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    Ms. Adams’ First Grade Newsletter

    December Edition


    The Monthly Character Trait for December: Responsibility


          December is a fun and exciting month in first grade! We will be learning about how different cultures celebrate the holidays.  It was nice to talk with each and every one of you during the fall conferences to discuss your child’s progress.  It is not always easy to take time out in the middle of the day from work and home responsibilities, but your partnership is greatly appreciated. We had 100% parent attendance during the conferences (two years in a row!) and the EPS community is lucky to have parents that are as committed to their children’s education as you all are!

         Also, a big thank you to all the families who donated books to our classroom library from the Scholastic Book Fair.  We greatly appreciate your generosity! Mrs. Nolan has spent five days transitioning into our room.  She is scheduled to officially begin December 18th.  It is not easy to leave such a terrific group of students, but I know they are in good hands.  I am eager to meet my own little one! I will be returning in May. Lastly, Ms. Mueller’s last day will be December 14th.  Although we are sad to see her go, we are excited to celebrate her graduation from Rider, and know without a doubt, she has a very bright future ahead as an educator. I wish her all the best and told her she has to come visit often!  I hope you and your family have a very Happy and Healthy Holiday Season! 


    Here is a "Snapshot" of some of the topics we will be studying during the month of December:

    • Reading: This month the focus of reading is “good readers think before they read, while they read, and after they read.”  A central focus this month is encouraging students to pose questions and wonders. Students can jot these down on post-its or in a reading response journal at home. Thank you for continuing to sign your child’s reading log nightly (Mon-Thurs).   
    • Writing: The end of November, students had Publishing Party to share their personal narratives with the class.  The students did a terrific job writing their first published works.  Many students wrote beyond the required three pages, and have made tremendous growth since September.  December we will be doing a writing unit on the holidays (a letter to Santa, a holiday wish list, etc.) and a unit on Gingerbread men.  In January, we will begin our third formal unit on “Fictional Writing.”
    • Math: Students are well into Chapter 3 on addition strategies.  This is a tough chapter, but students are working hard to learn doubles facts, double facts plus or minus 1, and the counting on strategy.  Thank you for working diligently with your child to learn all these different strategies.  As always, if ever you or your child does not understand the HW, please just send in a post-it. Homework is NOT intended to be too time consuming or EVER cause frustration and anxiety.  The goal for your child to practice the day’s skills independently to reinforce their own knowledge.  Any questions, do not hesitate to ask. J
    • Social Studies:  We will begin our unit on how various cultures celebrate the holidays. Students will reflect on their own family traditions.
    • Spanish: Students are learning greetings and counting 1-10.

    Important Dates to Remember:

    • December 5th - Guidance Lesson with Mrs. Burns
    • December 7th – Classroom Celebration
    • December 12thHappy Hanukkah!
    • December 14th – Mrs. Mueller’s Last day
    • December 15th – Ms. Adams’ Last day
    • December 18th – Mrs. Meg Nolan will begin teaching
    • December 22nd - All School Meeting, Classroom Holiday Party (11:45AM-12:20 PM), & Early Dismissal  
    • December 25th- Merry Christmas/Feliz Navidad!
    • December 26thHappy Kwanzaa!



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