Friday, December 5, 2014


We started our week off by making snowmen from our names.  Students had to first trace their names paying special attention to forming the letters correctly.  We want to start on the top for ALL letters and make them with the correct formations.  Students then counted the number of letters in their name and that is how many snowballs they needed. They then cut that number of snowballs out on the curved lines.  After cutting out their snowballs, they cut apart their name and glued one letter to one snowball.  Finally, they put on a head and had to assemble their name snowmen in the correct order, saying the letters as they went.  So much learning in one project!

Students also worked on their fine motor skills to do "stitch up" their stockings.  Students put yarn through the holes and when it was all done, we hung our stockings up by the fireplace!  St. Nick is coming (Friday) tonight and students will have a gift in their stockings Monday morning.

We also got our class elf!  Students first saw our nameless elf sitting and reading his own book!  Students watched the video about Elf on the Shelf to teach them all about the elf, his magic, and how he goes back to talk to Santa. They also learned they cannot touch the elf or he looses his magic.  We then had to give the elf a name or he would not get his magic to go back to the North Pole.  We came with some names, then we voted.  We used this DATA on our GRAPH to learn what names had the MOST, LEAST, and if there were any TIES.  We discovered through looking at our data that the name that got the most votes and is the winner is Chippy.

Chippy then appeared in a variety of places around our room this week! 

Tuesday, Chippy was in our tree holding all the supplies he used (HE DIDNT CLEAN UP!) to make the same name snowman project the kids did.

Wednesday, Chippy was hanging from our treehouse branch so he could get a good view of the whole class making good choices.

Thursday, Chippy was hanging out in our bucket we are working on filling.  We think he was reminding us to be bucket fillers because bucket fillers also get good reports to Santa.  He was even holding some of the drops/hearts we put in the bucket!
The letter of the week was NnWe learned the sign language for a letter, the literacy link sound symbols, the letter sound, and looking at and writing it in both capital letters and lower case letters.  Click here to view the many ways we learn the letter of the week!

Each week we watch letter videos from "Have Fun Teaching" and the students are really picking up the names of letters, formations, and the sounds of letters.  Check out these videos with you child!  Click HERE.

The Tuesday project of letter of the week is to decorate a letter with something that starts with the letter. This week we decorated the letter N with their Noodles.  On Thursday, our letter of the week project was to read a page from our alphabet book, N is for Necklace.  This one was a little different as it was a finger print rather than a hand print.

Book orders are coming home as we get more fliers.  Please know you can use books (and we highly encourage it) for gifts at the holiday time.  The more we can get excited about reading, the more they will enjoy it and thrive doing it! If you would like a book order to be a gift, please just send an email or note and we will make sure to get that order to you discreetly and not allow your child to see the package.  We usually tell them that the paper bag all taped up we put in their bags is their parents homework.  Also, remember, your Scholastic book orders help us to buy supplies and more books for our room as well!  Check out our new white board stickers we were able to purchase with the points we earned this far in the year! 

Important Notes:
  • December is always a busy month, so here is the    
Schedule of Events for December:
    • St. Nick visits Friday Dec 5 night, your child will have something in their stocking Monday Dec 8
    • December 10 Half Day.  Extended day students have 3 options
      • 1. leave at 11am with other students (picked up)
      • 2.  Stay for Extended day and be released at 12:30 with the rest of the school.
      • 3. Stay for Extended day and then After School care (1/2 portion and regular night portion-2 fees) 
    • Book Order Due electronically Friday Dec 12 (December 11 if submitting in paper/check)
    • Breakfast with Santa Saturday December 13 9am 
    • 4k Winter Program/show Thursday Dec 18 5:30-6:30 4k will be putting on their own little show for parents.  It will be a part of our Reading with the Stars program.   Attendance will not be required, but all students will have a part.  If your child is not able to come, they will still have a part in all the practices, but we will just have less of those characters for the show.  We will be also be doing the monthly star decorating.
    • December 23 is a half day. Because this is before the holiday and staff will be going home, extended day students have 2 options:
      • 1. Leave at 11 with the rest of 4k
      • 2. Go to extended day and leave at 12:30 with the rest of the school.    
    • December 24-January 4 Winter Break (Classes Resume Monday Jan 5)
  •  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 Decmeber 12.  Please click on the link for scholastic at the top of this page.  When you buy books for your child, it helps buy books and supplies for our classrooms.  Start thinking about making book orders a part of your child's holiday presents!  Make reading fun and exciting for your child.
Next Week:
Theme: Snow.Winter
Letter of the Week: Mm
Snack: Sonetti Family

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