Our last mystery reader read Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt. The story was about a squirrel, so scared of the outside world, he never left his tree. Eventually, though, he finds himself out of his tree and all of the scary things he was afraid of are not as scary as he thought. The story was great, and the students loved joining in holding up the things Scaredy Squirrel is afraid of, such as spiders, sharks, and poison ivy. But the best part was the theater that came with the story. Complete with a Scaredy Squirrel safety pack, one of our mystery readers acted out the story as the other told the story and the kids laughed and laughed, especially every time "Scaredy Squirrel" played dead. The students then had a chance to design their own safety pack. It was a great lesson with a lot of laughs!
First, the first graders did an amazing job at their class Mass! I could not have been more proud of all the hard work they put into the celebration of their faith!
Our class field trip will be May 24th. We are going to Pinchot State Park for a nature hike and an interactive tour of their nature center. It's small, but has many neat things for children to see! I will need chaperones. To be a chaperone, a parent must have all the clearances needed as a volunteer and they must have completed their mandated reporting training video. If you have not done this, you will not be able to chaperone. I have instructions for the video if you would like them.
We are also doing a tour of Revonah Pretzel Factory on April 27th. It will be a walking field trip.
The Race for Education is Friday. Students may wear green or white t-shirts or spirit wear with their gym shorts or sweatpants. Please have all students wear sneakers! We will be having gym on Thursday, as per our usual schedule.
We had a mystery reader bring us some Easter cheer! She read Happy Easter Curious George by R. P. Anderson. In the story George helps a man who "loses" all his Easter eggs find them. His heart was in the right place, but in typical Curious George style, he wasn't doing what he should be doing. Once he understood that the man was really hiding the eggs for the children to find, he hid the eggs and everyone had a great time! Our mystery reader also brought a small Easter bag for everyone and donated the book to our classroom. Thanks very much! It was a great addition to first grade's library!
We had a mystery reader help prepare us for St. Patrick's Day. She read a wonderful story about catching leprechauns and finding their pots of gold. She then shared St. Patrick's Day hats and snacks with everyone! The students enjoyed hearing the story and wearing their lucky hats. The students decided that these hats brought them luck - and a great 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