# Tumbleweed Times Week 16

### News from Ranch 25 - December 18, 2015

In social studies we learned about the Christmas tradition called Las Posadas which begins on December 16th and lasts for nine nights. The word "posadas" means "inn" or "lodging". In Mexico, people go door to door, pretending to search for a place where Joseph and Mary can stay. They carry lanterns and sing songs. They also carry an entire, and typically large, nativity scene. When they reach the prearranged house, the nativity is carried in, prayers are said, and refreshments are served. A piĆ±ata is often the highlight of the party.

In math this week we applied all the strategies we have learned so far to problem solving activities. We did not do every single problem in every packet. This is a good opportunity to learn from your child. Ask him/her to explain how to solve a problem we have not yet solved. Read more about it in the parent newsletter at this link . . . Math News: Grade 1, Module 2, Topic C.

## Care and Share

We had wonderful participation for our Care and Share program this year. The baby will receive a swing and the child will receive a bike. In addition, the entire family will have gifts to open. Thank you to all who participated, and a great big THANKS to Karen Sykes for checking our box each day and sending out reminder emails.

## A Holiday Wish

In this blessed season of light. I wish you the joy of caring, the wonder of sharing, the serenity of faith, and the peace of a contented heart. May love surround you, now and forever.

Happy New Year! See you in 2016!

## Next Week's Curriculum Focus

Essential Question: What clues from the story did you us to draw conclusions about the characters? (This is a good question to ask when reading with your child.)

Comprehension Skill: Draw Conclusions

High Frequency Words: after, done, find, new, old, work

Phonemic Awareness: Long vowel "o" and "u" using the silent e (-oke, -ose, -ote, -ute, -ube, -uke, -ue)

Vocabulary Words: create, hobby, inspire, resourceful, structure

Spelling Words and Dictation Sentences:

after, done, find, new, old, work, joke, woke, nose, note, cute, cube

A cute rat ran down the hole.

A dog uses its nose to find bones.

Writing Genre: Informative

Math: Introduction to Place Value through Addition and Subtraction to 12

Social Studies: Winter Holidays and Traditions

Science: Plant and Animal Parts and Survival

## Important Dates

• Winter Break - No School - December 21, 2015 - January 1, 2016
• School Resumes - Monday, January 4, 2016
• Monthly Assembly - Friday, January 8, 8:35 AM
• No School - Monday, January 18th, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
• PTA Bingo Night - Friday, January 22, 2015, 5:30 PM

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