Theme Verse

Joshua 1:9 "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Scholastic Code: GYCG9

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

May 2019

Dear First Grade Families,                                                                             

            It is hard to believe that we are now entering our last full month of school!  It doesn’t seem like very long ago when my classroom was full of brand-new first grade students, ready for an exciting new year.  I have enjoyed watching those eager students grow and learn over the past months. 

            Friday, May 3 is our Fine Arts Gala and Open House. The event will begin at 6:00 pm. Our music and art lesson students will be providing entertainment and art pieces for showcase on this exciting evening. The third graders will be playing their recorders (so you can see what fun and excitement you can look forward to in a couple of years!). There will also be performances from our band students. Refreshments will be provided. Please plan to join us for this special evening to support our very talented students at Bethany and invite your friends and neighbors to come and check out our amazing school!

            Thursday, May 9 is our Field Trip to the Chester County Historical Society. Please be sure that your child wears a Bethany Blue T-shirt and brings a fully disposable lunch. If you are joining us for our trip, you may also wish to bring a lunch for yourself. There is no snack bar available.

            The Bulldog Run will be held on Friday, May 17.  All students will be participating and families are invited to come and cheer for the children as they run (or even run with them!).  You are encouraged to sign your child out after devotions (in the church) and spend the day with them. We only ask that you be sure your student is at the starting line when it is our race time. I am trying to get an accurate picture of how the day will work, so I am asking each of you to please let me know if you do or do not plan to attend the race.

            There will be no school on Tuesday, May 21, due to the election on that day.

Just a reminder that there will be  no school on Monday, May 27,  Memorial Day.

            Thursday, May 30 is a Spirit Day for Preschool-8th grade. This month our spirit day will be Decade Day.

            Our final Bible memory work for the year is as follows:
Proverbs 3:3-6
Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.
Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
                        This will be due on Friday, May 31.

            On Thursday, June 6, we will have Pet Day in our classroom. I will be sending a Sign-Up Genius link for 10-minute time slots to bring pets for a visit. Small, non-furry pets who live in cages or bowls (hermit crabs, lizards, fish...snakes!) may be brought for the day, but furry pets may only come for 10 minute visits. If your child has a rabbit for a pet, please send a picture only. I am very allergic to rabbits and even 10 minutes in the classroom would cause a reaction for me. If you have any questions or concerns regarding Pet Day, please don't hesitate to contact me.

                        Here is a list of important dates to remember in May:
~Friday, May 3 - Fine Arts Gala and Open House, 6:00 PM
~Thursday, May 9 - Chester County Historical Society Field Trip
~Friday, May 17 - Bulldog Run
~Tuesday, May 21 - No School
~Tuesday, May 15 - No School
~Monday, May 27- No School, Memorial Day
~Thursday, May 30 - Decade Day
~Thursday, May 31 - Proverbs 3:3-6 due  
~Tuesday, June 4- Field Day and Run Club Awards
~Thursday, June 6 - Pet Day
~Friday, June 7 - Last Day of School; 1/2 Day of School
                                    Picnic at Nottingham Park

Have a wonderful Mother’s Day, and a beautiful month of May.
In Him,
Jackie McClure        

Thursday, March 28, 2019

April 2019

Dear First Grade Families,        

I cannot believe that we are already into the fourth quarter!  Report cards will be sent on Friday, April 6. This year has gone so quickly. We've had a great time in first grade, but there is still much to learn and much to do!

In Bible, we will begin talking about the story of Easter. Our next Bible memory verse will be sent home on Tuesday, April 2. We will be learning Revelation 5:12.

"Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!"
This will be due on Tuesday, April 16.

April begins a busy time here at Bethany Christian School.  Here is a list of dates to remember:
                April 5 - Report Cards
                April 8-12 - Terra Nova Testing
                April 18-22 - No School - Easter Break
                April 16 - Revelation 5:12 due
                April 25 - Cape Day (School-wide Spirit Day)
                April 25 - No Hot Lunch
                May 3 - Fine Arts Gala & Open House

                ***May 9 - Field Trip to the Chester County Historical Society - Permission                                        slips will be sent home soon.
Easter Break will be April 18-22. We will resume school on Tuesday, April 23. The last day before Easter Break, Wednesday, April 17, we will have a small Easter celebration. If you are interested in sending a treat, please let me know. We will need one salty snack, one sweet snack, juice boxes, plates, and napkins. Thanks! :)

We have one April birthday in our class:

Clayre will celebrate her birthday on April 22.
Happy birthday, Clayre!

A Look Ahead:

Friday, May 3 is our Fine Arts Gala and Open House. Our music and art lesson students will be providing entertainment and art pieces for showcase on this exciting evening. The third graders will be playing their recorders (so you can see what fun and excitement you can look forward to in a couple of years!). There will also be performances from our band students.
Friday, May 17 – We will be having the Bulldog Run (formerly Race for Education).  All students will be participating and families are invited to come and cheer for the children as they run.    There will also be a silent auction.  Please remember to send in your items for our Staycation  basket.

If you are attending the race, please plan to sign out your child early in the day and keep him/her with you at all times prior to our race in order to allow him/her to experience all of the fun and exciting activities of the day.
Our Sharing Chair will also be in the auction this year.  It has gone from being a plain white plastic chair to being covered with the signatures of your budding writers!  We will continue adding signatures through the end of the school year; the chair will be on display for the auction, but will not be sent home with the highest bidder until the end of the year. 

On Friday, June 7, which is now our last day of school, I would like to have a picnic to celebrate our year together. In the past, we have gone to Nottingham Park for our picnic and have had a great time. I need 2-3 parents who are willing to take charge of planning the picnic for us. If you are interested, please let me know. Thanks!

As the weather begins to warm up, it is important that your child brings a water bottle to school each day.   First graders are able to keep water bottles on desks throughout the day so that we may keep our bodies hydrated.  Please be sure that your child has a water bottle every day.  Thanks!

Please continue to work with your children at home on flashcards, spelling words, and reading.  It really does help them to have that extra few minutes of practice.  The Book-it program ended in March, but students should still be reading at home for 20 minutes at least  3-4 days each week. It is okay if the reading is somewhat challenging; allow your child to work on sounding out the words that may be difficult.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns that may arise.  Thank you for your active participation in our classroom.

In Him,
Jackie McClure

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

March 2019

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!

Thursday, March 7, and Friday, March 8, are snow make up days. We will now have school on March 7 and March 8. There will be no hot lunch on Thursday, March 7. Please be sure to send a lunch with your child.

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 8.

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.

Thursday, March 28 is Crazy Hair or Favorite Hat Day. This is an all-school Spirit Day.

The third quarter will end on Friday, March 29.  Report cards will be available Friday, April 5.

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:
            ~Thursday, March 7 - Snow Make Up Day - NO HOT LUNCH
            ~Friday, March 8 – Snow Make Up Day
            ~Friday, March 8 - Psalm 24:1-2 Due
            ~Thursday, March 28 - Crazy Hair/Favorite Hat Day
            ~Friday, March 29 – Third Quarter Ends
            ~Friday, April 5– Report Cards available
Feel free to contact me at any time with any questions or concerns regarding your child.
            You may also send a note to school with your child.

In Him,
Jackie McClure

Thursday, January 31, 2019

February 2019

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!) from February 1-15. The class that brings in the most jars will win an ice cream treat!

Our Valentine card exchange will be held on Thursday, 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 5.  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 snack for our class, please contact me. Thanks!

There will be no school on Monday, February 18, in honor of Presidents' Day.

This month’s Spirit Day will be Sports Jersey or College Shirt Day on Thursday, February 28.  Children are invited to participate. 

On Thursday, February 28 we will have a visit from an employee of McCormick Orthodontics to discuss the importance of dental hygiene. 

February Dates to Remember:
***Thursday, February 14 - Valentine Card Exchange
***Monday, February 18 - No School (President’s Day)
***Thursday, February 28 - Sports Jersey or College Shirt Day
***Thursday, February 28 - Dental Health Visitor

Birthdays this Month:
            ***February 3- Ava's Birthday
Jackie McClure

Thursday, January 3, 2019

January 2019

Dear First Grade Families,                                              

Welcome back!  I pray that everyone had an enjoyable and restful Christmas.  Thank you to all who helped with our classroom Christmas celebration.  The children had a wonderful time, and I appreciate the effort that went into making it such an exciting day!

Please remember to fill out and return the Book-It calendars for each month. I will be accepting December calendars for the rest of this week. January calendars were sent home on Friday, December 21.

In Bible, we will continue our lessons on the life of Moses, starting with a review of the Ten Commandments.
Our next Bible memory work will be Joshua 24:15. This will be sent home on Tuesday, January 8, and will be due on Friday, January 18.

          "Choose this day whom ye will serve...But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."

On Monday, January 21, there will be no school, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. 
On January 24, we will have a school-wide Spirit Day.  This month’s Spirit Day is Clash Day or Hawaiian Shirt Day.  Have fun!

We are celebrating two birthdays in our class this month!
                   Nate has a birthday on January 12.
                   Canaan has a birthday on January 20.
                             Happy birthday, Friends!

Please send your child to school dressed appropriately for the winter weather.  This includes a coat that can zipper/button up the front, a hat or hood, and gloves or mittens.  We do sometimes go outside when it is cold.

Important Dates to Remember:

Friday, January 18 – Joshua 24:15 due
Friday, January 18 - Second Quarter Ends
Monday, January 21 - No School
Thursday, January 24 - Clash Day or Hawaiian Shirt Day
 Friday, January 25 - Report Cards issued

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me by note or email (  Enjoy the winter weather, and stay warm!

In Him,
Jackie McClure

Friday, November 30, 2018

December 2018

Dear First Grade Families,                                                                         

            I trust everyone had a wonderful and restful Thanksgiving holiday.  It is nice to be back in school again, and hear about the different activities that your children enjoyed during the school break.  Thank you for taking the time to come out for conferences.  I very much enjoyed having the opportunity to speak with each of you.

            Please continue to listen to your child read aloud at home each week.  We are making great progress in our readers, and the at-home practice makes such a difference.  It is very important that the children are reading aloud to an adult; this helps catch inaccuracy in the reading.

            Our class will visit the Christmas Shop on Monday, December 3. If you plan to send money for your student to shop, please send it on or before December 3. I am happy to store your child's money in a safe place in the classroom until our shopping day.

            Wednesday, December 5 will be our first school-wide Spirit Day. We will have a Crazy Sock Day. Students are invited to wear their favorite socks to school. They can be a favorite pair of crazy socks, fun socks, Christmas socks...anything goes! Students will be permitted to leave their shoes in the coat hook area of the classroom for the day (except when outside or visiting the bathroom, of course!). Have fun!

            During the month of December, we will be discussing the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Our memory verse for this month will be John 3:16-17.

            “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.”

This memory work will be sent home on Tuesday, December 4 and tested on Tuesday, December 18.

            We will have our Christmas party on Friday, December 21.  We will be having a book exchange in the morning.  Each child is asked to bring one book, costing no more than $5.  Girls should bring a book for another girl; boys should bring a book for another boy. Each book should be wrapped and labeled as follows:
To: A Girl/Boy
From: Your Child’s Name

Please send the book to school by December 20; we will have our book exchange early in the day.  The party will be after recess and Spanish, beginning around 11:20.  Parents are welcome to attend our Christmas Party.  Thanks!
            Friday, December 21 is also a school-wide Spirit Day. This Spirit Day is Pajama Day! We will have a great time celebrating our Christmas party in our jammies! First graders are also welcome to bring slippers for the classroom. Please send sneakers for the bathroom.

            There will be no school from December 22-January 1.  Classes will resume on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

            If you have any questions regarding any of our classroom information, please contact me at your convenience.  I pray that you have a beautiful Christmas season!

In Him,
Jackie McClure

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

November 2018

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.    
Our Bible memory work for November:

The Ten Commandments 1-4, due Friday, November 9.
1. You shall have no other gods before Me.
2. You shall not make for yourself an idol.
3. You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.
4. Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy.
The Ten Commandments 5-10, due Tuesday, November 20.

5. Honor your father and your mother.
6. You shall not murder.
7. You shall not commit adultery.
8. You shall not steal.
9. You shall not give false testimony.
10. You shall not covet.

Scholastic orders for November will be sent in your child’s white envelope next week.  Please place all orders by Monday, November 12.  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.
There is no school on Tuesday, November 6, due to our school being used as a polling location for the election.
Report cards will be sent home via RenWeb on Friday, November 9.  Conferences will be held on Monday, November 19 and Tuesday, November 20.  Dismissal for the students on these 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 these days.  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 Friday, November 16.  We will watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and enjoy a special snack together.  We will also be making butter! If you are able to send in any empty and clean plastic peanut butter jars (or other plastic jars with lids that fit tightly, please let me know how many you can provide. We also need about 30 cornbread muffins. If you are willing to make some or all of the muffins for our celebration, please let me know. Thanks!
The Usborne Book Fair will be set up during conferences.  Your child will have an opportunity to preview the book fair and make a list of books that interest him/her.  Students will not be given an opportunity to buy books. You will be able to browse the shelves at the Book Fair during conferences, and make any purchases then.   
There will be no school from Wednesday, November 21, to Monday, November 26, for the Thanksgiving holiday.  Classes will resume on Tuesday, November 27.  
Important Dates to Remember:        
          November 6     ~No School - Election Day
November 9      ~Report Cards issued
                                       ~Commandments 1-4 Due
November 14     ~Psalm 9:1-2 due
November 16     ~Thanksgiving Celebration           November 19     ~1/2 Day of School
~Parent-Teacher Conferences and Book Fair
November 20    ~1/2 Day of School
                                       ~Commandments 5-10 Due
~Parent-Teacher Conferences and Book Fair
November 21-26~No School.  Thanksgiving Holiday
November 27     ~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