February Primer newsletter

January 29, 2016

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Notes from the classroom

What a wonderful month of the arts we enjoyed in January. The students learned from the Dallas Museum Art, The Dallas Symphony and now the Dallas Children's Theater. We are now taking our reflections from these experiences and weaving them into our own play, "How Does Your Garden Grow?" Students were pleasantly surprised to receive their play lines and parts last Friday. Your help will be greatly appreciated in helping your child memorize their lines over the next few weeks.

In the next two weeks, we are hitting number sense hard in math. Students will be working their way to recognizing, writing and counting their way to 120. We will also tie in work with adding and subtracting using the 120 chart. See the standards we are covering below.


Count to 120, starting at any number less than 120. In this range, read and write numerals and represent a number of objects with a written numeral.

Given a two-digit number, mentally find 10 more or 10 less than the number, without having to count; explain the reasoning used.

In reading and writing, we are working on composing our invitations for our play and valentines for our virtual valentine project. We are drafting invitations and valentines in class and using the digital platform, Wixie to publish. Check out the standard we are focusing on below.

Understand and use question words (interrogatives) (e.g., who, what, where, when, why, how).

In science, we are moving towards our weather unit. See the article below on The Project Groundhog and the standards we are set to cover.

Our phonics time will highlight long vowels e. Students will learn the patterns and go on word searches in their books to find the patterns. We will highlight the patterns in our daily news sections of shared writing time as well.

Academic Extensions

Important Dates

  • February 2 Groundhog Day
  • February 4 Marathon Kids Family Run 7:30 A.M. LS School Recess Field
  • February 5 Family Game Day 1:45-2:20 P.M. Two volunteers needed please
  • February 9 Valentines Due
  • February 10 Ash Wednesday and Class Valentine Party 1-2 P.M in the Primer classroom
  • February 11 Spirit Dress Day and Field Trip to Rain Catcher's Garden at Midway Hills
  • February 12-15 Winter Break No School
  • February 22-26 Favorite Book Week
  • February 26 Report Cards available