Monthly Newsletter

January News!

Happy New Year! For our first bulletin board of 2020, we created a list of 20 things we are excited to do in 2020! They include finishing ST Math, learning new games, conducting different science experiments, enjoying extra gym time, and many other great ideas that will help me plan for the New Year.

In December, we focused our reading and writing on the history of jazz and different musicians, and then we listed to Duke Ellington's version of the Nutcracker and compared it to the traditional version. The students produced an excellent informational writing piece that will be sent home shortly. Our new informational reading and writing unit will be on the Titanic. I know many of our students are eagerly awaiting this and the many exciting stories and history it brings!

In math, we just finished division in topic 5 and spent some time on problem-solving strategies in topic 6. We will spend a lot of time reviewing both throughout the winter and spring to allow time for practice and mastery. Topic 7 will focus on prime and composite numbers and factors and multiples.

This week will we transition to social studies. The first unit will be on Celebrating Culture, and we will discuss how the interactions between the colonists and the Native American influenced New Jersey’s culture and heritage.

To get ready for spring, our class will be participating in the Six Flags Read to Succeed Program. This optional program asks students to record 6 hours of recreational reading. Students who complete the reading log will receive a free ticket to our local Six Flags theme park. See the reverse side of this newsletter for information. This year, all reading logs are logged online at home by a parent instead of being returned to school. Register using this link: and use our class code: WS9KB Reading hours must be entered online by Wednesday, April 15, and tickets will be mailed to the school in late May

Friday, January 17, is the School Spelling Bee, and we know Addison will do an amazing job! Friday, January 24, is the School Geography Bee, and we are so excited for Olivia to represent our class! School will be closed on Monday, January 20. I hope you have a wonderful and warm winter!