Mrs. MacDougall’s Newsletter

January 2022




Welcome January –

Yeah, we have made it to the new year, exciting things happening this year!!! I hope everyone got a chance to rest and relax over holiday break. Our January word of the month is PERSERVERANCE.

Here is a list of books that help students understand this topic:

  1. The Girl with a Mind for Math – by Julia Finely Mosca (study hard)
  2. After the Fall by Dan Santat (failure is just the beginning)
  3. The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do by Ashley Spires (be brave)
  4. Ada Twist Scientist by Andrea Beaty (don’t give up)
  5. The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires (get ready to make mistakes)
  6. What Do You Do with an Idea? By Kobi Yamada (think outside the box)
  7. Ish by Peter H Reynolds (be perfectly imperfect)
  8. Hannah and Sugar by Kate Berube (don’t let fear stop you)

In reading we are learning about informational texts, what are some features in an information text. We will talk about a table of contents, pictures and captions, headings, labeled diagrams, bold print, and a glossary. We will learn how these characteristics help us understand more about the story. We will discuss how informational texts are nonfiction and the text is used to inform readers about a specific topic.

In math, second grade will continue working bar models and problem solve a word problem by drawing a picture. Fourth grade will continue developing fluency in multiplication/division facts, long division and problem solving two step word problems.

In 7 habits we are working on habit 3 – put first things first – put the important things first. With this habit we will discuss how to make a to do list, how to prioritize the list and what is most important that must get done versus what can wait.

During the month of January there are some important dates to remember:

January 5 – PTO meeting (remote)

January 7 – School Spirit Day

January 14 – Early release for students

January 14 – College Sweatshirt Day

January 17– NO SCHOOL (Civil Rights Day)

January 21 – Winter Warmth Day

January 28 – Wear you Favorite Color Day


As we enter January we always think about New Year’s resolutions, this year I am starting off January with “The 30-Day Happy Teacher Challenge”. For the next 30 days I will “bring a bit of positivity to my day by completing daily challenges to make a difference”.



As always thank you for all you do each day for your children! If I can be a help at any time, please let me know of any concerns/questions at any time during the school year! 



Debbie MacDougall

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