December 9, 2013
BRRRRRRR….it’s cold. Thank you for dressing your children in layers each day and sending them to
school with a high protein snack for extra energy. Our calendar tells us it is still fall, but the children
will tell you differently!
• Pennies for Pajamas: Friday the 13th is our last day for coin collecting and new pajama donations.
The children are excited to see our penny jar growing. We’ll be celebrating on Friday at 10:40, counting
pennies, reading and enjoying hot chocolate if you can join in the fun. Wear pajamas!
• Winter Music Concert: All grades will be performing at 9:00AM on December 19th in the multi-
purpose room. You are invited to attend.
• Holiday Festivities: We have gingerbread people making planned for the afternoons of Thursday
and Friday, December 19th and 20th. Signup genius coming soon.
• Winter break: December 23-January 5th.
• Field trip: Thursday Janauary 9th to Chabot Space and Science Center. We currently have 3 drivers
and will need 4 more drivers to make our trip happen. Please email me if you can help! Kindly return
your child’s permission form by Friday the 13th.
Odette was our Star Student of the Week. Her favorite animal is a pig, and her favorite place is Ohio. She
would love to be a teacher someday and her wish is for everyday to be her birthday! Odette also
celebrated her 6th birthday and the class enjoyed rice krispie treats compliments for her mom and dad!
Language Arts: Our letter experts worked hard to learn their letter sounds, and we are discovering just
how many words we can read because we know the sounds. It is an exciting time! The children also
made quilt squares, decorating them with words that begin with their letters. The children worked on
segmentation (syllables) clapping words short and long and putting them into groups. We read a
wonderful book called Don’t Need Friends. It taught us that just because a person acts grumpy, it
doesn’t mean that they really are. They may be sad or lonely or in need of a friend! Ask your child how
rat and dog became friends. In Writers Workshop we are continuing to write and share true stories, but
are slowing down to focus on tools and skills that will help us write books others will want to read. We
are remembering to stop and think first about the story, and then tell the story with who, what was
happening and where. Next we are drawing pictures, labeling, adding words, and including speech
bubbles. Finally, we are rereading to make sure that we have added all the details that will make our
story really super!
Math: This week we worked on the concepts of more and less, a very difficult concept for some to
grasp. We are using number cards and a number line to help us. Our graph this week asked what our
favorite activity, art, music, computers or PE. PE won by a large majority!
Science: Thanks to Mr. Weissman’s visit, we completed our last paper/wood activity by learning how
paper boxes are made. I hope the box they worked with made it home so they could share the
construction. Did they show you the pattern of what their box looked like before it became a box? Next
science focus will be trees and the weather.
Social Studies: Passports in hand, we were busy travelers. First we traveled to Italy where we learned
about lighting candles for Advent, a time of waiting. Mrs. Weissman told the legend of La Befana, a
good witch who leaves a toy or coal in children’s socks. Additionally, the children tasted panetonne, or
Tony’s bread, which by tradition, is baked in a flower pot. Next we went to Israel where we learned about
Hanukkah traditions, including the lighting of the menorah, thanks to Laura and Paul Geduldig. We then
traveled to Russia, Greece, Germany and the Netherlands where we learned about a boy named Nicholas
who later became a saint for his generosity and gift giving. St. Nicholas Day is celebrated on December
6th. Did your child tell you what he left them on Friday?
Art: Thanks to SFMOMA, art docent Ms. Randall, visited us for art on Friday. The children talked about
the many things they enjoy collecting, and Ms. Randall shared why museums are important. She read a
story about the artist Georgia O’Keefe, who loved nature. The children created reflection masterpieces
inspired by the work of Georgia O’Keefe. Stop by our bulletin board near the office to enjoy them.
Music: The children are busy practicing for their upcoming performance which I hope you’ll be able to