Dear Families,

            I can hardly believe this will be my last newsletter of the year.  These months have really flown by!  We have had a great year together!  Your children are definitely ready to move on to second grade, they have grown in so many ways throughout this year and it has been a pleasure to be a part of some of that growth.

            I have put many pictures of our most recent activities on my website, please make sure to check them out. Our class project making globes was a very unique experience, and I have to say, the end product was quite impressive. Our field trip to the Eagle Center was so much fun and filled with a lot of good information about birds and specifically eagles. This field trip tied in quite nicely to our egg hatching experience, which captivated your children for two weeks. This experience just never gets old, each new little chick or duck that hatched was celebrated. In the end we had 15 chicks hatch and 5 ducks.   

            I will not be sending home a new book report for the month of May.  With only two weeks left of school we are pretty short on time and I know these spring days are especially busy for families. Please make sure your child turns in his/her April book report as soon as possible if this has not been turned in yet.

            The month of May is always full of many fun activities and field trips.  We will have another first grade Mass next week Wednesday, May 16th; this will also be our May Crowning Mass. Our first grade classes will enjoy an afternoon at Sinclair Park, weather permitting, on Friday May 18th.  Our all school field day will be on Wednesday, May 23rd.  If you are interested in joining us for either of these field trips please let me know as soon as possible. On Friday, May 25th  we will be celebrating our summer birthdays, this includes all children that have birthdays from May 26th through August 22nd. We will have an ice cream sundae party. If your child has a summer birthday they can bring in their favorite ice cream topping and/or anything that goes well with ice cream for this day.  Finally our class is currently working on earning a reading campout day, I will send out a notice once this special day has been earned.  Make sure to keep an eye on your child’s take home folders for information and permission slips that will be going home this month.  I will also do my best to put all of this important information on your child’s homework sheet so please keep an eye on these as well.

            I would like to wish all our wonderful moms a very happy Mother’s Day! Your children worked very hard to make a few special things for you hoping that it will make your day extra special,  you all definitely deserve it!

            I have to say again what a pleasure it has been to get you know you and your children throughout this year.  One of the rewards of teaching is seeing your students grow, and I am definitely enjoying this reward now.  Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be a part of your child’s first grade experience.  I hope they have enjoyed it as much as I have!

Summer Blessings,

Mrs. Walker