Summer is here and our mystery readers are helping us get into the spirit! We had a mystery reader read the story The Night Before Summer Vacation by Natasha Wing. The story was a summer spin on Clement Moore's famous poem The Night Before Christmas. It's a cleverly written, amusing story about a family packing for summer vacation. After that, our mystery reader shared some great facts from a bonus book, How Big is the Ocean? Then, what snack goes best with summer vacation? Popsicles!
We had a pair of mystery readers for one of our students. On the first scheduled day, our special student was out sick but the mystery reader still came in to surprise the class, so a little while later, another special reader came in. The first special guest read Sarah Raccoon and the Secret Place by Margaret Burdick. This is a story about a raccoon who desperately needs to find a place of her own, away from her noisy twin brothers, but in the interest of keeping that secret place her own, she hurts a friend's feeling. She feels bad and eventually finds herself in a position of needing that friend. Our second mystery reader read I Love You Mommy by Jillian Harker. This is a story about a little bear that can't wait to get out on his own to experience the world. He is so excited to get out, he has no time to listen to mamma bear's advice, but soon finds he needs mamma bear to rescue him. Both readers brought goodies for the students. Mystery readers are the best!
Our mystery readers, one mom and one Lorax, came to teach us about the importance of taking care of the Earth. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, it was Dr. Seuss' favorite story. It is about the Lorax, a small orange creature that speaks for the trees because "they have no tongues". He is against the Once-ler chopping down the trees to make thneeds. It is a great book for all ages as it tackles the serious topics of corporate greed and taking care of the environment in a fun and interesting way that helps children understand the importance of taking care of the Earth. As a special surprise, all of the students got to pick a pack of seeds to take home and plant from the seed bucket. Some students picked vegetables, some fruits, and some flowers.
A few notes...
On Thursday the students will be receiving their yearbooks if they ordered one. In the afternoon, the students will be able to have their classmates sign their yearbooks. If you do not want the other students to sign the yearbook, please send in a note or email me and let me know this before Thursday. This will be the only day the students will be given time in class to have their yearbooks signed unless they are absent on Thursday.
If you haven't sent the money in for the assignment books for next year or the field trip, please do so as soon as possible. Also, please send in the permission slip for the field trip as soon as possible.
Ms. Pam has started a "wall of fame" in the cafeteria. Students are encouraged to bring in one photograph of themselves doing something special they do outside of school. This could include many things including, but not limited to, a sport, karate, horseback riding, or scout activities. The picture will most likely not be returned so if you need the picture back, please do not send it in.
If your child has a summer birthday and wants to celebrate their birthday this school year, please let me know soon the date you would like to send something in.
May 12: Yearbook signing
May 17: First grade will be shopping at the book fair during library period
May 23: Elementary school talent show
May 24: Field trip to Pinchot State Park
May 30: School is closed for Memorial Day
June 1: Last day of school; the closing Liturgy will be held at 8:30 at the Church. All students should report to the middle school.
Below is a slideshow from a recent science lesson. Advancing Science brought in water and the many tiny things that live in the water for the students to find and categorize. The students then used those classifications to make decisions about the quality of the water.
firstname.lastname@example.orgWelcome 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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Tuesday: Computer and Spanish