Lots of information for you with all the holiday festivities coming up. First, on Tuesday we have our holiday concert for 2nd and 3rd graders. They will perform at 9 am for the school and at 10:30 for parents. Students often dress up for this and Ms. Luce and Ms. Sherlock ask that at a minimum students where a plain shirt (as opposed to one with pictures on it). After the 10:30 concert you are invited back to the classroom for lunch. Jacki Smith sent out a sign-up for that. Your kids can still order from the cafeteria, or eat what we have for the luncheon. I think we will be back to the classroom and eating by 11:15 ish, and when the kids seem done (ie start getting
wild antsy) they will go to
recess. I imagine that will be around
On Friday we will see the 4th and 5th grade concert at 9 am and those students will perform again at 10:30 for parents. At both of the concerts (and through-out December) we do an all-school collection for the Haven. Usually it's socks and underwear, however, this year the Haven is more in need of food. They have suggested soup. There will be boxes for donations in the lobby and at the concerts.
In our classroom we had a discussion about "First World Problems" and the kinds of things that are problems in other countries. We read a book called Beatrice's Goat. It is about a girl who would like to go to school but her family can't afford it...until they get a goat from Heifer International. The students made wreathes and wrote their wishes for the world in the middle. They are up in the hallway from the art room to the gym. We also decided to collect money as a class, for Heifer International. I know everyone gets asked to give in a lot of different directions at this time of year, I don't want to just add to that. I would like the money to come from your kids. If everyone gave between $5 and $10 we could afford a goat. Thanks for considering.
This past week the students did a crayon resist picture of the moon. I then introduced "I Poems." I hope to have them up by Tuesday. They are beautiful!
In math we continue to work on problem solving, representations, and showing our math thinking. This week we will start a unit on money. Second graders are expected to be able to identify pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters. They are expected to be able to do addition and subtraction with money amounts either in cents OR dollars. They are not expected to understand a decimal point, although we do lay the groundwork for that.
Wishing you peace and joy throughout the holiday season,