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Hello all!

It has been a wonderful week!

Thank you all so much for coming to Learning Celebration on Wednesday! The kids were so proud to show off their hard work!

We are collecting canned foods for our food drive. Most needed items include canned vegetables, meats and fruits, rice, grains and cereals, and canned beans and soups. We will be making posters to teach others (around the school) about why it is so important to give.

Our Donors Choose got fully funded in less than a week!!! WOW WOW WOW!!! Thanks to your generosity, the students will have new shelving to store their things! THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH! Our shelves came in and the students took part in building them! They are AMAZING!!

We are in desperate need of substitute teachers. If you are willing to help, please contact Brandi Lapadura at blapadura@santancs.com or Mrs. Laramie at slaramie@santancs.com

November 24th is our Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and it is also a ½ day! Dismissal and Charlie Brown Thanksgiving starts at 11am. Come have lunch with your student on the playground! It will be a blast (don’t forget yours and your student’s lunch).

There is no school on November 25th and 26th.

When we get back from break, the Winter MAPS test window will open and we will be taking the math and reading test. I will have a specific date in the coming weeks. I am so excited to measure their progress!

After we get back from break our Unit of Study will be “Traditions Around the World”. We will be exploring different cultures around the world and learning about some of the traditions that each culture has during the holiday season. We will be doing dances, listening to different languages, stories and music from each country/culture. I am in the process of planning this unit now. If you have any requests because of your family culture/history please let me know and we will study that culture/country. This unit is in no way religious or political in nature. It is simply to expose the students to different cultures and countries around the world. So far we will be studying India, Mexico, Israel, Africa, and France. If you have any requests, please let me know! I will be sending out a supplies donation list after break. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

Our kiddos have been working so hard learning songs in music! They will be having a vocal concert on December 15th at Mission Church (4450 E Elliot Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85234). 2nd grade students will need to arrive at 4:30pm and the show begins at 5pm. The fee is $10 per family  Please pay online here. The dress code for the concert is black bottoms (skirt, pants, leggings, etc.), a white blouse or nice top, and the child’s choice of winter/holiday accessories (festive bows, scarves, ties, necklaces, or hats.)

In ELA: we are reviewing irregular plural nouns, possessive singular and plural nouns, picking out key details, reading and comprehension, and suffixes/prefixes

In Math: we did the noetic math contest on Wednesday! We are continuing to work on regrouping with double and triple digit subtraction using models and working on 2-step word problems and “real world” applications.

In social studies: we have been talking about different native tribes and about how native people are not just people of the past. We had a discussion about how different tribes have different traditions and cultures. We drove deep into the Choctaw tribe and are studying games and stories that are a part of their culture (still to this day).

In science: we are learning about how babies are like their parents and how animals adapt to their environments

We are learning so much this week and will be doing some PBLs next week!

Thank you for trusting me with your student.

Stay well,

Mrs. Witte