We had a great Catholic Schools Week! The students did games in the gym on Monday and enjoyed a soft pretzel snack thanks to Home and School! On Tuesday, the students dressed up as what they want to be when they grow up and they played many games with their prayer partners in the classrooms. (Unfortunately, I didn't get pics of those two days because I was home sick.) Wednesday we had the Jump Rope for Heart and celebrated our 100th Day of School with lots of math fun! Thursday, we enjoyed a wacky dress down day and a Lego challenge. Friday, we ended our fun-filled week with Mass and lunch with our parents. It was all great fun!
Here are some of the important things to remember for Catholic Schools Week:
Sunday, January 26th: Opening Day Mass 9:00 am; students are asked to wear their school uniforms if you are attending this Mass at St. Joseph Church
Monday, January 27th: Students dress down in Shamrock Spirit wear, gym pants, and sneakers for gym games and pep rally; Home and School is providing soft pretzels.
Tuesday, January 28th: Students dress like the career they want to be when they grow up; First grade will play games in the classroom with their prayer partners; There is a skating party at Magic Elm from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.
Wednesday, January 29th: First grade dresses in red with sneakers and gym pants for Jump Rope for Heart; This is also the 100th day of school.
Thursday, January 30th: Students dress down in mismatched, wacky outfits; They will participate in a Lego STREAM challenge so they should dress comfortable enough to get down and work on the floor..
Friday, January 31st: Students wear school uniforms; There is an open house from 9:30 to 10:00; Mass is at 10:30 with a parent luncheon following in the school cafeteria.
A few other upcoming reminders: February 13th will be our Valentine's Day party. Students may bring in cards or small snacks to be handed out to their classmates, but if it's a snack, it must be individually wrapped to go home. If you want to provide something for the party, please email me and I'll let you know what we need.
Also, if you haven't yet signed up to be a mystery reader, please do so soon, so we make sure everybody gets to have a turn. As always, thanks for everything you do to help your student succeed in first grade!
What a week! We've only been back for a week and two days and we've already had our first snow day. I've had great feedback from the students about the first snow packet and I've had 100% of my students return them. Please notice on the snow packets that in the Social Studies/Science section, only one lesson needs to be done. Many students did both, which is fine, but as we move to the next packet, the option is any of the new Social Studies or Science lessons, or anyone that you haven't completed from previous packets. This allows students to pick one they are interested in.
We have started our mid-year testing in language arts and math and the students are enjoying the work in the reading and math centers while waiting to be tested (below are some pictures). We are learning about local animals and if they hibernate, adapt, or migrate for the winter. We are learning place value in math, and we continue to read and write as often as we can. Please remember if you haven't yet signed up to be a mystery reader, this year is going fast and I'm afraid the spots will fill up before you sign up, so email me some dates soon! Here are some important upcoming dates:
January 20th: No school: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
January 24th: Dress Down Day $1
January 26th - 31st: Catholic Schools Week
January 26th: Catholic Schools Week Opening Mass at 9 am (students are encouraged to wear their school uniforms to this Mass)
January 28th: School Skate at 6 pm at Magic Elm
January 31st: Closing Mass at 8:30 for Catholic Schools Week
February 14th - 17th: No school: President's Weekend
Welcome to First Grade!
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!
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First Grade Specials
Tuesday: Computer and Spanish