I can’t believe it will be December the day after we return from Thanksgiving break! Where has the time gone? Before you know it, we’ll be starting a new year! It is such a busy time of year for all of us as we prepare for Christmas both at home and at school. The children have been practicing for the upcoming Christmas program in music class with Mrs. Langferman and are doing a nice job learning all of their songs. We will be getting ready for CHRISTmas in our classroom over the next few weeks as well. We are so fortunate to be part of a school family that can celebrate the true meaning of CHRISTmas here at school with our teachers and friends. We are so THANKFUL for God’s greatest gift to us, Jesus, and we look forward to celebrating his birthday together! The “church season” of Advent begins Sunday, November 29th. Advent is a time of preparation for the coming of Christ at Christmas. The children will make their own Advent Wreaths next week so that they can “light” their Advent candles each week as we prepare our hearts for Jesus. Over the next few weeks we’ll be discussing what the candles represent and different ways we can prepare our hearts during this SPECIAL season of Advent.
More Holiday Homework 🙂
Your child will be bringing home a letter of the alphabet (possibly 2 since we only have 16 students & 26 letters of the alphabet) in a Ziploc baggie today. You will find this in their Friday folder. We are going to use these letters as ornaments on our Kindergarten Christmas tree when we return from Thanksgiving break. The children can decorate their letter (s) however they would like to. I know how creative they can be after seeing all of their turkeys so I’ll be looking forward to getting these back as well. Here are a few EXAMPLES for some of the letters: “B” color it blue or draw/glue buttons on it; “Z” color it striped like a zebra or make zigzags on it; “Q” write lower case “q’s” on it or just color (design) it like a quilt. Remember, these are just ideas. BE CREATIVE! I know the ornaments will turn out GREAT! Our tree will be extra SPECIAL with a little added touch from the children, not to mention we can look at our tree and learn from it every day as we review letter sounds. Please return the ornaments by Tuesday, November 24th so that we can decorate when we return from Thanksgiving Break. Believe it or not, we will only have 3 weeks until Christmas break after returning from Thanksgiving break. So much to do, so little time! 🙂
We started Unit 5 this week in our Reading series. This week we read a fiction story about cats. This story was also a predictable story, which the children love to read because they can help me read even if they aren’t familiar with all of the words. This week we worked more on making predictions and also reviewed position words. We learned our 3rd vowel sound this week as we worked on the letter sound for “O,” both the short and long vowel sound. Each week we do a predictable chart for the letter we are working on (O is for…) and the children have been doing a GREAT job coming up with a list of words each week. When we return from Christmas break we will begin “sound spelling” the words we come up with for our predictable chart each week. The children are really looking forward to learning how to spell the “Kindergarten Way.” Please be sure when they bring home the mini sight word readers from their workbooks that they are reading these to you. I can see during class time, that many of the children are doing a GREAT job reading these books. A new popcorn word (sight words/high frequency words) list will come home after Christmas break.
Maddie was our STAR student this week! She was born on November 24, 2009. Poor Maddie has been out a few days this week with a fever so we might just have to let her keep her door up a couple extra days since we don’t have a “star” next week. She was so excited about being our star, but she hasn’t had the chance to enjoy it much! Maddie did a nice job telling us all about her door! Maddie loves her family very much! She really looks up to her big brother, Jimmy, who is a 7th grader here at St. Rose and she takes wonderful care of her little brother, Lee, who is in pre-school. This is evident every time we see them together! 🙂 Maddie told us she likes playing basketball with her brothers, going to the store with her mom and going boating with her dad, especially when he lets her drive the boat. Maddie likes to read, color, paint and ride her bike. She also enjoys playing basketball and tee-ball. Her favorite movie is Tangled and her favorite book is Aladdin. Maddie’s favorite place to go is to her grandma and grandpa’s house. Her favorite food is deer steak. WOW, I’m impressed! 🙂 Maddie also enjoys spending time with her cousins when they go on vacation to Kentucky. Her family also took a trip to Niagara Falls. She said they had to wear ponchos so they didn’t get soaked. Maddie also showed us a picture of her dog, Bailey. She said Bailey died, but she is going to get another dog some day. Maddie’s favorite color is red. Thanks for sharing Maddie!
Be sure to mark your calendar for our annual St. Rose Christmas program for grades K-5 on Thursday, December 10th (time to be determined; usually around 7:00 p.m.) in the PLC. The children may dress casual (anything appropriate for church), but may NOT wear jeans. Your child may wear his/her “Sunday best”, but this is not required. The children have been working hard and are looking forward to performing for you and your families. Don’t forget your cameras! 🙂 Their sweet, innocent voices really remind us of the true meaning of Christmas!
*11/22 Holiday Market from 4-8 p.m. in the PLC. Food & Beverages available to purchase, babysitting available (for a small fee) and painting with PRIDE from 6:30-7:30 ($15).
*11/24 No Extended Care due to Thanksgiving Break. Collection boxes for Sr. Loretta (Missionary Childhood Association) are due.
*11/25-11/29 Thanksgiving Break/No School.
*The children are bringing home their SPECIAL placemats today that they made with their 8th grade buddies with the many things they are thankful for illustrated/written on them. They all did such a nice job on these! The children can’t wait to use them at home. Mrs. Salazar even laminated them so they are “spill proof.” 🙂
*Due to a 2 day week, there will be NO newsletter, NO Show & Tell or NO Friday folders going home next week.
*Have you heard that the 4th grade class is headed to Camp Tecumseh in a couple of weeks and they are having an exciting fundraiser “Coloring for Camp?” If not, be sure to click on the following link http://stroseschool.stroselions.net/2015/11/17/coloring-for-camp/ The children can begin voting on Monday! Be sure to vote for your FAVORITE color! We know Mrs. Tieken will look beautiful in any color! 🙂
*Due to your generosity we will NOT need to have a snack calendar for December. However, we do have one birthday and two 1/2 birthdays that we will be celebrating. These students can send in a birthday treat on the following days: 12/3 Evey; 12/7 Lilli and 12/14 Jillian.
*Upcoming STARS: 11/30-12/4 Evey; 12/7-12/11 Lilli; 12/14-12/18 Emily. Thanks so much to all of the parents who have had STARS since we had to change from decorating the whole door to using poster boards! You’ve done a GREAT job and the children have enjoyed it despite the change! Thanks for making them feel SPECIAL!
*I will BEGIN assessing November/December goal sheets when we return from Thanksgiving break. The next 3 weeks are VERY BUSY! Please “bear” with me! 🙂 Don’t forget to keep working on any “old” goals your child may still need to complete.
*Our room moms, Ms. Edwards or Mrs. Larmour, will be giving “you” a reminder call the 1st week of December IF you signed up to help in any way for our upcoming Christmas party on 12/18 @ 1:30 (not 1:15 like we needed for Halloween party to allow time to change into costumes).
*Library books are due every Wednesday. Please be sure your child returns his/her library book each week. We had 5 students that did NOT return their books on Wednesday.
*As winter approaches, there is always a possibility of school closings or delays. Please note that St. Rose follows Franklin Community School for cancellations and delays. When delays or cancellations occur, they will be announced on local stations (CBS, ABC and NBC) under ‘Franklin Community Schools’. St. Rose will, also, send out an email through Jupiter. On the morning of, you may call the school office at 738-3451 to verify any delays or cancellations.
*Please be sure you are checking out the St. Rose website frequently to keep up to date on all that is going on at St. Rose School.
THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
*Thanks for your generous donations to make our Blessing Basket complete! I’m sure “our” family will be VERY GRATEFUL!
*Thanks to all who were able to come out and support PRIDE’s “Dine to Donate” on Tuesday evening!
*Thanks for all of the donations for the Childhood Missionary Association!
*Thanks for continuing to help with our daily snack!
*THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO!
ASK ME ABOUT…
…the sound for “O” (short and long).
…some words that begin with the “O” sound (short and long).
…this week’s story Mama Cat (ask me which character likes to nap).
…”turkey” letter matching game.
…blending sounds on “Learning to Read” (STARFALL).
…using dice with a partner to work on adding #’s together.
…how many bundles of 10 straws we now have to show how many days we’ve been in school (Can you believe we are only 29 school days away from the 100th day of school?).
…making Thanksgiving cards with our 8th grade buddies for our homebound parishioners.
Mrs. Salazar & I would like to wish you and your family a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving! We are THANKFUL for our many blessings, including your children, all of you and St. Rose School & Church. Thank you for ALL of the hard work you do to help your child be successful. Thank you for your continued support, all you do for St. Rose School and for US, not to mention the many sacrifices you make each day for your family!! May God Bless All of You this holiday season!