December News


Tomorrow we will begin our study of winter holidays around the world.  Over the next two weeks, our class will visit each of the other first grade classrooms to learn about a winter holiday celebrated in another country.  We hope to expand the childrens' awareness of the beautiful patchwork of our global community.  This is a wonderful opportunity for you to discuss your holiday traditions as a family, why they are important to your family,  and how they may be the same or different as other holidays from other countries or cultures. 

We will finish our math unit on graphing this week.  Please ask your child to describe the process of collecting data, representing data, and describing data.  You may want to review the questions from last week's post with your child in preparation for the graphing assessment.

Thursday, December 20 will be our "Grinch Day."  If you have a copy of Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas, I would love to borrow it for the day.  We will have regular lessons during the day, just with a Grinch theme.  Students are welcome to dress as their favorite character from the story.  :-)

Friday, December 21 will have the school sing-along in the morning and our class party in the afternoon at 1:00.  The room parents will be in touch with more information. 

Please note that there will be no homework packet the week of December 17-21, and we will not have spelling tests that week.

Finally, Mill Run is in contact with an elementary school in New Jersey whose students lost their homes and entire personal belongings in Hurricane Sandy.  The first grade classes are collecting gifts for two kindergarten students:  Gianna and Hannah.  One of our third grade teachers will be delivering the items we collect this weekend, so if you would like to contribute, please send in any donations by Friday, December 14, before 2:00 pm.  Your generosity is much appreciated! 

Here are the wished-for items from Gianna and Hannah's families:
- wrapped and labeled toys or games
- gift cards to Walmart, Toys R Us, gas stations, Lowes, Target, or Sears

Thank you!


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