Monthy Newsletter



Dear Parents

Happy New Year!!  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and winter break filled with fun, friends, good food, and family time.  I’m starting 2019 feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to start some new lessons with the kids! 

Reader’s Workshop

Our reading unit this month is “Bigger Books – Bigger Reading Muscles.”  During this unit, the children will begin tackling more challenging books by locating patterns in books, using their reading strategies, checking their reading for understanding, using their knowledge of letters and consonant clusters, looking through entire words, and building reading stamina.   

Writer’s Workshop

 Our next writing unit is “How-To” book writing.  In this unit, the children will think of something they can do and write down the steps in order to teach others.  This is a bit tricky for some, as the writer must visualize each step in sequential order. They will also learn how to add warnings and advice to their books as well as work on using punctuation and upper case letters appropriately.


The children will take a more in-depth look at how 2-D and 3-D shapes are alike and different.  They will also work on using positional words to describe where an object can be found.


The STEM activity for this month will involve creating a bird feeder using specified objects according to a set criteria.   They will also make a pinecone bird feeder they can bring home and hang for our feathered friends who may be looking for some seed treats during this time of the year!


Parent Helpers

I will be sending out a Sign-Up Genius email regarding volunteers coming in to help us out in the classroom!  You will not need to prepare anything for your time in the classroom. Most likely, your help will be needed during Reader’s or Writer’s Workshop – monitoring the kids while I pull small groups. Time blocks would be about 40 minutes.

Days Off/Early Dismissal Days

School is closed on Monday, January 21st in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  We will have 2 early dismissal days on January 17th and 18th.  This is for TEACHER REQUESTED PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES.  I will NOT be meeting with all parents this month.  I will be in contact with you to schedule a conference, if need be.


Wishing you a joyful, healthy, and prosperous 2019!!!  Have a great month!

Kim Moss