I hope your Christmas preparations are going well.  We’re definitely in the final stretches now!   One last family “homework” page will be coming home in your child’s folder today.  It is a grandparent interview, comparing family life in the “olden days” compared to now.  I thought the holidays might be a good time to get this one done.  Don’t feel rushed to get it done this week.  It can be returned in the new year!

A Visitor

We had a visitor in our classroom yesterday, the gingerbread man!  After nap time we noticed that he was missing but had left a note with clues to find him.  Off we went throughout the school to find him.  It was an exciting adventure and when we got back to our classroom we found that he had left a gingerbread cookie for each child at their tables.  What followed that was a math activity where we graphed which part of the cookie we bit first: head, arm, or leg.  We are hoping the gingerbread man comes back soon.  Maybe he’ll show up again next week 😉

Animal Selections

On Monday your child came home with a slip of paper indicating which animal they would be for the Christmas concert.  If you didn’t receive it please let me know.

If your child is a cow please try to send in a plain black or white t-shirt early next week at the latest.  Please note that we will be painting cow spots on it so don’t send your best.

Also, I have one little sheep who would rather be a cow so if you’d like to switch please let me know!


On Tuesday, December 19th our class will be decorating little gingerbread houses.  We are asking that each child bring approximately 1 cup’s worth of candy to contribute to this fun project.  The candy will be divided up between all the children so that each will have a wide assortment to work with.  If you could send in your candy sometime this next week that would be wonderful!  Thanks and have a great weekend!

Christmas Program Details

Our little class has been selected to be “barnyard animals” for the Christmas program on Thursday, December 21st (1-2 pm).  I will be dividing the children into three groups: sheep, pigs, and cows.  The sheep will need to wear either a solid black or solid white t-shirt with black (or dark) bottoms.  The pigs will need to wear pink tops and bottoms.  The cows will be asked to bring in a solid white (or black) t-shirt ahead of time.  We will “cow-i-fy” it and return it to you.  For the performance the cows will wear this t-shirt and black (or dark bottoms).  Each child will be provided with a sheep/pig/cow headband on the day of the concert.

If you have a preference for which animal you would like your child to be please email me this weekend at dmorris@highroadacademy.com.  Otherwise, I will be letting you know on Monday so that you can begin rounding up what you need for their costume.

Our poem for the concert is:

Once upon a noisy night

The animals all gathered ’round

To worship Christ with all their might!

It was quite the sound!


Mary shook her head and cried,

“This is such a zoo!

With all the animals inside

What’s a mom to do?”


But no one could be silent

At such a wondrous sight!

Baby Jesus, fast asleep

On such a NOISY NIGHT!

We will be practicing it at school in the next two weeks and would love it if you could also review it at home.  To make things easier I will be suspending bible memory verses until the new year.  Thanks so much for all you do!

December Dates

Wow!  December already?  Please mark these dates in your calendar:

December 1 – Salvation Army Food Drive begins.

Our annual Salvation Army Food drive began on Friday and will run until Wednesday, December 20th.  Each food item brought in will be assigned a point value.  Here are the preferred items & thank you for your support:

5 points: tuna, pasta, canned lunches (alphagetti etc), peanut butter, chunky soup, canned fruit, jam, canned soup, canned vegetables

3 points per item: granola bars, juice boxes

1 point: all other non-perishable food items

Wednesday, December 6th – Parent/Teacher interviews from 3:30-6:30

Please contact the school office if you would like to schedule a 15 minute meeting to chat about your child’s progress.

Wednesday, December 13th – Field trip to Wayland Sports (details to follow)

Tuesday, December 19th – Gingerbread Party (details to follow)

Thursday, December 21st – Primary Christmas Concert (1-2 pm)

Note: This not our usual school day so thank you for your flexibility!  Please drop off your child in our classroom by 12:30.  We will be dismissed for Christmas holidays immediately after the program ends at 2  pm.  Yay!