Monday, January 20th: Martin Luther King day - NO SCHOOL
Sunday, January 26th: Catholic Schools Week Mass 9:00; Education Fair 10 to Noon
Monday, January 27th: Silly socks and slippers day; If students wear slippers, shoes must be worn to school and slippers brought to school. Sneakers and gym uniforms need to be worn this day.
Tuesday, January 28th: Dress down day in school colors, No homework
Wednesday, January 29th: Students may wear an NFL Jersey ($1.00 donation); Students should wear comfortable clothes and sneakers for games in the gym.
Thursday, January 30th: Parent lunch, 11:45 to 12:30 at the social hall
Friday, January 31st: Prayer service and open house 9:00 to 11:15; Deadline for yearbook orders
Monday, February 3rd: 100th day of school; last day to send in box tops for class competition
Friday, February 7th: Mass at 10:30 am in the gym
Friday, February 14th and Monday, February 17th: We DO have school! Snow make-up days
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First grade has had an eventful month of December at school preparing for and celebrating Christmas, with Christmas games in gym, a Christmas party, and a visit from Santa.
I wanted to take a moment, though, to say how very proud I am of these wonderful first graders! They worked very hard on our Advent project. During Advent, we prepared ourselves for Jesus' birthday! To truly prepare our hearts, we did a service project for each of the four main communities we learned about in social studies: Church, school, family, and town.
The first week our first graders worked very diligently at preparing heartfelt cards for our military members overseas and our veterans at home in hospitals. We invited the rest of the school to join us and together we prepared over 120 cards to give to the Red Cross to distribute to our military and veterans! The Red Cross representative was truly grateful!
The second week we made cards for our parish shut-ins which were delivered by our clergy. The cards were beautiful and we've received very heartfelt thank you notes from some of the people who received cards.
For the third week of Advent, we put on a show for the preschool telling and illustrating the story of Jesus' birth. They did a beautiful job and then enjoyed some Christmas cookies with the preschoolers. What a way to serve our school community - share the glory of God with those younger than us!
And finally, for the fourth week of Advent, the kids made a special service gift for their family - planning a family fun day to celebrate God's gift of family!
The kids worked so hard this Advent to prepare their hearts for Jesus and I could not have been prouder!
First grade did a Los Posadas play for the elementary school. This is a traditional Spanish reenactment of Mary and Joseph's search for lodging. The first graders went room to room reading a poem with the other classes responding in poetry. It was a beautiful celebration of an important part of the nativity story.
Hello! I am Stacey Biggins, the first grade teacher 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!
Mrs. Stacey Biggins
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First Grade Specials
Tuesday: Computer and Spanish