Mrs. Inman's Happenings

December 4-8

PTO Christmas Performance

Your child is hard at work learning Christmas songs for the upcoming PTO Christmas Performance on Dec. 7th. Please plan to have your child in the North Amphitheater by 5:45. The performance will begin at 6:00 pm.

We will have Open House following the Christmas Performance.

Christmas Party

In lieu of exchanging gifts amongst our classroom friends, we will be participating in the Children's of Alabama Sugar Plum Shop. We are asking that each child bring in a gift to be donated to the Sugar Plum Shop which allows parents of patients at Children's Hospital to shop for Christmas gifts free of charge. See the attached SPS Wish List for gift ideas. Please note, participation is completely voluntary and gifts of any size and/or dollar amount are more than welcome. Please send in items by Wednesday, December 8th.

Our class Christmas party will be Thursday, December 14th. Please see sign up genius link below for items needed. The kids will be eating some breakfast goodies that morning, and will then have popcorn and chocolate milk that afternoon while watching The Polar Express. Please have them wear PJs this day.

Christmas Party Signup:

Reading/Language Arts

We will learn the long a sound spelled ai and ay. We will also learn the long i sound spelled igh, y, and ie. While reading non-fiction, we will learn how to find key words. We will also learn to bring your read aloud to life. We will still hold reading conferences with students and students will partner read. In writing workshop students will write informational books. Students will learn that writers use speech bubbles and pop-out words. Students will learn how to edit a story (spelling, capitals, and punctuation) step by step.


We will review various strategies when subtracting (model draw, counting back, make a 10, and count on. We will solve word problems with an unknown number. We will learn about place value (tens and ones). We will play math games in centers. We will work on addition and subtraction fluency and do quick fluency checks with students. We will do number talks.

Here is the link to the parent tip sheet for our new math module:

Learning Targets

Reading Literature: RL. 1, 2, 3, 7, 8

Foundational Skills: RF, 1, 2, 3, 4

Writing: W. 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.5

Speaking and Listening: SL. 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5

Language: L, 1.1, 1. 2, 1.5

Math: 1.OA. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Number and Operations: NBT.1

Important Dates

12/7 - PTO program for first grade at 6:00

12/12- Old Baker Farm Field Trip

12/14 - Christmas Party for first grade (Students may wear their pajamas)

12/15 - School dismisses at noon (Winter Break)

1/3 - Students return

Lunch Menu

We eat lunch at 12:20.

Note from the Office

We want to provide all of our Paine Elementary parents with detailed information regarding the attendance policies of Trussville City Schools.

Please use the email addresses below to provide parent excuses for your student’s absences.


Monday: Students who check in after 10:53 am will be considered absent for the full day.

Tuesday-Friday: Students who check in after 11:23 am will be considered absent for the full day.


Monday: Students who check-out before 10:53 am will be considered absent for the full day.

Tuesday-Friday: Students who check-out before 11:23 am will be considered absent for the full day.



Excuses must be turned in within 3 days of absence.

All excuses must be original. No faxed or scanned copies will be accepted unless it is sent from the agency providing the service.

Falsifying and/or forging excuses is punishable through Jefferson County Family Court.

All excuses are first posted as unexcused (U) and will be changed when an excuse is turned into the office.

2 types of excused absences are posted---

X- Parent excuse

P- Physician’s excuse

Students can have up to 6 days of excused absences per year with a parent note. The 6 days may include sickness, vacation, sports competitions, etc. and will be coded “X-parent excuse.”

Any absences after the 6 days of parent excused absences MUST have a doctor’s note to be excused.

Any student accumulating three unexcused absences will receive a letter notifying parents that continued failure to comply with attendance policy will result in a referral to the Trussville City Board of Education (TCBOE) Student Services and the Early Warning Program in Jefferson County Family court. After a student has accumulated 5 unexcused absences, the school will send a 2nd notice to the parents. After the 7th unexcused absence, the attendance information will be reported to the TCBOE Student Services Department and a referral made to the Early Warning Program in Trussville City Court. Once a student has completed the Early Warning Program in Trussville City Court, any additional unexcused absences will be referred to Trussville City Schools Student Services Department for referral to Jefferson County Family Court for truancy.

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