Dear Families,
I am really looking forward to our Thanksgiving Break, I plan to take several long runs and complete several projects around the house. Nolan will be coming home for Thanksgiving on Tuesday morning from the east coast, I can hardly wait to see him again. I am looking forward to having the five of us all together again for a few days. We plan to go to my dad’s house for dinner on Thursday, and then we also plan to have a special “family day” on Sunday. For me just having all of us under one roof is such a precious gift and I am really looking forward to the house being filled with our kids. I wish you all a very peaceful and relaxing Thanksgiving!
At Thanksgiving I like to take the time to thank all of you for supporting us in the classroom.
Thank you for:
* Preparing such wonderful snacks for us to enjoy each day
* Leading the children in our weekly math, science/social studies, language arts, and cooking centers
* Cleaning the classroom, cooking area, organizing the library, and dress-up center
* Helping me with various classroom jobs such as making copies or simply organizing papers
* Leading a K/1 Special class each week
* Taking care of Samantha
* Always saying yes every-time I have a request for yet another volunteer classroom job

I want you to know how grateful I feel to work with your children each day. I know I am blessed to have a job that is my true passion in life, and also one that provides me with many opportunities to grow and learn.

Thank you for entrusting your children to me each day. The children and I are so very grateful for all of the time, energy, and positive support that you give to us.

Happy Thanksgiving!
1. CLC Winter Celebration is Friday 12/19 at 10:30am. Everyone is invited to attend. Our class will be starting the show with our annual Swedish Santa Lucia Festival of Lights celebration. I need a parent volunteer to buy the white shirts and red ribbon for the girls to wear around their waist. This volunteer job involves going to Target or Old Navy and purchasing white cotton t-shirts that the girls will wear for the performance. We will be asking for a donation to cover the cost of the t-shirts. The girls can keep the outfit after the show. The girls will also need to wear white tights.

The boys will wear a white button down collared shirt with khaki colored pants. Please send in your son’s white shirt by Monday 12/15 because we will have a few rehearsals before our performance on Friday 12/19.

We need to know if your child will not be at school on Friday, December 19 so we can plan accordingly. We have special plans for our last day on 12/19, it will really help to know in advance if your child will be out of town.

2. If you would like to share a special holiday tradition with our class please let me know ASAP! I believe it is special to have parents or grandparents to come and share how they celebrate their family holiday traditions during the month of December.
We started the day with our regular spanish lesson and then we left for Santa Cruz for our amazing field trip to Natural Bridges. I sent a blog update about our field trip on Monday evening.

We began the day with a wonderful visit from Mateo’s grandparents. They gave us a wonderful presentation all about Ecuador. His grandparents live half the year in Ecuador and the other half of the year in Florida. As you can tell from the photos the learners were truly engaged and excited to learn about Ecuador.  FullSizeRenderIMG_1433



The 7th and 8th organized the all school assembly this week. They each gave brief updates about their upcoming PLP presentations scheduled to be presented in January.

We started our day with our regular center time. We had math tiles, cooking and slingerland handwriting time. The kinders had math tiles and slingerland handwriting – this week we learned/reviewed g, k,h, l, c, b, and a. The first graders had cooking and math tiles. The first graders made precious “turkey” cookies that we all enjoyed at the feast.

Then we began our feast right after recess time. Thank you for your support with our Thanksgiving Feast! It was a special celebration, the learners all sat together at our very long table for roughly an hour. We began our feast with each of them sharing something that they are thankful for… I also went around the entire table and told each of the learners something that I appreciated about them individually. This is one of my favorite celebrations with the learners, there is something quite precious/magical to hear all of them share what they feel thankful for.
First Grade Language Arts time
Now that the assessments are completed we will be forming new guided reading groups after we return from our break. Our afternoon instruction includes: small group guided reading instruction, phonics lessons, listening center, and independent writing time.