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So excited to launch our 2015 Picture Site filled with pictures from the activities we do throughout the year! Click below and enjoy the smiles!

It's that time of year!

Report cards will be available on HAC Home Access Center starting on Monday. And..Conferences begin on Thursday. I look forward to meeting with all of you. Click below for HAC link and resources to help you at home!


This week...
We finished our unit about Community Helpers.

We started a unit about plants.

We learned about plants and trees in Fall, plants we eat, leaves in fall and seeds.

We examined tree bark, seeds and planted seeds.

We practiced addition strategies and word problems.

We learned more about BATS and OWLS.

We learned about writing and exclamations.

We learned about blends and digraphs.

We had a terrific time at our 50"s Sock Hop!


The PTO SNOW BALL is on Friday, December 4th. Send in the form if you wish to attend.

The PTO is making SNOWBALL RAFFLE BASKETS for each Grade Level. The FIRST GRADE BASKET is a MOM'S BASKET. If you wish to donate an item please send in an item by November 20th....Bath and Body, nails, candles, etc.

The PTO is having a SPIRIT WEAR SALE...just in time for the holidays.
Only open until NOV. 18th...Visit and use access code mustan4WD to place your order today!

Links to recent e-mails

Digging Deeper

Next week..

We will continue to learn about plants.

We will begin to learn about the first Thanksgiving and compare it to our present day Thanksgiving.

We will practice subtraction strategies and word problems.

We will learn more about BATS and OWLS and SPIDERS.

We will learn about writing and exclamations.

We will learn about short u words and NOUNS.

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Calendar of Events

November 16th Report Cards on HAC

November 16th Community Projects Due

November 16th Operation Christmas Child items or shoeboxes due

November 19-24th 1:00 Dismissal and conferences and Book Fair

November 20th Donations for Mom basket are due

November 25th Thanksgiving Feast/Grandparents Day 9:30

November 25th 12:00 dismissal

December 4th PTO Winter Wonderland

Community Buildings are Due November 16th

The first grades will be constructing a first grade community as part of our Community Helpers Unit. We are asking each child to create a building for our neighborhood. Please help your child create the building listed below. Cover empty shoeboxes, cereal boxes, milk cartons, or food containers with construction paper to create your building. Please no larger than 15 X 15 inches please. All buildings are due on or before Monday, November 16th Use your imagination. This activity is a great way to reuse and recycle

materials. Thank you and have fun!

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  • A special THANK YOU for donating items for our FOOD PANTRY... we will set up this week and begin comparing Thanksgiving present and past. We filled 2 baskets for the Angel network. Our Food Store is all set up and ready to go...students will learn about The Thanksgiving from the past and Thanksgiving today.


Thank you for your KINDNESS and generosity. We will be able to fill 2 Turkey Baskets for students right here at Shoemaker.

Please read the flyer that came home today about Operation Christmas Child...if you wish to donate your own shoebox or contribute items for a class shoebox... please bring in items in by November 16th....arts and craft items, school supplies, toiletries, small stuffed toys. Thank you!!!

The PTO is looking for donations to fill a First Grade Mom's Basket...candles, nail polish, bath and body... Items due by November 20th.

Please click this link to see pictures from our Kindness Garden Dedication...

We painted the benches today with thumb print flowers.

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Shoemaker Science STEM LAB

We are tracking the progress of our pumpkin seeds..our seeds sprouted last week and are already over 6 inches tall. We will use the science lab this week to explore plants and seeds.


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Students have been entered into RAZ KIDS and I have showed them how to use this site. I selected leveled books that are a starting point for each child so they can work through the books and develop comprehension and fluency skills. Students must Listen to the Book, Read the Book, and Answer Questions before doing the next book. They may read at home but please only do 1 book each day or reread older books so they do not move through the program too quickly or before they are ready for the next level. Please complete stories in order.
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We are using a program called XtraMath to increase speed and accuracy in arithmetic. Each student is invited to spend a few minutes each day practicing math on a computer, tablet, or phone. If you would like to do XtraMath on a tablet or smartphone, look for XtraMath in the app store. The app costs $5. On a laptop or desktop computer, he/she can do XtraMath for free at

Please look for the flyer with directions for your child to practice addition facts at home as well as in school. I have showed the students the site but please log on at home to get them more familiar with the site.

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Reinforce and practice spelling words by weekly lists on Spell City. Click link above and start with the bottom list of words and work up.
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