Miss Colsten's Weekly Newsletter

December 11, 2015

Important Dates

Tuesday, December 15th: Gingerbread Permission Slips due

Friday, December Friday 18th: last day before break

Tuesday, January 5th: first day back for students

February 5th: TCE FAMILY S.T.E.A.M. NIGHT 5:30-7:30pm (see below for more info)

This Week...

In Reading this week, we've completely immersed ourselves in the world of the gingerbread man. I love hearing the gasps and "Oh no's" as we read each one, they're becoming experts at predicting what might happen!

In Writing, we're creating our very own version of the gingerbread man. Look for these to come home next week! Students are working so hard on chopping up their words and listening to all those letter sounds that make up each word.

In Math, we continued with measurement, subtraction and counting on. Students are becoming true independent learners and I'm so proud of all the progress they've made.

We worked on a special project in writing today. Star Untersee brought a special project to my attention concerning a young girl who had one simple Christmas wish. Safyre Terry was in a horrible house fire a couple years ago and this year, her aunt posted that all she wanted was to receive Christmas cards. I shared the basics of the story and students were so captivated and heart broken. They were silent as we started working on cards to send. Feel free to look up her story and talk as a family. Thanks Star for mailing those cards for us!

Discovery News

Hello wonderful parents! This is Mrs. Foust with our news from Discovery. This week we continued our Healthy Foods and Exercise unit. We reviewed the foods groups using the Choosemyplate.gov website. Students also visited the computer lab to practice coding for the Hour of Code week. For Social Skills, we discussed putting our hands on our belly, naming our feeling, and taking several belly breaths when we are feeling upset.

Meet the Author!

Thanks to Laura Novak for reading Library Mouse to our class and making our very own Meet the Author box! Be sure to ask your child who the author was inside. They've been getting a kick out of it all week and we use it to inspire us during writing if we get frustrated!
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S.T.E.A.M. night in February

Get excited and mark your calendars for our first TCE FAMILY S.T.E.A.M. NIGHT on Friday, February 5th from 5:30-7:30pm. STEAM is an educational term to describe real world opportunities for students to learn with science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math. At the TCE FAMILY STEAM NIGHT, TCE students and their family members of all ages are welcome to come and participate in a variety of unique, educational STEAM experiences. Participants will travel as a family (children with their adults) to share in the learning process! Pizza will be available in the cafeteria for families to purchase. More details will be forthcoming! We hope you plan to be there!