Last week before the holidays!

Last week before the holidays!

Highlights: Phew! Our last week before break was filled with learning, fun activities, and lots of joy! On Tuesday, Dec. 17, Lieba Mintz, Jessica Goodman, and her parents came in to teach us about Hanukkah. They read us a story, helped us with a few art activities and with lighting the menorah, and fed us yummy latkes! Thank you all for coming in to teach us. 

Wednesday morning was our all school read in/pajama day. We broke up all of the students K-8 and assigned them a certain classroom to bring a story and read. Younger kiddos were partnered with older kiddos to read and talk about books. What a great activity to help instill a love of literacy. 

On Thursday was our snowman celebration, again done in small, mixed-age groupings. Each group was given a designated spot outside to build a snowman. There were many fun categories from which to win the snowman building contest. After building, each student was given hot chocolate, cookies, pretzels, and other goodies; then everyone went straight to lunch recess. 

At the end of the day we had an all school meeting with our appreciation circle. Winners of the snowman contest were announced, and during our circle we all had a chance to share what we most appreciate in life. This was a fantastic way to move into winter break! Take a look at some fun pictures of those last few days before break:


Wellness: Not only did we facilitate many cross-age learning activities for all of our ACS students, we also managed to squeeze in a couple of skits by Beaver and friends about how we treat each other. Beaver helped remind us of the tools we have learned: breathing, courage, words, and personal space. We sent home all snow clothes and water bottles to be washed over break. (Please remember to have your children bring all of that stuff back after break.) 

Literacy: We introduced our new set of snap words in reading. In writing we worked on our How-To (informational) books and learned how to add more steps and bold important words.  

Math: We measured strips with popsicle sticks and recorded that data! We also completed our December calendars, reviewed shapes, and recorded our new amount in our counting boxes which was 11.

Science: Narcissus Science began! We colored and labeled parts of our bulb planting and talked about how bulbs need water, soil, and sun in order to grow. Hopefully you have had some beautiful paper white blossoms to enjoy over break in gorgeous hand-made pots!

Homework over break: Reading, choice of math games and reflection, writing a how-to book about a family tradition in December, and maybe a little handwriting.  

Gratitude: Thank you Mila and Viktoria for the yummy snacks! Thank you Lieba, Jessica and parents for teaching us about Hanukkah. Thank you Michelle, Veronica, and Bo for organizing our read-in and snowman contest. Thank you Casey for helping to make it all happen, and for leading our fellowship circle.  Thank you older kids for teaching and guiding the younger kids through fun collaborative games and activities.

General Information: 

We need a snack king or queen for the upcoming week of Jan. 7 – please reply if you can help. 

Snack King will be Will for the week of Jan. 13!

*We have plenty of chips. We just need some fresh fruit/veggies, and maybe some cookies or something on the sweet side.

Important Dates:

  • Mon. Jan. 6 – Teacher Work Day
  • Tues., Jan. 7 – First day back (Please remember to bring back snow clothes, snow boots, and water bottles.)
  • Weds., Jan. 8 – Celebrate the Beat (CTB) starts!
  • Fri., Jan. 17 – Vision and Hearing screening – more details to come…
  • Fri., Jan. 17 – Report Cards due – they will be sent to you the following week.
  • Mon., Jan. 20 – MLK Day – NO SCHOOL
  • Tues. Jan. 28 – CTB evening performance K-8 – time and details TBD
  • Fri., Feb. 7 – Professional Development – NO SCHOOL
  • Fri., Feb. 14 – Valentine’s Day – we do share valentines and have a low key party. More details later…
  • Sat., Feb. 15 – HOEDOWN!!! Our biggest party/fundraiser at Cozy Point – SUCH FUN!!!
  • Mon., Feb. 17 – Presidents’ Day – NO SCHOOL

Happy winter break!


Margaret and Heather