Holiday Mug Exchange

Week of December 7-11

Hot Cocoa & Cookie Classroom Holiday Party

Our classroom party is scheduled for Thursday, December 17 beginning at 2:00 PM. I am asking each student to bring in one winter/holiday ceramic mug stuffed with small treats and wrapped in some type of plastic wrap. The students will exchange mugs with one of their classmates. The mug (including all items inside) should cost no more than $5 to $7, and it should be able to be given to a boy or a girl.

We will drink hot chocolate from our new mugs and eat cookies and/or donuts while enjoying a holiday movie and "Read In". If you are willing to send in hot cocoa mix, cookies, or donuts, please let me know. All mugs should be turned in by December 15. Please contact me if you have questions.

Reading & Writing

This week in Room 210, we will be reading the selection, The Planets in Our Solar System, written by Franklyn M. Branley. (Unit 2, Week 4) The strategy will be to generate questions and the skill is summarizing. Students will ask and answer questions about this informational text and look back at the text often to find the answers. A summary is a short statement of the most important ideas in a paragraph, passage, or selection. It includes the main ideas and the most important details. (CCSS3.RI.1-2)

The spelling words are Consonant Blends-- three letter blends such as thr, spr, scr, and str. In grammar, students will learn about singular and plural possessive nouns. They will have a Weekly Reading Assessment on Friday that will assess all the skills learned and practiced during the week.

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"Christmas at the O.K. Corral"

In keeping with the holidays, the 2nd and 3rd grade students are presenting a musical called Christmas at the O.K. Corral. The performance will be held on Wednesday, December 16 at 2:45 PM in the Middle School Auditorium. Mr. Vetter would like students to dress for the part of townsfolk in an old western town (jeans, flannel, western dresses, cowboy hats, cowboy boots, etc.). If you don't have any of those things, don't worry. They will still present a terrific show. Hope you can make it!
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Pesto Basil

On Friday, we made basil pesto from the basil plants that were growing in the AeroGarden. Many students had never had pesto before, but were willing to give it a try. The result was that most students wanted seconds! Just in case you hear about it from your child and you want to try your hand at pesto basil, the recipe link is below.

Important Dates

December 16 2nd/3rd Grade Music Program --2:45 PM in the MS Auditorium

December 17 Classroom Parties--2:30 PM

December 21 - January 1 Winter Break

January 4 School Resumes