Settle in, everyone. This is a long one!
We got school pictures back in early October. They turned out really cute! The boys luckily did not make silly faces like they did the morning of pictures.
They also took class pictures on October 6, but we haven’t gotten those back yet.
The first grade made a special presentation during morning assembly on October 18. They spoke about their service project, Operation Got Your 6. They distributed a box to each homeroom in first through seventh grades and asked the students to donate an item to send to soldiers overseas. Riley brought in fruit snacks and a bag of trail mix. The firsties also sang “God Bless America” in front of the whole assembly. They did such a great job!
The four PK3 room moms organized their first class art project: a Halloween handprint witch, which they made on October 19. The projects turned out SO cute. And I finally got the 33 canvases off of my dining room table!
The first graders started learning their fair dance on October 19. They are dancing to “Vacation.” I’m helping to teach them their dance during their PE class on Wednesdays. They’re going to do great!
The PK3 littles have also started to learn their fair dance. I help out with this during their PE times on Tuesdays and Thursdays. They are dancing to Elvis’s “Hound Dog” and they picked up the very simple choreography very quickly. They’re so cute!
Riley’s class had a movie afternoon on October 21 as a special treat for good class behavior. They watched The Incredibles.
PK3 completed a project about saints at the end of October. They had to decorate a gingerbread man like their patron saint (or another saint of their choice) and learn one fact about them. We learned that Rory’s saint, Saint David, is the patron saint of Wales and is often pictured with a white dove on his shoulder.
October 27 was first grade’s second mystery reader of the year: me! I went with a Halloween theme and read Goodnight Goon and Room on the Broom. I also decided to really freak the kids out and wore Nopsi’s creepy homemade creature mask, black cloak, and tall staff. The kids screamed when I first walked in and they all tried to figure out who I was. They knew I was a girl because they could see my flip flops and painted toenails (smart). I tried to disguise my voice when I spoke, but Claire and a couple others figured it out right away. Riley also kept looking at my ring like he recognized it; he was so excited it was me.
After we read the books, we made green Halloween goo. I had planned for the kids to break up into small groups and play with the goo, but we ran out of time. However, I portioned it out so each student got to take some home the next day, and Mrs. Smith let them play with it for a bit during class before they went home. They loved it!
My friend Ashley was the mystery reader for the other first grade class and she dressed up as The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat. I walked over to see those kids as well, and she pretended to be scared by me. It was so great.
PK3 got to carve pumpkins with a few dads on October 28. Kenny couldn’t make it but Rory had a great time with his group.
On Halloween, the school had an orange and black spirit day, and it was “Book Character Day” in first grade. Riley dressed up as Brother Bear and brought in The Berenstein Bears and the Messy Room. Both boys also got to go trick-or-treating at school. Riley attended the school pep rally that afternoon (first grade won the spirit stick!), while Rory and his friends had a little Halloween party in their classroom. Such a fun day for them.
They both came home with so much stuff, and they were so excited about it, even though you can’t tell from Riley’s dazed expression in the picture below.
But there was lots more to come that night.
Halloween recap, including the SCR Boo Bash, up next!