Friday, January 5

Happy New Year! As hard as it was to come back from the relaxing break, I was sure grateful to see the students and get back to our school routines. It was fun to hear all about the adventures and magical experiences over break and I hope you all enjoyed your time as well.

I wanted also send a heartfelt thank you for all the generous, amazing Christmas gifts. Wow! I also had a couple that did not have names on them and I feel bad if you did not receive a thank you note from me. Know that I’m grateful and appreciate all of you!

Book Reports– Students have approved a fictional book with me and should be reading this book throughout the month. This report will be due on January 31st and more information will come home soon about this fun one!

Multiplication Facts– Students are expected to be practicing their facts every night, regardless of their other homework. I know many of you have helped with this and I appreciate your support. Laminated practice pages are to come back to school clean and ready to go every morning.

*Read In- Students are anxiously awaiting a date and I wanted to wait until I knew a couple of our avid readers and goal helpers were back, so the day will be Wednesday, January 10th. Students are allowed to bring stuffies, pillows, sheets, etc. for reading forts and we will have fun reading and celebrating all those 104 books posted.

Academics

Literacy– This week we learned about adverbs and how they tell us how, where, when, or why. They identified adverbs and sorted them and will combine them with adjectives next week when we do reading centers. We began a big writing project with the self essay and will be writing a series of four paragraph essays.

Math– This week we began looking at patterns, exploring a little algebra, and setting the stage for division. Please ask your child how they are doing with their multiplication facts.

Social Studies– This week began our unit on Immigration. We learned what the word meant, explored why some people might immigrate and read a fictional story called Molly’s Pilgrim. Next week we will dive into a nonfiction text to help us understand more about Ellis Island specifically.

Religion -For religion we talked about the liturgical calendar and it being the season of Christmas. We read a story called One Word and the students identified one word to help them be a better version of themselves in 2024 and reflected on that word. We wrapped the week up with the Epiphany and reading a Tomie dePaola story about the three kings and an activity.

Art -Tangram Shape Art -Students will explore the world of tangrams, identifying and constructing shapes using their tangram sets. They will explore the impact of fundamental shape elements on both the final composition of the tangram and the visual art examples. The journey will unfold through a narrative, guiding students to craft geometric animals. 

SpanishUna nota de Señora Anna- This week in Spanish, we practiced months of the year and reviewed our knowledge of days of the week, weather, and seasons. 

Think Outside the Box Thursday!

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