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UNCA Basketball


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The kids had a blast yesterday at the game!!!  They gave them each a pom pom to cheer for the bulldogs and got them to scream the entire time!  I don’t understand how there is not one student in the class who lost their voice!

I need to give a huge shout out to KIMORA and JAMES!!!  Kimora was chosen as our December Shining Star and James was chosen as the Garden Shining Star. (he was our class shining star last month!)  Ms. Hamilton and I love you dearly and are so proud of you!!!

Tomorrow is our holiday party.  The kids may wear their pajamas for the party, but please make sure they do not wear slippers… only sneakers.  We will watch Polar Express, drink hot cocoa with marshmallows, eat cookies, open presents and have some fun little activities on the side.


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UNCA Field Trip


We are having a field trip to UNCA on Dec. 17th to UNCA to see a basketball game.  Please check your child’s folder for that permission slip and turn it in as soon as you can.  We will be gone from around 10-2pm.  Also, we want to show support for the bulldogs so have your child wear their school colors- blue and gray!

We have been working on many different yoga poses (sitting and standing), breathing techniques and meditations (imagination vacation and mandala coloring).  Encourage your child to show you these poses!  They are really enjoying the time we spend doing yoga in the classroom.  Here are some of the poses we have been doing that you can ask your child to demonstrate:

  • washing machine
  • cat stretch
  • corkscrew
  • king dancer
  • tree
  • magic massage
  • balloon breath
  • eagle breath
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Wind Vanes


The kids worked on their nonfiction texts and had finished with their fun facts page and maps for the most part.  They are really enjoying writing these books, and I can’t wait for you to see them!

For our science workshop, we learned all about weather instruments.  See if you child can tell you what each of these tools measure:

  • thermometer
  • wind vane
  • anemometer
  • barometer
  • rain gauge

We made our own wind vanes out of a straw, pencil, pin, and a paper arrow.  I meant to tell the kids to take them home with them, but I completely forgot at the very end of the day!  They will have them on Monday. :)

I gave each of your children a little envelope of photos I had printed so please check your child’s backpack in case they forgot to give them to you.  I don’t want them to get ruined.  They are from their drumming performance with Adama and from Thanksgiving.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!!

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Smoothie Bicycle


We have been working on our nonfiction texts that your children are writing.  They have been researching and will soon begin putting their final drafts together.  Students made their covers today, and tomorrow, we will begin writing our fun facts page and create our diagram.  Ask your child what book they are writing!  We will have a publishing party next week so you can all come in and read their nonfiction texts.

The kids had garden class today with Ms. Rachel and rode the smoothie bicycle.  Check out the video I snapped when I snuck in there for a moment.

It was super tasty. :)

Please check your child’s folder for important papers.  We sent home dental forms for the field trip and also a survey about adding a 6th grade to our school.  The school wants to hear what you think so please make sure you send those in!  Oh, and I will be sending home some photos that I got printed tomorrow.

The school dance is tomorrow.  If you would like for your child to attend, send in $1 and sign the permission slip.  If you have any questions, just give us a call. Hope you all have a great night!


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Dental Visit


I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving break!  I went home to New Orleans to visit family and had a great time.  I haven’t been back for Thanksgiving since hurricane Katrina so it was a meal that was long overdue!

Ms. Plemmons from AB Tech came today to talk with your child about the dental sealants that some of them will be getting in January.  We take a field trip every year so that students can get their sealants for FREE!  It’s very expensive, so if your child does need them, try and hold off until we go in January.  She also taught them how to brush and floss.  They played a game with figuring out if certain things are healthy or unhealthy for our teeth.  See if your child can tell some of the things that are unhealthy for our teeth!

Our unit 6 Fundations test is tomorrow, and we have been really practicing vowel-consonant-e spellings with multisyllabic words.  Please make sure your child completes their homework so they can practice marking up their words!

In math, we have been counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s.  The kids worked together at their tables on secret numbers by building towers of two, five and ten.  Please practice skip counting with your child at home so they can become more fluent. :)

Here are some pictures I took from before the break!  I will make some copies for you and hopefully have them by the end of the week.  Have a great evening!

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Big Drumming Day!


I want thank all the parents who came out to see their child perform with Adama yesterday.  They rocked!!!  I know a lot of parents work and weren’t able to come so we made sure to get a video so you can see it.

I took some photos as well that I will post soon. :)

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Hospice Tree


We are decorating a tree for a hospice patient.  The kids made themselves like a little Santa.  I think they came out SO cute!!!  They will be delivered to Care Partners Hospice center to help cheer a patient up. :)  Can you spot your child?


Also, remember that our drumming performance is tomorrow at 1:30pm!  I hope to see you all there!!!!

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A break from drumming


Here is a little snippet from today’s drumming.  They were taking a break from drumming and dancing.

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Our new unit in Fundations is all about the silent e.  I told the kids how the letter E is the busiest letter of the alphabet.  He can make vowels long!  Please read over the new unit letter that I sent home so you can be informed on what this upcoming unit will be on.  If you need a lesson on how to mark up words or anything, just let me know to schedule a time and I will teach all about Fundations.  I did it last year with a couple of parents, and it was really helpful so let me know!

In math, we are learning about even and odd numbers through various activities using teams and partners.  For practice, give your child a number and have them tell you if it is even or odd based on the various ways they have learned in the classroom to help them.

We had our 2nd TAPAS day and had fun drumming.  The kids nailed it a few times!  They were all on beat and their dance moves are coming along.  It’s fast movements so it’s tricky, but they are doing great.  Ask you child to practice the beats or dance moves at home so they can show you.  Half of the class is drumming while the other half of the students are dancing.  I’m excited for you to see their performance on Friday!  Also, ask your child what they are learning about from Mr. Adama.  Not only is he teaching them how to drum on a djembe, but he is also teaching the kids about West African culture.  An interesting thing they learned today from him was that people in villages use drums to communicate with others.  Ask your child how they do that. :)

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I put flyers in your child’s folder about the Thanksgiving lunch this Thursday.  If you are planning on attending, please send in that form as soon as you can so our cafeteria staff can prepare.

Yoga for the day: we learned how to breathe using the Balloon Breath.  See if your child remembers what this breath is used for and how to do it.  (it’s to calm us down and focus)

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Junior Achievement Day and Drumming


It was so nice to get back today.  I hadn’t seen the kids since last Thursday because Ms. Rabuck and I were at a really amazing training in Boston.  We are going to start a program in the classroom called Yoga 4 Classrooms, and I have honestly never been more excited about implementing something into our class.  I explained to the kids what we will be doing and why: to focus, to energize (when needed), to calm and become happier individuals.  I think it’s important for them to know why we are are going to learn breathing techniques, take imagination vacations, and yoga poses at our seat and on the floor.  After their crazy fun day, they were pretty wild at the end of the day so we took an imagination vacation.  I put on soothing music, turned the lights off while they rested their heads on the desks and I read them a passage where they were imagining they were at the beach.  When it was time for them to open their eyes, it was amazing how calm they were.  Kimora looked at me and said, “Wait, what happened? I thought we were at the beach!”  It was definitely a nice way to end our day.

So now onto our fun filled day…

We had a special visitor today who taught us all about our community.  Mr. Oscar Wong, who is the founder of Highland Brewery, taught your children all about community jobs, productions,  community workers, and how money moves through our community.  They all had so much fun, and I’m sure you will see all of their things in their folders.  Ask them what their favorite activity with Mr. Oscar was!

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Today was also our first day in our TAPAS residency!  This was a grant that was funded by Asheville City Schools Foundation.  (they are pretty amazing folks!)  We have resident artist named Adama Dembele who is coming in to teach the kids all about African drumming.  They started today learning a few rhythms and a few dance moves.  This will continue next week from Monday-Wednesday and then on Friday, we will have a performance and hope you can make it!!!!  You won’t want to miss this! :)


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