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    Holiday Extravaganza

    The Holiday Extravaganza


    November 28-December 3, 2016


    Message from our Principal

    I hope everyone had a terrific Thanksgiving.  It was great to see all the students back and ready to learn.  This week the students filled our Bobcat Brags wall and were given the opportunity to celebrate their positive behavior by having the opportunity to sit with whoever they chose at lunch on Friday.  The students also listened to music during lunch.  It was great to see them enjoy their reward during lunch.  


    Saturday was the Holiday Extravaganza.  As with all of our events, there was a huge turnout and nearly 300 gingerbread houses were decorated throughout the day.  A BIG thanks to all the volunteers from the PTG and parents who made donations to make this annual tradition such a great experience for our students.  


    Finally, with the Holiday Season in full swing and many family events coming up as well as the cold and flu season upon us, I wanted to take a moment to remind everyone about our attendance procedures for absences.  

    1. When your child is absent, a written note must be submitted within 3 school days, otherwise an unlawful letter will be generated from the attendance office.
    2. If your child will be absent during the days leading up to or following winter break, please submit a pre-planned absence form by Thursday, December 15th.
    3. The school district allows 5 pre-planned absence days per school year.  A pre-planned absence form must be submitted at least 5 days in advance of the absence. The form is available on the district’s website.
    4. Only 10 days of absence can be excused by a parent note per school year. A Doctor's note is required starting on Day 11.


    From our Classrooms


    This week Kindergarten completed topic 5 in math.  They did a great job classifying objects into categories.  Students are beginning topic 6, they will start to explore addition. In writing many students are writing about the excitement of the upcoming holidays. Students are doing a much better job of hearing more sounds in words and leaving spaces between their words. In phonics they are continuing to practice phonemic segmentation, making sure students can hear all the sounds in words. Mrs. Hilden came to kindergarten this week and did a lesson on expected and unexpected behaviors in school.  She also made us a sign to hang in our classrooms! It has been a busy week in kindergarten!!!


    First Grade

    This week in first grade we completed topic 4 in math.  The students did a great job using different strategies to help them subtract.  In writing the students reviewed the non-fiction books they have written so far, and chose the one they would like to publish.  We still have some work to do, but these books are really coming together!  Science was a lot of fun this week! The students made their own equal arm balances and spent the week comparing the weight of different items.  In reading we continued reading our non-fiction books focusing on reading fluently and setting goals!


    Second Grade

    We were incredibly busy this week! We began new reading, math and social studies units. We also changed seats and redecorated our room by hanging our colorful compass roses…they look really cool by the way!  In Reading Workshop, we were reacquainted with fiction and our strong reading habits and strategies that we use when reading fiction. We also thought about our characters and their voices. In Writing Workshop, we continued to write our nonfiction books. In Math, we  applied previously learned strategies to solve two-digit subtraction problems. In Social Studies, we discussed the various types of maps and discovered the features they share.  


    Third Grade

    Third graders wrapped up their non-fiction reading unit this week and look forward to acting as detectives in our class mystery read-aloud and unit beginning next week! In Writer’s Workshop, writers are drafting their final copies of their non-fiction books. In Science this week, students examined the differences between series and parallel circuits. All third graders should continue to practice their math facts. It was a busy yet exciting week in third grade!


    Fourth Grade

    Fourth graders are working hard in our newest reading and writing units. Students are busy taking notes and identifying text structures in nonfiction texts while discovering how to organize an informative essay in writing. Students are enjoying testing their vehicles in Motion and Design while learning about potential and kinetic energy.


    Fifth Grade

    This week, we are starting our reading unit on biographies. Our writing workshop focuses on informational writing. In math, we are wrapping up Topic 4, multiplying decimals. We will then move into using strategies to divide whole numbers. AMP is working on their first benchmark assessment for chapters 1, 2, and 3. Additionally, 5th grade student council members will be starting the school store on Wednesday mornings!


    From our Specialists:


    First graders are learning about still life images. Second graders are reviewing the animals of Peru. Third graders are studying ancient Greece and Rome. Fourth graders are framing their tin birds. Fifth graders are rendering silhouettes.



    This week in Physical Education first and second grade students worked on jump rope and hula-hoop skills. Third through fifth grade started their net games unit!



    Mrs. Hatton would like to thank all the parents and teachers for supporting the Scholastic Book Fair.  Indian Lane will receive approximately $7,000 in Scholastic Dollars to spend on resources for our school.  Each teacher received $150-$250 to spend on books for classroom libraries and other materials.  The library will also purchase books and materials for the library.  We couldn’t do it without your help and support - THANK YOU!


    Indian Lane Night at Middletown Free Library on Thursday, 12/1, was so much fun.  It was great to see so many of our students at the library exploring a variety of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) activities with Mr. Jason and Mrs. Hatton.  Thank you for coming.  We will plan another IL Night at MFL after the winter break - stay tuned!


    On Monday, 12/5, first and second grade students will be treated to a visit from author & illustrator Zachariah OHora.  Mrs. Hatton shared several of his books, including his newest book The Not So Quiet Library, with students during library class.



    If you are in Media this Wednesday night (12/7), stop by the Courthouse at 7:00PM to hear our fabulous fifth grade singing group, “The Fifth Dimension.”  They will be joining other 5th graders from our district to perform in a special RTM “Winter Fantasy” concert. After the concert, enjoy a carriage ride through town.  It’s a terrific way to start celebrating the holidays.


    From our PTG

    • Thanks to everyone who came to make our Holiday Extravaganza such a fun and festive event.  
    • The next PTG meeting is Thursday, December 15th at 7:00 p.m. in the library.  We hope to see you all there!


    From our School Nurse, Mrs. LaRose

    Healthy teeth are important to your child’s overall health.  It’s important to encourage children to brush and floss their teeth every day, provide healthy foods and limit sweet snacks and sugary drinks, and schedule regular dental check ups.  The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requires that all students entering school for the first time in kindergarten or first grade, and all third and seventh graders submit a dental exam report.  If you don’t have a dentist or don’t submit the report, the district hygienist will exam your child for free in the spring.


    From our School Counselor, Mrs. Hilden

    This week, I visited the kindergarten classrooms to talk to the students about “expected” and “unexpected” behavior.  We made the connection between both types of behavior and the way it makes others feel.

    As a reminder, Giving Tree gifts are due back by Friday, December 16th.  Please wrap them and put the ornament tag on the outside of the gift so I can sort it easily.  Thank you!


    Upcoming Events and Reminders

    • Wednesday, 12/7 - Winter Fantasy Concert, 7 p.m., Media Courthouse
    • Wednesday, 12/14 - Fifth grade Band Concert, 7 p.m., ILES Cafeteria
    • Wednesday, 12/14 - Fifth grade Strings Concert, 7 p.m., Springton Lake Middle School
    • Thursday, 12/15 - PTG meeting, 7:00 p.m., Library
    • Friday, 12/16 - Bobcat Pride Breakfast, 8:15 a.m., Cafeteria - Spots still available! Sign up to get your photo with the Bobcat!
    • Tuesday, 12/20 - All-School Holiday Concert, 2:00 p.m., Gym


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