First grade had lots of fun preparing for Christmas and have earned a nice long break to relax and celebrate the birth of our Savior!. In addition to the Holidays around the World Christmas show, we had a visit from Santa, we met with our prayer partners to read Christmas books and have a snowball fight, we performed Las Posadas throughout the school, and we met with our prayer partners again to make Christmas trees. We studied the story of the birth of our Savior, we made snowmen fact families, and we did several Christmas writing projects. We made ornaments for our parents with 4 acts of service on them for the 4 weeks of Advent and we had a great Christmas party.
(Below the slideshow of our Christmas fun, you will find a list of important upcoming dates for the new year.)
Important upcoming dates:
January 2nd - Welcome back to school!
January 8th - School Mass 8:30 am
January 20th - No school for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
January 26th to 30th - Catholic Schools Week
We've had two mystery readers helping us get into the Christmas spirit this year. First, our mystery reader taught us all about a Swedish Christmas. He brought in traditional decorations and a St. Lucia crown. He also shared special Swedish soda that is only sold in Advent and Lent and Swedish Christmas cookies. The students loved experiencing a Swedish Christmas, especially the sweet soda! Our next reader read "A Wish to be a Christmas Tree" by Colleen Monroe, a charming book about a tree that dreams of being a Christmas tree but keeps getting passed up. In the end, his forest friends surprise him by turning him into a Christmas tree. Our reader then shared Christmas tree cakes with the students. Both readers really helped us get into the Christmas spirit!
Remember, our Christmas party is Friday, December 20th. If you would like to provide something for the party, please email me and I'll let you know what we need.
The first graders came back from Thanksgiving break to lots of Christmas fun. We have an Elf on the Shelf named Snowflake Cuddles. The students are enjoying the train, the Little People nativity scene, the dancing Santa, and many other Christmas decorations. The students have created their name in lights, made gingerbread men, and even wrote a Christmas story about who would fly Santa's sleigh if his reindeer were sick. We were even visited by St. Nick! This time of year, we are working hard on reading and discussing stories in our Journeys anthology, learning contractions, compound words, grammar, and punctuation, and spelling words with digraphs and suffixes. We are doing subtraction and fact families in math. We are learning the story of Jesus, starting with why God sent us a savior and how God chose Mary. Here are some important upcoming dates:
December 9th: Christmas concert - doors open at 5:30
December 11th: Flexible Instructional Day packets will be sent home
December 20th: Christmas party (If your students would like to hand something out, that's fine, but it has to be individually wrapped and ready to be sent home; if you'd like to provide a snack for the party, please email me.) Early Dismissal 11:45
December 21st - January 1st: Christmas break
At the end of each trimester, St. Joseph School throws a big party to reward the students who have behaved throughout the trimester. There was a DJ, a soft pretzel and cheese dip snack, and table full of board games to play. The theme was different decades and the students and faculty dressed retro for the occasion.
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