Happy New Year!
I hope that your family has had a wonderful time enjoying the holidays, family, and friends! We are returning to school with quite some chilly weather. Don't be fooled, though! If it is sunny, our room will be toasty warm. Please make sure your child is dressed in layers so that he/she can take items on or off as needed. Thanks!
Thankfully, on the Thursday before vacation, the second grade team had a quick pow-wow at AM recess and decided to switch gears by doing our Friday events on Thursday. We enjoyed an imaginary ride on the Polar Express! Mr. Conductor (Dr. Stokes) greeted us and punched our tickets as we climbed aboard. After a short break for lunch, the ride was completed with a hot chocolate and popcorn treat. The only part of our Friday plans we didn't get to do was wear pajamas. Wearing pajamas was an earned recognition for all of our hard work and effort in the classroom. Mrs. Gallegos, Mrs. Prive, and I will be rescheduling a second grade pajama day soon. Notices will be sent home with more information as soon as I know more.
If your son/daughter starts the school skiing program this week, please send in a note letting me know who will be picking your child up. If the plan is the same each week, one note will work as long as you state that it is the plan for all five weeks. Skiers will be dismissed to the office at 12:55 on Friday. Thanks!
As we get back into the routine, we will be picking up the academic pace a bit. We have a lot of content still to cover! Now that we have reviewed the basics and are familiar with routines and expectations more focus can be placed on new academic skills. It is an exciting time of year! Here are some things we are looking forward to:
As you prepare your child for his/her return back, please make sure ALL of your child's clothing items are labeled - and that your child knows they are labeled! There was LOTS of unlabeled winter gear that came in before vacation. We have many similar coats, boots, and gloves! I want to be able to return missing items to you ASAP and the label gives me a much appreciated hint! (I often have to coerce students to bring home unlabeled items that I think might belong to them!)
Finally, if you mentioned waiting until after the vacation to schedule a conference - NOW is the time! Please be in touch so I can schedule something with you. Thanks!