Saturday, December 22, 2012

Wrapping Up The Year 2012

**Sock Snowmen**
The Mall-ard's were very busy the last week of school. We saw a play, made ornaments, and had our annual holiday breakfast followed by crafts. Then we went to the Media Center to await a visit from "Auntie Claus" (Santa's sister). Every year Mrs. Phillips, our principal, dresses up as "Auntie Claus", reads us a book and gives treats out to all the children in the school. As she leaves she wishes all of her "young darlings a safe and happy holiday season." As the children ran out of school on Friday afternoon, each was so excited knowing that Santa would be visiting them very soon.

Looking over the pictures from the week and seeing the joy and innocence of our six year olds, we can't help but think of our fellow first graders,  teachers, and principal  from Sandy Hook Elementary and the tragedy that their families and community are enduring. There are no words that express the sympathy that we feel for each precious life that was taken.

The Mall-ard's wish all of our first graders and families a very happy Christmas and New Year. Please give  them a BIG HUG from both of us!!
Nov/December Happenings 2012 on PhotoPeach

Monday, December 10, 2012

Hannukah - Chanukah Presentation

Every year we look forward to our former student (J) and his father come to our class and teach the children about Hannukah. They bring in books, games and artifacts to help the students understand the story behind "The Festival of Lights". (J)  told the story ...over 2000 years ago, the Jews in Judea rebelled against their Syrian ruler because he insisted that all Jewish people must worship Greek Gods. After three hard years of fighting, the Jews defeated the ruler and to celebrate, they restored the Temple and rededicated it to their God. As part of the celebrations they lit an oil lamp which should have been kept burning all the time, even though they could only find enough oil to keep it burning for one night. But a miracle occurred, and the oil lamp stayed lit for eight days, which was the time it took to make new oil for the lamp. This  was the Miracle of the Oil. Thank you to the Morris family for sharing your traditions with our class...Happy Hannukah!!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Time to Decorate the Tree

Today was the day when all of the classes in school bring down a string of homemade ornaments with each child's picture on them and we decorate the Christmas tree in the lobby. It is one of the fabulous traditions that make our school so special. As you can see, everyone loves to see their picture on the tree!!