Curricular & Spiritual Connections 4-29-22

Classroom Feature

By Mrs. Freeman-First Grade

There is nothing better than April in 1st Grade! The kids have put forth great effort all year to become a caring classroom community of independent readers, detailed writers and complex problem solvers!

In reading, we continue to show fluency and comprehension. Throughout this year we have gone from turning letters into sounds and sounds into words, to speaking words into sentences and sentences into meaning!  It is quite a process!  Their love and confidence in being able to read independently is evident!

In writing, we are in our non-fiction writing unit.  Our latest writing project was on honeybees.  We read books on honeybees and learned how to take informational notes.  Then we turned our organized notes into a final written piece that we have proudly displayed on our lockers.  If your child asks for their own honeycomb to keep bees at home, we may have gotten a little overly excited about how cool and helpful honeybees are!

In math, you would be shocked to see how early children are learning geometry and fractions! It starts right here in 1st grade with defining attributes of polygons, dividing shapes into equal parts, reasoning why 1/2 is bigger than 1/4 and transferring knowledge of fractions to being able to read analog clocks at the quarter and half hours!

In science, we are working on life cycles. We had previously done life cycles of plants and insects, and now we are learning about the life cycle of the chicken!  We have decided that studying how chickens develop inside the egg AND getting to hatch our own class chickens is our favorite!  After 21 days of recording chicken embryo development, we hatched three beautiful chickens.

The children got to submit names for the chicks, and the 2022 class chicks are proudly named Cyrus, Pepper and Captain 9000.  We continue to learn about how chicks develop daily into young chickens and will keep our class chickens well into May.  If you come into the 1st grade classroom, you will see that the center of the room is fenced off and our chickens have prime real estate in the middle of our learning environment.  

We have had an awesome year!  I wish everyone a strong end to the school year, and a refreshing and productive summer!


K-6 Art Show, School Concert and School Musical

Is it really May already? I think we say that every year. Don’t forget the School Musical is Wednesday, May 4th! “Hans Bronson’s Gold Medal Mission” musical will be performed at 6:30 p.m. in the Neumann Auditorium on the Wartburg Campus. There will be K-3rd grade level performances and the musical will be presented by the 4th-6th grade students. Be sure to allow some time to marvel at the student creations that will be on display in the lobby of the auditorium!


Student Newsletter

Dhani Miller and Isabella Gidley have published their next edition of their student school newsletter. Here is a link to their April 28, 2022 edition, be watching our school newsletter for links to future editions of their student newsletter.


Thursday Worship

Just a reminder that there will be no Thursday worship next week.


Additional Preschool Session Added

We are pleased to announce that due to the overwhelming number of 4-year-olds registering for preschool, the School Board has approved the opening of another full-day section of preschool.  This class will be held ALL DAY on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the 2022-23 school year. All students enrolling in this class must be 4 years old by September 15, 2022. Please contact Principal Johnson at tamela.johnson@stpaulswaverly.org if you have any questions or are interested in enrolling your child.  Please share this information with other parents looking for a high-quality preschool!


Save the Dates: 
  • May 2: School Board Meeting at 6:30 p.m.
  • May 7: Spring Social (Adult-only event–we hope to see you all there!)
  • May 13: End of Year Picnic at 11:30 a.m.
  • May 16: PTO Meeting
  • May 20: 6th Grade Graduation
  • May 27: Last Day of School

School board information, meeting agendas, and meeting minutes are posted on our webpage at https://www.stpaulswaverly.org/school/school-board/.