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

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

November 2017

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:
Psalm 9:1-2
"I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart.
I will recount all of Your wonderful deeds.
I will be glad and exult in You;
I will sing praise to Your Name, O Most High."
This will be due on Tuesday, November 14, 2017.

Scholastic orders for November were sent in your child’s white envelope this week.  Please place all orders by Tuesday, November 7.  If you are sending an order to school for me to place, please make checks payable to Jackie McClure.  Please do not send cash.  Orders being sent to school need to be in by Monday, November 6. 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 7, due to our school being used as a polling location for the election.

Thursday, November 16, will be a school-wide Crazy Hair Day. I can't wait to see all of the silly hairstyles that day! Have fun!!

Report cards will be sent home via RenWeb on Friday, November 10.  Conferences will be held on Monday, November 20 and Tuesday, November 21.  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 large 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.

Taryn celebrates her birthday on November 15.
Gavyn celebrates his birthday on November 22.
Happy birthday, friends!

We will be having a small Thanksgiving celebration on Friday, November 17.  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 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 22, to Monday, November 27, for the Thanksgiving holiday.  Classes will resume on Tuesday, November 28. 

We are having a door decorating contest for Christmas this year! I plan to make a large Christmas tree with green paper cones, having each child decorate 2 or 3 of the paper cones. I need your help! Please send a baggie of decoration items with your child by Wednesday, November 29. Please put your child's name on his/her baggie so that your child uses the decoration items he/she has chosen. I would love for each child's personality to shine on the tree! Some ideas: stickers of things your child likes, favorite candies, ribbons in his/her favorite colors, Christmas gift bows, a handful of favorite cereals, etc. Be creative! :)

Important Dates to Remember:
 November 7       ~Scholastic orders due
November 7       ~No School - Election Day
November 10     ~Report Cards issued
            November 14
    ~Psalm 9:1-2 due           
November 16     ~Crazy Hair Day (school-wide Spirit Day)
November 17     ~Thanksgiving Celebration                     
            November 20     ~1/2 Day of School
                                    ~Parent-Teacher Conferences and Book Fair
            November 21     ~1/2 Day of School
                                    ~Parent-Teacher Conferences and Book Fair
November 22-27~No School.  Thanksgiving Holiday
November 28     ~School resumes
November 29     ~Tree Decorating Items Due

            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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