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I’m still having a hard time believing Christmas is next week! It seems like just yesterday that I was getting our classroom ready for the first day of Kindergarten! This week we have been busy preparing for Christmas. We have been reading special books and discussing their important messages. We have also been reading daily Advent meditations and prayers. Each child has their own Advent wreath that they will be bringing home so that they can “light” the last candle this Sunday. We are having a prayer service and Advent retreat with our “families” Friday morning followed by the pre-school Christmas program.  We have also been busy making many things for Christmas this week.  The children really enjoyed making SPECIAL cards and gifts for all of you (and their buddies too 🙂 ). We hope you enjoy your gift as much as we enjoyed making them for you! A SPECIAL THANKS to Mrs. Salazar for all of her hard work to make this gift possible!  We couldn’t have done it without her! The children are hoping to wait until Christmas to give you their “homemade” gift, but they aren’t sure they can wait that long because they are pretty excited! The children are also looking forward to lighting their birthday candles that they made for Jesus so that they can sing to him on Christmas day. These candles are EXTRA SPECIAL because their 8th grade buddies helped them make the candles AND Fr. Steve BLESSED them. We reviewed our safety rules when it comes to candles (fire) so the children know that it’s up to an adult to light the candles for them.  The children have done such a wonderful job preparing their hearts for Jesus this Advent season here at school.  This time of year can definitely be distracting for the “little ones” (and even us “big ones” 🙂 ), but the children have done a great job!  They certainly help remind us of the true meaning of Christmas.  They truly are God’s gift to us all! Thank you for entrusting them to me! It’s such a privilege teaching your children!  Mrs. Salazar and I would like to THANK YOU for all of the thoughtful gifts and cards that have been given to us throughout the week. We truly appreciate your kindness!  Thank you for all you do and for your continued support! We would like to wish all of you and your families a BLESSED CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR! Enjoy this SPECIAL time with your family!  I know I’m looking forward to it!

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Emily was our STAR student this week!  She was born on February 5, 2010 at Johnson Memorial Hospital.  Emily was excited to tell us all about the pictures on her door.  Emily’s older sister, Keylee, is in 2nd grade here at SRS and her little brother, Brayden, is a Lion Cub.  She also has a little sister, Aubrey.  Emily can’t wait until Aubrey is old enough to come to St. Rose.  She sure looks out for her brother, Brayden, when she sees him here at school.  It’s evident he thinks the world of Emily.  Emily really looks up to her big sister, Keylee, she tells us about her often.  Emily said she likes going to Chuck E. Cheese’s to eat and play games with her family.  She also loves going to Target.  She said she likes to shop and get something to eat at the snack bar there.  Emily has a cat (Tinkerbell) and a dog (AJ).  Her favorite toy is her Monster High School and her favorite movie is Monster High Ghouls Rule.  She likes going to Apple Works, dressing up for Halloween, going to cheer camp with her big sister and going to birthday parties with her friends.  She said she really likes getting her nails done when she goes to parties.  I think I’ll have to join her when she goes to her next party!  Sounds wonderful! 🙂  Her favorite food is spaghetti and her favorite color is gold.  Thanks for sharing, Emily!

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Your children deserve a BIG BEAR HUG for all of their hard work during the 2nd quarter!  I’m very pleased with the progress they continue to make. Over the past 2 weeks I’ve been doing end of the quarter assessments as well as checking goal sheets.  I’m pleased with what I’ve been seeing.  The children are working very hard and are becoming more confident!  Many of the children accepted and completed the challenges on this months goal sheet too!  Keep up the good work!

Reminders:

*12/19  Saturday evening mass at 4:30 p.m.

*12/20  Sunday mass at 7:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.  (Liturgy of the Word for children is offered at the 11:30 mass.)

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*12/19-1/4 Christmas Break; school resumes Tuesday, 1/5.   I am excited to announce that the Kindergarten room will be getting NEW CARPET over break! 🙂  Thanks to all who have made this possible!

*12/24  Christmas Eve mass 5:30 & 9 p.m.

*12/25  Christmas Day mass 9:00 a.m.

*1/5  PRIDE meeting @ 6:30 p.m.

*1/8  Report Cards, Honor’s Day and Spirit Day

*Upcoming Stars:  Bryson week of 1/11 and Logan week of 1/25 (no stars week of 1/4 & 1/18 due to a 4-day week).

*Once again, due to your generosity, we will NOT need a January snack calendar.  Alayna’s 1/2 birthday snack will be on Thursday, January 14th.  I may ask for donations for our 100th day celebration in January (more details to come).

*The children will NOT be bringing home library books until after Christmas break.

*This was the LAST week for Show & Tell.  We will be starting our “surprise bucket” when we return from Christmas break. This will take the place of Show & Tell. The children are excited about it! We’ll give you the details when we return.

*There are still 7 students that need to complete the November/December goal sheet. PLEASE be sure to review any goals that your child still needs to complete over break!  January/February goals will come home when we return.  A new “popcorn word” list will also come home after break.  If your child is not able to read ALL of the words on the 1st list that came home at the beginning of the year, please be sure you work on these over break.   Please don’t give up on tying shoes! Some of the children have very long shoe strings which make it difficult for tying.  Using 2 different colored shoe strings can be very helpful as the children are learning to tie.  A few children that have completed shoe tying could use a little extra practice tying a little tighter.

*Please be sure to have your children wear their hats, mittens, scarves, etc. for the winter months so they are warm enough for recess. We go outside as long as the temperature is 25 degrees or higher.

*As winter approaches, there is always a possibility of school closings or delays.  Please note that St. Rose follows Franklin Community School for cancellations and delays. When delays or cancellations occur, they will be announced on local stations (CBS, ABC and NBC) under ‘Franklin Community Schools’. St. Rose will, also, send out an email through Jupiter. On the morning of, you may call the school office at 738-3451 to verify any delays or cancellations.

*Please be sure you are checking out the St. Rose website frequently to keep up to date on all that is going on at St. Rose School.

THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

*Thanks to Mrs. Salazar for subbing on Wednesday!

*A SPECIAL THANKS to Ms. Edwards & Mrs. Larmour for making reminder calls for our Christmas party.  Thanks to ALL who helped in ANY WAY! We know we will all have a GREAT time at our party Friday afternoon!

*THANKS to ALL those who helped in ANY WAY for the teacher luncheon. The food was DELICIOUS and the time our staff got to spend together was WONDERFUL. Thanks so much! We don’t get to do that very often!

*A SPECIAL THANKS to Mrs. Kruer (and family) and Mr. Larmour (set up help)! The decorations for our luncheon were BEAUTIFUL! We felt like royalty again this year!

*A SPECIAL THANKS to Mrs. Larmour for “holding down the fort” in Kindergarten while Mrs. Salazar & I attended the luncheon.  Thanks to all of the volunteers!

*Thanks to all who helped in any way with the Santa Secret Shop. The children really enjoyed doing their “own” shopping!  They had a lot to choose from & great prices!

*Thanks for helping your child have another successful quarter!

*Thanks for all you do!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

See you in 2016! 🙂

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