Sunday, December 1, 2013


**Please Read!**
I would like to do a St. Nick Project and an Elf on the Shelf project for the Holiday season.  For St. Nick, we would be making a fire and then "sewing" a stocking in which we will hang by the fire. We will then await a St. Nick Gift on Thursday December 5.  For Elf on the Shelf, we will name our elf and find what trouble he gets into when we are not in the room. We would also watch the Elf on the Shelf video, write him letters, and more.  These activities would be educational and fun, but I need to make sure it does not conflict with anyone's religious or personal beliefs before going ahead.  IF YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS WITH EITHER OF THESE PROJECTS, PLEASE CONTACT ME VIA A NOTE OR EMAIL.  If I do not get any notes by TONIGHT (SUNDAY), I will proceed with these plans.  
**Thank you!**

Our topic this week was Thanksgiving.
We started the week with coloring an early reader, I Give Thanks.  Students are doing much better with the one to one touch and read, please continue to practice at home! 

We also worked on a missing number turkey and following color directions. Students are doing well with number words as well as ordinal (order) words.  Keep practicing looking for numbers in the world around you and having those conversations with your child. 

**Studies show, the more authentic conversations and new vocabulary you introduce to your child, the higher reading they will have by third grade!**  Keep 

talking and introducing and teaching when they ask questions!

We made books, We Like To, another early reader.  Again, keep working on that pointing while reading!

We made Thankerchiefs.   This is a great game for the family at the Thanksgiving.  Students decorated the chant, then put the chant on a tube.  They then decorated their Thankerchief to put inside. We practiced the game with the class and spoke of the things that we are thankful for.

We worked on putting the turkeys that matched the directional words in the right place.  It is a tricky concept but we are getting it with practice. We are also building that vocabulary. Keep practicing!

Finally, we wrapped up our projects, colored another easy reader, I am Thankful, and played Thanksgiving Bingo.  Bingo works on listening skills, mulit-step directions, and it helps build new vocabulary for the students.  

It was a very busy week!  I hope all of you enjoy your thanksgiving breaks and look forward to seeing all of you in December!

Field Trip notes came home on last Thursday. We are going bowling and going to have a lot of fun using our gross motor and social skills!  Please make sure you return the trip form, the money, and send your child dressed appropriately on Dec 5th.  Please plan on your child being at school the normal times on this day.   If you have any questions, concerns, or need some financial assistance in covering the trip cost, please let me or the office know.

Breakfast with Santa!

December is very busy!
Dec 5 Field Trip bowling
Dec 10 (am and pm showing) St. Edward Students will have their program on
Dec 11 St. Edward School has a half day (Extended day students will be done at 12:30)
Dec 12  Reading with the Stars (Dec 12)--A reader's theater style with all 4k students having "parts" and holiday snack.
Dec 14 Breakfast with Santa sponsored by play and grow (please get RSVPs in)
Dec 20 (Friday) last day of school before break 

Important Notes:
  • Boy oh boy, did it get cold fast!  Dress for the weather.  Please send your child dressed for the weather as we go outside as long as it is not raining or below 0*(students are more than welcome to bring layers daily or to leave in their lockers)  It may also be time to change out the change of clothes to make sure they are weather appropriate.  If you send a new change of clothes, we will send the warm weather clothes in their backpacks.
  • Folders. Please be checking your child's daily folder each night.  We put notes on the notebook pages in their folders as well as any notes we may have for you.  Artwork is also sent home this way. As we start letter of the week, we will also start sending home homework to help reinforce the letter concept and identification.  Please work on this with you child to help the students make the connection between home and school. 
  • Also, Please check the student's Wednesday Folders.  Please try to take info out and return the folder and any forms/info/payments in those folders a day or two after receiving. 
  • Literacy Bags come home every three weeks.  Students will have a week to complete the project inside and can then return the bag with completed sheets in it on TUESDAYS.
  • Library Books come every week.  We go to library on Monday and student have the opportunity to check out a book and keep it for a week. It can be kept in their back packs or at home, but please remember to bring it on Mondays. 
  • Book Order due December 6th (paper fliers came out, online available in the scholastic tab of the website: WE WILL NOT BE DOING ANOTHER ORDER IN DECEMBER BECAUSE THEY WILL NOT HAVE TIME TO GET THEM IN BEFORE THE HOLIDAYS.
  • PLEASE CONSIDER BOOK ORDER BOOKS FOR HOLIDAY GIFTS!  Reading is a great gift to share with your child and others.  If you purchase online, you also help our class to earn points to buy books for our room.  IF YOU WANT BOOK ORDERS TO BE A GIFT, PLEASE LET ME KNOW AND I WILL WRAP THEM DISCREETLY AND GET THEM TO YOU SO THEY CAN BE A GIFT.
  • Send in those family photos!
Next Week:
Theme: Winter, Elves, St. Nick
Letter of the Week: Nn
Snack: Mitchell Snack

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