• I hope those of you that joined us during our open house enjoyed your visit!  This week, our kindergarteners enjoyed the Great Swamp program, "Surviving the Winter World." It was certainly an appropriate week for that.  This upcoming Monday, all students will participate in the "Human Jungle Gym" assembly.  Thank you to the PTO for continuing to bring these educational and enriching programs to our students.  
    Our third grade students are set to begin a Native American dance study through a MEF grant secured by the third grade teaching team, Mrs. Altieri, Mrs. D'Alessandro, and Mrs. Gambino.  Joanna Pang Atkins of World Dance Residency and Assemblies will spend several hours with our third graders in preparation for a performance that incorporates Native American history and culture, performing arts, and oral speaking.  The residency was planned to enhance the cross curricular reading/social studies unit of study based on the Lenape Tribe.  The residency is a great way to extend and enrich our curriculum and is sure to be a memorable experience for all!
    Attention 4th and 5th Grade Parents:  The annual band, chorus, and orchestra winter concert for 4th and 5th grade participants will be held on Wednesday, December 12th at 2:00 P.M., in the Jaguar Jungle.  The front doors will open at 1:45 P.M.  Siblings will join the rest of our student body during the dress rehearsal that morning at 10:00 A.M.  
    Instructional Corner:
    Ms. Zourzoukis's and Ms. Larson's fifth graders have been enjoying participating in book talks recently!  The students have been eager to share favorite titles with classmates and provided a summary of the characters, setting, and plot of the novel, before enticing their audience with a bit of a cliff hanger.  The students have embraced delivering an oral presentation enhanced by descriptive language and guided by their own opinions and interests.  We often ask students to research particular topics that lead to a presentation as a culminating activity.  This experience has afforded the students the opportunity to speak from the heart and from experience!  There's never a shortage of talking points when speaking about a topic with confidence.  The book talks have resulted in students reading their peers' recommendations and further discussion has ensued.  One of the many reasons I love working with elementary students is they have 'uncluttered' minds and give honest opinions and feedback.  What better gift to give this season than passing on the love of reading to a friend!  
    Calendar Reminders:
    PTO Holiday Workshop:  Saturday, December 8th, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
    4th/5th Band, Orchestra, Choral Winter Concert:  Wednesday, December 12th, 2:00 P.M., parents of participating 4th/5th grade students invited to attend, siblings will attend the dress rehearsal in the morning
    Report Cards Issued:  Friday, December 14th, 3:00 P.M., please access through Genesis  
    Board of Education Meeting:  Tuesday, December 18th, 7:30 P.M., MHS Media Center
    K-5 Holiday Sing-a-long:  Friday, December 22nd, 9:00 A.M.  
    Early Dismissal:  Friday, December 22nd, 12:45 P.M. No lunch or pizza served. 
    Thanks to all who joined us last night for our Jingle and Mingle Holiday Shopping Event at Rose City Beauty. It was a great time shopping for a good cause!
    A few updates:
    • The Poinsettias have arrived! Please pick up your orders tomorrow during the Holiday Workshop!
     Show your holiday spirit by building and decorating your very own gingerbread house with family and friends! Join us tomorrow for the Holiday Workshop in the Jaguar Jungle from 9am-noon. If you have any questions contact Patricia Alvarez palvarez9@gmail.com or Deana Pearly deanamp07@gmail.com
    • The Box Tops totals are in! Congratulations to Mr. S’s 4th grade class, who collected a whopping 651 Box Tops this trimester and won an extra recess period! Mrs. Lade’s class came in second place with 549, and rounding out 3rd place with 295 Box Tops is Mrs. Altieri’s 3rd grade class!
    Thanks to everyone for collecting the Box Tops. So far we have collected 2,145 schoolwide! Keep them coming during the 2nd trimester!!!
    Community Announcements:
    Please see attachments from the Madison Eagle Christmas Fund and Preschool Advantage.