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The children did a WONDERFUL JOB at the program last night!  We are so PROUD of them all!  I’m still having a hard time believing Christmas is next Sunday and 2017 is just right around the corner! It seems like just yesterday that I was getting our classroom ready for the first day of Kindergarten! We have been busy preparing for Christmas. We have been reading special books, discussing their important messages, practicing for the Christmas program, shopping at the Santa Shop, visiting with Mrs. Claus and we will be attending the Kindergarten Bound Christmas Carols this afternoon at 2:00.  We have also been reading daily Advent meditations and prayers. Each child has their own Advent wreath that they will be bringing home next week after they light the last purple candle this 4th Sunday of Advent.  We are having an Advent retreat with our school “families” next Wednesday morning from 8:30-10:30, followed by recess, lunch and our Christmas party from 12-1 with early dismissal at 1.  The children have handled all of the excitement pretty well, but I think they are ready for Christmas break to begin.  They have enjoyed making cards and gifts for you. 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 5th grade class helped the Kindergarten students make birthday candles for Jesus after mass on Thursday.   They are looking forward to lighting their birthday candles for Jesus on Christmas day so they can sing Happy Birthday.  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.  (Their candles and your gifts will come home next week.  The candles are glass, but will be wrapped in bubble wrap so they make it home safely.) 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 overall, 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!  Thank you for all you do and for your continued support!  Mrs. Salazar and I 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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OLIVER

Oliver was our STAR student this week!  He was born on December 18, 2010.  Although Oliver appears to be quiet and shy (at first 🙂  ) we all know after seeing his door that he really isn’t quiet and shy at all.  As a matter of fact, he is a pretty silly guy and quite adventurous too.  Oliver likes to go 4-wheeling with his cousin Hayden and he also plays hockey! We’re guessing from one of his pictures that him and his dad both like to be silly! 🙂  Oliver loves his family very much!  He is the PROUD big brother of his sister, Ivy (3).  It’s evident she thinks the world of him!  Oliver told us he likes being silly with his dad, going trick or treating and playing in the leaves with his sister, reading books with his mom and baking cookies with his Grandma and Papaw.  He has two dogs, Murphy and Mattie.  His favorite movie and toy is the Ninja Turtles and he is a big Avenger fan, especially the Hulk.  He even got to build the Hulk at Lowes this summer. Oliver’s favorite place to go is the Indianapolis Children’s Museum.  Oliver also put a picture of his 8th grade buddy, Jimmy, on his door.  When I asked him what he likes best about Jimmy he said it’s that “Jimmy likes to ride motorcycles (he races dirt bikes) like I like to ride 4-Wheelers.”  Oliver’s favorite color is orange.  Thanks for sharing, Oliver!

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The end of the 2nd quarter is quickly approaching and your children deserve a BIG BEAR HUG for all of their hard work again this quarter!  I’m very pleased with the progress they continue to make. Over the past week or so, 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!  Keep up the good work!

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Reminders:

*12/17  Mass at 4:30 p.m.  All are welcome!

*12/18  Mass at 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.  (Includes Liturgy of the Word)  All are welcome!

*12/21  Christmas party from 12-1 with early dismissal at 1; NO EXTENDED CARE.  Red/Green NUT day; students may wear red, green or a Christmas shirt to school.

*12/22-1/8 Christmas Break; school resumes Monday, 1/9.

*12/24  Christmas Eve masses 5:30 & 9 p.m.  (Lessons & Carols at 8:30 p.m.)

*12/25  Christmas Day mass 9:00 a.m.

*1/10  PRIDE meeting @ 6:30 p.m.

*1/11  Report Cards

*1/13  Honor’s Day (Time TBD) & Spirit Day

*The children will NOT be bringing home library books until after Christmas break.  There will be no newsletter or Friday folders next week either.

*The January snack calendar is coming home in today’s Friday folder.

*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.

*We still have a few 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.     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 Tuesday & unexpectedly again on Wednesday!  I don’t know what I’d do without her!  She’s always willing to jump right in, even on the “craziest” days! 🙂

*Thanks to all who have signed up to help at the Christmas party next week!  The children are looking forward to it!

*Thanks to all who have signed up to help in any way for the teacher/staff luncheon next week!  We always enjoy this special time together!

*Thanks to all who helped in any way with the Santa Secret Shop.  I heard the children really enjoyed doing their “own” Christmas shopping!  Thanks to the 7th graders for helping out too!

*A SPECIAL thanks to the 5th grade class who helped us make birthday candles!

*Thanks for helping your child have another successful quarter!

*Thanks for all you do!

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

See you in 2017! 🙂

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