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 couple of weeks due to Book Fair, practices for the upcoming program, a visit from Mrs. Claus 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!  First grade is looking forward to welcoming our new classmate, Deaglan, on Monday!  We know he’ll be a special addition to our class!  Below is a preview of some of the things we’ll be doing this week:

Phonics:

This week we will work on reading & spelling consonant digraph “sh” with blend shr, reading & spelling vowel digraph “oo,” reading & spelling consonant /j/ and spelling with the Floss Rule (no, not the “floss dance”  which seems to be a favorite of these 1st graders 🙂 ).  The sight words that will be introduced with this week’s Phonics lessons are:  could, should, would, school & says.  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.  It’s important that when working on sight words/high frequency words, that your child does NOT sound them out.  These words are to be read strictly by sight.

Spelling:

This week’s spelling words are:   she, too, keep, same, more, we’ll, shack, went, tablet, brushing, their* & goes* (* words are not to, be sounded out) with BONUS WORDS:  Christmas, she’ll & bought.  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 & bonus words IF they accept the challenge) correct on Wednesday, they will NOT have to take the test on Friday.  The children have noticed that the words are getting a little harder.  It is important that they are practicing their words a little each day.  The children should be using their Saxon Phonics rules to help them when spelling these words.  If you need suggestions for helping your child at home, please let me know.  I’m pleased with the amount of children that have been trying the BONUS words each week!  Keep up the good work!

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.  I’ve seen many of the children becoming much more confident when it comes to knowing their math facts (many of the children know them & are no longer using counters to help).

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; Holy Day of Obligation).

**December Birthdays:  Lorelei, Brayden & Milysa.  If you would like to be a guest reader for your FAVORITE 1ST GRADER’s 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) and I will read it to the class.  Happy Birthday to all of our December 1st graders!**

Important Dates/Reminders:

*12/3  Book Fair begins.  We will have a “preview” date & a “purchase” date.  I will let you know the dates as soon as this has been confirmed with Ms. Sargent.

*12/4  1st grade will have a “Young Lungs” presentation.  This program has been presented to about 1800 Johnson County first graders each year since 2000.  A  trained tobacco educator brings Young Lungs to our classroom!  Young Lungs, an interactive “apron” story, tells the story of Daisy and Duke, Dalmatian puppies who learn how to say “No!” to the harmful drug tobacco.  Young Lungs also gently addresses safety issues, peer pressure, electronic cigarettes and secondhand smoke in a positive, empowering way.  Students participate eagerly with a puppet of their own to use while answering questions.  The program will last approximately 30 minutes.  The children will receive a certificate, coloring book, and puppy finger puppet at the conclusion of the program.  PRIDE meeting at 6:30 p.m.

*12/7  Spirit Day

*12/13  Mark your calendars for the K-5 Christmas program at 6:30 p.m.  The children will need to be in our classroom between 6:15-6:20.  Mrs. Langferman asks that the children please wear their “Sunday Best” (no jeans please).

*12/18 & 12/19  PRIDE’s Santa Shop (more info. to come)

*12/20  End of 2nd quarter (there will be no school on Friday, 12/21) & EARLY DISMISSAL AT 1:00.  1st grade Christmas party 12:00-1:00.  Here are the parents that signed up to help at Back To School Night:  Craft/Mrs. Wooten, Game/Mrs. Peters, Snack/Ms. Lane, Drink pouches/Mrs. Hudson & Napkins/Mrs. Clark.  If there have been any changes & you are no longer able to help, please let me know ASAP.  Thank you!

*12/21-1/7  Christmas break (school resumes on Tuesday, 1/8).

*Beginning on 1/8/19, first grade will have a change in their “special’s schedule.”  Our music day will switch to Tuesday & our library day will switch to Thursday.

*Please be sure your child is prepared for outdoor recess (warm coat, hat, gloves/mittens).  We do go out all winter if weather permits and the temperature is above 25 degrees.  During the months of November-March, the girls may wear navy pants & white shirts on mass days.  A few girls have been wearing leggings under their skirts.  Leggings are not allowed, however, solid color navy or white, opaque or cable knit tights are allowed.  Please refer to the handbook link Handbook 2018-2019 for any questions regarding the school uniform.  Please be sure to write your child’s name in their school sweatshirts, jackets, coats, etc.  The lost & found is growing.  We find several items a day that do NOT have names in them.  🙁

*Cold & flu season is upon us.  Please be aware that if your child has a fever and/or is throwing up, they may not return to school unless they are 24 hours free from both symptoms.

*Please be sure to go over your child’s papers with them that come home in their folder so they can learn from any mistakes that they may be making.  Thanks for your help!

Lunch/Recess & Special Schedule:

Daily Recess LC-1st grade:  10:30-11:00 & Lunch 11:00-11:30

Monday:  1:15-2:00  PE w/Mr. Setnor (Kindergarten & 1st grade combined)

Tuesday:  9:30-10:15  Library w/Ms. Sargent

Wednesday:  1:15-2:00  PE (1st & 2nd grade combined); 2:00 Dismissal EVERY Wednesday

Thursday:  8:30  Weekly Mass & 11:45-12:30  Music w/Mrs. Langferman

Friday:  11:45-12:30  Art w/Ms. Sargent

*Be sure to read Mrs. Floyd’s Weekly Roar & classroom newsletters (blogs) 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!