Schmidt's Smarty Pandas

Week of December 14th

What We Are Learning

Spelling - Unit 13: oi and oy words

Reading - Comparing stories for similarities and differences

Genre - fantasy

Author study - Jan Brett

Writing - Imaginative narrative assessment

Grammar - pronouns

Math - Popcorn math and Number lines to 1200 cont.

Science - Winter experiments with physical properties

Important Dates and Homework

Dec. 15th - Canned food drive ends

Dec. 17th - Pronoun homework due

Dec. 17th - 6:30-7 PTA meeting

Dec. 17th - 7:00 Winter concert

Dec. 17th - 10:15-11 Expo Holiday Gift Shop

Dec. 17th - 12:20-1:30 Winter party

Dec. 17th - Pajama day (wear tennis shoes for recess)

Dec. 18th - Upcycle project due

Dec. 18th - Spelling test

Dec. 18th - Last day to complete Popcorn math facts

Dec. 18th - End of 3rd 6 weeks (already?!)

Dec. 21st - Jan. 4th Winter Holiday break

Jan. 5th - Students return

Jan. 5th - Optional winter packet due


Don't forget 20 min. of Guided Reading every night.

If you read extra, write it on the pink All-Star Reader sheet and your Six Flags sheet (due 02/26).

Spelling Practice

Don't forget about our free website to practice spelling - www.spellingcity.com/aschmidt3. Click on the unit (bottom of left column in blue print). Buttons will appear with choices for spelling activities. We have been practicing in class so they are familiar with it.

Winter Party

Our winter party is scheduled for this Thursday from 12:20-1:30. If you would like to contribute, please check out our sign up link at www.signupgenius.com. Simply search for the sign-up sheet under my name. We are still in need of a cart of strawberries, and powdered doughnuts. Everything else has been volunteered for. Please let us know if you plan on attending as well, so I can be sure to get you a chair :) See you then!

Last Week of Popcorn Math!!

Hour of Coding

Dec 7th-13th is National Computer Science Education Week. You can take part by participating in Hour of Code. Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Participation is so simple, and your students will thank you!


No coding experience is required, and you may find that your child is teaching YOU!

All you have to do is visit https://code.org/learn and choose a coding activity. Some activities are designed for younger or older students, and this is noted on the start page. Coding games include Minecraft Hour of Code, Star Wars: Building a Galaxy with Code, Code with Anna and Elsa, and much more.

Check it out!

Optional Winter Work

If your child completed the Thanksgiving packet, I will be sending an optional Winter one home with them on Friday. If your child did not complete the packet and you are interested in the extra practice, please let me know. I'm trying to conserve paper and I know some families are just too busy with traveling and winter plans. Remind your child that they will receive 25 dojo points for completing and entered into a drawing for a special prize. It will be due our first day back.Thanks!

Gift Exchange

Instead of exchanging gifts, each student in our class will have a decorated bag for our winter party. If you are able to send 19 small "somethings" for the stockings, we would appreciate it! You can send whatever you'd like, but some ideas of things for the stockings include: 19 holiday stickers, 19 small candies, 19 pencils, 19 erasers, 19 small toys or other goodies. Our winter party will be Dec. 17th. I would like to have the stockings ready to go on that morning. If you can send in your goodies before or on that date, it would be really helpful. Your child will be responsible for adding them to each stocking. Thank you for making this winter treat successful!