Wise Owls Newsletter December 10, 2012

The Wise Owls Newsletter

December 10, 2012

 

Hi all!

The tradition reports are all excellent!  Here is who presented last week and what their tradition was in a nutshell:

  • Adelia:  Making holiday cookies with her grandma, mom and aunts the day after Thanksgiving.  They make over 1200 cookies in one day!
  • Jasper:  Fall walk collecting items to make a harvest tree.
  • Tyler:  Going to the beach every summer
  • Ruby:  Going to Black Butte every summer with her family.
  • Sydney:  Going to Sunriver every summer
  • Maude:  Re-enacting the Nativity scene on Christmas Eve with her cousins.
  • Ksenya:  Thanksgiving: making pies, bread and eating as a family great food from their garden.
  • Jack:  Decorating cookies; especially monster truck cookie cutouts!
  • Theo: Apple picking in the fall!
  • Clara:  Decorating the tree, watching Christmas movies, baking cookies, the Portland Christmas parade and other fun stuff!
  • George:  Watching Christmas movies and shows with his family while eating popcorn.

I can’t wait to learn about the rest of our classroom traditions this week!

 

 

 

Word Work (spelling, writing and reading)

The words are pretty difficult from last week and this week.  Please practice them and play a game daily!  Feel free to use “Spelling City” from my blog: http://blogs.stafps.wlwv.k12.or.us/staff/WiseA/

Have fun!

 

which                       eight

 

this                          night

 

want

 

Math

How do you know how your kids got an answer when they are doing their math problems at home?  Did they count by ones?  Did they count by tens, then ones?  I need for you to know!  Why? Because adding and subtracting is all about knowing place value…ones, tens, hundreds and so on.  First of all, always write out an equation (example:  14+8=22), draw a picture, and use words to explain how you got your answer.  When a child writes out words to explain their thinking, then we really understand HOW they are thinking.  A picture is something quick and fast.  The second graders should not draw out numbers in ones (14 circles and 8 circles for example to get 22), but begin to think and draw in tens and ones (one group of ten for 14 and 4 ones).  That way, when we start solving bigger, double digit numbers, they can solve it quickly. (Example 56+43=?)  Draw out 5 tens and 6 ones, then 4 tens and 3 ones.  Add the tens (5 tens plus 4 tens= 90), then add the ones (6 ones plus 3 ones = 9).  Then add them together:  90+9=99.  It will make life much easier for your child if you can help them to think and draw in tens and ones.  The next step is hundreds! 

 

 

Report Cards

Report cards come home this Friday, Dec. 14.  Please sign the brown manila and return it ONLY.  Keep the report card and the gray folder explaining the stages in reading, writing and math.   If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to call or email me here at school.  I think all of your kids have improved tremendously since we started in Sept.!  I hope you do too!

 

Gift Tree

At the front door of the school is a tree with items written on it (toys) for boys and girls who don’t get gifts at the holidays.  If you would like to donate a toy, please take the item off the tree and bring the toy, unwrapped back to school.  We will make sure all children have a wonderful, safe, fun Christmas!

 

 

 

Upcoming Dates:

 

Now-Dec. 18:  Family Traditions reports

 

Dec. 14:  Report cards come home.

 

Dec. 19:  8-9:15:  Polar Express Pajama party

 

Dec. 20:  Last day before Winter Holiday.

 

Dec. 21-Jan. 6:  Winter Holiday

 

Jan. 7, 2013:  Back to school!

 

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Family Tradition Reports

Wow!!!! We are learning so much about family traditions!  Everyone is doing such a good job!  In a nutshell, here is what we have learned so far:

  • Chloe:  as a family, putting special ornaments on the tree
  • Emily:  Family Xmas tree chop party and chopping at Lee’s Farm
  • Ava:  Summer trip to the beach
  • Trevor:  Thanksgiving dinner at grandma’s and Advent calendar for the grandkids
  • Lily:  Family summer trip to Sunriver
  • Liam:  Christmas tree cutting and decorating
  • Andy:  Eating 12 grapes at New Year’s to bring good luck for each month of the year in the New Year. (A Mayan tradition)

 

*Check the back of this newsletter for your time and date to come in if you have not yet presented your tradition!

 

 

Homework

Please make sure and do the entire homework packet!  There are some new things in the packet so please do it all!  If you have any questions, please email me at:

wisea@wlwv.k12.or.us

Also, please remember to turn in your entire packet by Friday.  Keep all of the homework in the green folder inside the brown manila envelope.  Please sign and star the top of the packet after you have checked it with your child.  Thank you!

Fondly,

Angie

 

 

Word Work (spelling, writing and reading)

We have new words!  Please practice write the words on your (at home) word wall and please practice on line on spelling city, which is on my blog!

 

their                kept

 

were                where

 

through

 

 

Upcoming Dates:

 

Now-Dec. 18:  Family Traditions reports

 

Dec. 5:  Early Release day at 12:10

 

Dec. 19:  8-9:15:  Polar Express Pajama party

 

Dec. 20:  Last day before Winter Holiday.

 

Dec. 21-Jan. 6:  Winter Holiday

 

Jan. 7, 2013:  Back to school!