News from East Chester Elementary School

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By: Kim Murphy

We have had another week filled with learning here at East Chester Elementary School! This is our annual Christmas Literature Week, and we are having a blast! This week is full of our favorite books read to celebrate this holiday season. If you see an East Chester student, be sure to ask which book is their favorite so far! 
East Chester is proud to announce Ashley Fletcher as our Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Ashley teaches first grade. Congratulations to Mrs. Ashley!
Kindergartners are wrapping up this first semester! They are spending this week reviewing and assessing all skills learned during the second nine weeks. The students are learning different holiday traditions from around the world and all about reindeer! The students are having their Polar Express day while wearing pajamas on Dec. 16. Any day that is a pajama day is a good day! 
In first grade the students are busy learning! The students are learning about holiday traditions in Germany, Italy, Sweden, India and Israel. In math the students are reviewing what they have learned about fractions and geometry. 
Second grade is bringing so much new learning to our students! In CKLA the students are finishing up their unit on Westward Expansion. They are reading about the Transcontinental Railroad and why it was needed. They are looking at how the railroad changed America. In math the students are continuing to work on subtracting two-digit numbers with regrouping. This week has been Reindeer Week in second grade. The students have been reading books all about reindeer and completing activities for each book. 
In third grade students are making us so proud with what they know! This week students have enjoyed reading holiday books and making crafts. The students have read books such as “An Orange for Frankie” and “The Trees of the Dancing Goats” by Patricia Pollaco, “The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree” by Gloria Houston and “The Carpenter’s Gift” by David Rubel to name a few. They have carved soap animals, made Rudoph picture frames, decorated Christmas Trees and so much more! In math the students are learning how to decompose irregular shapes to find the total area. This is a tough skill but oh so much fun! The students are really enjoying finding the area! 
Mrs. Kim has asked that everyone please follow the arrival and dismissal guidelines that have been sent out. These guidelines were developed to keep our students safe. 
Just a reminder that Winter Break is Dec. 20-Jan. 3. Students return on Jan. 4.
We want to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season!