Smarty Panda Newsletter

Week of January 11th

What We Are Learning

Spelling - Unit 14 "er" words

Reading - Tacky the Penguin story comparison and Reader's Theater

Author study - Helen Lester

Writing - Imaginative narratives - rereading and editing

Grammar - antonyms (opposites) and synonyms (same)

Math - Adding and subtracting 3-digit numbers (no regrouping)

Science - Water cycle: precipitation, condensation and evaporation

Health - Germs and safety

Important Dates and Homework

Jan. 13th - synonym & antonym homework due

Jan. 15th - dress "Tacky" day

Jan. 15th - spelling test

Jan. 15th - 3 digit addition & subtraction homework due

Jan. 18 - MLK Day/No School

Jan. 25-29th - Announcements appearances

Jan. 29th - 2nd graders wear green for Diversity day

Feb. 12th - All Pro Dads in the library at 7am

Feb. 24th - Report cards go home. Kids can wear their favorite college shirts.

Feb. 26th - Six Flags Reading sheet due for your free tickets!

Don't forget your 20 minutes of guided reading each night. The more you practice, the better you get!

Announcement Appearances

Each class takes a turn appearing on the Morning announcements that are telecast throughout our school. Our week is January 25th. Each day, I'll send a few kiddos to represent our class. If you would like to watch the announcements from your home computer, follow these directions:

-open your internet explorer (it will not work on google chrome)

-type in on the address bar

-you may get an error message about the security cerificate, click okay

-this will take you to Denton ISD's video page

-type "Nelson" in the search bar and click on "Nelson Morning announcements"

-there will be 2 choices. Click the one with the green filmstrip next to it.

Please try this out a day or two before to make sure you have the Windows Media Plugin installed and all that good stuff :) There will only be a feed during the live announcements - 7:50-8ish. So if you have a blank screen, that is normal.

If not, no worries, I will take pictures to share on our facebook page too!

Kroger Card helps our School

During the first semester, we earned over $300.00 and we only had 63 households connected to L.A. Nelson. Do you have your Kroger card connected to Nelson? If so, we will see this on the bottom of your receipt.

Our supporters (63 households) who shopped at Kroger have contributed to your $316.98 total donation. Just imagine if half of our families had their Kroger cards linked to L.A. Nelson PTA. Please double check and make sure your card is registered.

Please take time to register your card and tell your spouses and grandparents.

L.A. Nelson school code is 90039.

Student Safety

The Neighborhood Wal-mart is expected to open this Wednesday, the 13th. Please DO NOT park there and walk across the street to the campus. It's a very dangerous roadway and we will not have any crossing guards stationed there. Children will not be allowed to cross there to meet you in the parking lot either. Thank you for keeping our kids safe!

Spelling City

Don't forget to check out for a fun way for kiddos to practice their spelling words! It offers a subscription or there are certain games you can play for free (that's our choice). I enter the class list each week, each word shares a pattern. This week will be Unit 14 "er" words.

Dress for the Weather

Don't forget to check the weather each day and send your child with appropriate attire. We will go outside for recess unless the wind chill and temperature are less than 40 degrees. Also, feel free to send chapstick and lotion for your child to keep in their backpacks. We've had some painful dry lips and hands.

Our class also tends to be on the chilly side. If you would like to send a jacket for them to keep in their cubby full-time, I'm sure they would appreciate it :)

Contact Information

Don't forget our Remind text messaging program. Text "@spandas" to 81010.

Anytime you want to check on how your child is doing, check out our Dojo points at

My conference time is 1:50-2:40.