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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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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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