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: Generosity – giving without counting the cost
SAINT OF THE MONTH: Saint Nicholas
MATH –We completed Chapter 6 and began Chapter 7, Numbers to 20 on Friday.
LANGUAGE ARTS – In Unit 5, Lesson 2 we isolated sounds in words and generated words that contain o, spelled o and o_e, and u spelled u and u_e. Our Read Aloud stories this week were Places in Our Community by Nicole DeSalle and Sam’s Map by Miguel Novarro. Reading skills that we worked on included: author’s purpose, and fact and opinion. We learned that the days of the week and months of the year begin with a capital letter. We also learned that commas go between some words and numbers in a sentence. We read decodable books 67-69 and they went home. I hope they continue 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’ve been 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 13 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. I hope you enjoy the show!
JOKE OF THE WEEK:
First graders (and Mrs. Cincilla) just love funny jokes and riddles! Give this one a try:
Question: What did the Christmas tree say to the ornament?
Answer: Aren’t you tired of just hanging around?
STUDENT OF THE WEEK: Sofia
DECEMBER BIRTHDAY WISHES TO: Sofia