Thursday, December 14, 2017

Look at our star student!!  Kynzlee Seddon got her display together.  We learned that she likes P.E., music, science, wants to grow up to be a mail carrier, and looks forward to going to the State Fair.

Thursday, December 22:  Your child is encouraged to be festive and wear their Christmas shirts/colors.

Reminder:  On Thursday, December 22, your child needs to bring a sack lunch (no drink; milk will be provided).  No refrigeration will be available so plan accordingly.  Your child will be eating their lunch with their Advent Angel.

FYI:  There will be no spelling, no take-home folders, and no blog update next week.

I wish you and your family a safe, blessed Christmas holiday.  May the peace and goodwill of the holy season be with all of you.

See you “next year”!

Mrs. Levine

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Wow!  What a great Christmas program!!  I loved how all of the students sang out so well.  

And, a big thank you for making sure your child has remembered their hats, mittens, gloves, scarves, and warm coats.  The weather has definitely changed. Sometime soon, it will snow, so hopefully the boots are ready to be worn!!

Food pantry items - Remember, the school is collecting specific items for the local food pantry.  Items needed are:  toothpaste, Kleenex, toilet paper, and canned/boxed food.  Donations will be accepted through December 15th.

Christmas gifts/Stocking stuffers - I thought I would give you some ideas to stuff in those Christmas stockings or wrap up as gifts.  Your child would benefit from some new crayons (box of 24), eraser, and glue stick to use at school.  Also, addition/subtraction flash cards and books would be great to enhance their learning in math and reading at home.  Just thought I would make a few last minute suggestions.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Items to remember for next week
  • The first grade will be practicing for their Christmas program on Wednesday afternoon, December 6, at the high school.  Please be sure to complete the field trip form in today's take-home folder so your child can attend this rehearsal.  BTW/the program is a 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 6. Your child should be at the high school no earlier than 6:15 p.m..  Please keep your child's coat/hat/gloves/etc.. They should go to an assigned seat in the high school auditorium. 
  • The first grade will be attending mass on Friday, December 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception.  Your child will need to dress up on that day!!

Christmas Door Decorating Contest

The middle school students have decorated the outside classroom doors for the holiday.  On Tuesday, December 5th (before school/7:50-8:10 a.m.) your child may vote for their favorite classroom door(s).  Each vote will cost $1.  All of the money raised goes for a local family in need.

Advent Activities

  • Everyday in the classroom, we open our day by lighting and praying around the Advent wreath.  We try to focus our attention on the coming of Jesus into our lives.  At mass last Wednesday, our Advent wreath was blessed.
  • On Wednesdays during Advent, your child gets together with their assigned Advent Angel (older student in our building) and does a specially planned activity.  These activities include:  alumni Christmas postcards and various activities centered around the meaning of the season of Advent.  Be sure to ask your child each week what they are doing in their Advent angel activity.
  • The school is supporting the local food pantry by bringing items needed from November 29-December 15.  Items especially needed are:  toothpaste, Kleenex, toilet paper, and canned or boxed food.
  • The school has an adopted family.  Please refer to the school website for items/sizes for this family.  Bring these items to the office for donation. 
  • On the final day of school before Christmas vacation, Thursday, Dec. 21, your child needs to bring a sack lunch (no drink, milk will be provided) and will sing Christmas carols in the gym with their Advent Angel.  School will be dismissed at the regular dismissal time.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Our Field Trip to A Little House Christmas

As you can see, the first grade (along with the second and third graders) had a great time on our field trip, Tuesday, November 14, to the Des Moines Playhouse.  Great seats!!!  The question/answer session with the actors after the production was very informative.  Special thanks to Mr. Purdum (Hadley's dad) for volunteering to help.

No Spelling next week (because of the very short week!). 
Also, no Take-Home folders will be sent home. 
Enjoy the holiday!!!

Have a safe and blessed Thanksgiving with your family and friends!!

READS Buddies - Your child has met their READS buddy.  This is a program that is supported by Dollars for Scholars and began last week.  An adult volunteer from our community comes once a week and spends 30 minutes reading with your child.  Every first grader in our classroom has their own special "buddy". These individuals have received training and a background check was completed. Generally, the first grader and the buddy create a bond that often times carries over into the future.  Ask your child about their READS buddy.

Social Studies - The first grade are learning about the first Thanksgiving.  They are listening to stories, examining materials in the classroom, and working through a poetry booklet about the first Thanksgiving.  Please ask your child what they are learning about the Pilgrims, Native Americans, and the reason we celebrate Thanksgiving.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Thank you for attending conferences.  I really enjoyed talking with you about your child. If you ever have any questions/concerns, please contact me either by email ( or phone (782-7125).  

Field Trip to the Des Moines Playhouse for the production A Little House Christmas is on Tuesday, November 14th.  Please remember to send a sack lunch (with a 16 ounce drink or less) with your child.  Also, they may bring a (charged-up) hand-held gaming device for the bus ride (their responsibility). 

The first grade saint, Saint Martin de Porres
The first grade recently learned about Saint Martin de Porres, a person who cared for the poor and unloved including animals.  We learned about mice that were nibbling all the linens in church and people wanted to rid the church of the mice.  Martin could not harm the mice so he called them together and promised to feed them in the barn everyday.  Martin kept his promise to the mice and they lived in the barn thus leaving the church linens alone.  The first graders would like to thank Mrs. Jacquie Eblen for the  beautiful statue, candle, and book.  Since Saint Martin de Porres feast day was November 3rd, the first grade read the book, colored a picture of Saint Martin, received a prayer card, and enjoyed CheezeIt crackers (to remember the mice!).

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Please remember that the dress code changes slightly on 
November 1st.  No more shorts until March!!

Halloween Adventure

On Tuesday, October 31, the first graders will enjoy a Halloween afternoon of fun provided by the Civics Club (7th and 8th grade students of our school). The fun begins with planned Halloween activities. These activities could include some of the following: storytelling, cookie decorating, spooky house, and perhaps other activities yet to be announced. Your child is invited to participate in the activities, but will not be forced. Then, the first graders will watch a Halloween video selected for their age (if time allows). At 2:15 p.m., the students will get dressed for the Halloween parade. Your child may bring their costume to school to put on at this time.  Please try to make the costume easy for your child to get on by themselves or with little help. (Hopefully, something they can put on over their clothes.) I am asking that no make-up be used to help make the preparation less difficult. Parents are always invited to view the costume parade in the gym at 2:30 p.m.. If you have any questions, please email or call!!

Please do not send treats on Tuesday, October 31. The students get quite a bit to eat on this special day.

Yippee!! No spelling next week!!

No newsletter/blog update next week as I will be visiting all of you at conferences.  Be sure to visit the Book Fair in the gym for some great books and possible Christmas ideas for your child!!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

I sent an email to each one of you to sign up for parent-teacher conferences.  If you did not receive it, here is the link to click on and sign up.  I will not be doing student-led conferences as I like to visit with you, the parent/guardian.  Thank you!!!

Friday, October 20, is a Spirit Day.  Pay $1 to wear sweat/windpants.

Spelling - I know many of you are probably wondering why the spelling words have been so easy. Well, that changed last week.  As I said at the beginning of the school year, spelling is a process (pretest on Monday/posttest on Friday/practice at home all week). Last week, the list increased to 8 words and they are a bit harder. As we progress through the school year, the list will increase to 12 words.  Remember to practice saying and writing the words.  Also, mix up the word lists.  Your support at home is very helpful. 

Keep track of all of your reading minutes for the Pizza Hut/Pizza Ranch reading program.