Miss Butz's Class Newsletter

February 1 - 5

Is it really February??

As I typed the date at the top of the newsletter I couldn't believe my eyes -- February? Time is flying by! As I said a few newsletters back, this is the hardest time of year. The kids have so much energy because they are stuck inside most of the time (although we have been out for recess more this week!). I was also out sick for part of the week and was out for a meeting part of one day. We have had a rough week with behavior in our class. As many times as I remind them that they have to still work hard, listen, and follow the directions even when I'm gone, it didn't seem to help this week.

We are not getting to all of our work because of so many disruptions and reminders that I have been giving. We do brain breaks, get up and move, and lots of other things to help, but this week has been a big struggle. Maybe a little pep talk from home can help. We had to miss out on some cool weather experiments I had planned this week because we struggled to get through all of the lessons first.

I am hoping for a better week next week! There are always a few exceptions. There have been a handful of kids that are doing the right thing and I appreciate that. This struggle with behavior seems to happen every year, but it doesn't make it any easier. I definitely appreciate your support.


College and Career Week!

Important Dates

February 1 - 4 - Gator Grams on Sale

The order form is attached to the email with this newsletter link. See that for details.

Tuesday, February 2nd - PTO Meeting

7pm in the South Creek Library

Friday, February 5th - Gator Gear Day

Wear your Gator Gear or blue and green to show your school spirit!

Friday, February 12th - Friendship Party

The party will begin around 3pm. If your child is bringing valentine cards, please have them to school by this morning. Thank you!

Monday, February 15th - President's Day

No school today (unless a snow make up day is needed)

Sunday, February 21st - Spirit Day at The Gymnastics Company

Begins at 1:00pm. Check South Creek's FB page for more details soon!


A South Creek parent created a website for kids to practice Chomputation. It has levels P5 and up. Check it out!


Learning This Week!

Literacy Focus:

Story: Waiting Out the Storm

Letter Sounds: review week

Phonemic Awareness Skills: middle sounds, ending sounds, segmenting words (saying all sounds in words, ex. dog -- /d/ /o/ /g/), adding sounds to words (ex. "it" add /h/ to the beginning, what is the new word?)

Reading Skills: asking and answering questions, key details (using illustrations and text), main idea, making connections, visualizing, sequencing, characters

Sight Word: she, was

Math Focus:

Attribute Spinner Game, Introduction to the Number Grid, Number Grid-Game Search, Survey Station

Writing Focus:

Ideas and Conventions - Begin working on class book ideas

Science Focus:

Dental Health

Social Studies Focus:

Famous African Americans


Remember that BOOK-IT pizza forms are due at the end of each month. You reading to your child OR your child reading to you counts! Just fill up the chart for the 21 books, sign it, have your child sign it, and send it in! I will send home a personal pizza certificate for your child if you have reached the goal.


Monday: Library

Tuesday: Music

Wednesday: Art (rotates each week)

Thursday: Art

Friday: Gym (wear your gym shoes!)

*Please note that your child can NOT check out a new book unless the book is returned on our library day on Monday. If you send it in late, then he/she has to wait until the next Monday to check out another book.

Word Game - Vocabulary

Goal: To help your child build vocabulary and sort words that are alike in some


What you will need:

· Shoe bag with clear pockets or staple envelopes or plastic food bags to a large poster board.

· Small slips of paper or note cards

Let’s Go!

1. Print or glue labels on the top of each pocket or use Velcro dots if you want to be able to change it. Examples: Colors, Furniture, Feelings, Foods, Numbers

2. As you discover new words in book or on signs, help your child decide in which pocket the new word belongs.

3. Write the word on a piece of paper or a note card and put it in the right pocket.

4. Read these words together now and then. Ask, “Can you remember any of the words in this pocket without looking at them?”

Let’s Go On!

5. Use the same materials to make a chart for parts of speech. Example: Nouns, Adjectives (describing words), Verbs (action words), etc. You can even break down the nouns in to people, places, and things.

6. You could even use the same set up to sort words by word families. Be sure to keep it to one syllable words to sort into word families.

Quick Tip for Literacy

Spring break is a great time to write cards and letters to friends and loved ones. There’s vacation news to tell, and time to send their love. Plus, the practice will help your child write words easily and automatically and to become an effective communicator.

Source - Family Fundamentals for Learning School: Home Literacy Connections_


*Dismissal is at 3:50pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

*Every Wednesday is an Early Release Day. We dismiss at 3:20pm.