Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Dec. 3 -Just news

December 3

I hope you had a nice break away. What a difference a year makes!! This time last year we experienced our first SNOW DAY when the weather smashed us with a winter storm! My brothers in CO and MN are feeling the worst of the storms this time. Be sure your information is on file with the office so you can be informed of school closings - especially this time of year. The Bears got another win, but am not sure what the Vikings or Packers will do. Did your team win??? Which NFL team will come out on top?? As I type this the Vikings and Pack are tied for the lead, in the race for the north that we are following on our graph.
We had a lot of fun on Friday, as the Pilgrims (us) visited the Native Americans in our Reading Buddies’ room. We really had a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. Check out the pictures on the blog. The characters went home, and now we’ve made reindeer to put up aabove the lockers.
In addition to Peyton and Dusty this month, Gingerbread Fred will be making overnight visits to everyone’s household. He can only stay the night and will need to be returned the very next day. He will have a journal page that will need to be filled out. It can be dictated or written by the student telling about his adventures in three sentences or more.
Mila is our lone December birthday this month! Happy Birthday, Mila!!

FYI’s
Dec. 6 is an early release day - SIP  -We dismiss at 11:05 - No lunch is served.
Dec. 18-19 - Santa’s Workshop - A chance to buy family gifts in secret.
Dec. 20 - End of the semester - we will dismiss at 1:35 for Winter Break!
WINTER BREAK WILL EXTEND THROUGH JANUARY. STUDENTS ARE BACK ON THE 7TH.

We’ll be going outside for recess and before school. We’ve been pretty well prepared to meet the elements!! THANK YOU!! Please continue to send your child in snow pants and boots to help keep them warm. Hats and mittens/gloves are also a necessity. Keep practicing those zippers and speed in getting in and out of the winter gear. Do you have a spare set of clothes at school in case of emergencies?








SKILLS WE WILL BE WORKING ON:

MATH:  Counting to at least 50-be sure to practice those transition numbers
              Writing numbers to 30
             Recognizing numbers through at l
              Comparing numbers - greater than/less than/equal to
              Measurement - weight, length, height, volume, temperature
                                      graphing
Literacy:  List 1 sight words and starting List 2 - these are important for 
      reading our text
                           CVC words     rhymes beginning and ending sounds
                           Level B simple text 
                           Composition - capitals, spacing, ending marks, pictures/text match

The Homework will also be including books to come home to read with family and a sheet to sign. Please spread the work out across the week. Folders SHOULD BE RETURNED BY FRIDAY!!

BOOK - IT SLIPS FOR NOVEMBER CAN BE RETURNED NOW. THE DEC. SHEETS WILL BE COMING HOME TODAY. 

LOTS OF ACTIVITIES GOING ON IN TOWN THIS WEEKEND! CHECK THEM OUT ON FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY!


       

Monday, November 25, 2019

Our Thanksgiving feast - good bye Peanuts characters

We made the 'long journey' that took them three months in about 3 minutes. I told them if it were to have taken us 3 months, we needed to have started earlier. Sorry, I don't have pictures of everyone. It was too hard once the movie got started. 


We were excited. We brought some food with us.



The stairs were like the rough seas.


WE'RE HERE!!! WE WERE TOLD TO 'CHECK OUR SHIP' AT THE DOOR.


Let the feasting begin.... When Pilgrims and Native Americans enjoyed a "Charlie Brown  Thanksgiving."






WE NEED MORE TOAST, MISS BENSON! MISS WIEMER  WANTS IT COOKED!!





Start the movie any time, will you!!







SEE, THEY'RE MAKING TOAST - OUR INSPIRATION FOR OUR MENU!!





Oh no, it's time to get back on the ship and sail for home!! Just a little more toast.





Past the treacherous stairs, and back home again. We all survived the trip there and back again!


I think, I got most of them! The characters went home to make way for the reindeer!!






Monday, November 18, 2019

Nov. 18- just the news

November 18 - Check the blog for new PHOTOS!!

We went to Timbernook today! What an adventure - I hope it was…. I am actually typing this before having been there as I look out the window on a cold and dreary Sunday afternoon. Friday’s kids had a nice time, I hear.  I will be leaving my camera at school, but the Timbernook people should be taking and posting pictures of the experience!!
Wow, some of the fun activities from last week included our ALPA VEST parade and making pumpkin pies with Amelia’s mom!! On Wednesday morning all the K-kids in attendance donned their vests and paraded throughout the building, just like a real parade with an audience sitting along the side lines of our route. We even had some parents in the cafeteria audience as we wound are way throughout the building. The support from our building friends made us feel so proud and encouraged, if not just a little scared. Thanks for helping and supporting your child in creating such a beautiful masterpiece to wear. We are hoping this becomes a yearly tradition to celebrate the culmination of learning our letters.
On Friday, we had another pleasurable experience, when Amelia’s mom came in and helped us make 2 pumpkin pies. It was sooo much fun, and we were lucky that the kitchen ‘quick’ cooled them so that we had the pleasure of eating them in the afternoon. We were even able to share some extra pieces with other teachers in the building! A huge thanks to Amelia’s mom.

As we look forward to Thanksgiving next week, we will be busy reading Thanksgiving books and doing Thanksgiving themed activities. Remember that we will have only a two day week next week, and not be in attendance on the Wednesday before and the Friday after Thanksgiving. THERE WILL BE NO HOMEWORK FOLDER COMING HOME NEXT WEEK, BUT YOU CAN STILL WORK TOGETHER TO READ WITH ONE ANOTHER, AND REVIEW MATH AND LITERACY CONCEPTS. 
Any Book It slips can be returned after the holiday.
Santa’s Workshop is coming in the month of December. This is a place for students to purchase family gifts in secret. Those in charge are looking for volunteers to help run this ‘seasonal’ store, so that everyone can participate. The dates are: Dec. 18th, 19th, and 20th.

Just a reminder, December 6 is an 11:05 Dismissal Day for SIP.

I have Hadley’s mom signed up to help with the Christmas party, but would like to put an invitation out there for anyone else that may be interested. We will have our party on the Thursday before the last Friday before break - Dec. 19th.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EARLY - THERE WILL PROBABLY NOT BE A NEWSLETTER NEXT WEEK!

Sunday, November 17, 2019

OH MY Pumpkin pie! Photos

"PUMPKIN PIE DAY"


These are our pies before they were cooked.
We used the tray to move them to the kitchen. In case of spills, we had protection!!
THANK YOU AMELIA'S MOM - SO GLAD YOU COULD COME AND HELP US!!


Amelia's mom came to make pumpkin pies with us on a Friday, November 15th.
Let the mixing begin .....
Everyone was assigned an ingredient to put in the mixture. We talked a lot of math! A lot of the ingredients came in containers that were cylinder shaped. What is the shape of a cylinder's wrapper. The shape of its top/bottom? What shape of a hole does a pokey can opener make? We talked about doubling the recipe and what our new numbers would be. How many eggs in half a dozen? Why bring 6 eggs, when the recipe calls for 4? Ask your child and see if they remember the answers to these questions. We did some serious work getting all the 'stuff' together. We meant business!!


Be sure to get out every last drop and then we can rinse and recycle the cans!

I got one sugar kid, but not the other.



Laying out the crust and breaking the eggs -  4 of them.


We broke the eggs and mixed them in a separate bowl, so that if any shells went in- we could get them out. Whose hand is that.....?


How do you break an egg with one hand???? - very carefully!


The spices went in too fast to get pictures, and we had to use 1/2 teaspoons, because a teaspoon was too big to fit in the tops.
Here we are dumping in the stirred up eggs, and stirring up the spices so they don't go in as one big lump! I'd hate to taste the piece of pie that had a lump of spices in it, or maybe an egg shell.



We really got the chance to mix up the custard!






It's looking pretty good. Thanks for helping so the bowl did not slip away.


An important job for a grown-up is pouring the custard into the shells/crusts!

With the magic of time-lapse photography and our wonderful cooks ..........

Our pies came out perfectly!!! :)


Commercial ........... Artistic pumpkins made in Mrs. Hamblock's class.


Ready to eat!! Pumpkin pie is kind of an acquired taste.... either you like it or maybe not so much. Most of us tried it! I think a lot of us approved that it was delicious! We had to serve it up with whip cream to make it just perfect!!






And then it was time for deliveries -we always share treats with those teachers-
 who did not get to help us!





What still eating? Save some for us for seconds, Miss Wiemer.


And here's the recipe we used- the recipe is for one pie -double the ingredients for 2!

"NEVER-FAIL PUMPKIN PIE"

1 c. sugar
1⁄2 tsp. salt
pumpkin (sm. can for one- the big can for two pies)
1⁄2 tsp. nutmeg
milk (1 can evaporated milk for one - 2 for 2
1⁄2 tsp. ginger
1⁄2 tsp allspice
pie shell
1⁄2 tsp. cloves
1 1⁄2 tsp. cinnamon
2 eggs
9 in single unbaked

We mixed the eggs separately and also the spices to avoid shells and globs of spice, before pouring into the mix.
Mix filling ingredients until smooth. Pour into shell. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes.
Lower temperature to 350 degrees and continue to bake for 35 minutes or until custard is firm
(sharp knife in center comes out clean). Serve cold with whipped cream or ice cream. (The big
can of pumpkin with the rest of the ingredients doubled will make 2 pies.)
This is my mom's recipe - the one I ate as a kid ...:)