Rhino Report

December 2021

Important Dates:

  • Dec. 2- Kinder Parent Activity 2:10pm
  • Dec. 14- Ross Hearing Screening
  • Dec. 21- Fun With Firsties 11:30am
  • Dec. 22- Jan. 6- Winter Break No School for Students
  • Dec. 23- End of 1st Semester No School for Students
  • Jan. 9- 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. Hansen, Mrs. Burkhart, Mrs. Veeder

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

  • Read two books this month and return your reading goal paper by December 19.

2nd Grade- Mrs. VanArsdale, Mrs. Hessman, Miss Leslie, 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. 9th when we come back.

3rd Grade- Mrs. Cook, Miss Cox, Mrs. Gutierrez, Ms. Martinez

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 16

Each teacher will communicate the reading goal for their class.

4th Grade- Mrs. Guerrero, Miss. Murillo, Mrs. Knight, Mrs. Hager

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

  • Each teacher will communicate the reading goal for their class.

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

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. Rogers and Mr. Burkhard

Polo/Health/Rhythms

Library- Mrs. Fairbank

Our students love reading nonfiction books in our library. Read a nonfiction book and make a list of three new facts you learned from the text.

Student Support Services- Ms. Alarcon

Happy December, everyone!


This month students will continue Emotion Management Unit. Students will learn how to identify emotions in themselves and others and apply strategies to manage their emotions.

The goal of this unit includes students being able to:

· Explain the purpose of emotions

· Identity differences between three gradations of the same emotion

· Recall emotions have a purpose-emotions provide important information about what they may need

· Name an emotion-management strategy, including: taking a break, slow breathing, and slow counting


Feel free to contact me if I can assist your family in any way.

Alarcon.erica@usd443.org

-Ms. Alarcon

School Psychologist- Mrs. Millershaski

Fine Motor Skills for at Home


· Use dot markers on a white board

· Transfer water to ice cube tray

· Place buttons on drawn lines

· Press items to sticky paper

· Peel masking tape from a table

· Press dry pasta into playdough

· Transfer blocks to a muffin tin

· Practice with cutting with scissors