FROM THE TEACHER: It is hard to believe that the second nine weeks will be over next Friday and we will be at the half way point of the school year. Report cards will now be sent home on January 10th. Please remember that school does not start again for students until January 6th, because January 2nd and 3rd are staff development days for teachers.
Just a reminder that Thursday and Friday next week are early release days.
We will have our holiday party on Thursday, December 19. We don’t have a traditional party in our class as this often proves too much for the students. The children will be going to different centers that all contain crafts or snacks that have to do with winter. We will share a treat and a drink and watch a movie to end our party.
Next Friday is pajama day here at Pitner. Please make sure that your child wears regular shoes with their PJs. We will participate in a school wide Holiday Sing-along in the morning. All of our classroom activities on that day will relate to the book/movie Polar Express. We will watch the movie and do activities based on the story.
Pitner Holiday Events
Monday, December 16 – Holiday Character Day. Dress like your favorite holiday character.
Tuesday, December 17 – Holiday Hat Day
Wednesday, December 18 – Holiday Sock Day
Thursday, December 19 – Early Release Day, Holiday Sweater Day, Kindergarten Holiday Rotation
Friday, December 20 – Early Release Day, Polar Express Day, Pajama Day. We will watch the movie and our day will be build around crafts and activities that relate to Polar Express.
FROM THE TEACHER:
We have 2 weeks left until the winter break and the children are really looking forward to their upcoming vacation. Thank you to all of the parents who have sent us notes letting us know when you child has had a late night. It is so much easier to work with your child when we know that they are tired.
You received information this week about our holiday store. Our time to visit the store is Monday morning so if your child will be going shopping please send in the list and money on Monday.
We will have our holiday party on Thursday, December 19th. We don’t have a traditional party in our class as this often proves too much for the students. The children will be going to different centers that all contain crafts or snacks that have to do with winter. We will end our rotation eating our decorated cookie, drinking a juice box and watching a movie.
We will start working on a unit about American celebrations and traditions next week. The students will rotate to a different kindergarten classroom on 4 days next week and 2 the next week. They will learn about traditions and customs that relate to their holiday celebrations. This will include learning how candy canes are made and where the tradition of Christmas trees and poinsettia plants started. Students will learn about the custom or tradition and do a craft in each class.
The cold weather finally arrived and with it coats, hats, scarves and mittens are being worn. Please, please, please mark your child’s coat with his/her name or initials. We have a very strict rule that when students wish to remove their coat on the playground they must bring their coat to one of us. This lets us help them make the decision to take off their coat depending on the weather outside and ensures that we don’t have to go back to the playground to collect a forgotten coat. If your child is missing a coat please let us know and we will go on a search for the coat with them.
LANGUAGE ARTS: We have started Narrative writing this week. During this writing genre students get the opportunity to write about big and little events in their lives. During readers workshop we have been working on the different ways we can learn about the patterns that help us when we are reading a book. This gives the students skills to increase their reading abilities. Please continue to work on sight words at home. Students need to know 50 sight words by the end of the third nine week period and 75 by the end of the school year.
MATH: We have been working on the concept of greater than and less than this week. We will review the math that we have learned throughout the first two quarters from not until the break.
Have a great weekend!
Mrs. Cassidy, Mrs. Perry and Mrs. Palmer