Miss Butz's Class Newsletter

December 7 - 11

Please dress your child for the weather!

Winter weather is here, even though it isn't officially winter until December 21st. We DO GO OUTSIDE EVERYDAY for recess unless the windchill is below zero or there is snow on the blacktop. On days when there is snow on the playground, we will just have recess out on the blacktop. Please make sure your child has a warm coat, hat and gloves or mittens. I don't want anyone getting sick. Thank you!

Report card assessments are going well. I have seen a lot of growth so far. I can't wait to get report cards done so you can see how your child is doing. I believe report cards will come home when we get back from winter break. Keep working on those skills at home that are so individualized, like writing first and last names. Thank you!

Practicing Patterns

Important Dates

Friday, December 4th - Scholastic Book orders due!

I will be putting the order in this evening!

Friday, December 4th - Evening With Santa

I hope to see you here tonight!

Monday, December 7th - Disguised Gingerbread due today

Please make sure your child bring in his her disguised gingerbread man. We will be writing about them on Tuesday! Thank you!

Thursday, December 17th - Last Day Before Break

SC Santa Hat day too! Enjoy the winter break from December 18 - January 1

Thursday, December 17th - Classroom Party

Winter parties are from about 3:00 - 3:45

Thursday, December 17th - Yearbook orders due

If you want to order a yearbook for this year, please send the order in by this day or order online at http://ybpay.lifetouch.com The code is 11616616

Learning This Week!

Literacy Focus:

Story: My Garden

Letter Sound: /h/

Phonemic Awareness Skills: rhyming, syllables, beginning sounds, ending sounds, segmenting words (saying all sounds in words, ex. dog -- /d/ /o/ /g/)

Reading Skills: asking and answering questions, key details (using illustrations and text), main idea, making connections, visualizing, sequencing, character

Sight Word: my

Math Focus:

Body and Rope Shapes, Shape Comparisons, The Subtraction Symbol, Slate Activities

Writing Focus:

Gingerbread writing and holiday writing

Science Focus:

Color Experiments

Social Studies Focus:



Remember that BOOK-IT pizza forms are due at the end of each month. You reading to your child OR your child reading to you counts! Just fill up the 16 slices of pizza, sign it, have your child sign it, and send it in! I will send home a personal pizza certificate for your child if you have reached the goal.


Monday: Library*

Tuesday: Music

Wednesday: Music (rotates each week)

Thursday: Art

Friday: Gym -- wear your gym shoes!!

*Please note that your child can NOT check out a new book unless the book is returned on our library day on Monday. If you send it in late, then he/she has to wait until the next Monday to check out another book.

Holiday Gift Guide: Fun and Educational Toys

We’ve gathered some of the best educational toys for preschoolers and beyond. This holiday season, give your kids gifts that will lead to laughs and hours of play while growing their minds. (Click on a title to go to the sites)

  • STEM-tastic Toys
    With everything from a toy cash register to an edible chemistry set, this list of STEM-tastic gifts will make your little learner’s wish list complete. While these toys encourage a love of math and science learning, most of them can be used for general playtime and fun!
  • Gifts to Grow Readers
    Reading, writing, a-Christmas-tic! Encourage early literacy learning with these incredible and award-winning toys for tots. Whether it’s alphabet learning, letter formation or storytelling, these items are sure to inspire the little reader and writer in your home.
  • Toys to Inspire Creativity
    Help your child explore their creativity and imagination with toys that bring out their musical, artistic, and physical abilities.
  • Gifts for PBS KIDS Lovers
    Whether your kid is wild for WildKratts and WordGirl or can’t get enough of Daniel Tiger and Super Why, we’ve got it covered. These toys and games will entertain and delight every PBS KIDS fan.
  • Stocking Stuffers–Gifts Under $10
    Need ideas to stuff those stockings? Here is our suggested list of little presents for little ones.


*Dismissal is at 3:50pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

*Every Wednesday is an Early Release Day. We dismiss at 3:20pm.