Sunday, December 10, 2017

12/11-12/15 Week at a Glance

Monday, Dec. 11 (Day 2) 
* Heritage Character/Doll Due
- Advent
- Music (make up from missing last Friday due to The Landing)
- Library
- Chinese
- P.E.

Tuesday, Dec. 12 (Day 3)
- Advent
- Mindfulness
- P.E. 
- Music Rehearsal for LS Holiday Program

Wednesday, Dec. 13 (Day 4)
- Chapel
- Art
- Chinese
- Music Rehearsal for LS Holiday Program 

Thursday, Dec. 14 (Day 5) 
- Music
- P.E.

Friday, Dec. 15 (Day 6)
* Non-Uniform Day
- Hour of Code
- P.E. 
- Chinese
- Religion

Looking Ahead:
Thursday, December 14 - Lower School Holiday Program, 6:30-7:30pm

Friday, December 15 - Non-Uniform Day!

Tuesday, December 19 - Winter Holidays Party, 9:15-10:15am, Parent volunteers: Dara Maras, Connie Lahn, Megan Gehrman

Wednesday, December 20 - First day of Winter Break 2017

2017 Advent

Last Thursday, Room 16 did an amazing job hosting Advent. We practiced our individual and group roles and it paid off! We had wonderful musicians to start off the show: Calvin on the guitar and Mallory, Siena and Avery on the piano. The children loved the color-changing tea light used in our very own light show! Here is a picture and video!

Our Visit to Sunrise Senior Living

Our second field trip last Friday was a visit to Sunrise Senior Living to give the residents a holiday musical program. We went with Mrs. Strohschein's class, Mrs. Mazion and Mrs. Z. The children did an unbelievable job of singing Christmas carols and Hanukah songs. Our very own Linus and Siena gave piano solos and did amazing!! Students also shared a family tradition they do and then asked resident(s) if they had a tradition that they do, as well. You could tell by the smile on their faces as the kids walked in that it made their day. As they started singing so beautifully... I was so proud of these kiddos and couldn't help but smile! It was a wonderful afternoon! 

The Landing

Last Friday was a busy day! For our first field trip, second graders visited The Landing to learn about the rich holiday traditions from ethnic groups who settled in the Minnesota River Valley in the 19th century. Do you have any family traditions?

Do you receive an orange in your stocking?

Maybe your eldest daughter throws a boot over her shoulder to determine whether or not she may be married in the upcoming year?

On Christmas Eve, do the children in your family sleep on hay under the Christmas tree?

Do you play dreidel?

Ask your child about the different traditions he/she learned about. Discuss your own traditions and why they are important to your family. 

We had a great time and learned so much!

Onto the German General Store!

Excited to go inside!
Christmas Festivals started in Germany and still are found today in areas where there is a large German population!

A little different than the stores we go to today!

 Christmas trees, ornaments, lights and Nutcrackers all are 
traditions/things that originated in Germany!

Next Stop: Sweden in 1889!

Onto the Jewish House!

The Czech House!

The Czech were very superstitious ... if they cut an apple in half and it had a five-point star,
they would have good luck for a year!

Another example of superstition ... light an almond with a flame and softly blow. If it floats in a straight line or in circles - all is well. If it sinks ... well, all will not be well. :(

The Norwegian House!

The Monrovian House!

The people of Monrovia really appreciated nature and didn't want to cut down an entire tree only for it to go to waste after Christmas ... so they take branches that have fallen to the ground that make their very own version of a Christmas tree!

The Monrovian people would carve and add
new pieces to the manger scene every year, hence,
so many pieces! 

The Monrovian Star!

Off to the Victorian House!

Students noticed how fancy this house was! Also, it was the only house that didn't have a coal-burning stove...
it had electricity!

Learning about Christmas Crackers! 

Hadley standing under the mistletoe! 

Ireland House!

On our way back to school!