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Saint John of the Cross Parish School

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First Grade News – Week of December 8th.

First graders making their Advent prayer chains.

First graders making their Advent prayer chains.

Monday was the start of our Advent Season.

Monday was the start of our Advent Season.

Important Events This Week

*Monday, December 8 – All School Mass at 9:15am – Feast of the Immaculate Conception.  This is a Holy Day of Obligation.

*Tuesday, December 9 – First Grade Field Trip – Students will attend a Christmas Play -The Santa Claus Caper at Lewis University. This is a 1/2 day field trip. Students wear their uniforms. We will be eating lunch back at school.The trip is scheduled from 9:15am – 1:00pm

*Wednesday, December 10 – Band Concert – 2:00pm 

*Thursday, December 11th- Pictures with Santa.  This will be done throughout the School Day.  This will take place in the school lobby. The minimum donation is $5 a picture. This activity is sponsored by St. John of the Cross Parish School Student Council.  All proceeds will benefit The Cara Program “The Cara Program prepares and inspires motivated individuals to break the cycles of homelessness and poverty, transform their lives, strengthen our communities, and forge paths to real and lasting success.” http://www.thecaraprogram.org

*Friday, December 12 – Gingerbread store in first grade.  Please see the flyer that will be sent home on Monday, December 8th.  Each student is asked to bring in one item for our store.  The students will practice adding money by purchasing materials from our gingerbread store.  They will use these materials to create their own gingerbread house.  This is a first grade tradition.  None of the materials will be eaten by the children.

 This Week

Religion

*Learn about the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

*Appreciate how the birth of a baby brings joy to a family.

*Advent is a time for waiting to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Language Arts

*The students will learn about contractions this week.  Contractions are two words put together to make one word.  The missing letters in a contraction are replaced with an apostrophe.

*There will be a spelling test this week.  The words are:  couldn’t, didn’t, wouldn’t, can’t, haven’t, weren’t, won’t, aren’t, don’t, isn’t. The apostrophe needs to be in the correct place or the word is spelled incorrectly.  In each word the apostrophe replaces the letter “o” in “not”.

*There will be reading club homework on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday.  There will be no homework on Tuesday due to our field trip.

Math

*There will be no math homework on Tuesday due to our field trip.

*We will estimate lengths to the nearest inch.  Then, the students will practice checking their estimates by using a ruler to measure objects to the nearest inch.

*Explorations of base 10 blocks, geoboards and measuring heights.

*Practicing counting money in order to shop in the Gingerbread House Store.

 Science

*Last week we learned how to measure how much mass certain objects contain by using a balance.  We also measured the volume of objects.  We did this by dropping objects in a graduated cylinder filled with water.  The amount of water that was displaced told us the volume of the object.

*We will continue to study matter in the weeks to come.

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