This past week was Pumpkin Week! During pumpkin week, we learn everything there is to know about pumpkins - the life cycle of the pumpkin, the parts of the pumpkin, and what a pumpkin feels like, smells like, and most importantly, tastes like. We had eight different pumpkin treats this week: pie, roll, dip, cookies, bars, muffins, and more. We acted as scientists and did experiments on our pumpkins and recorded our observations. We also dug out pumpkin seeds which we will plant and bring home. We even did a puking pumpkin experiment.
We had a fire safety assembly, which is always exciting and we started playing Freckle on our iPads. The students' logins have been taped to the inside of their homework folder just in case they want to play Freckle at home - this online gaming platform will help the students hone their math and ILA skills.
We had our first mystery reader of the year! The kids always love this program. A family member of one of our students plan a date, secretly, to come in and read to the class. They usually bring a small treat or trinket to help the students relate to the book. And while the students love all that, the surprise is really the best part! When we get the call from the office, the students just can't contain their excitement, wondering if this mystery reader will be their family member! And our first mystery reader did not disappoint! A dad came in and read a great Halloween book, How to Catch a Witch, by Alice Walstead. The story follows kids chasing a witch on Trick-or-Treat night and the many ways the witch evades the children. It is a funny book and the students really enjoyed it. Then the students got a trick-or-treat of their own and a Halloween pencil. The students loved it and can't wait for our next mystery reader!
The last two pictures are the students with their new Squishmallow pets. The pets get to sit with them at their desk and the students can interact with them as long as they are paying attention and being quiet while I'm teaching. If the student is not behaving at the moment, the pet needs to go back to the Squishmallow School for a little while. I bought the Squishmallow pets with the money I won from having the highest attendance at Back to School night, so thank you to everyone who came!
Important Upcoming Dates:
Wednesday, October 12: Fire Prevention Assembly
Thursday, October 13: Dress Down Day $3.00
Friday, October 21: All School Mass; Fall Fest
Friday, October 28: Halloween Party
Monday, October 31: Black and Orange Dress Down Day
Tuesday, November 1: All Saints Day, All School Mass
Thursday, November 10: Picture Re-Take Day
Friday, November 11: Early Dismissal for Teacher Training
Tuesday, November 22: Early Dismissal for Thanksgiving Break
Reading Log Minutes: 18,729
Welcome to First Grade!
Hello! I am Stacey Biggins, one of the first grade teachers at St. Joseph School. I am so excited to be teaching first grade! If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me by e-mail or by sending a note with your child. I can also be reached at the school office by calling 717-632-0118. By working together, we will all have a blessed school year!
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First Grade Specials
Wednesday: Spanish, Library