This month our focus is still math. We learned 10+ sentences. The new emphasis is comparing shapes and capacities. We are praying for the Pope to lead our church.
We have finished our children's Bible. We have learned a lot of stories about Jesus. We use that knowledge to answer Father's questions in church. I am always impressed with their answers. And I am proud as well.
Our reading skills have improved and we are picking up new ways to decode the written word.
Our new website shall soon be making it's appearance. It should make it easier for everyone to use. It is www.strosehastings.org, it is still in the testing stage and soon to be launched. We will notify you of the launch date soon. Thanks to Max, (a former St. Rose Kindergartener).
The Christmas Play was wonderful. We were very excited to be able to perform for our school families, friends and special love-ones. It was as always a night to remember. Our play written by Mr. Young will bring us back to the true meaning of Christ's birth. Glad to see all of you there!
We welcome our new student Johnnie Jacobs. He has fit in really well.
Sister continues to teach us every other Wednesday. She also comes Thursday mornings.She is a huge help with reading and penmanship.
January brings lots of excitement for Catholic Schools Week. We have learned about Advent and preparing ourselves for the coming of baby Jesus. We used the Advent calendar to learn about this special time.
Thank you for the can goods your children brought to Church for our Thanksgiving and Christmas Baskets. I know the food will be appeciated.
We recieved a letter of thanks for the Veterans Day cards we sent to The VA Hospital in Battle creek . We also sent them to two local veteran who are close to us here at St. Rose. We just sent Christmas cards to them this week.
We are talking about our Saints. We are going to church on All Saints Day and All Souls Day.
Conferences were Monday, November 5. I am looked forward to seeing all parents for conferences.
Remember we have a 1/2 day on Thursday, November 8 and no school November 9.
I hope you enjoyed your picture of your student with the Bishop. In all my years of being here, this was the first time Kindergarten was invited to this special Mass. Your children behaved so well, you should be extra proud of them. I sure was. Thank you.. "my little ones" for being so grown up at Mass.
Yesterday a random act of kindness occurred in my classroom that made me so proud to be a part of the teaching staff here. We invited people from the Healing Mass to view our new Smart Board@ that we are so excited to use. When these two women came into our room, one of my students jumped up and offered them two of our small chairs without being prompted. The ladies laughed at the size of the chairs. It was still a very sincere gesture on his part. This is what we hope to impart on our students, kindess and Christianity.
We will be dressing for the Halloween Parade at 12:30. The parade will begin at 1:00. Be sure to come and enjoy our Halloween program following the parade. Then the class parties will begin.
October means we are studing Fire safety.We walked down to the Fire Station and got a tour on October 4. We got to squirt one of the Firemen's water tanks. The chidren asked more questions than I have ever remembered being asked. What intellegent children we are helping to educate. How fortunate I am to be trusted to have a part in their upbringing.
We will have two days off this month while the teachers attend the MANNS Convention in Grand Rapids. These dates are Oct.18 and 19th.
We walked to the Hastings Library to hear an author, Denise Brennann Nelson, talk about books written in Michigan. Our helper Mrs. Goodroe walked with us. We enjoyed the Author's presentation very much.
Last week went very well. We are learning our daily routines. We still have to learn when the specials are.
Mrs. Friddle will be our Art talk person. She will be talking about famous works of art with us, once a month.
We are learning to read more and more now. The Bob Books and Dick and Jane are our favorites. Please help in sounding out words with them. They are so excited to be able to do this themselves.
We are trying to sound out words more and more. I will be sending home easy readers to those students who are ready for them. Please send them back when they can read them on their own.
And I am very proud of their behavior at Mass.
We have religion with Sister on Wednesdays twice a month.. Spanish lessons on Tuesday mornings with Mrs. Arias (we are leaning animals and colors).
Sister comes in on Thursday morning. We are lucky to have her.
We are using Zoo-phonics. I have sent the sounds and motions to go with them. You can practice them at home.
-Does anyone have any webkinz or beanie babies they can donate? We need a quail, tiger, red bird, yak, and an alligator. We also need an octopus puppet! (For Olive Octopus) She is orange-ish but we will use what ever we get!
Milk money paid to the office means less lost coins at lunch time. When you pay ahead, they just say their name and get a milk. We will let you know when it is running out so you can send in more. Thanks for helping out.
Please label all new outdoor clothing. I won't know who owns what yet. It is really helpful if your student can dress themselves and zip themselves.
Please send in all money in a labeled Ziplock bag. It helps me not to have to search for lost coins. Thanks to all who have done this already!!!!!
Church is on Wednesday and Friday at 8:30am. . Wednesday is P.E. at 2:30 pm. Please wear Gym shoes
Art is Friday at 2:30 pm.
Library Books need to be returned every Monday.
Important folders come home on Fridays.(the clear one)
Student work folders come home on Friday ,too
Homework folders in Math come home every night.
Please return school folders as soon as possible when they are sent home.
Please continue to encourage independence with dressing themselves.
Please work on teaching them to tie their own shoes . Double knotting is a good skill, also. Nearly, everyone can do this now. YEA!!!!!