We've had some great special events in the past few weeks at school. First, Ms. Pam and her many volunteers put on a great winter carnival with tons of prizes for all students. And you can't have a carnival without yummy food! Ms. Pam made sure all students received cotton candy and popcorn at the carnival. This past week, Dr. Ross orthodontics did a presentation on good oral hygiene for our first and second graders and gave out some great take-aways! We also had Gettysburg College bring in a water cycle model for all the students to see the water cycle in action. In the land container, the water cycles out of the lake and up into the cloud, where it turns back into water and rains to the ground. The visual really helps students understand the water cycle!
We have entered the third trimester and the students are doing really well with the work despite the fact that it continues to get more difficult. In Math, we have started a new unit, adding double digits. In religion, we are learning about the two most important commandments, Love God with all your heart and Love your neighbor as yourself. In reading, we are working on identifying the main idea of a story and we are reading our little books to work on fluency and expression in reading. In grammar, we continue to work on sentence structure structure through writing. In phonics, we are working on adding suffixes to words.
We have started a new unit in social studies, maps and globes. The students have been enjoying learning about our country and our world. As part of this unit, we are starting our Flat Stanley project. I have sent the initial letter home asking for addresses to send Flat Stanley. Each student should provide an address of someone that is willing to take a few pictures of Flat Stanley doing something that helps us learn about their hometown. For instance, when Flat Stanley went to Manhattan in the past, the host sent pictures of him in a yellow taxi, entering a skyscraper, and seeing Times Square. If your child does not have someone that he or she can send Flat Stanley to, please let me know, and their Flat Stanley can go with my husband on one of his business trips. Eric has taken Flat Stanley before and does not mind at all! I have received some addresses already and Flat Stanley is traveling to some great places this year that he's never been to before! I will be sending a letter with detailed instruction along with Flat Stanley. The letter has my email address and the host should feel free to contact me by email with any questions or concerns. In the past, Flat Stanley has lost appendages, has sailed down the Ohio River (never to be heard from again), and has simply gotten lost. I'll do my best to help fix anything that comes up!
Our class Mass is April 1st. This Mass is a normal first Friday Mass in the school gym but the first grade will be preparing it. The first graders will be doing most of the jobs in Mass: cantors, readers, greeters, cross bearers, and gift bearers. We will be choosing the songs and working hard at making the Mass a true celebration of our faith. Please feel free to join us for the 10:30 Mass. Also, if your child is a reader or cantor, please practice often with them at home so they are prepared. Getting up and singing or reading in front of the whole school is scary, so I am just so proud of them for volunteering!
Here are a few other important dates coming up:
March 9th: Report cards
March 24th-March 28th: Easter vacation
April 1st: Class Mass at 10:30 am in the gym
April 8th: Race for Education
April 13th: Progress Reports
April 29th-May 2nd: No school for spring break
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