November 1, 2012
I hope you all had a wonderful, relaxing break. I enjoyed meeting with you last week and sharing just how well your children have adjusted to the lower and upper elementary levels.
I will begin meeting daily witht the remaining children, and writing their conferences that evening. I will begin offering conference times the week of November 12 (or sooner!). I will use Volunteer Spot for you to choose your time. Morning and after school times will be available.
It is great to see you each morning, although I may feel differently in January with the weather (just kidding). It is important for me to have the opportunity to touch base with all of the parent body and say hello. It has been very helpful communicating with you directly.
The November birthdays will be celebrated on Friday, November 16th. The celebration begins at 2:30. I will contact the celebrating families before the event as a reminder.
Change of Clothes
I am asking each child to check for a change of clothes suitable for the weather. In addition to the change of clothes, all are welcome to store gloves and hats here at school for recess. We go out nearly every day unless it is extremely cold (in the teens). Our recess is nearly 30 minutes each day which can be dnagerous for children who do not have the appropriate clothing. It is not always possible for children to remain in the building if they have forgotten their things due to staff availability.
Chess will end in December, please let me know if you would be interested in more sessions for next semester. They also offer other games of strategy in addition to chess.
If you would like to make a donation to the Magnolia room in honor of your child's birthday, there are a few items needed for the classroom found in the FOR SMALL HANDS catalog.
We also need flowers (all sorts, all kinds--even if you have had them in your home--anytime). The children dissect and classify them.
There are two Winter Parties in December. The first, Winterfest, is the all-school party held at the Fisher's United Methodist Church gym. The second party the Magnolia Room children have always hosted for our families on the last day of school before winter break. This is called the Winter Wonderland Party. We meet in the multi-purpose room and do a pitch-in for appetizers and desserts (it is held after lunch in the afternoon). The children will hold a talent show this year. They have done this many times over the years and it is always great fun. We have not determined what time the party will begin, but look for your invitation after Thanksgiving. Given the small size of the multi-purpose room, we must limit the guests to immediate family members only.
I am brainstorming for a parent organization here at CMS. If you are interested, please let me know. Honestly, I could not run it, and probably shouldn't as it is for the parents, but I would be happy to offer ideas from the staff. The PTO could organize school wide events (hayride, winterfest, movie nights, book sales, socials for children and adults, book clubs, material making days at schol, and many more community building ideas).
Have a great rest of your week; I look forward to meeting with the rest of you in November.