December Newsletter

Dear Families,
Happy Holidays!!! This time of year is very exciting for families and students. We see family members that we haven’t seen for a while. We eat foods that we only eat this time of year. Cookies are baked, decorations are up, and it is cold with snow. The holidays are very exciting and fun because it is different: than other times of the year.
Research that we have shared with our teachers is that giving a gift actually provides a person more “feel good” hormones. So during this exciting time, take an opportunity to give something to someone. It doesn’t need to be a true gift but could be a service gift. One could offer to come in and read to your child’s class for 30 minutes; take some food to the food bank, or go ring the Salvation Army Bell during the season. It will make you feel good.
I remember the year, we were in upstate New York in the military. Tom was a PFC and we received a paycheck of $0 on December 15th. The Army pulled BAS that was owed for 3 months of field exercises all at once. Thank goodness my daughter was very young and didn’t know Christmas; we were invited to a friend’s house to celebrate, and we didn’t need to travel. IT was a “slim picken’s” Christmas and it was good. Because ultimately it’s not what is under the tree, but who is around it.
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season. May you find peace and happiness in the New Year.
Jennie Black

Booster Club
Congratulations to Mrs. Hentzen’s 3rd-grade class for winning the box top trophy for the month of November. December Box Tops are due December 20th. Don’t forget to ask friends and families to help collect them too! Our school earns 10 cents for each Box Top submitted. In October we submitted $135.70 worth of Box Tops! We hope that we can beat that amount at our next turn in date in the spring.
Happy Holidays! We will see you in the New Year!


Library Corner
December is here! Come pick out a great book at the library to read on those snowy, cold, Kansas days.
The library would also like to thank everyone who visited the Book Fair. This fundraiser helps the Washington Library purchase books and resources such as author visits, guest speakers, and much more



This month we will be learning about different forms of art and song. We will also be learning about nutrition and foods that are healthy and not healthy. At the end of the month, we will be learning about other cultures through exploring Holidays Around the World. In math, we will be working on measurement. We will compare the sizes of objects, the weights of objects, and even the capacity of different objects! We are looking forward to a great month! We hope you and your family have a great winter break!

The Kinder Squad


First Grade

Can you believe 2018 is almost over? The first graders have grown so much! In December, we will be completing assessments as well as focusing on graphing and measurement for math. In STEM we will start our unit on Sound and Light. In social studies, we will learn about Christmas around the World. In writing, we will complete our unit over opinion and text features.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year!

Mrs. Anderson, Ms. Dickens, Ms. Dishon, & Mrs. Sigle


2nd Grade

2nd grade will be busy learning in December! We will be investigating living structures in science. In math, we will continue to work on double and triple-digit adding and subtracting. This month we will also be continuing to clarify nonfiction texts in reading. In so­cial studies, we will be looking into holidays around the world. Finally, in writing, we will write descriptive pieces and look deeper into adjectives. We look forward to a cheerful ending of 2018.

3rd Grade

Winter break is right around the corner, but we won’t let that distract our Third Graders from learning I December is even busier than November! Multiplication fluency will be a major focus in math this month, as well as using all the strategies we have learned to work out more difficult word problems. This quarter in writing we are working on identifying correct capitalization, as well as adding lots of • juicy details to our stories! Your kiddo is still responsible to complete their 20 minutes of reading nightly and turn in read and re•d problems. This quarter in writing we are working on identifying correct capitalization, as well as adding lots of • juicy details to our stories! Your kiddo is still responsible to complete their 20 minutes of reading nightly and turn in read and re•• spends on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Third graders are working hard to meet Reading Counts goal, by continuing • to read at any chance we get! The third grade teachers are thrilled with all the learning that is taking place!

4th Grade

Students arc continuing to work hard and show Bulldog PRIDE! We want all students to be reading books that they enjoy so please encourage your student to keep a good book handy, Students need to continue to complete their Reading homework each night (Read & Respond). Remember that the rca<ling rooms arc open for students to read each morning before school as wdl. We have bctn cruising right along through Module 3 in m:1th. This is multi-step multiplic:ition am! di,·ision. It i􀆐 very important for your studrnt to be t1ucnt in basic mukiplication. Let’s keep practicing those multiplication facts! The students have been doing a weat job of showing different learning strategics throughout the day!
Great things arc happening in the 4th Grade hallway

5th Grade

Happy December! lt sure is getting cold outside. We are so thankful to you for sending your students with their coats, gloves and scarves. Currently we are working on fractions in math and have been solving multi·step word problems using our knowledge of long division and multiplication standard algorithm. We have been learning about government is Social Studies. Our writing skills have continued to Improve and we are about to starting informative writing. Please make sure your student is doing their daily Read and Respond homework. We appreciate all your support towards your students learning.

The 4th and 5th grade music program is Thursday, December 13th. Students are to arrive to their classroom at 5:30 PM. The program will begin at 6:00 PM. Students are to wear something nice.

During the days before winter break students will be working on activities in­volving locomotor movements, These movements include such activities as skipping, galloping, sliding, Students will be assessed on these skills and be given a score according to a rubic developed by physical education teachers in our district Please as always stay active and safe during our winter break
Physical Education Rocks and Rolls