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I hope you were able to enjoy a night out at the Historic Artcraft Theatre this weekend!  Mary Poppins has always been a favorite of mine!  Don’t forget to stop by Greek’s Pizzeria (Franklin location only) some time Monday between 4:30-10 p.m. to support PRIDE’s Dine-to-Donate!  10% of dine in, delivery and carryout orders will be donated to St. Rose Catholic School.  Be sure to tell your friends and family!  The first day of Fall is this Friday,  I sure hope we get some of those cooler temperatures back!  I sure was enjoying the fall-like weather we were having, but it looks as if we have a hot week ahead!  Below is a preview of some of the things we’ll be doing this week:

Phonics:

This week we will work on K & C Spelling Rules, reading and spelling letters b, m & e (long and short).  We will also work on reading and spelling digraph ck.  I have been noticing that the children are using many of the rules we have been learning to help them figure out words they don’t know when we are reading during class.  🙂  Hopefully they are doing the same for you.  The sight words that will be introduced with this week’s Phonics lessons are:  what, from, are & friend.  Please continue working on the high frequency words on the back side of the Saxon Phonics pages, especially if your child is having difficulty reading these words.  I do not assess these words every day, however, on the days that I do I will circle any of the words that your child was unable to read for me.  Thanks for working on these words at home!  It truly makes a difference!

Spelling:

The children did a GREAT JOB on their 1st Spelling Test!  I’m sure you were just as PROUD of them as I was when you saw how well they did.  Keep up the good work!  Your child should have brought home the following list of words on Friday:  a, an, at, tap, lot, nap, tan, zip, lap & pit.  The children will also be given a sentence to write:  Zip a top.  The pre-test will be on Wednesday and the final test on Friday.  If the children spell all of the words (including writing the sentence) correct on Wednesday, they will NOT have to take the test on Friday.

Reading:

Our story this week is, “Soccer.”  The children will bring home their reading books on Monday for homework.  They are expected to read (can be read to if needed) the “Get Ready Story” (Help for Hank) and the “Main Selection” (Soccer).  They will bring home a leveled reader on Wednesday to read for homework.  If you feel like your child is struggling with the leveled reader I send home on Wednesdays, please let me know.  I have a few different levels and can change the books out if it becomes too frustrating.  PLEASE be sure they return their books the NEXT day so they have them for reading here at school.  It’s a good idea to ask the “Think and Compare” questions at the end of each selection.  **We just finished reading Flat Stanley together.  The children really enjoyed it!  We are planning on taking Flat Stanley on some more adventures soon.  Stay tuned…**

Math:

The children are doing a nice job adding!  Although we use manipulatives and drawings to help us solve problems, many of the children are getting pretty good at finding the sum on their own.  If you notice your child having trouble adding or subtracting at home, please encourage them to use counters of some sort (pennies, marbles, Cheerios, fingers, etc.).  Hands-on learning is still very important for 1st graders.  Chapter 1 Review:  See if your  child can show you 2 ways to write/solve an addition sentence (horizontal & vertical), point out the addends & the sum, tell you what happens to the sum if the order of the addends changes and different ways to make 8, 9 or 10 (7+1, 6+2, 0+8; 5+4, 9+0, 1+8, etc.). This week we will begin Chapter 2/Subtraction Concepts.

Religion:

Chapter 4/God Our Father Is Holy.   We will continue talking about the holiness of God and how everything about God is holy, including our churches.  The children are looking forward to taking part in the mass this Thursday.  You are welcome to join us for mass at 8:30 if you’d like.  All are welcome!  If your child has a reading part it was sent home in their folder on Friday.  Please be sure they are practicing.  We will practice at church later this week.  Thanks for your help!

Important Dates:

9/18  PRIDE’s Dine to Donate at Greek Pizzeria 4:30-10:00.

9/27  All trash bag orders and money due.  Thank you in advance for supporting PRIDE’s annual fundraiser.  Each family is asked to sell 6 rolls or make a $30 donation.

9/30  Franklin Fall Festival Parade

10/3  1st grade trip to the Indianapolis Zoo to attend “Building A Habitat” workshop.  Look for information/permission slip to come home this week.  PRIDE meeting at 6:30 p.m.

10/4  Deputy Baird will be returning to St. Rose again this year to talk to grades K-5.  He will talk about a different topic to each grade.  The 1st grade will be learning about bullying.

10/6  Spirit Day

10/9  Picture Retakes

10/16-10/20  Fall Break

Special Schedule:

Monday:  PE

Tuesday:  Library

Wednesday:  PE

Thursday:  Weekly Mass @ 8:30 (ALL ARE WELCOME!) & Music

Friday:  Art

Be sure to read Mrs. Floyd’s Weekly Roar every Monday to keep up on all that is going on at St. Rose.  Also, be sure to check out our website www.stroselions.net frequently so you don’t miss out on anything important.  The Google calendar is always full of important dates and upcoming events.  You don’t want to miss out!