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Mrs. Head’s Homeroom, Friday, February 26

Poetry Pals This week we got to hear from Rabbi Josh Warshawsky at Solomon Schechter Day School and virtually toured the synagogue at Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School.  We were so excited to hear from Rabbi Josh and see the synagogue!  We made a list of similarities and differences between Judaism and Catholicism. A few similarities we found were…. -They have Jewish laws and we also have the 10 Commandmen
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Mrs. Head’s Homeroom, Friday, February 19

Math This week we jumped into fractions! This week we learned key vocabulary words such as numerator, denominator, unit fraction, and whole. We also looked at using number lines to show a fraction. While we will spend a bit of time in chapter 7, it is still very important for students to practice their math facts every day. Ash Wednesday and Lent On Wednesday, we received ashes in our classroom. We took a selfie on S
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Mrs. Head’s Homeroom, Friday, February 12

Poetry Pals This week we had the opportunity to read the “ I Am” poems from the first week written by participants from other faiths.  The kids were asked to find commonalities between themselves and the other participants.  Students then wrote “Ode’s” about the commonalities they found and posted to share them with their teammates.  It was a fun day! Missing School Supplies In December students took home school supp
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Mrs. Head’s Homeroom, February 5, 2021

Catholic Schools Week We had an amazing week celebrating Catholic Schools!  The kiddos looked amazing in PJ’s, dressed up for picture day, wacked out in red, white and blue, and then throwing it back on Thursday!  We had a fun filled week of trivia, art projects, and gratitude.  I would like to send a huge THANK YOU to all the families that made my week perfect.  The small gifts, flowers, wine, Uber Eats gift card, n
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Mrs. Head’s Homeroom, Friday, January 29

Poetry Pals This week we started Poetry Pals with a LIVE session on Zoom.  The class got to meet our two teaching artists.  We started writing I Am poems and learned about two poetic devices, imagery and anaphora.  The purpose of this exercise was to help introduce ourselves and share about our families and culture.  On Monday, February 1st, we will have another LIVE session where we will share these poems through Pa
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Mrs. Head’s Classroom Update, Friday, January 22

Welcome Back It is so nice to be in the classroom!  We are quickly settling back into our daily routine and work load. It has been a bit of a transition for many of us, but so worth it to get to see our friends everyday! Headphones for Poetry Pals On Monday, we will start Poetry Pals! Please make sure each student has headphones that will work on the Chromebook on Monday morning. Most students had headphones earlier
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Mrs. Head’s Class Blog, Friday, January 15

E-Learning I hope you are all ready to return to the classroom on Tuesday, January 19! I know I am.  This past week I spoke with your child about packing up and provided them with a list of items that need to be returned to SFX on Tuesday.  The list is on Seesaw for your reference. Any item highlighted in yellow will be needed on Tuesday, so please prioritize those items. Please have your child show you their Seesaw
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Mrs. Head’s Homeroom, Friday, January 8

Happy New Year! E-Learning Wow!  I can not compliment you and your children enough on a successful return to e-learning this past Monday. The kids joined in on Zoom this week eager to learn and happy to see their friends.  I also wanted to thank you all for all the kind and complimentary emails.  I love my job, but e-learning is hard, thank you for all the encouragement! I know the kiddos are excited, as am I, to ret
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Mrs. Head’s Class Blog – Friday, December 11

Door Decor The Student Council set up a Holiday Door Decorating Contest.  The third grade pulled all three doors together and came up with the 12 Days of Christmas! Here is our contribution. Author Zoom We were so excited to have our author Zoom with John Gallagher on Wednesday! We are grateful for the Book Stall and their support with the Book Fair this year. Warm Hugs This past Thursday we enjoyed a “warm hug” of h
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Mrs. Head Class Blog, December 4

Preparing for remote learning E-learning may look a little different in your house this time with all of your SFX and SJ students at home with devices. As this time quickly approaches please be thinking of a learning space for all children. I would love my 3rd graders to be seated at a desk or table in a secluded location. I will be sending the daily schedule to my kiddos (and you) each day through Seesaw. (Please ma
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Mrs. Head’s Class Blog, November 20, 2020

Seesaw – Family Connection If your family has not yet connected with Seesaw, please do so as soon as possible.  When we go remote the two weeks after Christmas Break, this will be the main source of communication.  This will also allow you to see some fun videos we post in the classroom and work your child is submitting. PJ Day Thank you to everyone that participated in PJ Day! We loved being comfy and cozy in
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Author Webinar Recap

On Thursday, our 3rd and 4th grade students participated in an author webinar with children’s book authors Kate Messner and Traci Sorell. Ms. Sorell is one of the authors of the book Indian No More, which is our Global Read Aloud book for 4th grade. The webinar was titled “Rethinking Thanksgiving,” and offered a thought-provoking author visit based on their books about the real histor
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Mrs. Head’s Blog, Thursday, November 12

Religion This week we started a new chapter entitled, God is Powerful and Loving.  In this chapter we will learn about how God saved the Israelites from Pharaoh’s army and how we can trust God in our times of need.  We will discuss the stories of Moses parting the Red Sea, how God fed His people manna, and the Ten Commandments. Math This week we wrapped up chapter 3 and subtraction. The chapter 3 test is in the
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Mrs. Head’s Class Blog, November 6

Welcome to NOVEMBER! We were so excited for the warm weather this week and some extra time outside. We even earned silent reading time in the sunshine on Friday afternoon. I hope you have a chance to enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend! Math This week we continued our study of subtraction. We specifically looked at regrouping and regrouping across zero. We discussed the importance of working in the correct order
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Mrs. Head’s Class Blog: Halloween Edition

Happy Halloween We had so much fun celebrating Halloween in our costumes on Thursday.  I hope everyone has a safe and fun Halloween that is masked and socially distanced. Door Decorating Contest Our class put together an amazing entry for the SFX Student Council door decorating contest based off of the nursery rhyme “There Was An Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe.” Conferences Thank you for a great Fall Confe
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2020 Global Read Aloud Initiative

Starting this month, during my weekly designated library time with our 1st-4th grade students, I have launched the 2020 Global Read Aloud initiative. Information about Global Read Aloud can be found at https://theglobalreadaloud.com. The program allows schools throughout the world to connect through designated children’s books that raise awareness. I am happy to share we are connecting with schools in
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Mrs. Head’s Class Blog, October 23, 2020

Fun Run Our class participated in the Boosterthon Fun Run on Friday.  We had a blast running, dancing, and earning those laps!  Overall, our class raised $64.64 per a lap.  Not too shabby!  Thank you to all the parents, students, and families that donated and made this Boosterthon a SUCCESS! We have earned several special days with our donations. We will have Crazy Hair Day on Monday, October 26 and Crazy Sock Day on
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Mrs. Head’s Blog for Friday, October 16

Mass WOW! I am so proud of our class for leading Mass on Tuesday. You can watch our amazing readers again on the parish YouTube channel. Boosterthon FunRun Boosterthon helps us raise money for our school, and it has also been teaching us some character traits.  This past week we learned about teamwork, care,  and courage. Thank you to all the families that have logged onto funrun.com and shared their child’s vi
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Bluestem Challenge Reminder

The Bluestem Award is an Illinois Readers Choice award for students in grades 3-5. The nominee list is created by librarians and educators from across the state and I have been fortunate to serve on this committee for the last three years. Any SFX 3rd-5th grade student who reads all of the 20 Bluestem nominees by May 1st and turns in this Bluestem Reading Challenge form to me on or before May 1st will get to attend a
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Mrs. Head’s Class Blog, 10-12-20

Mass on Tuesday! Our class will host the school Mass on Tuesday! Please use the link in the Newsblast on Tuesday morning to join us on YouTube at 10:10 AM. Readers should practice their parts over the weekend. Wear Pink We had a large turn out of friends that donated a $1 to dress down on Friday.  Thank you for your support!  The money goes to a great cause, so close to so many of our hearts, The Colleen Pope Vitu Ha
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Mrs. Head’s Class Blog, October 2

Chromebooks This week we learned how to use our Chromebook! We practiced signing onto IXL and Freckle for math practice. We also learned how to send an email to a teacher and how to ask a question. We used Google Slides to send Mrs. Head a Google Doc telling her a place she should visit. We wrapped up our week by getting on EPIC and checking out some new books. Please make sure your child has headphones in their desk
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Bluestem Challenge

The last two weeks I have been speaking with all 3rd-5th grade students  encouraging them to take the Bluestem Challenge. The Bluestem Award is an Illinois Readers Choice award for students in grades 3-5. The nominee list is created by librarians and educators from across the state and I have been fortunate to serve on this committee for the last three years. Any SFX 3rd-5th grade student who reads all of the 20 Blue
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Mrs. Head’s Class Blog – September 25, 2020

Back To School Zoom Thank you to all the families that joined me Wednesday night for our Back to School Zooms.  It was nice to connect with all of you and show you a little bit about what our days at SFX look like.  If you missed the Zoom, or if you have any follow up questions, please feel free to reach out to me by e-mail. You can view the Google Slides presentation again here. I am looking forward to conferences,
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Week of September 14th

This week was a success!  We have moved on from learning rules, procedures, and routines to hitting the books. Math Over the past two weeks we have been working on place value of numbers up to 10,000.  We have reviewed the different forms that numbers can be written in, we have compared and ordered numbers, as well as rounded to the nearest 10 and 100.  We will be having our Chapter One math test next
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A Great Start!

Wow, it has been a GREAT first two weeks at SFX in our classroom!  The first week we spent a lot of time getting to know all our new classmates.  We played games, shared our “All About Me Bags” and had time to create I Love Books and our VIPs of SSJFX wall to decorate our space! We also spent a lot of time learning and practicing the new safety procedures.  Everyone seems to be adapting well to wearing
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