Newsletter for the Week of December 15

Friday, December 12, 2014

Room 104 Families,


Sight Words: said, in, are

    We will use and write them in sentences. We will also sing our sight word songs.

Previous Sight Words: I, am, like, we, see, the, can, and, be, big, little, on, it, to, a, is, look, at, my, here, yes, no, day, come, run, have, go, me, you


Letter of the Week: Ss

Please have your child cut out images from the newspaper or magazines that begin with our letter of the week so we can make a letter collage book. Students may bring in the images any day throughout the week.

Previous Letters: Mm, Aa, Ff, Cc, Pp, Bb, Hh, Ll, Tt, Gg, Ii


Morning Meeting:

  • Greeting – Dice Greeting
  • Activity – Mittens (color) Poem
  • Sharing – Students will share their gingerbread projects

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • Centers
    • Word Work – Rainbow Words, Read Around the Room, The Mitten Read Around the Room, Unscramble Sight Words.
    • Writing – Stamp Stories
    • Read to Self and Read to Someone – focus on identifying sight words
    • Computer – GameGoo, iPad games
    • Listening- Students will listen to The Mitten then draw a picture and write a sentence about the book
    • Teacher Time – Sight word practice, letter practice, weekly story, long vowels
    • Read with our Third Grade Buddies
  • Beginning Sound Sort.
  • What I want to do over winter break…
  • Sight word songs.
  • Phonemic Awareness.
  • Sing Who Let the Letters Out? We sing the song out of order. There is a link to it on the Things to be Working on at Home page on the blog.


  • Independent Writing Journals
  • Sequence The Mitten.
  • Write what happened at the beginning, middle, and end of The Mitten.

Theme (Science/Social Studies): The Mitten

  • Read The Mitten and discuss winter animals
  • Sequence The Mitten and focus on the beginning, middle, and end
  • Compare and contrast The Hat and The Mitten.


  • Math Survey
  • Math Journals
  • ST Math
  • Various Shape Activities
  • Various Whiteboard Activities
  • The Subtraction Symbol
  • Math Centers
  • Graphing
  • Patterns

Winter Centers

  • Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to donate their time and items to our special winter centers. This will be a fun way for the students to start the beginning of winter and a great send off to winter break!

Winterfest Program

  • The Ray School Winterfest Program is on Wednesday, December 17th. There will be two performances. The students will get to perform in and watch the 1:30 pm performance and there is one for families and friends at 5:00 pm. Our music teacher, Ms. Walker, sent home all the information (it was on blue paper) so please refer to that.

Ray School Spirit Week

  • Students can show their school pride by dressing up for spirit week (starting December 15th)
    • Monday – Nerd Day
    • Tuesday – Decade Day
    • Wednesday – Wacky Tacky/Opposite Day
    • Thursday – Twin Day
    • Friday – Ray School Spirit Day

Things to Know:

  • Please check regularly and use the Things To Be Working On At Home link on the blog.
  • Library books are due every Friday.
  • With the cold weather upon us it is very important that your child can independently dress themselves in their winter gear. Please also label all winter gear in case it gets lost.
  • Continue to work on ST Math (JiJi) and ABCMouse at home.
  • My Donors Choose project has been funded! Thank you to the families who donated and helped us to get some great technology. The projector and document camera will be arriving in January.
  • Each student has their own Bob Book ( in their read to self bags. Students are able to practice their books during centers (usually with the third grade buddies) and read them correctly to me to pass on to the next book. These are great books! Please refer to the link with any questions.
  • Consider collecting Box Tops. They are on many of the everyday items that you buy. Turn them into me or by the security desk on the first floor. Each Box Top earns money for the school.

Ms. Maltz