Volume 11, Issue 5
3 - 1st Grade Concert & PTSO Meeting
5 - Last day for Good News Club for December
9 - Arnold's Spirit Night
16 - Elf, Santa or Reindeer Day
17 - Cindy Lou/Grinch Day
18 - Polar Express Day: Wear PJ's or dress like a train conductor
19 - Festive Sweater Day
20 - Deck the Halls Day - Wear your fancy holiday attire!
Class Parties 9:45 a.m. (Set up @ 9:15)
Dismissal at 10:45
23 - Jan. 3 Christmas holidays (No school for students)
January 6 - Students return from holidays
16 - Good News Club resumes
First Grade Holiday Concert
Monday, December 2nd:
McNeal, Parks, Kuykendall, Lewis, Love, Campbell
Tuesday, December 3rd:
Lloyd, Wilkinson, Anderson, Brackett, Burger
Clemson/Carolina Food Drive
Wow! Our parents/students showed out this year with the food drive! Almost 3,000 cans/food items were donated. That is awesome. USC was the winner!
USC - 1881
CU - 968
Thank you to all who participated. Piedmont Emergency Relief was so thankful to receive the food. Many families in our community will be helped because of your generosity!
A NOTE FROM OUR READING COACH
Bookstore News: The $1 bookstore is open on the first Friday morning of each month from 7:20-8:00 in Mrs. Porter’s room. Our December bookstore date is Friday, December 6th. There are a lot of great titles available and all books are $1. Students can purchase one book each time the bookstore is open. Come and shop for a new book to read over the break!
Literacy Night: Just a reminder that our Literacy Night will take place on Tuesday, January 28th. Be on the lookout for more detailed information in the coming weeks!
Literacy Tip: December is a busy month filled with holiday shopping, baking, and more! Take opportunities during these holiday activities to infuse literacy into them when you have the chance. Create a small meal or a snack by reading and following directions from a recipe. Children will learn measurements, time and temperatures, as well as how to follow sequenced directions. Pick out a recipe together. Make a shopping list together for all the ingredients. Go to the store with your child and find the items on your list. Then read the recipe and prepare a meal together.
Media Center News. . .
Over the past few weeks, all Concrete Primary classes have been learning about the differences between fiction and nonfiction texts. Kindergarten and first grade students have been deciding if books are about real things or not. Second grade classes have explored many nonfiction books, and identified and learned to use text features like table of contents, indices, and glossaries to find information quickly. We will continue to broaden our knowledge of sources of information.
If you have any questions about your child’s library book or library media center class, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Payne.
Library Media Specialist
Each spring, a statewide committee reads and selects 20 of the best newly released picture books. Throughout this school year, Concrete students will read several of the SC Picture Book Award Nominees. In February, our students will join others from across the state to vote for their favorite book. The SC Picture Book Award winner will be announced in March. Remember to ask your student which nominee book has been his/her favorite so far! Students are looking forward to help choose the winner!
DonorsChoose.org makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America create classroom project requests, and you can give any amount to the project that inspires you.
Congratulations to the following teachers that had their project funded:
Mrs. Parks - "Nonfiction Knowledge"
Mrs. Howard - "Read-Along Books and Big Books"