In The News December
is an ideal time to reflect on what it is to be a child.....to recall
what pleased us.....what made us happy.....what made us sad.....what
caused us difficulty and then to determine what we can do to make a
better world for our children.
It is a time of wonder
whatever our age. The homes in our neighborhoods are decorated with
lights......parents are shopping......parades are
happening.......windows display stories and tales of the
season.....wreaths are being hung......candles flicker......trees
sprout color and tinsel. Yet, this year is different as we reflect on
another tragedy that has changed us as a nation, as parents, as
educators. That sense of wonder for us and for our
children must be preserved. It is up to all of us to put
away animosity, hate, dislike, fear and anger for kindness,
respect, understanding, empathy and love. There seems to be an
undercurrent permeating our society of distrust and dislike which
breeds violence. While no one should be stripped of their
wonder, it is especially devastating when children and young people
become victims of that which adults should contain. We are the
mentors of our future, children and youth model the behavior they
see. May the shock of this week's experience and our grief and
sadness lead us back to that sense of wonder that this season
brings. May we extend the sympathy and love for the families of
those lost to embrace our own and others near and far.
Wishing the joys of the
season remain throughout the year. Happy Holidays!
Wishing all in connected
community best wishes for a Happy Holiday season and joyous New Year!
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Days to Christmas
illustrated by Marie Hall Ets
Text: Marie Hall Ets and Aurora Labastida
and PreSchool Students
over 30 years ago, Nine Days to Christmas remains fresh and
relevant. Ceci's first Christmas posada party and pinata have
made her Mexican town come alive for generations of readers.
"The youngest child will be completely transported by this
1960 Caldecott Winner
What Makes Christmas
Little wishes on white wings,
Little gifts....such tiny things....
Just one little heart that sings,
Make a Merry Christmas.
can give without loving, but you can't love without giving.
How to Beat Holiday Stress
The holidays can be the most joyous
time of the year, but they can also be the most stressful.
Holidays can also be a time of hectic shopping, financial
concerns, family conflicts and loneliness. We are so busy trying
to take care of the details of the festivities, we often forget to
take care of ourselves. Here are some suggestions to help you cope
with holiday stress this season:
Try to plan ahead.
See if the stores you need to go
to are on another person’s list-maybe you can divide the list
and split up to get the shopping done in less time and less
If childcare is an
issue, see if you can rotate days with another parent. Maybe you
can take turns with babysitting.
While waiting in line at the
store with the kids, give them articles or ads from newspapers
or magazines (usually the stores carry copies of their own
flyers). With a pen, have them circle all the letters in their
names within the ads or play a word search game.
For the bad weather days when
everyone is stuck inside, have activities for the family to do.
Try having wintertime crafts like creating "snowman
garland" for the younger kids (see next page) or having
older children create and decorate their own holiday cards.
Remember that you need to take care of
yourself during this busy time. A good way to remember how to do this
is to "Be Natural."
B -- Breathe deeply,
it will help increase energy levels.
E -- Exercise: 20 minutes, three times a week --
and running from errand to errand doesn't count!
N -- Nutrition: Three well-balanced meals each day.
A -- Attitude: Negative attitudes are contagious
and destructive. Try to see the glass half full.
T -- Time management: Set priorities and don't take
on more than you can handle.
U -- Uniqueness: Recognize and treasure your own
uniqueness. Say 'no' when necessary.
R -- Relaxation: Private time to read or listen to
music -- a time not to focus on the next item to do.
A -- Associations: Maintain contact with nurturing
support systems -- colleagues, friends, family.
L -- Laughter: Still the best medicine.
If you're feeling low, don't
despair. The sun has a sinking spell every night, but it comes
back up every morning.
A Prayer For Christmas
Give us the faith of innocent children,
that we may look forward with hope in our hearts to the dawn of a
Reawaken the thought that our most
cherished desires will be realized, the things closest to our
hearts....that we may come to an appreciation of the limitless joys
and bountiful rewards of Patience, Charity, and Sacrifice.
And, at Christmas, when the hearts of
the world swell in joyous celebration, let us cast aside the pretense
of sturdy men and live, if only for a day, in the hope and joy we knew
The Glad New Year
Hear the bells ringing,
Ringing of the glad New Year.
Hear the children singing,
Singing of the glad New Year.
Bells ringing. Children singing.
Ringing, ringing. Singing, singing.
The glad New Year is here.
best preparation for tomorrow is to do today's work superbly well.
The History and
Celebration of Kwanza: Kwanzaa celebrates African-American
heritage, pride, community, family, and culture.
Adventure: An award winning interactive tour of quarks,
neutrinos, antimatter, extra dimension and more from the Particle Data
Group of Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory.
the World: Herbert
and Lou Henry Hoover fed people in nearly sixty countries during and
after both world wars and were at home on six continents.
Their entire lives were
devoted to the search for lasting world peace.
Check out this Strange But True Web site. The author has a long
list of quirky facts. If you need conversation starters, or
stoppers, this is a good place to start.
Ribbit's Math Ventures
with Curious George: This primary website
contains three applied mathematics problems. Read the text on the
Parent and Teacher Pages, then work with students on the problem
appropriate for their grade level. Hop to it!
wishes for a beautiful holiday season.....and a New Year filled with
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