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After being a St. Joseph parent and substitute for the last few years, I am excited to become a member of this wonderful staff. I am a Nebraska native, but I received my BA in Elementary Education from the University of Iowa in 2000. I went right into my Masters program and received my MA in Special Education in 2002. After graduating from Iowa, I moved back to Omaha and began my teaching career.

After seven years teaching in Omaha, my husband was relocated to the Libertyville area. My family immediately fell in love with the St. Joseph community. I was given the opportunity to be a substitute teacher at St. Joe’s and have spent the last two years getting to know all of the staff and students.

My husband and I have four children. My daughter will be attending law school in the fall, my oldest son will be a sophomore at Carmel, and my other two boys will be in 8th and 2nd grade at St. Joe’s. In my free time, I love running, going to the movies, riding roller coasters, traveling, and most of all, watching Nebraska Husker football with my family.
I cannot imagine teaching anywhere else besides St. Joseph Catholic School. I am excited to guide our first graders through the curriculum and in their relationship with God. I am feeling so blessed to be able to continue my career as a first grade teacher in such a wonderful community of people!
 
 

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Remote Learning Friday 5/29

Today is our last day of Remote Learning for first grade! I want to give a huge thank you to all of you for working so hard and making education a priority. 

Good Morning Message! 

 

Reading: 

  • On Seesaw, read “The Brave Little Cuckoo” 
  • Complete pages 533, 534, 535, and 536 in your Reader/Writers Notebook Listen here for instructions
  • Please post these four pages on Seesaw 
  • 30 minutes of I-ready Reading 

 

Writing: 

  • May Journal Prompt
  • Simple Solutions Lesson 135 
  • Optional: FInish the last 5 Lessons is Simple Solutions! 
  • Complete Gabby’s Star Student Writing on Seesaw if not already done 
 

Math:

  • Listen to Lesson 12.10 
  • Complete pages 725-728
  • Optional pages 729-730 
  • Optional- 15 minutes on IXL doing any first grade lessons
 

Social Studies: 

  • Your memory books are due today. Please submit them on Seesaw, or if you printed it off, just let me know that it is completed. I will give a list to Mrs. Shute. 
 

Science

  • On Seesaw, Read the Scholastic News article “Do Pigs Wear Sunscreen?” 
  • On Seesaw, complete the activity, Sunburn Science
 

PE

  • With parental permission, do your favorite activity. We have been doing a lot of activities over our remote learning and I want you to pick your favorite and enjoy it for at least 20 minutes. Have a great summer, stay healthy, stay active, go Knights, and can't wait to see you soon!

Remote Learning Thursday 5/27

I will see you today at 9:30  for our last Star Student Zoom. We will be interviewing Gabby! 

Good Morning Message! 


Reading:

  • Watch the Grammar Jammer about pronouns
  • Re-read the story “Mole and Baby Bird” 
  • Answer the comprehension questions on Seesaw 
  • Read 1 story on Raz Kids 
  • Complete pages 526, 527, 529, and 530 Listen here for instructions 

 

Writing: 

  • May Journal Prompt 
  • Simple Solutions lesson 134 
  • On Seesaw, complete your Star Student writing for Gabby. These are due tomorrow 

Math: 

  • Listen to Lesson 12.9 
  • Complete pages 719-722
  • Optional pages 723-724 

Religion: 

  • On Seesaw, complete the activity, “I love my Catholic School.” Tell me at least 4 reasons why you love coming to school at St. Joseph! 

Music:

  • Here we are, the last week of school! 
  • Normally we would be singing the song “Go Make a Difference”. Please follow along with the video, and show your support for our school. We will be using this song in the future for end of year activities. 
  • During the summer we will be celebrating many patriotic holidays please follow this playlist and show your support by singing along with them. 
  • Finally, don’t forget to enjoy your summer! It is easy to get down and out but learn to find the beauty in the little things. The flowers are blooming, the trees are turning back to green and leafy. God is giving us these things to show his love for us, to show your love back, take some time and appreciate them.

Wellness Wednesday 5/27

Enjoy your Wellness Wednesday! I will see you tomorrow for our 9:30 Zoom! 

Good Morning Message! 


PE:

Complete warm-ups as done in school:

1.Butterflies (hold for 30 seconds)

2.Straddle (feet apart and legs straight) reach middle, right, left and hold each for 30 seconds.

  1. Push-ups: 10.
  2. Superman's: 5 (hold each for 3 seconds).
  3. Plank: 1 minute.
  4. Jumping Jacks: 20
  5. Thigh Stretch (Right and then left). Hold each for 30 seconds.
  6. Calf Stretch: (Right and then left). Hold each for 30 seconds 
  7. With parental permission, go outside for a brisk walk and/or run for 10 minutes. Please refer to the heart rate video here from last week if needed.

The Heart Rate Log Sheet screen castify can be found here if needed.

Please remember to fill in your Heart Rate Log Sheet. The log sheet can be found Here, if needed.

Remember, be patient, do your best, and have fun.

Happy Fitness :)

Remote Learning- Tuesday 5/26

I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend! Reminder, we have a Zoom today at 9:30 with our second grade teachers. I love all of the questions you wrote down for them. I cannot wait to hear their answers! 

Good Morning Message! 

 

Reading: 



Spelling:

  • We will not be taking a spelling test this week. However, here are the spelling words if you would still like to practice reading and writing them: 
  • mouth, house, found, our, out, cloud, ouch, shout, round, count 
 

Writing: 

  • May Journal Writing Prompt on Seesaw 
  • Simple Solutions lesson 133 
  • Complete Camden’s Star Student Page if you are not already done
 

Math: 

  • Listen to lesson 12.8
  • Complete pages 713-716
  • Optional:pages 717-718 
  • Optional: Complete 15 minutes on IXL in category X 
 

Religion:

  • Make a card for someone to thank them for helping you with your home learning! 
 

Social Studies: 

  • Mrs. Shute would like to have all of the memory books completed by Friday. Keep working on them if you are not done. 
 

Art:

 https://youtu.be/BbTxLQibzPk Follow this video link and create your own artwork in crayons similar to the one in the video .Place your name and grade on artwork I will review later.

Remote Learning- Friday 5/22

We made it to Friday! You have all been working so hard this week! Keep it up!

We will not be having a Zoom meeting today, so enjoy Memorial Day Weekend! 

Good Morning Message! 

 

Reading- 

  • Read the Folk Tale “The Little Red Hen” on Seesaw 
  • Watch the mini-lesson on Synonyms 
  • Complete the synonym activity on Seesaw 
  • Complete pages 518, 519, and 520 in Reader/Writers Notebook. Listen here for the instructions. 
  • 30 minutes of i-Ready reading lessons 
 

Writing- 

  • May Journal Prompt on Seesaw 
  • Simple Solutions lesson 132 
  • Finish Camden’s Start Student. These need to be completed by Tuesday
  • Mrs. Macdonald and Miss Lapatina will be joining us for our Zoom on Tuesday morning!
  • Write down three questions that you would like to ask them about second grade
  • Post your questions on Seesaw 
 

Spelling: 

  • Have someone give you a spelling test and let me know how you did! 
  • Here are our spelling words this week: how, now, clown, growl, town, brown, frown, down, cow, crowd
 

Math:

  • Listen to Lesson 12.7 and complete pages 707-710 
  • Optional- Homework pages 711-712
  • Optional- Complete a lesson in section V in IXL math 
 

Science: 

  • On Seesaw, read the Scholastic news magazine about an otter named Gibson 
  • Complete page the Otter Food Graph on Seesaw 


PE

  • With parental permission, jump rope or hula hoop for at least 20 minutes. This is great exercise for all. Many professional athletes jump rope to gain strength and endurance and hula hooping is also a fantastic way to work your core muscles. Enjoy!

Remote Learning Thursday 5/21

Welcome to Thursday! I hope you are ready to get back to work! I know I am!

I will see you today for our 9:30 Zoom meeting where we will celebrate our Star Student- Camden! 

I hope you were all able to watch the Talent Show yesterday! I was so proud of all of our students that participated! 

Good Morning Message! 


Reading: 

  • Complete the Seesaw activity, Phonemic Awareness: Tippy-Toe Chick Day 3 
  • Reread the story Tippy-Toe Chick, Go! On Seesaw
  • Complete pages 513, 514, and 517 in Reader/Writers Notebook. Listen here for the instructions. 
  • Complete the story map for Tippy-Toe Chick, Go! on Seesaw 

Writing: 

  • May Journal Prompt on Seesaw 
  • Simple Solutions lesson 131 
  • Begin your Star Student Writing for Camden on Seesaw. This will be posted after we interview him. 
 
Math:
 
Religion:
 
  • In your religion books, Read Session 22. You may read with me on Seesaw, or on your own. 
  • Please complete page 133 and post on Seesaw 
 
 
Music:
  • Find something musical you’ve never done before and try it! Remember, it’s ok to make lots of mistakes when you’re first trying something. The important thing is just to try!  You can make up your own challenge, or pick one from my list.
  • Musical Ideas to try:
  • Make up a dance to your favorite song. Teach it to someone in your family! Here are some dance moves to try.
  • Make a video of you singing a song you like and send it to me.
  • Call someone in your family (maybe your grandparents) and ask them to sing you a song that they remember from their childhood. Maybe they could teach it to you! 
  • Find an instrument at your house and try to play it. Is there someone in your family who can show you how to get started? 
  • Make your own instrument out of something you find at your house. Here are some ideas.
  • Figure out how to play the first part of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.” Use an instrument at home or use this online piano. 
  • Make a song using this Google Doodle
  • Make up an “online dance” using this website.
  • Please make sure to watch our Variety Show that will be released on 5/20. Link to this is found on your google classroom or an email sent to your parents. 

Wellness Wednesday- 5/20

Happy Wellness Wednesday! Make sure you take today to relax, do something helpful around the house and get caught up on work that was missed! 

Have a wonderful day!

Good Morning Message!


Mr. Shute’s gym activities for the week here

PE:

Complete warm-ups as done in school:

1.Butterflies (hold for 30 seconds)

2.Straddle (feet apart and legs straight) reach middle, right, left and hold each for 30 seconds.

  1. Push-ups: 10.
  2. Superman's: 5 (hold each for 3 seconds).
  3. Plank: 1 minute.
  4. Jumping Jacks: 20
  5. Thigh Stretch (Right and then left). Hold each for 30 seconds.
  6. Calf Stretch: (Right and then left). Hold each for 30 seconds 
  7. With parental permission, go outside for a brisk walk and/or run for 10 minutes. Please refer to the heart rate video here from last week if needed.

The Heart Rate Log Sheet screen castify can be found here if needed.

Please remember to fill in your Heart Rate Log Sheet. The log sheet can be found Here, if needed.

Remember, be patient, do your best, and have fun.

Happy Fitness :)

Remote Learning- Tuesday 5/19

Happy Tuesday! I am looking forward to seeing you at our 9:30 Zoom today! I am so excited to tell you that our friend Charlotte will be coming to join us today all the way from New Jersey! Think of some questions you would like to ask or something you would like to tell her! 

Good Morning Message! 

Here is a link to our school morning announcements: 
 
 
Reading:
  •  Listen to the Grammar Jammer about sentences
  • Listen/read the story Tippy-Toe Chick, Go! On Seesaw
  • On Seesaw, practice, read and record yourself reading the -le words 
  • Answer the comprehension questions about the reading on Seesaw 
  • Complete pages 509, 510, and 511 in Reader/Writers Notebook. Listen here for the instructions. 

Phonics: 

  • Complete Lessons Q1 or Q2 in IXL Language Arts. It is more practice reading and spelling diphthongs.

 Writing: 

  • May Journal Prompt on Seesaw 
  • Simple Solutions lesson 130 
  • Make sure you Ilaria Star Student is done! It is due today! 

Math: 

  • Listen to Lesson 12.5 and complete pages 695-698. 
  • Please post a picture of pg 698 on Seesaw 
  • Optional- Homework pages 699-700 
  • Optional- Complete any lesson in section V in IXL math. 

Religion: 

  • Complete the Seesaw Activity- Dear God. We have been practicing writing letters, and today you will write a letter to God. 
Social Studies: 
  • Continue working on your Memory Books in your Seesaw Activities. 

Remote Learning Monday- 5/18

  • Good morning! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! My daughter is home with us now, so I was able to get to spend a lot of time with her and her big cat, CJ! They came with me this morning to make our Good Morning Message! 


    Reading:


    Writing: 

    • May Journal Prompt on Seesaw 
    • Simple Solutions page 129. Please post on Seesaw 
    • Finish Ilaria’s Star Student writing page on Seesaw 

    Spelling: 

    • Here are our spelling words this week: how, now, clown, growl, town, brown, frown, down, cow, crowd

    Math:

    • Watch Lesson 12.4 and complete pages 689-692 
    • Optional- homework pages 693-694
    • Optional- 15 minutes of I-ready math lessons 


    Social Studies:

    • SeeSaw assignment- Students will be creating a digital memory book. Please take your time. This is 12 pages so this will be a 2 week project. Complete 1-2 pages of the memory book for today. 

    Religion:

    • In your religion book, read pages 123-127. You can read them on Seesaw with me, or on your own. 
    • Please post page 127 on Seesaw 

     


    Art: 

    https://youtu.be/yTLg2H40huw Follow this video link and create your own artwork in crayons similar to the one in the video. Place your name ,grade on the art work I will review later.

Remote Learning Friday- 5/15

Happy Friday!!!

I look forward to seeing you at our 9:30 Zoom today so we can celebrate our new Star Student, Ilaria! 

Good Morning Message!


 Reading: 

  • On Seesaw, Read the poems from our Reading Street book
  • Complete Reader/Writers Notebook pages 502, 503, and 504. Listen here for instructions. 
  • Complete 30 minutes of lessons on i-Ready reading. 

Spelling:

  • Have someone give you a spelling test. Let me know how you did! 
  • Our spelling words this week are: slowly, useful, sadly, wonderful, careful, painful, gladly, quickly, playful, nicely     

Writing:

  • May Journal Prompt  
  • Simple Solutions Lesson 128
  • Complete Ilaria’s Star Student writing page. This will be posted in our activities after we interview her.   

Math:

Science: 



PE

  • With parental permission, enjoy a bike ride with your siblings and or parents. Go out for at least 20 minutes, enjoy the fresh air, and take in all of God's beautiful creations.

Remote Learning- Thursday 5/14

Hello First Grade! I am looking forward to seeing you all at your reading group time today! 

Good Morning Message! 

 

Reading: 

  • I will see you at reading groups today! 
  • Reread “Henry and Mudge” on Seesaw. 
  • Answer the comprehension questions on Seesaw 
  • Complete Reader/Writers Notebook pages 497, 498, 501. Listen here for instructions.
  • Please post pg 498 on Seesaw. You do not need to do number 9. 
  • Optional practice- Complete activities in  BB1 or BB2 on IXl. These will help you practice suffixes and prefixes.  


Writing: 

  • May Journal Prompt
  • Simple Solutions Lesson 127 
  • Complete Chase’s Star Student writing, if it is not already done. 
  • If you want some extra writing practice, you can do another Scholastic Story Starter writing. 


Math: 

  • Listen to lesson 12.2 and complete pages 677-680 
  • Optional: pages 681-682
  • Complete 15 minutes of lessons on i-Ready math 
 

Religion: 

  • On Seesaw, read about St. Ignatius on page 122 of your religion book with me.
  • St. Ignatius made a vow to treat everyone with kindness and follow God’s Laws. Lets follow St. Ignatius’ example and do something kind for someone today!


Music: I hope all is going well for your variety show performances. Reminder that this Friday is the last day for submissions if you plan on being a part of the show. This week I would like for you to try some clap along songs. Here are a couple to start with:

  1. Bim Bum - easier one to start with
  2. Boom Snap, Clap - with helpful hints
  3. Boom, Snap, Clap -  with two people 

Try this bucket drumming challenge to a school favorite song the Cha Cha Slide.

Share with a family member the Cymatics Video that I usually show in class. Talk about three things you see and how they are either making sound or are being affected by sound.




Remote Learning 5/13

Enjoy your Wellness Wednesday! I hope you are able to get some much deserved rest today! Make sure you are all caught up on all of your work. Good Morning Message! 

 

Mr. Shute’s gym activities for the week here

PE:

Complete warm-ups as done in school:

1.Butterflies (hold for 30 seconds)

2.Straddle (feet apart and legs straight) reach middle, right, left and hold each for 30 seconds.

  1. Push-ups: 10.
  2. Superman's: 5 (hold each for 3 seconds).
  3. Plank: 1 minute.
  4. Jumping Jacks: 20
  5. Thigh Stretch (Right and then left). Hold each for 30 seconds.
  6. Calf Stretch: (Right and then left). Hold each for 30 seconds 
  7. With parental permission, go outside for a brisk walk and/or run for 10 minutes. Please refer to the heart rate video here from last week if needed.

The Heart Rate Log Sheet screen castify can be found here if needed.

Please remember to fill in your Heart Rate Log Sheet. The log sheet can be found Here, if needed.

Remember, be patient, do your best, and have fun.

Happy Fitness :)

Remote Learning Tuesday 5/12

Welcome to Tuesday! I am looking forward to seeing you at our 9:30 Zoom today! We will be interviewing our Start Student, Chase F! 

Good Morning Message! 



Reading: 


  • Read our story of the week “Henry and Mudge and Mrs. Hopper’s House” 
  • Answer the comprehension questions on Seesaw 
  • Practice, read, and record  the “oo” words on Seesaw 
  • Complete Reader/Writers Notebook pages 493, 494, 495. Listen here for instructions 
  • Read your assigned Raz Kids book (if you did not complete it yesterday) 

Writing: 

  • May Journal Prompt 
  • Simple Solutions Lesson 126 
  • Begin working on Chase F’s Star Student writing. This will be posted on Seesaw after we interview him in our Zoom. 

Math:

  • Listen to lesson 12.1 and complete pages 671-674 
  • Optional: pages 675-676
  • Complete any lesson in section V on IXL 

Religion: 

  • On Seesaw, complete the activity “Gratitude Scavenger Hunt.” Spend this time on your scavenger hunt really thinking about the things that you are grateful for. God has given us so many blessings. Lets remember to thank him for these!

Remote Learning Monday 5/11

Good morning and happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and were able enjoy Mother’s Day with your mom! Here is our Good Morning Message! 


Reading: 


Spelling: 

  • Our spelling words this week are: slowly, useful, sadly, wonderful, careful, painful, gladly, quickly, playful, nicely     

Writing: 

  • May Journal Prompt on Seesaw
  • Simple Solutions lesson 125 
  • Make sure your Cole and Jasmin Star Student writing is complete on Seesaw
  • Optional- Use the Scholastic Story Starters and write a new story. These are always so fun to read! 

Math: 

  • Complete the Chapter 11 Math Test on Seesaw 
  • Optional: 20 minutes of i-Ready math lessons 

Religion: 

  • On Seesaw, read Session 20 with me
  • Complete pg 119 and post it on Seesaw

Art: 

Follow this video link and create your own artwork in crayons similar to the on in the video. Place your name, grade on your drawing I will review later. 

https://images.app.goo.gl/9WXHexRYr16vdqwCA