We have begun a fun mini-unit titled “Gifts of the Gorge.” Each day, we open a gift bag or box to reveal a new gift that the Columbia River Gorge gives us. The first gift was plants. The second was heavenly skies. Can you guess what the next 3 might be? We are compiling the gifts into a gift catalog that we’ll use to reflect on our wonderful natural treasures.
Speaking of gifts, we sent home a sheet explaining “Friendship Stockings” this week. If you didn’t receive one, please email us so we can send a new copy. The friendship tokens should be turned in by Tuesday, Dec. 17th so the elves can stuff the stockings in time for the big even on the 19th. Remember, this is a completely voluntary activity. Here are some examples of the types of things kids have brought in the past: home-made ornaments, stickers, candies, pencils, erasers, bells, magnets, pretty stones, paper snowflakes, silly straws, etc. You get the idea! Anything extremely inexpensive (or free) that your child thinks their classmates might like.
We mentioned in the last newsletter that the children had reflected quite a bit on what they’re thankful for. However, it’s important to note that the teachers also have a lot to be thankful for. Way up at the top of the list is the amazing troupe of parents who volunteer faithfully in our classroom. We have about 6 parents who come in every week to read with children and do production work for us. We have a couple parents who pop in from time to time to disinfect the tables for us. We have a parent who begins every single day helping us with whatever we need. We have a parent who plans and prepares for an art lesson nearly every week. We have laminators, copiers, collators, cutter-outers, bulletin board displayers, and correctors. Without these generous folks, we wouldn’t attempt half of the things we do. Thank you so much.
And now…the juiciest tidbit has been saved for last: Our friend Ms. Belesiotis will leave for winter break and return a new woman: Mrs. Belevotos. She is marrying her wonderful best friend Justin and they are hybridizing their names to become their own unique family. Join us in congratulating her on this exciting new phase of her life.