Newsletter for the (short) Week of Nov. 25

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Room 104 Families,

Sight Words: Review

Previous Sight Words: I, am, like, a, can, see, the, is, here, and, to, be, my, are, have, we, on, in, look, big, little

Letter of the Week: Review

Previous Letters: Ll, Aa, Ff, Tt, Pp, Bb, Ss, Cc, Nn

Morning Meeting:

  • This week students will do the Compliment Greeting, “Turkey, Turkey” Shared Reading Activity, and the Disguised Turkey Sharing.

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • There will be no literacy centers this week, we will be working on whole group literacy learning/activities

  • We will complete close reading activities with the book, Curious George. We will focus specifically on character, setting, problem, solution. Students will use a graphic organizer to fill out each part

  • Students will be making Pilgrim faces and writing one fact they have learned about Pilgrims

  • Color by sight word turkey

  • Read to self

  • Listen to read alouds and participate in class discussions

  • Practice our Who Let the Letters Out? song. It is linked on The Things to Work on at Home page above


  • Students will rotate between different math centers this week, they are: top it, “turkey” squeeze, the train game, teen spin it/read it/write it, sequence how a Thanksgiving dinner is made


  • We will talk about “peacemakers” and “peacebreakers” during writing this week. Monday students will write about a time they were a peacebreaker and Tuesday they will write about a time they were a peacemaker. We will put up charts in our classroom that have examples of both.

  • This week students will continue labeling around 5 details in their pictures. Our writing paper now has boxes students need to check once done with that specific thing. Those are: wow picture (with labels), finger spaces, sight words, capital letters, end marks. A journal paper is not done until all boxes are checked.

Theme (Science/Social Studies): Thankful Thanksgiving

  • Students will work on making Thankful Turkeys both Monday and Tuesday. Each turkey will have four feathers where students will write and draw what they are thankful for. Then they will get to put the whole thing together

Things to Know:

  • Please check regularly and use the Things To Be Working On At Home link to above.

  • The Scholastic Book Orders have been placed and should be arriving shortly after the Thanksgiving holiday.

  • If you child has not turned in their Disguised Turkey, please make sure they do so Monday.

  • Ray School will be holding a literacy night on Tuesday, December 3rd from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Illustrator Jan Spivey Gilchrist will be our guest.

  • It is that time if the year where students start bringing lots of articles of clothing with them to recess. It is very important that students can independently put their outside gear on. Please practice if they are unable to.

  • The last day to donate to The Ray Student Council food drive is Monday, November 25th. All donations will be going to Care for Real ( Please consider donating canned and non-perishable food items for this great cause. There is a box in our classroom to collect donations. It has been a joy to watch the pride on the students’ faces as they put items in the box. Our box is almost full!

  • Library books are due every Tuesday.

  • There will be no school in observance of Thanksgiving on November 27th-29th.

  • If you would like to volunteer in the classroom just let me know. The most needed time is literacy centers, but volunteers are welcomed at all other times of the school day. If you would like to work something out regularly or just every once in a while, let me know. We would love to have you!

Ms. Maltz