Room 106 News: December 2nd, 2014

Hi everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. The children did an excellent job during Squanto day and have been working on retelling the story of the first Thanksgiving. I apologize for not writing or putting a picture in the planners the last two days. It seems that every second this week was jam packed as we get ready for report cards to go home. On that note, please remember that the report card is standards based and it is perfectly normal and expected to see 2's for some indicators. We hope to see mostly 3's by the end of the year. Our time is very limited and we are introducing many new concepts that the kids haven't had time to perfect yet. If, after reviewing the report card you would like me to explain any of the indicators or comments, I will be happy to speak with you.

As we get closer to the holiday break the children's excitement level is noticeable. The cold weather and wind definitely don't help their behavior in any way. If you could please remind your child of the expectations, I will also continue to redirect and reteach the expectations here at school. The kids continue to have a hard time keeping their hands to themselves, and following directions the first time they are given. I would really appreciate any support you can give on these issues.

Parent Volunteers:

I appreciate all the people who have been able to come and help in our classroom already this year. For our program to run smoothly, and for each student to get what they need while they are here, it is very important to have at least one parent volunteer every single day. Especially to help during our literacy workshop. I completely understand how difficult it can be to commit to the same day every week. I will re-send the December volunteer calendar by email in case you are able to volunteer. I definitely need extra help next Tuesday during our Hour of Code and December 18th and 19th during our Christmas celebrations.

Hour of Code

The Hour of Code is a program that millions of students across the United States will be participating in. It is a computer program that teaches the children about computer coding in the form of a fun game. This coding is similar to what students do when they participate in our Lego Robotics program. Since we don't usually go to the computer lab, and usually just use the computers in our classroom, it will be very important to have a couple parent volunteers next Tuesday during this activity.

Stuff the Bus:

Thank you all for your support with the canned food drive. We more than doubled our school goal of 1,000 cans and raised almost 150 canned food items in Kindergarten alone.

Birthday Treats

I have had many parents ask if I allow students to bring treats for the class on their birthdays. Due to our district's strict nutrition policy I cannot allow you to send sugary treats. Things like animal crackers or grahm crackers are ok. One student brought frozen gogurt, which were a hit. Some have brought special stickers or other non-food items instead. Please don't feel obligated or encouraged to send anything at all. I have just had many questions about this topic.

Second Annual Family Game Night

The Lacamas Student Leadership Team will be hosting a family game night December 18th from 6:00 to 7:30. We will be collecting change to help the Lymphoma Society's Pennies for Patients campaign, as well as gently used books to help support our family resource night. There will be free hot chocolate and popcorn, board games and puzzles, as well as bingo. This was a fun event last year, and I hope to see you all there!


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