December is here. It is going to be a short month of school, packed with exciting activities. We will be continuing studying dinosaurs in class and maybe even have a fossil dig at school. Ms. Wu and I are taking the kindergarten students to Euro Bake with their grade 4 buddies. We will be making pizzas and gingerbread houses! Keep your eyes open for the permission slip in your child’s backpack.
December is also a month of celebrating the holiday season. As the weather outside gets colder, we warm our classrooms with music and fun. Mr. Takach is preparing the students for Dalian Winter Concert on December 19. Make sure to save the date on your calendar. We are also having a theme day on December 23, the last day of classed before the holidays.
The temperatures outside are getting very cold. It is very important for your child to have warm coats, hats and gloves, which are easy for them to put on. I saw many cold fingers and ears today! Please make sure your child is prepared to play outside in the wind and snow. Also, please label everything that your child brings to school. Kindergarten students still have a difficult time recognizing their own belongings. With so many items to keep track of, the lost and found is filling up again. Take the time tonight to write your child’s name and grade in all of their personal items.
Raz Kids- Thanks to funds that were raised by our school store, our class has been given a subscription to RAZ-Kids.com. This website gives our students access to 100’s of leveled books at school and at home. It also helps students develop reading skills and sends feedback to the teachers and parents. RAZ-Kids will be a part of our home reading program for term 2. Please send me any feedback or questions our may have had while trying to access the site. Your child should be reading for 15-20 minutes or more each weeknight (Mon-Fri) as part of their homework.
Go to raz-kids.com and log on as user: k1dalian and find your child’s name.
It is also available on iPad and Android tablets and mobile phones.
Here are important dates in December:
December 5 - Student Presenting Assembly @10:30
December 5 - Formal report cards issued
December 19 - MLFNS- Dalian Winter Concert @2:15 - Formal Dress up day at Maple Leaf Head Office - No 78.Cai Yun Lu. Bus will departing at the end of the concert at 3:25pm
December 23 - School Theme " Twas the Night Before Holidays".
December 23 - Last day of classes
Language Arts: The students are continuing the Read Well program as well as the Reading Power on Wednesdays.
Math: Sorting 2D and 3D objects and shapes by similar attributes.
We are looking at 3D and 2D objects and shapes. We are learning to identify different attributes and sort into groups.
Themes: Dinosaurs. This month we will continue our exploration of the world of dinosaurs. Using the skills that we are developing in math and English language arts we be learning to identify and classify these prehistoric animals. We are also planning a dinosaur fossil dig at school!
Physical Education (PE): We have PE on Monday, Thursday and Friday. Please make sure that your son or daughter comes dressed in their PE uniforms on that day and they are wearing proper running shoes and out door gear. This month we are continuing to play cooperative games and we are learning to work as a team.
Library: We have Library every Friday. The students may take home 2 English books and 1 Mandarin book each week. Please help your child remember to bring their books back on Thursday or Friday and enjoy reading with them throughout the week!
Show and Tell: Our show and tell rotation is in full swing. Please check the schedule to see when your child will present. Help them prepare 5 to 10 English sentences that help describe the object to the class. (What is it for? What is it made of? Where did you get it? Etc.) Show and tell items could include: a favorite toy, a book, a piece of artwork that they made, a souvenir from a holiday, photographs, a pet, etc.
Cooking: Cooking class will be incorporated into our Euro Bake field trip with our buddies class.
-Thank you parents that brought in food donations to help support our multicultural day. Our class had a lot of fun learning about the different type of cultural and trying new delicious food.