We're about to knock two of December's three weeks out of the park. That feels good! I'm writing a little earlier than the weekend because, if this week was crazy, than next week is certifiable. I don't want to leave anything to chance.
On Wednesday the 9th, we are kicking off the Student Council's week-long food drive for the food shelf in Bristol. The kids know that this is the kind of activity (non-competitive, everyone wins) that I HAVE to win, so if your family is in a position to help us claim the trophy that exists only in my mind, we would love to have your donations of non-perishable canned and boxed food so that we can help our neighbors this holiday season. THANK YOU for opening your hearts and grocery carts.
The Holiday Bazaar is Monday the 14th. By now, most of you know the drill. Our shopping time is first thing in the morning, so it will be important for kids to pack their money on Sunday night so that they are prepared (it's good to do that anyway, come to think of it!). We will have about a half-an-hour to shop. If you have tags or wrapping paper, please send them in for your student. Vicki and Elena Bronson are once again making dog biscuits for sale as part of the Bazaar and general festivities. If your student would like to order a dog bone, please email me the pup's name. They may also hand me a stickie note with that information on it. I am going to send the names to Vicki on Wednesday.
Our History Share Fair will be on the 18th from 10:15-11am. This is a low-key event, so please don't feel bad if you cannot attend. I will take pictures of everyone's work and put them on the blog so that you can enjoy the show from a distance.
The kids have decided to do a mug swap for our holiday party, which we will have on the 18th from 1-3pm in the classroom. The mug activity is a fun one, so if you would like to come and watch the hullabaloo, the door is always open! I think we can go ahead and schedule the mug swap activity for 1:15pm, which will give us time to get the room ready. The mugs should be an inexpensive endeavor, valued in total at around $5 for the vessel and its contents. You might encourage your young shopper to see what goodies the Holiday Bazaar has; in the past, candy has been a very successful filler, as have packets of cocoa, homemade treats, pencils, and minor tchatchkes. I have encouraged the kids to let me know privately via email or a note if there's something in the way of their being able to do this. I am more than glad to pull together a mug that will totally win the mug swap (see what I did there?).
Believe it or not, we still have shelf-stable snacks from the Shakespeare bake sale (juice boxes, not-for-individual-sale Rice Krispie treats, and not-for-individual-sale snack-sized bags of chips). If you would like to send in something to supplement those snacks, please do. I won't do a formal sign up. Anything is welcomed, nothing is needed! You can also stay for the party. My guess is that we'll find a movie to watch and just chill out (you know, because everyone will be really calm and ready for quiet time...).