I would like to say a HUGE “THANK YOU” to Mrs. Coleman for joining our class for Breakfast with a Book. Our students had the best time enjoying latkes, jelly donuts, and learning about the many traditions of Hanukkah. Your child also learned many new Hebrew words, and even got to play many rounds of Dreidel 🙂 See pictures below, it was so much fun!
I would also like to say “THANK YOU” to Mrs. Souza and Mr. Liu for joining our class for a fun movie on Friday, so all the staff in the building were able to enjoy a nice holiday luncheon. December is such a crazy time of the year in a school, and it was so nice to have “real” time we are able to spend with our fellow co-workers. Thank you both for allowing me to have this opportunity!
I hope your child told you about our visitor that joined our class Friday morning! If not, be sure to ask them about “Buddy” (aka our “kindness elf”). During the time he will spend with us, he has challenged our class to random acts of kindness. We spent a good amount of time on Friday talking about random acts of kindness, and how we can always help people around us in everyday situations! I believe that as my job as your child’s teacher, is not only to teach them academics, but also to prepare them for some of life’s most important lessons. As their teacher, we will be talking about how to be independent, responsible, kind, how to create friendships, etc. For the remaining 10 days before holiday break, we will be working on “kindness” in our classroom. Throughout the next few weeks, your child will be challenged to step out of their comfort zone and to find places for “random acts of kindness”. Please use this as a valuable life lesson at home as well, and talk to your child about the importance of “kindness” and the impact they can have on someone’s life. We will be having these conversations daily in the classroom. This will also be apart of your child’s homework packet this week!!
For our STEM project & American Indian classroom transformation project, we need the following donations to make this project happen: cleaned out milk jugs, Pringles cans, wrapping paper tubes, and paper towel tubes!
Announcements for the week ahead…
Homework for this week will include: Weekly Reading Menu (have your child complete on their biography for their project), Random Acts of Kindness challenge board, studying their social studies study guide, and to work on their Biography Timeline Project that is due December 14th.
On Friday, we will be having a Polar Express celebration with our kindergarten book buddies, and we may even have a surprise mystery reader (shhh!). Our class is in charge of bringing the hot chocolate packets with mini marshmellows. If you can donate a box of Swiss Miss hot chocolate with the mini marshmellows, or a bag of mini marshmellows, please email me and let me know! I would greatly appreciate! I will be getting all the other materials we need! You can send these in as early as Monday! THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!
Our class is continuing to collect Box Tops! Please send them in a Ziploc baggie with your child’s name on them and the amount of Box Tops on it, as well!
If you saw our Halloween centers, then you already know our room moms have planned and organized wonderful winter centers! They need your help to make it a success! On Friday, they sent out a Shutterfly sign-up page asking for volunteers to join the fun holiday centers in our classroom on Tuesday, December 18th, from 12:45-2:00. Please sign-up if you are able to join- it will be SO much fun and is a great opportunity to spend time with your child in the classroom!
I will be submitting our December Scholastic Book Order Tuesday, December 11th, to ensure it arrives before we leave for winter break. Feel free to order items off the website as a gift. You can send me a quick email, and I will keep your books in the classroom until we can arrange a time for you to get them without your child knowing. I have had many parents in the past ask if this is an option, so I am definitely happy to do so if you are interested!
A social studies study guide was sent home last Wednesday on the American Indian regions and a map of the United States rivers and mountains. We will be having this assessment on Friday, December 14th. Please ensure your child is studying DAILY, as this is a fairly large assessment!
The units of study for the week ahead:
Reading Workshop: As we are wrapping up our nonfiction unit, we will continue practicing and assessing our nonfiction strategies within our reading. We will also be doing a novel study on The Chocolate Touch.
Writing Workshop: Tomorrow, we will begin the editing and revising phase of publishing our nonfiction writing. Towards the middle/end of the week, we will be working on publishing our nonfiction writing books!
Orton-Gillingham: Suffix patterns and rules.
Social Studies: We will complete our study on the American Indians and the U.S. rivers and mountain ranges. I sent a study guide home last Wednesday over this material. We will test on the American Indians, rivers and mountains on Friday, Dec. 14th.
Math: We will continue our unit on Area, using the Distributive Property of Multiplication to aid us.
Specials for the week ahead…
Tuesday- Computer Lab
Friday- Maker Space
Have a great week,