Thursday, April 3, 2014

Field Trip!

We had a great trip to the children's museum this week!  Thank you again to all of the wonderful parent/grandparent chaperones who volunteered their time to help.  We couldn't take the fun field trips without your help!

Be sure to check out the photo tab for some pictures from the trip!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Welcome Back!

We are glad to be back into the school routine!  Welcome 2014!  It's going to be a great year!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Holidays Around the World

We have had a lot of fun with our world travels this week! 

On Monday, we "flew" to Holland and learned about Sinterklaas (Santa) and his white horse.  We also learned that children leave their shoes (sometimes wooden shoes) filled with carrots or hay and then Sinterklaas leaves them small presents.

Tuesday's trip was to Germany where we learned that children write letters to St. Nicholas/Father Christmas.  They make gingerbread cookies and houses and they decorate their Christmas tree (tannenbaum) just like we do!

On Wednesday, we traveled to Mexico to learn about Las Posadas.  We learned that in Mexico, families decorate with poinsettias.  They also have pinatas at their parties.  In Mexico, they also celebrate El dia de los Reyes, or King's Day, in January and many children don't receive their gifts until this day.

Thursday we traveled to China to learn about their Sheng dan Jie celebrations.  Families decorate their homes with plastic trees called "trees of light" and red paper lanterns.  The main celebration in China is the New Year celebration which they celebrate with parties, parades and fireworks.  Children leave stockings for Old Christmas Man to fill with presents, similar to us!

On Friday we took a trip to Israel to learn about Chanukah.  We learned that Chanukah lasts for 8 days, which we thought was pretty neat.  We learned about the menorah (candles), gelt (money, usually gold-wrapped chocolate coins) and the dreidel game.  We also learned about two favorite celebration foods: latkes, or potato pancakes and sufganiyot, or jelly-filled donuts.

Finally, on Monday we will travel to Africa to learn about Kwanzaa.  We will learn that the Kwanzaa celebration also involves candles in a kinara, it lasts for seven days and includes seven principals, or values, that families celebrate the importance of.

We made a suitcase, packed our maps and passports, and we have been keeping careful track of our plane ticket.  On Monday, after we return from our trip to Africa, we will bring home our suitcase and share all of our souvenirs with you.  We've been keeping them safe in our suitcase while we travel but are so excited to bring them home and show you! 

Happy Holidays to Your Family,
Mrs. Sheldon

Thursday, November 14, 2013


We will be having our Thanksgiving feast on Friday, November 22nd.  We have asked that each child bring something to contribute to the meal.  You can click here to see the list again.  Please have your child bring their item to school by Thursday, November 21st.  If you are unable to donate the item, please just let me know.

Also, I just realized I forgot to post pictures from the Halloween party so you will find those here this week under the photo tab.  Sorry about the delay!

Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Just a few reminders...

Book orders are due on Monday, November 18th.

You can check your child's lunch account online - if you need more info about how, let me know!

And looking ahead...

We will be having a Thanksgiving feast in our classroom on Friday, November 22.  I will be sending more information about this next week.  We will be discussing foods we like and then making a menu together as a class.  Once that is complete, I will send a note home asking each family to contribute an item to our feast.

Remember there will be no school for students November 27-29.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Thank you to everyone for attending parent-teacher conferences last week!  It was nice to have a chance to sit down and talk about your child!  I always look forward to sharing progress and learning more from you about your child. 

Remember, there is a half-day on Friday, November 1.

Book orders are coming home in Friday folders this week.  They are due by Monday, November 18th if you are interested.  Remember, if you send in the paper copy of the order, please send payment in the form of a check or money order.  They do not accept cash through the mail.  You are also able to order online with a credit card.  Keep in mind that books make great gifts and Christmas is just around the corner!  There are many great deals in the catalogs this month.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Fire Safety

This week we learned about fire safety!  We were able to visit with firefighters, watch a fire safety video, and meet Jake the Fire Safety Dog!

Jake taught us some important things today, including how to:

* Fall & crawl under smoke
* Whisper (inside voice vs. outside voice)

The fire fighters taught us:

* Get out & stay out if there is a fire
* Know two ways out of every room in your house
* Stop, drop & roll if your clothing catches on fire

If you would like to read more about Jake the Fire Safety Dog, you can visit his website:

Or see Jake's facebook page: