I hope that everyone had a great vacation. The students are getting back into the routine of being in class: reconnecting with friends, doing works, and enjoying learning from the specialists. I am enjoying seeing them again and seeing how big they have gotten over the winter holidays.
I have decided to change the units that we will be focusing on as we move through the rest of the year. We will focus on one biome a month and this month we will discuss the desert. The students have helped me create a “What We Know and What We Want To Know” chart about the desert. They want to learn about the animals and plants found in the desert, including: the camel, cactus, rattlesnake and Gila monster. We are also learning about temperature and will conduct experiments on heat and hot versus cold objects.
It is Winter now so please make sure to send your child with gloves and a hat as needed. I will send home all your child’s extra clothes during Martin Luther King weekend so that you can make sure they still fit and are warm enough for the cold weather.
Conferences are coming up the first week of February. I am looking forward to meeting with all of you and discussing how your child has progressed over the past several months. I will set up the sign-up on Bloomz in a few weeks. We will send out Mid-Year reports at the end of the month. For those of you who are returning families, these reports will be new to you. They contain a check-off that shows what your child has been working on already. We will go over them during Conferences if you have any questions.
As a reminder, please email me and/or Crystal Doyle if your child is not going to be coming to school or if he or she needs to stay late for any reason. Almost all of you do this already and I thank you for it.
Here are some important dates to remember for January:
- January 13th: Prospective Kindergarten Night
- January 18th: No School, No Childcare
- February 5th: Conferences: No School
As always, if you have questions or concerns, please email me.