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

Friday, April 1, 2016

April 2016

Dear First Grade Families,                                                                                                            

I always enjoy watching the early signs of spring popping up everywhere!  They serve as yet another reminder of God’s awesome creation.  As you observe the flowers blooming and other new life beginning, take a moment to thank God for giving us such beautiful things to enjoy.    

April begins a busy time here at Bethany Christian School.  Here is a list of dates to remember:

                April 1 - Backwards Day!
                April 14 - Proverbs 3:3-4 due
                April 21 - Crazy Hair Day (School-wide Spirit Day)
                April 28 - No Hot Lunch
                April 28 - Field Trip to the Chester County Historical Society
                April 29 - Proverbs 3:5-6 due

We have two April birthdays in our class:

Bella will celebrate her birthday on April 6.
Katelyn will celebrate her birthday on April 23.

Happy Birthday, friends!

In our Bible class, we are talking about King Solomon and his time as a peaceful ruler of Israel.  Our April memory work will be taken from Proverbs 3:3-6.

We will first learn Proverbs 3:3-4:  "Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart.  So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man."
Proverbs 3:3-4 is due on Thursday, April 14.

Proverbs 3:5-6: "Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths."
Proverbs 3:5-6 is due on Friday, April 29.

A Look Ahead:
Friday, May 13 – We will be having the 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 Disney Extravaganza  basket.  There will be a cake and ice cream party for the class with the basket that receives the highest bid!  Thank you to those who have already contributed.

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. 
This year, Race Day will also include a Fun Fair following the awards ceremony.  This year's Fun Fair is sponsored by McCormick Orthodontics.  This will take place on the soccer field.  This event will be ticket-based; tickets will be sold for all games and food items.  There will be a dunk tank again, so have your throwing arm ready! :)  Please plan on attending Race Day so that you and your child/children can have a special time together at the Fun Fair.

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 ends in March, but students should still be reading at home for 20 minutes at least 3-4 days each week.  I am sending an April calendar which should be marked with the days that your child reads each evening.  This is a homework calendar; please mark each day that your child reads for at least 20 minutes on his/her individual reading level.  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

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