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Letter Sound Tree

The kids did a GREAT job making their ornaments for our “letter sound” Christmas tree. I know the kids are walking down to the room by themselves now, but if you get a chance it’s worth stopping by to see. They LOVE showing off their GREAT work!


Our annual Christmas program for grades K-5 is quickly approaching! The children have been working very hard with Mrs. Langferman and are looking forward to performing for all of you.   The program will be on Thursday, December 10th at 7:00 p.m.  The children will need to be in our classroom at 6:45 p.m. (No earlier please, I will be getting my family ready too. 🙂  Thanks for your understanding!).   You will have a chance to find a seat in the PLC if you arrive a little early and to make sure the children have a chance to go to the bathroom before we get ready  for the program. The band and choir will do a short performance before grades K-5 perform.  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 mandatory. If the girls plan on wearing a dress, please remind them how to sit properly. They will be sitting on the bleachers in the front row.  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!


This week’s story was an informational text. Our book was organized in alphabetical order and gave us information about animal babies for every letter of the alphabet (Well, with the exception of “U’ and “X;” porcUpine & foX.). The skills we worked on this week were classifying and categorizing.   We talked about how some animals are similar and how some are different. Here are some of the different ways we grouped the animals: Animals with fur and animals without fur; animals born in water and animals born on land; animals that lay eggs and animals that do not lay eggs to name a few.   We worked on the sound for the letter “F” this week. The children did a great job once again coming up with a list of words for our predictable chart (F is for…). Many of the children even tried to “sound spell” some words on the back of their morning work paper for “F.” 🙂 I was quite impressed! We will be doing more “sound spelling” when we return from Christmas break. Our popcorn word for this story was “play,” however, we added a couple of “special” popcorn words to our word wall this week:   mom, dad & love. We completed our Unit 5 activity book today. Please take some time to have your child show you their work and tell you some of the things they’ve been learning.



Evelyn, AKA Evey, was our STAR student this week!  She was born on December 3, 2009.  All week Evey was counting how many “sleeps” she had left until her 6th birthday!  Although she was very excited on Thursday that her counting was over,  she was a little sad that her dad and big brother, Brayden, were headed to Camp Tecumseh for the 4th grade field trip.  After a few extra hugs from her favorite “boys,” she was looking forward to starting her day and sharing a birthday treat with her classmates.  Evey LOVES her family very much!  She really looks up to her big brother!  Evey was all smiles when she told us that she plays “really boring boy stuff” with Brayden so he will play dolls with her. 🙂  What a wonderful brother!  Evey said that her mom gives the BEST hugs and she likes going to the store with her mom.  She likes helping her dad clean the barn even though “it smells yucky” and she especially likes when her dad takes her to his work.  Evey has a dog named Hara who likes to sit in the black chair at home even if someone is already sitting in it.  She said Hara just scoots them over and sits with them.  We got to meet Hara this year for show & tell.  What a smart dog!  Evey’s favorite place to go is the beach.  She loves going to Gulf Shores.  She said one time when they were there a little fish jumped out of the water and a little girl she met on the beach thought it was a sting ray.  Evey thought that was pretty funny!  Evey also likes to go to Disney World and Great Wolf Lodge.  She likes playing the “wand game” at Great Wolf because the first time she played she won “1 million trillion tickets and was able to get pom-poms.”  Out of the mouth of babe! 🙂  Evey’s favorite food is macaroni and cheese.  Her favorite movie is Frozen and her favorite color is pink.  Thanks for sharing, Evey!


Every class has signed up for a designated time to go shopping at the Santa Shop sponsored by PRIDE. The Kindergarten class will be doing their shopping on Tuesday, December 15.   Look for more information to come home soon regarding the Santa Shop.       


*12/5  Saturday evening mass at 4:30 p.m. & “Parent’s Night Out” 5:30-10:00 p.m. in the PLC sponsored by the Youth Group.

*12/6  Sunday mass at 7:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.  (Liturgy of the Word for children is offered at the 11:30 mass.)


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*12/6-12/10  A Five Day Mission:  “Keeping Christ In Christmas Mission.”  Click on the following link to learn more  http://strosechurch.saintrose.net/  (then click on St. Rose and Holy Trinity Mission).

*12/7  Lilli’s 1/2 birthday snack.  Kindergarten will have their “preview” time at the Book Fair.  They will bring home a “wish list” in case you would like to send money on their “purchase day.”

*12/8   Tuesday is a Holy Day of Obligation (Immaculate Conception) so we will be attending mass at 8:15.  All are welcome!  Please be sure the children wear their mass uniforms.  We will also have our weekly Thursday mass.  Due to scheduling, Thursday’s mass will also be at 8:15.  The Kindergarten class will have a special visit from Mrs. Claus. 🙂

*12/9  Student Council NUT day for a donation (Look for more information from Mrs. Eberhart to come soon to find out where your donations will be going.).  Kindergarten students will be able to purchase books at the Book Fair.  If you would like for your child to buy books, please be sure to send money in an envelope with their name on it, how much money is included and how much they can spend (if you are expecting change, please let us know or your precious one might spend it all.  🙂  )

*12/10  K-5 Christmas Program;  The Book Fair WILL be open the night of the program.  PRIDE will also be selling Spirit wear.  Be sure to check it out.  They have some really neat new items!

*12/11  Spirit Day

*12/14  Jillian’s 1/2 birthday snack.

*Many of the children complained of being cold this week during recess.  Please be sure the children have hats and gloves with them every day.  We will go outside all winter long as long as the weather permits and the temperature does not get below 25 degrees.

*I am very pleased with how many November/December goal sheets we completed this week this week!  Many children accepted and accomplished the challenges this month too!  WOW!  If your child has not yet completed their goals, please be sure practice these at home.  Using counters (buttons, pennies, Cheerios, etc.) when counting to 60 can be helpful!  If you need any suggestions for practicing at home, please let me know.  The next 2 weeks are VERY BUSY and we have a lot going on at school.  Please “bear” with me! 🙂  Don’t forget to keep working on any “old” goals your child may still need to complete.

*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.


*Thanks for supporting the 4th grade trip to Camp Tecumseh by sending in donations for “Coloring for Camp.”  The kids can’t wait to see what color hair Mrs. Tieken will be wearing soon! 🙂  For the love of the children!

*Thanks for all of your help at home with your child’s monthly goals!  Your help and support truly makes a difference!  “I can, you can, we can!”

*Thanks for your help with the “holiday homework!” The ornaments on our tree look GREAT.  I was PLEASED with the words the children came up with for the beginning sounds for each letter.

*Thanks in advance to all who have signed up to help at the Book Fair, Santa’s Shop and the staff luncheon!  We couldn’t do it without your support!

*Thanks for the donations that have been sent in for Santa’s Secret Shop!

*Thanks to PRIDE for all they do for us!




…the sound for “F” and some words that begin with the “F” sound.

…our reading story this week ABC Animal Babies.

…some of the animals we talked about for different categories (animals with fur, animals that hatch from eggs, animals that drink their mothers milk).

…the season of Advent (preparing our hearts for Jesus).

…reading our daily Advent Devotionals.

…our Advent wreaths (how many candles; what color we lit this week).

…what special word we see in Christmas (CHRIST).

…the message we learned from the story of the Christmas Troll.

…the angel that appeared to Mary (Gabriel).

…St. Nicholas.

…our “letter sound” ornaments.

…how many quarters we now have on our calendar to show 75 days of school.