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Happy New Year!  I hope everyone’s year is off to a GREAT start!  I’m still having a hard time believing it’s 2016 already.  That means my oldest will be getting her driver’s license this year.  SIGH!  Where has the time gone?  The children had a successful 1st semester!  Thanks for all of your help and support at home!  It makes a BIG difference in their education.  I couldn’t do my job without all of you!  Before you know it the children will be getting ready for first grade, but I’m not quite ready to let them go yet. There is a lot more work to be done, but we are well on our way!  Please be sure to sign your child’s report card and return it on Monday.  Keep up the good work!


  1.  I can recite the Our Father:
    Our Father, who art in heaven,
    hallowed be thy name.
    Thy Kingdom come,
    thy will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.
    Give us this day our daily bread
    And forgive us our trespasses,
    as we forgive those who trespass against
    us. And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from evil. Amen.
    2.  I can count to 100 by 1’s and 10’s
    (Challenge: by 2’s and/OR 5’s).
    3. I can name the 12 months of the year
    in order (Challenge: I can READ the
    12 months of the year in random
    4. I know the sound for EVERY letter of
    the alphabet; including long and short vowel sounds               (Although we do a “letter of the week,” we review all of
    the letter sounds on a regular basis.).

**If you would like for your child to do the challenges for the January/February goal sheet, please note this in the comment section of the Friday folder before returning it on Monday.**


This week we started the surprise bucket (this takes place of show and tell) and the children are very EXCITED! I put something in it every day this week so that I could model for the children what they are expected to do.  The directions are on the bucket, however, the children seemed to have a pretty good understanding of what to do after practicing for a few days.  Today is the 1st day it will come home with a student. The surprise bucket goes home with ONE child every day so it may take a while for your child to get his/her turn.  When it is your child’s turn, please be sure they return it the NEXT day. I did let my Extended Care students know that if they accidentally forget it in EC when they leave at the end of the day, they can still do it at home and put it in the bucket when they get to school in the morning.  This activity not only helps the children work on their speaking and listening skills, but it gives them a chance to work on writing “SIMPLE” sentences using popcorn words and words they can practice spelling using “sound spelling.” It also gives them a chance to practice their handwriting. You are allowed to write the clues (your child must dictate to you what to write) for your child, but please make sure you are going over this together so they are able to read their clues to the class. If you would like to write the clues and then have your child copy what you wrote this is fine too. After a while, your child will want to write their clues ON THEIR OWN (they may even want to right away). The more they practice writing their clues, the better they will become at writing words and/or sentences.


*1/8  Honor’s Day @ 1:45 followed by Spirit Day.

*1/9  Mass @ 4:30 p.m.

*1/10  Mass @ 7:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. (Children’s Liturgy of the Word)

*1/11  Book Orders due (NO CASH PLEASE; make checks payable to Scholastic Book Clubs).

*1/18  No School/MLK Day (Possible snow make-up day.)

*1/22  100th day of school (information came home on Tuesday)

*1/22 & 1/23  St. Rose Movie at the Artcraft “An American Tale.”

*1/24  St. Rose School Open House @ 12:30.  Be sure to invite a friend to check out St. Rose!  We met a lot of new families last year and we were happy to welcome them this year to be part of our St. Rose family!


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*2/1-2/5   Catholic School’s Week (stay tuned for all of the upcoming events).

*2/5  Punk-N-Rock;  Mark your calendar for this St. Rose tradition. Our 7th & 8th graders put on a GREAT lip sync show for all to enjoy!  You won’t want to miss it!  PRIDE sponsors a chili supper before the show.

*If your child has not yet completed their November/December goal sheet, I will be reassessing these goals next week.  Please be sure to review any goals that your child has not yet completed.  Goal sheet update forms were sent home before break.

*If you are able to make a donation for our 100th day snack on Friday, January 22nd, please send me an e-mail and I’ll let you know what we need.  Thank you!  There was not a January snack calendar since we still have some snacks in our “extra pile.”

*Now that winter is here, there is always a possibility of school closings or delays.  Please note that St. Rose follows Franklin Community School for cancellations and delays. When delays or cancellations occur, they will be announced on local stations (CBS, ABC and NBC) under ‘Franklin Community Schools’. St. Rose will, also, send out an email through Jupiter. On the morning of, you may call the school office at 738-3451 to verify any delays or cancellations.

*Please be sure you are checking out the St. Rose website frequently to keep up to date on all that is going on at St. Rose School.


*A BIG THANK YOU TO PRIDE and all who bought trash bags this fall!  The money raised made it possible for us to get new carpet in our room (and 3rd grade) over break.  It looks GREAT and the children were excited to see it when they returned on Tuesday!

*Thanks in advance for your help with our 100th day snack!

*Thanks for all of the special Christmas gifts that were sent in before and after break!  We truly appreciate your thoughtfulness and generosity!

*Thanks for helping your child have another successful quarter!

*Thanks for all you do!



…the sound for “D” and some words that begin with “D.”

…using dry/erase boards to practice “sound spelling.”

…singing “Those Sounds” (song to review letter sounds).

…the surprise bucket.

…what season we are in.

…some “signs” of winter.

…what it’s called when an animal moves to a warmer place for the winter.

…some animals that migrate.

…what it’s called when an animal sleeps for the winter.

…some animals that hibernate.

…what helped lead the Wisemen to baby Jesus.

…what gifts did the Wisemen bring to Jesus.

…”Golden Honey Bee” shopping.  WOW! Many students improved this time & had lots of coins to shop with. 🙂


CONGRATULATIONS to Lilli Mae & her family on the healthy arrival of their new bundle of joy, Forester! What a SPECIAL Christmas blessing!


Have a wonderful weekend! 🙂