From the Principal’s Office
Thank you so much to all who participated in our second annual Trunk or Treat, what a fun morning!
November will be fun filled with fall and Thanksgiving activities abound. Be sure to attend our Family Fall Feast this month (the 16th) and all our fun spirit days.
Don’t forget to set your clocks back November 4th as Day Light Savings ends.
As we all enjoy this time of year, remember to start or continue family traditions to be passed on to future generations. Make a thankful tree, or serve a meal at a local shelter. Whatever you choose, the message is about family, giving, and being thankful.
May you all have a warm and memorable Thanksgiving.
Peace and Harmony,
Christy, Tina, and Jamie
Family Fall Feast
Join us on November 16th at 3:oo p.m. for our potluck style family event. Bring a dish to share and enjoy the company of our families while we celebrate being thankful. Look for sign up sheets in your child’s classroom soon.
11/8- Sports Jersey Day
11/21- Pajama Day
11/27- Fall Colors Day
11/4- Daylight Savings
11/9- School Closed: PDD
11/10- Open House
11/16- Fall Family Feast
11/22 & 23- School Closed;
We are CLOSED 3 days this month. November 9th for Professional Development Day, and November 22nd and 23rd for Thanksgiving. Thank you in advance for making alternate arrangements.
Tina’s Book Corner
Thanksgiving season is drawing near, but don’t wait until then to teach your children about being thankful for what they have. And I don’t mean just material possessions, I mean thankful about the good things in life such as family, friends, health, love, nature, food, and music (to name just a few). Learning to be thankful allows children to care about others who are less fortunate. The following books are a great way for children to learn what it means to be thankful. As you are reading together, discuss what is happening in the story and how your child can relate to the story.
Llama Llama Gives Thanks by Anna Dewdney
Being Thankful by Mercer Meyer
Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
The Berenstain Bears Count Their Blessings
The Thankful Book by Todd Parr
WORLD KINDNESS DAY
On November 13 as part of World Kindness Day, we are encouraged to spread kindness all around us. Studies show when others observe kindness in action they are more likely to carry out an act of kindness as well.
There are presently 28 nations involved in the World Kindness movement whose mission is to create a kinder world by inspiring individuals and nations towards greater kindness. Furthermore, The World Kindness movement is not affiliated with any religion or political motivation.
So what can you do to celebrate? Here are just a few examples that you can do alone or with your children. Use your imagination and let your kindness soar!
- Open the door for someone
- Help someone with their groceries or bags
- Donate items to the library, children’s hospital, or community center
- Write anonymous notes of appreciation to co-workers, teachers, or the mail carrier
- Make a casserole for an elderly neighbor
- Have your children help bake the kindness cookies on the back of this newsletter
No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.- Aesop
Rainbow Sprinkle Star Kindness Cookies
- White cake mix
- 1 stick of butter (softened)
- 2 eggs
- 4 oz.(1/2 block) of cream cheese
- 1 to 2 cups of confectioners sugar (powdered sugar)
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- Rainbow sprinkles
Preheat oven to 350° F
- Grease cookie sheet or line with parchment paper.
- Put the cookie ingredients in a mixing bowl. .Mix until dough forms. No need to refrigerate.
- Spread a layer of flour on a large cutting board or work surface.
- Roll the dough into a ball and place on top of the flour on the cutting board. Use a rolling pin to flatten the dough. Use as much flour as you need to keep dough from sticking. If you are working on a small surface divide the dough into two balls and roll out one at a time.
- Use star-shaped cookie cutter to cut cookies and place onto cookie sheet.
- Cook for 8 – 10 minutes.
- Allow cookies to cool completely
- Add cream cheese and vanilla to mixing bowl.
- Mix in 1 to 2 cups of confectioners sugar one 1/2 cup at a time. Less sugar will make a creamier icing that’s not too sweet. More sugar will produce a sweeter icing that will be a bit crispier when it dries.
- Frost the cookies and add decorations
- Place the cookies in a nicely decorated package to kindly give to others!