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CHILLY MARCH

RELIGION Last Sunday’s gospel told us the story of Jesus clearing the Temple of buyers and sellers.  He reminds people that his Father’s house is a place to pray.  He is angry that they are making a marketplace out of a sacred place.  Our PROMISE explored children’s experiences of being angry with friends and family members and having to ask for and give forgiveness.   The children identified what i
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MARCH CAME IN LIKE A LION

RELIGION On the second Sunday of Lent, the Church reads the Gospel story of Jesus’ Transfiguration.  Our PROMISE  issue explores with our first Graders the idea of change and growth.  The class is learning to recognize that loving choices help them to grow more like Jesus.  In our textbook  the class  read the parable of the Good Samaritan, the story Jesus told to explain God.s second great law which is”
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PRESIDENT’S DAY

Everyone enjoyed a day to celebrate President’s Day.  Thank you for your generous contributions to the SFX Lenten Project to support the St. Thomas of Canterbury Outreach Program  A concrete example of service projects during Lent.   RELIGION The season of Lent is a time to pray, help, share,  and forgive.  We learned that the greatest law is ‘Love God with all your heart”  Everything we do can
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Author Visits Last Week and Looking Forward to Our Next Author

What a wonderful week we had last week when we were fortunate to host two author visits. On Monday, author Tammi Sauer engaged and enthralled our K-2 students with her incredible storytelling. Children fell in love with her and her endearing new book character, Wordy Birdy. On Friday, bestselling children’s author Andrew Clements concluded our week by speaking with our 3rd-5th grade students. He delighted us as
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FABULOUS FEBRUARY

A busy week after a SNOW DAY began with an outstanding author visit.  Tammi Sauer author of WORDY BIRDY and at least a dozen more books captivated our class with her presentation.  A great start for our week!! RELIGION The Lenten season began this week on Ash Wednesday.  Lent lasts for 40 days.  On Ash Wednesday we attended Mass and received blessed ashes.  The Sign of the Cross  was  traced on our foreheads.  We are
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

¡Hola! K Donde esta? Where is? We walked around the classroom finding the location of different objects and people! Also, we worked on an art project Donde esta el perrito? We hid the little dog under the bed! 1 Me gusta y no me gusta/I like and I don’t like Students enjoyed learning about how to express themselves when liking or disliking different food items.   2-3 Bueno y  malo/ Good and bad We covered
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Monday’s Upcoming Author Visit with Tammi Sauer

Thanks to our friends at the Book Stall in Winnetka, picture book author Tammi Sauer will be coming to SFX the afternoon of Monday, February 12. Last week, I read Ms. Sauer’s newest book, Wordy Birdy, to our Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade students. They adored the zany book. Many asked how they could get a copy. I handed out order forms and told the students the forms needed to be back no later than Friday, Fe
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SNOWY FEBRUARY

SNOW SNOW SNOW  a shortened week which began with a Field Trip to St. Thomas of Canterbury School!  Our First Graders joined the St. Thomas First Graders for a fantastic drum show, had lunch and  community building  activities together.  We had a memorable trip and  will continue fostering our relationships with the St. Thomas First Graders.by mail and hopefully another visit. RELIGION PROMISE issue this week showed
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CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK

It was a busy week at SFX.  So appropriate to start the week by celebrating Mass together on Sunday and concluding the week with an all school Mass on Friday.  PJ day on Monday, Tuesday was  red, white, and blue day, Wacky Wednesday, Throwback Thursday and Green and Gold accessory day on Friday a week of fun and learning.   RELIGION The PROMISE theme was Jesus is our teacher. It was Catholic Schools week so very
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

¡Hola! Señorita Rocha IS ON TWITTER! Please follow me @srita_rocha. I will be posting videos and pictures every day! This past week we covered Semana de la Escuelas Catolicas. K-1-2 Students learned Spanish vocabulary while working on a coloring projecto: Dios/God, Faith/fe, My school/Mi escuela. Also, students drew themselves and then labeled their body parts and the colors they were wearing for the day! Home enrich
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St. Thomas of Canterbury

The students enjoyed our field trip to St. Thomas of Canterbury. This was the first time first graders have visited the school. They were really excited to meet the children they wrote to or received Christmas cards from. We will continue writing to our friends. All of the students watched and learned about drums from West Africa. Everyone joined together for lunch. It was a wonderful day for all! This free picture s
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Six Flags Great America Read to Succeed Reading Program ends 2/5/18

Just a reminder Monday, February 5 is the last day for children to submit their reading logs for 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. Replacement reading logs are available if a child lost their original log. Logs can be turn
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JANUARY NEWS

RELIGION PROMISE lessons reminded us of Jesus initiating his ministry, he was busy teaching, healing, answering questions , and bringing the Good News that God loves everyone and that we can come to know and love God.  In own text we read about Jesus curing a paralyzed man.  This led to a discussion about what it means to be physically challenged and that Jesus had a special love for people who were poor or suffering
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Upcoming Author Visit: Tammi Sauer

Thanks to our friends at the Book Stall in Winnetka, picture book author Tammi Sauer will be coming to SFX the afternoon of Monday, February 12. She will be speaking with our kindergarten, first, and second grade students and sharing some of her wonderful books including her newest, Wordy Birdy. She has written over 30 books for children and more information about this author can be found on her website. The Book Sta
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

¡Hola! This past week we covered: K:  Mi Familia/ My Family We worked on learning about the family members that live with us by coloring a family tree. Home enrichment:  Ask your child to tell you what does papá mean if we forget to put the little dash on top of the second a (it means potato instead of daddy!)   1:Bueno Dias y Buenas Noches/ Good Morning and Good Night We completed a portfolio activity and an ar
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CHILLY JANUARY

RELIGION The Gospels of Ordinary Time tell us about the dynamic opening days of Jesus’ ministry.  Jesus calls Andrew and Peter, and later James and John.  All respond immediately and follow him.  Both our PROMISE issue and our Workbook  helped children explore how they  are followers of Jesus in their daily lives.by identifying who helps them  listen, follow, and care for others.  Jesus had many friends and  th
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

¡Hola! This past week we covered: K We finished our unit on clothes/ropa. We worked on writing and color activities that helped students reviewed body parts in addition to learning clothes items that we wear during winter time. Home enrichment: Ask your child to tell you about the book we read in class!!! 1/2/3 This week we covered My family/Mi familia. We enjoyed drawing and labeling the members of our families and
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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Warm wishes for a healthy, peaceful New Year to all of our fabulous First Grade families. it is very exciting to be back to school after the break, we were all thrilled to be together again.  It was a great week. RELIGION We completed  Unit 2  where First Graders learned about God’s great gift to us.  We had lessons on the goodness and mercy of God, who sent his Son to be our Savior. Children learned about Adam
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

¡Hola! This past week we reviewed previous topics and were amazed to realize how much Spanish we have been learning so far! In addition we covered: K-3 Body parts/clothes We worked on labeling projects, did our own version of Simon says, and learned the Spanish version of Head,shoulders, knees and toes.   Home enrichment: Ask your child to show you the labeling projects and to sing cabeza, hombros, piernas pies
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Christmas Concert

First graders were stars of the School Christmas Concert. They sang like angels and were absolutely darling. Thank you to our wonderful Music Teachers for preparing the children for their big night. RELIGION Our PROMISE issue explored Advent changes in the church and also the signs of their own physical growth. We started Unit 2 where we will learn about God’s great gift to us. Lessons will be presented on the
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Post

¡Hola! This past week we covered: K-2 Christmas/Navidad We made our own Mini Christmas Book that helped us learn in Spanish how to say Joseph, Mary, and Baby Jesus. Also we worked on two art projects: k-1 Grade: We made a Feliz Navidad’ card! 2 Grade: We filled out a worksheet about our Navidad’ costumes and wishes! Home enrichment: Ask your child to show you the mini books we made and to say Merry Christ
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Six Flags Great America Read to Succeed Reading Program

This week your child should have brought 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 5, 2018. Replacement reading logs are avail
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First Grade Christmas Eve Mass Reminder

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 3pm and 5pm Masses on Christmas Eve. These special Family Masses are a lovely way for you to begin your Christmas Eve celebration. This is a reminder that if you have not yet done so and plan to participa
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DAZZLING DECEMBER

RELIGION PROMISE issue answered our questions: What is Advent? Advent is waiting, Advent is lighting candles, Advent is singing, Advent is making a happy Christmas for others. The students are learning that Advent is a time of waiting and getting ready. Our class made an Advent wreath with paper cut outs of the children’s hands. We also have a Christmas countdown for our lockers. The First Grade classes are pre
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

¡Hola! This past week we covered: K-1 The seasons of the year and the weather. We reviewed both topics by singing songs, watching videos and writing activities. Home enrichment: K- Ask your child to show you the art project that we did this week. 1- Ask your child if it is frio/cold or caliente/hot outside. 4 This week we learned about modes of transportation with the help of the verb go/voy. By working in pairs, stu
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