Elementary School
December/January 2016-2017

News From The Principal

Thanksgiving has come and gone and it is our hope that all of our families were able to relax with their loved ones and enjoy some time away from alarm clocks, school, homework, and after school activities. December is a short month when it comes to the number of days we are in school. Please note that attendance still remains one of our top priorities, and that no matter what the weather looks like outside, if school is in session your child(ren) are expected to be in attendance.

Como Staff would like to thank all of our parents and visitors for your cooperation with helping us keep our students safe. Please remember that students should not arrive to school before 8:30. There is no supervision prior to that time and incidences that may occur before hand are not school matters and will be referred to other agencies.

Also, please remember that for the safety of students, staff, and visitors no pets are permitted on school property. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.

Como’s Annual Craft Night will take place on Thursday, Dec. 10 from 4:30-6:30. We have moved the time up to help decrease the safety risk of walking around to the back of the building when it’s dark out. This early time allows us to monopolize on the daylight.

On December 18th, school will dismiss at 3:00 p.m. School resumes Monday, January 4, 2016.

As December comes to an end, we must begin planning for the new year. Here is some important information:

Temperatures during the month of January are typically below freezing. If you normally pick up your child(ren), please plan to arrive on time as to not allow your child(ren) to stay out in the cold waiting for you. Please ensure that your child(ren) come to school dressed appropriately for the cold weather. Hats, gloves, and boots and/or tennis shoes and a coat are essential items that your child(ren) should have each day.

The second semester of school ends on January 15. If you have any concerns regarding your child’s success at Como it

is very important to begin having conversations with your child’s teacher as soon as possible. A child may be considered for retention based on two main factors:

* if he/she is struggling with two or more core subjects

* has excessive absences

Please be sure to check your child’s book bag every day and communicate with his/her teacher on a regular basis. Important information regarding school events are often communicated through fliers that are sent home. Thank you for your continued cooperation and support! Como appreciate all of our families and students!

The entire staff at Como wishes all of you a Joyous Holiday Season!

News From PreK

In December our class will continue learning about “Our Community”, as well as “Holiday Celebrations.”

The students will be learning the letters, Gg, Hh, Ii; the numbers 7-9; the colors green and yellow; and the shapes rectangle and star.

In Math we are still learning about shapes, comparing lengths, counting and sorting.

In Science the children are learning about Foods. We are also working on showing empathy and kindness to others.

Pre-K is in need of empty paper towel rolls and empty baby food jars for crafts that we would like to do. If you have any please send them in to room 1.

News From Kindergarten

Where has the time gone? We have learned 22 of 26 letters and letter sounds.

We have been introduced to over 50 high frequency words. Your child should be able to tell you the beginning and ending sounds they hear in words. They should be using what they know about sounds and trying to sound out unknown words.

We are also learning how to write informational sentences. Your child should be able to write at least one simple sentence. For example, A dog can bark. A cat can climb. We are continuing to write numbers to 20 and count to at least 50. Please continue to support your child by completing homework on a daily basis.

With the weather changing quickly please practice zipping. With 27 plus students it takes a lot of time to zip coats. We appreciate your help. Hats and gloves are needed. We go outside unless it is below 20!

As always if you have any questions please let us know.

News From First Grade

We are well into 2nd quarter and the first graders are showing lots of gains. Please continue to work on sight words and get flashcards to work on addition and subtraction facts. Homework continues to provide as a useful tool to review concepts learned in class.

Reading: story elements- Retelling and Comparing and Contrasting texts.

Math: Place Value

Social Studies: Traditions in different families

Science: Physical Science

News From Second Grade

December is a very busy time of year for second grade. Already we have seen our students making huge strides in their reading, writing, and math skills. We are very proud of them! Our students will be learning the following things during the month of December:

Reading: Folktales, fables, and porquoi tales

Writing: Informational reports

Math: Subtraction with regrouping, story problems with addition/subtraction to 100

Social Studies: The History behind December holidays

Science: Map skills

Our school supplies need refreshed. Please send in glue sticks, crayons, and markers with your students, as these are items we use every day. Thanks!

News From Third Grade

Only a few more weeks left of this month and before you know it we will be into the New Year! We will be working hard to wrap up any loose ends before the winter break. Our third graders will be taking the AIR Reading Test on Thursday Dec. 3. Please make sure they get a good night’s sleep the night before and are at school on time and ready to tackle this test! We have all been working hard in preparing for this test and I know the kids will be happy to have this first one done and under their belts!

As we head into December and January we would also like to make sure that the kids are dressed appropriately for the weather. Coats, hats, and gloves will help them to stay warm as they head outside for recess throughout these next few months. They will be going outside as long as the temperature (including the wind chill temp.) is above 20 degrees. We would hate for any of the kids to get sick.

Our last day of the second quarter will be on January 15. When the students come back from winter break there will only be 2 weeks left in this quarter. It is important that they are continuing to work their hardest and be at school as there is not much time to make up for incomplete or missed assignments.

Here are the topics we will be covering over the next few weeks:

Reading: We will continue to work on test prep questions throughout the rest of the year. We will also be reading multiple genres while practicing main idea/detail, fact/opinion, author’s purpose, character traits, plot and summarizing events in a story.

Writing: Wrapping up opinion writing, writing narrative stories

Math: Fractions

Science: Life Sciences-plants

Social Studies: Geography

News From Fourth Grade

Multiplication, multiplication, multiplication! The students have learned A LOT! Many students have learned to mentally calculate a multiplication problem with a 2-digit number and a 1-digit number. Yay!! I am very proud of how hard the students are working! Remember, fourth graders are not required to know the standard algorithm at this point; that is a fifth grade learning standard. To support this learning at home, please have your child use multiplication in real life. Also, please make sure they are practicing ALL facts we have learned this year.

In Reading, we are working on comparing and contrasting within fiction and nonfiction texts. We are also continuing fluency practice and answering short answer questions by locating information within the given selection. In Social Studies, we are beginning to learn about Ohio’s Prehistoric Native Americans and the conflicts that arose with European settlers. In Writing, we have been working on opinion essays. Students have been researching different topics, determining their opinions, and then supporting their opinions with their research.

News From Fifth Grade

In reading, all fifth grade students have been given a “book bag,” which is a plastic envelope containing a book for them to read at home. Once they finish the book, they can exchange it for another one. We are starting to learn about Native Americans in Social Studies. Don’t forget about the Wax Museum on Tuesday, December 15, 2015. It will be held in the Gym at 2:00. Your child is looking forward to seeing you there.

We will be working on Place Value in math, including recognizing numbers from the millions place down to the thousandths place (three numbers after the decimal). We will finish the grading period using the powers of ten, performing operations with multi-digit whole numbers and with decimals to hundredths, and converting like measurement units within a given measurement system.

In Science, we will finish studying Life Science and begin studying light & sound and movement through the rest of the grading period.

Parents, please make sure your child comes to school prepared every day. This includes bringing a pencil, finishing homework, and paying attention in class. Please be sure to sign and return Behavior Reports every Monday. Your child receives them every Friday.

Principal - Ms. Summer Anthony
(614) 365-6013  |   2989 Reis Ave Columbus, OH 43224
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