Newsletter the Week of December 13-17, 2021

One week left before Winter Break. I know we can do it! Thank you for hanging in there with me.

Mark your Calendar
  • Wednesday, December 15th – Holiday Boutique – Our time slot is from 1:00 – 1:30.
  • Thursday, December 16th – Winter Celebration Pajama Party and Fuzzy Sock Exchange
  • Friday, December 17th – Last day of school before Winter Break
  • Monday, January 3rd – Return to school

Fuzzy Sock Exchange

Please be sure to send in a pair of NEW fuzzy socks for the exchange during our pajama party. If you don’t have wrapping paper, that’s ok. I do.

Winter Celebration Pajama Party

Your child is welcome to wear their pajamas to school. Remember, we will still have lunch recess and afternoon recess, so warm school appropriate pajamas are best. Thank you for donating money for our party. We will be having a pancake breakfast, making a craft, exchanging our fuzzy sock presents, and enjoying a movie.

PTA Sponsored Holiday Boutique

We will be shopping at the Holiday Boutique on Wednesday at 1:00. Everything costs $2 including tax.

Read Alouds

I have been reading many variations of the Gingerbread Man to the kids. We have enjoyed them all. I have also been reading Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Ramadan, Eid, and Christmas books. The kids are loving learning about many different ways to celebrate.


We do not have a new spelling list for this week. We will resume when we return from winter break. You probably noticed that I am no longer tracing the words to model printing. We have moved beyond this point in my guidance. I have small conferences with students as needed to help them.


We finish our Unit 3 Booklet on Friday. I will send it home as soon as I check their last response to literature piece. I will not be sending book bags home for the break. Your child has access to Raz-Kids via my blog. This is a good time to snuggle up and share reading too.

I have started our second round of reading assessments with the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA). I use the results of these to adjust reading groups when we return.


They wrote about how to be a good citizen in school in a flow chart. I conduct a writing conference with each student. Sometimes their write their final draft in their journal. Other times, we write on nice paper to be displayed in the hallway. This particular piece will be displayed in the hallway.


We are almost finished with Topic A in Module 2. We are making a ten when adding 3 numbers or numbers that have a sum more than 10. We will take Topic A2 quiz this week. Then we will have a bit of fun with math for the rest of the week.

Social Studies

This week, we will take our Unit Assessment – How We Get Along with Others. When we return from Winter Break, we will step back into Science for a bit.

Thank you for your constant support. If I do not see you before Friday, please have a lovely break. Enjoy your time with your precious first grader.

Please Check Your First Grader’s Backpack

Hello parents!

Zuhair earned the opportunity to pick from the treasure chest today. He picked a little white stuffy similar to the one pictured below. It was taken out of his backpack. Please check your first grader’s backpack for it.

If you find it, please send it to school tomorrow. Thank you so much for helping out a first grade friend.

Week of December 6-10, 2021

Winter Celebration and Fuzzy Sock Gift Exchange

The first grade teachers are planning for our Winter Celebration. We will wear our pajamas to school on Thursday, December 16th. I will be doing a pancake breakfast, a craft, etc. We, the first grade teachers, are still ironing out the details. The fuzzy sock exchange will be part of our celebration too. We will place them under our mini tree until the celebration.

I will not be having a sign up genius this time. I will just purchase all of the supplies. 🙂

I would prefer non-gender-specific socks so that we can just pick randomly at our Celebration. I guess I am asking that your first grader picks a pair of fuzzy socks, wrap them with your first grader, and have your child fill out a tag with just their name. Not to anyone specific.

Here are some photos of fuzzy socks.

Students of the Month

The Howard PBiS committee started up the Student of the Month. The teachers need to pick two students who show leadership, respect, responsibility, integrity, and kindness.

I truly feel that all of the kids in my class are amazing, but I was required, by the committee, one girl and one boy. I have popsicle sticks with the students’ names on them. One for each student. Here are our students for the Month of November. Congratulations!

  • Wednesday, December 8th – Late Start
  • Friday, December 10th – Bake Sale – We will be allowed 1 item. Please send in one dollar. We have a special place to keep our money until the bake sale.
  • Please send in your WRAPPED fuzzy socks before Wednesday, December 15th. Thanks!

We are having a good time reading different versions of The Gingerbread Man. We are also reading about different cultures and different celebrations: Hannuka, Ramada, Eid, Kwanzaa, and Christmas.


These can be found in the yellow folder on Schoology.

List 9 – The mp, st, nd blends at the end of words and high frequency words. Remember, we have 3 cold words. So far, the kids are pretty good at applying the spelling concepts of the week and the understanding of short and vowels.

  • jump
  • clamp
  • mist
  • west
  • trust
  • bland
  • send
  • wind
  • who
  • good
  • by
  • them

ELA – Reading and Writing

We will start Week 3 of Unit 3. The theme is still: What is a good citizen? But this time it is in a school setting.

We will continue to work on annotating our reading and building our comprehension skills. It is incredible how annotations help with reading fluency and comprehension. A classroom is always filled with an array of reading abilities, but annotations help each and every student. (This was presented at the PTA meeting last month.)


We are adding three addends. The brain identifies patterns all of the time. We are using “making a ten” as our pattern to help make adding three numbers easier. We also NOTICED the pattern that a 9 needs a 1 to make a ten.

As a teacher, I constantly wondered, “Why do I have to teach this?” I grew up with memorization and facts without a reason for why. NOW, I know that each brain sees math differently. It is my responsibility to show the multiple ways to solve a math equation. I am teaching the students that it is alright to have a favorite solution too. Teaching the students to think outside the box and that a math picture is a great way to check your work.

Social Studies

We will move on to fairness. What is a fair rule? This came into play this past week. Several examples occurred in real time this week.

  • Students, classes, and teachers must walk quietly through the hallways so that we do not disturb the learning in classrooms. Then the kids noticed that teachers talk in the hallways. Why?
  • Different bed times at home, based on your age. This is a good “at home” conversation.
  • Boots AND snow pants to play in the snow keep us dry and clean. We got first hand experience with this. They totally understood why by the end of playing in the snow. See below…

Thank you for being my partner in teaching. Please reach out whenever you have any questions or concerns. I appreciate all of you.

Mrs. Korte