# Being a Friend!

## Friendship

Our theme for the next two weeks is Friendship. We will be reading many stories surrounding this theme and participating in a Friendship Project next week! Your child will be choosing a random student's name in the classroom. They will have to watch them closely and they will write about a time when they were a good friend to someone in the classroom. Then, they will also have to be a good friend to their buddy. We will reveal our secret buddies and share our stories!

## Groundhog's Day Writing!

In Writer's Workshop this week, we wrote about Punxutawney Phil and whether or not we wanted him to see his shadow so we could have 6 more weeks of Winter, or if we prefer that he did not so we could have an early spring! Our class was mostly split 50-50 on the decision. Each student wrote detailed explanations to support their reasoning for what they hoped would happen to Phil! They were all excited to hear what happened early Tuesday morning!

## Friendship Writing!

After discussing how to be a good friend, we read the story, "Peanut Butter and Cupcake." This book had the children laughing and participating, and they really understood the lesson of being kind to others and including everyone when you play. They wrote about a time when they were a kind friend, and either drew a picture from the story, or a picture to support their writing. They did fantastic!

## Phonics

We reviewed rhyming this week, and during literacy centers your child was able to work build rhyming puzzles to reinforce what they learned! They also re-created a rhyming puzzle. Rhyming with your child is a great way to help them with their reading - It can help them break words into smaller parts and recognize smaller parts in words.

## Subtraction

Here are the essential understandings of the lessons covered this week!

• Use the minus sign in an equation.
• Objects, words, drawings, counting, and equations can be used to help solve subtraction problems involving taking from.
• Patterns can be used to help solve subtraction problems.
• Use appropriate tools to subtract numbers.

## Tommy's Week as Star!

Tommy had a great week as Star! He loved every special moment he got to share with his friends. We especially loved that EAGLES helmet, and listening to you telling us the story of you having fun jumping on the bed with Boog. He has never jumped so high! We love you and are so happy that you had fun.

## Star of the Week!

Sophia is our Star for the upcoming week! She has a love for learning, and works hard in all subject areas. She enjoys interactive activities in a small group setting, and is a good friend to everyone. She participates, and enjoys sharing what she has learned with her classmates. We hope you have the BEST weekend with Boog! We are very proud of you and we love how sweet you are!

## Winter Festival!

I am disappointed I had to miss out on the Winter Festival this year, but it was great to hear how much fun the students had. Thanks to Miss Chris, we have wonderful photos, and they had an extra special time last Friday!

## REMINDERS

No School Friday, February 12th - Teacher In Service Day

No School Monday, February 15th - President's Day