Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving

I just wanted to start out with what I am most thankful for, and it I am most thankful for my students, the parents of my students and the staff at St. Edward's! I sure did miss my wonderful students, and I wanted to say a great huge THANK YOU to the parents for helping the students achieve and grow while I was gone. The second I came back, my heart just exploded because being is here is exactly what I needed, all the hugs and the love from the students made my days brighter!

As you can see, our daily number was SIXTY!! So the students had created their equations and got to draw a thankful turkey! They are all so creative!


We have been focusing on addition of bigger numbers with place value concepts! This is realizing the hundreds place, the tens place, and the ones place! We will continue to work on these up until January as this is a hard concept for some of the students to grasp! I have faith they will do amazing things!


We are working on our writing skills! I have several students who are really ramping up their neat handwriting, making sure our "tall" letters reach the top and bottom, while our "underground" letters reach down below! I still have students who are struggling with their writing letters correctly, within the next few weeks, I will be sending home more writing packets for those students, in the letters that they need work on! Please help them at home by encouraging neat handwriting.

Phonics, we are working on glued sounds, so far we have covered an and am (fan/ham)! We have gone over diagraphs of ch/th/sh/ck/wh. I suggest reviewing these sounds with the students! Some students should review sh/ch! That seems to be a hard concept to grasp, which we are constantly reviewing in the classroom!

Reading, we should still be working on binder homework with the students! Starting in January, I might change this up a bit and start a different type of daily reading assignment! All that I am trying to do is to have our students have a greater understanding and grasping of the sight words and reading for fluency and fun! I am working on everybody getting up to grade level, but I can not do that at school alone! I am highly encouraging all parents to read with and to their child! Have your child even pick out sight words that they recognize or have them read a sentence and you read a sentence!

Social Studies:

We are starting my favorite unit! Holidays around the world! I love learning about the different cultures and traditions from our every day experiences, and we will be making some fun crafts with the students to help share the beautiful holidays!


For science, we tend to take a "break" from our traditional science lessons, and instead we do some STEM science experiments and activities! Of course, they are winter and Christmas related, so I am sure the students are going to love doing these! I will end up needing some donations of some items, so be on the look out for that letter coming home in December! 


It is the start of ADVENT! So we will be focusing on that during the next few weeks! They will be coming home with a weekly advent activity that can be done at home! 

Important Dates:

 1-Start of Advent
6- Mass at 8:15, choir sings
9-Mass at 8:15, students are attending
13-Mass at 8:15
19-Christmas Program, 10:00am and  6:00 pm
20-Mass at 8:15, choir sings. Adoration after Mass
24- Christmas Eve
25-Christmas Day
31-New Years Eve

January 2020
1-New Years Day
6-First Day back at school! 

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Friday, October 11, 2019


The chill is in the air! Be prepared for soon we will start to see snowflakes, and I will be shedding tears for the summer months soon passing!

This past week was Fire Safety Week! We LOVED getting a chance to meet some firefighters and exploring their trucks and shooting the water out of the hose! It was a blast! Some classroom discussions we shared this week was a meeting place in case of a fire at our house and at school! Our meeting place at school is right by the church, as we should all be staying together as a classroom. Have these important discussions with your child today as we never know what might happen in the future!

~~ALSO heads up for Halloween, we can wear Halloween colors, purple/orange/green/black, but we are NOT wearing costumes! Instead, Friday we have ALL SAINT'S DAY-have your child dress up as a Saint, and work on two facts for that Saint, and we will share after Mass! This is going to be super epic! Let me know if you need help finding a Saint for your son or daughter~~

Fire Safety

We have learned LOTS of interesting things about fire and fire safety! 


We have been working on addition and subtraction within 10. On next Friday, October 18, we will be having our unit 2 test! Look out on Thursday for the unit 2 review that we complete in class, and I will have circled the items they need to focus on for the test!
They are going to be just fine! They are doing amazing in math and figuring out fun equations for our daily numbers!

Language Arts/Reading/Writing/Phonics

We are still working out of the Fundations Phonics program! We have learned all the vowel sounds and all the letter sounds, and we are now going to be working on diagraphs (wh, th, sh, ch, ck)! Practice with these with your child as it is something new, but they can hear the sounds! This is usually a challenging concept to grasp within the first week, so I know they are going to do amazing things when they SLOW down and take their time! 
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For reading, we are working on books at your child's level! They read them in class, I am working on comprehension skills with your child, and I have been seeing some tremendous growth! 

For writing, we have finished writing about stories and what they each need, now we are focusing on Personal Narratives, that is where we will be writing a story about something that happened in our life, because we are our own experts! 


We are still working on our prayers! But we are also learning about Jesus and his parents, and we are comparing how life was the same and different! We discussed what it would be like if we were going to have the Holy family come over for dinner, and I heard a lot of little friends are willing to clean the house for fun! 

Social Studies/Science

For science, we are going to be looking at habitats soon and creating our OWN habitat! 

Social studies, we are wrapping up what it means to be a Good Citizen! 

Important Dates

16th/17th: Parent Teacher Conferences with Mrs. Friesen (please see the orange paper I sent home on Thursday October 10 for your times!)
    17th - 3k/4k Fall Funfest in St. Edward cafeteria- 5-6:30pm
    18th - Mass 8:15am
    23rd - Mass 8:15am; Xavier play for k - 5th grade 9:30-11:30am
    24th - Early Release 11:30am - NO AFTERCARE; 
    25th - NO SCHOOL

Friday, October 4, 2019

Just a funny thought for the day!

Had to share that we all had the same thought today! Boys were all dressed in blue after Mass and all the girls in the room were wearing red! They LOVED pointing this out! 

Thanks parents for all the prayers and blessings of sending these sweet first graders to school every day!! 

Field Trip to Little Farmer

Let me start by saying THANK YOU to the chaperones who braved the cooler weather with us to enjoy our field trip! The students were still talking about the caramel apples on Friday and how yummy they were!

It was a long bus ride, but such a rewarding experience that we all get to share the beauty that God provides for all us to enjoy from the bees helping the trees to produce the apples, but to the growing of the pumpkins to help us love the sight of nature!

The students learned how apples were sorted using a very large machine and realized how much work it truly is to make sure everything is going smoothly throughout the apple orchard!

A big thank you also to the Little Farmer crew, without them, the field trip wouldn't have been possible!

Enjoy the pictures!

Friday, September 27, 2019

Johnny Appleseed

Johnny Chapman "Johnny Appleseed" was born on September 26, 1774! Yesterday, the first graders celebrated ALL things apple! We made our own applesauce, we looked at the differences in apples, and we got to even got to go apple bobbing for our own apple for our own caramel apples! I hope your child enjoyed the apple-licious day!

Aj CAUGHT the apple!

Aj bobbing away!

Blake bobbing! 

Blake caught it! 

Liam tried hard!

Liam ALMOST had it! 

McKenna trying hard! 

Parker was going hard for it! 

Our NEWEST Packer fan caught it (in his hands)

Go Pria go!

Very close, but our hands caught it! 

Next onto making the applesauce! 

Most of them liked the applesauce, and that is ok! I am very proud that we all worked together to add the ingredients and helped with smashing and scooping of the apples! 

Finished up our day with making pans for our head just like Johnny Appleseed wore in the tall tale we heard! 

My own little "Appleseeds"

Have a great weekend!