Our gobbly fun is done here in the classroom…now off to enjoy some family turkey time next week! Although we were indoors most of the week, we managed to find the sunshine today out in the cold air. Our book buddies came by yesterday (Thursday) to help make Thanksgiving bracelets…love them! Everyone have a terrific week with family and friends and see you all back in a week. Pics to follow:

Mrs. Staggs

EngineerGirl Writing Contest

EngineerGirl Writing Contest is Open!

Write a story that celebrates engineering design and problem-solving.

The EngineerGirl writing contest is, for the first time, asking students to submit works of creative fiction.

We want stories about women and girls saving the day with their wits, skill, and whatever resources they can find to solve the problem. Maybe they are working alone, maybe they are part of an elite team. Maybe they just find themselves in an unusual situation that requires some innovative thinking.

We want stories that inspire EngineerGirl readers to think, “I want to be able to do that” or “I can do that.”

Link to contest website is below:


WHO: Students in grades 3-12.
WHAT: Write an original, fictional story in which the main character is a female who uses engineering skills to solve a problem.
WHEN: Submissions are due Feb. 1, 2019.

Friendship Feast

First of all, thank you so much for sending in food and drinks for our feast. Everything was delicious. The kids loved it and had so much fun eating together and dressing up! I’ve attached a few pictures for you all to see. 🙂

Hello Mr. Turkey

Dear Wood Acres families,

Brrr! With a chill in the air and another week gone, we are hoping this finds you cozy and excited about the holiday season that is almost upon us! We know your little ones are as they are very excited to sing to you the Thanksgiving songs we have been working on for the past few weeks. Gobble, Gobble!
The children made the CUTEST Turkey handbands to wear when they perform for you this week at our feast.

Our study of numbers continue as we transition from six to seven. It seems like we just started learning about numbers and we are already breezing our way to the number ten! The children will continue to identify and recognize objects in groups of seven durning circle time. We will continue to identify numbers as they share their items from the number jar. We will also add number seven to our number book. (seven stars)

The week our theme is “Pilgrims and Native American”. We will be spending some time learning the history of who the Pilgrims and Native Americans were, and how they worked together to create the first celebration we know today as Thanksgiving. The children will create dream catchers and rain sticks and we will also continue to practice our songs, “Hello Mr. Turkey” and “I’m Glad I’m Not A Turkey”.

This week in Investigator club we will be focusing on the following:

Social and Emotional: “Make Things Right”
Objective is to learn to problem solve.

Literacy: Rosalita Salita lapbook
Objective is to listen and follow along with the story.

Friendly Reminders;

– We would like to welcome Mrs. Edwan London’s mother as our Mystery reader this week. We are looking forward to having her a part of our fun Friday.

– Don’t forget to support our 8th graders and order your poinsettias to help them experience a wonderful educational trip to Spain that they will never forget!

– Our Thanksgiving celebration is this Friday at 11:00 in your child’s class. We can’t wait to give thanks for all we have! Please RSVP by Tuesdays if you will be attending our feast.

– Early dismissal is Friday at 12:45 during carline

– Fun Friday is backwards day. Wear your clothes to school backwards that day.

– Wood Acres will be closed the week of November 19th – 23rd for Thanksgiving break. We will resume back to school on the 26th.

Have a safe and healthy week!

Ms. Orsano and Ms. Wright

Diwali Celebration

This last week Ms. Medha (Veer’s mom) came to our class to teach us about Diwali. We had such a great afternoon learning about the celebration of Diwali, dancing, and trying new foods. Thank you Ms. Medha and Veer for sharing this special holiday with us!

We can not wait to see everyone this coming Friday at 11:00 for our Thanksgiving Luncheon. Our performance will begin at 11:35. The food sign-up sheet is posted on our Shutterfly page. I think we have almost everything, but you are more than welcome to bring a special dish that is not listed on our sign-up sheet. Please remember that it is early dismissal on Friday at 1:00 p.m. and there is NO Tree House.

Nov.11, 2018 Newsletter

This past week, the class heard the flannel board story of the first Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims landing in America. Upon arriving at Plymouth Rock, they found nothing but the beach and forest. They couldn’t stay in homes or check into the nearest motel. They were hungry and cold. We learned how the Native Americans came to their rescue and taught the Pilgrims how to survive in their new land. When the food became plentiful, the Pilgrims decided to give thanks and invited the Native Americans for a 3 day feast. To this day, we still carry on the tradition of this first Thanksgiving.

On a personal note, the Pilgrims’ journey reminded me of my 7th paternal grandparents who took that long voyage, not from England, but France, to New Orleans in 1719 when the city was just 1 years old! Like the Pilgrims, they endured terrible hardships of hunger and disease and in Louisiana, add hurricanes and yellow fever! I am sure that many of your ancestors made the journey to America seeking a better life for themselves and their descendants. How fortunate we are that they made that courageous journey so we can be Americans!!

Also, in the early part of the 20th century, my maternal grandparents came to Louisiana
from Sicily as young adults for better opportunities. Life on the farm in Hammond, Louisiana was quite different from the small village life in Sicily.

Okay now, let’s fast forward to the present. We learned about number 6 through coloring, counting, stamping and tracing. The class had fun writing numbers in shaving cream! It’s a lot different using your finger!

Coming up this week: Number 7, Days of the Week, Patterning, Thanksgiving Food and “What are you thankful for?” The highlight of the week will come on Friday with our family lunch at 11:30. Please RSVP by email to Amanda Collins and sign up to bring a child- friendly dish on Shutterfly. Don’t forget there will be no Tree House on Friday afternoon. Everyone goes home by 12:45 or after lunch.

Happy Birthday to M.J. who turned 4 on Friday!!

Have a nice week ahead.
Wanda and Cindy

This Matters At Wood Acres.

  • High Expectations For Teaching And Learning

  • Strong Instructional Leadership

  • Safe Learning Environment For Everyone

  • Positive And Welcoming School Climate

  • Valuing Time On Task For Mastery

  • Close Home School Partnerships