Ms. Stilwell's Weekly Update

Welcome to December!!!

Important Dates to Remember

Dec. 2, 9, 16 - LATE START

Dec. 7 - Picture Re-take Day, Lockdown Drill

Dec. 14 - 4th grade ROPL field trip #2

Dec. 17 - Reflections Assembly

Dec. 18 - Holiday Traditions Around the World Celebration (behavior permitting)

Dec. 20-Jan. 3 - Holiday Break....NO SCHOOL

Jan. 4 - School Resumes

Exploring Writing and Overcoming Adversity with "The Day the Crayons Quit" by Drew Daywalt

Holiday Traditions Around the World

This month, we began a 3-week long project that will take us around the world exploring how different countries/cultures celebrate the Holiday season. We began our unit with Chanukah (Israel), in which we learned about the origins of the holiday, the symbolic nature of the Menorah, as well as the family traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation. Throughout this unit, we will also learn about Diwali (India), Kwanzaa (Africa), as well as how different countries around the globe celebrate what we know as Christmas. This is going to be a very diverse and exciting learning experience that the kiddos have already shown tremendous interest be on the lookout for pictures of all of our fun crafts that we are most definitely going to create throughout the unit!! Our unit will culminate with a Holiday Traditions Celebration, in which we will experience some of the foods that we will be learning about throughout the lessons. As always, this experience will be based entirely on the behavior of the students, so just as it has to be with our Feast of Thanks, I WILL NOT HESITATE to cancel this if the students have not earned it.

Prodigy Math

Just as with last year, students have been given a login to Prodigy Math (accessible on computer, tablet or ipad). Throughout the course of the school year, and in collaboration with the gen ed teachers, I will be updating your child's profile to reflect what they are learning in the classroom on the game. This is a fun and exciting way for students to practice their math facts and brush up on concepts that they are learning along the way. Look for a letter to come home with your child's login information, as well as details on how to access the game.