Friday, December 2, 2016

December News

Dear Families,
Happy December!  What a wonderful experience Grandparent’s and Special Guests Day was.  It was amazing to watch the pride each student had while sharing their classroom, reading from book boxes, sharing their published books, making turkeys and modeling a morning meeting. Thank you for your participation we hope our special guests enjoyed the day as much as we did.

December is a busy month.  One of the ways we work to slow things down is by gathering together with other first and second graders for Advent.  Beginning December 7th, we will start our day with all first and second graders singing and praying together.  Occasionally, we will have a guest speaker.  It’s a great way to start the morning calmly and remember the meaning of the holiday season.

Social Studies
We acknowledge and value the many traditions families have to celebrate the holidays.  During social studies this month, we will learn about traditions and celebrations from around the world and specifically those important to families in our class.

Reading
It has been wonderful watching how excited our class is about reading! At our recent reading celebration the room was full of energy as readers crawled into the forts they made with their blankets, and settled into some quiet reading time.  We are very happy with the progress they are making.

Writing
Writer’s workshop continues to be an active and exciting time in our classroom.  We are finishing up our “How To” unit – be watchful for our new published work.     

Math
Math is going well.  Being a math helper is a great way to practice speaking in front of a group and to be in a leadership role.  Please see the additional blog post for the home-school connection.

Candy Houses
A very special tradition for First Grade is to make Candy Houses.  We will be collecting milk cartons at lunch and transforming them into a beautiful village, which will be on display until the evening of our Holiday music program.  After that, all are welcome to take their creative candy masterpiece home for display. We will be creating our candy houses on Friday December 9th.  Bob Miles in the kitchen will provide us with all the necessary ingredients.

Winter Clothing
Winter is definitely here and we have been enjoying outdoor recess every day.  We expect all students to have snow pants, boots, jacket, hat, mittens and gloves. Please label all of these items with your child's name (first and last).

Christmas Program
The children are excitedly preparing for the Christmas Program, which is scheduled for Thursday, December 15th at 6:30 (They may arrive in our classroom between 6:00 and 6:15).  Children should wear dress-up clothes. Following the performance, students will return to their classroom where parents meet them.

The last day of school before the Winter Break will be a time to relax and be with friends in a more reflective tone. Students will be allowed to wear casual clothes and bring a stuffed animal to snuggle with and read to. We will be cleaning out lockers and sending winter clothes home for washing. After all of this, everyone will be ready to re-group their energy for all the family fun during the final weeks in December and January we hit the ground running, again!


Dates to Remember:
·      Friday December 9th Holiday Party Candy Houses
·      Tuesday December 13th – Hanukkah Party
·      Thursday December 15th 6:30 Holiday Program
·      Friday December 16th Last day of school before Holiday break free dress day
·      Winter Break:  December 17th   January 3rd .
·      School resumes Tuesday January 3rd .

Best wishes to you and your family for a joyous, loving holiday.

Sincerely,

Marie Murphy and Tara Madden


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