A Time to be Thankful

As we head into the Thanksgiving holiday, we wanted to express our gratitude for all the ways – both big and small – you support your students, our classroom, and our school. PCCS truly has the best parents, and we are thankful to be working together to ensure your children continue to grow as natural leaders. I am looking forward to meeting with many of you during Student Attended conferences. If anyone – particularly the parents in Mr. Hurwitz’s class – would like to meet with me after Thanksgiving break, please let me know.
In ELA this week, we will finish our illustrations and text about the life of John Muir. With the help of our guest author, Mrs. Rompella, we are creating short picture books to share with our Book Buddies and others. Your students have been working hard on these books, and I am excited to see the finished products. On Tuesday, the SBSN Spellers, Llamacorns, Puppies, and Taco Cats will have their spelling test. Please ask your child if (s)he is in one of these groups.
In social studies, we have been talking about the differences between election primaries and caucuses, and we are ready to hold primary elections for our class mascot. Once the candidate for each party is chosen, we will make campaign posters and conduct a general election in each class. May the best mascot win!  Soon, both classes will hold their classroom Geography Bee to determine a finalist to send to the school-wide competition on 12/7. To learn more and help your child prepare, you can find helpful National Geographic resources here. I will also be posting another website for students to use to learn US and World Geography on Google Classroom this week. The more students practice now, the easier our Geography unit will be later this year!
Last week we enjoyed a meaningful Veterans Day celebration and two amazing Muir Treks. Thank you to Mrs. Zimmerman’s father, John Weichelt, for speaking to our classes about his experience on the USS Independence during the Vietnam War. And thank you to Ms. Naomi and Mrs. Flaig for guiding us on our Muir Treks.