# Cub Chronicle: Parent Edition

## Content Areas

PK4

RLA: Combining words to make a compound word.

Letters: RLA: Ii, Gg

SLA: Cc, Rr

Word families: -ot, -op, -at, -an Rimas: -oco, -asa, ela, -una,-ama, -elo

Math: Subitizing (identifies without counting the number of objects from 1 to 5.)

Ordinal Numbers (proper use of the word “first, second, third”.)

Social Studies/SEL: Cultural Tradition and celebrations. (identifying similarities and differences between classmates.)

Science: Sources of energy including light, heat, and electricity.

PK3

December's Theme: The Gingerbread Man, Customs & Celebrations!

We will continue learning our sounds, identifying upper and lowercase letters

Math:

implementing positional words

Social Studies/SEL:

Customs & Celebrations

Science:

Forms of Energy

## Specials' Corner

PE with Coach Freeman:

In PE, we will be continuing with our Science theme of motion. This began with Bowling. Next, the children will be using scooters to observe motion. We will discuss velocity, kinetic energy, and of course safety.

Art with Mrs. Lovelace:

This month in Art we will be discussing the changing of the seasons. We will be practicing our drawing skills by creating various Winter scenes by following the instructions of the teacher called directed drawings. We will use a variety of materials to embellish our drawings.

Music:

In Music we will continue learning high sounds and low sounds. We will learn to recognize sol and mi in a song. Children will play a variety of instruments to continue practicing steady beats and will sing along and move to a variety of holiday songs. We will continue to reinforce concepts learned in the classroom through music such as letter names and sounds, counting, and social emotional skills.

Library with Mrs. Churchill & Mrs. Cunningham:

This month in the library, we will continue to discuss the sequencing of the story. We will also begin to identify the main characters of a story and why they do the things they do. We will discuss how the characters behave and try to decide if we have ever been in a similar situation. Making text to self connections are important because it enhances your child’s comprehension of a story.

## Health Spot

Please follow the "need to stay home" guidelines as well as teaching students proper hand hygiene (wash for 20 seconds) and covering their mouth or nose when they sneeze or cough (please teach them to cough, sneeze on the inside of their shirt collar by lifting it up to their nose/mouth). Flu season is almost upon us and these are good habits to start with your children now.

Below is a hand washing video featuring Biscuit the Dog that can be used with your child to reinforce good hand-washing!

## Reminders from Nurse Kenzig...

• Please send all students at least 2 changes weather appropriate clothing in their backpacks. Clothes will remain in their backpacks from day to day unless clothing needs to be utilized in the event of an accident.

• Please ensure that your contact information in current in Skyward and you have provide emergency contacts as well.

• Christmas break is a great time to get your children in for vision, dental, and physician checkups.

• Please ensure that your contact information in current in Skyward and you have provided emergency contacts as well.

## Counselor's Corner

This month we are focusing on fostering empathy. Empathy is a skill that we can cultivate and strengthen with practice. Empathy means that we can imagine what someone else is thinking or feeling and then respond in a caring manner. Most four-year-olds are beginning to understand that their actions affect the emotions of others (e.g., "If I if I help someone it can help them feel happy").

Ways to Strengthen Empathy:

· Model Empathy by reflecting your children's emotions and responding with compassion.

· Provide opportunities to help/think of others. Little hands can help in big ways. Giving your child the opportunity to help/think about others can help foster empathy.

Mrs. Evelyn Lopez & Mrs. Yadira Reyes

## November's Staff Member of the Month

Congratulations to our November Staff Member of the Month, our wonderful school secretary, Mrs. Ceclia Lopez. Ms. Lopez exhibits competency daily because no matter what anyone brings her, she works so hard to make sure they are well taken care of the best she can. She is an amazing, hardworking friend, who is just so willing to serve. Thank you for all that you do for us at Crockett!

## DECEMBER

2: Students return from Thanksgiving Break

5: Free Parent Fitness Class @ 8:10-9a

10: Cookies with Mom @ 8:30 (RED & PURPLE PODS)

11: PACT @ 8:30

Winter Party Fast Pass RSVPs Due

12: Cookies with Mom @ 8:30 (ORANGE & GREEN PODS)

Chuck-e-Cheese Fundraiser Event @ 3-9p

GPISD School Board Meeting @ 6:30p

13: Cookies with Mom @ 8:30 (YELLOW & BLUE PODS)

19: Polar Express PJ Day

Free Parent Fitness Class @ 8:10-9a

20: Quarter 2 Ends

Holiday Parties

23: Winter Holiday Break Begins

## Attendance

• Remember to send a note to school with your child excusing his absence upon returning to school.
• Arrive on time! Don't forget that 3 tardies equal 1 absence. The tardy bell rings at 8:10 a.m.
• Plan for your child to remain in school until dismissal time. Parents should only sign out students early in case of an emergency.
• Our dismissal ends at 3:45 p.m. Make sure your child is picked up by that time.

## Reminders

• If your child is dismissed in the back of the building, please remember to enter campus from 14th st.