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Stay Awake, The Time is Coming!

posted Nov 30, 2018, 11:52 AM by Jamie Austin
Wow!  Is it December already?!  Buckle up, it's about to go even faster and get even busier!!  We will be starting the church season of Advent on Sunday, December 2nd.  Advent is the time of year that we prepare our hearts for the birth of Jesus and getting ready for this wonderful gift from God on Christmas morning.  We will be spending the next three weeks of school doing many fun activities, but also reflecting on and preparing our selves for this special occasion.

We have begun our process of putting letter sounds together to read words!  We will continue to build on and practice this skill at school.  A fun game at home is to play a game that I like to call "Let's see if I can trick you".  We play this game often and the children love this game.  To play it, I say, "Let's see if I can trick you...I'm going to say some sounds and I want you to repeat the sound.  Then we are going to put all of these sounds together and see what word you hear.  Ready? Let's Go!" Make the d sound, repeat, make the o sound, repeat, make the g sound, repeat.  Make the D sound, O sound, and G sound again.  "What word do you hear?"  Your child should respond with, "DOG!"   The kids love this game and it is so fun to watch them catch on that putting sounds together will help them to learn and read words :)

We will also continue to practice writing our letters and numbers correctly.  For those of you who have been looking at your child's papers when they come home, I have been noting which letters need extra practice.  Those that do not say "keep practicing" or "please practice" are being written correctly.  If they do say "keep practicing" or "please practice," then please help your child continue to practice writing these letters correctly.  We will also be doing a lot of practicing at school whenever we have time.  

There is a lot going on, so here are just a few things to remember:

*  November Reading logs are due by Wednesday, December 5th in order to receive credit and earn a certificate to Th Pasta House.  
   September and October reading logs are coming home with the Pasta House certificates earned for these months on Friday, November 30th.
   November's reading log will come home with the Pasta House certificate earned for November as soon as I get the certificates back in the mail, 
   we normally get the certificates around the 20th of the month, so hopefully, they will be here to be sent home before Christmas Break. 

*  There was a mix-up with the Pizza Hut program.  We will start this reading reward program in January.  Word on the street is that it is an online program, but to  
   what caliber, I am not sure.  When I receive the exact details I will update you with the specifics.  

* Friday, December 7, 2018 is a half day of school with a 12 pm Dismissal

*  Wednesday, December 18, 2018 is our Kindergarten-5th grade Christmas Concert at 6:30 pm.

*  Our last day of school before Christmas Break is Thursday, December 20.
    This day is a dress up day and divided into two parts.  The first part of the morning, we will gather as a school in the gym to play the dice game.  
    The 2nd half of the morning will be spent in our classroom for our class party.  
    We will dismiss on this day at noon (12 pm) and there will not be any aftercare on this day.

*  Christmas Break begins Friday, December 21, 2018 and goes until January 2, 2019.  School will start again on Thursday, January 3, 2019. 

*  I am not going to send home a paper copy of this month's book order, but if you would still like to place an order online, you may do so.   
   Our classroom code is: HBJRQ.  Please note, due to the quick to arrive Christmas Break, the due date will be much earlier this month versus other month due 
   dates.  Please place your order no later than Friday, December 7, 2018 so that we can ensure delivery by Thursday, December 20.  If you would like to order 
   books as a Christmas gift for your child, please let me know and I will get them to you without your child knowing.  
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