Room 17 December News

Mark Your Calendars!

Dear Families,

I hope you had a relaxing Thanksgiving Week Break! It was great to see the students so happy and well rested! We are gearing up for many exciting events this December. Please mark your calendars for the events listed below and if you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

Minimum Day, Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Reminder to mark your calendar for our Minimum Day, Wednesday, December 7th, which will be a teacher Professional Development and Training day. Students will be picked up at 12:02 p.m.

Field Trip to Torrey Pines State Reserve, Thursday, December 8, 2016

Our trip to the reserve gives us the opportunity to enhance our Social Studies Curriculum by learning about the Kumeyaay Tribe who lived here thousands of years ago. We will visit the nature museum and learn about many natural resources such as native plants and animals which enabled this band of Native Americans to thrive in this region.

Field Trip Reminders: Please email me again to RSVP if you are chaperoning on this trip!

Departure by bus: 8:45 a.m.

Special clothing/equipment: sneakers, sweatshirt, hat, sunscreen, camera, snack, sack lunch, water

Return to school: 1:15 p.m.

Book Report Due Friday, December 9, 2016

Our Beverly Cleary Book Jacket reports are due the week of December 5-9th! Remember to write in cursive (at least the first page), be creative, and have fun! The reports will be presented orally and may be summarized when presented to the class, but it is not necessary to memorize or read the report. Please email me if there are any questions.

Families are Invited to our Class Holiday Party, a Multicultural Feast on Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Room 17 Multicultural Speeches and Potluck Luncheon

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, December 13th from 10:30-12:15. We are asking each family to share a cultural food your family enjoys during any holiday time during the year for our Multicultural Potluck Luncheon (enough for 25 people). We hope to make this an "International Culinary Feast" so students can learn about their own heritage and learn about recipes passed down from their ancestors. Students will be making speeches and designing a "Quilt Square" about family holiday traditions for homework due on Monday, December 12th. We will get started on this project in class and I will send home specific directions with the students so they can add personal family details at home with your guidance.

Please sign up on the link below if you are able to send in or bring food for the feast.

Please RSVP with the number of family members who are able to come to our party on the sign up chart.

If you are unable to connect to the link, please email me with the information and I will add it to the chart. It's best to balance the types of foods so we don't have all desserts!

No nuts please due to allergies.

P.S. It is a busy time of the year. If you don't have time to make something homemade,

please feel free to purchase something representing a family tradition or favorite dish.

(i.e. mini hot dogs and macaroni and cheese are well liked by our students)

Sign Up and RSVP for Multicultural Feast

Wordmasters Challenge Takes Place of Challenge Spelling for December

Everyone in class has the opportunity to "opt in" to the Wordmasters Challenge instead of Challenge Spelling this month. In this differentiated vocabulary program, students will learn 25 vocabulary words, including their word forms, synonyms, antonyms, and analogies. The practice sheets will remain in the homework binders, and please leave the sheets in the binder as we will be working on this daily in class as well as at home. Students will be responsible for learning 8 words per week with the final Wordmaster Challenge will be given the last day of school before break! Please help them study their words daily!