December Newsletter

December 2, 2013


As we enter into the busy holiday season I hope everyone is able to spend some quality time with family and friends. We often get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and before we know it the holidays are over. I hope that you are all able to enjoy this very special time of year with your loved ones.

It was great to see so many of you at our parent-teacher conferences a few weeks ago. If you should ever have any questions on your child’s progress, please feel free to set up another conference with me. Also, if you have not sent back your child’s report card envelope yet please send it back this week.

This month in math we will continue to work on our subtraction and addition facts as well as place value. Last week we began making flashcards to keep in our desks to practice during our free time. You may want to invest in some flashcards for your child to keep at home so he/she can have extra practice at home. Next month we will begin our 5 minute weekly math test, which is a timed test to see how many math facts your child can get in 5 minutes. Our goal by the end of first grade will be 100 math facts in 5 minutes!

In reading we have begun our unit on weather. I am very impressed with how many students are making great progress in sounding out words and increasing their fluency. Any help you can give at home to expose your child to more reading is a big help.

Our writing also continues to improve! We will be doing a monthly writing assessment to check for capitals, spacing, periods, and staying on topic. Many students are doing a wonderful job with forming a rough draft and final copy of their writing pieces. I am one proud teacher!

We will be having a small holiday party on Friday, December 20. We will be doing a small gift swap of school supplies such as crayons, markers, colored pencils, pencil boxes, etc. that each child can keep in his/her desk. I will send more info home within the next week explaining more about the party.

With the snowy weather ahead for us you may want to pack extra socks and pants in case your child gets wet from the snow. These can be kept right in the backpack so they will be available if needed.

Also, please don’t forget to label all clothing articles. Many students have black snowpants and without a name in them they sometimes get mixed up.

Dates To Remember

December 4 Half Day-Prof. Dev. Day

December 20 Holiday Party

December 23-31 Holiday Break

January 1 No School-New Year’s Day


Wishing you all a very peaceful holiday.

Holly Cetto

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