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December has arrived and what a busy month it will be!  Please be sure to mark your calendar for all of the upcoming events/important dates listed below.  Although it’s a very busy time of year as we prepare for Christmas, let us be reminded that “Jesus is the Reason for the Season.”  During this season of Advent we will talk about different ways we can prepare our hearts for Jesus.  I know you’ve heard me say it before, but one reason I love teaching at a Catholic School is because we can talk about the true meaning of CHRISTmas.  The children were happy to see the decorations go up in our classroom last week and didn’t let that stop them from working hard or staying on task.  However, the closer we get to Christmas and the more distractions we have with a change in our schedule over the next coupe of weeks due to Book Fair, practices for the upcoming program and the Santa Shop it gets harder and harder to focus.  Your reminders at home, for the children to continue to do their best, are very helpful!  Believe me, it’s just as hard for us adults to stay focused this time of year as it is for the children.  🙂  Thanks for your help!  The weather has been beautiful and we’ve had some unseasonably warm temperatures in the past week, however, that is going to change after Monday.  Please be sure your child is prepared for outdoor recess (warm coat, hat, gloves/mittens).  We will be going out if weather permits and the temperature is above 25 degrees. Below is a preview of some of the things we’ll be doing this week:

Phonics:

This week we will work on coding & reading compound words, suffix -less, -ness & -ly, reading & spelling digraph ai & ay, and reading & spelling combination ar (another “bossy r” sound).  The sight words that will be introduced with this week’s Saxon lessons are:  something, answer, were, early, earth, heard & learn.  It’s important that the children are reviewing these sight words at home each week (we have learned over 60 words so far, these words can be found each week in my newsletter; all of this year’s newsletters can be found at www.stroselions.net under the first grade blog link).   Thanks for working on these words!  It truly makes a difference!

Spelling:

The following list of words was sent home the Friday before our 2-day week:  she, too, keep, same, more, we’ll, shack, went, tablet, brushing, their* & goes* The words followed by an asterisk are sight words and need to be memorized, not “sounded out.”  The children will also be given a sentence to write:  The deck is next to their pool.  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.  I am pleased with how well the children have been doing on the Spelling test each week.  The children have noticed that the words are getting harder, but they have really been working hard.  If you would like suggestions for heping your child study for their words each week, please let me know.

Reading:

Our story this week is a play titled “Smile, Mike!”  The children will bring home their reading books on Monday for homework.  Since this week’s story is a play, please split up the characters with your child when reading.  What a great way to get other family members involved! 🙂  The children are expected to read the “Get Ready Story” (A Funny Dog for Ike), which is also a play this week, and the “Main Selection” (Smile, Mike).  They will bring home a leveled reader on Wednesday to read for homework.   PLEASE be sure the children 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.  The children are really doing a good job reading their stories each week!  I love seeing the progress they continue to make!  We couldn’t do it without your help and support!  THANK YOU!

Math:

We will continue working on subtraction strategies.  We will also work on how to solve subtraction word problems.  I am pleased with how well the children are doing with addition and subtraction.  If you’d like for your child to work on the Xtra Math program at home, but have lost your login information, please let me know.  I’d be happy to send home a new form.  If your child is already doing Xtra Math at home, please be sure you are monitoring this, I am sent a report every week and some of the children are either not completing their session or are missing quite a few problems.

Religion:

This week we will begin reading daily Advent devotionals, light the first candle of our Advent wreath, which represents “hope,” we will learn about St. Nicolas Day (12/6) and the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (12/8).

Important Dates:

12/4-12/8  Scholastic Book Fair.  The 1st grade class will preview (no money needed) the Book Fair on Wednesday afternoon.  The children will make out a WISH LIST & bring it home.  IF you would like for your child to purchase any of the books on their “wish list,” they will be able to do this on Thursday afternoon.  PLEASE send money in an envelope on Thursday if your child will be purchasing any books.  If they plan on buying any of the books on their wish list, it is helpful for the younger students if you mark which book (s) on their list you would like for them to buy.  Thanks in advance for your help with this!  If you are available to help Ms. Sargent with the Book Fair next week, please e-mail her at [email protected]

12/5  PRIDE meeting at 6:30 p.m.

12/8  Feast of the Immaculate Conception/Holy Day of Obligation.  Our weekly all school mass will be on Friday at 8:30, all are welcome.  We will NOT be attending mass on Thursday (some of the older students are going both days).  Students are to wear their mass uniforms.  Girls are now allowed to wear navy pants/white shirts for mass until March if they wish due to colder temperatures during the winter months.

12/9  Donkey Ball Game @ 2:00 in the PLC.  Raffle Tickets for a Donkey Kong Arcade game are being sold in the atrium this week before & after school.  Youth Group Parent’s Night Out  from 6-10 p.m.  Please register by Wednesday, December 6.  You can find the registration form at http://strosechurch.saintrose.net/ .

12/19 & 12/20  PRIDE’s Santa Shop (this is a new date, look for more information to come home soon).

12/14  Be sure to mark your calendar for grades K-5 Christmas Program  beginning at 6:30 p.m.  The 1st grade will be planning the mass for 12/14.  If your child has a reading part, I will send those home at the end of this week.

12/15  Student Council NUT day (more info. to come).

12/18  Mrs. Fleshood (helps in our classroom every morning) will be subbing.

12/21  End of 2nd quarter.  Early Dismissal/Christmas Break begins at 1:00 on Thursday.  Our classroom Christmas party will be from 12-1.  The following people signed up to help at Back To School Night:  Craft/Kasey Wooten; Game/Mariah Brooks; Snack/Alicia Louden; Drink Pouches & Napkins/Debbie Houchin.  There will be NO SCHOOL on Friday 12/22.  School resumes on Tuesday, January 9.

**December Birthdays:  Evey, Oliver & Maggie.  December 1/2 Birthdays:  Harmony & Roman.  If you would like to be a guest reader for your FAVORITE 1ST GRADER’s BIRTHDAY or 1/2 BIRTHDAY, please let me know so we can arrange a date/time for you to come in and read to our class.  If your schedule does not allow, please send in a book of their choice on their birthday (or close to if a weekend date or Christmas break date) and I will read it to the class.  Happy Birthday & 1/2 Birthday to all of our December 1st graders!**

Special Schedule:

Monday:  PE (Students should wear “tennis” shoes.)

Tuesday:  Library

Wednesday:  PE

Thursday:  Mass (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!