We started December with "Kickoff to Kindness" and reading the story Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed. This story is about a little girl who picks blueberries and leaves them in a basket on the porch of a woman who loves to bake. This woman was so excited to get berries that she baked blueberry muffins and gave them to six people. Those six people were so happy, they each did something kind for six others. By the end of the book, everyone in the world had been touched by kindness from a stranger because they all did six kind things for others- all because a little girl surprised a woman with blueberries to make her happy. The message of the book and purpose to "Kickoff to Kindness" is to reinforce to kids that no matter what age you are, you can change the world with kindness.
There are 15 days of kind acts we do for others. Each day, we have a new surprise task to accomplish. So far we have written letters and cards to soldiers, nursing homes, the principal, Mrs. Derrig and the custodians thanking them for all they do. December is the perfect month to perform random acts of kindness and the kids are LOVING it!
This Friday is our Christmas Program for K-3 students. We have two programs to accommodate everyone's schedule. They are at 8:45 am and 1:00 pm. Parking can be a challenge so please plan on a few extra minutes to find a spot and come early for a seat. Kindergarten starts the program and many parent leave after their child preforms so seats typically open up after each grade level if you prefer to wait in the lobby until 1st grades turn. Each grade level sings 3 to 4 songs. If you would like to check your child out after the program at 1:00pm, please come check them out with me.
This week in Wonders we are continuing to reinforce retelling the events of a story during reading group. Please practice this at home for a additional practice when you read with your child. Ask them about the characters, setting and events of the story. Our spelling words introduce digraphs - ch, -tch, wh and ph.
In GoMath, we finishing chapter 6 on place value and reinforcing skills for mastery at math centers.
Winter Break is quickly approaching! The start of break is December 23rd -January 3rd. If you plan on leaving early for Break and will not be at school next week or plan on leaving early, please let me know.
December 15th- K-3 Christmas Program @ 8:45 and 1pm
December 22nd- Last Day of School for December
December 23rd-January 2nd- Winter Break
January 3rd- School Resumes
January 9th- PTA meeting at 8:30am
January 15th- PIR Day No School for Kids (Teacher Meetings)
February 6th-PTA meeting at 8:30am
February 9th-12th- No School