Monday, December 10, 2012

Weekly News

Important Information
*Check out the new photos and videos on our class blog!
*The book fair is back at Harmony.  We will shop on Thursday, December 13th at 12:15pm.  Feel free to join us for lunch at 11:43am in the cafeteria.  If you cannot make it and would like your child to make a purchase, you may send in money or a check – just be sure to denote it with “books only” if you do not want your child to purchase toys or other items.  The book fair will also be open at Donuts with Santa on Saturday.
*Copies of our letters to Santa were submitted to the Oldham Era.  Watch for them in the December 20th issue!
*I am so touched with how much of an impression the Imax movie – To the Arctic has made on the children.  I’m sure your child has told you all about it…due to global warming the ice caps are melting and the polar bears are struggling to survive.  We have researched many ways we can help and found that most are very simple.  What is your family going to do to help the save the polar bears from becoming extinct?  Here are the ideas we found easiest to implement at home and school.
-Reduce and Reuse!  Decrease your amount of waste by switching to reusable containers.  Do away with baggies, bottled water, individually packaged snacks, plastic grocery bags, etc. 
-Recycle!  This one is so easy…and almost everything can be recycled.  In fact, since watching this movie – our class has more recycling than trash!!! 
*This month’s MegaSkill is CARING.  Let’s show we care about others by performing one random act of kindness every Friday in December.  Be sure to leave the “You’ve been RACKed note.” (see attachment – I will also send one home on Fri.) Here are a few ideas:
-pay for the order behind you in a fast food drive-through
-purchase a cup of hot cocoa for the Salvation Army bell ringers
-bake something special to give to a friend or neighbor
-write a note to someone special in your life telling him/her why he/she is so special to you
-tape candy canes to ATM machines
-tape a quarter to a toy machine
*The 1st grade class is participating in the annual Husky Holiday Sing-Along!  First graders are going to lead the school in singing Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer!  For added fun, we’ve decided to dress like Rudolph.  Please help your child buy, find, or make reindeer antlers to wear to school on Tuesday, December 18th.  Children will be allowed to wear their reindeer antlers all day.  I have red pompoms to use for the noses and we will attach them with sticky dots.  We are really looking forward to this exciting event! (I have 7 extra antlers that were donated for children who can’t find them.)

Important Dates
December 13th - Harvest Auction:  Madelynne’s 1st Birthday 2:30-4:30pm
December 13th – Festive shirt day
December 15th – Donuts with Santa 9-11am
December 17th – Pajama Day
December 18th - Husky Sing-Along (wear Rudolph antlers)
December 19th – Holiday Party 10am

What are we learning?
Word Work
This is week 15 on Spelling City.  Our new 1st grade word wall words are once, full, upon.  We are reviewing these kindergarten words:  just, or, very.  We are also studying long u spelled u-e.
Reading, Writing, and Science
We are working on researching grasslands in reading. In writing, we are creating an all about book about this habitat.  In science, we are further exploring the animals, plants, food chains, and animal adaptations.    
We are working on fact families to show the connection between addition and subtraction. 

Related Arts
Monday – P.E.
Tuesday – P.E.
Wednesday - Art
Thursday - Art
Friday – Art