Weekly News and Information

December 12, 2015

Classroom Information

Wow! This is the only word I can even think of to describe the last couple of weeks. The children have been working so hard on all of our holiday activities! But that is not all we have done. We have been learning some new reading and writing strategies and some new skills in math in addition to the holiday information. Needless to say your children have worked very hard.

The children have worked with many text patterns during Reader's Workshop. Please ask your child to tell you about the type of patterns we have talked about so far. He/she should be able to tell you about patterns that have a new word at the beginning, middle or end of a sentence as well as patterns in which the sentences repeat. We have also talked about patterns that have characters that grow as you see in I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly or characters that shrink as the story moves from beginning to end.

In writing, the children have continued to work on matching letters to sounds, including spacing between words and making sure that their drawings match the words they write. I have seen great growth in the children's ability to record the sounds they hear in words in the correct sequence making their writing easier to read.

During math we have focused in on teen numbers and combining sets to find the total. We also spent a few days practicing solving addition problems that have an unknown addend (_____________+2=7). The children have done well using manipulatives and drawing circles or other pictures to solve word problems as well. Please keep working on writing those teen numbers making sure that the digit represent the correct place value (17 instead of 71).

I am so excited to have you all join us for our Holiday Tea. Your sweet babies will be serving you your choice of treats, coffee, tea or hot chocolate. It is our way of saying thank you for all you do for your kiddos and for our class. We will be starting around 11:45, but treats will be available all the way until our lunch time at 1:15. Hopefully with a longer time, more people will be able to make it. Hope to see you Tuesday!

The children are one "monster" away from earning a special prize for their great choices. Since I am sure they will have no trouble earning it this week, I am planning a fun Polar Express day on Thursday. The children can come to school in their pajamas and can bring a stuffy to snuggle. We will read Chris Van Allsburg's classic book and then watch the movie. After the movie we are going to compare them to find similarities and differences.

School News

Don't forget the yearbook pre-order money is due shortly after the holidays. If you're planning to order one for your child, you might want to bring it in this week so you won't have to keep up with the form over track out. I know at my house things get misplaced easily while we're tracked out!

This coming Friday 12/18 is our track out day as well as early release day. We will be dismissing car riders beginning at 1:10. Our class will be visiting Mrs. Romines room, but we will not be changing classrooms this track out. When the kiddos come back in January we will continue to be in room 411!


  • December 15th: Holiday Tea (11:45 in our classroom)
  • December 17th: Polar Express day
  • December 18th: Track out day and Early Release day (lunch at 12:30 in our classroom and dismissal at 1:10)
  • January 25th: Track in day for students

Wish List

  • Hot chocolate (for Polar Express day)
  • Popcorn (for Polar Express day)
  • Page protectors
  • Composition books
  • Colored copy paper
  • Thin, black dry erase markers
  • Dot magnets (non-adhesive)

My Information

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