LOOKING BACK AT LAST WEEK
RELIGION – We continued our discussion of Advent and Christmas. We talked about having to wait for a long time for things. We discussed that we are waiting for Jesus’ birthday, the celebration of his coming into the world. During Advent, this special time of waiting, we can try to get everything ready to celebrate Jesus’ birthday. We talked about how we can prepare our hearts by trying to act as images of God so Jesus can come to us in a special way.
We discussed the Feast of St. Nicholas. We learned that in the fourth century there lived a man named St. Nicholas, who was the bishop of Myra. St. Nicholas would secretly give money to the poor. This led to the custom of children hanging stockings or putting out shoes, eagerly awaiting gifts from Saint Nicholas. The children also enjoyed a visit from St. Nicholas and had so much fun asking him questions.
VIRTUE OF THE MONTH: Purity – keeping your soul free of sin.
SAINT OF THE MONTH: St. Dominic Savio
MATH – We began Chapter 6, Ordinal Numbers. We learned that we can use ordinal numbers to tell order. We learned that we can use position words to name relative positions.
LANGUAGE ARTS – In Unit 5, Lesson 1 we isolated sounds in words and generated words that contain i, spelled i and e, s spelled ce and ci, and j spelled ge and gi. Our Read Aloud stories this week were A New Town by Jess Miller and City Life and Town Life by Jerri Johnson. Reading skills that we worked on included: clarifying, asking and answering questions. We learned that proper nouns are always capitalized. We read decodable books 63-65 and they went home daily. I hope they continue to read to read them to you at home!
SOCIAL STUDIES: Postcards from all around the United States are coming in. Thank you so much for helping us with this fun project! Our Gingerbread people are traveling far!
OTHER NEWS and NOTES
CHRISTMAS PROGRAM: We are practicing a lot for our Christmas Program. The children have been working really hard and this year’s show is going to be GREAT! The children will be performing the program for the school on Friday, December 14 at 1:30 PM. The performance for families is scheduled to begin at 6:30 PM; but we are asking that the children be in their classrooms at 6:00 PM. Hope you enjoy the show!
POLAR EXPRESS DAY: This year our Polar Express Day will be held on Friday, December 21. All faculty, staff, and students are welcome to wear their favorite Christmas pajamas that day. Please note school will end that day at 12:00 noon NOT 10:30 am as previously noted on the school calendar.
First grade students can bring a blanket and pillow on this day so they can be more comfortable during the movie.
STUDENT OF THE WEEK: Daniel
DECEMBER BIRTHDAY WISHES TO: Audrey, Eleanor, Veronica