Happy 2nd week of Advent!

2, 4, 6, 8, First Grade is really great!

We are accepting donations for Mrs. Thorngate.  She will be retiring at the end of this school year and we will be honoring her at the end of our Christmas Program on Wednesday.  We will be thanking her for her dedication and service.  Please send in a cash donation so we can put it towards a gift to reflect our appreciation for all that she has done for your child or children.  Any amount would be greatly appreciated. I apologize for the short notice.

We’ve only had one coat donated so far from our class.  Please send in any gently used or worn coats that your family members are not wearing anymore.  Thank you!

This past week:

Math:  Students finished their Unit 2 test and they were sent home this week.  Hopefully you have been able to review it with your child. Everyday Math has a spiral curriculum so we will continue to work on the strategies that were introduced in the first two units, so please keep their tests as a reference when helping and/or reviewing strategies with your child.

Reading:  Students continued to work on identifying the main idea and key concepts as they completed their weekly test and their Unit 2 test.  Unit 2 tests will be sent home on Monday.

Several students had a hard time determining how to make a word plural (add “s” or “es”) or to show ownership (add “’s”.)  We will continue to work on these concepts.

Religion:  Each child’s Advent wreath is on display in our room.  They will be adding a flame to their second candle on Monday.  Please continue to initial your child’s Advent calendar and return it to their Home Folder.  I enjoy hearing about their good deeds as we prepare for the birth of Jesus. 

Jesse Trees are also on display in our room.  We put a paper ornament on it each day as we hear a Bible story about the important people who came before Jesus.

We read about St. Nicholas on his feast day.  Students remembered that Nicolas was St. Nicholas on All Saints Day.  After Mass on Friday, older students stated more facts about St. Andrew and showed us where his stained glass window is in church.  Andrew knew several of the facts and we all learned a little more about St. Andrew from Fr. Jim during Mass last week and after Mass this week.

We have a class picture in our parish bulletin, showing first graders ringing their bells in honor of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee 175th anniversary.  We also had our church posters on display in Heim Hall after the 4:30 Mass on Saturday, celebrating the 180th anniversary of our parish.

We read about the liturgical calendar and the different colors of the seasons during the Church year.  Mrs. Bert, principal of St. Charles and our future principal of Burlington Catholic School, visited our classroom during this time. She also heard some of our students “Headline News” after lunch.

Science:  We saw a musical play “The Wright Brothers” at the Golden Rondelle Theater in Racine on Monday.  Your children discovered that they used many of the same strategies that engineers and scientists use today to explore, improve and invent things.  We will implement an activity from that field trip to continue their understanding of the design process.



11  Student Council Meeting, 3:15-3:45 pm

12  Christmas Concert, K-5 Grade, children “dress up”

      Children report to classroom #210 at 6:45 pm

13  Out of Uniform Day

14  Mass, 8:30 am


Future dates:


19  Christmas Concert, 6-8 Grade

20  First Graders make and decorate Christmas cookies.

21  Last day before Christmas Break

24 Christmas Break starts



2  Return from Christmas Break