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Recess Buddy Photo Booth

Pictures are up on the Recess Buddy  site from our party today! Fun times:)

Happy break! See you in 2015!

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Weekly Update: 12-18-14, Literacy Night

Hello and happy almost winter break!

Tonight is Literacy Night! All families are invited to join us at 5:30 for a school-wide reading of “Snowman at Night” and classroom activities. This is such a fun night and I hope you can come! As I mentioned before, you can join your child’s general education class for the classroom activity. Unfortunately, I will be unable to attend tonight due to a personal obligation. However, I still hope some of you make it as it is such a fun night and this will be my first time missing it!

Please check out the attachment from last week’s weekly update for some great tips about encouraging literacy at home. A quick word about reading books…Reading with your child is  a great activity, even if your child has limited communication! Reading can expand language, even if just receptively, increase engagement, and model the excitement and process for academic tasks. To increase engagement you can have students point to pictures in the book, use real objects or motions to act out the book, take turns holding the book or turning the pages, connect the book to things in your house life….anything you can think of to have your student physically engaged and/or make connections to real life is great! I’d be happy to give you more specific strategies to your child if needed. Reading with your child daily is a good goal for those in this classroom too:)

Ms Hull’s last day is tomorrow. We will be celebrating her in the classroom and fully anticipate visits and/or subbing from her next semester. However, we will miss her a lot! Make sure to give her a big goodbye/good luck when you see her tomorrow.

Have a wonderful break! See you in 2015!

-Ms Wales

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Weekly Update: 12-11-14

Instead of a written weekly update, I finally have added photos from this year!

Congratulations to the kindergarteners for their great holiday performance!

Also, check out this link to sign up for spring Enrichment classes:


Talk to you soon,

Ms Wales

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Weekly Update: 12-4-14


Between short weeks and illness it has been forever since I’ve been able to write a “regular” weekly update. Here it is!

I have to start by saying how completely impressed I am with everybody coming back from Thanksgiving break! It is not uncommon to need to reteach routines and rules or for students to have trouble readjusting to school after a longer break. But this whole class was full of rockstars…didn’t even miss a beat! I am so very proud of them!  Thank you for supporting your children in this transition.

As you may know, as we near the end of this semester, Ms Hull also nears the end of her internship. While her internship technically ends this week, she is staying with us until winter break. She has been an amazing asset to this classroom, and we are all going to be sorry to see her go, but so excited for her to be her very own (incredible) teacher. Over the next couple of weeks we will gradually be switching roles, with me “taking back over” more and more of the teaching. We haven’t talked about this with the class yet (though we will). As with any major change, it is greatly appreciated if you could help prepare your child by talking about it at home.

There are also holiday fun things coming up the next couple of weeks. I do not know when/if classroom parties are yet and am in the process of scheduling a Recess Buddy party. I DO know that Literacy Night is the 18th. Keep an eye out for info in Thursday folders.

The last 10ish minutes of our day include an end of the day activity at the desks. If you pick up, you’ve probably seen this somewhat in action. I am constantly trying to figure out how to make this activity most meaningful. Ideally, I’d like this activity to be one where students can be provided support to retell something about their day, while practicing “independent” seat work. So my question to you is….if your child could give you a sheet answering 1-3 questions about their day, what would they be? Keep in mind, these are things from the students, not me. (I’ll help, but I would like the information to be different than what you get in notes from me).

Thank you for all who have donated classroom snacks. This has greatly helped our class snack time as well as supported students who may need an additional snack during the day. In an effort to support our lessons on healthy eating and trying new things, I am planning on changing our snack time after winter break.  I would like to make our scheduled class snack time a time for trying healthy foods. Students will not have to eat a snack during that time, but if they want one it will be the healthy food (granola bars, cheese sticks, fruit, pretzels, muffins, raw veggies, yogurt, raisins, dried fruit, etc). During these couple of weeks before break, we would welcome donations of healthy snacks such as these to “plant the seed” for after break. Of course, continue to send your child their own snacks as well if you think they will still benefit from this during choice times.

Here is a great list of ideas to promote reading at home, from Edison’s Parent Engagement Committee:Ways Parents Can Promote Reading Writing at Home Primary.

That’s all for now! Let me know if you have any questions. I look forward to your feedback regarding the end of the day sheets and snack ideas. Thanks for all you do!

-Ms Wales

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