Las Posadas is a Mexican tradition. It is when two people pose as Mary and Joseph and others as shepherds and they walk door to door and ask if there is room for them. First grade reenacted Las Posadas throughout the school on Monday morning before enjoying Mexican punch and a piece of Spanish candy.
Last week we learned about Italian Christmas traditions and we had cannoli. The students have been having a great time learning about different holiday traditions around the world.
Remember that Tuesday is a half day and all first graders will need to go home in car line.
The first graders have been learning about how different countries celebrate the holidays. So far, we've learned about how Israel and Australia celebrate. On Tuesday, very special mystery readers came in and taught us about how Sweden celebrates Christmas. They shared Swedish traditions, decorations, dances, music, cookies and even a Swedish drink. And Mr. Jonsson even has a genuine Swedish accent! What a great experience for our students and for me! God Jul!
Señora Rupp is doing a craft with the students in Spanish class on Tuesday, December 15th and needs two parent volunteers. We are looking for parents who can be here from 8:45 to 11:30 and help with all 6 classes. If you are interested, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
First grade is working hard on our Advent service project. We are learning about the different communities in which we are a part of and doing service projects for each of those communities. We have invited the rest of the school to join us in making Christmas cards for local veterans and active service members of our military. So far, we have over 100 cards to give to Holiday Mail for Heroes as our first service project for the first week of Advent.
As part of our social studies, we are currently learning about how different countries celebrate the holiday season. The students are enjoying getting out their "passports" and "visiting" these other countries. So far, we've been to Israel and Australia. We've learned how to play the dreidel game and how it's hot in Australia for Christmas, so many people celebrate at the beach. We have been learning to add and subtract numbers above ten in math and we have been learning about suffixes and digraphs in phonics.
We've also had some fun events recently. Our prayer partners watched the Peanuts Thanksgiving with us and we had snacks. St. Nicholas came and left candy canes in our shoes on St. Nicholas Day, and the students all looked great on Country Western Day.
December 1st to December 22nd: Penny wars (all money goes to the missions)
Monday, December 7th: Practice for the Christmas program at the middle school.
Tuesday, December 8th: Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Mass at 10:30am; sub sale pick-up
Wednesday, December 9th: Christmas program, 6:30 pm in the Social Hall.
Monday, December 21st: Christmas party
Tuesday, December 22nd: Early Dismissal, 11:30 am, Dress down in green and red
Wednesday, December 23rd-Friday, December 1st: Christmas break
Monday, January 4th: Classes resume
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