November Newsletter

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and then….

Here is the latest news from our classroom!

All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day Yesterday was All Saints’ Day. We celebrate special saint feast days throughout the year. Today, the students remembered family and friends who are now in Heaven. Please continue to celebrate all the saints, both in Heaven and here on Earth. Father John reminded us that “Each of us can be saints when we do something good.”

Social Studies This week, the students began a Social Studies unit about the Native Americans and the Pilgrims. In the days to come, the students will use books, websites, and videos in order to learn more about the daily life of the Pilgrims and their Wampanoag friends. They will learn about what kinds of activities early Native American and Pilgrim children were expected to perform. They will also learn more about the first Thanksgiving. They will do some writing activities about the information they are discovering. Be sure to ask your child what we are discussing. Thank you!

Math Speed The first grade mathematicians continue to work on their addition and subtraction speed! Sometimes I time them to see how quickly they can complete a math sprint. I write the time at the top of this page. Goal: 90 seconds or less! Please continue this practice at home. At home, use dice, dominoes, or playing cards to create problems. Spread flashcards around a room, and see how many your child can solve in a given amount of time. While on your way to school, the store, etc., whenever you are stopped at a red light, call out problems and see how many answers your child correctly says before the light turns green. Have fun!

Nouns The students continue to learn about nouns and special nouns. They are also learning about pronouns. The English test about nouns is next week. Have your child go on another noun hunt with you, around the house or around the neighborhood. Did you find more this time?

Instant Replay! Fall is here! We are still going out for recess most days. Please check that your child’s sweatshirt, sweater, and coat have her/his name somewhere on the inside so that it can be returned if it is lost or misplaced. Thank you! Please make sure that your child is wearing proper outwear, including hats, gloves, scarves, etc. depending on the forecast. Thank you!

Turkey Day Fun! Enclosed in today’s Friday Folder is...a turkey! Please decorate this turkey as a family and return it next week. On the back, have your child write the names of all who participated decorating your turkey. You may embellish the turkey any way you would like. Be creative and use things around the house (no extra shopping is necessary!). Possible ideas: fabric, ribbon, paint, crayons, markers, seeds, dried pasta, feathers, cotton balls, cereal, etc. It’s up to you if you would like to cut out the turkey. Have fun!

Blessed Thanksgiving! I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving! I am very thankful that your children are a part of my life! They make each and every day special!

Peace, Mrs. De Castro :)