Emily & Alyson's Weekly Update 1-13-12

posted Jan 13, 2012, 9:30 AM by Cynthia Friedman
Happy New Year families! From what we've heard around the classroom, everyone enjoyed their time together over the winter break. We too enjoyed ourselves, but it's great to be back with the kids and we have lots of exciting learning in store for the new year.

End of Read-a-thon
Pledges are due this Friday, January 13th but of course we will continue to accept pledges after this date. Each student will receive a book to take home (from the Toys for Tots donated books) on Friday, January 20th. We hope to share the total minutes read and money raised that same day. Thank you so much for participating with your child and sharing the love and joy of reading!

Hooo...Hoo.....Hooo's been dissecting owl pellets?
We have! As an extension of our bird studies, room one has been busy dissecting owl pellets. Students have been constructing skeletons out of their findings. Discoveries thus far have included the bones of mice, rats, voles and even a few shrews!

Lunar New Year
Chinese New Year begins according to the Chinese calendar which consists of both Gregorian and lunar-solar calendar systems. Because the track of the new moon changes from year to year, Chinese New Year can begin anytime between late January and mid-February. This year, the new year begins on January 23rd, and it is the year of....the dragon!!! We will be learning about the holiday and celebrating the Chinese New Year with stories, song, food and dance. Crafts will include lantern making, scrolls, chinese calligraphy, and all things dragon.

Come Read With Us
We are again looking for volunteers to read with individual students in the first half of the day. If you are available please e-mail Emily. We would also like to have a few reading “coaches” to help facilitate literature circle groups for the 3rd graders in the afternoon. If you might be available for this half of the day, please contact Alyson.