December 11th-15th

The call to "prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths" is a frequent refrain during the weeks of Advent, challenging us to use this time to prepare our hearts and minds for the coming of Christ, rather than getting caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season. As we enter into the second week of Advent, let us be open to the opportunities presented to us to be a witness to the many ways that God has worked in our lives. And in doing so, we can hope to help prepare a straighter path for Him to transform the hearts of others.

Spirit Day is Wednesday and it is also a Fun Day, your child may wear their gold spirit shirts or they may wear a Christmas shirt or sweater for $1.  The money goes to St. Jude's.  Don’t forget to also bring food for the food bank. Let's make our donation a wonderful one for the Advent season! 

Friday is our STREAM t-shirt day!

For the next two Mondays (Dec. 11th and 18th), we will be having an Advent prayer service in the gym.  Please make an effort to have your child at school by 7:20 a.m. so that they can participate in this special part of our Advent celebration and be part of our school community. There will be no supervision in our building until after the prayer service so please do not leave children unattended. Thanks!

Please try to do some of the activities on the Advent activities page.  You may pick one for each day, or may even repeat some of them.  Color a circle on the Bethlehem page to count down to Christmas as you complete activities.  The Advent activity sent home by the office with the stickers and book would be another great way to celebrate the season.


Our first grade service project is Pennies for Puppies, Coins for Kittens.  Please have your child do a few extra chores to earn money to donate to the Central Missouri Humane Society.  The project is only for about two weeks so that we will have time to count the money and make the donation before Christmas.  All money should be turned in by Monday, Dec. 18th. 

This week, we are studying vocabulary and spelling words from the story in Unit 3, Week 4 "Rose Robot Cleans Up."

We are studying the long o and long u vowel sounds.

Your child should read a MINIMUM of 10 minutes per night.

Please use the bag of books sent home on Mondays to practice reading, or you may supplement with books from home.

At conferences, I provided a page detailing how to retell stories in detail.  Please practice this important skill as you are reading. 

Please return the bag of books on Friday.

Please return the math homework page on Friday. You are welcome to put it back in the folder before that but I will not collect it until Friday. That way I am collecting all of the papers at the same time and don’t run the risk of losing anyone's work!

Study spelling words and vocabulary words listed on the back of your purple folder for this week.  Try some of the fun ways to practice spelling words that were in your Back to School packet.

Please make sure to return your purple Home folder EVERY day!   Please take the time to go through graded papers with your children and help make corrections if necessary, then TAKE THE PAPERS OUT of this folder and keep them at home.  

Please return ALL LIBRARY BOOKS BY MONDAY.  Mrs. Schauwecker would like the library books returned the day BEFORE our class visits the library. If possible, have your child put them in the drop box outside the library on the way to the gym in the morning.


* PLEASE bring a HEALTHY snack for an afternoon learning break. 

Please return library books on Monday.

Please wear tennis shoes for P.E. (Monday and Friday).

Please return book bags and math homework on Friday (or the last day of school) each week!

PLEASE make sure that all clothing items, backpacks and lunch boxes are clearly labeled with your child's name!  We have already had many forgotten or missing items.


Read for 10-15 minutes EVERY NIGHT!  

Remember to return the book bags along with all other homework on Friday!


Complete the math page and return on Friday. 

Practice the vocabulary and spelling words for each week.


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Important Dates:

Dec. 13th - Spirit Day, Fun Day - 2 pm dismissal.  ***Wear a Christmas shirt for $1 to be donated to St. Jude's.  Also send canned goods!!

Dec. 15th - STREAM t-shirt day

 Dec. 21st - All School Mass 8am,  Brunch at 11:00 followed by our Christmas Party 11:30-12:30.  Dismissal at 1:00 with NO TIGERS DEN.

***Save the dates:  Our class will be leading Mass on January 30th, 2018 and April 24th, 2018 at 8 am.  This is the first year your children will be leading Mass, and it is a highlight of the year.  I'm just giving lots of notice to avoid scheduling trips, etc.  Parents are encouraged to attend.