January Monthly Newsletter
Montgomery Elementary School
From the Principal
I hope everyone had a great break and were able to enjoy some quality time with your family.
Second semester begins today and I am so excited to see all of the staff and students back in the building. I love the beginning of the year/semester because it allows everyone to have a fresh start and set goals for the new year. I am looking forward to seeing all of the great things that will happen over the next 5 months.
Welcome back Bearcat Families!! It is hard to believe that 2022 is over and we made it to 2023. I hope that each of you had a wonderful, restful Winter break and you were able to make amazing memories with family and friends.
As many of you are aware, the district has set a goal to have our daily average attendance rate at 95 percent or higher. Students who have 2 or fewer absences per grading period get to participate in an end of grading period reward. Students who reach this goal for the 3rd grading period will be given 30 bearcat bucks and will be able to “shop” from the MES market. There is a fun surprise for students that reach the attendance goal during the last grading period of the 22-23 school year.
The month of January is a great time to teach your child how to set goals. While some students may still be too young to think about what college they want to go to, or the career they may want to have, it is never too late to teach them the importance of setting, and achieving a goal. Discuss with your child that setting goals helps you become more confident in yourself, helps you make better decisions in your life, and gives you motivation. I cannot wait to see what amazing goals our Bearcats set and achieve in 2023!
Happy New Year Bearcat Family!
I hope you all had a beautiful, restful break, and are ready to take on 2023! In January, your children will learn about the character trait, COURAGE. As you know, throughout life your children will have to choose what is helpful, right, and kind even if it may be scary to them. It is important to teach our children that growth occurs once they step out of their comfort zone, and it is courage which helps them to do so. I hope this year brings lots of growth for all of us as we courageously strive to be better each day!
Mrs. Natalie Skrehot
Welcome back Bearcats!
I hope that everyone had a wonderful and restful Christmas break! As many already know, flu and strep are both going around and both are very contagious. So if your child has tested positive for either one, please keep them home until they are fever free for 24 hours.
Hearing and Vision referrals: If you received a referral for your child, please return the paperwork to me once they have seen a doctor. I am still working on screening so you may get a referral letter for your child in January or February as well. Thank you for your help with this!
Packing a change of clothes: I recommend every student keep a change of clothes in their backpack. Even older students need a change of clothes on occasion whether it be due to a lunch spill or a fall in mud. I have a limited supply of clothes in the clinic. I find that kids prefer to have something of their own to change into. For those who have a change of clothes packed, you may want to check them and add some pants or long sleeves for the winter.
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PreK will be starting Making Music unit.
*What do we know about music? What do we want to find out?
*What instruments can we play by hitting, tapping, or shaking them?
*What other musical instruments are there? How do people play them?
- Use illustrations and text to clarify word meanings
- Make inferences and use evidence to support understanding
- Synthesize information to create new understanding
- recognize the central idea and supporting evidence
- recognize characteristics and structures of informational text
- discuss the author’s purpose for writing the text
- Writers will write about their own life in a personal narrative
- Writers will sketch and write a beginning, middle and end across pages
- Writers will use story details
- Writers will make their writing the best it can be
- finishing up discussing length, weight and capacity
- discussing is there enough, too many, or not enough
- comparison of sets within 10
- Comparison of numerals
- begin composing and decomposing numbers 2, 3, 4, and 5
- observes and describe weather changes
- identify events that have a repeating pattern-like seasons
- observe, describe and illustrate objects in the sky
- learning about location
- using a relative location
- physical characteristics
Phonics- review of L blends, R blends and S blends
Reading- Informational Text
Writing- Writing reviews
Math- Eureka Module 3: Ordering and Comparing Length Measurements as Numbers
Eureka Module 4: Place Value, Comparison, Addition and Subtraction to 40
Science- Weather and air
Social Studies- Geography
- informational and persuasive text, informational and persuasive writing, ou, oi, oy, oo vowel teams, reviewing parts of speech
- Module 5 - Addition and Subtraction within 1,000 with word problems
- memorials, monuments, Texas symbols and landmarks
- rocks, bodies of water, resources
Please continue to read with your child every night!
- We are still working on multiplication so please practice those facts at home. We will apply multiplication as we begin our area unit.
- Natural resources are important to our everyday life, and we will be discussing the difference between renewable vs. nonrenewable.
- We will learn about the climate and landform of different regions of the United States.
- Unit 5 is a fun unit as we explore technology through reading and writing about fun inventions.
- We’ll kick off the new year by diving deeper into the Informational Argumentative genre in both reading and writing. Students will be able to identify an author’s message and supporting evidence, and apply those skills to their own writing.
- The New Year brings our students to learn about the Texas Government and important documents in Texas History.
- In math, 4th Graders will jump into 2023 from a new angle. Angles and planes that is! We are excited to get into the study of geometry!
- We are excited to become meteorologists in science this month, measuring, recording and predicting the changes in our weather!
- Students will begin researching the differences between weather and climate, review the water cycle and determine how Earth's Rotation effects the day/night cycle and shadows on Earth.
- Students will learn about the American Revolution and how the United States becomes a new nation with a Constitution and Bill of Rights.
Multiplying and Dividing Decimals
Expressions and Equations
Fact vs. Opinion
The new year is a perfect time to refocus, reinforce good habits, and set new goals for the year ahead. Here are some reminders and things we will be working towards in the gym this month:
- Proper footwear- We have all had to adjust to recent changes in the specials schedule now that the computer lab is no longer a part of the rotation. Please ask your child's teacher if you are unsure of which days your child has PE class. The proper footwear for PE is tennis shoes for student safety, ease of movement & gym preservation. Many students keep a pair of tennis shoes in their backpack just in case they forget when it is PE day.
- Safe practices- We will begin the new year reviewing safe practices by following rules, procedures, and directions during class and activities. Students will describe and select proper attire and safety equipment that promotes safe participation and prevents injury in dynamic activities and games.
- Social & Emotional Health- Students will accept and take responsibility for personal actions that affect self and others during dynamic activities and lead-up games.
Happy New Year,
Hello MES Parents!!
Hope the holiday season treated you and your family well! Mine was great! For those of you who don't know, I am so excited to welcome a sweet baby boy in March of this year. 🙂 With that, my belly continues to grow, and my due date is quickly approaching! My maternity leave will begin just as we return from spring break. With that date just around the corner, I am often asked, “How can I help?” My answer is: come help hang art on bulletin boards, upload student art to Artsonia, or distribute student artwork back to teachers. These are jobs that are completely on a volunteer basis. A huge thank you to Paige Sullivan for leading this crew! A might big thank you to Angie Kerner - she has spent SO much time uploading student art to Artsonia this year and had been a big help with bulletin boards. Diedre Sherill has been instrumental in helping decorate our hallways and bulletin boards as well!
If you would like to donate your time to the cause, please shoot Paige Sullivan a text at (936)588-9779
As always, please reach out if you have any questions! I would be happy to help in any way I can! You all are the BEST!!!
Happy New Year from the Music Room!:-)) I hope that everyone had a wonderful and relaxing Christmas break! I am super excited to start a fresh new year sharing music with all of you! I am even more excited to welcome Mrs. Peyton Lindsey to MES! Mrs. Lindsey is from SHSU and will be teaching with me this semester. The kiddos have already met her on the first 2 days of school, and I know they will be super excited to see her again!
*Fifth Graders are reviewing Notation symbols, accidentals, dynamics, and writing rhythm and melodies.
*Fourth Graders are hard at work on their music program "Joust, A Medieval Musical" which will be performed on February 23rd at 6:30pm on the MES Stage. They will also be starting their beloved study of recorders!
*Third Graders are delving deeper into the Classical Period and studying classical composers.
*Second Graders work with melodic phrases and the pentatonic scale.
*First Grade and Kindergarten are focusing on pitches and intervals. a
*PreK is beginning their exploration of loud and soft.
*Our MES Bearcat Choir continues to serve the community through their Kindness Bus, visiting assisted living centers, community helpers, and our supporters to spread kindness and cheer!
*Fifth Grade choir members are rehearsing for the MISD District Choir performance on February 7th at Montgomery High School at 6:00pm where they will join 5th Grade choir members from across the district! It will be an exciting and beautiful night of music!
*Calling all Aggie fans!! Our MES Bearcat Choir will sing the National Anthem at the Texas A&M Men's Basketball Game vs. Missouri on February 15th at 8:00pm. Discounted tickets can be purchased through our link:
Come support our choir and watch an exciting SEC basketball game as an added bonus!!
Gig 'em Aggies!
Thank you for all that you do to support music at MES! I truly appreciate each one of you, and I am truly looking forward to spending an awesome 2023 with our incredible kiddos! - Cindy Siple, Music Teacher
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato
- During the month of January, students will continue coding.
- Kindergarten and 1st grade students are using our Dash and Ozobot Robots learning the basics of send code to a device.
- 2nd - 5th grade students are learning to write code using Code.org. There are a variety of coding activities for them to choose from and everyone ends up finding something they are excited about!