November 20-November 24
The carnival was incredible! It was great seeing those who were able to make it out! Thanks to everyone who helped make the even possible, with donations, volunteer time, etc. This event involves so much time and effort, and we are so happy you are able to enjoy it!
This week is the Turkey Trot. On Wednesday from 12:45-1:15 we will be running together with our cousin K-1 community class. Please join us if you can! You are welcome to run with us. We will be ending the day with our Turkey Trot, and I plan on having the kids bring backpacks, and you are welcome to take your child after they enjoy their treat after the trot.
There will be NO SCHOOL on Thursday, November 23rd or Friday, November 24th this week, in observance of Thanksgiving! Enjoy every moment with your families!
Students who are in traditional homework, you will not be receiving a test this week because of Thanksgiving. We will be providing homework on Monday this week, however, you have two weeks to complete it all. Students will be tested on Thursday, November 30th for their spelling words.
Topic bag variety will be traded after the Holiday Break. There will be similar topics, however there will be varying activities, different books, and offerings for a different experience. If your child has been in topic bags, but is leaving me in May, we will be switching to traditional homework after the holiday break. If you are finding that you need a switch for your child, after Holiday Break will be the time to let me know, if your child is in their first year with me.
The book fair is the week of the 27th-30th. We will be visiting on Tuesday, November 28th from 10:10-10:40. You are welcome to send money with your child to shop with, or you can come shop with your child if you want to ensure they are purchasing books instead of the trinkets they have. This is considered a ‘special’ time for us, and I drop them off with our STEAM teachers, and they help them shop. They also are having the kids working on creating gingerbread houses out of cardboard when they aren’t shopping so it should be a great experience even if they aren’t shopping. If you do plan on sending in money, please send it in an envelope or baggie with their name on it, so I can ensure it stays with them, and I know what money belongs with what child. You also can come shop with your child after school any day during the week, and during Bedtime Stories Night.
Our next K-1 celebration is on November 29th from 12 to 1pm. It will look different than our past celebrations. We plan to take on a workshop approach where we hope every child has someone able to attend with them. Moms and/or dads are wonderful but if you can't make it remember grandmas and grandpas or aunts and uncles are always welcome to step in for you. Finally, because this is "Growing Hearts, Growing Minds Workshop" we ask that for this event no siblings join. It will take place in your child's classroom. No food for this event. You are welcome to take your child at the end.
On Thursday, November 30th, we have our annual Bedtime Stories event. I sent home a flyer with your child on Friday with information. During the day on that Thursday, your child is allowed to wear pajamas. At 5:30 we ask that you come back in your pajamas and join us to hear Mr. Oliver read a story, and then you can hear other teachers read stories in classrooms. I’ll be reading with Ms. Brown (who is the teacher of our buddies). Mrs. Reichert will also be reading. There will be two sessions to listen to stories. After the stories, you will come back for milk and cookies and a book drawing! I hope you can all make it.
We are in the process of preparing our second field trip for our K1 community. This time we will be journeying to the IDEA Museum in Mesa on Friday, December 1st. They currently have a health and human body exhibit open as well as their continued S.T.E.M. /art engagements. We will be asking for 5 parent chaperones to join us on the bus. You may not bring any other children with you if you are selected to be a chaperone. If you are not selected to chaperone you may join us at the Museum where you will have to pay your own admission in but can then join your child's group. If you had the opportunity to chaperone at the Phoenix Zoo you may still chaperone this event if space is available. Chaperones are; Amber Smith, Jennifer Clarkson, Peyton Gray, Ashley Jeffery, and, Jamie Lockhart. Please send in your $5 by Wednesday. If you can’t join us, please let me know ASAP so that I can choose another chaperone to join us.
DIBELS testing is coming soon! NOVEMBER 27-DECEMBER 8! We talked at conferences about those tests, and remember that new tests are being added for your child. We will spend a little bit of time prepping for the idea of 1 minute time frame and the concepts of the test just to not overwhelm the kids. You will see scores after we are finished testing.
Our next Scholastic due date is 11/22/17
Class code: M9HG2
· I will have one more scholastic order before the Holiday Break in case you are needing any gifts.
We will soon be picking parts and sending home music for our Holiday Show which is Friday, December 22nd. More information will be coming your way very soon. There is an extensive amount of preparation involved in making this possible. We will be sending home music so that you can have your child practice their parts at home as well. Thank you in advance for your help.
Happy three day week, and almost Thanksgiving!