St. Nicholas Day Performance 12/13

Please see the following note from Ms. Allen regarding the St. Nicholas Day presentation on Friday, December 13. The kids are excited to share their songs!

Dear K-4 Families,

Happy December!  Our St. Nicholas Day / Christmas performance will take place on December 13th at 2:00 PM.  The performance features your children singing beautiful Christmas songs.  The students have been working diligently on memorizing their songs and learning stage placement and timing.  It should be a fabulous show!

Please have your child wear “Fancy Christmas attire”.  I have explained to the boys and girls that I’d like them to dress up.  For example, church attire or what you would wear when dining at a nice restaurant for the holidays. I have shared with the students that the girls may wear nice dresses and/or pants and a fancy top.  I want the boys to wear pants and a button down.  Many of the boys asked if they could were ties and I would love that!

I have spoken with the K-4 teachers and the students can come to school dressed for the performance or you can send your child’s clothing with them to change into after lunch.  Please check with your child’s homeroom teacher to see what he or she would prefer.

Thanks for your help making our St. Nicholas / Christmas Show a success.


Karise Allen (Ms. Allen)

Word Work 12/9 – 12/13

Spelling: Plurals with -s and -es

  1. acres
  2. bananas
  3. branches
  4. bulbs
  5. bunches
  6. bushes
  7. carrots
  8. floods
  9. labels
  10. meadows
  11. melons
  12. messes
  13. patterns
  14. recesses
  15. speeches

Watch-Out Words

  • sew
  • sow
  • so

Vocabulary Strategy: Suffixes

A suffix is a word part that comes at the end of a word. It changes the word’s meaning.

Some common suffixes are:

-y (full of)

-less (without)

-ness (the state of)

-er (someone who)

-tion (state of)

-ful (full of, with a lot of)

-est (the most or best)


Grammar: Noncount Nouns

A noncount noun: cannot be counted, has one form that does not change,

Do not use  or an before a noncount noun.

Use a singular verb with a noncount noun.


Highlights of the week

Here are some of our highlights of the week back after Thanksgiving:

  • class tickets and Friday raffle
  • visit from St. Nicholas to leave treats in our shoes
  • started thinking about gifts we’ve received (not things!) during Friday choice time
  • Friday compliment cards
  • Friday spelling and language arts tests
  • sang songs together
  • Science test about human bodies
  • continued studying Tucson history and learned about the first Americans to come to Tucson
  • learned a new math game “Go Collecting”
  • practiced rounding numbers to the nearest ten or hundred
  • Mr. Gould started reading from “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”
  • school sweatshirts
  • practiced songs for our St. Nicholas Day presentation next week
  • talked about highlights of the week!


3rd graders are wrapping up our Unit on Structures of Life this week.  There will be a final quiz on Friday, December 6.  A study guide will be reviewed and sent home on Wednesday, December 4.

Our new unit will be Water and Climate.  Look for more detailed information to come home next week!

Word Work for 12/2 – 12/6

Spelling: Words with VCe and long and short vowels

  1. alive
  2. awaken
  3. decorate
  4. entire
  5. grape
  6. hike
  7. lonely
  8. mole
  9. prune
  10. quite
  11. roses
  12. spruce
  13. stake
  14. twice
  15. volume

Watch-Out Words

  • rose
  • rows
  • die
  • dye


Grammar: Irregular Plurals and Noncount Nouns

Some nouns show the plural in different ways (ex: child – children, foot – feet, mouse – mice).

Some nouns use the same form for singular and plural (ex: deer, fish, sheep, moose).

Some nouns cannot be counted. They have only one form for singular or plural (ex: wood, snow, rain, sunshine).


Scientific and Academic Vocabulary: city, desert, rainforest, vine, weed, main idea, details, diversity, environment, organism, protect, unique

Highlights of the Week 11/18-11/22

We’ve had an activity-packed week! Here are some of our highlights:

  • Great field trip to the Tucson Presidio! We learned a lot about life in 1775!
  • We collected 191 cans and $54 for the food drive.
  • We heard the Tucson Symphony String Quintet perform.
  • Scholastic book orders were due Friday!
  • It was a half-day on Wednesday.
  • We had a Wednesday visit from Mrs. Baxter to tell us about the Presidio.
  • Twyla won the Friday raffle and we have 62 class tickets.

Friday at the Fort

Friday’s Tucson Presidio field trip details are:

  • Wear red and khaki and outerwear appropriate for a chilly morning.  We are outside the entire field trip.
  • Bring a sack lunch including a drink.  Lunches are stored in a cooler.
  • Departure is 9:00am and return to school is approximately 2:00pm.
  • Dismissal is at our regular time; 3:00pm
  • Food at various stations include; wheat tortillas, hard tack, and baked bread, butter and watermelon

The Week Ahead 11/18-11/22

What a week we have coming up! We have a field trip, a guest presenter, a string quartet presentation, an early-release day, the canned food drive, and reading, math, and social studies work as well!

In language arts, we will be reading haiku about food plants. We will be working on developing written pieces that incorporate sensory language.We will also be learning about rules for making nouns plural and strategies for understanding multiple-meaning words.

Our  math work will focus on investigating numbers within 100. We will explore strategies for combining numbers to make 100, using 100s grids and open number lines. We will learn a new game, Close to 100, and will discuss our strategies when playing. We’ll also look at multiples ways of representing a quantity, in order to strengthen an understanding of the base-10 place value system.

In social studies, we will continue our study of Tucson history by learning about the Spanish missionaries who founded the Mission San Xavier del Bac and about the soldiers who build the Presidio of Tucson. On Wednesday, we will have a guest speaker teach us about the Presidio, which we will visit on our first field trip this Friday.

This is the final week of our canned food drive. Please send in canned goods to support us in reaching our goals and helping the community!

Upcoming Dates:

  • Wednesday 11/20: Noon Dismissal (after care available)
  • Friday 11/22: Tucson Presidio Field Trip
  • Wednesday 11/17 – Friday 11/29: Thanksgiving, No School
  • Friday 12/13: St. Nicholas Day Presentation
  • Friday 12/20: Las Posadas, Noon Dismissal
  • Monday 12/23 – Friday 1/3: Winter Break, Happy Holidays!
  • Friday 1/24: Tubac School House Field Trip

Word Work 11/18-11/22

Spelling: Multisyllabic Words
Practice online at Spelling City:

  1. autumn
  2. bamboo
  3. couple
  4. entrance
  5. familiar
  6. greenery
  7. hobby
  8. magnify
  9. ordinary
  10. poison
  11. powder
  12. properly
  13. recognize
  14. scatter
  15. separate

Watch-Out Words

  • berry
  • bury
  • beet
  • beat


Grammar: Count Nouns

singular noun names one person, place, or thing. A plural noun names more than one.

Add -s to most nouns to show more than one. Add -es to nouns that end in ch, sh, ss, x, z, and sometimes o.

For count nouns that end in a consonant plus y, change the y to i and add –es. For nouns that end in a vowel plus y, just add -s.

Never change the base spelling of a proper name. Just add -s or -es depending on the final consonant.


Vocabulary Strategy: Multiple Meaning Words

Some words have more than one meaning. You can use context, or the words near the word, to figure out the correct meaning.