Welcome Back!

Happy new year! I can’t believe it’s already 2016 and we’re halfway through the school year. The first week after Christmas break is down and we’re ready to move into our event week! Woo!

The weather outside has been a little crazy, to say the least. At the beginning of the week we enjoyed an indoor snowball fight to celebrate the falling snow and frigid temperatures outside.


So fun!

This week we focused on reviewing many of our second quarter skills. Ask your saint to explain the difference between a noun and a verb and give you examples. Have them show you one of the reading strategies they know. Ask them what they are writing about in Writers Workshop, and which story they will publish next.

We learned about how to use function machines to change numbers and find missing addends. We investigated coins and described their attributes, then counted collections of coins and used them to solve problems.


In Bible, we learned about Jesus’ boyhood. Students were amazed that He could teach, as they put it, “a bunch of grown-ups” when he was only 12!

Our science and social studies learning centered around putting the final touches on our in-class focus study projects. Students will share these projects with their friends and families at our Patience Grows event next week. Ask your firstie what they learned about bees!

As sad as it is to wrap up the quarter and leave Ox-Cart Man behind, we’re excited to move patience from the inside out as we begin exploring the theme of “Patience Glows!”

Christmas Time is Here!


It’s been a busy week preparing for and performing in our Christmas show, learning about Christmas celebrations all around the world, and thinking about the story of Christ’s birth. Here are some of the highlights!

Our Star of the Week shared his soccer ball skills, read us a story, and shared a poster he created all about his life.


During our Christmas Around the World unit, A special visitor, Mr. Kubicki, came to our classroom and shared photographs and stories about his trip to Israel!


After learning all about how maple syrup is made for our Ox-Cart focus study project, we enjoyed a little syrup taste-test. What better way to try maple syrup than with waffles?


In case you missed it, the firsties performed “The Best Present Ever” at our Christmas show. Here they are!

On Pajama Day, we frosted ice cream cone Christmas trees and decorated them with delicious candy. YUM!


We also enjoyed fresh air-popped popcorn during a special pajama day movie and were visited by some carolers! 🙂


We had such a fun-filled week. I pray that you and your families have a very merry Christmas! See you next year!