Newsletter for November 14

Dear Families,

It was so nice seeing all, but two student’s families for conferences.  Thank you so much for attending! I will continue trying to contact the two of you who were unable to attend so we can carve out a time to meet.

Lots of papers in your child’s Monday Mailer today!  Please look out for:

1. A pink fluoride swish permission slip.  Every Tuesday kids with parent permission get a weekly fluoride treatment. 

2.  A Scholastic book order. You may also order on line by clicking here. Once you get there, please use my class code is 2EB2I  When you buy books using my code, I earn points that I use to buy books for our classroom.  Thanks for your support!  For more details, check out my blog

3.  If you’d like to join your child for Harvest Lunch November 22nd, please fill out and return the RSVP.  1st graders eat at 10:50 and LOVE to have company.

4.  Picture Retakes are November 22nd.  See/return order form.

SOCK DRIVE:  This week we are collecting student donations of new or lightly used socks for First Place Family Shelter.  Friday is Crazy Sock day and the Sock Hop.  Parents are welcome to join us for dancing from 8:35 to 8:55.

MS. R:  Our student teacher will be working in another classroom for the rest of the month. We look forward to her return in December.  Ms. R will gradually take over more and more classroom teaching responsibilities under my supervision.

Here’s what we are learning week of November 14th:

Math: Wrapping up and assessing our geometry unit, counting by 1s, 5s and 10s, comparing numbers using greater than, less than, more and fewer, connecting place value models to two digit numbers, solving word problems, gaining fact fluency by participating in number talks and developing calendar skills.

Reading: reading non-fiction stories about how animals and insects communicate, finding main idea and details of stories, reading words with r blends (as in drip, cry, frog, grin, trim) and spelling words with short i.  Please remember that HFW flashcards and spelling lists went home last Monday.  Keep practicing until your child has them down.

Writing: Practicing handwriting, keeping a gratitude journal and writing a “how to” story about how to make a favorite holiday dish.  Please talk with your child about what s/he likes to eat and a super brief overview of how it’s made. These stories come out super cute and funny.  We are using the class word wall to spell HFW and remembering to proofread for “easy points” (finger spaces, guess and go spelling, capitals and end punctuation0.

Social Studies: Native Americans, the Mayflower and Massachusetts Bay Colony.

I was surprised last week when many students were unable to fill out important personal information (first and last name, birthday and address) on our voter registration cards.  I was able look up and pass along the information for students.  Please check in with your child to see that s/he know how to write his/her last name, has his/her address memorized and knows his/her birthday.  Please make time to practice if necessary. 

This week:

Monday: library, PE,

Tuesday: laptop skills

Wednesday: Assembly on animals of the rain forest!  Kids will get to see actual live animals!  Early release

Thursday: Zumba!, music, 5 pm Site Council and 6:30 PAHS Board Meeting (All welcome)

Friday: music, Crazy Sock Day and Sock Hom 8:35-8:55 Parents welcome!

Upcoming Dates:

11/21: Guests from NATIVES coming to share Native American dance and stories

11/24-11/25: No school (Thanksgiving)

12/2: Student health screening (vision and teeth)

12/5: No School Academy Day

12/7: Special Wednesday PE to make up for lost PE class from Monday

12/16:  Crazy Hair Day

12/19-1/3:  Winter Break

Thank you!


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