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WEEK THIRTY-FIVE FOR THE FABULOUS FIRST GRADERS

RELIGION In our final PROMISE isSue Jesus compares himself to                            a good shepherd who cares for and protects his sheep. We learned           that a shepherd  is an image of God’s care and we identified Jesus as the Good Shepherd.   Children discussed the many people who care for them and how they show they care.  Special Person Day was a wonderful example of sharing the Mass with people w
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WEEK THIRTY- FOUR FOR THE FABULOUS FIRST GRADERS

RELIGION The Risen Jesus helps his friends make a great catch of fish and then invites them to come and eat with him. This Easter appearance story is also a eucharistic story, Jesus’ friends  recognize him in sharing the meal together. Jesus is with us in a special way when we gather together and  celebrate at Mass. Our PROMISE focused  on celebrating Jesus’ presence among us in Word, sacrament, and in ea
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WEEK THIRTY-THREE FOR THE FABULOUS FIRST GADERS

RELIGION The objectives this week all led up to our Friday Mass and May Crowning. They were to learn that Mary  is Our Mother and Queen.  Mary helps us be good Christians. The Church honors Mary and we honor Mary by trying to be like her by asking her to pray for us, and by singing to her. We learned about the Rosary and  our class prayed the Holy Rosary led by a class Mom. LITERACY The objectives this week were  to
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WEEK THIRTY-TWO FOR THE FABULOUS FIRST GRADERS

RELIGION Easter celebrates Jesus’ Resurrection from the dead. This is the core of Christian faith – God raised Jesus, who was crucified, from the dead. Jesus’ Resurrection was a powerful event in the life of the early Christians so they recorded their experience for us. Easter is a season of joy and new life. God is always present in and around us, we can meet Jesus in Church, reading the Bible and
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WEEK THIRTY-ONE FOR THE FABULOUS FIRST GRADERS

RELIGION Children learned about the events of  Holy Week. We learned to make crosses with the palms from Palm Sunday Mass. The children recognized  the story of Jesus’ entry  into Jerusalem. They learned the meaning of Holy Communion and Mass. We learned that Jesus died so we can go to heaven. Jesus loves us so much that he died on the Cross and rose to new life so that we can go to Heaven. We prayed,”Dea
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Update on Cradles to Crayons

Please check out the April 18 edition of the Wilmette Beacon! An article on page 13 is about the First Grade trip to Cradles to Crayons. One correction is that Cradles to Crayons served 80,000 people this year. We are so grateful for your donations and to chaperones for helping the first graders help others. This was a meaningful Lenten service project for all.
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WEEK THIRTY FOR THE FABULOUS FIRST GRADERS

RELIGION This weeks Gospel shows that Jesus is more interested in us growing      more loving instead of who is to blame. Our Promise issue explored children’s feelings about what  is fair and what is unfair. Children learned that Jesus doesn’t blame. and we shouldn’t blame or tease each other.  Jesus wants us to forgive, not blame. Jesus forgives  us as we forgive. We prayed. “Jesus, help me
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WEEK TWENTY-NINE FOR THE FABULOUS FIRST GRADERS

RELIGION We learned from the Parable of the Prodigal Son that God is our forgiving Father.  Saying the words “I am sorry” is  practicing forgiveness.. The children recognize the need to forgive and be forgiven.  We attended the all-school Mass and  prayed the Stations of the Cross with the SFX school  community.  First Graders had a unique opportunity to put their Faith in Action with a Field Trip to Crad
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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 this week, transitional chapter books-books with controlled vocabulary but more pages and fewer illustrations than beginning readers. Starting this week, first grade studen
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WEEK TWENTY-EIGHT FOR THE FABULOUS FIRST GRADERS

RELIGION We discussed the importance of listening. We recognize that  God calls Jesus his beloved Son, God tells us to listen to Jesus, and Jesus promises and sends the Holy Spirit. Children heard a parable about growth. We recognize  signs of growth  in ourselves and in God’s world. God wants us to grow, and that  disobeying God is a sin  and God gives us second chances and forgives us when we are sorry. We  p
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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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