Mrs. Whitlock's Weekly Updates

December 15-19

Important Dates

Monday, December 15: Homework Packet #14 and Holiday Scrapbook pages due, turn in completed Los Posadas booklet to Mrs. Atchison in Spanish
Wednesday, December 17: Class Book Exchange
Thursday, December 18: Elementary Winter Celebration
Friday, December 19: Elementary Awards Ceremony (1:30PM), Elementary Talent Show (8:00AM), Report Cards available
December 20-January 5: Winter Break!
Monday, December 29: Happy birthday Ahad!
Tuesday, January 6: First day of second semester

Important Items to bring in next week

  • Items/Money for Winter Celebration - We need these by Monday morning. We are still looking for a few more slots to be filled for supplies we need for the crafts and activities we will be doing, so please sign up on SignUpGenius!
  • One wrapped children's book - On Wednesday, please bring in a wrapped children's book (no more than a $10 purchase) for our class book exchange. Feel free to write a little note inside from your child to whoever its lucky recipient is!
  • Money for Edible Art Projects - At the beginning of the week, bring in a few dollars so students can make edible art this week in art class!
  • Homework Packets and Holiday Scrapbook pages on Monday

Winter Celebration on Thursday!

The Elementary Winter Celebration is a fun-filled day for all students Pre-K through 5th grade at FSAPS. All day on Thursday, December 18th students will rotate to 10 different winter-themed stations for a day filled with friends and fun to celebrate the end of our first semester at FSAPS and all their hard work. In order to make this day special for your children, we need your help! Ms. Fichter sent out an email today detailing ways to sign up and donate to make this day really special. We have lots of things to sign up for, so please check out the links to our SignUpGenius pages and join us in the fun!

I want to donate materials or I can give a $10 monetary donation to help with items purchased by the school.

I want to volunteer my time!

December Accelerated Reader Goals

We will continue with our AR goal for the month of December. If your child takes at least three AR tests and they earned a score of at least 85%, they will receive a special Dress Down Day, popsicle, and Pizza slice in January for meeting their December goal. I will count AR tests taken through January 5th for this reward. Good luck and please let me know if you have any issues logging in or need to know your child's password. The reward date is to be announced.

Uniform Inspection on January 6th

Now that we have finally received the majority of students' uniform materials, administration will be strictly enforcing our school's dress code beginning Tuesday, January 6 when we return from winter break. Please take the time to review our school's dress code and uniform policy and make modifications when necessary. A couple of items to pay particular note to are shoes, jackets, and belts. Shoes need to be the appropriate color, jackets that are worn inside FSAPS must have the FSAPS logo on them (outside jackets that are not FSAPS jackets are fine but cannot be worn indoors), and students must have their shirts tucked in with a belt in their pants.

*I am attaching a "Uniform Cheat Sheet" to the back of this newsletter from Mrs. Campbell that should be very helpful!*

Holidays around the World!

We have had so much fun learning about late fall and winter holidays! Students have watched videos, looked at pictures and interactive scrapbooks, listened to music, read stories, and created crafts based on all of the holidays we've covered. They've also been jotting down facts they've learned as they "travel the world" during this holiday season!

Our students are so curious and inquisitive, and I would encourage you to take some time to talk about the holidays and traditions you have with your child. It's such a powerful way to see how they connect with the world as a whole!

A Peek at our Week...

Reading/Language Arts: We will be wrapping up our look at various Gingerbread Man stories by creating some of our own!
Social Studies: We will talk about holiday traditions involving the new year as we prepare for 2015. (Can you believe we're already almost done with 2014?!?)