Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a blessed Christmas and enjoyed some quality time with family and friends!  I truly enjoyed my break and am looking forward to seeing the children Tuesday morning.  I hope the children are ready to hit the ground running as we begin the second semester and continue to prepare for 2nd grade!  🙂  THANK YOU for all of the thoughtful Christmas gifts, cards & treats!  I appreciate your kindness & generosity!  Thanks to all who came and helped out at the Christmas party too.  We all had a fun time!  Emma Sutton, St. Rose alumni & Franklin HS senior, will be helping out in our classroom this semester in the afternoons.  Emma is interested in pursuing a career in early childhood education.  We are looking forward to having Emma with us this semester.  She helped out with Lion Cubs last semester & did a great job!  Below is a preview of some of the things we’ll be doing this week:

Phonics:

This week we will work on reading & spelling final, stable syllables -ble, -fle, -ple, -dle, -tle & -gle.  The sight words that will be introduced with this week’s Phonics lessons are:  they, people & eye.  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:   me, run, thing, take, she’s, looking, little, title, will, shell, one* & two* (* words are not to, be sounded out) with BONUS WORDS:  January, sharing & year.  The children will also be given a sentence to write:  He’ll take a test at one.  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.

Reading:

We are starting our 4th Reading book this week.  You will notice in book 4 that there will no longer be a “Get Ready Story.”  Instead there will be a short paragraph or two to read with “highlighted” vocabulary words.  Please be sure to have your child read this to you and discuss the vocabulary words to make sure they understand the meaning of these words.   Our story this week is “Pelican Was Hungry.”  Due to a 4-day week, the children will bring home their reading books on Tuesday for homework.  They are expected to read (can be read to if needed) the “Vocabulary” page and the “Main Selection” (Pelican Was Hungry).  They will bring home a leveled reader on Thursday this week 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!  We couldn’t do it without your help and support!  THANK YOU!

Math:

We will continue with Chapter 5:  Addition and Subtraction Relationships (related facts/fact families, deciding to use addition or subtraction when problem solving, using addition to check 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.  I was very happy to see that a few of my students worked on Xtra math over break!  Great job!

Religion:

We will talk about the Feast of the Epiphany that was celebrated at mass this past Sunday (1/6) and we will do Chapter 12/Jesus Our Savior Was Born in Bethlehem.

** January Birthday & *1/2 Birthdays:  Emery, *Kyla & *Lilly.  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) and I will read it to the class.  Happy Birthday to all of our January 1st graders!**

Important Dates/Reminders:

*1/8  School resumes

*1/10  Report Cards

*1/11  Math STEEP assessment for grades 1-5, Spirit Day & Honor’s Day (see weekly ROAR for time).

*1/16  Reading STEEP assessment for grades 1-5 & PRIDE meeting at 6:30 p.m.

*1/17  1st grade will take part in mass (look for reading parts to come home at the end of this week).

*1/18 & 1/19  PRIDE’s Bedknobs & Broomsticks at the Artcraft 7:00 p.m.

*1/21  NO SCHOOL/MLK Jr. Day

*1/25  1st grade 100th day celebration (information will come home this week); The 100th day of school falls on 1/24 this year (unless we have any snow days between now & then).  Since this is a mass day & 1st grade comes out of uniform, we are celebrating on Friday instead.

*1/28-2/1  Catholic School’s Week (stay tuned for more details to come)

*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 (Please note the changes in red for this semester.):

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:  12:30-1:15  Music w/Mrs. Langferman

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

Thursday:  8:30  Weekly Mass & 12:30-1:15  Library w/Ms. Sargent (Library books due every Thursday)

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!