Mrs. Rish's Class Skills Agenda

December 4

Language Arts

During the next two weeks, we will compare and contrast several versions of A Christmas Carol. We will read an abridged adaptation of the Charles Dickens tale. We also will watch and discuss The Muppet Christmas Carol and Mickey's Christmas Carol. Students also will complete a book study based on the Magic Tree House Book A Ghost Tale for Christmas.

We will contine collaborating with a group of teachers to create a booklet titled: It's Christmas! The Stories Behind our Cultural Customs! Students will visit with a teacher to learn about a specific custom. A storybook will be shared. The teacher and students will identify the Who, When, Where, What, Why in the story. The history of the custom and the country of origin will also be identified. Students will learn about: wreaths, Christmas lights, candy canes, presents, poinsettias, Santa, nutcrackers, Christmas trees, gingerbread and reindeer. Students also will get to create a craft to represent each custom.

Spelling Words

slice, dodge, city, nice, center, price, circle, space, huge, judge, central, gentle, celebrate, gigantic, gymnast

/ce/, /ci/, /cy/, /ge/, /gi/

No Vocabulary Test this Week!

Try using these review words during the holidays!

Prancer strutted across my roof while pulling Santa's sleigh!

The Grinch was startled to see Cindy Lou Who.

My friend has an adorable assortment of penguin ornaments.

I was jubilant when I found the perfect gift for my Mom.

The magical snow was swirling around Frosty the Snow Man.

You may also want to try to make sentences with: brisk, request, improve, witness, bewildered, entranced, specially, agile, selected, excitable, and recently.

Science & Social Studies

We will continue to explore the stories behind our Christmas cultural customs.

We will compare and contrast how things were in Victorian times and today.


We will continue Module 4 in Eureka Math.

Our objectives this week will be:

  1. Subtract from 200 and from numbers with zeros in the tens place.
  2. Use and explain the totals below method using words, math drawings, and numbers.
  3. Compare totals below to new groups below as written methods.
  4. Solve two step word problems within 100.

We also are practicing word problems and the mental math addition and subtraction strategies that we have learned.

Holiday Book Fair

Paine Primary’s Holiday Book Fair

Help grow your child’s love of reading at our Evening Book Fair!

Books make wonderful gifts!

We will be open Tuesday (12/8) and Thursday (12/10)

From 3:00pm – 7:00pm

See you there!

Here is a short video you can share with your little reader…

Upcoming Events

  • Dec. 4 - Children's Theatre - Seussical - We will be back in time for lunch.
  • Dec. 8 - Mrs. Rish Professional Development (Kelley Cole will substitute)
  • Dec. 11 - Christmas Program at 9:00 a.m.
  • Dec. 11 - Mrs. Rish personal day (Kelley Cole will substitute.) - My daughter graduates!
  • Dec. 16 - Second Grade Holiday Parties
  • Dec. 18 - School will dismiss at noon.
  • Dec. 21 - Jan. 5 - Student Winter Break
  • Jan. 6 - Students return


Please study spelling and vocabulary words. There will be a vocabulary and spelling test on Friday.

Please complete 2 Homework Tickets per week. Your child should teach a parent/guardian the math concepts at least two nights per week. Students are bringing home completed homework sheets on a daily basis. They should use two of these sheets to explain the lesson to someone in the household. Each Friday, two completed Homework Tickets should be returned to me.

Read daily. Raz-Kids may also be used for reading time. I also recommend Moby Max.

Good Citizen

This student has been selected as the Good Citizen for this week. Congratulations!

Elf Rules - From the Office

We will be entering into the holiday season very soon and the elves will begin making their yearly visits. While Santa’s little helpers are as cute as can be, they tend to cause distractions at school, and many times, they end up misplaced or lost. To help alleviate the stress elves can cause for our young students, we are asking that they not come to school over the next several weeks. Students will be allowed to bring their elves the day of their class Christmas party, but any other time, they should not be at school. Please be mindful of this as you begin making preparations for your child’s elf’s return

Learning Targets

Reading Literature: RL.1, 2, 3. 5. 6, 7.8, 9, 10

Informational Text: RI. 1,2, 4, 6, 10

Foundational Skills: RF. 3, 4

Writing: W. 3,5,

Math: OA 1, 2 NBT 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9

Lunch Reservations (we eat at 12:25)

Message from the Office


Each student is allowed 6 parent excuses per year (this is a change from years past). Parent excuses can be a hand written note or you may email the excuse to your child’s teacher and copy the excuse to:

An ORIGINAL doctor’s excuse may be turned in from the parent by the student. Doctor’s excuses may be faxed to 205-228-3201 ONLY by the doctor’s office. We can NOT accept a faxed doctor’s excuse from a parent.

All excuses MUST be turned in within 3 days of the absence.

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