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Happy Thanksgiving!

Dear 4S Parents –  I wanted to send a note and wish you all a safe and happy Thanksgiving weekend.  I hope you can enjoy some quality time with your close families in a safe and enjoyable atmosphere.  In my household, as I discussed with the class yesterday, my parents always had my sister and I say something we were thankful for each year at the dinner table.  With Ms. Sack returning to her classroom on M
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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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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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Week of October 19th

4S Parents, Hope everyone had a great week!  I look forward to meeting you all in person (ok, kind of) next week for conferences.  Please make sure to send back the conference form your student brought home by Monday.  It will help me prepare for our short time on zoom together.  We do a lot of in work class that is graded, so moving forward, if your student has not completed that work in class it will be assigned as
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An Update from Our Social Worker

Each week, I spend some time in the classroom focusing on various aspects of social emotional wellness.  It truly is one of the best parts of my job! Beginning next week, I plan to focus on confidence and resilience using exercises and inspiration from the new book Superpowered: Transform Anxiety into Courage, Confidence and Resilience by Renee Jain and Dr. Shefali Tsabary.It is an awesome book for kids to read from
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Battle of the Books!

SFX students in grades 4-6 will have an opportunity to participate in Battle of the Books, a literary trivia game. Again this school year, we will play an interscholastic game with two other area schools, Roycemore and Chiaravalle. When we return from winter break, more information will be made available to students regarding how teams will be formed and how to earn a slot on the team. Until that time, this is the li
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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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4S Weekly Update 10.9

Dear 4S Parents –  Happy weekend and I hope you all enjoy the opportunity to extend the weekend by an extra day!  We had a busy week of learning, exploring new technology and cleaning out our desks.   Math – We spent the week working hard on multiplication and some division.  I realize some of this multiplication is new to parents and we are spending extra time in class to better understand the “new” math
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Friday, October 2nd Update

4S Parents, Thanks so much for your patience as I learn all the ins and outs here at St. Francis.  While I am teaching your kids, I plan to give a brief review of the week and a few items that may be taking place the following week.  It has been a pleasure getting to know each of your children and teaching them over the past few weeks. Have a great weekend,  Mr. Braband Math – We completed chapter 1 with a chap
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Request for Headphones

Thank you so much for all your support as we continue to adapt to our new normal. Our students have risen to the occasion these last few weeks as we traverse new routines and procedures. One of these new routines are electronic devices for the students. The devices will serve as a wonderful way to enhance lessons and allow students to delve deeper into their learning.  In order to provide the best environment fo
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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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Welcome to 2020-2021 SFX Blogs

You have been subscribed to receive classroom news through our SFX blog system. Please note what this looks like, by grade, below: 1 – Kindergarten will use See Saw to share classroom news and updates this year across both the SJ and SFX campuses. Watch for an update here soon! 2 – Grades 1-4 will continue to share weekly updates and overviews through the SFX blog system. You are automatically subscribed
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4S week 12/e-learning 6.8.2020

Hello Fantastic 4S Families! Yes, we did it!  We made it through 3 months of e-learning, and you should ALL be so proud!  Congratulations to a stellar finish in 4th grade, and let me be the first to almost Welcome you to 5th grade!!!   Again, thank you to my wonderful 4S parents and students.  These past months of e-learning, you have shown that you can and will rise to any and all occasions.  I am so very proud of y
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4S Week 11 e-learning/6.1.2020

Hello Fantastic 4S Families! I hope everyone enjoyed our BEAutiful weekend weather!  Our SFX FIELD DAY is this Wednesday, June 3!!!  And, there will be no assignments due!   HAVE SO MUCH FUN 4S!!! Our last full week of  Zoom meetings are listed below.   Please use same ID/PW for all Zoom meetings. Monday: 9:00-11:00 – Differentiated Groups Monday: 11:00-12:00 – Ms. Sack’s Math, Only Tuesday: 9:00-11:00 &#
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4S Week 10 e-learning/May 26-29

Hello 4S Families! I hope you enjoyed a relaxing Memorial Day weekend!  Hang in there!  You all are doing great!!!  Less than three weeks to go of e-learning! Remember, I have added “office hours” in Zoom, to better help those who have questions.  My office hours are for you students, to log in and ask me questions pertaining to your weekly assignments.  And, bring your work with you!  I am here for you d
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4S TFK Quiz link

Hi All, Below is the quiz link for this week’s TFK! Thanks, Ms. Sack https://api.timeforkids.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/TG30417_Cover-Quiz-DG.pdf
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4S Bike Safety at SFX

Hi 4S students, Please know that it’s important to watch this video since we will not be having an in person bike safety day this year. Thanks for watching, Ms. Sack Bike Safety Presentation for 4th grade and up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HPM6nu8qi0&feature=youtu.be
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4S week of May 18

Hello 4S Families! This week, 4S will use one of my “office hours” from 10:00-11:00 on Wednesday, May 20 to present their Science/Art projects!   Mrs. Breen and I are looking forward to seeing everyone this Wednesday from 10:00-11:00!  Below is a shortened version of what I sent last week, so be prepared! Criteria for Grading Food Chains & Webs Science Project Overall understanding (Were the direction
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4S Week 8 of e-learning/5.11.2020

Hello 4S Families! THANK YOU ALL!  You families amaze me!  My heart was/is full when I finally got to see my 4th graders at the parade!  I miss you all so much!  Again, I am so very blessed to be a part of this wonderful SFX family! You mean the world to me!  You guys are RockStars!  This week, we will add one Zoom call across the 4th grade level, on Monday, May 11 from 12:15-1:15.  This is in collaboration with Ms.
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4th Grade Lunch Group

Hi, Fourth Grade/Ms. Sack parents!  Just a quick reminder that we will have a lunch group gathering again today, May 6th! Boys: 12:00-12:25pm Girls: 12:30-12:55pm Please join us using the Zoom link that I shared with you in yesterday’s email. Please let me know if you have any questions – I’m always available to you at laurenegan@sfx-school.org. Looking forward to it!
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Week 7 e-learning/5.4.2020

Hello 4S Families! Congratulations students!!!  You have hit it out of the park, Again!  I continue to be impressed with your effort and devotion to e-learning.  I am very grateful to all who have completed and submitted their work this past week!  You guys are RockStars!  Remember, I have added “office hours” in Zoom, to better help those who have questions.  My office hours are for you students, to log
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4S week 6 of e-learning/4.27.2020

Hello 4S Families! Congratulations students!!!  You have hit it out of the park, Again!  I continue to be impressed with your effort and devotion to e-learning.  I am very grateful to all who have completed and submitted their work this past week!  You guys are RockStars!  Remember, I have added “office hours” in Zoom, to better help those who have questions.  My office hours are for you students, to log
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4th-6th Grade Graphic Novel Book Club

Since we have been sheltering in place, I have been meeting with any interested 4th-6th grade students for a weekly Zoom book club. We have discussed a variety of books and next week we will be meeting on Friday, May 1 at 3:00 p.m. to discuss two graphic novels by Nathan Hale, who visited SFX last year. We will be discussing his new book, Major Impossible, as well as his book Underground Abductor. Both of these books
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Week of April 20 e-learning

e-learning week 5      Hello 4S Students and Families!  I hope you all enjoyed you Spring Break! We will continue e-learning LIVE on Zoom!  I am very excited about this so please be prepared.  I have emailed everything you need to bring to our Zoom  meetings, in order for you to be successful.  Please print what I have sent to your parents, and please bring all assigned materials to our meetings!  Thanks so much, Ms.
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