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

Thursday, November 5, 2015

November 2015

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.   

Each year, our students participate in a can drive to help provide Thanksgiving dinner to those who cannot afford it.  This year, we are donating our cans to Oxford’s Neighborhood Services.  Each class has been assigned a specific food item.  We are collecting 1 lb. cans of green beans in first grade.  More information, including collection dates, was sent in white envelopes on November 4.  Please mark your cans with a ‘B’ from a boy and a ‘G’ from a girl.  We will be lining the halls with the cans, and will see if the boys or the girls bring in more cans. 

Our Bible memory work for November:
Genesis 28:15 – Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land.  Due Tuesday, November 10.

After this verse, we will begin learning the Ten Commandments, starting with commandments 1-3, which will be due on Tuesday, November 24.

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.

Report cards were sent home on Tuesday, November 3.  Conferences will be held on Monday, November 23 and Tuesday, November 24.  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.  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.

Scholastic orders for November will be sent in your child’s white envelope on Tuesday, November 10.  Please return these by Friday, November 13.  Please make checks payable to Jackie McClure.  If any items are gifts, please let me know, and we will arrange for you to pick up the order in the office. 

Our November Birthdays:
Mikayla turned 7 on November 2.
Ivy turns 7 On November 23.
Happy birthday, friends!

We will be having a small Thanksgiving celebration on Friday, November 20.  We will watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.  If you would like to provide a snack or drink for this small celebration, please contact me by email.  I would like one salty snack and one sweet snack, as well as drinks, if possible.  Please keep our nut allergies in mind.

The annual 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 25, to Friday, November 27, for the Thanksgiving holiday.  Classes will resume on Monday, November 30

Important Dates to Remember:
            November 7       ~Picture Retake Day
            November 10     ~Genesis 28:15 due
November 13     ~Scholastic orders due
            November 19     ~Twin Day (school-wide Spirit Day)
            November 20     ~Thanksgiving Celebration
            November 23     ~1/2 Day of School
                                    ~Parent-Teacher Conferences and Book Fair
            November 24     ~1/2 Day of School
                                    ~Parent-Teacher Conferences and Book Fair
            November 24     ~Commandments 1-3 due
November 25-27~No School.  Thanksgiving Holiday
November 30     ~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

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