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New Prague, MN 56071

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Breakfast menu - Dec.


Lunch menu - Dec.

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WEEK OF:  Dec. 11, 2017

Sight Words:  by, words, but

Blending Words:  act, at, cast, cat, cost, cot, dot, got, last, list, lost, lots, sat, sit, slot, still, stilt(s), tag, tilt, toss


Students will build hexagons (and other shapes!) using pattern blocks.  Students will discover the multiple ways to make a new shape.  We will transfer that to numbers noting that there are many ways to get to a given number.  For example, 3 and 2 make 5, 4 and 1 make 5, etc.  We will also learn about weight by weighing objects on the pan balance.


We’ll continue learning about the letter Tt.  Students will continue to work with letters and figuring out what letter is missing so that it makes a word.  We’ve worked a lot on vowels and seeing how words can change by changing that vowel.  We’ll also be blending not just CVC words, but starting to blend letters.  Some sample words are:  cost, slot, tilt, slit, cast, etc.

***W.I.N. (What I Need):  From 10:30-11:00 every day, students from the whole grade will be meeting with (perhaps) another kindergarten teacher to go over skills where they may need some extra work OR work on extending their already known skills.  The kindergarten teachers based these skills groups on letter names, letter sounds, rhyming, knowing syllables, and general classroom observation of skills.  The “K” teachers work closely with each other so we know what is going to be covered in this time frame.  Your child may have to switch teachers (for this time frame) if they consistently show that they know the skills being taught and practiced.  Students love this time as they are with other kids from other classrooms, too. 

Comprehension Strategies: 

Our first strategy is metacognition, which means to think about your thinking.  We do this automatically!  It’s when we predict, question, wonder, go back and read a part of a text. 

Our next comprehension strategy is schema.  Schema is everything you know about a certain topic.  We use this strategy when we pick up a book and take a quick picture walk to get our brains thinking about the story.  We activate in our brains on what the story might be about. 

The next strategy is like being a detective because we have to infer (inference) when the writer is telling us.  It’s like trying to solve a Scooby Doo movie before the end!!  We have to use our schema (what we already know) and combine that with the evidence to infer the conclusion. 


Cc (/k/ as in cat), Oo, Gg (/g/ as in gorilla), Dd, Ss. Ll, Ii, Tt.


the, of, and, a, to, in, is, you, that, he, it, was, for, on, are, as, with, his, they, I, at, be, this, have, from, one, had, or, by, words, but


Our field trip is on Thursday.  We’ll leave RS at 9:15 and return around 2:15.  Please send a lunch from home.

Looking Ahead:

            Day 1:  P.E./Music

            Day 2:  P.E./Media

            Day 3: Music/P.E.

            Day 4: Art

            Day 5:  P.E./Media

Dec. 14:  Field Trip (all day!)

Dec. 21:  PJ Day, “K” Holiday Party from 9:30-10:45…let me know if you can come and volunteer.  It’s a different set up; kids rotate through all the K classrooms playing games or doing activities.

Dec. 22-Jan. 1:  NO School

Jan. 2:  School starts again

Jan. 12:  End of Semester 1

Jan. 15:  No School (K-12)


Jan. 27:  Raven Stream Family Fun Night at the New Prague Aquatic Center.  We will have the pool and gym area to ourselves.  Free swimming for all!!  Root Beer Floats/Ice Cream Sundaes will be served.  Concessions will be available.  6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


Mar. 1:  Koo Koo Kangaroo - Time to be announced soon.

Mar. 15:  Family Fun Night - Bouncy Houses, D.J., Face Painting, Pizza  



December:  Deklan, Jude, Talia, Ezra


* Please view the Nutrition Service guideline for SMART SNACKS.  Sending any type of birthday treat (food or small toy) is optional.  If you do send something, we have 21 students.  Please send enough for ALL students.

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**We are a latex-free school, as stated in the Indoor Air Quality handbook.  Please do not send balloons.**

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Stacy Hemann | Teacher 
Raven Stream Elementary School | 300 11th Ave N.W. | New Prague, MN 56071  
952-758-1530 | fax: 052-758-1599 
Proud Tradition, Promising Future