Theme Verse

“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” - Galatians 6:2, 9-10



Scholastic Code: GYCG9

Class Dojo Link to Join: https://www.classdojo.com/invite/?c=C2FMAWH

Saturday, October 31, 2020

November 2020

 Dear Parents,                                                                                

              

As the days begin to get cooler, I’m realizing that the year is progressing very quickly.  We have been very busy in first grade, and time seems to be flying!   


With the weather growing colder, please keep in mind that the children should be dressed appropriately.  We do go outside on cold days; children should be wearing coats that can button or zip, and a hood or a hat.   


There is no school on Tuesday, November 3, due to our school being used as a polling location for the election.


Scholastic orders are due by Monday, November 9.  If you are sending an order to school for me to place, please make checks payable to Jackie McClure.  Please do not send cash. If any items are gifts, please let me know, and we will arrange for you to pick up the order in the office or in the classroom.


Monday, November 9 is also Teddy Bear Day! Children are invited to bring a favorite Teddy Bear (or other stuffed animal) to school for the day. 


Our first Bible memory work for November:

Proverbs 19:21

Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.

This will be due on Friday, November 13.


Bethany Christian School will be participating in a canned food drive to help our local Neighborhood Services. Collections will take place from November 2-November 15. First grade is asked to bring in 1 lb. cans of green beans. Please make sure to mark your items with a ‘B’ for boys or a ‘G’ for girls - we have a school-wide competition! :)


Report cards will be sent home via RenWeb on Friday, November 20.  Conferences will be held on Tuesday, November 24, which will be a half-day of school. Dismissal for the students on half days will be at 12:30.  We do not eat lunch at school on half-days, but children will need to bring a morning snack.  Please consider sending a larger-than-usual snack, as our tummies will be hungry before 12:30. There will be no aftercare on November 24.  There will also be an opportunity for a conference on Wednesday, November 25 from 8:00 am - 12:30 pm for those who are unable to attend on Tuesday. I am very much looking forward to this opportunity to meet with you to discuss your child’s progress and to get to know you as well.


We will be having a small Thanksgiving celebration on Monday, November 23.  We will be making turkey pumpkins with Charlie’s mom. If time allows, we will watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving after making our pumpkins. There will be no school from Wednesday, November 25, to Monday, November 30, for the Thanksgiving holiday.  Classes will resume on Tuesday, December 1.  This is a change from the calendar.


We have two students celebrating birthdays this month.

Savannah - November 9

Hans - November 23

Happy birthday, Friends!!


Important Dates to Remember:


November 3      ~No School - Election Day

November 9      ~Scholastic Orders Due

  ~Teddy Bear Day!

November 20    ~Report Cards issued

November 13    ~Proverbs 19:21 due

November 23     ~Thanksgiving Celebration              

November 24     ~1/2 Day of School

                          ~Parent-Teacher Conferences

November 25    ~No School’

                          ~Parent-Teacher Conferences

November 26-30~No School.  Thanksgiving Holiday

December 1      ~School resumes


As always, feel free to contact me at any time with questions or concerns as we partner together in your child's educational experience at Bethany!


In Him,

Jackie McClure


Friday, October 2, 2020

October 2020

 Thank you for helping to get our school year off to such a wonderful start!  I have been enjoying my time with your children thus far, and am so very glad that we have the rest of the year to spend together.  Thank you, also, for your patience, and prayer as I have been out with back issues. I am praying for answers soon! My family and I have been blessed by your kindness and generosity in providing meals for us during this time.


Bible memory books are due on Friday, October 16. The verse is Genesis 8:22 - "As long as the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease."

Please be sure to send your child's Bible memory book to school on Friday, October 16. I will send a new verse on Tuesday, October 20.


Our classroom is full of excited learners this year!   We have been reading Colors Glowing, our first story reader of the year.  The students are having a good time reading about the Miller and Lopez families, and we have had a few good laughs together at some of the silly situations that the characters find themselves in!  Reading homework begins this month. You should have received your child's reading tracking calendar in his/her homework folder on October 1. Your child's goal is to read (aloud to a grown-up) for 150 minutes this month.


We are working on many interesting things in math class this year,  and I would like to ask for your help.  I would like each child to spend some time at home practicing math flash cards for addition and subtraction.  These can be bought (they are available at Wal-Mart, as well as many other stores) or made with index cards or poster board.  Children should practice addition and subtraction facts up to 20.  This will help your child as concepts become more difficult in math class, as well as when we begin administering timed tests. We will begin using our Kickin' It math minutes program soon and the students are very excited to begin earning belts for knowing math facts!


          A Look Ahead:


~There is no school on Tuesday, November 3. This is Election Day and our school is a polling location for East Nottingham Township.                  

          ~The First Quarter will end on Thursday, November 5.  Report Cards will be sent home via RenWeb on Friday, November 13.

~Picture Day will be on Tuesday, November 10.

          ~Conferences will be held on Thursday, November 19. There will be no school on this day. Please watch for information to be sent home in the white envelopes.

~Wednesday, November 25 will be a half-day of school. School will be closed Thursday, November 26-Monday, November 30 for Thanksgiving Break. We resume school on Tuesday, December 1.


Thanks!


            Again, thank you for your help thus far, and I look forward to continuing to work with each of you as our school year progresses!  

 In Him,

                                 Jackie McClure


Thursday, September 3, 2020

September 2020

Welcome to First Grade at Bethany Christian School!  I am so glad that God has placed your child in my class for the upcoming school year!  

 

My name is Jackie McClure, and I am a 2001 graduate of Pensacola Christian College in Florida.  I have a daughter, Cadence,  who is in seventh grade at BCS this year.

This will be my sixteenth year teaching first grade at BCS, and I am very thankful for the opportunity to teach your child.


Our initial time together in first grade will be spent getting to know each other, and helping your child become familiar with the new environment, as well as the routines and rules that he/she will be expected to follow throughout the year.  I will also be completing some informal evaluations in order to determine reading levels for each child. 

 

I will be sending information to those who volunteered as homeroom parents/party helpers, as soon as I can get all of the necessary contact information together.  If you did not get to sign up at Open House, but are interested in serving as a Homeroom Parent or Helper, please let me know so that I can include your contact information on the list.  Thanks!

 

I would like each child to keep one silent reading book in his/her desk at all times. Please send a silent reading book to school for your child as soon as possible.  Thank you.

        

Each day, your child will be participating in a special class.  Our schedule for the year is as follows:

Monday – Spanish

Tuesday – Gym (Please dress your child appropriately, in comfortable clothing and sneakers.  No jeans, please.)

Wednesday – Music

Thursday – Computer

Friday - Art

 

I will let you know if the schedule changes at all during the course of the year.


Every Wednesday, your child will be attending a Chapel service..  It is our goal to teach your child more about God and His love and plan for them. Each year, there is a theme verse for all of the students at Bethany.  This year, our theme verse is Galatians 6:2, 9-10: “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.”  All Bethany students will be expected to commit this verse to memory.  I will test the students on the theme verse on Friday, October 2. Our overarching theme for the school year is bearing one another’s burdens and showing brotherly love.


In addition to weekly Chapel services, our class will have a daily Bible lesson in the classroom.  As a part of Bible class, children will be given Bible memory work throughout the year.  Our first Bible verse for the year is our theme verse, as mentioned above. This will be sent home in Bible memory books on Tuesday, September 8, and will be due to return back to school for recitation on Friday, October 2.  Please be sure to send Bible memory books back to school on the due date throughout the year. 

 

         We will celebrate four birthdays in our class in September:
Elsa - September 8

Lola - September 15

Nina - September 21

Gianna - September 30

Happy birthday, Friends!

                    

Save the Date!

 

                     Grandparents Day is scheduled for Friday, October 9.  This is also a half-day of school.  Children will need to bring a snack to school, but no lunch.  We are working on a plan for Grandparents day that falls within the guidelines of our safety plan. Please watch for more information to be sent home this month.

 

         If you do not have access to the internet, please let me know before the second week of school, if you have not already done so.  In the future, parent letters will be posted on our class blog.  Please check our blog often for more class information. You can find the blog here: https://jmcclurebcs.blogspot.com/

When you visit the blog for the first time, you can choose to follow by email by entering your email address in the space on the right side of the blog. This will notify you when the blog is updated with new information. Those families without internet access will receive a hard copy of each month’s parent letter in their child’s white folder on the first Tuesday of the month.

         Also, please be sure to join our Class Dojo ASAP so that you are able to keep up with what we are doing throughout the day. Class Dojo is also a great way for us to communicate via their messaging option. I can get messages very quickly and easily throughout the day.  If we should need to switch to remote learning at any time this year, having all families already connected to Class Dojo will help with a smooth transition. If you need your code again, send me an email and I will get that to you.


Scholastic book order forms were sent home at Orientation. Orders will be due by September 14. Our class code for online ordering is GYCG9. If you pay by check, please write it to Jackie McClure. Scholastic is a great way to get books for your budding reader while supporting our classroom. 

 

         Once again, welcome to our first grade class!  If you have any questions or concerns throughout the year, you may contact me by calling the school office, at (610) 998-0877, and I will return your call at my earliest possible convenience.  You may also send a note with your child, and I will contact you in the way that best suits your schedule.

If you prefer to email, my email address is jmcclure@bethanychristian.org.

 

         I am very much looking forward to getting to know your child this year, as they grow and learn in a Christ-centered environment.

 

In Christ,

Jackie McClure



Monday, May 4, 2020

May 2020

Hello, First Grade Families!

Thank you all for everything that you are doing to keep up with your child's school work from home. I know that it is not always easy and I appreciate each one of you and the help that you are providing. 

Thank you for your responses to the survey that I put out on Dojo. I am taking all of your responses into consideration as I continue to plan our last weeks of remote learning. I wanted to let you all know that based on Mr. Fry's request, as well as survey responses, I am planning two Zoom meetings each week. Please know that there is no obligation for your child to attend as I know that you are all busy and possibly overwhelmed. I wanted to make the time available, though, for those that find it helpful for their child's social well-being...and I love seeing the students! Zoom meetings will be posted as an Event in Class Dojo and will almost always be Mondays and Fridays at 3:00 pm. This Friday, May 8, I will need to do the Zoom at 2:00 due to another appointment that I have scheduled that day.

Please be sure that your child is watching the videos on Class Dojo each day, as well as the Phonics video from BJU Press Teacher Tools. I have started asking a 'Participation Question' in the morning video so that I can get a picture of who is viewing the videos and staying engaged in learning while at home. 

In Bible, you should be checking out the story of David on the Bible App for Kids. I will be reading some stories about David on video in the coming days as well. Our memory verse is due on Friday, May 8. The memory verse is Psalm 18:1-3: I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies. You will submit this as a video; I will create an assignment folder on Friday and you may add your submission when you feel that you are prepared to recite your verse. Please remember to submit the Bible verse video and also remember to have your child watch the Bible story reading videos on Class Dojo. 

We're going to be starting Unit 6 in Language Arts this month. Unit 6 is titled "Treasures" and we will be learning about different types of things that people may consider a treasure, and students will be challenged to be thankful for the things that God has provided for them.  

I am sending reading assignments in private messages on Dojo every day. I will ask for a video submission of your child orally reading at least one page from the reading assignment each Thursday or Friday.  This way I can keep my running records of your child's reading progress. When listening to your child read, please remember that we do not want to immediately supply them with a word when they don't know how to read it right away. I know it is tempting, but we want them to struggle a bit to sound out difficult words. This helps them to use the phonics tools to help in decoding and gives them confidence that they CAN do it and that they don't need an adult to save them from tough words.

We will not be doing a proper spelling class during this time outside of the classroom. It's much too difficult to 'test' spelling. My suggestion is to keep practicing your spelling words and introduce new words using new sounds that you learn in your language lessons. ABC Mouse and Spelling City are good websites to check out for spelling practice as well, but I will not be requiring any extra time on these sites.

For math, please remember to log on to Khan Academy daily to see your assignments for the day. We are working on measurement this week. Also, try to use Happy Numbers a little bit each day to keep practicing your math facts and skills. The weekly goal for each child is to spend 45 minutes on Happy Numbers, so be sure that your child is logging on for math practice. 

For Science and Social Studies, you will have a weekly Scholastic News article to read. You can also check out and listen to each article on scholasticnews.com using our class password bcsfabfirst. I'll send a file with Skill Sheets for each article on Monday. Your child only needs to choose 1 of the Skill Sheets each week and submit it by Friday. You are welcome to do more than one, but only one is required.

If the weather is nice, I hope you're spending time outside getting fresh air and exercise. You could even practice math and sight word spelling using sidewalk chalk on your driveway! 

Everyone has been doing a great job submitting work on Class Dojo. A few of you have also sent videos telling me what's been going on with you since we last saw each other and I love those! I will try to post an optional assignment at least once a week where you can submit a video response.



I miss you all and pray that God will bring us back together soon!
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Blessings!
Jackie McClure :)


Tuesday, March 31, 2020

April 2020

Hello, First Grade Families and Happy Spring!

We have been getting to know a new way of learning and communicating with each other. There have been some 'growing pains' as we all adjusted to the new routine, but overall I think it's going well. I'm proud of our first graders for the wonderful work that they've been doing.

Next week, we will be on Easter break from Thursday, April 9-Monday, April 13. There will be no lessons posted and no work due on those days.
In Bible, you should be checking out the Easter story on the Bible App for Kids. I will be reading some Easter Bible story lessons on video in the coming days as well. Our memory verse is due on Wednesday, April 8. The memory verse is Matthew 28:6 - "He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay." You will submit this as a video; I will create an assignment folder on Monday and you may add your submission when you feel that you are prepared to recite your verse.

We're going to be starting Unit 5 in Language Arts this month. Unit 5 is titled "Making Melody" and we will be learning about music and musicians in this unit, as well as learning new sounds and language rules. I hope you're all enjoying the video lessons, but I really miss our Language lessons together!

I am sending reading assignments in private messages on Dojo every day. I will ask at least once per week for a video submission of your child orally reading at least one page from the reading assignment. This way I can keep my running records of your child's reading progress. When listening to your child read, please remember that we do not want to immediately supply them with a word when they don't know how to read it right away. I know it is tempting, but we want them to struggle a bit to sound out difficult words. This helps them to use the phonics tools to help in decoding and gives them confidence that they CAN do it and that they don't need an adult to save them from tough words.

We will not be doing a proper spelling class during this time outside of the classroom. It's much too difficult to 'test' spelling. My suggestion is to keep practicing your spelling words and introduce new words using new sounds that you learn in your language lessons. ABC Mouse and Spelling City are good websites to check out for spelling practice as well, but I will not be requiring any extra time on these sites.

For math, please remember to log on to Khan Academy daily to see your assignments for the day. We are working on measurement this week. Also, try to use Happy Numbers a little bit each day to keep practicing your math facts and skills. 

For Science and Social Studies, you will have a weekly Scholastic News article to read. You can also check out and listen to each article on scholasticnews.com using our class password bcsfabfirst. I'll send a file with Skill Sheets for each article on Monday. Your child only needs to choose 1 of the Skill Sheets each week and submit it by Friday. You are welcome to do more than one, but only one is required.

If the weather is nice, I hope you're spending time outside getting fresh air and exercise. You could even practice math and sight word spelling using sidewalk chalk on your driveway! 

Everyone has been doing a great job submitting work on Class Dojo. A few of you have also sent videos telling me what's been going on with you since we last saw each other and I love those! I will try to post an optional assignment at least once a week where you can submit a video response.

First graders - I may have brought an Easter book about Gilbert home to read for you sometime next week! 

I miss you all and pray that God will bring us back together soon!
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Blessings!
Jackie McClure :)


Friday, February 28, 2020

March 2020


Dear Parents,                                                                                                   

In just a few short weeks spring will officially arrive, and with it, the glory of God’s creation as it begins to blossom.  If you’ve never taken the time to fully appreciate the signs of spring, I hope you do this year.  Each new leaf, robin, and bud is a gift that God has sent for us to enjoy, and to remind us that He makes all things new.

I received so many lovely Valentines, and would like to thank each and every child for being an important part of our class.  You are loved and appreciated so much more than you know!

Our Bible memory verse is Psalm 24:1-2.
"The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers."
This is due on Friday, March 20.

Please remember to send in your child's Bible memory verse on the due dates so that we can place the new verse into the book.

Box Top collection day is March 13. Send in those Box Tops! A flier was sent home on Friday, February 28 about the new Box Tops app and how to use it to collect Box Tops for our school.

Thursday, March 19 is our 8th Grade Spaghetti Dinner. Please RSVP if you plan to attend. This event helps our 8th graders raise money for their class trip in the spring.

Friday, March 20 is Rock Your Socks Day. This is an all-school Spirit Day for World Down Syndrome Day, which is March 21. Students are invited to wear their crazy fun socks on this day.

Wednesday, March 25, preschool through second grade will be presenting a special Easter chapel at 8:40 AM in the church. Please plan to come and see our program - the students have been working hard and they are excited to share the Easter story!

The third quarter will end on Friday, March 27.  Report cards will be available Friday, April 3.

Spring conferences will be held on Tuesday, March 31. There will be no school on this day. Please be looking for an email from Mrs. Hughes with a sign-up genius for conference times.

We will celebrate one birthday in March.
Fiona will turn 7 on March 13.
Happy birthday, Fiona!

As our year continues to progress, I must emphasize the importance of working with your child at home to reinforce what he or she is learning.  Good study habits begin at an early age.  Take some time each evening to practice spelling words, math flashcards, and the Bible memory verse.  Even just a few minutes for each area can make a huge difference.  Thank you for your continued faithfulness in supporting your child’s education.
           

Important Dates to Remember:
           
            ~Friday, March 8 - Psalm 24:1-2 Due
            ~Friday, March 13 - Box Top Collection Day
            ~Thursday, March 19 - 8th Grade Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser
            ~Friday, March 20 - Rock Your Crazy Socks Day
            ~Wednesday, March 25 - Preschool-2nd grade Easter Chapel Program
            ~Friday, March 27 – Third Quarter Ends
            ~Tuesday, March 31 - No School
                                                Spring Conferences
            ~Friday, April 3– Report Cards available
           
Looking Ahead:
            ~April 6-13 - No School; Easter Break
            ~April 20-24 - Testing Week
            ~April 28 - No School; Election Day (this is a change from the calendar)
            ~April 30 - Field Trip to the Chester County Historical Society
            ~May 1 - Fine Arts Gala, 6:00 PM
            ~May 15 - Bulldog Run! Please plan to attend this fun family day.

Feel free to contact me at any time with any questions or concerns regarding your child.
            Email:  jmcclure@bethanychristian.org
            You may also send a note to school with your child.

In Him,
Jackie McClure


Monday, February 3, 2020

February 2020

February is one of my favorite months of the year!  It is a good time to reflect on God’s amazing love.  I pray that you all have experienced His great love in your own lives.

We are participating in the Spread the Love Campaign once again this year. We are collecting jars of peanut butter and jelly (no glass jars, please!) until February 14. The class that brings in the most jars will win an ice cream treat!

Our Valentine card exchange will be held on Friday, February 14, in the afternoon.  Valentines for the class may be sent on or before February 14th.  I am sending a copy of our class list in White Envelopes on Tuesday, February 4.  If your child would like to hand out Valentines to his/her classmates, please be sure to include everyone listed, so that no one gets hurt feelings!  If you are interested in providing a sweet or salty snack for our class, please contact me. Thanks!

There will be no school on Monday, February 17, in honor of Presidents' Day.

On Tuesday, February 18, we will be celebrating the ACSI Day of Prayer. You will receive more information in the white envelope on Tuesday, February 3. Our class will be visiting several prayer stations throughout the school and participating in activities and prayer for our school and other Christian schools around the world.

On Tuesday, February 25 we will have a visit from an employee of McCormick Orthodontics to discuss the importance of dental hygiene.


February Dates to Remember:
***Friday, February 7 - Sock Day
***Friday, February 14 - Valentine Card Exchange
***Monday, February 17 - No School (President’s Day)                                    
***Tuesday, February 18 - ACSI Day of Prayer
***Tuesday, February 25 - Dental Health Visitor

           

Blessings!
Jackie McClure