## Holiday Party Fast Pass

Don't forget to sign up for your Holiday party fast pass. This is a day you REALLY want a Fast Pass! Your license must be scanned BEFORE the event. If you've been to school this year, you're in the system. Guests are welcome to have their license scanned during any school day. Use the link below to sign up for your fast pass.
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080F4DABAA229-holiday

## HOLIDAY DRESS UP DAYS

Monday - Frosty

Tuesday- Rudolph

Wednesday - Elf

Thursday - Santa and his HAT

Friday - Polar Express PAJAMA DAY

## Giving Trees

The front office is hosting a tree that will be filled with action figures and toy fashion dolls, the cafeteria tree will be filled with socks and underwear and the library is hosting an Angel Tree for specific family needs. Each of the Giving Trees are ready for donations. Our collections will go to Cornerstone Assistance Network who serve our neighbors in need. We would like to make the donations by Monday, December 14. Thank you from the start for your giving spirit and warm hearts!!!

## Lost and Found!!

We have collected several bags of lost and found items throughout this first semester. We will donate all remaining items Friday afternoon, December 18th. Please stop by the lost and found the next time you are at school.

## Karate Belt Math

We have been learning math strategies to help us add quickly and we have a fun new way to motivate our first graders to practice these strategies. You can help at home by practicing with the flash cards below.

I will be pacing the class by practicing one strategy at a time. Each time they master the use of that strategy, they will earn a karate belt. Its’ really a colored piece of electrical tape on their pencil, but it works! Then, depending on their progress, we will release the next set of flash cards that focus on the next strategy. Your child is working in class on earning their White belt by writing their numbers forwards and backwards to 50.

Next week, we will begin by practicing the counting on strategy(yellow belt). It is quite simple and the kids should earn this belt quickly. The math facts are all (?+1) or (?+2). They will earn their yellow belt if they successfully complete this set and then move on to the next belt (set of cards). I will send out the attachments for the new strategy and explain the strategy as we progress. They will progressively get more difficult so expect the times to vary between earning their belts.

I hope you enjoy helping your student prepare for this at home. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. Math is very different today, than the way we learned! Please use the attached documents to work on these concepts at home.

WHITE BELT

YELLOW BELT CARDS

## WatchDOGS Sign-Up

If you couldn’t make the meeting or would like to sign up for more days, there are two ways you can do this now. You can click on this link: http://vols.pt/ueBdny and sign up online, or you can call/email Mrs. Logeman dmlogeman@prosper-isd.net or 469-219-2110. Thank you for your continued support with the Watch D.O.G.S Program! We LOVE having you at Folsom Elementary!!

Do you want to help with Watch DOGS Dads at Folsom, but only have 30 minutes to spare? Sign up for our morning car duty! 7:15-7:45 am and then head to work. Sign up as many times as you want on any day, just click on the following link:

http://vols.pt/ueBdny

Please also make sure you have your background check complete. You can fill that out at the following link:

https://prosperisd.quickapp.pro/apply/applicant/start?_ref=6e3befd4100c306cb03245a5c30823b00a5e64b7f04436f3776be9a6eab77f55

## Volunteers Needed

First grade is in need of a few volunteers that are available on Wednesdays to help copy and prepare different materials. Please use the following link to sign-up if you are interested in volunteering.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4ca9ab22a7fa7-copy

December 18th- Friday Folsom Live

December 18th- Polar Express Day (PAJAMA DAY)

December 18th- Holiday Party (9:00-10:00)

December 18th- Early Release (11:45)

December 21st-January 1st- Winter Break

## Curriculum News

Math: Identifying coin attributes and their value
Writers Workshop: holiday writing