Friday, December 14, 2018

December 10-14, 2018

It's so hard to believe that Christmas is almost here! We have been so busy in Pre-K learning about Advent, creating some amazing Christmas crafts, practicing for our big debut in the Christmas show, and making some special surprises for you! Can you believe that the boys and girls are still working hard on their lessons on top of all that? They truly are a wonderful class to teach!

We are looking forward to seeing you all on Monday night, December 17, for the Christmas show! The show begins at 6:30 pm in the gym. Get here early to get a good seat! Please make sure your child goes to the bathroom before you arrive. Please drop the children off in the Pre-K classroom between 6:00-6:15 pm so we can get their costumes on and get them lined up for the show. Your child should be dressed in a white turtleneck, nice bottoms (pants/skirt), and dress shoes (no sneakers, please). The Christmas fun will continue on Tuesday, December 18, for Grandparents' Day! Please send your child to school in the same attire from Monday night (pack sneakers!) and drop them off at regular arrival time. The boys and girls are looking forward to a special morning with their grandparents!

The Pre-K angels are ready to sing!

Has your child been counting syllables at home? This week, we learned that syllables are parts of a word and the Pre-K students had so much fun clapping out and counting syllables in a variety of
words. Take a look!

The last day of school before Christmas break is Wednesday, December 19. It is a regular full-day of school for the students and there will be HCA+. We will be having a special pizza lunch that day. Half-day students are invited to stay for lunch if you wish and will be dismissed at 12:30. Classes resume on Thursday, January 3, 2019.

Just a reminder that we are collecting items for Providence Center. All items should be sent into school by Monday, December 17. Here's a great video from some of our 7th graders as a reminder for what to send in:

Over the break, we hope you and your child take the time to relax together! Since we will be out of school for so long, it will also be a great time to review some skills we are working on in the classroom:

  • Letter sounds
  • Recognizing numbers and counting quantities for 0-20 and beyond
  • Counting from 1-30 and beyond
  • Putting on coats and zippering independently
  • Putting on shoes independently 
  • Simple chores around the house
  • Reading books together every night

But most of all, remember to play and have fun!

I saw this post on social media and found it especially fitting:

A Letter from a Teacher

Dear Parents at Christmas,
I know at this time of year there is pressure to create a perfect, magical Christmas. I know that you want to give them the magic of Santa and ensure he brings the best gifts - which sometimes means a bit of stress for you. But I am writing to tell you a secret. I'm writing to tell you that, every January, when children come back to school, they tell me all about the Christmas holidays. They tell me about the days when everyone stayed indoors and watched TV. They tell me about the walk in the freezing cold to get McDonald's. They tell me about staying at Grandma's and then being excited when you came back from work. They tell me about how you let them snuggle in your bed. They tell me how you played games and took them swimming and forgot their towel. They tell me about a visit to a friend's on New Year's Eve and how they stayed up so late. They tell me how they loved staying in their PJ's some days and trips out other days. They mention their gifts, but for them, Christmas is you and your love, routines and feeling safe. You are their favorite thing!

Merry Christmas! 

Best wishes to you and your families for a joyous holiday and a happy and healthy new year!