Mrs. MacDougall’s Newsletter

December 2019

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Welcome December –

We cannot believe that we are already one-third of the way through the school year, time sure does fly when we are having fun!  Our December word of the month is MINDFULNESS. In one article I was reading it described mindfulness as the following:

“The purpose of teaching mindfulness to our children is to give them skills to develop their awareness of their inner and outer experiences, to recognize their thoughts as ‘just thoughts’, to understand how emotions manifest in their bodies, to recognize when their attention has wandered, and to provide tools for impulse control.”

We will talk about such things as: being aware, noticing our thoughts and feelings, and practicing meditation and deep breathing.

In reading we continue working on comprehension by understanding the story elements – characters, setting, problem & solution. We are also learning about different genres of books – fiction and non-fiction, and even dig deeper by understanding what makes a book a fairy tale, historical fiction, realistic fiction, a biography or informational text. As you are reading with your children ask them if they know the genre (fiction or non-fiction) and why they chose that genre.

In math we continue to work on math facts and improving our fluency with these facts. The more we practice the better we get! Second graders will be adding and subtracting 2-digit numbers and fourth graders are working on 2-digit multiplication and 2 step word problems involving multiplication.

In 7 habits we continue to talk about habit #2 – Begin with the end in mind – know what you want before you do it. With this habit we will talk about planning ahead and setting goals, and about how consequences are affected by my actions.

December will also feel like a short month, we have many busy days with fun holiday activities and a few days off.  Holiday parties will be sometime the week of December 17 – 21, teachers will be sending home more information on that as we get closer.

There is NO SCHOOL December 21 – January 1st
. We will meet back at school on Thursday, January 2nd. There is no PTO meeting in December.

I want to thank you all for such a great school year and all the wonderful work you do with your children to help them at home. Enjoy the holidays and time with family and friends!

Please let me know of any concerns/questions at any time during the school year!




  Debbie MacDougall 

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