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, April 6, 2017

April 2017

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 11 - Matthew 28:6 due
                April 11 - Hot Lunch Make-up Day-  Please check to see if your child is to receive this hot lunch from our snow day earlier this year. If you are not sure, please let me know ahead of this date so that I can check for you.
                April 13-17 - No School; Easter Break
                April 20 - Decades Day (School-wide Spirit Day)
                April 21 - Fine Arts Gala & Open House
                April 27 - No Hot Lunch
                ***May 3 - Field Trip to the Chester County Historical Society - New permission slips will be sent home very soon.

We have one April birthday in our class:

Blake will celebrate his birthday on April 7.

Happy Birthday, Blake!

Wednesday, April 12 is our last day before Easter break. We will have a small classroom celebration in the afternoon. I have some games for the students to play. If you are willing to provide some of the items for our snack that day, please visit this Sign-Up Genius link: 

Friday, April 21 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. There will also be an Usborne book sale going on in the gym and 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!). Please plan to join us for this special evening to support our very talented students at Bethany.

A Look Ahead:
Friday, May 12 – 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.

New This Year: There will be a live auction in the gym between the 5-8 grade race and the PS-4 grade race. This will be held in the gym. 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. With the live auction moving first grade's race time to later in the morning, it will be very tricky figuring out the best time to eat lunch and enjoy all of the other things that the day has to offer.

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. 
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. It is okay if the reading is somewhat challenging; allow your child to work on sounding out the words that may be difficult.

If you are interested in helping as a reading parent in April, please visit this link:

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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