This Friday's First Friday Mass for the whole school is being planned by the first grade. First graders will be doing the readings, the songs, and taking up the gifts. All parents are welcome. Mass starts at 10:30. If your child is reading, please practice the reading with them at home and send it back to school everyday so they can practice at school as well. Thank you!
We have recently started working with Advancing Science, a science outreach program from Gettysburg College. They brought in large containers of magnets for us to do many different science experiments. The kids tested which parts of the magnets are strongest, what magnets are attracted to, how to make magnets float in air, and how magnets work in a compass. It was a lot of fun!
When Advancing Science came in on Friday to pick up the magnets, they dropped off a composting bin that shows students how worms compost some garbage into fertilizer. This week we will be doing a lot of experiments using our composting red wiggler worms. Students may bring in egg shells, banana peels, apple cores, or used coffee grounds to feed the worms. (There are several posts below and above with pictures of the students doing science experiments with worms and magnets.)
As part of our letter writing lesson, the first graders have written a letter to President Obama. Today we received a letter in return from the President with a picture, some pictures of his dogs, a map of the White House, and some interesting facts about the President.
Flat Stanley has returned from a few more fascinating destinations! Flat Stanley has traveled 1,469 miles to Texas, 363 miles to West Virginia, 964 miles to Florida, and 1,046 miles to Arkansas. He has returned with amazing stories, postcards, pictures, and even some souvenirs. He has gone to high school, to work, to volunteer at an animal rescue, to the beach, and even to President Clinton's Library. He saw bears and armadillos and he ate fried catfish, authentic Mexican food, and squirrel stew. The kids are learning a lot about our country from Flat Stanley and all the wonderful people that have hosted him in their home! Please thank those family members that have hosted Stanley, because they have all done a wonderful job so far!
We had a wonderful stay-at-home field trip today! Roberta and Mike Straka, our visiting paleontologists, were awesome! Of course their friends were pretty incredible too! They brought an 8-foot Triceratops skull named Mr. Dixon, which their team discovered in 1996 and a complete Albertosaurus skull with all its teeth named Elvis. They taught us a lot about dinosaurs and paleontology, they did some singing and magic, and they entertained everyone! What a great show! After the show, all the kids got in teams of four and dug for real fossils. Each student brought their field sheet home to show you how many fossils they discovered. Our field trip didn't stop there. We had a pizza party complete with chips, popcorn, and ice cream. We also rotated with kindergarten and second grade to each of three fun events: games in the gym with Mrs. Biggins, paper mache dinosaur eggs with Mrs. Hagarman and Mrs. McCusker, and a dinosaur movie and dance with Sister Sue. Each of the students got to bring home a real fossil from 65 billion years ago!
Flat Stanley has returned to us from three different locations. So far he has traveled to the Dairyland, better known as Wisconsin. He traveled 1,093 miles! He saw black bear and snow that was over not only his head, but everyone's head! He returned from our great peninsula, Florida, 976 miles away, where he visited Lego Land and sat by the pool! He got to pick his own oranges and drive a golf cart! He also returned from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where he played golf, ate fresh seafood, and went to the beach. He also picked some yellow jasmine, South Carolina's state flower. He even mailed home a sea shell for everyone in the class!
We look forward to seeing from where else Stanley will return to us! We've received some postcards and emails, but the kids anxiously await for him to return in an envelope to them!
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