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Our annual Christmas program for grades K-5 is next Thursday !  The children will begin practicing on the stage next week.   They have been working very hard with Mrs. Langferman and are looking forward to performing for all of you.   The program will be on Thursday, December 15th at 7:00 p.m.  The children will need to be in our classroom at 6:45 p.m. (No earlier please, I will be getting my family ready too. 🙂  Thanks for your understanding!).   You will have a chance to find a seat in the PLC if you arrive a little early and to make sure the children have a chance to go to the bathroom before we get ready  for the program. The band and choir will do a short performance before grades K-5 perform.  The children may dress casual (anything appropriate for church), but may NOT wear jeans. Your child may wear his/her “Sunday BEST”, but this is not mandatory. If the girls plan on wearing a dress, please remind them how to sit properly. They will be sitting on the bleachers in the front row.  The children have been working hard and are looking forward to performing for you and your families. Don’t forget your cameras!  🙂 Their sweet, innocent voices really remind us of the true meaning of Christmas!

Russ and the Firehouse

This week we read another story that was an informational text. The children are getting really good at identifying when our stories are made up and when they are filled with facts about real people and places. This week’s story was about a young boy who got to “work” at the firehouse in his community for the day. Since the pictures in informational texts are photographs instead of illustrations, the children are able to make some
”real life connections” when we are reading these stories together. This week we worked on identifying the main idea and details in the story. We created a chart to help us organize the details in the story so that we could figure out the main idea of our story. We will continue working on this throughout the year, but the children did a really good job identifying the main idea of this story. We worked on the sound for “H” this week and we learned the popcorn word “are.”   I’m pleased with how well the children are reading their popcorn words. I will be assessing the children next week on all of the popcorn words we’ve learned thus far (we have completed list one & have learned the 1st few words on list 2).  Please be sure they are continuing to practice these words at home.  A great way to do this is by having them read the mini sight word readers that come home weekly.


Every class has signed up for a designated time to go shopping at the Santa Shop sponsored by PRIDE. The Kindergarten class will be doing their shopping on Wednesday, December 14th in the afternoon.   Information was sent home with your child on Wednesday.  Please be sure to complete and return the form with their money in an envelope by next Tuesday (12/13) IF you would like for your child to shop.  Having the form filled out and the money in an envelope really helps during this busy shopping time.  Thanks so much for your help!       


Happy Birthday to our Kindergarten students that have December birthdays OR 1/2 birthdays:  Oliver & Maggie; 1/2 birthday Roman!  If  you would like to read your Kindergarten student’s favorite book in honor of their birthday, please send me an e-mail so we can set up a day and time.  If your child’s birthday falls on a weekend (or over break), we can pick a day close to the date.   We love having guests come share the gift of reading with our Kindergarten class!  🙂  If you can’t make it in to read, feel free to send in their favorite book and I’ll read it to the class.


*12/10  Mass at 4:30 p.m.  All are welcome!

*12/11   Mass at 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.  (Includes Liturgy of the Word)  All are welcome!

*12/13  I will NOT be at school on Tuesday.  Mrs. Salazar will be subbing.  Please remind your child to be on their BEST behavior for her.  If you need to reach her during the day regarding a change in  your child’s after school plans, please send her an e-mail at [email protected]

*12/21  End of the 2nd quarter; where is this school year going? Our Christmas party will be from 12:00-1:00 with early dismissal at 1:00.   ALL ARE WELCOME to attend the party! This will be an OUT OF UNIFORM day. The children can wear jeans and a Christmas shirt (or a red/green shirt).  Here are the parents I have signed up to help:  Craft/Mrs.  Marshall; Game/Mrs. Boring; Snack/Mrs. Louden; Drink Pouches/Mrs.  Goins; Napkins/Mrs. Louden.   There will be NO EXTENDED CARE WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21st.  If your child attends Extended Care, please be sure to make arrangements for them.

*12/22-1/8  Christmas break;  School resumes on 1/9.

*Tis the season for illness!  As we are in now in the height of cold and flu season, please be reminded that the children cannot return to school after having a fever or throwing up unless they are 24 hours free of these symptoms.  Mrs. Salazar does a great job keeping our tables, pencils, door knobs, etc. sanitized, however, as you know, we can’t prevent it completely.  Thanks for your help and supporting in keeping the children healthy during this time!


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*NEXT week will be the LAST week for Show & Tell. We will be starting our “surprise bucket” when we return from Christmas break. This will take the place of Show & Tell. The children are excited about it! We’ll give you the details when we return.

*Many of the children complained of being cold this week during recess.  Please be sure the children have hats and gloves with them every day.  We will go outside all winter long as long as the weather permits and the temperature does not get below 25 degrees.

*I am very pleased with how many November/December goal sheets were completed this week this week, 7!  Many children are just one goal away from completing this goal sheet.  I can see the confidence building in the children. 🙂 We have 4 students that have completed EVERY goal sheet thus far and just a few that are close to completing them all so please continue practicing tying those shoes.   If your child has not yet completed their goals, please be sure practice these at home.  Using counters (buttons, pennies, Cheerios, etc.) when counting to 60 can be helpful!  If you need any suggestions for practicing at home, please let me know.

*Upcoming Stars:  12/12-12/16  Oliver; 1/16-1/20  Elliot; 1/23-1/27  Maggie & 1/30-2/3  Brooklyn

*DRESS CODE REMINDERS:  Students are NOT allowed to wear SNOW BOOTS at school.   IF for some reason they need to have them on when they leave the house in the morning, please be sure they have a pair of shoes in their backpack to change into once they arrive to school.   CARGO pants are NOT part of the school uniform. Only St. Rose logo wear sweatshirts can be worn during the school day (or a plain white/navy sweater). Please be sure to refer to the Student Handbook (can be found on the St. Rose Website under the “About the Lions” tab & then hit “Quick Links” to find the Handbook) if you have any questions regarding our dress code. Thanks for your support!

*The children will NOT be bringing home library books over Christmas break.

*As winter approaches, 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.


*Thanks for all of your help at home with your child’s monthly goals!  Your help and support truly makes a difference!  “I can, you can, we can!”

*Thanks to all who helped with the book fair this week!

*Thanks for the books that were purchased for our classroom too!  I’m not sure who surprised us with 3 new books, but we were all very excited to find these books in my mailbox! 🙂

*Thanks for the donations that have been sent in for Santa’s Secret Shop & to all who have signed up to help!  We couldn’t do it without our volunteers!

*Thanks to Mrs. Hudson for subbing this week!




…the sound for the letter “H” and some words that begin with this sound. See if I can “sound spell” h-a-t (hat) & h-o-t (hot). This group is eager to go! 🙂

…what color candle we lit on our Advent wreath this week.

…our reading story this week Russ and the Firehouse (ask about details & the main idea).

…what we use a key for on a map.

…how many quarters and pennies we have to show the # of days we’ve been in school.  We can’t believe we are only 21 school days away from the 100th day of school!

…St. Nicholas.

…why we celebrate Mary on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

…what special word we see in the word Christmas.

…what we made to bring joy to students at another Catholic School.

…typing my popcorn words in computer class today. They were so PROUD! 🙂