News from Room 15

AM Class

January 6-22, 2016

Dear Families,


Welcome back! I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday season and had a relaxing break. We are ready to get back in the groove here at school. We will be starting off the new year with another one of my favorite units - winter and arctic animals. Some highlights will be making snow pictures, playing winter sports charades, searching for lost mittens, describing snowmen, penguins, and polar bears, and drawing ideas about winter. We will be starting a new math unit about patterns and designs and continuing with our letters of the week.


  • I learned some great new tips for communication at Professional Development this week. Please look for a text or email invite to join our Remind group. Downloading the free Remind app will make communication even easier and grow our classroom community.
  • If your child receives progress notes as part of an IEP, updates will be coming home this week. Please let me know if you have any questions after reviewing them.
  • We do go outside for recess whenever weather permits (the cut off for outdoor recess is 15 degrees/wind chill). Please make sure your students have appropriate outdoor clothing. It is helpful to staff if items are marked with names. Thank you!
  • If you requested online only newsletters, you will no longer be receiving paper copies in the folder this quarter. Please email me if you would like to change that option.


Have a great week!

~ Ms. Jackie, Mrs. Joyce, and Mrs. Ingle

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Winter and Arctic Animals

Winter Holidays


Winter by Siam Smith

A Snowy Day by Melvin and Gilda Berger

Snowmen at Night by Carolyn Buehner

The Snowy Day by Jack Ezra Keats

The Jacket I Wear in the Snow by ShirleyNeitzel

The Mitten by Jan Brett

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin, Jr.

Penguins by Kate Riggs

Polar Bears by Kate Riggs

Learning Objectives

We will know the name and sound for the letters Jj, Dd, and Pp. (literacy)

We will be able to write the letters Jj, Dd, and Pp. (literacy)

We will be able to segment the sounds in a word. (literacy)

We will know parts of a book and concepts of print. (literacy)

We will be able to sequence an event. (literacy)

We will be able to sing the alphabet. (literacy)

We will be able to recognize and create simple patterns. (math)

We will be able to describe designs. (math)

We will know circle time expectations. (PBS)

We will understand how to keep our bodies safe. (PBS)

We will know activities, items, and clothing related to winter.

We will be able to compare penguins and polar bears.

Activities for Home

  • Talk about ways the weather changes and how the temperature affects weather. You can even do your own ice/water experiments at home.

  • Make up patterns to do at home. Example – jump, sit, jump, sit

  • Practice singing the alphabet.

Duckling Dates

  • Wednesday, January 6th - Classes Resume
  • Wednesday, January 6th - Parent Meeting for Child Center Presentations
  • January 11th-15th - Duckling Days - wear duckling shirts or blue and yellow
  • January 14th & 15th - Child Center Presentations Part 1
  • January 18th - NO School - MLK, Jr Day
  • January 21st & 22nd - Child Center Presentations Part 2
  • February 1st-5th - Duckling Days - wear duckling shirts or blue and yellow
  • Wednesday, February 10th - Valentine's Day Parties
  • Friday, February 12th - NO School - Professional Development Day
  • Monday, February 15th - NO School - President's Day
  • Friday, February 19th - Duckling Dance sponsored by the Hackmann Action Team (more info to come)

Class Goal

Our class goal for third quarter is counting to 10.

Polly's Schedule

January 8-10: Drew W.

January 22-24: Brayden S.

January 29-31: Spencer P.

Child Center Presentations

In January, we will be having lessons from The Child Center in our classrooms. The lessons focus on the rights of a child’s body. A letter/permission slip came home before break with more information. We do need a signed permission slip giving or denying permission for every student. Please return the permission slip as soon as possible. There is also a parent information meeting hosted by The Child Center to present more information about the lessons. This meeting will be at Hackmann on January 6th at 6:30. Parents are encouraged to attend. There are also parent meetings schedule at the two other Early Childhood locations in the district. If you need those dates and times, please let me know.

Preschool Enrollment 2016-17

Re-enrollment for current preschool families will be on Monday, January 25th at Hackmann (and our other early childhood sites) from 6:00-7:30 pm. Re-enrollment will continue during school hours after that evening, but will be open to the community on February 1st. Please plan to enroll early so you have a spot for next year. Re-enrollment is for current students, their siblings, and employees of Francis Howell.

Contact Information

Hackmann Office: 636-851-6200