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, 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

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