Thank-you for our luncheon!

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Congratulations to our December Awards!

Some of our fantastic parents!

Some of our fantastic parents!

Wow, what a feast we had!  Thank you all for your generosity.  You really helped to make a wonderful memory for the kids!
Thank you to parents who sent gifts for the exchange game.  Our class had a lot of fun playing!  A special thank you to those who sent a few extra gifts.  It worked out perfectly!  We had just enough and everyone got to take something home today.
Here are a few pictures from our luncheon:
   
Have a wonderful and safe holiday.  See you in the new year!

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Have a Wonderful Winter Break! (December 21-Jan 1st)

Winter Luncheon and Gift Exchange Game
This is a little reminder that we are doing our Winter luncheon on Friday, December 18th.  Please make sure that you label your dishes with your name and remind your child to remember to take it home after school.

We are so looking forward to all the interesting and special dishes that we will get to try that day!  Those of you who are sending in forks, plates, cups and napkins.  Please make sure that you send a set of at least 40-50 which should give us enough for visitors and helpers.

We will start our luncheon at around 12:30.  If you are planning to join us that afternoon, come a little earlier, so you can help me set up.

We are also planning a gift exchange game.  Please send a little wrapped gift for your child to participate.  Little things from the dollar store would be great.  (If you have an extra or two, we would be happy to have them for students who might have forgotten to bring something.)

Winter Break from December 21st to January 1st
Thank you for a wonderful 1st trimester.  We will be on Winter Break from December 21st to January 1st, and we will see you all back to school on Monday, January 4th.
Over this break spend some lovely quality time together.  When your child is looking for something to do, remind them that they can still work on their math mission in Khan Academy.  Students can play math games with their math cards, and work ahead to explore the next units in Pearson Math.
In language arts, students should continue working in their writer’s notebook.  They can take pictures of their family and your winter activities to include in their stories.  Cook together and have your child document in the writer’s notebook how you might cook a special dish.  If you go on a trip or take a special outing together, have your child write down their memory of the experience in their notebook and take pictures of your experience together.
Please encourage your child to also read as many books as they can, and read together.  Have them practice their cursive handwriting.

January 22nd Articulation Meeting at Nye
On Friday, January 22nd, Nye will host a 5th grade articulation meeting for parents and students to see what some other middle school options are available.  There are many choices in our district for middle school, and each of these schools have their own program with their own emphasis, vision and mission.
Parents and students will be able to hear about other school choice options for 6th grade next year at this meeting .   These schools all require an application and may include a lottery process, so it is important to attend this meeting if you are thinking that you might like to enroll your child into one of these programs.  Please set aside January 22nd at 1:00.  We will be meeting in the auditorium.

Reminders:
Music Class on Thursday-Bring instuments
Special Craft Day on Thursday morning, December 17th
Awards Ceremony:  December 18th, Friday @ 8:10 am
Winter Luncheon: Friday, December 18th  ~12:30
Gift Exchange: Friday, December 18th -Bring a wrapped gift
Winter Break: December 21st to January 1st
Back to School: January 4th
Fieldtrip to Knox: January 8th
5th Grade Articulation meeting: January 22nd @ 1:00pm  (Very important!  Please attend so you can see your options before the deadline for applications.)

Try an “Hour of Code”


Hour of Code
This week our classroom is participating in the “Hour of Code.”   This is a global event with millions of students all over the world learning the basics of coding.    I am hoping that our students will find this a fascinating adventure into the world of code and it may open up other doors of opportunity for them.  Here are a couple of videos about the event and why students should code:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DxWIxec6yo
Why you should code:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUWzRdxD6sM

This year there are two new coding activities that look like a lot of fun:
Star Wars
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNjiHkQQl6A
Mind Craft
https://code.org/mc

 

Math
In math we are currently working on division concepts.
The 4th graders are working of dividing with whole numbers and being able to model what they are doing.  They are dividing two and three digit numbers by whole numbers, so practice the algorithms at home and make sure that they are checking their homework carefully.  You can help by going over the work and having them check their answers with a calculator.
5th graders are working with dividing with decimal numbers.  Please check your child’s work at home and make sure they are doing the right steps.  Check answers with a calculator.
Ms. Nafferte does a tutoring class for any 5th grade student who would like a little more help in math in the mornings at 7:00 am.  Please take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to have your child get some more help to catch up, or even just strengthen their math skills.

Martin Luther King ” I Have a Dream” Contest
Martin Luther King Recreation Center is having their 6th Annual  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration and Sportsfest on Saturday, January 9, 2015 and would love to have your involvement!  Click here: MLK DAY Participation for the worksheet.  They are asking all elementary schools students to participate. All submissions will be laminated and placed out  for the community to see on Saturday, January 9, 2016.   There will be a special award and super surprise for the winners  on that day.   If your child would like to participate, please have them bring back the completed sheet by December 12th to school and I will get it to the Rec Center.

Class Winter Celebration
Friday, December 18th will be our last day of school before winter break. We would like to celebrate our last day of 2015 with a Luncheon. You can share your cultural food traditions with us (i.e. lumpia, tamales, flan, etc.). Please let me know if you would like to bring in a special dish or dessert to share with our class. Because of allergy restrictions, please label your dish if it contains eggs, milk, fish, shrimp, peanuts, tree nuts. We will begin our luncheon at 12:15 pm.
If you cannot send in a luncheon item, we can use: paper plates, napkins, forks and spoons, cups, juice or water-mini bottles.
Please discuss this with your child, and we will make a list in class of what we are having.

Gift Exchange
We will also be having a gift exchange on Friday, December 18th. Please have your child bring a wrapped gift to exchange with a friend. A gift can be as simple as a pen and pencil set, something from the Dollar Tree, a special food item, or a “re-gifted” gift. This is a voluntary activity.

Craft Supplies
We are planning a fun activity for Thursday Dec. 17th , but I could use some help with a few craft items if you have them around: small colorful plastic beads, sequins, buttons, Styrofoam or paper plates, glue bottles. If you have anything you can donate to the cause, we would be grateful.

December Awards
On Friday, December 18th is our December Awards Day.  Congratulations to Richard, Lynnette, Aiden, Rafael, and Collin.  Join us if you can at 8:10am to celebrate their good work.
I also wanted to mention that our class actually took 3rd place for attendance last month, and got a special award for our great work in PE by Ms. Davis.  Let’s keep up the good work and the good attendance!  Congratulations to our class!

 

Thank you for all your support,
Gingerlily