Miss Shorna's Snippets

November 16th-20th

Miss Shorna's Email

If you have not already noticed, I have an email address now. It is located down at the bottom of the newsletter under Contact Miss Shorna. If you have not yet noticed, my e-mail address is lindsay.shorna@rcsc.k12.in.us. Please feel free to contact me with any questions and/or concerns. Look forward to hearing from you!

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

We will be having a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Feast in our room on Tuesday, November 24th. The feast includes, popcorn, toast, pretzels, and jelly beans. To help cover the cost of the materials, I am asking for a $1.00 donation by November 20th. Thank you for your help and support. I am looking forward to celebrating with the class.

White T-shirts

Plain white t-shirts were due last Friday. However, if you have not turned in your child's t-shirt please due so soon for our party on November 24th. I will be fringe cutting the shirts and they will writing on the shirts with markers to create different Indiana symbols. Please send the t-shirt in a Ziplock back with their name on the bag.

Canned Food Drive

Gallagher Charitables and Saint Joseph's College are partnering up to have a canned food drive. Students and classes from Van Rensselaer and Rensselaer Central Primary School will compete to see who can bring in the most canned food items. The class with the most canned food items by November 20 wins a pizza party for their class. Anything that you can donate will be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

Scholastic Book Fair

The Rensselaer Central Primary School is hosting a Scholastic Book Fair. The book fair will begin November 30th through Friday, December 4th. The fair will also be open Thursday evening from 6:00-7:30 P.M. during the "If You Take A Family To School" Night. Students will be given $5.00 to spend on a book which was donated from the PTA. If you would like to help out during the book fair, please fill out the form that was sent home last week as soon as possible.

"If You Take A Family To School" Night

Please join us for a fun-fllled family night at Rensselaer Central Primary School on December 3, 2015 at 6:00-7:30 P.M. There will be stories, writing activities, the book fair, food and a photo booth. Door prizes will be given away every 15 minutes and there will also be a grand prize drawing. Please return the RSVP form sent home last week by Tuesday, December 1st.

Pictures on our Class Website!

Check out our class website for TONS of pictures!


Book It!

Each month your child will bring home a calendar style Reading Log. If your child reads for 10 minutes every night and returns the Reading Log at the end of the month, your child with receive a pizza from Pizza Hut! Reading to your child is a wonderful habit to form. This is a great way for you to bond and share your love of reading with your child! Students can also read a book to themselves. They know the 3 ways to read a book (Read the Words, Read the Pictures, Retell the Story). Please let me know if you have any questions or if you misplace your Reading Log.

Gummy Bear Words

Last week your child brought home a letter and pink list of gummy bear words. Please have your child practice reading these words to you. Once your child has mastered the list, sign the bottom of the list and return it to school in their monkey folder. Then your child will be "tested" at school. If your child successfully completes the list they will receive a pack of gummy bears. Then they will get a new list of sight words to practice. This self paced program is a great way to motivate students and master tricky sight words! Thank you for your support!

Extra "GREEN" Recess

Every Friday afternoon, students that have been on "green" all week will receive an extra 10 minute recess. This is a small incentive for those students who are consistently following all classroom expectations.


Please sign up for our classroom text messages!

Send the message: @ahensler

To: 81010 or (312) 548-8196

Please Practice

With winter weather quickly approaching, please have your child practice putting on and zipping up their jackets. Whatever practice you can do at home will be most helpful!


Focus for the Week

  • Weekly Theme: Indians
  • Weekly Text: Little Quack
  • Letter identification & sounds: Rr
  • Amazing Words: duckling, paddle, proud, pond, plunged, brave (Little Quack) and tribe, farm, hunt, Great Sachem, canoe, hut, fish, North America
  • Reading Skill: Plot/Compare and Contrast

  • Question of the Week:
  • High-Frequency Words: me. with, she
  • Writing: Thanksgiving books, Native American craft, Label a Native American
  • Initial and Final /r/ sound
  • Introducing Number 9
  • Identifying Before, After, and Between
  • Writing and Ordering Money Amounts Equaling 10 cents
  • Solving a problem by acting it out and drawing a picture
  • Identifying an Object that Doesn't Belong
  • Paying for Items up to 10 cents using Pennies
  • Identifying an AB Pattern