December 2013

Ideal Times

All School Activities

Panther Pals

On December 10th, our Panther Pals groups got together to discuss Paying it Forward. Teachers and staff shared examples of how someone helped them unexpectedly by shoveling snow or holding the door. In our small groups we talked about how small acts of kindness can snowball and turn into a long line of people doing good for one another. It was a great discussion and very timely with the holiday season. We look forward to our next Panther Pals meeting in January 23rd!

Historical Fiction All School Meeting

The fabulous fifth graders hosted our December All School Meeting! They taught us that historical fiction stories are made up stories, but that they often are set back in a particular place in time. Often the characters are important people in history. Also many times when reading historical fiction, we learn to connect to people of the past. The fifth graders wrote opinion essays about the historical fiction books they read and shared them with the school. We loved learning about the genre from them! Also the fourth graders shared energy vocabulary words and some motions to help us remember them. The Drama Club performed a fun holiday play that was very well done, and the Ideal Orchestra played holiday music for our enjoyment. It was a fun meeting jam backed with learning and celebration. Great job fifth graders! Our next All School Meeting is January 30th.

Grade Level News

2nd Grade

During the month of December, Second Grade has been researching holiday traditions. We learned all about Christmas in the United States, Las Posadas in Mexico, Hanukkah in Israel, and Kwanzaa in Africa. We read books, watched videos, and read articles to learn new information. It was very interesting to learn about the traditions of different cultures! One tradition that all cultures take part in is giving gifts to loved ones. We participated in this by bringing in gifts for all second graders.

3rd Grade:

Third graders are S.M.A.R.T! This quarter in reading, we have been working so hard on setting realistic, measureable goals for our learning. We challenged ourselves to read 8-10 books spanning three different genres. We have been reading up a storm and have enjoyed all we have learned from these realistic fiction, fantasy, and informational text books. To celebrate reaching our goal, we snuggled up with good books in the library for a whole afternoon and got to pick a new book – thanks to the generous donation from the Ideal PTO! Way to go, third graders!

The Fourth Graders Visits the Museum of Science and Industry!

The fourth grade classes spent a day of fun and learning at the Museum of Science and Industry this month... we were able to make great connections to our learning about earth science, engineering and technology, and even reading strategies like cause and effect. Each group of students brought a camera through the museum with them and documented their learning with photos and video, which they are now compiling into presentations to share with their classmates as evidence of what they saw and did there. Our feet were tired at the end of the day, but the kids (and teachers) had a hard time deciding what were our favorite parts of the day. Three cheers for field trips!

The Ideal Bulletin Board

Birthday Books

If your child would like to share the gift of reading for his/her birthday, consider buying a book for the Ideal Library in honor of your child. Click here to see the library's Amazon wishlist. You can purchase a book from this list OR bring $10.00 to Mrs. Rodkey in the LLC and she will help you pick out a perfect birthday book.

January Breakfast and Lunch Menus

See what's cooking at Ideal School. Click here for the Ideal Breakfast and Lunch Menu.

PTO Events

January 16 PTO Meeting (rescheduled) 8:45 am

January 16 Market Day Pick Up 3-3:45 pm

January 25 Flying High FUNdraiser Night 7:30 - 10:30 pm

January 29 Ideal Fun Lunch

District 105 Events

1/6 School Resumes

1/14 District 105 Foundation Board Meeting

1/16 End of 2nd Quarter
1/17 Teacher Inservice/ No School for Students

1/20 MLK Day- No School

1/24 Family Movie Night at Hodgkins

1/27 Board of Education Meeting