December is already here and the excitement of the holiday season has begun! We are looking forward to the activities and events that make this time of the year so special. We will travel around the world and discover “Small World Celebrations”. This will include Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas, and Christmas. We will explore the similarities and the differences of these cultural celebrations. This will give us an opportunity to appreciate the diversity of our world, its people, and the universal spirit of giving.
We will also travel around the solar system, to the moon, to the sun, and visit a few stars. Astronomy is always a great adventure to children. It involves many interesting activities and explorations for hands-on learning!
Annual Holiday Open House Event:
Friday, Dec. 7th 5:30- 7:30 p.m.
Join us for our holiday open house! Enjoy great food, gift projects, holiday music, and a visit from a special guest (Ho-Ho-Ho)! Each year we ask each family to bring a toy for a girl or boy to donate to Santa (*See newsletter for details). We know the Holiday season is very busy, so this is a true “open house” style party. Please feel free to come and go anytime between 5:30 and 7:30. We will post a sign-up sheet for you to RSVP with the number of people attending and the food dish you would like to share. Please bring any serving items you will need to serve your dish. Label your item if it contains (or could) any nuts or nut products. It is such a great time to meet other families and kick off the holiday season! We look forward to a very special evening!!
FLC will be closed Monday Dec. 24th-Tuesday January 1, 2019. We will reopen on Wednesday January 2, 2019. We hope you and your family have a very joyful holiday!
* Foresight Toy/Book Donation:
We will be asking everyone to please bring an unwrapped toy/book ($5.00 to $10.00) for a girl or boy to the open house to give to Santa. He will deliver them to less fortunate families in our community! (All toys will be donated to the Northern Arizona Law Enforcement Toy Drive.)
We would like to extend an invitation to parents, family members, or friends with special customs, stories, etc. to share with your child’s class. We love to have visitors and children feel very special when their parent or relative comes to school! Please let Kori, Cynthia, or Jini know if you would like to share in your child’s class!
Signing In and Out:
Please be sure to sign a FULL READABLE SIGNATURE every time you sign your child in and out. This is a law required by AZDHS.
We are doing our best to keep everyone healthy this season! We are spending extra hours cleaning/ sanitizing EVERYTHING; we are taking children’s temperatures, and have been monitoring sickness very carefully. We appreciate your attention towards this matter and welcome any suggestions to make this a BUG-FREE environment. We follow the state requirements regarding illness, but it is very important for us to get any medical information regarding doctor visits and illness. Our goal is always in the best interest of your child and the health of our school. Please be sure to have your child wash his/her hands upon arrival!!
We hear over and over from parents, “They clean up here!? They don’t at home.” Understandably, the structure of home is very different than the structure at school. However, raising expectations of what young children can do greatly impacts their independence and self-confidence. At school, students are expected to take responsibility for classroom maintenance (and many other tasks) and they are very successful at managing this. Having high expectations in all areas helps children (and parents) learn what they are truly capable of. Please help support teachers and staff by establishing reasonable yet challenging expectations in your child’s daily routine.
Winter Clothing & Cubby-Crazy:
Please make sure your child brings the appropriate clothing (labeled with name) to stay warm while participating in outdoor activities. We love to go outside in all types of weather. Fresh air actually is proven to keep us healthy and does not contribute to illness. Also, please take home personal items daily-we do not have the space to store “extra” coats.
We will be closed due to weather/snow conditions if FUSD is closed. If they are on a delayed schedule we will be open at our normal time (7:30 am). Listen to local radio and TV or check the FUSD website for school closures due to snow.
**All the generous donations to the canned food drive!!
Peace and Love-
Beth, Kori, Cynthia, Jini, Sheri, Stephanie, Mercedes, Kendra, Abigail