Charlie Brown Thanksgiving: Wed 11/24
Details are at the end of this newsletter in Laramie’s Letters.
Main Point: Most families show up! Your first grader will be looking for you!
You will get to take your child home after you finish picnicking!
Busy Bees Tees
Most parents verbally said “YES” to our Busy Bees Tees! An order form will go home next week.
Some parents expressed an interest in getting adult tees so I will add that to the order form as well.
Coming Home Friday
Phonics Packet: Digraphs (th/sh/ch/wh) and Trigraph (-tch)
This week we did th/sh, and began the others. We will continue with those next week!
Take a look to see what your kids are working on:
Nouns: singular and plural nouns; irregular plural nouns
Continue with contractions
Contiunue with adding -ing to verbs
Spelling Tests taken today were sent home…Please check your child’s folder. If I felt they could’ve done better, I wrote “practice” on it. I am encouraging them to want to practice at home.
In class, we say, “We all make mistakes because we are trying!” If your child gets words wrong, please know that we focus on the effort! One of our goals is to learn the process of taking a spelling test and all of the kids are doing great!
A Glimpse into Our Class
Since we now have a class plant, we are researching how to best care for it. That has been fun! We also planted some seeds to watch them grow…wish us luck!! We also tie in Prop
Thanksgiving, of course, is our theme, but we have studied the world map (oceans/continents) and marked the route of the Mayflower as well. Their little intellectual brains are loving it!!
Our mornings now begin with Writing Notebooks before social time. I am encouraging them to write all the thoughts they want to share with their friends but I also give them topics. I then give them time to read aloud and show their illustrations. They seem more motivated by this rather than me checking and making corrections. It’s fun to see how much pride they take in a job well done!!
Math Topic 5: Work with Addition and Subtraction Equations
This topic is LOADED!! The kids are deciding if equations are TRUE or False, they are learning strategies to add 3 numbers, and they are learning to think through word problems to decide if they should add or subtract. IT IS A LOT!! But as usual, they are rock stars, working hard and getting it!!
Topic 5 Test was TODAY!! All the kids were here so I walked them through it and gave them hints so they could think through some of the tough problems. We will keep practicing!
The Noetic Math Test was administered to some of our 1st graders on Wednesday. If your child took the test, I contacted you. The next test will be in the spring and again, they will be 2nd grade problems.
Mrs. Merkuri is still volunteering on Mondays to work with this group of first grade mathematicians on Noetic Math. This is a math contest twice a year for grades 2-8. The kids will take a written test on November 17th in my classroom. What a great opportunity for math enrichment, practice, and fun!
XtraMath at Home!
Try it! If they earn a certificate, let me know and I will set them up for the next group of math problems.
We will celebrate in class!!
Literacy Pro at Home!
I am still learning this and trying to navigate it! Thank you for your patience!
Log in to Literacy Pro! Let me know how the kids like it…my own children really enjoy it!
This is our new online reading program that you paid for when you purchased the RASK kit. It is super cool! My own kids just started using it. The first step is to take an assessment and then the program will suggest books for your child. Please take time to login and check it out. I would love to have them reading even more over the break!
At LiteracyPro, kids can “access over 2,500 authentic, high-quality ebooks, some in Spanish, as well as connections to thousands of print books in classroom libraries. Students are given a personalized reading experience with choice, while educators are provided with actionable data about reading levels, activity, comprehension, and progress.”
Instructions: Go to https://digital.scholastic.com/#/signin
Choose “Sign in with Google Classroom”
Choose your child’s account: email@example.com
It will guide you through the rest! Please let me know how it goes! My own kids love it so far!
*To My Parents of Above Grade Level Learners:
These pages may not seem challenging enough for your kids! Rest assured, in class, we do a lot of enrichment activities and extensions! For example, the book at the end of the /i/ packet has very few words for beginning first grade level readers. One extension idea would be to add more detail to the sentences, like descriptive words or an addition at the end of the sentence.
For math, our discussions are deep and the activities and games that we play can be more challenging!
Library on Fridays!
Please send in your child’s library book on Fridays or before. They will be choosing a new book when they return the book from last week.
Parents at School!
A new SignUpGenius is coming for after Thanksgiving!
Art Masterpiece was today. Enjoy your cute little turkeys!!
Let Jenn or I know if you would like to volunteer to help. If you have any questions or ideas, contact Jenn Jacobs. Jenn Jacobs @ firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer or for more information!
From the Principal
Letter from the Principal
Dear San Tan Families,
I hope you are having a great week! As I noted in my last Laramie Letter, Mr. Tauscher and I had the opportunity to travel to Paris over the weekend to train with EF, our travel partner. It was a whirlwind trip but we are so grateful to EF Tours for giving us such an amazing chance to meet some pretty incredible and dedicated educators and learn about how to extend these kinds of opportunities to the teachers and students of our school! The core of San Tan is our emphasis in experiential learning and we are so excited to present to you all with our findings very soon.
Please also look for another email from me tomorrow with details about our Charlie Brown Thanksgiving event which is next Wednesday!
Lost and Found
Our Lost and Found is overflowing! Starting this week, we will begin the following process. Tuesday and Wednesday morning, we will be putting lost and found outside at driveline for parents and students to go through. We search all lost and found items for names and Wednesday afternoon we will need to bag up the items and donate them to Goodwill. Please take some time this evening/tomorrow morning to ensure your student has all of their belongings.
I highly recommend labeling everything your student brings to school to avoid this as we return all labeled items to their owners.
Winter Sports Photos
As a result of late registrations and available uniforms, we have rescheduled our Winter Sports photo day. The new day for on-campus photos is Monday, November 29, after we return from break. Please be on the lookout for ordering forms from your coaches.
Winter Football Combine
Calling all San Tan Youth and Junior High footballers – Join the professional ranks for a day on campus and participate in a football combine. The CK Vikings Football program will be on campus Dec. 4 to help show your stuff. See the flier for more details on how to register and contact coach Chase Cartright at (480) 233-1409 or chase.F3TTraining@gmail.com.
Annie, the Musical
Auditions for our spring musical Annie will be held December 4th from 9:00AM-12:00PM or 1:00PM-4:00PM. We are looking to cast as many students as we can in this classic show! If you are interested in auditioning or being a part of the tech crew, please contact Mrs. McQuaid at email@example.com”
Food and Toy Donations
San Tan Charter is hosting a food and toy drive from Nov. 1 through Nov. 23. There are drop off locations around campus for you to contribute canned meat, fruit, vegetables, and more!
Looking to work at San Tan?
San Tan Charter is looking to hire for Guest Teachers. Please call 480-222-0811 or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Winter Music Concert
The concert is Wednesday, December 15th. We will be holding the performance at Mission Church (4450 E Elliot Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85234).
We so excited for our venue change. We are asking for $10 per family in order to of set the cost of the venue. This “Family Pass” will allow you to attend the entire night of shows if you would like!
Please pay close attention to your child’s showtime, as we have three different performances that night. Your child will need to arrive 30 minutes before their designated showtime to check in.
5:00 – 5:30 – Kindergarten – 2nd grades
6:00 – 6:30 – Montessori K-6th
7:00 – 7:30 – 3rd – 6th grades
The dress code for the concert is black bottoms (skirt, pants, leggings, etc.), a white blouse or nice top, and the child’s choice of winter/holiday accessories (festive bows, scarves, ties, necklaces, or hats.) Please let me know if you have any questions about this.
More specific details to come
Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Dessert Donation
Occurring the day before Thanksgiving, Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is a tradition at San Tan Charter! Dr. and Mrs. Sippel began this tradition in the first Montessori Preschool class with bean soup. The tradition continues for families by bringing their own lunch and eating it picnic style outside as a community and brining desserts to share. The kids love this because this is the one-day sweets are allowed on campus! Please help us! Peruse our list and bring your favorite treat.
A few reminders: No NUTS, desserts must be baked, defrosted and ready at morning drive lane. There will be volunteers available to collect your dessert at drive lane and walk it over to the cafeteria to be cut.
Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Volunteers
Occurring the day before Thanksgiving, Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is a tradition at San Tan Charter! Dr. and Mrs. Sippel began this tradition in the first Montessori Preschool class with bean soup. The tradition continues for families by bringing their own lunch and eating it picnic style outside as a community and brining desserts to share.
We are looking for volunteers to help us pull off this awesome event!
Golf Cart Request
The Power Campus needs a golf cart to help move equipment/water for home games & practice to the fields. We will also use this golf cart to help elderly fans make the long walk from the gates to the fields for games. We would like one that has seats in the back but can flip down so equipment and water can be carried. If you would like to donate one or would like to find out more information how you can help the athletic department obtain one, please reach out to our Athletic Director Shawn Lytle email@example.com
Staff Shout Outs
I think we can all agree that we have AMAZING staff at STCS Recker Campus. We would love to hear from you all the wonderful things that the staff are doing so please click the following link to give our staff a “Shout Outs”. Frost Gelato has generously donated gift cards to help reward out staff members after they have received a shout out!
- Yearbook Purchase
- Submit Pictures to the Yearbook
- Become an Athletic Sponsor- Click Here to Donate
- Order Lunch
- Arizona Tax Credit Form
- Spirit Gear – Do you need school spirit gear to wear on Spirit Fridays? Click Here to Purchase
- January Late Night Conference Teacher Dinner Donation
- FEC Donations
Social Media Links
Mrs. Sarah Laramie, M.A.
Principal, Recker Campus
Doctoral Candidate, Grand Canyon University
San Tan Charter School
3959 E. Elliot Rd.
Gilbert, AZ 85234
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”- Nelson Mandela