Hello all! I hope everyone enjoyed their snow day. I know I did!
There is no school on Monday, January 20th. On Tuesday, your child will bring home his/ her portfolio and report card. Please make sure everything is returned to the portfolio after you look through it with your child. You also need to sign the report card and return it with the portfolio.
A permission note is in your child’s report card for our bus ride to St. Leo Church for our Catholic Schools Week Mass. please sign and return that as well.
PORTFOLIO, REPORT CARD AND PERMISSION ARE ALL DUE THURSDAY JANUARY 23rd.
Next week we’ll be learning about the author, Kevin Henkes. Mr. Henkes’ books cover themes of friendship, acceptance, problem solving and openness to new friends. We will focus mostly on his mouse books and the “author’s purpose” of these books.
kevinhenkes.com is a terrific website to learn more about this author and give your child the opportunity to do some of the activities!
This study will continue into the following week which is our 100’s WEEK CELEBRATION, and Catholic Schools Week! Now that we’ve had this snow day, our official 100th day will be Monday, February 3rd but we have so many fun activities it takes us an entire week!
Please begin talking to your child about his/her 100s day collection. I’d like you to send the collection to school on Monday, January 27. The collection should NOT be attached to anything. We measure and manipulate it. It also should not roll. Candy is fine, but needs to be prewrapped. We’ve had everything from socks to playing cards, cars to Polly Pockets!
This is a great opportunity for you to spend some time with your child counting by 5s, 10s 1s and 2s. I remember doing this with my own children and it was a fun learning adventure!
The week of February 3rd your child will need to have an adult sized shoe box for a project we’ll be doing. Please hold onto it at home and send it to school on February 3rd.
Have a wonderful long weekend! Stay safe!
Happy New Year! We’ve had a great start to our New Year in 1B. This week we began some activities centered around kindness. We read the story called We Are All Wonders, talked about our unique characteristics and how Jesus wants us to see these in others as we grow to be like Him. The children are putting initials on letters on our classroom door when they are kind. The letters spell, WE CHOOSE KIND! Hopefully by the end of the month our kind actions will fill up both the letters and their hearts!
Today is the last day of our First Semester. It is so much fun seeing the growth your children are making. They wrote their portfolio story this week about me moving in with you! Be sure to watch for it in your child’s portfolio next Friday. You’ll also get a report card for your child. You’ll need to sign the report card, put everything back in the portfolio and return it to school.
On Thursday your child brought home all the pages for this quarter from his/her word list folder. Please practice these words.
I’ve seen signs around the school that our paper drive is starting soon. Watch for a note or email about this.
This year our Catholic Schools Week mass will be on Wednesday, January 29th. The Mass will be at St. Leo. Last names A-L will go at 8:45, M-Z will go at 10:30. There will be more info in the coming weeks but I wanted to make sure you got that on your calendar!
Next week we have Mass at 8:30 on Wednesday the 15th.
Some of the children are running low on pencils. Please ask your child and send more if needed.
Be sure to check the weather each day and send appropriate attire.
Also, please work with your children on shoe tying.
Have a wonderful weekend! Stay warm and safe!!
Merry Christmas Everyone! I hope our Christmas play got you in the true spirit of the season! I’m so proud of 1B! Thanks so much for all of your help!
They also did a fabulous job at church on Wednesday. You have such talented children!
I am happy to tell you that we collected 1,700 diapers! Your generosity is overwhelming! The first graders were excited to see the pile growing. On Thursday we went to the church and took a picture. I will try to upload it to the school website.
Monday and Tuesday are our Christmas craft days. I hope you still have some room on your tree!
Next week we’ll have a “fun” Spelling list. It will not count as a part of your child’s grade.
You need to know…..
Wednesday, December 18. 8:30 Mass
Friday, December 20. Dress Down Day
We will be going to the 5th grade “Wax Museum.” The 5th
graders research a historical figure. They dress like that person and when we give them a quarter they are activated! They talk as if they are the character and tell us about themselves. The
money raised goes back to families who may need help. If you can, please send quarters that day.
I am not going to send home the Word List Folder, Friday Folder or Poetry book over Christmas break. I don’t want you to have to keep track of them! I hope you will spend some time working on Math and Reading over the break. It’s pretty amazing to see the improvement between January and May, and it can be compounded by additional work at home! I will send home words that need to be practiced. The end of the semester is right after Christmas and your child will be asked to read these words.
That’s it for now. I sincerely hope you and your families will have a very blessed Christmas and a restful break! You’ll all be a special part of my Christmas Day prayers!
School resumes on Tuesday, January 7, 2020!
My name is Sue Kurtenbach. It's hard for me to believe, but I am in my 38th year of teaching at St. Pius X / St. Leo School. I have been teaching First Grade for about 28 of those years. I love seeing all of the growth that happens during the First Grade year. This school is very near and dear to me! I feel blessed to be a part of the SPSL community!