Thursday, March 8, 2018

First Grade Liturgy
Next Wednesday, March 14th, the first graders are planning and preparing the weekly liturgy.  Please look in your child's take-home folder for a note and assigned parts.  If you have any questions, please ask.

Conference Week
There will be NO spelling next week.  Also, I will not be sending home the take-home folder with your child next Thursday.  I will just hand you their papers/information at conferences.  That way you do not need to worry about the folder during spring break.  

Lenten Activities
Your child is participating in special activities throughout the season of Lent. It is our hope that these activities deepen your child's understanding of this time of year.
  • Your child made a Lenten promise that is posted in our classroom.  Please ask your child what their promise is and encourage them to keep it.
  • Donations to the local Food Pantry are encouraged during this Lenten season.  Please send toilet paper, facial tissues, and/or paper towels.
  • Your child will work with their "Lenten partner" (Advent Angel) 3-4 times during Lent to complete some Lenten activities together.
  • We have raised money for the country of Nigeria by bringing money for  noisy change collection at mass on Wednesday.  Also, our Spirit Day money during Lent is going towards Nigeria.
  • We will be going on a "Cross Walk" to Holy Spirit Church and then, pray the Stations of the Cross once we arrive at the church.  This is happening on Thursday, March 29 (weather permitting).  More information will be coming home about this event.
  • Your child will participate in a Sedar Meal on Thurs., March 29.

Have a safe, relaxing Spring Break!!
School resumes on Monday, March 26 

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Ryder Baird has been our Star Student!!  We learned that he wants to be a construction builder when he grows up and he laughs when his mom and dad tickle him.  He added that when he was little, he would laugh when his grandpa would lift him up!
Thank you to Samantha Baird (Ryder's mom) for collecting the money for the foundation auction basket and for making such a neat silent auction item (thank you Dustin Baird/Ryder's dad for taking the pictures).  And thank you to all of you for donating!!  I hope many of you will be in attendance Saturday evening to see the "When I Grow Up..." canvas and the firepit/camping "basket". 

Dental Health
This week, the first graders started a unit of study about dental health (February was National Dental Health Month).  The students viewed a fun video, observed appropriate tooth brushing with my "big teeth and toothbrush", discussed healthy foods to eat, and learned the importance of visiting the dentist.  Please support your child's brushing efforts at home as this is an important life skill.  A toothbrushing chart has been sent home in the take-home folder for your child to keep track of their brushing for two weeks. If they return their completed chart after two weeks, I have a special reward for them.

Conference Sign-Up 
I sent the conference sign-up to each one of you on Wednesday. Please sign up soon to get the time you would like.  If you need to schedule another time other than Thursday, March 15, please let me know.  I'm sure we can work something out.  

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Birthday Policy for First Grade
Please take a moment to review the policy for birthdays in first grade.  It is on a tab "Birthday/Treats" on my blog and I'm sending a hard copy in the take-home folder as a reminder.   

Social Studies
Since this is Black History month, the first graders are learning about a lot of famous black Americans.  During this unit of study, your child will learn about:
  •  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.                                                                                         
  •  Phillis Wheatley
  •  George Washington Carver                                                                                       
  •  Daniel Hale Williams
  •  Harriet Tubman                                                                                                          
  •  Booker T. Washington
  •  Jackie Robinson                                                                                                          
  •  Effie Lee Newsome
  • Wilma Rudolph                                                                                                 
  •  Mary McLeod Bethune
Ask your child what they remember about these famous people.  We made a large envelope to keep all of our papers in as we study these individuals.  Our plan is to be finished by conference time so you can take home the envelope.  We will also devote some time in February to learn about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

YES!!  School is in session on Wednesday, February 14th at St. Malachy School.  The public school does not have school so there will be no school buses.  Please plan accordingly!!

Animal Projects

Thank you for your support of your child’s animal project.  They were all very good!  Each student presented their project to the class.  We also displayed the projects for the Chamber of Commerce visit last week during Catholic School's Week.  I sent home your child’s “grade” in this week's take-home folder (rubric sheet). 

Reminder:  Send those Valentine wishes no later than Tuesday, February 13th.  The first graders will open their Valentines on that day.  And a small candy treat can be included.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Valentine Item Needed
We will make a Valentine container at school. Your child needs a clean, dry, not crushed plastic gallon container (like milk and juice come in). Please send this to school by Wednesday, February 7, so we can make our Valentine container.

Valentine Exchange
On Tuesday, February 13, the first graders will exchange Valentines. I encourage the students to write their own Valentine messages. Here is a list of all the first graders:

  Kynzlee                      Hadley                        Brooklyn
                  Mason                             Ryder

You may begin sending the Valentines to school on Friday, February 9, and no later than Tuesday, February 13.  A small candy treat may be included. Any questions, please contact me (Mrs. Levine).

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Next week is Catholic School’s Week.  Please read this information carefully to inform yourself of the many plans and activities.
(I am also sending a hard copy of these plans in your child's take-home folder today!!)

Sunday – Special Liturgy/Brunch – There will be a special Catholic School’s Week liturgy at Holy Spirit Church at the 9 a.m. mass.  Students from the school will be participating.  This is followed by a brunch in the church basement.

Monday – Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day – Parents of our school are covering the noon lunch and recess schedule (please volunteer if you can!) and the teachers will enjoy a lunch away from school.  Students are to bring a sack lunch to eat with their Advent Angel on this day.  (Do not send a drink.  Milk will be provided.  Also, no refrigeration is available, so plan accordingly.)  The dress theme for today is:  sweats/PJ day (no stuffed animals/blankets, please).  

Tuesday – Student Appreciation Day – This year Teacher vs. Students Competition will occur (Minute to Win It, I believe).  The dress theme for today is:  dress like a tourist!!

Wednesday – Community Appreciation/Service Day – Members of the Creston Chamber of Commerce will be stopping in to visit the school.  And first grade will set up their animal projects for the Chamber to view.  First grade will also be traveling to Homestead Assisted Living and will read with the residents.  (Be sure to return the Field Trip permission form completed. signed, and $3.50, so your child can ride the trolley to the facility.)  Then, the class will get with their Advent Angels and make cards for our service men and women.  The dress theme for today is:  dress like your favorite superhero or wear red, white, and blue.

Thursday – School Appreciation Day – The entire school will be traveling to Skate South in Des Moines to roller skate.  (Be sure to return the Field Trip permission form completed, signed, and $10 so your child can participate.)  Your child will need to bring a sack lunch (with drink/16 ounces or less, please) for this field trip.  They may also bring a fully charged electronic device for the bus ride.  The dress theme for today is:  wear St. Malachy colors/blue and yellow.  

Friday – Grandparents/Special Guest Day – Please let me know the guest your child has coming for the special liturgy.  (Be sure to return the Field Trip permission form completed and signed so your child can ride the bus to the church.)  The special guest will meet them at the church (approximately 1:10 p.m.) and is in charge of getting your child home after the liturgy.  The liturgy is at 1:30 p.m. at Holy Spirit Church.  A reception in the church basement will follow.  The dress theme for today is:  dress up!!  Since it’s a special day, dress in your “Sunday best”!