Weekly Updates!

Mrs. Reynolds' Class, November 30-December 4

Important Dates

*Pike Fire Risk Watch lesson, Tuesday Dec. 1

*Fundraiser Money Due, Wednesday Dec. 2

*Winter Break, Monday Dec. 21-Friday Jan. 1

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Winter Clothing Changes

As the weather gets cooler it's important to send students in several layers each day when they come to school. Even inside our classroom the temperature can vary greatly. Having uniform appropriate sweaters can help students feel comfortable while working throughout the day. Students should also come to school prepared to go outside for recess. Students are only allowed to remain inside during recess time if they have a doctor's note excusing them from playing outdoors. Please take a look at the recess guidelines from page 18 of the Elementary Student/Parent Handbook that I have included below. This will help you to make informed decisions when dressing your child for school each day. As per our district uniform policy, students who wear boots to school should bring a change of shoes that are uniform appropriate.

This may also be a good time to take a look at the extra change of clothes inside your child's backpack. Please check to make sure that these clothes still fit as your child may have grown since the beginning of the school year. You may also want to check to see if the shirt has long sleeves and there are pants instead of shorts or a skirt. This will help ensure that your child is prepared for all types of weather even if they have an accident at school.

Recess Guidelines


Children will go outside daily for recess. In keeping with our Wellness Policy children need fresh air and exercise daily. This will promote a healthy lifestyle. We ask that parents send students to school dressed appropriately with a coat, gloves/mittens, a hat and warm footwear. Decisions about whether children go outside for recess are based upon the following:

 Weather / Temperature;
 Wind chill / heat index; and
 Playground conditions / safety.

The following Administrative Guidelines will be used when wind chill is a factor:

  1. Temperature 30 degree F or higher with wind speed above 0 MPH means the children will have

    normal recess outdoors.

  2. Temperature 20 degree F or higher with wind speed less than 5 MPH means the children will

    have normal recess outdoors.

  3. Temperature 20 – 29 degree F with a wind speed above 10 MPH or higher means – RED ZONE –

    NO outside recess.

  4. Temperature of 19 degree F or below means – RED ZONE – NO outside recess.

Students must have a written doctor’s excuse if they have been ill and should not go outside for recess.

Sight Words

Each word listed in the "words we know" column a student should be able to read, write, spell, and say with ease and automaticity. These are words that students can help read if you are exploring books at night. Each week we will add two more sight words to our "Words we know" list.

Words We Know:


















Words We Are Learning This Week:



Reading Workshop

Students will learn the parts of a story in order to retell stories with detail and sequence.

Students will be encouraged to:

*identify story "ingredients" (characters, setting, events)

*compare two or more characters in a story

*use evidence from the text to support their retelling

*recognize the problem in a story & identify it's solution

*describe the beginning, middle, and end of a story

*retell details of a story using appropriate sequence

Writing Workshop

Students will learn the elements of a personal narrative in order to write stories about small moments that have happened to them.

Students will be encouraged to:

*find a small moment that they can write about (also called "seed stories")

*create an entire story on a cohesive topic

*make pages with pictures and words that match

*write down as many sounds as they hear in a word (it doesn't need to be perfect)

*use correct letter formation

*use punctuation at the end of each sentence

*put spaces between each word

Math Workshop

Students will learn to recognize different types of patterns in order to create and extend patterns.

Students will be encouraged to:

*create & extend growing patterns with numbers & shapes (ex: 12122122212222)

*find the rule for simple repeating patterns

*use appropriate names for shapes when creating patterns

*verbalize their math ideas to a partner or group

*record their thinking in a math journal using pictures AND words

Check out this amazing song for our sight word AND! (password: fishback)

And another for our sight word ARE because they are just too adorable! (password: fishback)