Tumbleweed Times Week 15

News from Ranch 25 - December 11, 2015

First Grade Happenings

In math this week we learned two strategies that help us quickly solve subtraction problems that have -7, -8, and -9 from a teen number. One strategy is called "Taking from Ten" and the other is called "Counting On". To learn more about these strategies you can look at your child's math work in the Friday Folder or go to this parent letter: Math News: Grade 1, Module 2, Topic B.

Just a reminder. . .We do not complete every problem or page in our math packets each day. If the students are picking up the strategy or skill quickly, then we move on. It's a great idea to have your child demonstrate their knowledge to you by completing an unfinished page.


In social studies, we learned about the holidays of Hanukkah and Christmas by reading books, watching educational videos, and by creating some great art. Since so many students in our class celebrate one or both of these holidays, we had a great time sharing our family traditions.

Winter Dress-Up Photo - Dec. 16th, 8:30 AM

We will be taking a class picture of our students dressed for winter. This photo will be used at one of our Winter Party stations next Friday. Students are encouraged to wear winter hats, scarves, and mittens for the photo. Coats are not necessary. We will take the picture at 8:30 AM in front of our classroom. Then students will put their winter gear in their backpacks and we will get going on our day.

Care and Share

A great big THANK YOU to all of you who have sent in a gift or contribution for our Care and Share program this year. Your gifts and donations will make such an impact on one family's holiday. If you planned to participate, but didn't have a chance to go shopping, please contact Karen Sykes at karen_lv_sykes@hotmail.com as soon as possible, so she will know your gift is coming on Monday. If you are unable or do not plan to participate, Karen needs to know that as well. Send her an email. She and I (along with some other families) want to fill in any missing items from our "assignment" list. Thanks again!

FRIDAY FOLDER Volunteer Needed!

I am still in need of a Friday Folder volunteer! If you are available to work for about an hour every Friday, please email me. Times are flexible. You can start as early as 10:15 AM. The folders just need to be done by 1:45 so that we can put them in the backpacks before we go to our keyboarding class at 2:00. Thanks a bunch!!

Lost and Found

Has your child lost a jacket, snack bag, or lunch box? How about a ball, a scooter, or a water bottle. You'd be surprised what turns up in our Lost and Found cupboard. Even if you aren't sure something is lost, you may want to stop by and check it out. On Friday, December 18th all the items will be donated and gone forever. (Some items have already been bagged up. So if you are looking for something in particular, ask Nalani or Judy.)
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Next Week's Curriculum Focus

3.3 Reading Theme: Making Art

Essential Question: What is the main idea, and which details support that main idea? (This is a good question to ask when reading with your child.)

Comprehension Skill: Main Idea and Details

High Frequency Words: every, from, into, people, soon, your

Phonemic Awareness: Diagraphs ch, tch, wh, ph

Vocabulary Words: astonishing, continue, complicated, original, talented


Spelling Words and Dictation Sentences:

every, from, into, people, soon, your, whip, catch, match, chin, chop, when

Can you catch a whale with a net?

How much did you eat at lunch?


Writing Genre: Informative

Math: Introduction to Place Value through Addition and Subtraction to 12

Social Studies: Winter Holidays and Traditions

Science: Plant and Animal Parts and Survival

Important Dates

  • Care and Share - Ends MONDAY, December 14th
  • Assembly - Chinese Acrobats, Monday, December 14th, 8:40 AM
  • Winter Dress-Up Photo - Wednesday, December 16th, 8:30 AM
  • Mrs. Baldwin's Birthday - Wednesday, December 16th
  • Winter Party - Friday, December 18th, 8:45-9:45 AM
  • Lost & Found Items to be donated to charity - Friday, November 18th
  • Winter Break - No School - December 21, 2015 - January 1, 2016
  • School Resumes - Monday, January 4, 2016
  • Monthly Assembly - Friday, January 8, 8:35 AM

Email Errors

If you received this message by error, or this is not the correct address to use for school communication, or if you would like to add an additional address, please email me and let me know.

Mrs. Baldwin - tbaldwin@sbsd.net