Get ready for your week...read the Teach news update!

The Big Brothers Big Sisters Holiday Party was an amazing success, in large part due to our wonderful parents, students and staff who made every attempt to bring joy to the Bigs and Littles.  Many thanks to all of you who contributed to the success of this event and brought some meaning to this holiday season!
This Week at Teach
Friday, December 15 Principal's Coffee:  Writing Curriculum
8:30-9:30 AM, Library

Please join us at our Coffee With the Principal on Friday, December 15th 8:30-9:30 to take a look at our district writing curriculum, expectations, and tips for parents.

For more calendar events, visit  http://te.slcusd.org/event-calendar.php
School Corner
Digital Citizenship News
Our 6th graders will be receiving their annual Digital Literacy lessons this week during library time. Sixth grade has two lessons- Scams and Schemes (online security), and Cyperbullying: Be Upstanding. 

These lessons are designed to enable our students to become responsible and aware users of technology and social media. Our school district is using the Commonsense Media curriculum for these lessons and Commonsense Media is also a valuable resource for parents.
 
Here's the link:   https://www.commonsensemedia.org/  Check out the Parent Resources!

Also, here are "family tip sheets" for the lessons we are covering  this week:
Garden News
Harvest Time!
Yummy purple carrots are ready to harvest. 

Purchase your carrots and mixed lettuces at our drive-thru Farmers' Market next week after school while supplies last. 

Bring your cash!
Fourth graders use outdoor garden lab to learn about seeds and to plant them. They took on the design challenge of building mini-greenhouses from items in the recycle bin. This can easily be done at home!
Lost & Found
Our lost and found is brimming over with coats, lunch boxes, and other items, including 3 Teach sweat jackets (without names).  We clean out the lost and found twice a year--at winter break and when summer begins.  Please check for your child's lost items over the next few weeks.
Yosemite Clothing Collection and Distribution  
Do you have children's snow clothing (jackets, snow pants, boots, scarves, hats, gloves, etc.) that your child has outgrown or no longer uses?  Please donate it to school for the use of this year's 5th graders on their Yosemite trip in January.

Clothing will be collected for the next two weeks, and then starting December 18 the clothing will be available for "adoption" by this year's 5th graders.  All clothing can be dropped off at the office!
Music News
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The school year is really flying by fast, I cannot believe that it is December already!  Each grade level will be performing one song from memory for the school at our Music Assembly on Monday, December 18, 1:30-2:00 PM.  This is not a holiday-themed concert, but showcasing music students have learned this fall.  Parents are welcome to come!

In Band News, I really am proud of how the brass, woodwind, and percussion students are progressing this year.  We are mastering 6 -7 notes and learning more challenging songs in our books.  These band students are music readers and applying that skill to their instrument!  

I wanted to send out a reminder to parents and students that when we return to school after Winter Break, all of the band students will meet twice a week (after school Monday and before school Tuesday).  The woodwinds will join the brass/percussion class and vice versa.  There is always a period of adjustment and forgetfulness, but once we get used to the new routine it works well.   The kids are always so excited to put it all together and hear the different instruments as an ensemble for the first time. 
 
Happy December!
 
Jennifer Galvan
Music Specialist
Upcoming School Events
Monday, December 18 Kids Take Over Teach Day (Principal/Teachers for the Day)
     1:30 PM Music Assembly
Monday, December 18 Music Assembly 1:30-2:00 PM
Monday, December 18 Site Council Meeting, 3:05-4:30 PM
Tuesday, December 19 4th Grade Mini-Mall
Thursday, December 21 Winter Party Day
Friday, Dec. 22-Fri. Jan. 5 WINTER BREAK--NO SCHOOL
Thursday, January 11 Electives Begin
Friday, January 12 Professional Development Day--NO SCHOOL
Monday, January 15 Martin Luther King Jr. Day--NO SCHOOL
Friday, January 19 Family Lunch Day, 12:30-1:05 PM
Friday, January 19 Booster Club Meeting, 1:05-2:30 PM
January 22-26 5th Grade to Yosemite!
For more calendar events, visit  http://te.slcusd.org/event-calendar.php
Community Events and Activities
COMMUNITY FLYERS AND EVENTS!
All approved flyers for community events and classes for kids are posted on the district website at http://www.slcusd.org/fliers.  Just follow the link to find out more about after-school classes and weekend events.   CLICK HERE TO VIEW FLYERS  If you are part of an organization with a flyer to distribute, you can also submit it for approval and posting at this site.

Activities posted that you may be interested in include the following:
Monart Winter Break Art Classes
Our art teacher, Caroline Vaccaro, extends an invitation to Teach students to join her Winter Break art classes.  Classes will be held right here on our campus in Room 16 (the room in between the office and the library).  You can sign up for one 1/2-day session, full day, six day, or anything in between.  Click here for more information.
Donate your Gently Used Toys to a Great Cause!
Re/Max Del Oro Realty is hosting their 15th annual toy drive to benefit local families in need.  Unlike most toy drives, the toys do not need to be new, but should be in good condition.  Toys should be dropped off at 857 Santa Rosa Street, SLO.  Call Randy Steiger at 781-8101 if you have any questions.
We really appreciate the businesses and organizations that have sponsored Tiger Challenge!Our sponsors have given generously to support Teach School and our amazing enrichment programs. You can show your appreciation by utilizing our wonderful sponsors.  Be sure to say thanks for supporting Teach School!