Mrs. Vande Hei's Newsletter
Dec. 15-19


This week during literacy, your child worked on writing about their favorite gingerbread story. They had to use evidence from their favorite story in their writing to prove why it was their favorite. Then they had to draw a picture to match their text. The kids did a fabulous job with these! Who knew there were so many versions of The Gingerbread Boy? We also talked about the short vowel a and completed an assessment of our penmanship for our uppercase and lowercase letters. Next week we will be working on nonfiction text and writing reindeer reports.


Counting to 100 is no easy task and I am sure your child can tell you that! Even though we do it every day during our warm up activities and we see what the numbers look like as we say them, some of us are still having a hard time with these bigger numbers. Please keep working with your child at home with this concept. We also worked on doing different surveys and math fact fluency for numbers up to 5. Next week, we will have some fun with shapes and marshmallow designs, along with some gingerbread bingo fun!

Community Helpers

Our minds were on our futures this week as we wrote about what we wanted to be when we grew up. The students were engaged in our discussions of different community helpers and understood the difference between all of the various roles and jobs that people in our community have to keep us safe. Ask your child if he/she remembers what he/she wrote about in their assignment this week.

I'm Not Scared, I'm Prepared!

Today, I read a story to the students called, "I'm Not Scared, I'm Prepared!" This book talked about what to do if there was a bad person (the wolf) in the building, and we needed to get out safely. I answered questions the kids had and we talked about different situations. The kids asked very good and appropriate questions. Let's hope we never need to put this book into action.

Blessings to You and Your Families

Wishing you and your families a happy holiday. This will be my final newsletter of the year. I am looking forward to a relaxing break. One which I can recover from my sickness and enjoy time with my family. See you all in 2015!