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                    We are currently in second place with the  (penny) harvest Thank you to all the families, students and friends who have contributed to our class.  However, we still need more.  It does not have to be just pennies!  It can be other coins and dollar bills.  All money raised goes to our school.  Also, we need more   (box tops).  Our class is in last place.  Box tops can be found on cereal boxes, soup cans, snack boxes, etc.  Please help us get out of last place.


  • Mondays= Band/Music Class (Bring your instrument),   
  • Tuesdays = Art Class + Gym Class,   
  • Wednesdays = Computer Class, Library Time especially with our friend Peter from 8th grade who reads and shares experiences with us,     
  • Thursdays = Gym Class,
  • Fridays (Music) Class 

                           Students should be practicing their Math skills by using Mathletics for 20 minutes each night.

Students went to the school library on Wednesday, January 9th and chose books about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other famous Black Americans.  Students are expected to write a book report about the biography of their person.  Include the characters, setting, plot, conflict and resolution.  This book report is due January 30, 2019.

Students will review the 4 types of sentences (Declarative=Statement, Interrogative = Question, Imperative = Command, Exclamatory = Exclamation).  Practice sheets will be taken from the  student’s Reader’s and Writer’s Notebook.


Students are reviewing short “u” words. Also, see in the student’s Reader’s and Writer’s Notebook p.206 for the list of words.

This week we will learn how to solve word problems and practice Doubles plus 2.  For extra help, log onto  Students are expected to practice with every night for 20 minutes.

Students will finish designing their community building this week.  Students will share their “Rules Mobile” Project.  This project entails listing 3 rules that are followed in their house.  Students are expected to present and explain why these rules are important.

Students will review the sense of sound and complete various activities from their textbook.  Students will also learn the concept of FORCE.  Activities will include Push/Pull in the classroom.

Students have learned that the Christmas Season lasts for 6 weeks.  We have been learning how different countries celebrate the birth of Christ and about very interesting traditions.  We learned about the Epiphany and how the 3 Wise Men (Melchoir, Balthazar, and Gaspar came to Bethlehem to bring baby Jesus gold, frankincense, and myrrh.  We had fun and excitement because we have been receiving small gifts from the 3 Kings of Orient.





















Posted on November 7, 2018

Dear Parents,

Once again thank you for your support.  Our Nov. 1st All Saints Day was truly memorable. As we approach the Thanksgiving Holiday, we need canned goods for the poor.  Each student is expected to bring in at least one can or non-perishable goods.  Furthermore, as the weather is changing, we need more tissues, hand sanitizers, and/or wipes.  Please keep checking the class dojo for more information.

God Bless!

Ms. Ortiz

Class Saint

Posted on October 27, 2018

On November 1st, two students will be chosen to represent our class saint.  Saint Rose of Lima is our class saint. 


Historians remember St. Rose of Lima for her piety and chastity. Born in 1586 in Lima, Peru to Spanish colonists, and named Isabel Flores de Olivia, she was exceptionally beautiful.

Her beauty was so great that she was nicknamed “Rose,” a name that remains with her to this day. According to legend, a servant had a vision where her face turned into a rose. At her confirmation in 1597, she officially took the name of Rose.

From an early age, Rose wanted to become a nun. She often prayed and fasted in secret. She performed secret penances, some of which were painful and severe. She performed daily adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and took daily communion.

As a young woman, her beauty began to attract suitors. To deter these men, St. Rose marred her face, rubbing it with pepper to make it blister. She cropped her hair short.

Her parents opposed her plan to take a vow of chastity. This resulted in a clash of wills, because her parents wanted her to marry. Her father eventually relented and gave her a room to herself.

St. Rose kept herself cloistered in her room, spending long periods in prayer. It was said she slept only two hours per night so as to have more time for prayer.

She quit eating meat altogether, an extreme dietary restriction for that time.

When she turned 20, she was permitted to join the Third Order of St. Dominic. She continued a life of extreme prayer, fasting and penance. On one occasion she burned her hands as a self-imposed act of penance.

She was known to wear a heavy silver crown, with spikes that could pierce her flesh. The spikes reminded her of the Crown of Thorns. At one point, one of the spikes become so lodged in her skull that the crown was removed with great difficulty.

St. Rose died in on August 25, 1617, at the age of 31. According to legend, she accurately predicted the date of her death. Her funeral was a major event attended by all the city’s authorities.

Pope Clement IX beatified her in 1667 and Pope Clement X recognized her as a saint, canonizing her in 1671. Her feast day is August 23 around the world, although some countries, like Peru, celebrate her on August 30.

St. Rose is the patroness of embroiderers, gardeners, florists, those who suffer ridicule for their piety, and people who suffer family problems.



School Library

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Dear Parents,

The first grade class attends the school library every Wednesday.  Students select books of their choice and are expected to read each day for 20 minutes.  Students are expected to keep a reading log.  Please keep in mind that students should be able to list the characters, setting, plot, problem, and resolution.  In the future, students will be asked to report about the book chosen.  They will share their likes and dislikes of their.


Posted on October 9, 2018

Gym on Thursday

Thanksgiving sale ends Oct.12

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