Ms. Kilar's Class News

Friday, December 18, 2015

Happy Holidays

I can't believe how the time flies by, and we are already at Christmas. The kids had a wonderful day today. Thank you to Mrs. Shepherd for planning the breakfast. Thank you to Mrs. Shepherd, Mrs. Deegan and Mr. Hoffman for coming in to lend a hand this morning. Thank you to all the parents that sent in supplies for breakfast, cookie decorating and hot chocolate. I really appreciate it and couldn't have done it with out you.

Have a safe and restful break and I will see your children in the New Year. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Language Arts

  • Reading: This week we read a non-fiction story about Mars, " Discovering Mars." Students focused on main ideas a supporting detail and facts while working on this text.
  • Writing: Students worked on the body paragraphs of their explanatory essays. We focused on writing strong topic sentences and supporting details.
  • Grammar: We review progressive verbs.
  • We also took our assessment for the end of Unit 2, this focused on the grammar and reading strategies we've worked on the last six weeks.


This week students continued to work on multiplication of two 2-digit numbers with a concentration on solving "real world" problems requiring multiple steps and multiple operations. The children are finding that careful reading, and rereading, along with accurate computation are critical to solving these challenging problems. We ended our week with a short multiplication assessment that you will find in your child’s Friday folder.

Science and Social Studies

  • Science: This week in science we wrapped our unit on animals. We learned about instincts, learned behaviors and how animals use their senses to survive. The students completed an assessment by selecting an animal and explaining how it uses it's structures and senses to survive.
  • Social Studies: We wrapped up our study of the Southeast region. Students wrote a letter about the region as a final assessment.

Important Dates

  • Dec. 21 - Jan. 3 - Winter break
  • Jan. 4 - School resumes
  • Jan. 6 - Permission slips and payment for camp due
  • Jan. 14- 15 - Camp Wolverine


  • I will send homework home on Monday, Jan. 4 - so your child doesn't need to think about it over break. It will still be due on Thursday.
  • The January Reading calendar will go home when we return from break.
  • There will be a spelling test on Friday, Jan. 8
  • I will upload the new spelling list onto spelling city over the break.
  • Students are encouraged to continue reading 20 minutes a day over break. I encourage them to use Raz-Kids, Spelling City and Moby Max for practice over break as well.
  • Get outside and hopefully we'll get some more snow!!!

Specials Schedule

  • Monday - Art
  • Tuesday - Library
  • Wednesday - Gym
  • Thursday - Music/Art
  • Friday - Library