December 9, 2016

Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow! Welcome to our first big snow day. Remember on these snowy days your children can wear boots to school. Advent is well underway here at St. John School. We celebrated the Immaculate Conception at a beautiful Mass Thursday morning and primary students prayed together every morning. They are busy preparing their hearts for the coming of Jesus.


This week students continued learning subtraction strategies, made holy cards for St. Nicholas and St. Dominic Savio (saint of the month) and listened and wrote about Christmas Around the World. Students learned about Christmas customs and even made ornaments to represent the different places they studied. Thank you Ms. Erbe and Mrs. Eberly for sharing about Christmas in Germany! On Tuesday, first graders put their shoes outside in hopes that St. Nicholas would make a stop by St. John School. They were excited to find little candy canes and treats!


Thank you to Amy Szyszko for braving the snowy roads to lead art today for the students. They made snowy pictures with beautiful trees! It was a great lesson but busy with one volunteer! Please check out the next art time in January when I send out the new sign up calendar. It would be helpful to have 2-3 parents sign up. Thank you!


Christmas Luncheon

The First Grade International Christmas Luncheon is set for next Thursday! Please bring your food (labeled with name of dish and country) to the classroom by 10:30. If your child has any allergies, please bring a special dish for him/her. If your dish is “peanut free’’ or “tree nut free”, please put a note on your dish. We will eat our special lunch in Miss Feeney’s room and the food will be set out in Mrs. Todd’s room. I would like the parents who volunteered to set up to come to the classroom by 10:15. We still have a need for recess supervision. This is a big undertaking and we appreciate all of your help to make it possible. The first graders may wear their Christmas best (free dress). This lunch will take the place of regular lunch/hot lunch of the day. Please still send a separate snack for later in the day.


Christmas Concert

First and second graders will perform on Tuesday, December 13th at 7:00pm in Egan Hall. We will meet in the classroom between 6:40 – 6:50 pm. Please do not drop your child off before 6:40 p.m. I will not be there to supervise. If you are late (arriving after 6:50) please meet us in Egan Hall. The first graders take the stage first, followed by the second grade performance of the Nativity story. Your child will be directed to come sit with you following the first grade concert. You are welcome and encouraged to stay for the second grade performance.

Christmas Eve

Saturday, December 24
Children’s Vigil Mass with Schola, 4pm
Children’s Vigil Mass with Cantionis, 6pm
Christmas Mass, 9pm
Christmas Day
Sunday, December 25
Christmas Morning Mass, 9am


Questions to Ask

– Can you sing me a song for your concert?

– What can you tell me about Christmas in Poland? Norway? Germany?


Special Notes

– Star Dolphin for the week of December 12 is Nathaniel.

– Christmas Concert Tuesday, December 13th.

– Christmas Luncheon Thursday, December 15th (wear nice free dress)

– Noon dismissal Friday, December 16th.


I Can…

– spell first grade words. L.1.2

– sort words into categories and tell why they belong there. L.1.5

– follow rules for discussions and talk with others. SL.1.1

– speak and write in complete sentences. SL.1.6

– help my class write. W.1.7

– revise and edit my writing. W.1.5

– publish my writing. W.1.6

– understand how words in a story can tell about feelings and the senses. RL.1.4

– read and understand first grade fiction. RL.1.10

– tell the number of syllables in words. RF.1.2

– use digraphs and vowel pairs to help me read. RF.1.3

– count to help me add and subtract. 1.OA.5

– subtract facts within 20. 1.OA.6

– tell how many tens and how many ones are in a number. 1.NBT.2

– use manipulatives and pictures to help me solve problems within 100. 1.NBT.4

– find 10 more or 10 less in my head. 1.NBT.5

-tell about people, places, and things. SL.1.4

-engage in discussions to learn about how families live around the world. 5.3.1




– We are Christ-centered people.

– We are active learners.

– We are empowered disciples.