Reminders for next week: Please bring wrapped note for your secret elf on Monday. You can include an ornament or candy cane. Please bring ice cream and toppings by Tuesday. Dress in Santa Hats or antlers, red and green for our Holiday Mustang Meeting on Wednesday. We get out at 12:00 on lunch!


December is the month for Planting Seeds of Giving and Planting Seeds of Kindness. And our class has done just that...

1. We wrote over 200 letters to Shoemaker Staff, for children at Lehigh Valley hospital, for Veterans and for the Daisy Head Mayzie Cast. And for our Secret Elves.

2. We decorated styrofoam cups to give to children and Veterans.

3. Students did kind acts at home to help the GRINCH find his heart. Keep sending them in.

4. Students are bringing in bags of coats, hats, scarves and mittens. One more week to send in a pair of mittens or a hat, scarf or coats.

6. You brought in donations for all of our projects.

7. Students wrote stories about what kindness is...

8. We read about the Kindness Elves and we have been enjoying notes and gifts from our kindness Elf... Kindy Lou

Congrats... we were the TOP FIRST GRADE and collected the most canned foods... 81 cans! We had an ice cream treat as a prize!

The first grades one a prize for getting 3rd place in the Box Top Contest.

We also helped bring in boxes for Operation Christmas Child. The school collected 132 boxes.

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We had an exciting week learning about reindeer, making crafts, and making gingerbread houses! A BIG THANK YOU to all our volunteers and for all the donations!

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Help! We still need candy canes and boxes of individual hot chocolate packets to give to kids in the hospital and Veterans. Please send in a box of hot chocolate packets or candy canes if you can help us!

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Look for new pics of ELF DAY, etc.


This week ...
We read Tomas Rivera and learned about Family traditions.
We learned about wants and needs.
We worked on chapter 7 about related addition and subtraction.
We had Reindeer Centers and Reindeer Day and learned about Caribou and Reindeer.
We made Gingerbread Houses.
We learned and read about Holiday customs.

We made a Winter craft with Mrs. Kling's 4th grade buddies class.

Digging Deeper

Next Week..
We will read Silver Packages... a beautiful Christmas story about wants and needs and Christmas wishes.

We will reveal our Secret Elf.

We will have a welcome winter Party and make bird feeders and write snowglobe stories.

We will take our math test on fact families.

We will celebrate and enjoy the Mustang Meeting on Wednesday featuring performances by band, orchestra, dance team and 3rd graders and holiday sing-a-long.


Check out the Shoemaker e-folio video: click on the second video for the 2015 version

Calendar of Events


December 21st Reveal your Secret Elf
December 22nd Welcome Winter Party
December 23rd Mustang Meeting 9:1January 4th Return to school

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TOP TURTLE Jadyn please bring pictures

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Shoemaker Science STEM LAB

You should see how our plants are growing in the science lab! look what is sprouting!


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Students have been entered into RAZ KIDS and I have showed them how to use this site. I selected leveled books that are a starting point for each child so they can work through the books and develop comprehension and fluency skills. Students must Listen to the Book, Read the Book, and Answer Questions before doing the next book. They may read at home but please only do 1 book each day or reread older books so they do not move through the program too quickly or before they are ready for the next level. Please complete stories in order.
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We are using a program called XtraMath to increase speed and accuracy in arithmetic. Each student is invited to spend a few minutes each day practicing math on a computer, tablet, or phone. If you would like to do XtraMath on a tablet or smartphone, look for XtraMath in the app store. The app costs $5. On a laptop or desktop computer, he/she can do XtraMath for free at

Please look for the flyer with directions for your child to practice addition facts at home as well as in school. I have showed the students the site but please log on at home to get them more familiar with the site.

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Reinforce and practice spelling words by weekly lists on Spell City. Click link above and start with the bottom list of words and work up.
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