Miss Butz's Class Newsletter

January 18 - 22

The Winter Months Are TOUGH!

This past week has been a challenge. No outside recess = a classroom full of kids with A LOT of energy! We dance and try to get our wiggles out, but we just need that time to run! Hopefully we can get outside soon! If you have a chance, it would be great to remind your child of our 5 South Creek Rules...

1. Follow directions quickly

2. Raise your hand to talk

3. Control your hands and feet

4. Ask for permission to leave your learning area

5. Make G.R.E.A.T.(S.) Choices - use your Gator GREATS Traits (Generosity, Respect, Effort, Attitude, Trustworthiness, Self-Control)

Maybe a few reminders from you at home will help with behavior at school. This cold winter months are tough because we all get less exercise and less fresh air!

DIBELS Testing is going well. I have seen a lot of progress in the kids I have tested so far. The testing will continue through next week. As soon as our testing window closes, results will be sent home. I'll let you know when to expect the testing scores.

Inside Recess Fun

Important Dates


Monday, January 18th - MLK Jr. Day

No school today

Tuesday, January 19th - THE 100th DAY OF SCHOOL!

We will celebrate the 100th day of school today! Your strings of 100 things are due!

January 19th-22nd - SPARC Drive (Please refer to the College and Career Week Packet)

Needed items: canned tuna, canned ham, canned chicken, cereal, pop tarts, oatmeal, pancake mix, syrup, peanut butter, mustard, ketchup, mayonnaise, baby food, baby formula, canned fruit, pasta, spaghetti sauce, rice

Friday, January 22nd -- PTO Family Game Night!

See flyer for more details!

January 25 - 29th Planning Ahead for Career and College Week

Monday - Your Future is Bright Day! -- Wear sunglasses today!

Tuesday - Oh the Places You'll Go Day! -- Dress up as what you would like to be when you grow up.

Wednesday - Honor Your Teacher Day! -- Wear the colors or spirit wear of the college your teacher attended - That would be PURDUE! Wear your black and gold!! :)

Thursday - South Creek Prepares Us for College Day! -- Wear SC spirit wear or green and blue!

Friday - College Spirit Wear Day! -- Wear college spirit wear or the colors of your favorite college!


A South Creek parent created a website for kids to practice Chomputation. It has levels P5 and up. Check it out!


Learning This Week!

Literacy Focus:

Story: Mama, Is It Summer Yet?

Letter Sounds: /b/, /l/

Phonemic Awareness Skills: middle sounds, ending sounds, segmenting words (saying all sounds in words, ex. dog -- /d/ /o/ /g/), adding sounds to words (ex. "it" add /h/ to the beginning, what is the new word?)

Reading Skills: asking and answering questions, key details (using illustrations and text), main idea, making connections, visualizing, sequencing, characters

Sight Word: is, little

Math Focus:

100th Day Activities, Counting by 5s, Tally Marks, The Raft Game

Writing Focus:

100th Day Writing, Word Choice

Science Focus:

Weather and Seasons

Social Studies Focus:



Remember that BOOK-IT pizza forms are due at the end of each month. You reading to your child OR your child reading to you counts! Just fill up the chart for the 21 books, sign it, have your child sign it, and send it in! I will send home a personal pizza certificate for your child if you have reached the goal.


Tuesday: Music

Wednesday: Library (rotates each week) Your child MAY be able to check out a new book today, so send it in!

Thursday: Art


*Please note that your child can NOT check out a new book unless the book is returned on our library day on Monday. If you send it in late, then he/she has to wait until the next Monday to check out another book.

Measurement Fun!

Goal: To help your child practice measurement skills – length/width/height.

What you will need:

· String

· Scissors

· Various object to measure

· Paperclips

Let’s Go!

1. Play the String-a-Long Game

§ To start, put an object on the table. Look carefully at how long it is, but don’t touch it. When you are ready, cut a piece of string that you think is just about as long as the object. Then the other person does the same thing. Remember, no touching! Compare your pieces of string with the object and see which one is closer in length. Try several different objects.

2. Try to measure in arm lengths. Try to encourage your child to measure with his/her arms stretched out. Talk about how you can use that to compare the width of different pieces of furniture – refrigerator, bed, kitchen table.

3. Try measuring with paper clips. Hook paperclips together or just line them up to measure various objects around the house. Be sure to discuss the importance of each paperclip being the same size. Ask them why that is important.

4. Try measuring with other measuring tools – rulers, tape measure, etc.

Let’s Go On!

5. Have your child keep track of what he/she measures. Compare the

lengths, heights, widths, etc. of the various objects, people, or furniture.

Source – The Fattest, Tallest, Biggest Snowman Ever_ _


*Dismissal is at 3:50pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

*Every Wednesday is an Early Release Day. We dismiss at 3:20pm.