Mrs. Bryer's Newsletter

December 3, 2012

Upcoming Dates

  • December 4th- Double Dave's Spirit Night
  • December 3rd- Scholastic Book orders due by midnight for online orders
  • ******Don't forget to take advantage of the free $5 coupon attached to the flyers
  • December 10th-14th Mustang Market
  • ****** Return money envelope by Monday, December 10th
  • December 12th Early Release Day (12:45)
  • *** lunch at 11:15
  • December 20th 4th grade Variety Show
  • ***adjusted CAMP schedule
  • December 20th Class Holiday Party 10:15
  • December 21st- Sing Along at 8:15
  • December 21st- Early Dismissal
  • *** lunch at 11:15

Stuff the Stockings

This year students are going to make and decorate their own stockings in class. We ask that each child bring in 21 trinkets to pass out to their class family. Some suggested items are stickers, erasers, pencils, candy canes, or other novelty items. Children can also make pictures for each friend. These items are not to be wrapped or individualized. Children will drop their items in the stockings throughout the week of December 17th and students will have a chance to explore their stockings on Thursday, December 20th. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Raz Kids

The children have dabbled in Raz Kids at school over the last two weeks. Unfortunately, my Reads and Counts tutors have not had great attendance so it hasn't exactly gone as planned. I am going stick with my plan to provide the login information for home use at this time. I will tape the login information in your child's folder so they can read online at home too.

Raz kids is by the same company as Reading A-Z. These are the leveled, copied books that we work in during class. The online resource is at a child's independent level. These should not be difficult to read for them. Children are to read, listen, read, quiz. Once they complete a level, they will automatically move up. I am able to monitor students progress. Please reinforce the pattern of read (to give it a try), listen (what it should sound like), read (practice what you heard), quiz (answer questions about what you read).

This does NOT replace reading with your child or listening to your child retell books. This is in addition to what you are already doing. If you do not have internet access please let me know so that I can give your child priority when it comes to computer usage in the classroom.

We found him!

The gingerbread man was finally found on Thursday. Mrs. Padilla caught him eating her lunch out of the fridge and she trapped him inside. Being cold, he had fallen asleep so we cut him up and he didn't feel a thing. The children really enjoyed the mystery. However, I am glad that things will be back to normal on Monday!

Mustang Market

Mustang Market is a chance for your children to shop for you and other family members. Children who bring money will be escorted to the Market to shop. This can be tricky given that children of this age really want to shop for themselves. I ask that you check your child's folder for an envelope with an attached note. On the note, please indicate for who your child is to buy for. The parent helpers will do the best they can. Enclose the cash your child is to shop with and please seal the envelop. I will collect them as they come in and hold them for the Market shop. Please send envelopes back to school by Monday, December 10th.

Gift of Time

The administration at Greens Prairie know how precious time can be around the holidays. Our gift this year is the gift of time. On Wednesday the students are going to enjoy a movie and popcorn in the cafeteria and I will be excused for the afternoon to try to get my Christmas shopping started. I will not tell the children this until Tuesday afternoon. I am informing you early so that you can plan ahead. Please send a beach towel in your child's backpack Wednesday for your child to lay on during the movie. The tile floor can sometimes be a little cold.

Star Student

The calendar in your child's folder is a great reminder of upcoming events. Star Students are celebrated each week. Don't forget to help your child select several pictures to share of family and friends when it is their week to be celebrated as our Star Student. Please send the photos by the Monday of the week assigned. They will be returned unharmed.