improve a bad situation
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WEEK TWENTY-ONE FOR THE FABULOUS FIRST GRADERS

RELIGION Students read about Jesus going to the synagogue in his hometown of Nazareth.  There he reads from the writings of the  prophet Isaiah. “The spirit of the Lord is upon me;God has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor.”  Jesus then announces that his Scripture is fulfilled in him,  Jesus not only tells Good News, but IS the Good News.  PROMISE presents Jesus as a real human being who like
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WEEK TWENTY FOR THE FABULOUS FIRST GRADERS

RELIGION This week the children learned about Jesus beginning his mission on earth, showing us how much God loves us and how we can respond to that love.  He goes to a wedding and expresses, through the sign of a miracle, the fullness of his life is bringing. Christians have always seen in this miracle at the Wedding of Cana a blessing   on the love expressed in marriage.  Our promise celebrates the children’s
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WEEK NINETEEN FOR THE FABULOUS FIRST GRADERS

RELIGION John baptized Jesus in the Jordan River.  This story presents Jesus’     relationship with the Father and the Holy Spirit.  This is the start of Jesus’ public ministry.  Our PROMISE issue gave the children the opportunity to experience the Sacrament of Baptism as the beginning of their belonging to God’s family. When they were born, the children were welcomed into their family.  When they w
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WEEK EIGHTEEN FOR THE FABULOUS FIRST GRADERS

Our week began with an all school celebration of our new beautiful SFX building. RELIGION Our class welcomed the new Year and each other as they shared  their Christmas stories and and adventures over break.  Children shared their stories of Jesus’ birth, that Christmas  is a time to show love to others. We  retold the story of Jesus being born in humble surroundings, the three Kings and their gifts to Jesus, a
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WEEK SEVENTEEN FOR THE FABULOUS FIRST GRADERS

The week began dressed in holiday outfits to participate in the Early Childhood Christmas Concert. All the children sang beautifully!!  A St. Francis alum and author visited our school to  read her  book and relate her story about her life in Mexico. A Mystery Reader visited and read some holiday stories.  Gingerbread houses were creatively decorated. The week was filled with joyful reading and writing storIes about
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Holiday News

  Thursday, December 21 –No hot lunch or milk available. Please send your child with a lunch. –Follow The Star-You are welcome to walk along and come into the classroom afterwards. 1:45 dismissal –Your child may wear a holiday top with uniform bottom.
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WEEK SIXTEEN FOR THE FABULOUS FIRST GRADERS

  RELIGION The second seek of Advent began with our class leading the All School Mass.  The children sang, read, and behaved like angels.  Our class learned that Mary was chosen to be the Mother of the Savior, Jesus Christ.  We pray the Hail Mary to honor Mary.  God chooses people to care for us, just like he choose  Mary and Joseph to care for Jesus.   God wants each of us to be loved and cared for and the chil
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Six Flags Great America Read to Succeed Reading Program

Before we leave for winter break, your child will bring home a reading log from the Six Flags Read to Succeed Reading Program. This program is open to children in grades K-6. Any child who independently reads or is read to for 6 hours and completes the reading log will earn one free admission to Great America. Completed forms should be returned to the school library no later than February 15, 2019. A replacement read
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Important Christmas Eve Mass Update

Dear First Grade Families, Due to popular demand, we have added a second mass to our Christmas Eve schedule when our First Graders will bring the Christmas scene alive for our congregation. In addition to the 3pm liturgy, First Grade students may now also sign up for the 5pm Mass on Christmas Eve. These 3pm and 5pm special Family Masses provide a lovely way for us all to begin our Christmas Eve celebration! Visit the
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Important Dates for First Grade

Monday, December 17–Christmas Concert at 10am in the church. This is a DRESS UP day. Children can wear dress up clothes for the concert and school day. Thursday and Friday, December 13 and 14–There is no hot lunch due to the Christmas Shoppe. Please send your child with lunch on both days.  
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SFX Alumna to Kickoff RED Campaign

We are happy to share that our RED campaign for the 2018-2019 school year will feature the theme “We are Changemakers.” The Respect Each Difference (RED) campaign, now in its 4th year, serves to help our students understand that our differences are to be celebrated and not judged. On Tuesday, December 18th, Erin Marie Nolan-Tella (pen name Erma Note and SFX’94) returns to Wilmette from her home in M
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WEEK FIFTEEN FOR THE FABULOUS FIRST GRADERS

RELIGION The season of Advent has begun.  It is a time to prepare our hearts for Jesus’ Birthday. A class Advent wreath is hanging on our classroom door.  The green leaves were made by the girls and boys  cutting out their  hand prints. We celebrated the feast of St. Nicholas by praying, learning about the saints life and hoping to follow his example of  showing kindness to everyone. LITERACY Web  began our wee
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First Grade Christmas Concert

This year our first graders join our younger Crusaders in song and celebration of the Christmas season! Don’t miss a very special Christmas concert and performance by our Preschool through 1st grade students on Monday, December 17th at 10am in the church. Kindergartners will continue to share the story of the nativity through their special musical portrayal that morning, and preschool and first grade students w
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Christmas Eve Mass at SFX Church

Dear Parents of First Graders: Christmas is a wonderful time for traditions. One of the best-loved traditions at St. Francis Xavier Parish is the first graders of our parish bringing the Christmas scene alive at the 3:00 Mass on Christmas Eve. This special Family Mass is a lovely way for you to begin your Christmas Eve celebration. Each family will have a half pew reserved that will be held for you until 10 minutes b
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WEEK FOURTEEN FOR THE FABULOUS FIRST GRADERS

RELIGION Our PROMISE issue reminded the children that God is always with us.  The children recognized that everything about them is good, including the feelings that God gave us. God is with us when we are happy, sad, angry, or afraid.  The Solemnity of Christ the King occurred last Sunday, it is the last Sunday of the Liturgical year.  We are called to recognize that Jesus is our leader. The children prayed. “
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HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Grateful for our fabulous First Graders.  They performed a Thanksgiving Tale:  Happy Harvest Feast.  Wishes for all to enjoy a safe, healthy holiday weekend.
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WEEK THIRTEEN FOR THE FABULOUS FIRST GRADERS

RELIGION Our new Chapter titled GOD IS OUR FATHER reminded the children that God made us, He made us like himself.  We can use our senses to think, choose, and love. We are god’s children and each person is unique and has special qualities. We discussed the qualities of a good  father and described how God is a good Father to us.  Our PROMISE issue explored the importance of sharing with others. In this season
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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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