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Jackson School Creed
I believe in doing my best.
I will be honest.
I will respect others.
              I am responsible for my learning.
                For I know learning is the key to my success.
Dates to Remember

Dec. 18--Penguin Patch Santa Shop 9:00-9:30.  Please send your money envelopes for your child to shop.

Dec. 21--Class Christmas party will take place after lunch and School Christmas Celebration will begin at 2:00. 

Dec. 24-Jan. 7--Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Christmas Break; NO SCHOOL

Jan. 8--First day back from Christmas Break

Jan. 21-25--WIDA testing for English Learners

Jan. 22-25--Mrs. Smith will be out attending a conference.  Mrs. Miller will be the substitute teacher.

Feb. 14--Happy Valentine's Day!

Feb. 18--President's Day; Snow Make-Up Day #1--School is IN SESSION

March 15--End of 3rd quarter

March 17--Happy St. Patrick's Day!

March 18-22--Spring Break:  NO SCHOOL

April 19--Good Friday:  Snow Make-Up Day #3 or NO SCHOOL

April 21--Happy Easter

April 22--Snow Make-Up Day #2 or NO SCHOOL

May 12--Happy Mother's Day

May 23--Last Student Day

May 24--Snow Make-Up Day #4 or NO SCHOOL

Other Important Information

Themed Dress for Dec. 17th-21st 

Monday--Wear your favorite Christmas Pajamas

Tuesday--Wear your fancy Christmas outfits

Wednesday--Wear blue and white for a Winter Wonderland

Thursday--Holiday Headwear (Santa hats, antlers, elf hats, headbands)

Friday--Wear your ugly/tacky Christmas sweaters or wear red and green.


Lexia:  Your child is working on the year-end goal of reaching level 10 (completing Level 9) using the Language Arts program, Lexia.  Please help your child go to this website at home so that he/she may obtain this goal!  We will also be working to reach this goal here at school. Go to Lexiacore5.com.  You will need my email address, smithl@scsc.k12.in.us  for the first time that you sign in. Your child's username and password for this program are on a label on the first page of his/her agenda.  Below I have broken the levels down by month.  If your child completes each level listed by the end of each month, he/she should have no problem reaching Level 10 by the end of the year.  Many children continue to work towards higher levels to better prepare them for 2nd grade!

September--Level 2                   January--Level 6

October--Level 3                       February--Level 7

November--Level 4                   March--Level 8

December--Level 5                April--Level 9

I-Ready:  This is a math program your child will be using that is similar to Lexia.  It teaches your child at his/her "just right" level.  Click on the link to the right.  Your child's login information is on the front page of his/her agenda.

IXL:  This is a math program that we use for enrichment or when your child has complete his/her 45 minutes on i-Ready.  Your child's login information is on the front page of his/her agenda.

Spelling City:  When a student reaches Level 10 on Lexia, he/she may choose to use this program to play games and do activities with spelling words.

myOn:  When a student reaches Level 10 on Lexia, he/she may choose to use this program to read online books at his/her individual reading level.


 Happy December birthday to:   Wyatt--19th.

 Students may bring treats to school for their birthdays on a Friday.  We have a little more flexibility with time on Fridays!

Treats must be store-bought with ingredients listed on a label to prevent allergic reactions.  Please let me know a couple of days in advance if your child wants to bring a birthday treat so I can plan accordingly.  Thanks!  Just a suggestion:  Smaller is better!  Mini cupcakes, small cookies, or small treats work great with this age group.  Some students will only take one or two bites and throw the rest away.   Currently we have 22 students.

Story for the Week: Life in the Forest

  Pages:  146-159

 Genre:  Expository Text

  Phonics focus:  Inflected Ending -ed, Long u: u_e; Long e: e_e

  Fluency Skill:  Appropriate Phrasing

  Text-Based Comprehension: Author's Purpose; Background Knowledge

  Phonemic Awareness:  Distinguish Between Long u and /u/; Segment and Blend Phonemes


Spelling:  around, grow, find, under, food, water, huge, tube, cute, mule, June, cube, flute, rule, rude  



Sentence:  We looked around to find the four little dogs.


Amazing Words:  environment, thrive, slimy, capture, require, inhale, sludge, creature

No tests this week!


Mon:  Read "Life in the Forest"; Speling words 1-5 3 times each

Tues: Read "Life in the Forest"; Spelling words 6-10 3 times each.

Wed:  Read Buddy Bag; Spelling words 11-15 3 times each.
Thur: Read "Duke the Mule" and Sentence Sheet; Spelling sentences 1 time each.
Fri:  None


A good way to help your child be successful on the weekly spelling tests is to do a practice test.  Do this by giving your child the spelling words and have him/her write them as if it were a real test.  For any words missed, have him/her practice writing them five times each.  Then redo the test again.  Continue practicing in this way until the words are mastered.


We will begin working on informative writing--writing an topic sentence, facts in the middle, and a conclusion that restates the topic sentence in a different way.


Skill this week:  Understand Tens

There will occassionally be math homework, but we will do our best to complete work in class.  Please check your child's agenda and red folder to see if there is any math homework for the day.

No Test this week!


 Our special classes are 12:20-1:00 every day.

 Monday:  Library

Tuesday:  Computer Lab

Wednesday:  Art

Thursday:  Music

Friday:  PE

Thank You!

Thanks so much for reading the webpage/newsletter!  It is important to me that you are informed of what is going on in our classroom.  To show my appreciation, I will reward your child with a small treat if you write this phrase:  Merry Christmas in your child's agenda above your initials on Monday, December 17th.

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Laura Smith
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