Spring in First Grade

We’ve had a busy couple months in first grade!  We have enjoyed several field trips.  First, we visited the elderly at Cloister’s Retirement Home.  The students enjoyed singing songs, playing rhythm sticks, and visiting with the residents there.  Next we visited the San Diego Zoo.  The students got to see first hand all the things they’ve been learning about with animals this school year.

We are excited in first grade to be starting our unit on bugs.  The students will learn about insects, arachnids, and other bugs.  They will also get to see first hand the cycle of the butterfly, as we raise butterflies in our room.  The students are also in the middle of their bug reports, which will end with projects and reports being displayed at Open House in May.  First Grade has been an exciting place to be lately!

Kristin Best, First Grade Teacher

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February in First Grade

February has been a busy month in first grade!  First, we celebrated 100 days of school.  The students wore 100 of some item on their clothing, had a special 100th day snack, counted to 100, and did several activity pages.  It was a fun day!  Next, we celebrated Valentine’s Day.  In addition to a fun party, we were reminded of God’s amazing love for us.  We have also been learning about Abraham Lincoln and George Washington in celebration of Presidents’ Day.  We even ate George Washington’s breakfast (hoe cakes, which are similar to pancakes).  Lastly, we are wrapping up the month with learning about Martin Luther King, Jr. and Harriet Tubman in celebration of Black History Month.  What a fun month it has been!
Ms. Best
First Grade
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Tide Pools!

We have been having fun learning about tide pools in first grade!  In addition to a parent coming in and doing hands-on activities with the students, we also went to Birch Aquarium and learned a lot in a class called “Tide Pool Treasures.”  The students got to touch and hold a sea star, a sea urchin, a hermit crab, and a sea snail!  They also got to tour Birch Aquarium and see all the other cool creatures.  It was a fun day had by all!

Ms. Best
First Grade

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Fifth and Sixth Grade Stories of Faith

Last week was Spiritual Emphasis week.  As part of our daily Chapel times, several of Faith Community’s pastors, and our own Mrs. Carter, gave their testimonies about how they became followers of Christ. My fifth and sixth graders were encouraged and wanted to give their own testimonies.  Many of the students shared their personal stories about coming to the realization that they needed a Savior, and how they asked Jesus to be the Lord of their lives. It’s wonderful to know that God has already begun a journey of faith in them that will continue for a lifetime!

And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.”  1 John 5:11

Jana LaFave
5th/6th Grade


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Community Helpers

For social studies this month, we have been studying community helpers in Kindergarten. We have discussed doctors, nurses, policemen and more. We had a real fire engine come in to visit us along with some fire fighters. They taught us some fire safety, showed us their fire outfit, so we would not be scared if they came to help us and got to shoot water out of the hose on the fire engine. We had a lot of fun and learned how to prevent fires and stay safe if we ever have to get out of one. We learned the difference between a fire engine and a fire truck. Did you know that a fire engine is the one with the hose and a fire truck is the one with the ladder? I learned that one this year too! :)

Mrs. Rowe
Kindergarten Teacher

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First Grade and Spiritual Emphasis Week

It’s hard to believe Christmas has come and gone and that it is now a new year.  This week is Spiritual Emphasis Week or TV Fast.  It has always been one of my most favorite activities of the school year, as it gives me (and you) a chance to reflect on God and all the good things He has done in my (your) life.  It’s also a great time to focus on the more important things in life, such as God, family, and friends.  I have really enjoyed hearing about all the things the students have been doing this week instead of watching tv or playing computer/video games.  I hope this week has been as much a blessing to you and your child(ren) as it has been to me!

Ms. Best
First Grade

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Pumpkin Book Reports

The second graders did a great job on their pumpkin book reports at the end of October. Each student chose a fiction story, read it, then decorated a pumpkin to look like the main character. I was very impressed by their work! Here are some examples:IMG_1324 IMG_1323 IMG_1317 IMG_1322


Ms. Moiseve, 2nd Grade Teacher

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