Dear Parents,

We hope you had a very nice holiday and we want to wish all of you a very nice 2014!  We are happy to be back!

We are starting off the Second Semester with the following Unit Studies: Dinosaurs and Australia (we will begin Australia later in the month).  The children are very excited to be studying dinosaurs as well as a look into the world of fossils; a fun way to study the history of our past!   By the end of the month, I am sure many will want to be a Paleontologist!

On Monday, January 27th, we will be celebrating the 100th day of school!  The children will be working with the number 100 all day.  We will start this fun day with our traditional 100th day breakfast – they will, of course, be using their Practical Life skills!  A sign-up sheet will be posted on our classroom door for items those of you might like to contribute for this special day.  I wanted to let you know that our menu will consist of apple juice, fruit, scrambled eggs (not made with milk), waffles with syrup and butter, sausage and mini bagels with butter and grape jelly (and other substitutions/suggestions you might like to contribute).  If there are any items that you would like your child not to eat, please let us know. 

As part of our celebration, we would like each child to bring in a collection of 100 items.  With your child, think about objects he/she could easily collect in a quantity of 100.  It may be a collection he/she already has or a new one.  Please have your child bring the objects in a labeled plastic bag (with their name) or he/she may want to design some creative way to display their collection (i.e., gluing the objects onto a poster board or creating a picture to spell out the number 100!).  Please have your child bring their collection on or before Friday, January 24th.  We are looking forward to seeing everyone’s collection!

At this time of the year, I like to introduce/expose the children to the concept of Beginning Research Skills.  Each year, the students work on and present to the class a mini research projectThis year’s research will focus on Dinosaurs (to correspond with our current Unit Study)Please see at the bottom of this letter the name of the particular dinosaur your child has chosen to do his/her research onWe have discussed in class where and how we can find information.  I have instructed the children to not only use the Internet – but to utilize other resources, such as visiting the library and the Natural History Museum.  It is up to your child as to how he/she would like to “present” their findings to the class.  Some suggestions are: drawings, creating a diorama, finding pictures and gluing them on a poster board, making a book, making “their” animal out of clay, etc.  We will have the children present their research to the class starting on Thursday, January 30th.  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask either Ms. Jessica or myself. 

Our final Parent Night of this school year will be on Tuesday, February 4th from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  As in the past, there will be two, 45-minute sessions: 4:30-5:15 p.m. and 5:15-6:00 p.m.  A sign-up sheet will be posted on our classroom door.  The children are very excited and, as always, are anxious to show you their work!  Their research projects will also be on display that evening in the Big Room.  Please remember, since this is a very special time for you and your child, please leave your child’s siblings in the After School Program (children currently enrolled at our school) or at home so that you can give your child your undivided attention.

Here are some important dates and events to mark on your calendar: 

Friday, January 17th – No School – MMS Open House/Teacher Work Day

Monday, January 20th – No School – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday Observed

Monday, January 27th – 100th Day of School Celebration

Thursday, January 30th – Presentation of Research Projects Begin

Tuesday, February 4th – Parent Night – 4:30-6:00 p.m. 

We are excited about the second half of the school year!  If you ever have any questions, please feel free to leave a note in the basket on top of the cubbies outside of our classroom, a voice message on my telephone, or you can email me at efalls@millhopper.com .  I will get in touch with you as soon as I can.

We hope you have a very nice week and stay warm!

Sincerely,

Ms. Elizabeth and Ms. Jessica

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