We begin with a few heart-felt thank you notes this week:
The East School Kindergarten Holiday Sing-Along brought smiles and joy this past Friday to an audience of parents that filled the East School Galley. Our young singers stood beaming with pride and happiness as they enjoyed their songs and the opportunity to share these songs with their families. Thanks to the countless parent volunteers that spent their time assembling the adorable headbands our kindergartners wore to mark their songs!
Looking ahead to this week, Ms. Fisher’s fourth grade class will host our next Celebration of Learning for grades 1-4. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to come together to celebrate the learning and growth they have undertaken this fall and share that learning with others.
Looking for some fun ways to keep children thinking over the vacation days? Read, read, read of course … read with hot cocoa, read as a family with cozy slippers, or even read in a homemade fort of blankets and pillows. (Remember how much fun that can be?)
Math is all around as well even on a vacation day! Board games are a fabulous way to “do math” together. Monopoly (all versions!), Sorry, Rack-O, Chutes-and-Ladders, card games, and dice games all reinforce counting and math facts. Sorting a jar of coins is also encouraged all winter long; unfortunately, our students have limited opportunities to work with coins given the world of debit cards (even lunch cards) that we live in, so sorting and counting coins helps them be able to identify the different coins and calculate with their values. Analog watches and alarm clocks are also a great holiday gift to build telling time skills over the vacation. Enjoy!
Maura and I wish all of the East families a truly wonderful winter vacation. Thank you for the gift of your child’s smile, curiosity, and joy of learning. The support of the East community is remarkable and I look forward to all that is ahead for us together in the New Year!