Here's the buzz...
The Hive in Room 5
This week we read many gingerbread stories (Gingerbread Pirate, Gingerbread Girl, Gingerbread Baby, Gingerbread Friends, and of course, The Gingerbread Boy) and practiced completing story maps in preparation for our next core assessment at the end of January. We emphasized the importance of using character names when writing the problem/solution and we learned it's important to include the time and place for the setting.
With all of the snow lately, we decided to embrace this early arrival of winter. We enjoyed some stories about snowmen and began a writing piece about How To Build a Snowman. This required us to use directional words like first, next, then, and last. We finished our rough copies and edited our work for mistakes. After the break, we will write our good copies and publish our work in the classroom.
Bullard Bee Bucks
Today was the grand opening of the Bee Bucks Store. The kids each had a chance to purchase coupons for things like extra computer time at dismissal, lunch with Mrs. Bullard and a friend, sitting at Mrs. Bullard's desk for a day, and much more. We also had books for sale and I'm very excited to say there were very few left at the end of the sale. Finally, some of us enjoyed the "dollar store table" where we stocked up on games, notepads, and pens. I hear a new shipment is coming in for next month's store. Keep earning those Bee Bucks!
I would like to thank Mrs. Eorio for organizing a wonderful classroom party. It was so well done and, most importantly, the kids had a blast. I also appreciated the efforts of the many parents who came to make pancakes, run games, help with crafts, or take photos. I am sure the kids went home with many memories from a fun-filled first grade party!
January Parent Volunteers
I am trying something new for next month's parent volunteers. If you are interested in being a parent volunteer at all for the month of January, please visit our Sign-Up Genius link below:
In the madness of this past week, I found myself thinking about how far we've come as a class since September. Your kids are growing so much and every day they do or say something that puts a smile on my face. For that, I could not be more thankful that I am a teacher. Each day of work brings something new to my life and your kids have brightened my days since the beginning of this year.
I feel very fortunate to be the recipient of your generosity this holiday season. It was very overwhelming to receive the "Santa Sack" of gifts at our class winter party. By far, I am set for the cold months ahead and based on the past few weeks of weather, I'm going to need every scarf, pair of socks, cup of cocoa, and pair of gloves to keep me cozy warm. Over the break, I will enjoy spoiling myself with the many gift cards you showered me with this holiday season. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
I wish you all a restful and relaxing winter break and a very happy and healthy New Year!