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Crestomere School - Grade One - December Newsletter

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November has flown by!

Wow! November has been a very busy month! I am not sure how everyone else is feeling, but I am looking forward to getting into the Christmas spirit!

In order to succeed, you must first believe that you can!

Important Dates

Thursday, December 3rd: December Book Order due

Friday, December 4th: PD Day - No school for students

Sunday, December 6th: Meaghan's birthday - Happy Birthday :)

Monday, December 7th: Tacky Xmas sweater (or normal Xmas sweater) day!

Thursday, December 10th: Christmas concert costumes ready and at the school by today

Friday, December 11th: Polar Express day! (pyjama day and more info to come)

Saturday, December 12th: Ethan's Birthday - Happy Birthday :)

Monday, December 14th: Cookie decorating day! (more info to come)

Wednesday, December 16th: Christmas concert dress rehearsal @ 1:00 p.m. (Families are welcome to come watch this performance)

Thursday, December 17th: Christmas concert @ 7:00 p.m.

**Students are to be here in the classroom for 6:30 p.m. More info about the concert to come.

Friday, December 18th: Last day of school before holidays!

-Pizza in our Pjs!

-Movie and popcorn afternoon

-Carson's Birthday! Happy Birthday :)

Friday, December 19th: Payton's Birthday! Happy Birthday :)


Christmas Holidays - December 19th - January 4th

Winter Artwork!

CHRISTMAS CONCERT COSTUMES :)

I hope you are finding or have found a Christmas concert costume for your child. If you are having trouble coming up with something, please let me know! I am more than happy to help you come up with something :)


Here are some awesome suggestions from parents on some things they have done:

-I have heard we are putting our Grandma's and Oma's to work! This is awesome :)

-A couple of parents have found a plain green clothing and are making their own accessories!


All costumes brought in by Thursday, December 10th please :)

Cookie decorating!

We will be decorating Christmas cookies on Monday, December 7th! If you would be willing to make some sugar cookies for us to decorate or send some decorating supplies that would be great! Please let me know if you are planning doing so so I can prepare accordingly! Thanks :)

Is is just me ... or does this moustache really suit him? ;)

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Raz Kids & IXL

Raz Kids and IXL are the 2 programs that I have suggested you use to supplement your child's practice at home.


For Raz Kids: the program has been set to your child's reading level. Please ensure they are choosing your assignment and not book room to read books at their level.


For IXL: Please have your child work on the KINDERGARTEN level (unless I spoken to you specifically). You are probably wondering why I still have the kids working on K, but the Grade 1 questions (specifically adding and subtracting) are too advanced compared to our curriculum expectations.


If you need assistance on how to access either of these programs at home, please let me know. TIA!

SMART Start check in...

You'll notice I have sent home the first 30 days of SMART start with most students. Please take time to sit down with your children and review it. I know they were extremely excited to compare day 1 to day 30! It's quite the difference :)

Sight Word Scavenger Hunt with our Junior High Friends!

Let's not forget about our School Wide Holiday Project :)

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The day that Melvin came..

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What's coming for the month of December...

As you know.. Christmas concert preparation is in full swing :)


DON'T FORGET TO PRACTICE OUR CONCERT SONG AT HOME WITH YOUR CHILD!! The lyrics were sent home today!


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Language - Word Study

For the month of December, we will be continuing to look at spelling and word segmenting 3 letter words. It is a very important skill to be able to distinguish the correct vowel in these common words (for example - in the word bug, students should be able to "stretch the word out" and know which letter says the short /u/ sound). SMART start is helping with this but if you would like some at home practice, please let me know.


Language - Reading

For the month of December, we will be continuing with word families and focus on syllables and rhyming. We will also be focusing on questioning when it comes to the stories we read. As always, we will also be continuing with SMART Start! Please assist your child to review the SMART start concepts by looking at the scribbler that comes home daily.


Language - Writing

For writing, we will be using these 3 letter words to write sentences. As part of sentence writing, students are expected to be able to write sentences using common words as well as draw a picture to match their sentences. We also talked about letter writing and wrote a letter to Santa!


We have recently started free writing as well. This is an activity that allows for the students to have the freedom to write about whatever they would like and boy are they blowing me away! They love writing!! Please encourage this at home :)


Math

We have moved on and are now focusing on adding to 12 and skip counting by 2's, 5's, and 10's. We will be doing Math games and activities to practice these skills :)


Science & Social Studies

For Social Studies, we are continuing with weekly class meetings to help promote positive friendships while at school. We will be talking about things that are going great as well as things we need to work on not only in the classroom but also on the playground. We will also be looking at how we belong in groups and community, as well as symbols.


For Science, we finished our colours unit by doing some tie die! It was a blast :)


We won't be doing too much else for Science and Social this month, as we will be using this time to practice for the Christmas concert.


Health & Life Skills

Christmas ties in nicely to our Health curriculum. We will be discussing how Christmas may seem to be all about toys - but actually has a deeper meaning: spending time with friends and family and being appreciative of what we have :)

(Tacky) Christmas Sweater Day!

Scheduled for Monday, December 7th!

Fundraising baskets - Family Movie Night

The Friends of Crestomere is leading a basket fundraiser to assist in raising funds for school projects. Each class has a theme and is to bring in items to help raise money. The baskets will be raffled off at our Christmas concert.



Our classes' basket theme is Family Movie Night! I have bought a couple items to get us started. Let's put together an AWESOME basket! :) Please bring in items by Thursday, December 10th.

Parent Section :) FYI!

November Review - FYI :)

Want to make sure your child is on track? Please help ensure your child can successfully do the following on their own:

-beginning addition language (definition of addition and language used)

-recognize and print numbers to 20

-write 2 simple sentences (for example - I can see a cat.) using the smiley sentences checklist!

-can recognize and create rhyming word pairs (eg. cat and hat)

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