Room 105 Newsletter

Dear Room 105 families,


As the year winds down and we prepare for Winter Break, I find myself filled with pride of the amazing growth I’ve seen in each student. Let's finish out the next week strong before our well deserved break!


· Holiday Recipe Book Project

If you haven’t had the chance yet, please spend a little time with your child teaching them about a dish (could be connected to the holidays!) that your family makes, including the ingredients and steps to preparing it. I’ve recorded five recipes so far, ready to be transcribed. I plan to finish the rest by Friday, so the print shop has enough time to put them together before our break. Again, I am interviewing the children to get their exact words, so you don’t need to submit anything. And please do not worry about your child memorizing every ingredient or step - part of what makes this project so fun is that the recipes are in the children’s words, revealing their unique interpretations of how the dish is prepared!


· Holiday Classroom Party

To celebrate the holidays and the class’ wonderful accomplishments, we will have a small and simple celebration next Friday, December 18th from 12:30-1:25 in our classroom. We will share some yummy snacks, watch a slide show of our year’s highlights so far, and enjoy each other’s company. There will be a sign-up sheet in front of our room, as well as an electronic version sent out. Please join us if you’re free!


· Jefferson Book Fair/Ice Cream Social

The annual Jefferson Scholastic Book Fair is this week (Mon-Fri) on the stage in the cafeteria. Parents are welcome to shop between 1:30-6 (longer hours on December 11th!). If you are interested in buying a book for the classroom, I have a bin with my name on it of books I requested – the person at the register will help you find it! Thank you, Nicole for purchasing The Adventures of Beekle for us! On December 11th there will be an Ice Cream Social from 6:30-8, which will include book shopping, games, crafts, and of course, ice cream!


· Classwork Packets

I’m sending home some completed classwork from the last couple of months, including an art journal, line book, number book, math classwork and (optional) homework from the end of the last work, and more. Please look for your child’s packet on the counter in front of our classroom (they will be ready this Friday and all of next week). Thanks!


· Snail & Worm Science

We started studying snails last week, beginning with land snails. Students are getting close and personal with our slimy friends, learning about the different body parts and characteristics. I was only able to find three snails in our school garden (the garden teacher said the possums ate the rest), but would love to add more to our collection. If you have any in your garden or around your house, we would appreciate it if you could bring them in. We will be taking a closer look at water snails next week. As some of you know, we have two living in our class fish tank!


We spent our time in gardening class today learning about worms, another garden creature. Aside from learning a little about their functions and anatomy, it was really fun watching the kids overcome their fears, and instead, see them as natural and necessary parts of our world!


As always, thanks for reading!


Best regards,



Jonah Cohn

Kindergarten

Jefferson Elementary

jonahcohn@berkeley.net

Upcoming Events

· December 7th-11th Scholastic Book Fair on stage in cafeteria (1:30-6)

· December 11th Ice Cream Social/Last Day of Book Fair (6:30-8) in cafeteria

· December 18th – Class Holiday Party @ 12:30 in Room 105

· December 18th – January 1st Winter Break – No School

· January 15th - Field Trip to Berkeley Marina

Snail and Worm Science!

December Snack Calendar

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