Happy New Year!!
Welcome to a new year and a fresh start for 2016!
Spelling lists have gone home today; some students list have changed, please check your child's list. I have marked each students' list at the top of the page. If the paper list did not make it home please shoot me an email and I can tell you what list they are on.
With the second half of the school year starting first graders will now be required to record all of their daily work in their journals. This is an expectation that is required of the second and third graders from the first day of school. I like to allow the first half of the year for the first graders to get an understanding of the classroom routine and expectations before adding on this task. Now that they know the routine, this is their next step in responsibility.
For all children, please allow them to be responsible for their personal items. They should be taking the time to check their backpacks, desks, and cubby for all needed items at the end of the day. This is an important lesson for the kids to learn to keep themselves organized, become good self-managers, and to instill a sense of responsibility for their personal things.
We will begin working in the computer lab on KWT for second and third graders, once a week. This is something that can be accessed from home. If you would like me to send you your child's log-in information, please send me an email requesting so.
I am looking forward to all of the things we will be learning about this half of the year! The great lessons that are coming are really wonderful and offer a lot of great opportunities for research. Also, I've changed our field trip plans due to difficulties in getting chaperones. There may be a couple additional field trips added toward the end of the year in April or May but I will not be adding anything additional for January through March. Thank you to those who continually offer your time for our field trips and classroom activities. It is so appreciated!
If you have questions, concerns, or would like to chat please come see me before 8:30 or after 3:45, Monday through Friday.
We are almost to winter break!!
This also means that it is time for our annual gingerbread house decorating activity and classroom holiday celebration! Yahoo!! Please send in one box of graham crackers, one container of frosting, and one large bag of decorations to share with the class. Ideas include: pretzels, m&m's, candy canes, gum drops, etc. Each child also needs to bring in one food item to share for our holiday celebration party on the 17th; please keep the sugary snacks to a minimum. We have enough energy with the excitement of break as is!
Due to difficulty in finding chaperones for field trips I had to cancel three of our planned trips. The field trips that are posted on the website are the only ones we will be going on for the remainder of the year, with the exception of a few in late spring. We need at least 4 adults, beyond myself, to go on trips and it's proving to be very challenging and frustrating. So in an effort to ease some of that, I'm just going to cancel them. I hope you understand.
We have learned A LOT these first two quarters but we have so much more to learn in the second half of the year. When we start back up in January we will be hitting the ground running with the same expectations, if not higher. If you have any questions, please contact me before 8:30am or after 3:45. I apologize if I seem brisk or distant if you come in during the school day but we have a lot going on and my brain is usually trying to do 10 things at once. You can always contact me through email.
*There will be no spelling homework the last week before break, it is a celebration week of all of our hard work!
Thank you, have a wonderful holiday with your family!