Time really seems to fly this time of year and I think we could all use a little extra to do all the things we desire!
Despite missing Monday, we will be doing word work this week. If your child needs a head start, I will have the answer key posted online later today and they can copy their words and make a set to sort.
I wasn't sure whether I wanted to run a Secret Santa this year, but then I heard what Mrs. Stewart does with her class and it seemed to be a perfect fit for us. She runs a Secret Santa for the classroom. Each child brings a gently used, wrapped gift for the classroom. On the Friday before the break, everyone will have a present to unwrap but the gifts will stay in the classroom for everyone to use. If you are buying, please don't spend more than $5-10, but ideally you might be able to find something around the house.
Classroom wish list: building toys, puzzles, stamps and pads, books with CDs, games or....anything that builds cooperation, creativity or fine motor skills especially if it reinforces reading or math skills. Please avoid noisy or soft toys. I'll collect as you have them, but would like them all in by the 16th so I can make sure there will be a present for everyone to open. Thanks in advance.
CHRISTMAS CONCERT UPDATE
Students are enthusiastically learning our song and we'll be adding actions this week. Thanks to Cheri (Tanis' mom) for bringing in some extra aprons for us to use. Please let me know if your child will need one. I think we'll scrap making the chef's hats (no volunteers & they might block the child behind anyway), but if your child has one at home, they are welcome to bring it for the concert. Please make sure anything you send is clearly labelled so we can make sure it gets home.
Thanks to Mrs. Helgason and our flexible volunteers, our date this week is Wednesday, December 9. Our other dates will stay the same (6 Tuesday afternoons in January and February). Please sign up or email if you are able to help out on these dates.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18
Students will likely be tired and excited on the last day before the break, so our agenda will include activities that keep this in mind. One important thing we will be doing is to clean up and make sure all items get home for the holidays. I have a cooperative game Reindeer Games where groups of students will work together to solve an interactive puzzle and we'll play some math games. This is the day we'll being doing our Secret Santa and I'll build in a little play time so we can use our new activities. Finally, we will be watching "Because of Winn Dixie" and comparing it to the novel which I am reading to them. During the movie, I'd like to have a mini-potluck featuring fruit, popcorn and juice.You don't need to send enough for the whole class and I'm trying to keep the choices fairly healthy. See the sign up sheet for details.
For parents: kids need pajamas, their secret Santa gift and a treat to share.
Thank you for your diligence in this matter. A parent shared the following home remedy which they have used successfully:
Douse the child's head in vinegar. Then blow dry without rinsing out the vinegar. Coat the hair with melted coconut oil and wrap it in a plastic bag for a few hours. Wash hair as normal and USE A NIT COMB. After the first treatment we used tea tree oil mixed with regular conditioner every other night..and combed nightly. Combing was the best remedy..and even for prevention...use the tea tree in the conditioner just to deter the lice.
DATES TO KNOW
December 7- Professional development day, no school for kids
December 9- Second Art Starts
December 16- Dress rehearsal morning
December 16- Gingerbread houses afternoon
December 17- Christmas concerts afternoon and evening
December 18- Pajama Day/ Secret Santa
SPECIAL HELPERS THIS WEEK