First grade is learning a lot and having a lot of fun doing it. Ms. Pam planned our winter carnival, lots of parents came in to help, and the first grade scored lots of great prizes! In addition to the winter carnival, we've been learning about Lent and living by Jesus' example, learning place value in math, and practicing writing personal narratives. In phonics, we are learning the dropping rule when adding suffixes and irregular spelling of words with vowel digraphs such as ea. We are reviewing sentence rules every day, such as punctuation and capitalization. We are doing weekly math fact worksheets on Tuesdays to help highlight where each student needs practice. Memorizing math facts with answers up to 20 will help the students transition to 2-digit math. We finished our mid-year testing and we are making great strides as a class!
Here are a few important dates coming up:
March 2: Mass at 8:30 a.m.
March 7: Report cards will be sent home.
March 19: St. Joseph's Day Mass 8:30 a.m. (First grade will be doing the readings.)
March 28: Early dismissal 11:45 a.m.
March 29-April 1: Easter Break
April 2: Snow make-up day
Catholic Schools Week was a lot of fun for first grade! Our school theme was St. Joseph goes for the gold. On Monday, we celebrated the USA by wearing red, white, and blue and we made cards for community helpers. This year we made cards for my oncologist, while second and third graders made cards for local firemen and police officers. On Tuesday, we dressed in spirit wear, received a soft pretzel snack, and had no homework. On Wednesday, we had our Jump Rope for Heart, which we did with our prayer partners. On Thursday, we had our school olympics where students did relays and other games mimicking the Winter Olympics. First grade did the skeleton races. Then we had lunch with our parents. Friday, we ended our week with school Mass, an open house, and an afternoon of board games with our prayers partners. Throughout the week, each class picked a country to learn about. We picked Indonesia, as one of our first grade parents is from Indonesia. She helped me teach the class about Indonesia by making three different finger foods from Indonesia for the kids to taste, giving us Indonesian money to explore and compare to our money, and lending us a flag. We learned a lot this week and had tons of fun doing it!
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