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Thank you for welcoming me to your school.  Although it is a big adjustment for all of us, with the grace of God, success will be achieved. 

The goal is to have 100% for our first grade class.  So please remember to return the following:       *Blue Card = Handbook

     * Any emergency, technology, photography, allergy, pink tuition forms

     * Picture day money is by Sept. 19th.

Last reminder:  1st grade will have gym on Tuesdays, so remember to wear gym clothes

Once again, thank you for being patient with me.

God bless!

Ms. Ortiz






Holiday Assignment

Posted on November 17, 2018

Dear Parents,

Thank you to all who have contributed canned goods and non-perishable items to our class.  Our first grade class’ decorative, donation box was overflowing with items for those who are less fortunate.  We will continue to participate in the school wide competition for the penny harvest and the box tops.  So parents, please encourage your child to bring in pennies and box tops for our class.

Although it will be a short week, students will receive a holiday packet for them to continue to practice their academic skills.  On Wednesday, November 21st, we will attend Mass at 10:30 a.m. You are welcome to attend Mass with us.  It is also a half a day.  If you have any questions, please contact me via e-mail or on Class DoJo.

Gobble, gobble, gobble!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Ms. Ortiz



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.

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