Dear 1st Grade Families,
This past week our new school counselor came to our classroom to teach the kids about safety. A green information sheet about it went home earlier in the week. The focus was on safe adults, what to do if you feel unsafe, internet safety, and bullying.
The 100th day of school is my favorite day of the school year! It is also a busy and exhausting day 😉 We started off the day with creating a fruit loop 100 necklace and a 100th day coloring sheet. Later, we had STEM time where the kids worked in groups of two. They had to build something with 100 items. Each group had one of the following: unfix cubes, pattern blocks, popsicle sticks, dominoes. Once the groups were done building, they had to draw their creation and write what they created. It was fun to see the creativity and teamwork!
There was even more fun in the afternoon. We had our 100th day shirt fashion show on a “red carpet”. Afterwards, we rotated through each of the following stations in small groups: 100th day writing, 100th day craft, building with 100 toothpicks and 50 marshmallows, stacking with 100 cups, flipping a coin 100 times and charting heads and tails.
The morning of Thursday, Feb. 22nd, both 1st grade teachers will have substitutes. We have been asked to observe the teachers of St. Agnes to see what we think of their reading curriculum as Epiphany will be changing the reading curriculum for next year. We will be back at school around lunch time.
In religion, there will be a different theme each week that we will focus on during the Lenten season. This past week we focused on being the lips of Christ. Ask your child about how they can be the lips of Christ. If your child is absent during the Lenten season, I will send home the Lenten journal as homework, but please return it every day (even if it is unfinished) because we use the journal every day in class. Thank you!
February 23 – Fiction Book Report Due
During handwriting, we have been working on the correct letter formation. We have practiced the letter D (d). We will get to the letter B (b) later this school year. Below is a picture with the sayings and images used to help with the d and b mix-ups. For the lower-case letters, it is very important that your child forms them in the correct order otherwise the sayings and images will not be helpful. These should help with the reading and writing of those two tricky letters.
January 28th: Open House 10 am – 12:30 pm
January 29th – February 2nd: Catholic Schools Week
A Little Bit about Myself
There is nothing better than growing up in a house in the country covered with trees and a creek running through the backyard. Peace and privacy….Well, except for when the occasional car drives down the dirt road. I am a country girl through and through. I loved playing with all of the animals and insects: dead or alive. An imagination thrives when you have an outdoor palate to create and explore.
I grew up in a loving household with my parents and two older sisters. We attended mass together as a family and my mom taught our 2nd grade religion classes for many years. I sang in the youth choir, was an altar server from 4th grade – 10th grade, and then became an Eucharistic Minister after my Confirmation in 10th grade. Attending Catholic Youth Camp (CYC), Discipleship Week, multiple Steubenville retreats, TEC retreats, and mission trips were some of the best memories I had growing up. This is all thanks to a strong faith and a family who openly shared that faith.
Family is my life. My supportive family is such a blessing. I look up to each person for different reasons.
Mr. Conry: My husband has taught me how to relax and enjoy life all while being unafraid to try new adventures and to follow every single one of my dreams. He is my support and comfort. I’ve learned how to look at the world in so many different and positive ways due to his career and constant drive to further educate himself.
Dad: My dad just retired after teaching for 33 years. I’ve gone to his classroom almost every year since I was a little girl. It started off with ‘Bring Your Daughter to Work Day’ and morphed into me assisting in his classroom. Every time I go into his classroom, I just sit there and watch him transform into such a caring, supportive, loving, joking, serious, everything kind of teacher. Hands down, he is the teacher I hope to be someday.
Mom: A mother is a figure of love without a doubt. Besides that, my mom is a figure of selflessness. She has always gone out of her way to help those in need and to go above and beyond to make sure that every person she comes across realizes how important they are. In a world filled with so much negativity, it is a blessing to have that ray of sunshine at all times. She exudes God’s love and lives his message.
Sarah: My oldest sister is strong. She is a protector. Standing up for what is right is not always easy, but she makes it look that way. I have always admired her confidence and wished for that strength myself. As the little sister, I always looked up to her as the leader of the pack, and that hasn’t changed. Sarah is my rock.
Alison: Being the middle sister probably isn’t that easy. However, I know what skill-set it gave her: intent listener. You know how difficult it can be to find that one person you can trust and tell anything to? That one person who won’t judge you? That is Alison. She sits and listens patiently to everything you have to say and knows just what to say to make everything better. She may be gifted in words, but it is her ears that truly do the talking.
I have been blessed to have my family expanded with two brother-in-laws, two nieces, and two nephews.
All of these people have changed me for the better. My hope is to take what each of them has gifted me with, and bring each of those gifts to your child.