December 4, 2017
by Miss Hutchison
Popcorn Words: This week the words an, can, man, and ran popped into our classroom. We loved using our “chunky monkey” superpowers with these words! (More on this later.)
Math: We wrapped up our second unit and took our Unit 2 test this week. The kindergarteners love using their “offices” to take their tests again! We will begin Unit 3 next week.
Reading: This week, we learned about another one of our reading superpowers (strategies): chunky monkey! Chunky monkey reminds us to look for smaller chunks of words we know inside of bigger words, like “an” inside of “can.” All of our superpowers remind us of different skills we can use when reading words. Remind your child to use their superpowers when they are reading at home, too!
Writing: In writer’s workshop this week, we wrapped up our “Writing Like Scientists” unit by making one more book. This time, we wrote about candy canes! We are practicing writing complete sentences with a capital letter at the beginning, a period at the end, and spaces between our words. Students also got their own writing binders this week! Their writing binders are full of strategy pictures and pages that they can use to help them if they are stuck on writing. The kids LOVE their binders, and ask to use them throughout the whole day!!
Social Studies: We began our travels around the world this week, and our first two stops were Greenland and Israel. We find each place on a world map, stamp our passports, then learn a bit about the holidays in that country before making a fun craft or treat. In Greenland, we made a Santa Claus face (because Santa lives really close to Greenland!) When we went to Israel, we made an edible dreidel, just like the game children from Israel play each holiday! Who knows where we will go next??
Mystery Reader: Sophie’s mom surprised her as the mystery reader this week, and she read a super fun book written from two different perspectives. Thanks for sharing a book with us!!
Elf: Our classroom elf made his arrival from the North Pole on Friday! The kindergarteners voted on his name: Jingle Bell. Jingle will be spending the next few weeks with us and helping us do random acts of kindness for others around Georgetown!
Gingerbread Exchange: On Friday, we made gingerbread men for our upcoming gingerbread exchange. Miss Hutchison will be sending our gingerbread men, along with a class letter we wrote together, to other kindergarten classrooms across the United States. They’ll be sending us gingerbread men and a letter, too! We can’t wait to see how other kindergarten classes decorated their gingerbread men.
NOTES FOR PARENTS:
Bundle Up!: Just a reminder to pack your kindergartener with appropriate outdoor gear for our changing weather. I will be sending home information soon to look for volunteers for Winter Bundlers. Winter Bundlers help get our kindergarteners ready for recesses. I am looking for help during the times of 11:20 a.m. and 11:50 a.m. daily during our snowy times. It would require coming into school to help our Kindergarteners get ready for recess with their extra clothing and then helping them get ready for lunch. If you know you are interested please email me at email@example.com. I will be sending home information as well to ask for help!
December Details: Please take a few moments to read this post and sign-up for our holiday party or gingerbread house donations if you are able. We are still looking for help and donations for both events! See this post for all of the details.
Holiday Shoppe: Our holiday shopping day is this Wednesday afternoon. A packet with more information about this went home last week. If you are able to send in your child’s packet on Tuesday, that would be wonderful! We are hoping to get a head-start on our shopping by sending a few friends down on Tuesday afternoon as well. Thanks for supporting Georgetown through our Holiday Shoppe!
Candy Cane Sale: The annual fifth grade candy cane sale is officially here! Our fifth-grade classes will sell candy canes to help raise money for their end of year activities. This year the sale runs from Monday, December 4 through Friday, December 15. The cost for each candy cane is $1.00 and they will be delivered the same day they are ordered. Thank you for your support and happy holidays!
- Monday, December 4 – Music
- Tuesday, December 5 – Art, Library
- Wednesday, December 6 – STEAM, Holiday Shoppe
- Thursday, December 7 – P.E., Gingerbread Houses, Jet’s Pizza Night
- Friday, December 8 – Music
- December 14 – Holiday Music Program @ 6:30 pm