Rhino Report

December 2021

Important Dates:

  • Dec. 2- McTeacher Night 5pm-8pm
  • Dec. 16- Fun With Firsties 2:15pm
  • Dec. 17- End of 1st Semester No School for Students
  • Dec. 20- Jan. 5- Winter Break No School for Students
  • Jan. 4- School Resumes

Kindergarten- Mrs. Slattery, Mrs. Del Real, Mrs. Vigil, Mrs. Blackburn

Math Update


  • We are on Module 3: In this unit we will compare length, weight, capacity, and numbers to 10.

  • Math Vocabulary: heavier/lighter than (weight), longer/shorter than (length), more/less than (# comparison), taller/shorter than (height), same as

  • How to help at home: Begin asking more than/less than questions about groups of objects around the house. Encourage measurement activities at home.

  • Continue to practice counting and writing numbers 0-20.

ELA Update


  • Continue practicing sight words: I, am, the, little, a, to, have, is, we, like, my, he, for

  • New sight words: me, with, she, see, look, they, you, of

  • In reading students will be working on retelling a story and identifying the characters, setting, and major events.

  • Continue to work on recognizing and naming all upper and lowercase letters.

  • We will continue to practice identifying the beginning, middle, and final sounds in CVC words (ex. big)

Quarterly Reading Goal

Continue reading together at home to help your child meet their reading goal.

1st Grade- Miss Theis, Mrs. Hanson, Mrs. Burkhart, Mrs. Veeder, Ms. Tabor, Mrs. Huck

Math Update
  • Add and subtract within 20
  • Solving word problems to add and subtract within 20

ELA Update

  • Retelling stories: Beginning, Middle, End
  • Writing narratives using temporal words: first, next, then, last
  • Author’s purpose: informative, entertainment
  • Opinion writing

Quarterly Reading Goal

  • Complete nightly reading sheet

2nd Grade- Mrs. VanArsdale, Mrs. Hessman, Mrs. Towry, Ms. Montes

Math Update
  • Finish module 4 and take test- Addition and subtraction within 200 with words problems to 100.

ELA Update

  • ELA focus: Readers will understand how illustrations and text features help them make better sense of what they are reading.

  • Phonics Focus: plurals, long a, long e

  • Writing focus: Students will be able to read about a historical person and write a paragraph summary of what they learned.

Reading Goal

  • December reading goal sent home. Read 20 minutes minimum each night. Reading goals due Jan. 5th when we come back.

3rd Grade- Mrs. Cook, Miss Cox, Mrs. O'Brien, Mrs. Gutierrez

Math Update
  • Please continue practicing your multiplication and division facts.
  • We will begin exploring the area of geometric shapes.
  • Students will compare the area of geometric shapes.
  • Discuss characteristics of shapes you see throughout the community.

ELA Update

  • We will do an informative writing piece comparing and contrasting two communities.
  • While reading with your child ask your child to recall important ideas from their story.

Quarterly Reading Goal- Due December 11

Each teacher will communicate the reading goal for their class.

4th Grade- Ms. Batman, Miss Wiswell, Mrs. Estrella, Mrs. Hiers, Mrs. Guerrero

Math Update

  • We are still working in module 3. This is a lengthy module.
  • We will be multiplying and dividing larger numbers using models and then moving to using standard algorithms.
  • Have your student model for you some of the ways they have learned to solve these problems.

ELA Update

  • We will be finishing up unit 2 module A this month. We have been using dialogue to help find themes in a text. As writers we learned to write dialogue to describe characters and our own story themes. Ask your child about the book they are reading. Have them identify the themes and how dialogue helped build that theme.

Quarterly Reading Goal Due December 10

(All books are at the student's reading level

  • 1 mystery chapter book
  • 1 fiction chapter book
  • 1 nonfiction book

5th Grade- Mrs. Irsik, Miss Bacon, Mrs. Botello, Miss Bradshaw

Math Update

  • Multiplying and dividing fractions

  • Measuring fractional parts on a number line

  • Understanding fractional parts of a whole

ELA Update

For the month of December, we are working in Unit 2 Module B of our curriculum. Our focus is understanding that people respond to inequality in different ways by summarizing texts such as Real-Life Superheroes and The Great Migration. Students will also be working on informational writing to explain a Real-Life Superhero from understanding of the text.

Quarterly Reading Goal

Weekly Reading Log: Students are to read 20 minutes per day with a short summary of pages read.

Music- Miss Corwin and Mrs. Bennett


  • Holiday Music

Physical Education- Mr. Hobbs and Mr. Rogers

Polo/Health/Rhythms

Library- Mrs. Fairbank

Kindergarten- Pick your favorite book and retell the main events!

1st grade- Have your student explain the difference between fiction and nonfiction.

2nd grade- Have your student explain the difference between fiction and nonfiction books.

3rd & 4th grade- What animal is stronger or faster? Find out in Jerry Pallotta's Who Would Win series.

5th grade- Read your favorite book and name the characters, setting, theme and plot!

Student Support Services- Ms. Alarcon

Happy December everyone!


This month, we will be talking about ways to resolve conflict. The student will learn how to handle small conflicts respectfully so it doesn’t become a bigger problem. My goal is to help give students the tool to stand up for themselves. As always feel free to contact me if I can assist your family in any way.


Alarcon.erica@usd443.org

-Ms. Alarcon

School Psychologist- Mrs. Millershaski

3 GREAT REASONS TO READ ALOUD

1. Reading aloud to children expands their vocabulary

2. Reading aloud to children improves comprehension

3. Reading aloud creates a lifetime interest in reading