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Week of December 10th

Hello Parents:

I want to send an extra special thanks to the following pre-k parents: Sara C & Ms. Mickens (Ms. Anna’s room), Emily F., Maggie S., Nikki B., Justine S., Ashlin K., Regina F., Lixiang L., and Jenny G! These parents made our Scholastic My Very Own Library a success! Every volunteer, but 2 were preschool parents or grandparents. I truly appreciate everyone who helped out! I could not have done it without you.

Next Week is Ray Spirit Week! Each day there will be a special clothing day.
Monday: Ugly/Beautiful Sweater Day
Tuesday- Candy Cane Day- bring one to share with classmates or dress like one!
Wednesday-Best Green and/or Red Gear
Thursday-Pajama Day
Friday-Gingerbread Celebrations

The children are loving all the different versions of the Gingerbread Man! We have been busy comparing the different versions, acting out the stories and talking about the different characters. Next week, we will continue our study by reading The Gingerbread Girl Goes Animal Crackers, The Gingerbread Cowboy and The Gingerbread Kid Goes to School.

We are at the half way mark on our Donors Choose art grant. If you know anyone who would like to donate please direct them to: Donorschoose.org./project/spark-of-art/3795616/  We want to thank all of the parents and grandparents who have already donated!

We will need a few volunteers to assist with our Gingerbread Celebration. If you are able to assist us please sign up on the sign-up sheet. We will also need sweets to decorate the gingerbread people. We will need: M & M’s, Pull and Peel licorice (by Twizzlers), small pretzel sticks, sprinkles, Cheerios (plain, NOT HONEY NUT), tubes of icing (squeezable… not the containers of frosting), raisins, and google eyes. .Please sign up on the sheet if you are able to donate the above items! Thank You!

We are trying our best to keep the students healthy by washing hands, disinfecting the room and using our cough catchers. However, we understand that students will still get sick. If your child has a fever, is vomiting, or has diarrhea they must stay home until 24 hours after the last episode. Please make sure that you are sending a note when your child returns so that they are not receiving unexcused absences.

Please remember to help your child learn to independently put on their hat, coat, scarf, boots, snow pants at home. We want our students to be able to dress themselves as much as possible. If you can purchase mittens rather than gloves, we would much appreciate it. Mittens are much easier for kids to put on independently. If you are unable to provide a winter coat, boots, gloves or other cold weather clothing, please do not hesitate to talk to me. I can be sure to get these items for your child.

Gingerbread Homework
Please assist your child with creating a unique age collage using the Gingerbread cut out as the base. For example if your child is 4 years old. They can decorate the Gingerbread cut out with sets of 4…. 4 shapes, 4 feathers, 4 polka dots, 4 sticks, 4 buttons, etc. Be creative as you’d like! Please return the completed age collages ASAP!

Upcoming Events:
December 11th- Gingerbread Literacy Evening- 4-5 in the school cafeteria.
***Lottery Deadline for K-8 is fast approaching! The deadline is Friday, December 14th if you want to apply to a school that is not your “home school” remember to apply before the deadline!
December 19th- Ms. Bethanie will be out on a short medical leave. We are glad to have Mrs. Papczun substituting in our class from December 19-21st and may also be here a few days after the break. Ms. Byas may also be a sub in our room after break.
Friday, December 21st- Gingerbread Celebration
Winter Break- December 24th- January 4th. School resumes January 7th.
Have a great week,
Ms. Bethanie & Ms. Maggie

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