January 19 – January 25

 January 21 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – No School

January 23 – Donut Benefit Sale

January 24 – BBS Spelling Bee

January 31 – Parent Coffee Seminar

February 1 – Tutus and Tennis Shoes Ticket Deadline

  • On Wednesday, January 23, some of our 4th grade students will be selling warm Krispy Kreme donuts for $1.00 each.  This project was developed by some of our 4th grade students who want to help a BBS family with out of town expenses during an extended hospital stay at St. Jude.  Donuts will be sold where Chick-fil-A biscuits are passed out on the Kindergarten hall.  Contact Dr. Corcoran if you would like to pre-order a dozen so that he can plan accordingly.

  • Students in 3rd-5th grade will have the opportunity to participate in the BBS Spelling Bee on Thursday, January 24, at 9:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary.  Parents are welcome to attend. The top three finishers of the school bee will participate in the zone spelling bee on Thursday, February 7, at St. Nicholas School. 

  • We are very excited about this year’s auction!  Students received information and tickets for a raffle that is being offered as part of the auction.  The winner of the raffle can win $5,000 cash or a full year of BBS tuition.  Tickets are $50.00 each, or 3 for $100. Each child who turns in $250.00 or more will have a civilian week, get a free t-shirt and will participate in a luau breakfast with Hawaiian ice and donuts. The top seller will receive $100 cash.  

  • Lauren’s Kids – Safer Smarter Kids is an evidence-based curriculum for elementary school aged children teaching the importance of safety rules, boundaries, identifying a safe adult, and how to act in an unsafe situation.  Safer Smarter Kids is designed to have a different, more advanced lesson for each grade level.  Each lesson is paired with a short video and interactive activity.

  • Parents are invited to come learn from Jessica Bastianelli from our local Child Advocacy Center on January 31, at 8:30 a.m. in room #207.  She will share with us more about Lauren’s Kids and the role you play in keeping your kids and other kids you know safe.

  •  Brainerd Baptist School offers need-based financial aid for students in K5 through 5th grade on a yearly basis.  Financial aid applications are now being accepted via FACTS.  It is very important for parents to complete the application before January 31.  No late applications will be considered.  Click here for the link and more information.

First Grade Overview

January 22, 2019

BIBLE:  We are working hard to memorize Psalm 19:1: "The heavens declare the glory of God; the sky above proclaims his handiwork." (ESV). We are wrapping up the narrative of Jacob, as we move towards Joseph and then Moses.


Phonics: We will be covering v/cv with long vowels!

Assessment: Thursday, January 31st. Tests cover the information found on the classwork and homework sheets that go home.

Spelling: List 14

my, tell, her, soon, shall, stringy, made, feelings, packed, number, want, don’t

  • 1.  My little dog likes to nap with me.  2. He snores and cuddles on my lap. 3.  After he wakes up, he wants to run.

Assessment: Practice test is Wednesday, January 23rd. If your child does not make 100, they will retake the test on Thursday, January 31st..

Foundations and Frameworks: The next few weeks our Comprehension Focus will be Character. The students will be tested on the pattern statement, process questions, visual tool, and vocabulary words.

Pattern statement: Appearance and actions reveal some things about a character. Test:

January 23rd-25th

Process questions:

1. Who is in the story?

2. What does the character look like?

3. What does the character do?

4. What do the appearance and actions tell about this character?

5. What character trait can be based on the character’s appearance and/or actions?

Vocabulary: valley, battle, herd, surprise, crept, fancy, hunch, glared, shabby, unique

MATH:  This week in marvelous math we will work on subtraction facts from 10, identifying a dozen and ½ dozen, and estimating distance using feet. We will also start learning about place value.

Assessment: Test Thursday, January 31st. Assessments cover the information on worksheets your child has brought home for homework from the previous week.

SCIENCE AND SOCIAL STUDIES: We will begin learning about the coldest places on Earth!  We will learn about the continent of Antarctica and then add the polar opposite, the Arctic!

Students will need to be able to recite the “Penguin” poem by Thursday, January 31st.

Penguin Dad

My dad just can’t be beat!

He helps me feel the warmth and heat!

Boy I have the very best seat,

Sitting upon my father’s feet!


5 tardies = 1 absence per quarter. If your child is arriving to their classroom after 8:15, they are marked tardy.

January - First of our monthly projects! - “Snuggle Up and READ” - Your child will read a book of their choice on their personal reading level to the class in PJ’s.

January 21st - MLK Jr. Day - No School

January 23 - Donut Benefit Sale

January 31 - Parent Coffee Seminar

February 1st - Snuggle Up Party

                      Tutus and Tennis Shoes ticket deadline