This week we have been continuing our studies into the history of Thanksgiving, including turkeys, Pilgrims, Native Americans and the abundance of change during the fall season . In math, problem solving, learning coin names and values, and telling time to the half hour remain our focus as well as correct number formation to 30! The literacy goals are to understand long “o” as in words like those, close, hope and note and contractions as in didn’t, I’m and He’ll. New word wall words include: eat, now, those, inside, did and down. Reading groups pick up again this week and remember, Friday is our outdoor Center lessons with Teacher Julia. This week we also have our once a month Friday Gym with Mr. Woods so dress your love bug accordingly. Thanks so much to all who are contributing to the Giving Jar to donate funds for the Portland Rescue Mission. Our goal is to gather enough coins to buy five people Thanksgiving dinner and it has almost been reached. Please, if you are able, have your child do a wee chore to earn a coin or two to put in our Giving Jar. It only takes $1.88 cents to buy a whole meal for one woman, man or child and it is a great learning experience for our kids to give instead of receive during these winter celebration times. Last week we studied owl books and photos to help us sketch an assortment of native owls perched on branches. We then added textures with crayon to create feathers and completed our project using watercolor wash. Please come take a look at these crayon resist pieces outside our door, they are unique to each child and the students are very proud of them:) Thanks you to all who have signed up for conferences next week. Remember, there is school on Monday and conferences Monday evening and all day and evening on Tuesday. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!