Miss Dale & Mrs. Pentycofe

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Miss Dale & Mrs. Pentycofe

December 2010

Important Dates

Dec. 16th – Winter Concert, 1:30 and 7:00

Dec. 23rd – Early dismissal, 1:00p.m.

Dec. 24th – Dec. 31st – No School, Holiday Recess

Jan. 3rdSchool back in session

What We Are Studying

In Science, students are studying small things such as rotifers, volvox, paramecium, didinium, and stentors. These are microscopic organisms that can only be seen with a microscope. Ask your child about the interesting creatures they have observed!

For Math students are working on telling time to the minute, writing money amounts using dollar and cent signs, adding three two-digit numbers and two three-digit numbers, estimating, finding patterns and explaining the pattern in writing, and measuring to the nearest half inch and millimeter. They also continue to work on building problem solving skills, especially problems that require more than one step.

In Language Arts, students have read the story Yingtao’s New Friend and Family Pictures. Each story introduces new vocabulary words and skills. When reading Yingtao’s New Friend, students worked on the skill of compare and contrast. Author’s Purpose was the skill students learned when reading the story Family Pictures. An author’s purpose to write may be to inform, entertain, persuade, or express. After each story, students take a selection test which tests the students’ knowledge and understanding of the skill presented with each story as well as the vocabulary related to each story.

Students finished the chapter about the geography and history of the Earth in Social Studies. Next we will be learning about ancient Egypt, pharaohs, mummies, and pyramids. This should be an exciting topic for the students!

Holiday Celebrations
To celebrate the holidays, our class has a Christmas breakfast on the last day of school before vacation. Students help cook pancakes, make hot chocolate, set the table, and do the dishes. We do not do a gift exchange since many homerooms choose to have their own gift exchange. Your child is welcome to bring in a treat to share with the class that day.

Students also participate in their homeroom holiday parties. Some teachers have their party on the second to last day before vacation. Please be on the lookout for information from your child’s homeroom teacher regarding their other party.

Required Reading

Students are required to read for 15 minutes at least 4 days each week (more is even better!). Every month I will send home a calendar with your child to be initialed on the dates that your child has read for 15 minutes. This assignment can be combined with other assignments such as reading for another subject/teacher. The required reading will count towards your child’s Language Arts grade and will help your child practice his/her reading skills.

Please have your child read to you every night and check his/her comprehension/understanding of what he/she read by asking questions. Your help and support with this assignment is appreciated!
Attendance Policy

If your child is absent from school for any reason (illness, vacation, etc.), a parent or guardian should call the school. Please call the main office or the nurse’s office (946-2200 extension 3504) after 8:00 a.m. on the first day of absence. A signed note from the parent or guardian explaining the reason and/or doctor’s note must be sent to the teacher/office when the child returns to school. If your child is going to be out of school for more than one day, please ask the office to have the teacher collect the work your child will be missing so that your child will not be behind when he/she returns to school. Please stop by the office to pick up your child’s work or we can send it home with a sibling.


If your child requires medication during school hours, including over-the-counter medications, a parent must submit a written request accompanied by a note from the physician to the school nurse. This must include the frequency and dosage of the medication.

Birthday Celebrations

We would love to celebrate your child’s birthday in our class! Your child can choose to celebrate with our class, his/her homeroom class, or both. Please let us know at least one day in advance if you plan on sending in treats so that we can set aside time to celebrate your child’s special day!

New Website!

Mrs. Pentycofe and I are working on adding pictures, news articles, homework assignments, and other helpful links to our new and improved website. You can access our website by going to the school home page (www.lyonscsd.org), click on “For Students,” and scroll down to “Teacher Classroom Web Pages.” Click on this link and it will take you to a page where you can search by teacher name or building. Type in “Miss Dale,” click search, and it will take you to the link to our page.

Please keep in mind that this page is still under construction. We hope that you will check it out and let us know what you think!

Contact Miss Dale

If you have questions or concerns about your child’s behavior or progress, you can contact me by sending in a note in your child’s planner, calling me at school (946-2200 ext. 3105), or sending an e-mail (ddale@lyonscsd.org). I hope to contact you often this year to let you know how well your child is doing!

Have a safe and happy holiday season!

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