December 07, 2018
December 7th News and Notes

Upcoming Events Next Week

NO P.E. OR LIBRARY NEXT WEEK DUE TO CHRISTMAS PROGRAM PRACTICE

Thursday – Christmas Program at St. John’s Lutheran Church – 6:00pm

December 21st – Presentation of Christmas Program at Luther Manor; Half Day of School – 12:30 dismissal

December 22 – January 1st – No School – Christmas Vacation

 

Book It! Reading Log for December

A reading log came home in the Tuesday Communication Folder.  A good idea for "bored" kids during Christmas Vacation!

 

Snow Days and the Blog
If we should happen to have a snow day within the next few months, you could check this blog for updates on what might be due the day we come back, etc.  Unless the power is out, I should be able to update you via this blog from my home way over in Illinois!

 

K-8 Christmas Program
When:  Thursday, December 13th, 6:00 p.m.
Where:  St. John’s Lutheran Church
Who:  All students in grades K-8 have a part in the program.
Details:  Kids will be meeting their class in the church basement at 5:40.  Please dress children appropriately as they will all be involved in some sort of choir or performance.

 

Drivers Needed
We will be presenting our Christmas Program to the residents of Luther Manor on Friday morning, December 21st.  Please let me know if you might be able to help transport students to that event.  The office will need to get some information from you as well.

 

Religion

Memory Work for the Week of December 10th:

Tuesday 

O little town of Bethlehem;

How still we see thee lie!

Above thy deep and dreamless sleep

The silent stars go by.

 

Thursday 

Yet in thy dark streets shineth

The everlasting light.

The hopes and fears of all the years

Are met in thee tonight.

 

Reading/Spelling

Spelling words to be tested on Thursday, December 13th:

game, same, ride, side, said, only, you, out, of, here

 

Spelling words to be tested on Thursday, December 20th:

likes, bakes, cakes, bikes, hopes, hikes, snakes, ropes, makes, takes

 

McDonald's Superstar of the Week:

Lily Collins

 

Thanks for all that you do!  Have a nice weekend and week ahead!

Love and Blessings, 

Mrs. Bradshaw

kbradshaw@stjohnshannibal.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 30, 2018
November 30th News and Notes

December Book Order

A book order form can be found in your child’s Friday Communication Folder.  If you would like to order, please send order and payment back to school by Wednesday, December 5th.  Please make checks payable to Scholastic Reading Club and return in an envelope marked with your child’s name.  You can give online ordering a try!  Please use class code   GQYQQ   and click the link or look up Scholastic Reading Club online. If you would want to keep your order a secret for a Christmas gift, please let me know and I can help you with that as well!  Thanks!

 

Book It! and Six Flags Read to Succeed

As Dory from Finding Nemo would say, “Just keep reading!  Just keep reading!”  November Book It! forms are due back to school on December 3rd.

 

Wishing to get rid of your Happy Meal toy collection?

First Grade is collecting "gently used" kids meal toys to give "gifts" to the preschool Lambs class for Christmas.  Please send in anything that you would like to donate to the cause sometime next week if possible.  Thanks!

 

St. John's Adopts a Family In Need For Christmas

In lieu of classroom gift exchanges, our school will be adopting a family.  Mrs. Lear and Mrs. Logsdon will be shopping with the wish list for that family.  If you would like to contribute to the cause, please send to school next week in an envelope marked for "Adopt A Family".

 

Religion

Memory Work for the Week of December 3rd:

Tuesday

What child is this, who laid to rest,

On Mary's lap is sleeping?

Whom angels greet with anthems sweet

While shepherds watch are keeping?

 

Thursday

This, this is Christ the King,

Whom shepherds guard and angels sing;

Haste, haste to bring Him laud,

The babe, the son of Mary!

 

Reading/Spelling

Spelling Words to be tested on Thursday, December 6th:

go, no, so, be, he, me, she, we, hi, flu

 

Spelling Words to be tested on Thursday, December 13th:

game, same, ride, side, said, only, you, out, of, here

 

McDonalds Superstar of the Week:

Gabriel Carlson

 

Thanks for all that you do!  Have a nice weekend and week ahead!

Love and Blessings,
Mrs. Bradshaw
kbradshaw@stjohnshannibal.org

November 16, 2018
November 16th News and Notes

Upcoming Events Next Week

November 19 – 23 – NO SCHOOL – Teacher Conference/Thanksgiving Break

 

Upcoming Events In November/December

November 26th - Mid Quarter Reports In Folders

December 13th - K-8 Christmas Program - 6:00pm

December 21st - Visit Luther Manor (Volunteer Drivers Needed!)/Early Dismissal

December 24th- January 1st - Christmas Vacation

School Resumes on January 2nd, 2019

 

Kids are bored when school is not in session...
challenge them to work on their Book It! and Read to Succeed! The same books can be read for both Book It! and Read to Succeed!  Our goal for this program:  at least 8 out of 12 students participating to receive free tickets to Six Flags for Summer 2018.   Please let me know if you have any questions on either program!

 

Information for the Week of November 26th:

Religion

Memory Work for the Week of November 26th - verses for the school Christmas program:

 

Tuesday

Oh, who is this, the promised Child?

A baby boy for Mary mild.

 

Thursday

This Son would be a special King,

So shout and let your praises ring!

 

Reading/Spelling

Spelling Words to be tested on Tuesday, November 27th:

flipped, stepped, flipping, stepping, we, or, from, to, there, be

 

Spelling Words to be tested on Tuesday, December 4th:

go, no, so, be, he, me, she, we, hi, flu

 

This Week’s McDonald’s Superstar:

Caleb Collins

 

Thanks for all that you do!  Have a nice weekend, week ahead, and a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Love and Blessings,

Mrs. Bradshaw
kbradshaw@stjohnshannibal.org

November 09, 2018
November 9th News and Notes

Upcoming Events Next Week

Tuesday/Thursday - PE

Thursday - Library -  Bring back library books!

 

Upcoming Events in November

November 10th – Ladies Aid Soup Dinner and Bazaar – School Gym

November 19-23  - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Conference at Osage Beach/Thanksgiving Break

 

Read to Succeed Reading Incentive Program - Six Flags, St. Louis

In the Friday communication folder, please look for information about the Six Flags Read to Succeed Program.  Our goal is for at least 8 out of 12 students to complete the program by the February due date.  Books read for Pizza Hut's Book It! can also work for Read to Succeed.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  Happy Reading!

 

Religion

Memory Work for the Week of November 12th:

 

Tuesday

I am with you always, to the end of the age.  Matthew 28:20

 

Thursday

Trust in the Lord with all your heart.  Proverbs 3:5

 

Spelling/Reading

Spelling Words to be tested on Tuesday, November 13th:

asked, asking, grinned, grinning, hugged, hugging, helping, helped, shopping, shopped

 

Spelling Words to be tested on Tuesday, November 27th:

flipped, stepped, flipping, stepping, we, or, from, to, there, be

 

This Week's McDonald's Superstar:

Micah Alvear

 

Thanks for all that you do!  Have a nice weekend and week ahead!

Love and Blessings,

Mrs. Bradshaw

kbradshaw@stjohnshannibal.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 02, 2018
November 2nd News and Notes

Upcoming Events Next Week

Sunday – Daylight Savings Time Begins – Fall back!

Tuesday  through Thursday - Book Fair Open Before and After School - Fairy Tale Dress-Up Days All Week

Tuesday/Thursday – P.E. 

Monday - Sleeping Beauty Day - Pajamas

Tuesday - Little Red Riding Hood Day - Wear red

Wednesday - Cinderella Day - Wear Fancy Shoes

Thursday – Library Books due back at school/Rapunzel Day - Crazy Hair

Friday - Snow White Day - Dress like your favorite dwarf!

 

Upcoming Events in November

November 10th – Ladies Aid Soup Dinner and Bazaar – School Gym

November 19-23  - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Conference at Osage Beach/THANKSGIVING BREAK

 

 

Book It! Form For November

I had a large number of students who participated in Book It! in October!  Great job!  The new form for November can be found in the Friday Communication Folder.  Please complete the 200 minutes for the month and return to school by December 3rd.  Even if your student did not participate in October, they are welcome to participate in the coming months!  Thanks!

 

Religion

Memory Work for the Week of November 5th:

 

Tuesday

Be strong and courageous.  Do not be frightened...for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.  Joshua 1:9

Thursday

Sing to Him, sing praise to Him; tell of all His wonderful acts.  Psalm 105:2

 

Reading/Spelling

Spelling Words to be tested on Tuesday, November 6th:

jumped, yelled, bumped, smelled, look, for, was, your, are, the

 

Spelling Words to be tested on Tuesday, November 13th:

asked, asking, grinned, grinning, hugged, hugging, helping, helped, shopping, shopped

 

This Week’s McDonald’s Superstar:

Jackson Platte

 

 

Thanks for all that you do!  Have a nice weekend and week ahead!
Love and Blessings,
Mrs. Bradshaw
kbradshaw@stjohnshannibal.org

October 25, 2018
October 25th News and Notes

Upcoming Events Next Week

Sunday - K-2  sings at 10:00 St. John's Service

Wednesday - Reformation/Trunk or Treat - St. John's Parking Lot - 5 to 7pm

Thursday – P.E. 

Thursday – Library Books Due Back At School

 

Upcoming Events in November

November 6-9 - Scholastic Book Fair

November 19-23 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

 

Book It!

Completed Book It! forms are due back at school by Thursday, November 1st to receive the pizza reward for the month of October.  

 

Superkids Reading Online Games and Books

During conferences, I was able to show many parents the benefits of accessing the Superkids Online program when working with students at home.  On Friday, I will be sending another opportunity to link up to this program if you haven't already.  This will be an email to all parents, signed up or not.  Please look for this email on Friday, and if you have already linked in to the program, please ignore this additional email.  Thanks!

 

Religion

Memory Work for the Week of October 29th:

Tuesday

Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!  Psalm 95:6

 

Thursday

Give thanks to the Lord, for His steadfast love endures forever.  2 Chronicles 20:21

 

Reading/Spelling

Spelling words to be tested on Tuesday, October 30th:

never, after, winter, summer, better, acted, planted, rested, printed, twisted

 

Spelling words to be tested on Tuesday, November 6th:

jumped, yelled, bumped, smelled, look, for, was, your, are, the

 

McDonald’s Superstar of the Week:

Irelynn Riley

 

Thanks for all that you do! Have a nice weekend and week ahead!

Love and Blessings,
Mrs. Bradshaw
kbradshaw@stjohnshannibal.org

October 19, 2018
October 19th News and Notes

Upcoming Events Next Week:

Tuesday/Thursday- PE- Please wear or send appropriate shoes.

Thursday- Library Books Due Back At School

Friday - NO SCHOOL 

Week of October 22nd - Parent/Teacher Conferences 

 

Upcoming Events In October:

October 28th - K-2 sings at 10am St. John's Lutheran Church service

October 31st – Reformation Day /Trunk-Or-Treat – St. John’s Parking Lot

 

Parent/Teacher Conferences 

I look forward to meeting with everyone next week and the following Monday!  I will send you a text on the day of your conference as a reminder.  See you soon!

  

 

Religion

Memory Work for the Week of October 22nd: 

Tuesday     The Lord is near to all who call on Him.  Psalm 145:18

Thursday   Jesus said, "I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit."  John 15:16

 

Reading/Spelling

Spelling Words to be tested on Monday, October 22nd:

candle, little, pickle, bubble, how, do, a, show, have, me

 

Spelling Words to be tested on Tuesday, October 30th:

never, after, winter, summer, better, acted, planted, rested, printed, twisted

 

Book It!

Don’t forget to be working toward our October Book It! goal – 200 minutes for the month!

 

This Week’s McDonald’s Superstar

Asher Smoot

 

Thanks for all that you do!  Have a nice weekend and week ahead!

 

Love and Blessings,

Mrs. Bradshaw

kbradshaw@stjohnshannibal.org

October 12, 2018
October 12th News and Notes

Upcoming Events Next Week:

Tuesday/Thursday- PE- Please wear or send appropriate shoes.

Thursday- Library Books Due Back At School

 

Upcoming Events In October:

October 19- End of First Quarter

October 20/21 - Folklife Festival - Cheese Soup Booth
Week of October 22nd - Parent Teacher Conference Week
October 26th - No School
October 28th - K-2 Sings at St. John's 10am service
October 31st - Trunk Or Treat - St. John's Parking Lot/Reformation Day 

 

Religion

Memory Work for the Week of October 15th:

 

Tuesday

It is the Lord who goes before you.  He will be with you ... Do not fear.  Deuteronomy 31:8


Thursday

Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.  Ephesians 6:10

 

Reading/Spelling

Spelling Words to be tested on Monday, October 15th:

song, sing, sang, sung, king, long, bang, hung. hang, thing

 

Spelling Words to be tested on Monday, October 22nd:

candle, little, pickle, bubble, how, do, a, show, have, me

 

This Week’s McDonald’s Superstar:

Brason Poage

 

 

Thanks for all that you do!  Have a nice weekend and week ahead!

 

Love and Blessings,

Mrs. Bradshaw

kbradshaw@stjohnshannibal.org

October 12, 2018
Parent/Teacher Conference Schedule

Hello First Grade Parents!

Below is the completed schedule for First Grade Parent/Teacher Conferences.  I look forward to meeting with you! Please let me know immediately if the time listed will not work so that we can reschedule.

Love and Blessings,

Mrs. Bradshaw

 

Conferences on Monday, October 22nd

3:30 - Lily and Caleb Collins

4:00 - Gabriel Carlson

5:00 - Jacob Thomas

5:30 - Irelynn Riley

 

Conferences on Tuesday, October 23rd

3:15 - Jackson Platte

3:45 - Asher Smoot

4:15 - Ella Jung

4:45 - Rory Acton

 

Conferences on Wednesday, October 24th

3:15 - Maria Borgmeyer

 

Conferences on Thursday, October 25th

3:15 - Micah Alvear

 

Conferences on Monday, October 29th

3:15 - Brason Poage

 

 

 

 

October 05, 2018
October 5th News and Notes

Upcoming Events Next Week:

Tuesday/Thursday- PE- Please wear or send appropriate shoes.

Thursday- Library Books Due Back At School

 

Upcoming Events In October:

October 19 - End of First Quarter

October 20/21 – Folklife Festival – Cheese Soup Booth

Week of October 22nd – Parent/Teacher Conferences

October 26th – No School

October 28th - Grades K-2 Sing in Church at 10am service

October 31st – Trunk-Or-Treat – St. John’s Parking Lot/ Reformation Day 

 

Cough Drop Policy

'Tis the season for coughs and colds!  If your child NEEDS to have cough drops at school, please send them in a ziploc clearly marked with your child's name.  This ziploc needs  to be handed directly to me so that I can store them and distribute to your child only when needed.  Thanks for your attention to this matter!

 

October Book Order

A book order form can be found in your child's Friday Communication Folder.  If you would like to order this month, please send order and payment back to school by Wednesday,  October 10th.  Please make checks payable to Scholastic Reading Club and return in an envelope marked with your child's name.  Please use class code GQYQQ for online ordering.

 

First Grade  Parent/Teacher Conference Schedule

Please send me a text to  (217)430-9257 and let me know a time and day that you can be available to meet with me during the week of October 22nd.  First text, first serve!  I look forward to meeting with you regarding your student's progress so far this school year!

 

Religion

Memory Work for the Week of October 8th:

 

Tuesday

Love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord.  Psalm 32:10

 

Thursday

The Lord your God is with you wherever you go.  Joshua 1:9

 

 

Reading/Spelling

Spelling Words to be tested on Monday, October 8th:

bath, moth, this, that, thin, cloth, path, think, thank, math

 

Spelling Words to be tested on Monday, October 15th:

song, sing, sang, sung, king, long, bang, hung, hang, thing

 

This Week’s McDonald’s Superstar:

Maria Borgmeyer

 

Thanks for all that you do!  Have a nice weekend and week ahead!

 

Love and Blessings,

Mrs. Bradshaw

kbradshaw@stjohnshannibal.org

 

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September 28, 2018
September 28th News and Notes

 

 


Upcoming Events Next Week:

Tuesday/Thursday -P.E. – Please wear tennis shoes.

Thursday – Library Books Due Back At School/PTL Meeting in the Gym-5:30

 

Upcoming Events In October

October 2 - Picture Retakes

October 19- End of 1st Quarter

October 20th and 21st – Folklife Festival/Cheese Soup Booth

Week of October 22nd – Parent/Teacher Conferences – NO SCHOOL – October 26th

October 28th - Grades K-2 Sing in Church

October 31st - Trunk or Treat in St. John's School Parking Lot/Reformation Day 

 

Pizza Hut Book It! Reading Incentive Program Begins October 1st!

In the communication folder, you will find a form for Book It! for the month of October. First graders are asked to read 200 minutes for the month (10 minutes per day would get you there, plus more!). Reading homework assignments do not count toward Book It! time. Please complete the project and return the form by the due date at the bottom. Students with completed forms by the due date will receive a coupon for a free personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut. Please note that this project is a great incentive for students to practice their skills and read for fun at home!

 

Religion

Memory Work for the Week of October 1st:

Tuesday

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  Matthew 22:37

 

Thursday

Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice.  Psalm 32:11

 

Reading/Spelling

Spelling Words to be tested on Monday, October 1st:

when, where, why, who, which, what, dash, cash, trash, crash

 

Spelling Words to be tested on Monday, October 8th:

bath, moth, this, that, thin, cloth, path, think, thank, math

 

This Week’s McDonald’s Superstar:

Gabriel Carlson

  

Thanks for all that you do! Have a nice weekend and week ahead!

Love and Blessings,

Mrs. Bradshaw

kbradshaw@stjohnshannibal.org

September 21, 2018
September 21st News and Notes

Upcoming Events Next Week:

Tuesday/Thursday – P.E. - Bring or wear tennis shoes.

Thursday - Library - Return Library Books.

Friday - Cookie Dough Pick-up After School

 

Religion

Memory Work for the Week of September 24th:

Tuesday

When I am afraid, I will trust in You.  Psalm 56:3

Thursday 

God provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.  Acts 14:17

 

Mid Quarter Reports 

In Monday's Communication Folder, there was a mid term report to let you know your child's progress so far during the First Quarter.  This report showed you "grades" for the major subject areas.  Although we have an ungraded report card at the end of the quarter, this will let you know if your child needs to focus more on a subject as we finish the First Quarter.  If you have any questions, please let me know.  Grade information like this is always available on Sycamore - let me know if you are having trouble accessing it.  Please sign and date the copy in the folder and return to school on Monday if you have not already.  Thanks!

 

Poster Contest in the Gym

Remember to "vote" on the best poster for the PTL Fall Poster Contest!  Voting ends September 28th!

 

Reading/Spelling

Spelling Words to be tested on Monday, September 24th:

fish, wish, rush, brush, I, my, she, her, he, his

 

Spelling Words to be tested on Monday, October 1st:

when, where, why, who, which, what, dash, cash, trash, crash

 

McDonald’s Superstar of the Week:

Lily Collins

 

Thanks for all that you do!  Have a nice weekend and week ahead!

Love and Blessings,
Mrs. Bradshaw
kbradshaw@stjohnshannibal.org

September 14, 2018
September 14th News and Notes

Upcoming Events Next Week:

Monday - Mid Quarter Reports in  Communication Folders

Tuesday/Thursday – P.E. - Bring or wear tennis shoes!

Thursday - Library - Return Library Books!

 

Upcoming Events In September:

September 28th - Cookie Dough Pick-up

 

Sycamore Usernames and Passwords

Please look for Sycamore usernames and passwords for your family that are taped inside the Friday Communication Folder.  Please try logging in using the instructions that I gave on the Meet the Teacher Night pamphlet.  Please send me a text, letting me know if you are successful or not.  Sycamore is a useful resource for checking lunch accounts, class news, and tracking academics in some classes in First Grade.  Thanks!

 

Backpack Pages

Thank you so much for helping your child with their Superkids Backpack Pages each week and returning them to school on Friday!  The fluency page (generally the front page) is designed to practice with your child once each day of the week.  So actually it is ideal if you keep the packet until Friday so that you can do this practice.  Feel free to unstaple the packet and work with it as needed.  The word cards that they make for Spelling words (generally the second page) can be cut apart, and then your child can keep the cards they make.  Just return the top portion of this page.  Please staple all pages back together,  initial as completed, and return on Friday morning.  

 

 

Religion

Memory Work for the Week of September 17th:

Tuesday

Be obedient...show perfect courtesy toward all people.  Titus 3:1

Thursday

Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world!  John 1:29

 

Reading/Spelling

Spelling Words to be tested on Monday, September 17th:

bunch, lunch, inch, pinch, ranch, branch, chip, chop, chick, check

 

Spelling Words to be tested on Monday, September 24th:

fish, wish, rush, brush, I, my, she, her, he, his

 

This Week's McDonald's Superstar:

Rory Acton

 

Thanks for all that you do!  Have a nice weekend and week ahead!

Love and Blessings, 

Mrs. Bradshaw

kbradshaw@stjohnshannibal.org

 

 

September 07, 2018
September 7th News and Notes

Upcoming Events Next Week:

Tuesday - Patriot Day! - Please have your student wear red, white, and blue in support of our country's heroes!

Tuesday/Thursday – P.E. - Bring or wear tennis shoes!

Thursday - Library - Return Library Books!

Friday - Asah See's 2nd Birthday!  - Please have students wear their Asah t-shirt or a red shirt in support of his birthday!

 

Upcoming Events In September:

September 28th - Cookie Dough Pick-up - If you have not yet returned your completed order forms to school, please do so by Monday!

   

Superkids Parent Portal is Ready!

Please check to see if you have received an introduction email from Superkids in your inbox so that you can set up an account for your child.  Please let me know if you have not received an email yet from Superkids.  Thanks!

 

First Grade News and Notes now on St. John's Website!

You can now access this blog online by visiting www.stjohnshannibaL.org.  Click on School Resources, then Elementary School, then 1st grade.  We are still working on getting Sycamore access for everyone.  Thank you for your patience!

 

Religion
Memory Work for the Week of September 10th:

 

Tuesday 

We know that for those who love God all things work together for good.  Romans 8:28

Thursday 

You did not choose Me, but I chose you."  John 15:16

 

Reading/Spelling

 

Spelling Words to be tested on Monday, September 10th:

mop, cat, tug, big, rug, dig, flat, hop, nest, best

 

Spelling Words to introduced Week of 9/10 and tested on Monday, September 17th:

bunch, lunch, inch, pinch, ranch, branch, chip, chop, chick, check

  

This Week’s McDonald’s Superstar:

Ella Jung

 

Thanks for all that you do!  Have a nice weekend and week ahead!

Love and Blessings,
Mrs. Bradshaw
kbradshaw@stjohnshannibal.org

August 31, 2018
August 31st News and Notes

Upcoming Events Next Week:

Monday – NO SCHOOL – HAPPY LABOR DAY!

Tuesday – First Day of P.E. – Please remember your tennis shoes!/Cookie Dough Order Forms Due

 

Upcoming Events In September:

September 17th - Mid Quarter Reports in Folders

September 28th  -  Cookie Dough Pick-up

 

Religion
Please note the change in days due to NO SCHOOL MONDAY...

 

 

Wednesday

Faith is being sure of what we hope for, and certain of what we do not see.  Hebrews 11:1

Friday

Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out.  Acts 3:19

 

Reading/Spelling

You can expect 4 Backpack Pages to be coming home in Tuesday's Communication Folder.  Please complete these throughout the week, and return to school by Friday.  

We will be having our first Spelling Test on Monday, September 10th.  The following words will be tested at that time:

mop, big, cat, rug, tug, flat, dig, hop, nest, best

 

September Book Order
A book order form can be found in your child’s Friday Communication Folder.  If you would like to order this month, please send order and payment back to school by Wednesday, September 5th.  Please make checks payable to the company from which we are ordering and return in an envelope marked with your child’s name.  Please consider giving online ordering a try!  This method of ordering will give you access to all order flyers available for the month from Scholastic!  Please use class code   GQYQQ   and type Scholastic Reading Club into your browser.

 

Next Week’s Book Topic:

Trees and Buses

 

This Week’s McDonald’s Superstar:

Whytni Smith

 

Thanks for all that you do!  Have a nice weekend and week ahead!

Love and Blessings,

Mrs. Bradshaw

kbradshaw@stjohnshannibal.org


August 24, 2018
August 24th News and Notes

Pet Pictures

We still have plenty of room on our Pet Picture Bulletin Board!  Please send in pictures of your family pets so we can fill in the empty spaces.  Kids love to share their pet stories.  Thanks!

 

Sleep and Breakfast Are Important
We are still adjusting to being back in school again, and many of the kids are used to getting up late, eating a late breakfast, then having a normal lunch time.  Now that breakfast is happening early, they are “STARVING” by the time lunch finally rolls around at 11:50!  Please encourage your student to go to bed at a reasonable time, and to eat a good breakfast before coming to school each morning.  Unfortunately, there are no snacks (or naps!) in first grade!  Thanks!     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Saxon Math Homework
Thank you to everyone for your attention regarding the math homework!  This is a very important part of the Math program and will help them practice the skills they will need to move forward.  It works best when you give your student a few minutes to complete the work on their own, then sit down with them and look over their paper (both sides) to make sure that they understand and have the correct answers.  This homework is not an attempt to “trick” your child at all.  If they miss something, please  do fix it with them and talk about the answer so that the next time they encounter it on their own – on a test for example – they may be more successful.  Please have them use pencil and crayon only (no markers or pens) to complete their work.  If you have any questions on how to manage the math homework with your child, please let me know.

 

Reward Tickets in the Treasure Box

In lieu of candy or toy trinket prizes in the Treasure Box this year, I am letting the students choose from a variety of reward coupons.  To earn these coupons, students must get five hole punches on their reward cards.  Punches can be earned by bringing in church bulletins or books from their home library that match our Reading theme.  They can also earn one punch for every green card day during the week.  Reward options include opportunities to wear hats, flip flops, or slippers in the classroom.  Students may also chose to bring a stuffed animal or show-and-tell item to class.  Please check-in with your student to see how they are doing with their reward coupons.

 

Chit Chat Notebooks

Thank you for helping me with this fun writing project!  We will be sending this notebook home a couple of times a week - please sign and return on the next school day.

 

No Toys Policy

Please remind your student that there are no toys allowed at school or at extended care.  Toys are only allowed in the first grade classroom when a student is using a Fluffy Friend or Show and Tell ticket.  Thanks!

 

Religion
Memory Work for the Week of August 27th:

Tuesday

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  Psalm 46:1

Thursday

I trust in You, O Lord; I say, "You are my God."  Psalm 31:14 

 

Reading/Spelling 

We are having fun meeting the Superkids and reviewing Kindergarten concepts in Language Arts subjects.  We will not yet be having a Spelling test next week, but do look for a Backpack Page packet to be coming home in the folder on Monday.  You can help your child complete and return by Friday.  Also, please look for an orange note in today's folder regarding the Superkids Parent Online Portal.

 

McDonald’s Superstar of the Week:

Jacob Thomas

 

Next Week’s Book Topic:

Alphabet and Activities

 

Thanks for all that you do for your student!  Have a nice weekend and week ahead!

Love and Blessings,
Mrs. Bradshaw
kbradshaw@stjohnshannibal.org

August 17, 2018
August 17th News and Notes

Upcoming Events Next Week:

Wednesday, August 22nd - School Picture Day

 

Welcome to Sycamore!
I am including a printed copy of this week’s Class News in the Friday Communication Folder. Please let me know if you have any problems accessing Sycamore using the username and password you used last school year.  I will be working with office to get new usernames and beginning passwords for new families.  Also, let me know if you have not received (or need more copies of) the pamphlet that was given out at Meet the Teacher Night. Basic instructions for accessing Sycamore are listed in this pamphlet.  Thank you for helping St. John’s save on paper and printing costs again this school year! Please be sure to check Sycamore every Friday for a new Class News entry.

 

Morning Routine
The students are again getting used to our school’s morning routine in the gym!  Your child does not need to sign in to the Sycamore computer in the entry way unless they arrive at school BEFORE 7:45.  All students in grades K-8 arriving after that time may proceed directly to their spot in the gym.

 

Our Safe Place in Time of Emergency
An FYI for parents:  in case of an emergency in our building or neighborhood, St. John’s has an agreement with Eugene Field Elementary at 1405 Pearl Street.  This building is our first choice for a safe place to go with our students.  Our second option will be St. John’s Lutheran Church at 1201 Lyon Street.

 

Food Allergies

This year, we are asking that all students with a food allergy provide a doctor's note to fully explain this condition.  This child will stay on our food allergy list until a doctor's note is received to clarify the child is cleared from this food allergy.  Please send this information to school with your child as soon as possible.  Thanks!

 

Religion
As part of our first grade Religion curriculum, I will be assigning Bible verses for the children to memorize and repeat back to me. Verses will be said twice a week for first graders (Tuesday and Thursday) unless otherwise notified. We will be practicing them during class time, but some additional help from home would be appreciated. Look for the Memory Verses on the Friday Class News.

 

Tuesday 

I praise You, for I am ...wonderfully made.  Psalm 139:14

 

Thursday

The one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.  1 John 4:4

 

Reading/Spelling 

Memory Words:  I, a, the

There will be no Spelling words until week 3 of the Superkids program.

 

Handbook Sign Off Sheets
Please remember to read our new 2018/2019 St. John’s School Handbook, sign the back page, and return that page in your student’s communication folder.  Please also complete and return all paperwork that you were given at Meet the Teacher Event as soon as possible.  Thanks!

  

Next Week’s Story Topics:

Seasons and Animals

 

Thanks for all that you do! Have a nice weekend and week ahead!
Love and Blessings,

Mrs. Bradshaw
kbradshaw@stjohnshannibal.org

August 16, 2018
Welcome Letter

August 2018

 

Dear Parents and First Graders:

 

Hello! I would like to welcome my students back to school!

 

First – a little background : Nine years ago, I returned to St. John’s as the first and second grade teacher. I previously had taught second grade here for the 1998-1999 school year, and then first grade after that for three more years. Previous to that, I taught for two years at Holy Rosary School in Monroe City at the first grade level. And before all of that, I graduated from Culver-Stockton College in May 1996 with a degree in Elementary Education.  After taking some time out in the business world (working for Niemann Foods in Quincy as an Equipment Buyer), I decided that I was missing the imagination and creativity that teaching brought to my days. So I returned to the field of education. I live with my husband, Doug, and twelve year old daughter, Maddie in Payson, Illinois. Maddie is a seventh grader in Mr. Ryck's classroom this year!

 

I would like the parents to know that they are always welcome to visit our room, which is exclusively a first grade room. If you have concerns, questions, etc…please don’t hesitate to call me at school (221-0215), on my cell (217-430-9257), or e-mail me at kbradshaw@stjohnshannibal.org. We are working as a team to help our kids get the best education possible!

 

A few things to keep in mind:

1.  Please check your child’s bookbag every evening for a School Note Folder. This folder will be sent home every evening with important all-school notes and information that often needs to be signed and returned. Also you will find information about your child’s daily behavior inside this folder. From time to time, the folder may contain completed work, work to be singed and returned, or work that needs to be completed and returned to school on the following school day.  Please go through the completed papers with your child. Help explain to them any mistakes that were made. Be sure to praise them for their really good work! Folders need to be returned to school on the following school day.

 

2.  The Weekly Friday Parent Letter may be viewed online using the Sycamore program under Class/News. If you are unable to access Sycamore and would like to request a paper copy of the Friday Parent Letter, please let me know.

 

3.  Due to the increase of students with various food allergies, I have decided to eliminate edible birthday treats in our classroom. Non-edible treats such as pencils, stickers, or erasers are fine to bring to share with friends.  Kids with summer birthdays can celebrate their “half-birthday” (six months from their real birthday).

 

4.  Students will have gym class on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please make sure that they are wearing comfortable clothing, and they must be wearing tennis shoes to participate. Kids may bring a pair of tennis shoes to school to always have on hand for gym class. Also, we will be having Art on Friday afternoons, so kids might want to come in clothes that are not their “Sunday Best” in case of an accident!

 

5.  Grades K-2 are digging into a new Reading series this year!  We are excited to begin the Superkids series, and it will take a bit of time to make the adjustment.  Currently, we are planning on sending Backpack Pages for the week in the Monday Communication Folder.  Please help your child complete these pages and return to school by Friday morning.  Other regular homework in first grade will be Memory Work, Spelling Words, and Reading Memory Words (which can all be found on the Friday Parent Letters), and Math (see below). Students may have additional homework depending on what is not completed at school.

 

6.  Our Math series is Saxon Math. This is a very intense way of teaching Math that I feel is great because of its constant review of skills learned. However, please be looking for Math homework sheets to be coming home in the Communication Folder almost every evening!  This is a way for your student to show you what they have learned that day. Although frequent, the pages won’t be very long or time consuming. Please make sure that your student completes these and returns them to school on the following school day.

 

7.  Please refer to the pamphlet given to you at the “Meet the Teacher” event for an easy to reference schedule for the week, contact information, and behavior management details.

 

When dreaming of the future for my students, I hope that they will grow into adults who possess the following ten character traits: self discipline, self respect, respect for others, integrity, perseverance, patience, generosity, commitment, determination, and diligence. I hope that you will work together with me to help promote these qualities in the hearts and minds of our students. This will provide them with the tools they can use to serve as Christian witnesses and productive members of their future communities.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions. I look forward to working with you this year!

Love and Blessings,

Mrs. Bradshaw

kbradshaw@stjohnshannibal.org