Monthly Archives: December 2014

The SCOOP – Dec. 15 – 19

School Resumes on Monday, January 5, 2015

Have a great holiday and vacation!

206 Winter Celebration

Friday of this week was full of festivity! This was a school-wide Pajama Day! In addition to wearing our sleeping attire, we had our Winter Celebration. At our celebration we sang, Frosty the Snowman, read Snowmen at Night, and wrote about what we think our Snowmen would do at night. After writing, we made a snowman sticker craft and had a snack with our families! Thank you for joining us!

Singing of Frosty the Snowman

Holiday Learning Continues in 206

This week we learned about Diwali and Ramadan. When learning about Diwali we learned about the story and why the holiday is celebrated. Mrs. Shrivastava came in to share with us about the traditions and story of the celebration. We made lanterns to celebrate this “Festival of Lights.”

When learning about Ramadan, Mr. Taquie came in and spoke with us all about the Ramadan holiday! We learned some of the traditions that are held for the 3 days and the celebration of Eid at the end of the 3 days!

In whole, we learned that many people, families and cultures celebrate many different holidays in many different ways! In each of these  holidays there is celebrating and sharing time with loved ones! May you have a blessed and special holiday season!

Surprise Caroling…

On Thursday, the EBS Choir (led by Mr. Vatsek on the guitar) came into our class and a Christmas carol! We loved hearing the beautiful voices and faces! What a treat! The 206 kids were amazed!

EBS Choir - Caroling

Independence and Responsibility

You may have heard your child say either or both of these phrases below…

  • Mommy/Daddy I can do it by myself…..OR
  • My mom/dad forgot my ______.
  • Or you may have yourself said, “I forgot to bring or turn in ____ for my child.”

We are working a lot on the independence traits in our classroom. Many students forget folders, snack, reading logs, book bags, library books, etc during our school week. These are mistakes which makes us all equal parts of 206 that live up to one of our saying….” We are mistake-makers!” We are working to take responsibility for our own things and though our parents are there to help remind us, it is ultimately our things and our responsibility. We are working to put away our own folders, backpacks, lunches/snacks, and when we forget we can say….”I forgot my ____,” rather than my mom/dad forgot my _____. Don’t be surprised, if you child stops you from helping them put away or carry their items.

When the students struggle, we are learning that struggle is NOT bad or negative, in actuality is a good thing, even though it may cause a little discomfort and doubt. Some examples of struggle may be putting on a jacket, making a craft, writing a word, cutting out a shape, solving a math problem, etc. The more comfortable we are with struggle the more we will be persevering problem-solvers for all things! These are all inter-connected to support your child and build their growth-mindset we spoke about at Back to School Night in September! I work with the children to try and try and if that isn’t working to think of another way to solve the problem. If that solution involves asking for help, I will make sure I teach them the method I used and have them give it a try after watching.

Happy New Year…..Here’s to a fantastic…..


Monday – 1/5/15

  • Music with Mr. Waczek
  • Return Book Borrow Bags if you forgot back in December                                                    (new books will go home for the week)
  • New Reading Log goes home (Due Friday)

Tuesday – 1/6/15

Wednesday – 1/7/15

  • Library Visit at 12:30 (TK parents …dismissal is at the library at 12:55)
  • Computer Lab

Thursday – 1/8/15

  • Minimum Day (dismissal at 12:30)
  • Mission Federal Credit Union at School for deposits!
  • Character Ed. Lesson with Angela Weathers

Friday – 1/9/15

  • Homework/Reading Log Due (5 days of reading minimum)
  • Bring water bottle and wear tennis shoes for Run Club. (K students only)
  • SAY Information Celebration – to introduce “Drop-in” services for TK only

The SCOOP – Dec. 8 – 12

Character Education Lesson – Amy Ju (RESPECT)

Mrs. Amy Ju came in to speak with our class about Respect. It was a fantastic lesson of using respect in the words we say to others. Mrs. Ju spoke with them about respect and then had them make a bookmark. The kids thought they were just making a regular bookmark as a craft, but Mrs. Ju used an analogy to explain to them that glue they were using to make the bookmark was like the words we say to others.  When we say words to others, if we use unkind words, they stick like glue and we are unable to take them back. On the contrary, if you use respectful words they are often remembered and noted. Mrs. Ju then read them a book about respect. We will continue to use this language and practice using respectful words. You can use these words in your home too, to strengthen their understanding respect and the power of our words!

Character Ed. - Respect with Amy Ju

206 Students during Character Ed. Lesson

Kids Against Hunger

Our Kids Against Hunger box was collected this past week. Room 206 brought in $17.11. As a school EBS has collected $685.26. the goal is to raise $7500 as a school over this year. Our box is back in our room and has already had some contributions. We have used this opportunity to speak about others in this world that are not as fortunate as we are in that we have clean water in our faucets, and a roof over our head and all our daily needs met. This has spurred on some great conversations. Thank you for your contributions and for using this opportunity to share with children about gratitude and generosity!

NonFiction Intro

We started our first nonfiction unit this year. We spoke about how stories are Fiction. We thought about all the things that stories have. (See photo of chart below) In addition, we used that conversation as a springboard to discuss how nonfiction isn’t about characters or stories, but rather a way to give us information about our world. We are starting to look at text features (such as photographs, titles and bold print) and thinking about how they help us in understanding nonfiction texts. If you mainly read fiction at home, start to expand your home reading to both fiction and nonfiction book at home.You can still ask questions such as, “What is this all about?,” as you discuss the information in the text. Many students love nonfiction as their curiosity is so intrigued. Note about NonFiction: Over 85% of the reading we do as adults (on a daily basis) is Non Fiction and yet often in school students read a majority of fiction. We will be working to make more of our reading in class and home nonfiction. Fiction texts can be difficult as there is interpretation and inferencing, but it is equally important that as readers we are well versed in our reading of the various types of Non-Fiction.

Nonfiction Intro Chart

Holiday Learning

We have spent this month learning about many different traditions and holidays from different cultures and religions. We’ve learned about Hannukah, Kwanzaa, Christmas so far. This coming week we will learn about Diwali and Ramadan/Eid. You can ask your little learner what they have learned and their understanding that many people!

Photo Dec 11, 10 46 25 AM Holiday Learning

Kwanzaa Kufi Hats

Winter Celebration for 206

Don’t forget this week is our Winter Celebration! RSVP to Megan Brenk if you haven’t already ( so we can prepare for every guest!

  • WhenFriday, December 19, 2014 (EBS Minimum Day/Pajama Day)
  • WhereRoom 206
  • What206 Winter Celebration (story, craft, writing, and snack)
  • Who206 Students and cleared family members 
  • Time10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Winter Vacation

As it will be fantastic for us all to be with our families for the holidays, you and your sweet children will be greatly missed! Enjoy this time…take time to do all the things we don’t have time for during the busy weeks! Tell your loved ones how much you value and care about them and smile…a lot! Soak it all in!

This will be our last week of homework until 2015 as we will not have any homework over the break. Make it count!

School will resume on Monday, January 5, 2015

Survey for this week

What is the best way you can give to others? (with Kindergartners we worked on orally answering in a complete sentence). Take a peek as what you little cutie said in response to our question.

Class Survey 12-8-14

Monday – 12/15

  • PE with Mrs. Blower…wear Tennis Shoes!
  • Return Book Borrow Bags (No books will go home this week)

Tuesday – 12/16

  • Return Library books

Wednesday – 12/17

  • Library Visit at 12:30 – NO CHECKOUT…storytime ONLY. (TK dismissal at 12:45 in the library)
  • Computer Lab

Thursday – 12/18

  • Minimum Day (dismissal at 12:30)
  • Mission Federal Credit Union at School for deposits!

Friday – 12/19

  • Minimum Day (dismissal at 12:30)
  • Homework/Reading Log Due (5 days of reading minimum)
  • No Run Club for K Students (Due to minimum day schedule)
  • Winter Celebration 10:30 – 11:30
  • Winter Break starts (December 20 – January 4)

The SCOOP for 206 – Dec. 1-5


(…what does it look …what does it sound like)

We have been working a lot on listening. We listen for many reasons, but one important reason we listen is to have conversation. In order to be part of a conversation (whether it is with one other person or a group of people) you have to listen to what others are saying so you can respond back.

We have worked very hard on some behaviors and words to help us be a valuable part of conversations. In class we often have time that is “turn and talk to your partner or partners” to tell what you think? We are checking to see if partners are actively listening and remembering what their partners are saying.

What does listening LOOK like? …listeners are turned towards the speaker (whoever is talking), looking at the speaker and most importantly are thinking about what the speaker is saying. Having partner-talk helps to get more students involved and engaged in the collaborative conversations.

We also discussed what listening SOUNDS like? …as listener when you respond with “I hear you saying….” or “I think…” (with a relevant response that makes sense with what the speaker was speaking or asking about).

Try these cues and behaviors on at home and hold your child accountable to looking at who is speaking and you might even hear some of the cues in your house to show they are listening. We will be adding to these lists as we find more ways that we can hear and/or see listening!

Listening in Action

Listening looks like....sounds like.....

MLK Day – Penguin Parade (Jan. 2015)

You will be receiving a permission slip this upcoming week regarding the EBS Martin Luther King Parade . We will be marching as a school and a class. Each class will have a poster or banner to show something they believe in and want to stand up for.  if you or your family would like to join us, just let me know!

The date of the parade is on Friday, January 16th, 2015. This is a new tradition that EBS is starting and we hope you can help us in our inaugural walk! We are marching up to the Rec center at 11:15 am and plan to be back before TK dismissal. Put this in your calendar and return the permission slip this week.

Color Days Come to an End

Rainbow day didn’t turn out to be a rainbow after all, but a red/pink and blue/purple day! It was very cute nonetheless and I loved seeing the children express themselves by wearing their favorite color!

Rainbow Color Day!

Standards For Mathematical Practice (SMP’s)

I spoke with you all about these at Parent Teacher Conferences. These are essentially the attributes of a great mathematician. I am putting a link down below where you can read more about these. One of the beauties about these is that they are K-12. They will be continually built on for years to come throughout your child’s educational journey. The language will be come familiar to your child and more importantly the practices will become part of your mathematician’s qualities as a thinker and collaborator!

We use many of these daily when we do our math problem of the day. These are similar to the family math problems on the homework. We use everyday life stories to create the math problems and use tools, perseverance and precision when solving and showing our thinking to others. See the link below to learn more.

Standards for Mathematical Practice 

Frosty the Snowman

We have been learning the lyrics and song to Frosty the Snowman. I’ll be sending the lyrics home to practice at home. Try singing them in car or while you are getting dressed for school or bed to practice.

Fine Artists

Our awesome Fine Artists Team set up an amazing Art Lesson for us! I absolutely love how every artist’s creation comes out so unique! This lesson was focused on Vincent Van Gogh. The students learned about warm and cool colors using special Beeswax Crayons and Watercolor. They drew hills, and Olive Trees with beautiful Sunsets in warm colors. Your children are talented!

Our Awesome Fine Artists Team

206 Students working on Van Gogh Art 206 Students working on Van Gogh Art 206 Students working on Van Gogh Art

Van Gogh Art - 206 Van Gogh Art - 206

Book Borrow BAGS (BBB)

New and improved…the paper envelopes were getting torn apart, so we have moved on to Gallon-sized ziplocs. If you haven’t already, return your old paper envelope for a new bag to transport books from home and school.

Save the Date – Winter Celebration for 206

We had such a good time at our Halloween and Thanksgiving parties we having another 206 Festivity! Put the date in your calendar now so you don’t miss it!

  • When: Friday, December 19, 2014 (EBS Minimum Day/Pajama Day)
  • Where: Room 206
  • What: 206 Winter Celebration (story, craft, writing, and snack)
  • Who: 206 Students and cleared family members 
  • Time: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

PLEASE RSVP to Megan Brenk … so we can prepare for the number of people attending. Thank you in advance!

Pajama Day

EBS is having one of its annual Pajama Days on Friday the 19th. Have your child dress up in a pair of their loved PJ’s. You might even come in a pair of your pajamas too, I’ll be in mine! Make sure they are wearing shoes (no slippers). *Please note this is a half day and the same day as our class celebration.

206 Class Survey

These cute little minds hold more info that we can imagine and think in a way that we don’t fully understand. For this reason, I thought it would be fun to hear their thoughts on certain topics. Look at your child’s number to see his/her response.

12-4-14 How old is Santa? – Class Survey

Kid Quote of the Week

You wouldn’t believe the adorable and hilarious things I hear, or maybe you would believe me as you hear these in your home. This week, I had a kiddo teaching me about being in the red. Read below…

This week, during writing time, I was telling my own story that I write about (I model with my own story and writing before they go off to do their own) which involved some Black Friday shopping. After, they all went off to start their own writing pieces, one student came up to me and said, “I know what Black Friday is.” When I responded with, “Oh, what is it?” The response was, “Black Friday is when there is money left, and Red Friday is when there is no money.” This little one had a lesson from Grandpa (so I’m told) about being in the red or in the black for end of the year finances! So adorably cute!

Monday – 12/8

  • Music with Mr. Waczek
  • Return Book Borrow Bags (new books will go home for the week)
  • Extra PE …wear Tennis Shoes!

Tuesday – 12/9

  • Return Library books in order to check out a book on Wednesday

Wednesday – 12/10

  • Library Visit at 12:30 (TK parents …dismissal is at the library at 12:55)
  • Computer Lab
  • Character Education Lesson with Amy Ju

Thursday – 12/11

  • Minimum Day (dismissal at 12:30)
  • Mission Federal Credit Union at School for deposits!

Friday – 12/12

  • Homework/Reading Log Due (5 days of reading minimum)
  • Bring water bottle and wear tennis shoes for Run Club. (K students only)