Monday, January 30, 2017

February Newsletter

February 2017

Dear Families,

Pack your suitcases, kids; we are going on a cruise around the world!

This month students will be “Cruising the Continents” learning about different cultures around the world. Our class will be focusing on the cultures and customs of South Korea. We will learn about the food they eat, music they listen to, language they speak and so much more!

Each class in first grade will highlight a different country around the world. Our students will be learning about Africa, Brazil, Germany, Hawaii, Greece, Mexico, Australia and Antarctica. I encourage you to ask them where their flight took them each day and hear about the fun facts they have learned about each destination.

We hope that you are able to join us on Friday, February 24th for our Cruising Presentation from 8:45-10:00 in the gym. Students will be performing a special song, dance or activity to highlight the cultures they have been learning about during our social studies unit.

Below are some important dates to remember:

Wednesday, February 1 – Early Release Day 12:45 dismissal
Tuesday, February 14 – Valentine’s Day cards due for our class party
Friday, February 24 – Cruising Presentation 8:45-10:00 in the gym

Monday, February 27 – No School February Vacation Begins

January Newsletter

January 2017

Happy New Year!

I hope that you all had a wonderful winter break full of family, fun and laughter.

This month we will be starting a new science unit, which focuses on different types of weather. As we look into the weather categories we will also be exploring clouds and how their formations can help you to predict the weather. I encourage you to peek out the window with your child and see if they can put their meteorologist hat on to tell you about the clouds they see and the weather they will bring.

All of the first grade students will begin learning about different cultures around the world in the months of January and February. This unit is a great way for our students to explore what makes our culture and other cultures unique. We will be “Cruising the Continents” from one classroom to another to learn about different countries. Our class will become “experts” on South Korea. If you have any artifacts or information that you would like to share with the class about South Korea please let me know and we would be happy to have you share with the class.

As an enrichment activity for our “Cruising the Continents Unit” we will be traveling to the Dover Children’s Museum. The children will have an opportunity to explore artifacts from around the world and learn about holidays that are celebrated in different cultures.

Below are some of the important dates to remember in January:

Monday, January 16 – No School MLK Day
Friday, January 27 – Report Cards Sent Home
Friday, January 27 – Dover Children’s Museum Field Trip

Wednesday, February 1 – Early Release Day

December Newsletter

December 2016
Dear Families,

It is hard to believe that December has arrived! I keep thinking to myself, where did the time go?

With all of the Holiday “hustle and bustle” it is so easy to get sucked into the endless running from celebration to celebration. This is when it is truly important for us all to take a moment, breathe in deeply, and pause. Take in the experience in its entirety and appreciate all the little things. After all, this is what the Holidays are all about. This idea of mindfulness is something that I plan on doing with the students each day so that we can really stop and take in these precious little moments.

The excitement is contagious this time of year when we begin discussing our December Holidays and Traditions unit. Giving the students the chance to share their family experiences is a great way for students to teach one another about the Holidays rather than hearing it directly from the teacher. I encourage you to continue having these discussions at home regarding how and why you celebrate in a particular way. I look forward to having your child share these experiences with us.

The first week of December we will be focusing on the differences and similarities we share in the way we celebrate holidays in December. The week of December 5th we will begin to discuss Kwanzaa and Hanukkah.
December 11th-23rd we will be discussing Hanukkah, Christmas and New Years traditions.

Throughout the entire month students will be encourage to “spread good cheer” to others in our community. We have implemented “Caught You Cards” in school to help promote positive behaviors and support Main Street School’s four B’s. Be kind, be your best, be safe and be respectful. If students are caught modeling these types of behaviors the adult will reward the student with a “Caught You Card”, which will be displayed on a bulletin board in the hallway. These tickets then go into a raffle in which a student is picked at random to enjoy a special lunch with their peers and adults in the building.

Important dates to remember:

December 7 – Early Release Day
December 16 – Winter Holiday Celebration from 12:45 – 2:15
December 23 – Polar Express / PJ Day!
December 26 – January 2 – No School ~ Holiday Break

From all of us here at Main Street School, we wish you the Happiest of Holidays and a Happy New Year!
Cheers!

Ms. Taylor

Thursday, November 17, 2016

November Newsletter

November 2016
Dear Families,

November is a time for giving thanks and celebrating family traditions. As part of our curriculum students will be learning about nutrition; including how to make healthy food choices each day using the myplate.gov guidelines. Students will also be encouraged to engage in active lifestyle choices to keep healthy and fit. Please use this opportunity to introduce new fruits and vegetable to your child, find ways to stay moving and enjoy some final outdoor family activities before the snow comes.

We will also be discussing how our families celebrate Thanksgiving with traditions and feasts. This is a great time for recognizing similarities and differences amongst us. Please encourage your child to come up with ideas about how they celebrate Thanksgiving with you and your family to share with their peers.

Below are some important dates to remember:

November 4th – Report Cards sent home
November 7th – Picture Re-take Day
November 8th – No School (Parent/teacher conferences)
November 11th – No School (Veteran’s Day)
November 23rd, 24th and 25th – No School (Thanksgiving Break)

Sincerely,

Ms. Taylor

October Newsletter

October 2016
Dear Families,

This month our class will be creeping into a science unit all about insects. We will learn what an animal must have to be categorized as an insect, what insects eat, how they move and even how they grow. As a culminating activity for our “insect unit”, we will be combining all of our first grade classes for a Bug Ball on Friday, October 21st. You will receive more information regarding this even in the upcoming days.

We will also be exploring the life of bats during the month of October. Students will use facts they learn about bats to help create a “spooky” hallway bulletin board, feel what it is like to use their sense of sound by participating in a game called “Echolocation Tag”, and create a class KWL chart listing things they Know, Want to know, and have Learned about bats.

October is also a time in which we begin classroom celebrations. As mentioned at our parent Open House night we are lucky to have Meg Mazzola helping us to plan and organize many of these events. Please be aware that she will be contacting families this month regarding a Halloween celebration and how you may be able to assist. I thank you in advance for all of your contributions and support.

As the children’s seating assignments change I am looking forward to seeing more connections blossom amongst classmates, children continue to come out of their shell and a tightly knit community becoming stronger.

Below are some important dates to be aware of this month:

Wednesday, Oct. 5 – Early Release Day (12:45 dismissal time)
Monday, Oct. 10 – No School (Columbus Day)
Friday, Oct. 21 – Bug Ball (a flyer will be sent with further info)
Friday, Oct. 28 – Halloween Parade and classroom celebration

Sincerely,

Ms. Taylor