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Giving Thanks, Ski for P.E., Town Time and Secret Santa!

November 18, 2019


Dear Families,


I can't believe it, but it's already the week before Thanksgiving Break!  Time sure flies here in third grade.   We were just talking about how we want to slow down, soak up and appreciate this wonderful time together.  We truly are having such a magical year and want to enjoy it as it goes flying by.   As I've said so many times before, please be sure you're doing the same at home.  This time of being a sweet, snuggly third grader goes by oh so fast!  Soak it up, Families!



With that said, I want to lead with a whole-hearted Thank you.  Thank you so much for all that you do. I feel so blessed and honored to have you and your amazing child in my life!  I am so grateful!  And a huge thank you for the birthday love!  It was such a bummer being sick before my birthday, but it did make for a sweet return!  Thank you for the Alpineer gift certificate, other sweet gifts and well wishes!  Forty-two is feeling pretty darn sweet!


Okay. Let's hit the pause button on the love fest and talk about what you need to know for this week:


Ski for P.E


Ski for P.E. will start AFTER December Break...usually the second week after that break.  Here is the link to the online sign up.  PLEASE HAVE THIS COMPLETED BY FRIDAY!  Sandy works her booty off organizing all of this, so the sooner you can complete this, the better.  Click here.



Town Time will be this Friday!  You know the drill by now.  As always, please reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.




Oh, Secret Santa will be happening in the three weeks between Thanksgiving Break and December Break.


The holidays are upon us and every year my class has participated in a Secret Santa just for our class.  It is such a fun way to celebrate the season, each other, and the end of 2019.  This is of course optional, but I highly encourage everyone to get involved with the fun.


Here’s how it works:

Students will make a “wish list” next week that includes things like their favorite color, treat, animal and some other basic ideas for gift giving. They will also have items from our Class Store  on the wish list.  This takes the financial component off of families as students can purchase ALL of the holiday gifts with their Melissa Moolah.  IF and only IF  you as a family CHOOSE to purchase anything for Secret Santa, there is a maximum limit to FIVE DOLLARS (American Currency that is, they can spend as much Melissa Moolah as they’d like) for the whole week.  Rather than focusing on purchasing gifts, thoughtful cards, maybe some regifting, or creative art projects are strongly encouraged.


Next, students will pick a name out of a hat, so it will be completely random.  They will receive that person’s wish list and have time to shop for them at our school store. They will also have time to start planning out the gifts for the last week of school before break.  PLANNING AHEAD IS HIGHLY ADVISED! I will promote this on the Weekly Highlight sheet that comes home.


Students will need to prepare a thoughtful gift for every day of the week for the last week of school before December Break, so FIVE GIFTS TOTAL.  The gift should include a card with who it is for, signed SS or Secret Santa and maybe a little clue about who it is from.  On Friday December 20th, the last gift needs to include a card that has is addressed to the recipient and  3 clues as to who the Secret Santa is.  We will read these cards and each student gets to guess who the Secret Santa is. So fun!


The hardest part about all of this is 8-9 year olds keeping a secret.  They are so excited and that can be challenging to hold it all in.  Please help with this in the best way you see fit.


Please respond to me via email EITHER YES OR NO if you would like your child to participate.  If you’re leaving earlier than Thursday the 19th for break, you may want to sit this one out.


Don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or concerns.


For academics, please see last week's post as were still plugging away on those concepts.  



Thank you for all that you do, 

























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