I want to first wish all of you a very merry Christmas and a happy new year! Thank you for the wonderful gifts, heartfelt messages, and all the love I felt this Christmas season! It is truly appreciated!
I was so proud of all of the first graders the past few weeks. They really worked hard to prepare their hearts for Jesus while learning about Advent. They did a service project for each of the four weeks of Advent, one for each of the communities that we are a part of that we learned about in Social Studies class. We made nearly 100 Christmas cards for our military, we donated a large amount of Legos to the Church to be given to those families who need help this Christmas, we illustrated and told the story of the first Christmas to the preschool, and we made a family fun night bag for our families to show them how much we appreciate and love them!
We had a lot of fun preparing for Christmas as well! At the beginning of the month, Santa delivered an elf on the shelf for our classroom, which the students named Snowflake Cuddles. She got herself into some trouble in the classroom, but the students loved her! On December 5th, we went out to the middle school to see the Nutcracker, which featured quite a few St. Joseph students, including two first graders. The next week first grade did an amazing job singing at the Christmas show! Santa came to visit us on Tuesday of this past week, Wednesday we were visited by an environmental education specialist from Pinchot State Park, and on Thursday first grade performed Los Posadas, which is the Spanish reenactment of Mary and Joseph looking for a place to stay. We met with our prayer partners this week to paint snowmen with marshmallows and on Friday we had a Christmas party in the classroom. It was a busy few weeks, full of tons of fun and lots of alternative learning experiences!
Environmental Education Specialist, Elizabeth Kepley-McNutt, spent the day at St. Joseph School today teaching our students about our local animals. The presentation was interactive and the students enjoyed every minute of it! They got to pass around pelts from a skunk and a raccoon. They got to hold turtle shells, snake skins, an owl wing, and skulls from several animals, including a bear. What an amazing treat it was to have her at our school! The Evening Sun did a nice write-up of it in the newspaper if you would like to see more coverage.
We had a mystery reader this week that had our imaginations going! First, she read "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell" by Lucille Colandro and then our mystery reader gave the first graders worksheets that gave our students the chance to decide what the old lady swallowed. She also brought candy canes and Christmas cookies. What fun we are having getting ready for Christmas!
We had a mystery reader on Thursday. She read a great Christmas book that really did represent how we all feel this time of year - so excited for Christmas that we can't sit still! The book, Llama, Llama, Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney was a hit with the students, as was the adorable cookie sandwiches!
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