Merry Christmas!

What a great week! The Nativity play, our Christmas fun centers and Las Posadas brought such fun to our final week of 2019!! Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a joyous New Year!!!

St. Nicholas Day!

We loved talking about Santa Claus, elves and St. Nicholas this week!

We started off with one of our favorite stories, Santa’s Stuck! Yes, Santa ate a few too many sweets in this story and gets stuck in the chimney, but with some creative teamwork the day is saved! You can see that all of our kiddos did their own creative writing and added it to a cute little chimney on our line out front.  We also read a story called, How to Catch an Elf.  This prompted a writing piece about what would make us good elves, along with a fun little “s-elfie” which is on the line with Santa! We even squeezed in a little time for the Grinch.  This project included writing about things that make us feel “like a grinch” and using a Dr.Seuss app for a little extra fun.  Look for these in our classrooms!

In Math, we have shifted to working on the concept of part-part-whole. This may sound easy, but we are working forward and backward in an equation (ie: 6+8=_, and _=8+6) and identifying multiple ways to make numbers (ie: a game called peas and carrots where you have 7 vegetables.  How many combination of peas and carrots can you make?) This is already so engaging.

In Social Studies, we’ve been practicing, practicing, practicing to get ready for our play.  We have been reading books about the Nativity to help us understand the story we are telling with our songs and our special costumes.  We were also assigned all of our special roles in the play.  The kids are EXCITED!

The kids in 2A came in to help us practice our songs, and we were inspired!!

We all took part in the Renaissance assessment this week, as well.  This test evaluates how your child has grown since the September test date, as well as their approximate working grade level.  As you may recall, these tests are done on the i-pads with headphones and monitored by the classroom teacher.  There is no limit to how high the kids can score, and tests are completed in about 15 minutes.

Next week, we will be studying reindeer!! We’ll be reading some fun fiction (and nonfiction) stories and doing a few little projects to go along with them.  We’ll also be working on our St. Nicholas Day performance which is this coming Friday, 12/13 at 2:00 in they gym.  We can’t wait to share it all with you.

Have a wonderful week!

Fri.12/13-St. Nicholas Program-2:00 p.m. in the gym

Wed. 12/18-1st grade Nativity Program-in the church

Thur. 12/19-Pajama Day-Wear your jammies all day, and enjoy Christmas themed centers from 1:30-3:00

Fri. 12/20-1/2 day-noon dismissal (no aftercare) Christmas break kickoff