Peek at the Week

December 7-11

Monday, December 7

  • Music with Janet

Do: 15 minutes of reading

Tuesday, December 8

Do: 15 minutes of reading

Bring: bike helmet (optional)

Wednesday, December 9

  • Art with Holly

Do: 15 minutes of reading

Bring: Library Books

Bring: Koins for Kids fundraiser starts and goes until Dec. 15. (optional)

Thursday, December 10

  • 1st grade festival @ 2:00 (dress rehearsal) and 5:45 (debut)

Bring: Homework packet (this is a change since we have our festival)

Bring: STAR folder

Wear: Your tie-dye shirt that we made in class. (Adelyn, Zoe, Calen and Emma wear an orange t-shirt.)

Hint: Students should eat something prior to the performance. Parents, remember to bring your camera! The children have been working very hard on this festival. It was designed around our Artful Learning concept of responsibility.

Friday, December 11

Do: 15 minutes of reading

Bring: Bike helmet (optional)

Wear: Warm PJs (It's PJ Day!)

PJs and Polar Express - Dec. 11

Friday, December 11 is a School Spirit Day. All students are encouraged to wear their favorite (warm) pajamas. No slippers, please. In addition, students are welcome to bring a bathrobe for a Polar Express activity! Volunteer will be needed to make/serve cocoa and to set up/take down the train. Information is posted on

Inline Skating Information - Dec. 8, 11, 16

The students will start their inline skating unit in gym this month. If your child owns a bike helmet, they may bring it to school. Students must use the inline skates provided because they have only been used indoors which helps to preserve our gym floor. Wrist guards and knee pad are provided for the skaters, as well. If you have any questions, please contact Anne Roush at 952-681-5327. More volunteers equals more skate time! Here is the link to sign up to help.

Annual Ice Skating Event - Friday, Dec. 18

Parents are welcome to meet us at the Bloomington Ice Garden ten minutes before our ice time. It would be GREAT to have extra hands to help students put on skates. If students have their own skates, please bring them! Skates are available (for free) at the rink, but sizes are limited. Here are the details:

Rink Time.......Teacher(s)

9:45-10:45......Jenn Carlson/Amy Blackwood

10:00-11:00.... Cici/Welsh/Ally Martinez

10:15-11:15.....Katie Becker

10:30-11:30......Angie Mahowald/Amy Wills

11:00-12:00.....Cory Wade/Kari Hoffhines

11:20-12:20..... Jody Gray/Emily Smeltzer

12:35-1:35........Rachel Loy/Beth McCoy

12:55-1:55........Trista Hansen/Anna Erickson

1:15-2:15..........Lee Nelson/Tracy Vermilea

1:45-2:45..........Amy Gonzalez/Kyle/Amanda

Winter Sing Along - Friday, Dec. 18

Families are invited to join us in the gym for 50 minutes of singing together in the gym.


9:45-10:45......Rachel Loy, Jody Gray, Emily Smeltzer, Beth McCoy

10:55-11:45....Amy Gonzalez, Trista Hansen, Anna Ericsson, Lee Nelson, Tracy Vermlyea

1:00-1:50........Amy Wills, Angie Mahowald, Katie Becker, Early Learners Academy

2:10-3:00........Kari Hoffhines, Cici Welsh, Cory Wade, Jenn Carlson, Amy Blackwood, Ally Martinez

Snow pants

The kids have done a GREAT job bringing their "duds" aka winter gear to school. They are welcome to keep a pair of snow pants at school if that makes it easier for your family. Remember to label everything!

Need a gift idea for your first grader?

  1. A watch. Preferably an analog watch (the kind with hands that move and has all 12 numbers on the face), and one that does NOT make sounds. We work on telling time all year and having their own watch is very motivating.
  2. BOOKS.
  3. A magazine subscription. Kids Discover, Boy's Life, Lego Club and American Girl are worth checking out. It's exciting to get something in the mail, year round.
  4. Tickets to a live show at the Children's Theater. The Blue Man Group and Stomp (bring earplugs) are other shows that the whole family may enjoy.
  5. A movie along with the book that shares the same title. Read the book together and then enjoy the movie.
  6. Consider hands-on activities, available on sites such as,, or
  7. A membership to the MN Zoo, Children's Museum or Science Museum. A year's worth of playing and exploring is worth it! The Science Museum offers free Omnitheater movies to members.
  8. Your Time. Kids really don't need a lot of "stuff". Go on a special "date" with your child. Unplug from the world and enjoy your time together.

Upcoming events:

Dec. 16 Curriculum Planning - Substitute all day

Dec. 18 All School Skating Party at the Bloomington Ice Garden, 11:00-12:00

Dec. 18 School Sing Along in Gym (Families welcome), 2:10-3:00

Dec. 19 - Jan 3 No School - Winter Break

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