It's Beginning to Feel a Lot Like Holiday Time!

posted Dec 7, 2011, 10:34 AM by Unknown user
    Beginning with Grandparents' Day, the school truly kicks into a fast-paced, holiday-themed mode! It's an exciting time at our school, and I must admit that I'm delightfully surprised at how our teachers brilliantly choreograph every special event.
    Grandparents' Day was a precious coming together of loved ones for an assembly, a special project in the classrooms, and a delicious lunch. Fifth grade teacher, Randy Northrup, reprised his Wolfie puppet show, writing a script that utilized a high level of technology. The event concluded with a slide show of the day, and the pictures of grandparents and grandchildren set to music brought both laughter and tears from the participants. 
    The second grade's Monet presentation was letter perfect. Mrs. Masterman, Mrs. Ellmaker, Mrs. Morgante, and Mrs. Ragan created a unit for our students that was interdisciplinary, challenging, and resulted in a proud feeling of a job well done by the children. Again, technology was used to produce a slide slow of two second grade trips to the Memorial Art Gallery, where parents served as scribes to their children's discovery about three of Monet's paintings. 
    Lunch time is always a barometer of the level of excitement our students are feeling about an upcoming event, and I knew at lunch on the Friday of the Holiday Bazaar that it was an event being greatly anticipated by all of the children. 
    Today, our third, fourth, and fifth graders presented the Lower School Concert at an all-school assembly. What a remarkable job Marianna Gonzalez, Lisa Barnes, and Gabe Costanzo do in putting together a highly-polished, entertaining show that highlights singing, dancing, and instrumentation! The concert is quick and upbeat and leaves you wanting more.
    The excitement is not over, yet. Kindergarteners are planning to host their annual Bake Sale on Thursday morning, December 8, in the Dining Commons. Those of us who work here have had to smell the scent of freshly-baked cookies all week as our young students get ready for their big event. What a shame, huh?
    I am looking forward to my first Holiday Breakfast at Allendale Columbia scheduled to take place on Friday, December 16. From what I've heard, it's one more opportunity for all of us to watch your children perform with confidence and joy, then to say, "Good-bye" for the holiday break. 
     The administration of the CTP4s went smoothly, and we should have the results back and ready to be sent to parents sometime in January. To help parents better understand the CTP4 testing program, I am going to include a presentation in my next Lower School Coffee, entitled, "CTP4 101." It will take place in the theater on Friday, January 13 at 8:30 a.m.
    We are also planning our first evening Encore "Sneak Peak" Open House for parents and students interested in learning more about the classes being offered during the third quarter. There will be a dessert bar available, so you can spend time enjoying sweet treats while talking informally to next quarter instructors. 
The Open House is scheduled for Monday, January 23 at 7:00 p.m. in the Dining Commons. Hope to see you there. 
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