St. Joe's News ~ February 2020

St. Joe's Elementary ~ Where Children Grow

Pre-K News with Ms. Walbridge

Preschoolers are having fun pretending to be at an ice cream shop and learning social and math skills through dramatic Play. The children are excited about getting this new center added to our classroom.

Mrs. Leahy’s Kindergarten Class

We are currently learning about living things and how they change and grow. We are continuing to work on our reading skills through blending and segmenting sounds and words. Please continue to read and practice sight words at home with your child.

In Math, we have learned about length, height and weight. We will be practicing ways to take about numbers.

We will continue to share our stories from Writer’s Workshop with Mrs. Kelley’s 4th grade class. The kids really enjoy sharing their work with the older students.

Kindergarten News from Ms. Swan

Wow! This year is just flying by. January was another great month for us. We continue to work hard at learning to read, write and do math! I am proud of all of our hard work!

We are looking forward to February and several special days. We will be celebrating global school play day on Wednesday, February 5. We will be playing all day! What fun! On Friday, 14th we will be having our Valentine’s Day party and card exchange. And the 100th day of school will be sometime right after winter break.

I hope everyone enjoys the winter break! Thank you for all you do to help your child be successful at school!

First Grade News!

Mrs. LaBare's and Mrs. Premo's first grade students recently attended a performance of The Rainbow Fish in Potsdam. They showed their St. Joe's pride by wearing their school shirts! On February 5, the first graders will be celebrating Global School Play Day by taking part in Camping in the Classroom activities. We're all looking forward to this special day!

Second Grade News from Mr. Wheeler and Mrs. Andrews!

We’ve been busy in second grade. We’ve read about severe weather and Earth’s changes. We’ve learned about thunderstorms, tornados, blizzards, and hurricanes. Then, students created informational posters about different types of severe weather. We’ve discovered that Earth’s changes can happen quickly or slowly. Students learned about erosion, tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanos.

During writing, students have been creating reviews. Students are writing reviews about toys, stores, and restaurants. They are including their facts and incorporating their opinions. In the near future, they will be writing book reviews too.

During math, we’ve learned to add and subtract three digit numbers with regrouping. Students also learned to subtract across zeros.

Third Grade News

Hi everyone! February brings us Global Play Day, Valentine’s Day, and February break. In between, we will be continuing our novel study of the book Frindle by Andrew Clements and working on grammar. We have been focusing on nouns and will be soon moving on to verbs. We have also been learning how to use dictionaries and have been enjoying looking up words. In writing, we are working on informational essays that will be describing the monsters that our students created themselves. In Math, we are returning to multiplication and division. Any math fact practice they can do at home will help them so much!

Fourth Grade Important Dates


Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Global Play Day

On Wednesday, February 5th we will take a break, as a school, and PLAY. Your child is asked to bring in a toy of their choice, no electronics or batteries required, to play with. Keep in mind the idea of this day is to play together, so their toys will be shared. Some suggestions include, but are not limited to, matchbox cars, action figures, stuffed animals, playing cards, Legos, blocks, and dolls.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Valentine’s Day

On Valentine’s Day we are planning to have ice cream sundaes with the class. This will give them the opportunity to have a treat during the day and bring all of their goodies home with them. A sign-up sheet for donations and a class list for Valentine’s will follow as it gets closer.

5th Grade Happenings

In science we have been discovering the structure and properties of matter. We observed different types of balls using our senses to find similarities and differences of their characteristics. We then discussed what a property is and we classified our observations by the properties such as texture, shape, size, and behavior. We then took a dive into a phenomenon that includes that idea that matter is made of particles to small to be seen by working with Secret Sand and other stations that contained materials such as pepper with iron filings, floam, sugar cubes, etc.

In math we just finished our unit on fractions. We learned how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide. Our pilot program “Math in Focus” has been a challenge so far this year because it is really pushing the 5th graders to the limit. We are so proud of how hard they are working. We reviewed for our last test test by playing a fun and engaging game called Stinky Feet! The kids had a blast!

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Reading Incentive Program

Reminder that this is the last month to get your minutes counted for the Reading Incentive Program. Students who have made it through all 5 levels will be invited to the pizza party. The last day to receive prizes will be February 28. March 2 - 6 will be Reading Spirit Week with our pizza party on March 6th.

Counselor's Corners

The second round of Lunch Bunch will be finishing up next week! The third round will begin after February break. I will be conducting classroom guidance lessons in February which will consist of a variety of different topics! This year continues to be busy and exciting, if something comes up, please do not hesitate to contact me if there is something I can do for your child.

Mrs. McGibbon

School Counselor

Art News

In ART we are learning about TEXTURE

The surface quality that can be seen and felt. Textures can be rough or smooth, soft or hard. Texture does not always feel the way it looks. Artists use texture in their art to help tell a story and to add dimension to a piece. When you see a piece of art, the texture can add to your enjoyment of the piece if you are able to touch it. Texture can make a work of art more interesting.

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February Birthdays!!

Elizabeth Patterson, David McKee, Brayson Thomas, Wilson Sanger, Owen Fleury, Emma Matthews, Grant Mallette, Mason Foote, Charlee Hutchins, Sophia Pearson,
Lukas Reyell, Eli Legault, Ryder Lamica, Kael White, Jack Santamore, Myrra Dumas, Naomi Leduc and Miss Clark!
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Upcoming Events:

February 7th - MFT free family movie night - 6:00 PM at MMS

February 17th - February 21st - Winter Break - No School!