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                               December 16, 2016                                                          

                Is your shopping done?!  Why does December fly by so fast every year? In school, it feels like we are rushing to get everything completed!! However when you are four, all that matters is that Christmas arrives and where did the “elf” hide today? It’s been fun listening to your children tell about the Elf on the Shelf, as well as visiting Santa, decorating the tree and other traditions that you are enjoying!   

                We have learned about the letters B and J.  Counting bouncing balls, throwing beanbags in a basket and counting bears were fun.  Listening to Gingerbread Boy stories and creating our own helped us get into the holiday spirit.  We hope you are enjoying the gingerbread house that the children made (provided they haven’t eaten all of it already!)  We learned about OPPOSITES using opposite bells.  For letter J we have used jingle bells and talked about being jolly!  We are constantly reviewing all the letters we have learned so far.  We have used Christmas words to make holiday rhymes. 

                It was fun making our holiday light art project using spoons.  Frosting the ice cream cones and then decorating was pretty cool, but we think more frosting went in their mouths!  Making a Santa with a paper plate and stenciling a Christmas tree kept things festive in the classroom.  We are also creating a secret gift for mom and dad!

                Our field trip to Brookdale was a success and we missed those of you who couldn’t make it! The children sang beautifully, created tree ornaments for the residents and enjoyed decorating a cookie and a surprise visit from the jolly old man in the bright red suit!

                Next week we will be wrapping up our holiday fun with elves, poinsettias and stockings.  Our party will be on Friday, Dec. 23.  We do some special activities with the children along with a holiday treat and then vacation begins!  We will resume school on Wed. Jan. 4.

                **Now that the snow has arrived, please remember to send in boots, snowpants, hats and mittens every day.  We go outside if the temperature (including wind chill) is above 25 degrees.

                **Beginning in January, we would ask that whoever is dropping off your child, please allow them to become more independent in preparation for Kindergarten.  We would like the children to attempt to hang up their own coats and backpacks(some help may be needed: this is a gradual adjustment), wash their hands and then say goodbye.  The children can then go to the writing table to complete the scheduled activity on their own.   Thank you!

Coming up:  Vacation  Dec. 24 – Jan. 3, returning on the 4th

Show and Tell- 1st 2 weeks in January will be favorite holiday present!

Monday, Jan. 16- No School for MLK holiday

Friday, Jan. 20- Parent-Teacher Conferences in School: NO school for the children: we will  put up a sign up sheet on the bulletin board for you to choose a time to meet with us that morning.  

We wish for you and your family a safe, fun and happy holiday season!!! Happy Holidays!!!                                              





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