First off, I'd like to wish all of you a wonderful Holiday Season! I know how hectic and busy it is; I am feeling it, too! Hope you are finding those windows of time to connect, enjoy, relax, and just be still.
With that said, it's going to be a very busy week! Hold on tight!
Monday (tomorrow) is our class party!
Students may bring 1 stuffed animal that fits inside their backpack. Their friend may keep them company all day long inside our classroom only. Students will be rotating through 4 activity stations starting at 1:10 pm:
1) Cookie decorating station--students would frost and decorate cookies and then eat them with a small bottle of water (smart size or smaller).
2) Card making station--students would make cards for their families
3) Reading station--students would read books related to winter and winter holidays
4) Art project station--students would be creating a special art project for their family
Many thanks for all who have donated items and their time! The kids will have so much fun! Those helping out with the party, please meet me in our room, D-104 at 12:15 pm.
Other Monday Reminders:
*Bring back blue folders--I would like to place a small token for the kids in them!
*Return school library books! Our Library Day is officially Mondays. It would be great if all students return their books so they can check out new ones to read during Winter Break!
Holidays Around the World on Wednesday:
* From 8:45 - 9:45 am, we will be joining our Big Buddies to learn about the New Year holiday in Chile. Students will be watching a slideshow, participating in a couple Chilean traditions, and creating a holiday craft keepsake.
Pajama Day on Thursday:
Students may wear their comfy pajamas on this day before Break. No slippers, though! Recess and PE safe shoes only.
Substitute Teacher on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
Also, I would like to let you know that I will have a substitute teacher Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. I know there is much excitement in the air, but please remind your 2nd grader of our Community Agreements (Be Respectful, Solve Problems, and Make Good Decisions). I know they'll do great! Thank you!
Homework Over The Break:
During the break, students are encouraged to read, read, read in between the fun and relaxation. I would especially recommend having them read their chosen Difference Maker biographies because we will jump right into note taking, researching, speech writing/memorizing when we return from Break. Our Living Museum Showcase will be February 7th from 9:00 - 9:45 am.
Students are also welcome to work on our Resources page from our website.
Our NWEA testing schedule is as follows:
Wed. 1/10 @ 10:30 am -- Reading
Thurs. 1/11 @ 10:30 am -- Language
Wed. 1/17 @ 10:30 am -- Math
We continue to learn and take notes on Martin Luther King, Jr., preparing ourselves for how we go about reading, researching, and identifying important facts about a difference maker. We reviewed Math concepts we have learned over the past couple months. We wrote Thank You notes to each other as a way of exploring this Month's core value of Gratitude. Scarlett read to us about Hanukkah and taught us the Dreidel game!
Winter Break/BASE closure: Winter Break will be Friday, December 22nd through Friday, January 5th. We will celebrate holidays around the world on Wednesday, December 20th, then have a full day of school on Thursday, December 21st. BASE will be closed December 22nd, 25th, 26th and January 1st.
After School LIVE: We still need volunteers to lead After School LIVE clubs and provide our Explorers with Joyful learning experiences! Our next session will run from January 22–March 9! Click HERE to sign-up to lead a club. Click HERE for the volunteer information flier with more information about what it means to lead a club. Questions? Email Allison Chavez at firstname.lastname@example.org
Westlake Talent Show: The deadline to sign up is around the corner families! ALL interested acts MUST sign up NO LATER THAN Thursday, December 21st. Click here to be directed to application form to get your child signed up for auditions or group dance. If you have any questions, please email email@example.com and we look forward to auditions in January after break!
2018-19 Lottery: Lottery applications for the 2018-19 school year are available at the front office or by going to www.joinwestlake.com. Our enrollment period for the 2018-19 Lottery is December 1, 2017 to January 31, 2018. Please share this information with friends and family who are interested in attending Westlake Charter School. Current students do not need to fill out an application to continue their enrollment at WCS; however, siblings do need to fill out lottery applications to attend.
That's all for now! Have a great Winter Break and see you in the New Year!