Dates to Remember
April 28 - Field Trip (gym uniforms, disposable lunch only, please do not send money, students will not be allowed to bring cell phones, iPods, iPads, cameras, or technology of any kind) PLEASE SEND A PEANUT-FREE LUNCH for the safety of our children. Parents with clearances may meet us at the zoo at 10:45.
May 5 - All School Mass
May 12 - Mass at 9, Mission Day begins at 10 (1st graders need to be with a parent who has clearances)
May 19 - Field Day
May 26 and 29 - No School
June 2 - All School Mass
June 5, 6, 7 - Half days (no Great Valley buses will be taking children HOME)
June 7 - Last Day
Father Arul blessed our Rosaries. We will begin our study of this beautiful prayer in May.
April STEM - science, technology, engineering, and math Challenge
This challenge required balance and patience as the students constructed "trees" out of sticks of linking cubes, a nest out of a cup, and nest covering out of pipe cleaners. After construction, the students attempted to balance a marshmallow peep on top of the nest. Creativity, skill, and determination required - fun was had by all! Happy Easter!
First Grade Sunshine Mass
Some of our STEM Projects (Leprechaun Traps)
Challenge: to build a Leprechaun Trap and use it to trap a leprechaun at home on St. Patrick's Day.
Step 1- Research Leprechaun Traps via the internet (whole class activity using the smart board).
Step 2 - Brainstorm ideas with classmates.
Step 3 - Design and build a Leprechaun Trap using a variety of materials.
The kids reported their results on St. Patrick's Day. We will be making a class book about our experiences. Maybe other kids will read it and learn about catching leprechauns!
*STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
**A few students were not finished their projects when the bell rang to go home and did not have a photo taken. If you can take a photo at home and send it to me, I will post it here. Thanks.
***2 students were absent
Please help me purchase classroom books by placing a book order online. Click on the blue link.
Fun Days of First Grade
Monthly Virtue Awards
"Do not seek to be admired or the center of attention."
We are looking for a student who is happy with they things they have, does not complain, is not jealous of others possessions or opportunities, who sees the good in all people and situations.
"Accept small irritations with a sense of humor."
We are looking for a student who focuses on listening to God, following his Commandments, and knows that God needs to be the center of their life.
More Important Stuff
IMPORTANT - PLEASE EMAIL MRS. CHAPMAN AND MRS. BOGAN WITH ANY ABSENT NOTICE, CHANGE IN TRANSPORTATION HOME, LATE DROP-OFF OR EARLY PICK-UP. I AM NOT ABLE TO ACCESS MY EMAILS WHILE TEACHING DURING THE DAY. HERE ARE THE EMAIL ADDRESSES:
Really Great Reading for Parents......
You may wonder why I ask you to read to your child(ren) for 15 minutes each evening? It's because you are helping to develop their vocabulary and comprehension skills. When children read, they are often focusing on decoding words and following punctuation and sentence structure. When you read to them, it enables them to concentrate on the story (comprehension, vocabulary, etc.). For more advanced word decoders, reading aloud to them develops comprehension and vocabulary, as well.