December Monthly Newsletter
Montgomery Elementary School
From the Principal
Happy December Bearcat Families!! It’s hard to believe that 2022 is coming to an end and we have made it to December. The month of December is a busy month at an elementary school. Please be sure the look over the important dates in this newsletter. December 20th will be the last day for students and class holiday parties will take place during grade level designated times. During the second week of December, teachers will be sending a link for visitors to pre-register for class celebrations. If you will be attending the celebration, please use the link sent to help us get visitors in and out of the building in a timely manner. I hope that your family has a wonderful, safe break and a happy New Year! We will see you back at school on January 10, 2023.
Dear Bearcat Family,
As we move into December, our focus is on the character trait of empathy. Empathy means you can see things through other people’s eyes and feel what they feel. It is an understanding that goes beyond your own personal view . . . it is a heart speaking to a heart. When we master the art of empathy, we truly are open to other’s thoughts, perspectives, and experiences. We are able to focus on others rather than ourselves. If we can teach our children how to be empathetic, we will see more sympathy, compassion, and selflessness. What a wonderful trait to instill in our children.
I hope everyone has a Beautiful Christmas and Holiday Season!
Mrs. Natalie Skrehot
MES Clinic News
In the past few weeks, we have had more and more students and teachers getting sick (and now flu season is upon us)! Illnesses range from colds and coughs to stomach viruses. When children are sent to school sick or not fully well, they continue to infect others and the cycle never ends. Here are a few reminders that would be helpful to help prevent the spread of germs:
· Help us reinforce the idea of washing hands, washing hands, washing hands!!! We have hand sanitizers in the rooms and in the cafeteria.
· Please encourage the children to cough or sneeze in their elbow or shoulder rather than into their hands.
· Please do not send any medicine in their backpacks!!! Over-the-counter cough medicine, cough drops and prescription medicines must be brought to the clinic by a parent/guardian.
· Children must be fever free (<100.0) for 24 hours before returning to school. This is without taking fever reducers.
· If your child had an upset stomach (vomiting or diarrhea) in the night or morning before school, please do not send them until the following day.
· Please keep your child home if they are sick!!
· Send a note or DR. excuse saying that they were sick when they come back to school. This will make their absence excused and help with their attendance.
· When you are notified by the clinic that your child is ill, please try to pick them up in a timely manner. If you have problems with transportation, please have a neighbor or friend available that might be able to help you. We will not put a child with fever, head lice, pink eye, vomiting, etc on the bus. Please make sure we have current phone numbers.
Many of you are concerned about the number of days that your child has missed school, but the very best place for a child to be when they are sick is at home.
Have a wonderful and blessed month!
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In the month of December Pre-K will continue to investigate wheels.
How do wheels move?
How can we make our own wheels?
How do we use wheels?
How do they help us?
- recognize central idea and supporting details
recognize characters and structures of informational texts
identify words that name action, direction and position
discuss the author’s purpose
recognize steps in a sequence
identify story elements
discuss rhyme and rhythm a nursery rhymes and other poems
demonstrate and apply phonetic knowledge by identifying and matching common sounds to letters
identify and read up to 25 high frequency words
writing books with patterns
- write many books using sketches, letters and words
- learn how to revise by adding to their writing
- use words they know well in their writing
comparison of length and height
- comparison of weight
- comparison of volume
- comparison of sets within ten
- comparison of numerals
- rocks, soil, and water
National Patriotic Week
Celebrate Freedom Week
- Consonant digraphs, Three letter blends, CVCE words with long /a/ (ex. Cake)
- Literary Text: Stories Have A Narrator; Literary Text and Informational Text: Technology At Work
- Tales About Favorite Characters
- Introduction to Place Value Through Addition and Subtraction Within 20
- Ordering and Comparing Length measurements
- Locations and Map Skills
- Natural Resources
Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving break!
- Informational and Persuasive Text
- Persuasive writing
- VCe and final stable syllables
- Parts of speech
- Module 4 continued
- Texas Symbols and Landmarks
- National Holidays
- Bodies of Water and Resources
- We are moving into our Geography Unit and will be coving map skills and locations along with holiday activities.
- In December we will covering Earth's Forces and Earth's resources.
- Will we begin middle of the year screeners to see how much our students have grown and start Unit 5 all about Technology.
- We are still working on our multiplication facts! We will wrap up Module 3 in December with multiplication and division word problems.
- Please continue to see that your child gets their nightly homework done and practicing their math facts!
- This month in reading, we will look at the world through the eyes of others by exploring literary texts such as folktales, fables, and fairy tales. In writing, we will be writing to persuade, argue, and advise. Students will be writing letters and essays with their opinions, and justifying their position with facts.
- Our 4th graders will go back in time to The Republic of Texas and learn about the Annexation of Texas to the United States. We will end the month with how Texas is Growing.
- In Math this month, we will continue to practice multi-digit multiplication and division and solving within multi-step word problems.
- Our 4th Graders will explore the Earth's natural resources in science this month, comparing and contrasting those that are renewable and non-renewable.
- Colonial Governments
- Road to Revolution
- Changes and formations of landforms
- Weather and Climate
- Unit 4
- Point of View
- Figurative Language
- Adding and Subtracting Mixed Numbers
- Cup Stacking Tournament Celebrations! We are so proud of our MES participants!
3-6-3 relay results:
3rd grade girls - 4th place
3rd grade boys - 3rd place
4th grade girls - 1st place
4th grade boys - 1st place
5th grade girls - 3rd place
5th grade boys - 2nd place
3-3-3 relay results:
3rd grade girls - 1st place
3rd grade boys - 2nd place
6-6 relay results:
4th grade girls - 3rd place
4th grade boys - 5th place
Full cycle relay results:
5th grade girls - 2nd place
5th grade boys - 3rd place
- 2-5th graders are wrapping up our November "muscular strength" 30-day challenge. Students who completed the challenge can bring it back to school so we can celebrate their accomplishments with them!
- December is sure to be a fun time in the gym as we move into some exciting holiday games and activities that continue to build on movement patterns / skills, performance strategies & appropriate sporting behavior.
- The Holiday Spirit is alive and well in MES Music and we are eager to share it with everyone!
- Our Third Graders are working hard rehearsing for their holiday music program "Once on a Housetop" which will be presented on Thursday, December 15th at 6:30pm on the MES Stage. Come take a look inside through the chimneys of town and discover how the holiday season is celebrated on so many different and wonderful ways!
- After an incredible opportunity to honor our Veterans with programs at both MES and the Woodlands Children's Festival at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in November, our MES Bearcat Choir is busy rehearsing for its upcoming holiday performances. The Choir will perform for the Montgomery County Food Bank's Stock the Sleigh Event in downtown Conroe on December 2nd at 6:00pm. (Come enjoy and bring your food donations to help families through the holiday season!) On December 8th at 6:00pm, they will be performing at Bethlehem City at West Conroe Baptist Church. And you can also find them spreading Christmas cheer in the Montgomery Historical Society's Annual Christmas Parade in downtown Montgomery on December 10th.
- Montgomery Junior High Choir and Band and Montgomery High School Choir will be bringing the holiday spirit to our 4th and 5th graders this month! What a great way to experience the opportunities to be involved in music beyond MES!
- In the midst of all of the holiday preparations and caroling, we will continue studying all things music in the classroom.
- This month we will focus on high and low pitches (K), our voices as instruments(1st), Solfege and partner singing (2nd), performing (3rd), note duration (4th), and scales and key signatures(5th).
- If you'd like to be more involved in MES Music, we are always looking for volunteers to help with costuming, props, and set design for our programs. If you have ever thought about being in show biz, come join us! We will put your work in lights!!!
- Finally, if you happen to have...or know of anyone who might have....any old musical instruments that are no longer being used and would consider donating, please let me know! In our study of instruments, it helps so much to have the actual instruments to observe and touch and experience.
- Thank you always for your support and for giving us the opportunity to share a love for music together!
Wishing you a blessed and beautiful holiday season!!
- During the month of December students will be participating in the Hour of Code, learning to code a variety of tasks. This is always a hit and students love being able to build upon the skills they've previously learned.