Whitcomb Class News

  •  January Newsletter 2018


    Happy New Year!

    I am excited to start a new year with your children! I want to thank you all for the thoughtful gifts and cards you and your children gave me for the holidays, you are all so kind and generous!


    In December we focused on the folktale genre. The students learned about Tall Tales, Trickster Tales, Fairytales, Myths, and Pourquoi Stories. The students learned the characteristics of these folktales and spent time reading and listening to these humorous stories from around the world. We will finish up our Folktales unit this week by learning about Fables.  We will continue with our Daily 5 routines during reading time. We will begin reading mysteries in our guided reading groups. Our mini-lessons will focus on Expanding our Vocabulary.


    Library Books

    Don’t forget to take the district library books back that were checked out by the students in December. They are due January 10th.


    The students finished their 2 paragraph “Giving” essays before the break. These stories are displayed in the hall. We will write 2 paragraph narratives about our winter break this week. We will also write our New Years Resolutions (goals) for the upcoming months at school. Finally, we will begin an MLK Jr. writing project which will be displayed in the hall soon .


    The students received new spelling words today and the test for these words will be this Friday, Jan. 19th.

    Social Studies

    We began our Geography unit in Social Studies. We are working on a project which will culminate with a brochure about our community, Ann Arbor. The students will create a map of our community, write a persuasive paragraph encouraging people to move to our community, and write an opinion paragraph about what makes Ann Arbor such a great community.   The brochures will also highlight the natural and human characteristics of our community.


    We have been focusing on the health unit, Social and Emotional Health, during Science,. We will continue these lessons for the next couple of weeks. We will also begin our PLTW (Project Lead the Way) science lessons soon!


    We finished Unit 4 in math before break and will move on to Unit 5. Unit 5 focuses on counting money, making change, and adding and subtracting 2 digit numbers.

    Leaders of the Week

    for the week of:

    December 11th:         Ena Nagahiro

    January 8th:               Amber German                                                         

    Important Dates:

    Fri. Jan 12th: Daughter/Special Person Dance

    Mon. Jan 15th: No School, MLK Jr. Day

    Tues. Jan 16th: Field Trip to Huron Valley Humane Society 10-12pm.

    Wed. Jan 31st: Early Release Day

    Lunar New Year

    I noticed that the Lunar New Year is on February 16th this year. I love to celebrate this holiday with my class. If we have any parents who are interested/willing to come in and help us celebrate this holiday, please let me know! In past years the parents have presented a slide show about the holiday, prepared a craft for the students to make, and/or brought in a special snack. I can help in any way needed, just let me know!

    Indoor Recess Clubs

    I am planning, again this year, to run an American Girl Doll Club during lunch recess for 4-6 weeks beginning the first week of February. This group will meet once a week during lunch and is open to any of my students who are interested. You do not need to have an American Girl doll to join the club, but those that have one can bring it in. I will bring in my daughter’s dolls to share. The focus will be on building self-esteem and dealing with bullies.

    I would like to also offer another indoor recess club for other students who want a break from the cold, but who aren’t interested in American Girl dolls. In the past I have had parents volunteer to supervise a Lego or Pokemon club once a week. If you might be interested in this, please let me know. It would mean coming from about 11:30-11:55am one day a week for 4-6 weeks. If more than one parent volunteers, you may only need to help out 2-3 weeks. This is an easy club because your only job is to supervise while the kids build with Legos or trade Pokemon cards, etc. Younger children of volunteers are welcome! Thank you for considering this!

    Holiday Party

    Despite the change of date, our Winter Holiday Party was so much fun! Thank you to everyone who helped out and sent in donations to make it fun for the students! Thank you, especially, to Hua Jiang, Gail Weber, Melissa Taub, and Pei Pei Li the room parents in charge of this party!


    Thank you for having your children bring in the appropriate clothing for outdoor recess. Continue to send in the appropriate clothing for the weather.

    New Furniture

    We are so excited about the new desks and tables in our classroom! We are getting used to the different seating arrangements and our new storage systems. Thank you for the gift card to Amazon to help with storage solutions! Come in to see the furniture whenever you are able!