Room 6 News/Issue 8 DEcember 1, 2016

Mrs. Hillenbrand 686-1799; extension 1361


Family Holiday Traditions

We are excited to learn about family holiday traditions during the month of December. We look forward to learning about the special foods and objects that bring meaning and joy to the holiday season. We will photograph each student with his or her object to create a mini poster display in the hallway. Please encourage your child to be creative, yet neat, in the production of the plate. We look forward to displaying the plates in our classroom. Please be sure to check the due date of your child's project.

Winter is...

We bid farewell to autumn and all its glories as we begin to read and think about the season of winter and all of its adventures. We are building December curriculum around signs of winter including animal adaptation and holidays. This week we are enjoying wonderful fiction and nonfiction books about hibernation. We are especially having fun with SLEEP, BIG BEAR, SLEEP a silly book that inspired a silly song we love to sing and with TIME TO SLEEP, a charming book perfect for practicing retelling and sequencing. We are also creating our own paper bear at the art center. We are rocking our bears to sleep with a special lullaby and placing them in a little cave to sleep until we wake them on the first day of spring.

Field Trip to Green Acres Art Center, January 17

Our next field trip is Tuesday, January 17, to Green Acres Art Center to explore the science of sound. We will need chaperones to assist the students with creating an instrument and rotating through centers. Information and permission slip will be sent home at a later date.

Classroom Volunteers Greatly Needed

Thank you to all who signed up to volunteer in the classroom. Your help is greatly needed and most appreciated. Please check your email for Sign-Up genius to partake in this special opportunity to be in your child's classroom. Grandparents are welcome to volunteer, too!

KRA Results Ready

The Kindergarten Readiness Assessment results are complete. The form will be mailed home soon. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions.

Friendship Feast

We had a delightful time feasting on the most delicious pot of vegetable soup, homemade butter and made from scratch corn muffins as well as popcorn, applesauce, cranberries and tea cookies on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. We were thankful for the feast, our friends and for all of the volunteers who helped to make the day most special.


Book Baggies and RAZ-Kids

The Book Baggie Brigade is in full swing! Thanks to all supportive parents for reading with your kindergartner every night and initialing the Reading Log. Be sure to encourage your child to refer to The Super Reader chart when he or she needs to solve a mystery word. Encourage your child to talk about the book before and after reading it as well as to recall information from the book. Remember to support your child on RAZ-Kids as well. It is wise to sit with your child as he or she reads the text. Encourage picture walks before reading to establish vocabulary and build understanding.


Wanted: Box Tops

Please send Box Tops to school. Thank you to Mrs. Rospond for collecting and counting the Box Tops for our school. The box tops are a simple, but helpful way to generate funds for Maple Dale students.

Put Names on Winter Coats, Hats, and Gloves

Cold weather is upon us! Please label all outerwear with your child's name. Print the name or initials on the inside tags.


I Can Statements for this Week


I can read and write pop-up words in a snap.

I can identify and say rhyming words.

I can listen for and clap syllables in a word.

I can use the picture and first letter to read a mystery word.


I can use pictures and words to tell about a topic.

I can add more words to my writing.

I can correctly spell all pop-up words and stretch out sounds in other words.


I can correctly and neatly write numerals, 1-6.

I can subitize to 10.

I can count to 50.

I can tell which is more, less or equal.


Words to read and write independently



















Special Dates

  • Wednesday, December 21, Holiday Party

Literacy Learning

We are working hard to activate our super powers as readers when encountering an unknown word. We also are working on reading with a smooth and expressive voice. We are beginning to work hard to notice punctuation and "read" the punctuation. We make our voices stop at a period, raise our voice up at a question mark and sound excited at an exclamation mark.

Writing Workshop

We have been learning how to write books that teach or books that list information about a topic. We are now venturing into writing stories. We have learned that stories have a beginning, middle and end. Stories have characters that talk. We are learning that readers can plan their stories using their hand and saying their stories as they touch each finger.


  • We are enjoying singing the song, WE HAD TO SLEEP, to practice pointing to each word and reading the words had and to. We are listing animals to include in the song as well as to create a sentence. We will illustrate the sentence and practice writing the word had and to to place in a hallway mural.
  • We continue to practice matching rhyming words and making words that rhyme.

Books We Enjoyed at Read Aloud Time

Winter is Coming, Johnston

Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep, Wright

Time to Sleep, Fleming

Why Do Animals Hibernate, Martin



We are practicing identifying more than, less than and equal through a variety of activities. We are practicing correctly and consistently forming the numerals five and six. We are practicing counting to 100 by ones and tens.


Help your child complete his/her Holiday Traditions plate.

Send in Box Tops.

Congratulations to the Student of the Week - Loralie

Happy Birthday, Oliver and Tyler !

We read books to find out who we are. What other people, real or imaginary, do and think and an essential guide to our understanding of what we ourselves are and may become. Ursula LeGuin
Created By
Jane Hillenbrand


photos by Jane Hillenbrand graphics by Will Hillenbrand

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