Monday, January 4, 2016

Hi There Everyone!

Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a fantastic break full of lots of family time.  I had an amazing vacation in Maui with my family and am feeling rested, tanned and ready to get going!

My girls and I watched Santa sail up on the beach with his helpers... here's the video!

Welcome Miss Petkau! (pronounced Petka)
If you have a moment in the next little while, please stop by our classroom and introduce yourselves to Miss Petkau, our PS111 intern from the University of Lethbridge.  We are thrilled to have her join our classroom family!

RAZ Kids
Very soon many of your children will be ready to move up another level in RAZ Kids.  Remember, if they are not being challenged by at LEAST two words on the page, the level is too easy.  Please write a note in your child's agenda if you'd like me to bump your child up a level!  (Remember, we can give it a try, and if it's too tricky we can go right back to where we were.)  
PLEASE write the name of the book you read each night in your child's agenda and initial next to the title.  Thanks!

Please click HERE to go the MMH January Newsletter and Calendar.

Hot Lunch
As stated in the newsletter, beginning in March, payment for Hot Lunch will ONLY BE AVAILABLE via School Cash on-line.  Please click HERE to follow the link and set up an account.  I highly recommend signing up ASAP.  It's SO much easier than scrambling for change!  I had Lucy's order selected and paid for in 2 minutes.  Hot lunch orders should have come home with your child today and are due this coming Friday.  No late orders will be accepted.  

Thank you so much to everyone for sending your child out to the playground prior to the 8:15am bell.  It is much safer out there.  Supervision begins at 8:00am.

Christmas "Magic"
I shared an amazing story with your children today.  I told them about how a truly wonderful thing happens to Grade One students at Christmas time.  Everyone comes back to school being able to do SO much more than they could before!  Printing gets neater, we become more organized, sometimes our reading has even improved over the break!  Ask your child if they're noticing that they've got "The Christmas Magic!"

Today we spent time learning about setting goals and making resolutions.  Take a moment to ask your child about the goal/s they are setting for themselves in the new year!

Project Chethan's Friends
Thank you again to everyone who donated to Project Chethan's Friends!  Here's a summary from Anjana, Chethan's mom.  

Here is what you contributed:
$1500 worth of cafeteria gift cards ($20 denominations)
$400 Safeway cards ($20 denominations)
$400 towards the parent survival kits AND to supplement some more toys
46 Parent survival kits
Boxes and boxes and bags of toys for kids of all ages!
2 boxes and 1 bag of toys set aside for the Lethbridge Hospital!
We decided our own $500 will be directed towards the Nephrology families.
Happy new year!

That's all for now, as always, my door is always open, please feel free to pop by any time if you have any questions or concerns.  Here's to a WONDERFUL January!

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