Welcome to first grade, all you cowpokes! Our first day of school this year is Wednesday, September 2. I can’t wait for you to get to work in our western-themed classroom. Make sure you have everything on our school supply list before our first class! The day begins with a flag-raising ceremony at 8:05 by the flagpole. Mass will follow at 8:30 and students will be dismissed to their teachers from the church. See you there!
Why is the Statue of Liberty green? We did an experiment to try to find out. Each student put vinegar and salt on a penny and we watched what happened over the course of the afternoon. As you can see, many of the pennies changed color.
While the pennies were oxidizing, we did a directed drawing activity of the Statue of Liberty. The students were excited at how well they turned out.
It’s penguin time in first grade! We have spent three weeks learning about penguins of Antarctica. Last week the students made these darling paper bag penguins. Now we have a classroom rookery!
The students have enjoyed Mr. Popper’s Penguins as a read aloud. We practiced being father penguins and balancing “eggs” on our feet as well as trying to find our babies by calling each other with different sounds. Boy did that make a racket in our classroom! Students learned how penguins stay warm by doing a blubber glove experiment in the science lab with Mrs. Wilkowski. She also did a demonstration of how things float better in salt water than in fresh water. We completed the unit today, so now it’s on to sound.
It’s time to discuss your student’s progress in first grade! If you haven’t signed up for a conference time, please contact Mrs. Vernon in the school office. I look forward to sharing your child’s successes with you! See you next week!
It’s time to return to school! I hope you’ve had a great summer vacation! School begins on
Wednesday, September 4 with Mass at 8:30. Please plan to attend with your child. After Mass everyone will gather in the parish hall and students will be dismissed with their teacher. Your student may bring all of their school supply list items with them. Be sure to send 2 snacks as we will need some refreshment in the afternoon as well as the morning! I’m looking forward to seeing the students and starting the school year!