Mrs. Whitlock's Weekly Updates

December 8-12

Important Dates

Monday, December 8: Homework Packet #13 due
Thursday, December 11: MAP Testing (Reading), bring warm items for our "frosty" photo!
Friday, December 12: Spelling Quiz
Monday, December 15: Holiday Scrapbook and Homework Packet #14 due
Thursday, December 18: Elementary Winter Celebration
Friday, December 19 (1:30 PM): Elementary Awards Ceremony

Wrapping up our semester with holiday fun!

As our whirlwind of a semester comes to a close, we will be studying winter holidays that are celebrated by various cultures around the world. I appreciate all the terrific feedback I received this week concerning the holidays you celebrate with your family, and have made a point to incorporate them into our current and future studies.

Students will be using holiday "passports" and "suitcases" to travel across the globe and learn about the beautiful and diverse ways families celebrate in this season. Students will also have an opportunity in this week's homework to create "holiday scrapbook pages" of a special winter holiday that they celebrate. These scrapbook pages will be sent home in your child's homework packet, and will replace the typical social studies and science worksheets in our packets. I'm very excited for our students to have an opportunity to share about their special celebrations with our class!

Please note that I will be grading the language arts portion of the homework separately from the Holiday Scrapbook portion, although they will both be due on Monday the 15th. Additionally, please note that if you and your family don't celebrate a holiday during the winter, you can include the late fall holidays as well (eg. Diwali, Eid, etc.).

December Accelerated Reader Goals

Congratulations to Rana, Ira, and Abhinav for meeting their November AR reading goals! These students will receive a special dress down day, a slice of pizza, and a frozen treat. This special reward date is to be announced!

We will continue with our AR goal for the month of December. If your child takes at least three AR tests and they earned a score of at least 85%, they will receive a special Dress Down Day, popsicle, and Pizza slice in January for meeting their December goal. I will count AR tests taken through January 5th for this reward. Good luck and please let me know if you have any issues logging in or need to know your child's password. The reward date is to be announced.

Winter Celebration is Coming Soon!

The Elementary Winter Celebration is a fun-filled day for all students Pre-K through 5th grade at FSAPS. All day on Thursday, December 18th students will rotate to 10 different winter-themed stations for a day filled with friends and fun to celebrate the end of our first semester at FSAPS and all their hard work. In order to make this day special for your children, we need your help! Ms. Fichter sent out an email today detailing ways to sign up and donate to make this day really special. We have lots of things to sign up for, so please check out the links to our SignUpGenius pages and join us in the fun!

I want to donate materials or I can give a $10 monetary donation to help with items purchased by the school.

I want to volunteer my time!

"Frosty" Photo on Thursday!

Next week each elementary class will take a fun, wintery photo as a whole group outside. This includes ALL elementary students Pre-K through 5th grade. We will pose each grade on the playground one at a time so we can develop the photos in time to put them in individual frames to be decorated during our Elementary Winter Celebration. We want to really convey that we’re having a frosty good time, so please send your child to school on their assigned day with a big winter coat, scarf, mittens, hat, etc. Thanks so much for your help and we promise the end result will be one VERY adorable photo! Please send your child to school in their "Frosty Photo" gear on Thursday, December 11th to have their class photo taken.

Uniform Inspection on January 6th

Now that we have finally received the majority of students' uniform materials, administration will be strictly enforcing our school's dress code beginning Tuesday, January 6 when we return from winter break. Please take the time to review our school's dress code and uniform policy and make modifications when necessary. A couple of items to pay particular note to are shoes, jackets, and belts. Shoes need to be the appropriate color, jackets that are worn inside FSAPS must have the FSAPS logo on them (outside jackets that are not FSAPS jackets are fine but cannot be worn indoors), and students must have their shirts tucked in with a belt in their pants.

A Peek at our Week...

We will be discussing holidays around the world, including Karim Aga Khan's birthday, St. Lucia Day, Christmas, Las Posadas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Eid, Diwali, New Year's, and Thai Pongal. Students will look at online scrapbooks and will read non-fiction texts about the holidays and record facts and create crafts based on what they have learned.

Students will also be reading variations on The Gingerbread Man, and will be practicing comparing and contrasting the stories. They will also be working on making text-to-self connections. In writing, students are continuing their work on realistic fiction, and will be editing their final copies this week.

Spelling Words: bring, trunk, pink, bank, sang, wing, rink, blank, rang, sunk, any, enough, ever, every, own, sure, were