Weekly review (10/12-10/16)
*We missed having Vittoria and Lily in class and hope that they are feeling better!
Monday--On this Columbus Day, we learned all about Columbus and his infamous voyage to "India". We discussed what Columbus thought he was doing versus what he actually ended doing as well as how it affected life today. We also had our first experience with "Forty Hours" (more information below).
Tuesday--Due to the Book Fair going on in the Media Center, Mrs. O'Neill visited us in our classroom. She also brought the Ipads, which enabled the children to practice their phonics, High Frequency and vocabulary words and addition/subtraction skills while playing some games. I hope to get the Ipads on a bi-monthly basis.
Wednesday--We had our Spelling test. We also looked over two Scholastic News journals, which were centered on different kinds of spiders and different skeletons and which animals they match with, respectively.
Thursday--We had our Book Fair Shopping Day (and played a quick game of Hot Potato while we waited for the others to finish shopping!). We had our Religion test. We also had a visit from a seminarian Mr. Flores. He taught the class a lesson on the different senses we use while attending our weekly mass.
Friday--We had our second "Praying the Rosary" session with our eighth grade prayer partners. It seems that the first graders were more involved in this week's session, which was very nice. To prepare for our upcoming math test, we had math centers and determined four different ways to solve subtraction problems (i.e.: drawing a picture, using counters, using blocks and using logic/mental math). I have attached an overview of sample problems that will be seen on the Math test (seen above). We also discussed the feast day of St. Ignatius (which was yesterday, 10/17). Finally, we had a visit from Clifford, the big red dog, who gave to me the wonderful books that were bought for me. Thank you Schmitz family, Schlieben family, Stamato family, Malaty family, Soccio family and Fleming family for the books!! :-)
Next Week's Overview (10/19-10/23)
Monday--Math test study guide will be given out; Library; Young Rembrandts
Tuesday--Math Test #2; Technology; Minecraft Club
Wednesday--Recyclable Scarecrow due; KidStuff Coupon books due; Assembly at 1:30; Art; Progress Reports will be sent out
Friday--Spelling test #5; Music; Trunk or Treat
*Don't forget to bring in your Box Tops! Also, do not forget about bringing in your KidStuff Coupon book orders. If you are not interested, please return the book to my classroom (or the respective classroom). Either way, the orders are due by Wednesday (10/21).
*Our School Trip to Penn Manor will be on Thursday, November 5th. If you are interested in your child attending, please return the form with both parent's signatures (sent home on Friday) . If you are interested in chaperoning, please return the other form as well (sent home on Thursday).
* We had a recycling assembly at the beginning of October and started a school-wide recycling initiative. A challenge was set, where each class has to create a scarecrow out of recyclable items. For more information about what we'll be doing, see my e-mail. We cannot have any peekers! We have already been collecting recyclables, but if you have any extra recyclables that you are willing to part with, please bring them in with your child on Monday. The complete list of allowed items can be found on: http://www.sischool.org/recycling.html.
*Don't forget: If you go to the sidebar of my webpage, you can take a peek on what we are learning in Religion (Religion Textbook hyperlink) or have their child practice/play with their weekly words (Spelling City), Mathematics (Cool Math Games) or Religion. You can also take a peek at our Scholastic magazines there too.
*Peace Cranes-- Several weeks ago, for the International World Peace Day, your children created origami cranes to send to a school in Australia with their Eighth grade prayer partners. While we wait for a response from them, you can check out the video from last year (Mrs. Schmidt has just gotten a response from the school in Nigeria: https://animoto.com/play/DH0hwujZlwBsY5Gzzm60ZQ ). If you have not had a chance to check out the video of our St. Ignatius students making the cranes this year, I have it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZuP8CfTw4w&feature=youtu.be .
*1A partcipated in Forty Hours on Monday. What is Forty Hours? To quote Mrs. Di's newsletter: "This devotion is a period of forty hours of continuous prayer made in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament in solemn exposition. It began in the Philadelphia diocese in 1853 introduced by St. John Neumann as a way to pray for healing from the anti-Catholic sentiment that was commonplace at that time." Since this was more of an introduction to the first graders, they observed the church visitors praying to the altar, prayed in their respected pews and read from their Religion textbooks.
*There will be no school on Monday, October 26th.
*Protecting God's Children lesson on Tuesday, October 27th. For more information, check out the website: http://www.aopcatholicschools.org/about/programs/. If you do not want your child to participate, please sign the "Opt out Letter", found on the "Current Families" page on the website.
*We are still in need of some supplies/volunteers for the Halloween party on Friday, October 30th. For more information, see Mrs. Brzezinski's e-mail or the volunteer page: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0948a5a92b0-halloween .
*Winter Uniforms begin Monday, November 2nd.
I think that was all for the time being.Thank you and God Bless!