What's going on in Room 125?

Weekly Update: 12-17-15

Literacy Night is tonight at 5:30! I hope to see you there. As in the past, I will be available to support as needed, offering my room as a “break” room and traveling to other classrooms to support my students in activities.

Tomorrow is our last day of school for 2015! There are many fun things going on in different classes that we will participate in as able. In our classroom we will try to maintain some structure and break space to help keep consistency and comfort. We will be joining 1st grade and having a classroom PJ day. Feel free to send student in PJ’s! (This is not a school event, but since much of our class is first-graders, I am making this an option for our students as well).

I posted pictures from our Recess Buddy party today on the Recess Buddies website. Fun way to close out the year with our Buddies. I continue to be some impressed by the responsibility and genuine care of this group!

Thank you for a great 2015! I am so grateful for all of these incredible students and for your entire families. It truly is an honor to know you all! Have a wonderful break and enjoy the holidays!

-Ms Wales


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1st and 2nd Grade Field Trips Next Week

As you know, we have been following the first grade social studies plans in our class with 1st and 2nd graders. Our last unit was “Community.” First grade is going on a field trip next week in order to practice making a difference in their community. They will be walking to Argyle Assisted Living Center near Edison. The students will be making decorations in art class to decorate “giving trees” at the center. They will also bring books to read to the residents to share their joy of reading.  The schedule of the visits is as follows (based on 1st grade inclusion teacher):

Telitz-Monday 9-11

Larson-Tuesday 9-11

                Cheston-Wednesday 9-11

Pitman-Thursday 9-11

While this is a first grade class trip, because it is connected to what we have been learning with Room 125 1st and 2nd graders, first grade has opened the trip to allow our 2nd graders to attend as well.  2nd graders will attend on Thursday with Ms Pitman’s class and an adult from my classroom. If you are a 2nd grade parent, please let me know by Monday whether you would like your child to attend the trip or maintain their usual 2nd grade schedule next Thursday.


-Ms Wales

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Weekly Update: 12-3-15


Just a couple of updates and questions today!

The first week back from break we spent more time reviewing expectations and routines. There were more behavior  struggles. While we are working through this, this is not unusual after a longer break. Keep talking about the rules and going over behavior charts at home.

In social studies we are finishing up our unit on community by talking about peace and how kids can make peace and change in their community. Some ideas we saw in a video and discussed in this lesson included picking up trash, cleaning the park, saying sorry when someone is sad, holding  a food drive, helping a friend, and sharing. We connected this to our school value of “community-mindedness.” Use this language when helping out each other at home or in the community.

Lots of students seem very excited about Christmas. I love to use things that are exciting in my lessons and as motivators, so of course Christmas is coming! I’m eager to honor everyone’s traditions and make those connections to home. Please send me a quick note about what holiday(s) (if any) that you celebrate at home. I’d love to learn a bit about your family traditions so that we can talk about them at school and share with friends. Please email me or send a note in homework papers. Or call!

Does anyone have a step stool you’d be willing to share with our class? Some of us can’t quite reach the sink, but the step stool we had was too heavy for Room 125. If anyone has a stool that needs a job, please send our way:)

This First Friday Assembly is semester awards. So, update to my talk to the school: I will speak during  the January First Friday. One more month for ideas if you have them!

Have a fantastic evening!

-Ms Wales

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