December 4th Newsletter

Ana and Mary’s Newsletter – December 4, 2015

Classroom Celebrations

Rocky Mountain High – Colorado!  The voices of the children rang out across the theater and into the hearts of the audience as we celebrated our learning about the beautiful state we live in.  We are so thankful to Melody for all of her work with our children!

We were all a bit sleepy returning on a snowy Monday morning this week, but in no time at all we were back in the routine.  The children worked hard this week rehearsing in preparation for the performance.  Students in the Owls group worked on writing friendly letters and exploring the lyrical language of poetry inspired by the beauty of the snow.  The Prairie Dog group began digging into the publishing process learning about everything from revising to adding dialogue, description and detail, to figuring out when to take a paragraph break.  We are looking forward to publishing our narrative writing stories before winter break.  Noticing a bunch of slightly brown looking bananas sadly sitting on a table in the lunchroom students made banana bread during choice time which we all enjoyed the following day.

Looking Ahead

Thursday, Dec. 10 – Candlelight Music Concert and Pictures with Santa

ELC Community Circle (Mary and Ana hosting) ????

Friday, Dec. 18 – Hibernation Day

Dec. 19 – Jan. 5 – Winter Break

Wednesday, Jan. 6 – Students return to school

Candlelight Music Concert, BUT FIRST, pictures with SANTA!

Come get into the holiday spirit on Thursday, Dec 10! The theatre lobby will be transformed into a winter wonderland with a visit by the jolly old elf himself. Come get your picture taken with Santa as a music fundraiser starting at 5:45 PM. Beginning at 6:30 PM is the IA band and orchestra performance and then stay for the secondary Candlelight Music Concert at 7:15 PM in the theatre. It will be a musical celebration of the holidays, love, and community that you won’t want to miss!

Hibernation Day: Students will wear pajamas to school, bring a snack to share, and a stuffed animal to snuggle with.  We will all spend the morning hibernating as we read and snuggle to prepare for our winter break.  Please be sure to send clothing to put on over the top of pajamas, boots, coats, etc. as WE WILL GO OUT TO RECESS – hibernating children still need recess!

READ, READ, READ:  Students took a mid-year reading assessment this week (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills – DIBELS) and we were once again confirmed in our knowledge that students who have consistent reading support at home make solid progress.  Thank you so much for making nightly reading a priority in your child’s life!

Peace,  Mary and Ana

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