Reader’s Theater

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Redheaded Robbie’s Christmas

Actors: Alaina, Jacob, Tyler, Peyton, C.J., Kyle & Alex

It’s about a boy who gets picked to write a Christmas story. His friends offer advice but Red Headed Robbie knew the true meaning of the Christmas season and ended up teaching the others. The lesson in the story was that Christmas is not a time for presents.

Holiday High Jinks

Actors: Aliya, Cielle, Aliya, Hope, & Haley

It’s about three bad pets and the family is going away for the holiday. The three pets are not going with them and they are trying to go so they do things to ruin it for everyone. The lesson was to think before you act.

Frosty the Snowman

Actors: Caitlin, Happy, Brendan, Noah, & Kiley

It’s a story about a snowman that came to life. His hat blew away. All the kids wore their snow gear to find Frosty. He said that he would return and so he did.

The Polar Express

Actors: Lauren, Alison, Madison, Jared Y., Sarah, & Cameron

It’s about when a train heading to the North Pole picked up children in the night to see Santa. Lesson: Santa’s bell only rings for the people who truly believe!

In the event of a Snow day…

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Christmas Party Plans:
Because of the weather forecast for tomorrow, I want to let parents and students know alternative plans. If there is no school on Friday, December 19, our party be held on Friday, January 9 at 2:30. Mrs. Reagan has asked that we move the parties to do this so that we are not holding a party on the Monday we return to school.

If there is school tomorrow, plans will go on as normal. The party will be at 9:30. If you are helping out, please arrive at  8:45. Thanks!

Things to Remember

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I know that this is a busy week for everyone so I wanted to take a moment to update you on a few things:

Our Christmas party will be in the multipurpose room from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Friday, December 19th. All of the third graders will be together and travel through 7 centers with our wonderful parent volunteers. We will have a gift exchange in the afternoon (girls should bring a $3.00 gift for a girl and boys for a boy) and then celebrate with the Polar Express movie.

Looking ahead to the New Year: We will begin swimming lessons on Monday, January 5th. We will be leaving the school at approximately 9:00 a.m. Please have your child wear his/her swim suit to school so that they can quickly make it on the pool deck. I will send you a reminder during break.

Egg Experiment

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If you would like to try the egg experiment at home, you will need the following: a raw egg, vinegar, and a glass or jar. Place the egg in the jar and pour enough white vinegar to cover the egg. Observe daily. It is only supposed to take 4 days, however, ours was in the jar for 2 weeks. Our question was, “Can we make an egg bounce?”

Here is a picture of Alex & Happy observing the texture of the egg.

December 8th Newsletter

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We have many activities planned in the next couple of weeks. The children are thrilled with the snow and enjoy building snowforts or snowmen during recess. Please remember to send snowpants, boots, hats and extra mittens to replace the wet ones.

I have a few children that will be making podcasts for you to enjoy and respond to…so please check back next week. I know that they will be eager to read your comments. Thanks!



Holiday Program

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Now that the Thanksgiving holiday is behind us, we have officially entered the holiday season!  Our school will be kicking this off with our annual Holiday Music Program on December 4, 2008.  This program is organized and arranged by Mrs. Bretz, our music teacher.  She has been working with our students since early October to learn music pieces for this holiday celebration.  We are renting Resurrection Life Church for this event.  This church is located in Grandville (52nd Ave. and Ivanrest).  Please enter off from 52nd Ave and enter through Door K.  There is only one performance this year!

Students can be dropped off for the performance NO EARLIER than 6:30 pm.  We ask this for safety and security reasons.  There will not be supervision for children prior to 6:30, so it is critical that you follow these guidelines.  Once you enter through Door K, there will be signs directing you to the correct room.

Grades 1,2 and 3 will be in the Choir Room.  Grades PK, K, 4 & 5 will be in the Chapel Room.

Because the church has adequate seating for everyone, the children will be able to watch the performance from reserved seating!  At the end of the event, they will be dismissed to their classrooms for parent pick up.

Please note that based on rental guidelines with Resurrection Life Church, we have been asked as a school community to follow these procedures outlined below.  There were some facility use problems during our program last year, and I would like to outline the expectations so that all families are aware of the rental terms:

•The program will be video taped for all families.  A DVD of this program will be available to families one week following the program.  The fee for this DVD is $5.00.  An order form is on the school blog and one is going home to Y/O on Tuesday.
•NO FOOD OR DRINK is allowed in the church.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the performance!

Science Experiment & Celebration

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As a way to show the difference between mixtures and solutions, we will be making and enjoying Kool-Aid (solution) and trail mix (mixture). Please send in an edible unwrapped item in a small Ziploc bag. Here are just a few ideas of items that you could send for this activity: cereal, pretzels, chocolate chips, M&Ms, skittles, or mini-marshmallows. (NO PEANUTS PLEASE!) We will need this by Wednesday, December 3rd. Thanks for your help!

We will also use this wonderful treat during our Writing Celebration.