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First Grade Christmas Eve Mass Pageant

St. Francis Xavier Parish kindly asks First Grade parents to review yesterday’s letter here regarding 3pm and 5pm Christmas Eve Masses at SFX Church. Children who wish to participate should sign up here. Thank you!
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FAREWELL NOVEMBER

RELIGION PROMISE lesson objectives were that children recognize that God calls us to use our talents, and that children will identify ways they serve people in need. We learned a prayer “Jesus taught us by your example that we are to serve others. Help us to always look for ways we can help others. Amen” The Works of Mercy were introduced. Mercy means helping people who need help. LITERACY We continue get
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HAPPY THANKSGIVING

I am thankful for my fantastic First Graders and their wonderful families. Thank you to those who were able to come to conferences. Wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving and weekend.
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Family Reading Night Highlights

What a fun time we all had last week Thursday night when 200 people joined us to share stories, swap books, and make a jazzy craft. Much thanks to Alice Joseph of the Wilmette Public Library for being one of our guest readers and helping to sign children up for library cards. Thank you to all of our SFX families who joined us to celebrate our love of reading.     
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DISCOVERING THE MOON

SCIENCE This week our class finalized plans to BLAST OFF TO THE MOON. We read and discussed what we would need for our trip and the children created their own space packs to our voyage. The children named their landing site, named their spaceships, planned what they would be landing near, a crater, a sea, a mountain, the North Pole, or the South Pole. The astronauts also thought about what they would study on the moo
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

¡Hola! This past week we focused in “Día de Acción de Gracias.” K-2 Students worked on an art project:  A mini book in which they got to practice colors and numbers in Spanish by coloring the pavo and the food we eat during Acción de Gracias. Also, we read the book: “Celebra el Día de Acción de Gracias con Beto y Gaby”/ Celebrate Thanksgiving with Beto and Gaby. This book taught us how to say Thank you God/Gracias Di
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Family Reading Night Reminder

This week we will celebrate our 3rd annual Family Reading Night. It will take place in the Xavier Room starting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 16. We hope you will join us for stories, a fun craft designed by our art teacher, Mrs. Kuhn, a visit from Mrs. Joseph of the Wilmette Public Library, and a book swap where children can bring in their own gently used books and swap them for some new treasures to take home
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BAPTISM AND VETERAN’S DAY

RELIGION Students learned about the Sacrament of Baptism. They learned that through Baptism we become children of God and Christians. This week the children brought a stuffed animal to school for a “pretend” Baptism performed by Father Rodlin. Our PROMISE issue invited the children to appreciate Jesus’ Law of Love and service. They are learning how to show love and service by giving gifts of themsel
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Post

¡Hola! This past week we covered: K-3 Days of the week and months of the year. We reviewed both topics by singing songs, watching videos and writing activities. Home enrichment: Ask your child to show you the art projects that we did this week. 4-5 We continued our unit on our school. This week we learned about modes of transportation with the help of the verb go/voy. By working in pairs, students asked each other ho
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NOVEMBER

Our week began with a fantastic Field Trip to the Adler Planetarium. RELIGION Weekly PROMISE issues connect Sunday’s Gospel with our daily lives. This week we learned about Jesus teaching us the Great Commandment: love God and love your neighbor as yourself.  Children are learning from stories and how to practice loving actions.  PROMISE explores actions the children can do to show love of God and others.  We b
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Post

¡Hola! This past week we covered: Day of the dead/Dia de los Muertos We focused on learning about this Mexican tradition by reading the book Pablo Remembers (k-2) and reading an excerpt with a 10 word vocabulary (3-5). Also, we made our own Dia de los Muertos books and colored different objects related to this wonderful celebration! 3-5 added an author’s note based on their own interpretations of this celebrati
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HALLOWEEN ACTIVITIES

Our class completed Math Chapter 4. We learned to read, make, and use tally charts, pictographs, and bar graphs to compare information, and to use graphs to solve problems. Thank you Mystery Reader.  The children loved CREEPY CARROTS, ALBERT’S HALLOWEEN,  and OFFICER BUCKLE AND GLORIA. We are learning about the Sacrament of Baptism in our Religion classes. Literacy classes stretched our imaginations as we read
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

¡Hola! This past week we covered: Kindergarten/1st/2nd/3rd Halloween/Dia de las brujas We focused on improving our Spanish vocabulary by learning the names of halloween theme words such as witch/bruja, ghost/fantasma, etc. Also, we made our own Spanish Halloween books and colored different characters! Home enrichment: Ask your child to show you the books and/or the coloring sheets we did this week. 4t/ 5th Grade We f
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FIRST GRADE NEWS

A week of new learning and fun. Girls and boys continue to work in their Moon Journals. We wore our Cub gear and cheered on our beloved Cubbies! We continued learning and working with Gobuts. The October Birthday celebration was fun for all of our celebrants. Our Math classes were filled with learning about gathering and comparing information using tally marks, bar graphs, and pictographs. In preparation for our visi
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

¡Hola! This past week we covered: Kindergarten/1st/2nd/3rd Shapes: Figuras We focused on: Circulo, rectangulo, cuadrado, and triangulo. We had very fun activities that helped us practicing our Spanish writing skills at the same time as reviewing previous lessons such as colors and numbers. Home enrichment: Ask your child about the shapes around your house! 4t/ 5th Grade We finished our unit on introductions in Spanis
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Field Trip to the Adler Planetarium

A few reminders about our upcoming field trip on Monday, October 30! -Please have your child bring a completely disposable lunch labeled with your child’s name and stapled or taped shut. -If you ordered hot lunch for that day please cancel and call the office for any help. -Jackets will be carried by the students throughout the day. There will be brief time outside upon arrival and departure. One year there was
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AWESOME AUTUMN

Visitor showing her drum O THANK YOU MYSTERY READER Autumn is awesome as we celebrate God’s wonderful creation and enjoy the beautiful trees as they change colors. .Don’t forget to “moon gaze” and continue to record the phases of the moon. Along with practicing our Reading, Writing, and Math SFX First Graders were busy with some great performances. Kindergarten’s Three Penny Opera brough
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

¡Hola! Due to wonderful field trips, holidays, and special activities in the past three weeks some of the students did not have Spanish. In the past two weeks we have been working very hard on reviewing topics (with the groups that did not miss Spanish), and finishing new lessons (with the groups that did). We are building our Spanish knowledge as we go!  It is very important for students of the same grade and level
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OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS

Our week began with Picture Day and then was filled with Birthdays. Our Mystery Reader surprised her son on his Birthday. She read WACKY WEDNESDAY, SAM AND DAVE DIG A HOLE, and WHEN I WAS A BOY I DREAMED. A delightful treat for all .Every day the girls and boys are reading and writing. Subtraction facts. writing math sentences and stories, along with IXL practice was our Math work. We were thrilled to host many Grand
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BYE-BYE SEPTEMBER

Our final week of September featured a visit from the Wilmette Fire Department for a Fire Safety Presentation. The First Graders made a Safety Book and completed related activities. Our math classes were enhanced with activities on IXL with the IPADS snd cubes to manipulate and reinforce our learning the concept of part-oart-whole. Our first Mystery Reader engaged our class, she arrived on her daughters Birthday. Tha
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AUTUMN ARRIVES

Thank you to all the families who attended BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT! It was wonderful meeting parents, sharing our curriculum, and dining together. It is so important for our children to understand that their parents and teacher are on the same team – Team First Grade – together we are working towards a successful school year for every child. Our SFX theme, We Are All One Body, is a focus for us all this scho
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Religion Book Blessing

We are grateful to Father Sheridan for his blessings. He blessed the students and the books that will help the students grow in their faith. Thank you so much, Father Sheridan! Customize your own photo collage
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BIRTHDAY TRIO!!

Happy Birthday to three!!   This week three First Graders celebrated their Birthday on the same day!  What a coincidence!! We are learning about Math concepts .  Practicing addition facts is our next Math adventure. Our Tech Art class had the First Graders controlling OZOBOTS with color coded markers. Reading and Writing Workshops are in full swing along with our Kevin Henkes author unit.  These stories are enri
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

¡Hola! This past week we finished our project: La Mochila/My Backpack. All grades: We continued to learn about school supplies in Spanish. This activity not only helps students practice their Spanish writing skills and improve their Spanish vocabulary but also encourages them to speak in Spanish while using or asking for them. 3rd/4th/5th Grades: We ended up our weekend playing a school supplies matching game. Studen
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SEPTEMBER NOTES

Our class has been learning about numbers and number words.  Lots to review for some and much to learn for many First Graders.  We  continue practicing being First Graders and one part is learning to navigate text books.  Our Math book is challenging for many children and we are patiently helping the children learn to “read”  a text book. Our class LOVES BOOKS AND LOVES TO READ.  Some imaginative First Gr
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