Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Hello Firstie Parents!
I hope that you had a great long weekend!  I received a lot good information from our conference at Valley Lutheran High, and I am looking forward to implementing some of what I learned throughout the rest of our school year. 

Yesterday we learned about Jonah and how God asked him to go to Nineveh to tell the people there that they needed to change their bad ways.  Jonah refused to go and tried to hide.  He quickly found out that that wasn’t such a good idea…and besides that, it didn’t even work.  After the kids heard about what happened to Jonah, there were a few “Did that really happen?”  “But really Miss Gallagher…..he was really swallowed by a big fish?!” “He stayed in there for three whole days?!?”  I don’t remember a class ever being as disbelieving as these kiddos were….hahaha!  It IS hard to believe, but we know that because it is in the Word of the God, it’s true. 

Did your firstie tell you about our “word surgery” that we did yesterday?  We learned about contractions… Here are a few pictures from inside the “operating room”….

This week we started learning about long vowel sounds.  It always seems to be a bit of an adjustment for them to switch from short vowels to long vowels, so reviewing over and over will be something that we will have to do!  

Have a great rest of your week!
Miss Gallagher

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Dear Parents,
First grade had a case of the “Mondays” today….not sure why, but whew! I hope that it is NOT contagious!  

Make sure you check out Mrs. Klauer’s newsletter tomorrow, for an update on the BFF (Building for the Future) Campaign.  It is important! 

Do you remember Super Flex and the Unthinkables?  Ask your firstie to remind you of who we have talked about (Glass Man, Rock Brain, and Topic Twister Mister).  We learned about another today….”Mean Jean”.  I am sure that you can figure out what she tries to get us to do….solely by her name.  It is always a good reminder to be kind to each other and that words REALLY can hurt.  
We completed these snowman this week!  It was fun little project and it was also a great exercise in fine motor skills (Kinda like sneaking in veggies to “good tasting” food!).  Wink, wink, wink!

Just a reminder that we DON’T have school on Monday because the teachers will be at a conference at Valley Lutheran High School.  
Look Miss Gallagher...We FINALLY finished it!   (They were SO excited!)
Tomorrow there are three tests…spelling, memory, and social studies (chapter 3).  Thank you for helping your firstie study and prepare for all of them.
Take home story bags should be returned tomorrow!
Blessings on your night!
Miss Gallagher

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Dear Parents,
Happy Tuesday!  How are things going now that we are “back in the swing of things”?  The firsties have been enjoying our time outside and I am beyond thrilled that we all have been able to get outside and get some fresh air. 

Their snowman from yesterday looks like his grin slipped a little....

I wanted to share a few quick things with you this evening...
There was a voter’s meeting last night and one of the main things discussed was the BFF (Building for the Future Campaign) proposal and what was going to be done about this. Wait…let me back up a little bit… If you weren’t able to be at any of the Christmas or Advent services, let me quickly fill you in. When the campaign was started, the goal was to build a few more (much needed) classrooms, more bathrooms, and a storage closet.  In order to do this, there was a dollar amount set and once that was obtained, we would move forward.   Unfortunately, we didn’t make the goal, so the Building Committee and Board of Education worked really hard to figure out what to do with this problem.  The biggest problem being that we are out of space….just completely out of space.  So both boards proposed that starting next year, there would be a “slow shrink” which means there would be a cap put onto classrooms in the early childhood part of the building.  This will affect us because in this plan, the 1st and 2nd grade will be combined into one class and because the Kindergarten class is so big, we would have to turn away 10 or 11 families.  I can’t even imagine what that would be like!  5 and 6 grade would be split into their own classes because they have grown so much, and the eventual reality would be that if the “slow shrink” continues, in a handful of years, all of the classes will be combined again and our school will be small.  Mrs. Klauer will be addressing this in her newsletter later in the week, so please stay tuned for the progress and update.

Lutheran Special Education Ministries (LSEM for short), is our mission for this month.  Going home with the oldest and only child is a small bank.  If you are able, please fill up and return to school.  More information coming throughout the month. Thank you!

Spelling pre-test tomorrow!
Blessings on your evening!
Miss Gallagher