October 29th Newsletter

Ana and Mary’s Newsletter — October 29th, 2015

Classroom Celebrations

Thank you, thank you, thank you, for all you do to support our program! Conferences were such a wonderful time to check in with families. We are always so grateful to have individual time with each of you and truly appreciate the wonderful lunch, breakfast, and snacks provided by families over conference days. In addition we want to thank families for the many books donated from the book fair (the profits from the book fair also enabled us to “purchase” many more titles for our classroom). Finally a big thank you to all of the parents who volunteered to bring food, decorate, and provide crafts and games for our Halloween party.

As readers we began using the comprehension strategy of questioning to deepen our thinking about our texts. We read the Widow’s Broom by Chris Van Allsburg this week. We paused to ask questions and consider the different points of view of the characters in the story. We admired the widow who overcame fear because of her kind heart and wondered why other characters reacted differently than the widow. In writing, the Owls Group completed they Halloween information books while the Prairie Dog Group worked on persuasive writing in which students tried to convince others to help prairie dogs. We also enjoyed having rangers from Rocky Mountain National Park come this week and do a presentation on the park and the different jobs rangers do there.

Looking Ahead

  • Fri., Oct. 30 — All School Skate Day ($8) – Halloween Party
  • Tues., Nov. 10 — Author Speaker Dorothy Delano will present her book Wild in the City
  • Weds., Nov. 11 — Field trip to the Prairie (Rocky Mountain Arsenal Park) 9:00-1:00, $2.00
  • Fri., Nov. 13 — ELC Community Circle hosted by Molly and Jim’s class, 8:45am

Pennies for Prairie Dogs: The Prairie Dog group has launched a campaign to educate others about prairie dogs and ask for support in collecting pennies which we will count up and donate to the Prairie Dog Coalition to help with relocation and preservation of prairie habitat. The amazing thing is burrowing owls depend on prairie dogs for food and build homes in prairie dog towns so…the Owl Group is equally excited to support the project since helping prairie dogs also supports burrowing owls. Please search around for pennies and have your child bring them to school.

Original Works: Orders are due by November 11th. All ordering is done online. Items that are ordered will arrive at JCOS the first week of December. All proceeds go directly into the elementary art, theater, and music program.

Halloween Celebration Schedule:

8:50 – 1:30 – Roller Skating

1:30 – 2:00 – Return to school and have a parade

2:00 – 3:00 – Class party

3:00 – Clean-up and story telling

3:25 – Dismissal

Halloween Skate Day 2015:

Halloween is quickly creeping up on us and it’s time for all of the JCOS creatures of the night to gather at Skate City for our wicked all school skate day. On Friday, October 30th, dressed in our most outrageous costumes, we will climb abroad the buses and be transported to the Skate City off of 121st for a monstrous time.

The cost is $8.00, which must be turned in to your advisor on or before Friday, Oct. 30th. We’ll be picked up from school at 8:50 and dropped back off at 1:30. Don’t forget to pack all the gooey and slimy things that you want to eat for lunch and bring your roller blades if you want to use them.

Everyone is strongly encouraged to wear your costumes, as long as it won’t get in the way of skating (no masks or costumes that hang down by your feet). Don’t forget to bring your head, $8.00, your slimy lunch and your costume. Parents, grandparents, and siblings are welcome to join us if they dare, but must also pay $8.00. Please call Rosie at #303-982-7056 if you have any questions. Come dressed in your best and be ready to have a bone chilling good time. – Rosie and Sam

Directions: Take Wadsworth South to 6th Ave. Get on 6th Ave. going East. Get off 6th Ave. on to I-25 going North. Take I-25 all the way to 120th, cross the bridge and turn right on Delaware. Turn right on to 121st and follow to Skate City, which will be on the right side of the road.

Haunted House – Do you like to be scared? If so, come on down to the gym and get ready to scream. We will open the doors to the haunted house around 1:45 and will keep them open until 3:30 or until everyone is too scared to go through anymore.

Mary’s email: mkorte@jeffco.k12.co.us Ana’s email: bmettler@jeffco.k12.co.us

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