Preschool— December —The year 2019 is coming to an end, and Preschool is doing it in style. We are wearing our pajamas and enjoying a viewing of The Polar Express. Some classes are making donuts and others will be decorating cookies and drinking hot cocoa. Mrs. Coker’s class will exchange gifts and have breakfast. What fun! There will be so much learning during December. So, parents, we will need help keeping a routine to encourage awesome behavior. We are all excited about our learning in Preschool!
January — Welcome 2020! How exciting! It is a new year, and Preschool is ready to go. As we finish Our Community study, we will also learn about clothes and how wearing clothes is based on seasons, weather and where we live. Great opportunity for practicing buttons, snaps, and zippers, too! Remember to talk to your children when dressing in the morning. Always dress appropriately for the temperature & don’t forget to write your child’s name in ALL the jackets.

Kindergarten— Our field trip to the Fire Station was a great success. Fun was had by all!! We want to thank all of you who were able to attend this trip with us. We hope you and your family had a restful and blessed Thanksgiving Break. We are continuing to practice our numbers 16-20 as our math focus. Work with your child on identifying numbers they may see all around in their environment. We are working on sentence writing and using space between our words when we write. Please encourage your child to stretch the words they are trying to spell and write the sounds they are hearing. Review our high-frequency words daily with your child so that they can use them freely when writing and identify them in books that they read and books that you may read to them. Please continue to read each and every day with your child as we work together to promote a genuine love for reading. December will be fun-filled with all sorts of Christmas Stories and activities. This is such a special time of year. We ask that you continue to encourage your child to listen carefully, be on their best behavior at all times and work hard daily to complete the tasks at hand!! We want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New year.

First Grade—The first grade will hold it’s annual Santa picture fundraiser during December. Please look for a flyer coming home and send in $5 to have your picture taken with Santa. The students are working on a Sun and Moon unit in science. We have been discussing the phases of the moon in class. We also completed a unit in Social Studies on American Government and the election process. During literacy groups, the students have been learning strategies to use when they come to an unknown word. Please continue to read with your child daily and record this time spent on their reading log. We are working very hard to help the students become fluent independent readers. In math, the students are working on adding and subtracting numbers 1 -10 fluently. They are applying strategies to add and subtract numbers 1-20 and relating addition and subtraction number sentences. During math time, students identify if given number sentences are true or false and use strategies to add 3 numbers. We are also working to solve both addition and subtraction word problems. Please continue to practice addition and subtraction daily at home. Please continue to check your child’s folder each day and look for notes and/or important dates on the monthly calendar. Thanks for all you do and your support at home! The First Grade Team

Second Grade— The holidays are here and we are enjoying every moment of it! We have completed our unit on place value and are working on addition and subtraction in Math. Please encourage your children to read daily to increase their fluency and comprehension. Don’t forget to have them talk to you about what they read. If your child does not already have a public library card, please take advantage of the extra family time over the holidays to get one and pick out a few books they are interested in. Let them read just for fun! As always, please check your child’s folder daily for important notes and memos and remind them to be responsible for passing your notes, money, etc. on as soon as they get to school. Third quarter will begin with a study of money, Black History, magnetism, story structure, and writing, writing, writing. Make sure that your child is prepared each day to succeed and do his/her very best!

Third Grade— Twas the break before the holidays, and all through the school
Third graders were learning about the Olweus Bullying Rules;
They learned different strategies and tools to use, just in case bullying occurs in our school;
Biographies, informational text, poetry, conjunctions, prepositions, multiplication, division, landforms,
explorers, government and more are being taught in the Second Quarter so student achievement will soar;
Reading over the holidays is one key to success, it will help our students to grow and maintain progress;
We would like to thank our parents for their continued support and Happy Holidays from the Knights of the
Round Table (teachers of the Third Grade) Court.

Fourth Grade- Fourth Grade is decking the halls and ringing in the new year at school. In math, we will continue our study of multiplying by one and two-digit numbers in December and move into our long division unit and patterns and sequencing in January. Parents, please continue to work with your students on their multiplication and division facts. In science, we are working on our Light & Sound unit throughout December and January. There are many Youtube videos on light and sound that you can view and discuss with your 4th grader that will help them better understand the concepts we are learning about. December is a month filled with instruction in text structures, non-fiction text, and novels in reading. In January we will focus on text features, and writing informational opinion pieces in which students are asked to state an opinion and defend it using evidence. Lastly, in social studies, we are wrapping up our learning about European settlers and the first 13 Colonies in North America and beginning our study of the Revolutionary War. Parents, we appreciate your continued support of learning at home! Your help and hard work make a huge difference!

Fifth Grade—Greetings parents, in fifth grade we are looking forward to Christmas. In math, we are solving problems involving decimals and learning order of operations. In social studies, we are in our “Becoming a World Power Unit” where we will learn about the Industrial Revolution, the Spanish-American War, and World War I. In science, we will begin learning about landforms found in the ocean. In ELA, we are continuing to work on the writing process, stretching out our independent reading times, and working towards being a life-long reader. As always, if you need to contact us, feel free to do so via the office phone.

Health Room— GERMS! EVERWHERE! What can you do to prevent the flu, colds and other illnesses? Simple preventive measures such as washing your hands, covering your cough, staying home when sick and getting vaccinated against the flu go along way in protecting people from illnesses. Be on the lookout for the “Wash Hands” video that will be shown in your class. You will learn the ABC Wash Your Hands song. Remember when washing your hands use soap and warm running water. Wash the back and fronts of your hands, wrist, between fingers and under fingernails. Then rinse well. Dry your hands with a clean paper towel, a cloth towel or under a hot air blower. You can also use a towel to turn off the water instead of your hands. At Kingsbury, we want to reduce the spread of illness and prevent the flu by washing away GERMS!!!!