Sunday, December 16, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Dear Parents,

Can you believe it is the last week of school before Christmas break?! I can't! Time sure has been flying by and before we know it, it will be January! 

This week we got a chance to hear from our Christmas choir when they performed for our school at an assembly. They did such a great job! We had five kids from our class who participated in the choir. They sang their hearts out and did a wonderful job. They have been practicing twice a week before school for the last couple months now. Great job to Joey, Josie, Parker, Andrew, and Brianna! Way to go you guys!

Here are some pictures of the assembly!  

We have lots of fun things going on this week. We are decorating gingerbread houses on Tuesday at 2:00. If your child hasn't brought in some candy and some frosting for their house, please bring that as soon as you can.

Wednesday, the last day of school before break, the school is having a pajama wearing day. So my class is extra lucky and gets to wear their pajamas twice to school in one month! :) Please have your kids wear pajamas to school that day and again remember to bring warm clothing to wear at recess.

Also on Wednesday, we are having our class party after lunch. Our room moms have been working hard and have planned an awesome party for our class. It is going to be full of fun Christmas activities and festive treats!

There is no assigned homework over the break. However, please encourage your child to continue to read as many days as they can. The kids will have their homework folder over the break in their backpacks so they can have access to their reading log to keep track of their reading minutes. Please bring back the homework folders sometime during the first week back to school in January. (The first week back is a short week- Wed-Fri.) I will stuff them and get them ready for the following week. Homework will start up again on Monday, the 7th of January.

I hope everyone has a safe, fun and exciting break. See you next year!

-Mrs. Hembree :)

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Pajama Party and Christmas Projects!

 Dear Parents,

Here are some cute pictures from last Friday. We had a fun pajama party! The kids really worked hard and earned their party. They have been working since the beginning of the year to earn "Hembree High Fives." They had to earn 30 before they get a class party. They earn a high five when they are working quietly at their desks, behaving at speciality classes, walking down the hall quietly, going to and from the classroom quietly, etc. I have such a great class this year with the nicest, sweetest kids. I know that they will earn lots of parties this year!

We played some games, read the book, "Arthur's First Sleepover," did a show n' tell with their stuffed animals, and ate some breakfast food. The kids had a blast! They all looked so cute in their PJ's too and their little slippers. What a fun day it was! It was a great way to end a great week.

Christmas break is coming up so quick! Just 6 more days of school until the long break. We have been doing lots of fun things in class this week. We have made some Santa art, done some Christmas writing, and have read lots of Christmas stories. The kids are enjoying the season and all the fun things that go along with it.

Many of you have brought in supplies for gingerbread houses. Thank you! There are still quite a few kids who haven't brought in any anything. If you could get that to me as soon as possible, that would be great. Please bring in some candy and some white frosting. We will provide everything else. Thanks! We will be decorating the houses on the 18th. They will be bringing them home that day, so it would be great if they could be picked up after school so they don't have to carry their house home.

There will be no homework over Christmas break. Homework and spelling tests will start back up again in January. Even though there is no assigned homework, please encourage your kids to continue to read over the break. We don't want them to digress from not being at school for so long. We want them reading and practicing, getting those hard words embedded in their brains so they are ready for when January starts up again. Thanks!

We have had a few problems with getting homework folders turned in on Fridays. Some kids are forgetting to bring them or complete their homework. Please allow your child to become responsible for their homework folder- getting in the habit of doing homework every night, putting it in their backpack on Thursday night, turning it in on time Friday morning. Not only do I hope to see these kids improve academically this year but also in becoming more responsible for themselves. Please encourage them to do this. Thanks!

If there are any moms/ dads/ grandmas/ grandpas that would like to volunteer in my class that haven't already, or if you do occasionally and would be willing to help out more often, please let me know. There are so many behind the scenes things that teachers do that keep me up hours on end that I would love to get some help with. If you would like to help out with grading papers, putting up bulletin boards, cutting out things, stapling homework packets, etc, PLEASE LET ME KNOW. :) We also always need help with centers on Tues-Thurs mornings from 8:50- 10:00. Any help would be great! Let me know and we can schedule a time for you to come in. The kids love it when their parents come in to help!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season! Thanks for all that you do and for sharing your sweet kids with me!

                                                     -Mrs. Hembree

Some of our Recent Christmas Projects.....

 Here are some of my favorite funny ones.
I hope it makes you smile as much as it did for me!
"If Santa was stuck in my chimney I would....."

We also made some regular "not stuck in chimney" Santas.....

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

December Newsletter!

Dear Parents,

I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend! Time is flying by....only 2 and a half more weeks until Christmas break. Here are some things that are coming up these next couple weeks:

-Pajama Party!
This Friday we are having a pajama party! I have set up a reward system called, "Hembree High Fives." When the class as a whole does something good, I will give them a Hembree High Five to put on the wall. When the class has earned 30 High Fives, they get to have a class party. They have been working hard this whole year to earn their High Fives, so we are having our first party!!! Because it is a pajama party, please have your child wear their pajamas to school and bring their favorite stuffed animal to share. Please remember to still have your child bring something warm to wear out to recess. We will be reading some fun books, playing some games, and eating some "breakfast" food. It will be a fun way to celebrate all the great things that your kids have been doing in class. Pictures to come soon! 

-Gingerbread Houses!
On December 18th, we are making Gingerbread houses with our 4th grade buddies. I need about 3-4 parent volunteers to come in and help with this activity. Please let me know if you would be able to help. The activity will start at 2 and finish when school gets out. Please also have your child bring one bag of one type of candy and one jar of white frosting to decorate their house. With everyone bringing in one type of candy, we should have plenty of different kinds to share and make beautiful houses with.  Your child will be bringing home their gingerbread house that afternoon. If at all possible, please pickup your child from school that day so they don't have any accidents carrying home their house. We don't want any sad kids with dropped broken houses. :(

-Reading Comprehension-
Thank you to all the parents who are encouraging their child to read at home for at least 15 minutes a night. You guys are doing great! I have been amazed at some of the books and amount of minutes that my students are reading each night. It is really showing through at school too. Words are coming easier and quicker and they are becoming more fluent readers. 

One thing that is really important to remember to work on with your child is reading comprehension. Make sure that after your child reads a book that they are understanding what they are reading. Ask them questions about what they read. Ask them to tell you what the book is about and what happened on each page. Ask them deep critical thinking questions like, "Why do you think the little boy was sad? Why do you think that happened? What do you think is going to happen next?" It is so important for your child to have good reading fluency but it is also very important for them to have great reading comprehension skills. Encourage them to think about what they are reading. When they understand what they are reading they will enjoy the book more. When they enjoy the book more, they will want to read more! The more they read, the better readers they will become.

These next couple of weeks we will be doing lots of fun Christmas type of activities and I know that kids will enjoy! What a fun time of year this is! Have a happy December everyone!

Mrs. Hembree 

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