Nov. 28 at 10:30 - 12:00: Thanksgiving Pot-luck Lunch
Nov. 29: American Thanksgiving Holiday - No School
Dec 5: Pre-K to Gr 4 Music Concert at 10:30 for Parents
Making Gingerbread Houses at 12:00 - 12:45 PM
Dec 13: Last Day of School before Winter Break
Jan 6: Back to School
Who’s that man all dressed in red? That’s Santa, that’s who it is! Whether we call him Santa Clause, St. Nicholas, Kris Kringle, or Father Christmas, his sleigh arrived at the elementary school today with lots of Ho Ho Ho’s and presents for our children. Everyone had a great time! Thanks, Santa and Santa’s Elf – and special thanks also go to moms for organizing activities for our Pre K/ K party. You all are wonderful!
We celebrated St. Nicholas Day in our class!
In many places St. Nicholas is the main gift giver. His feast day, St. Nicholas Day, is December 6, which falls early in the Advent season. Some places he arrives in the middle of November and moves about the countryside, visiting schools and homes to find out if children have been good. Other places he comes in the night and finds carrots and hay for his horse or donkey along with children’s wish lists. Small treats are left in shoes or stockings so the children will know he has come.
Where St. Nicholas is prominent, his day, not Christmas, is the primary gift giving day. Parties may be held on the eve, December 5th, and shoes or stockings left for St. Nicholas to fill during the night. Children will find treats of small gifts, fruit or nuts, and special Nicholas candies and cookies. St. Nicholas gifts are meant to be shared, not hoarded for oneself. Source – http://www.stnicholascenter.org/pages/st-nicholas-day/
We did these activities today . . .
What Is St. Nicholas Bringing? The children enjoyed pretending to be St. Nicholas with this enjoyable game. We laid out a variety of toys in the middle of the room. St. Nicholas (a child) chose a toy from the floor and put it in his bag while the rest of the children closed their eyes. The child who guessed which toy was in the bag became the next St. Nicholas.
Following the tradition of St. Nicholas, the children then put one shoe in the hallway and kept the other shoe on during our rest time. We had left apples and carrots for St. Nicholas’ horse and some cookies for St. Nicholas. When we woke up, we heard bells jingling — the sign that St. Nicholas had arrived. Our shoes were filled with tangerines, M&Ms, gold coin chocolates and candy canes! Since the children have been good this year, they all received surprises from St. Nick in their shoe! There were buzzing with excitement and giggles! And the apples and carrots and cookies were gone!!!!!
We then put together a puzzle made of a picture of St. Nicholas.
We also watched Mr. Chapa’s band concert.
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Pre K / K Winter Party – Friday, December 6 at 1:30 PM Hope you can join us!
A big THANK YOU for coming to our Thursday concert. The children were thrilled to sing, and to have you there. Maybe this is their first public performance! It always is special for them when you are there.
Another special THANK YOU goes to music teachers Mr. Chapa and Ms. Wild for their hard work, effort, and time to put this program together. Coordinating and planning for such a program takes a huge amount of effort – especially with the littlest ones who maybe haven’t done this before.
Sugar and spice, and all things nice . . . that is what my little angles and gingerbread houses are made of! Once in a while everything goes just right – and today when I looked on as moms, Dads, Grandma, and children worked together on decorating their gingerbread houses was one of those moments special to teachers. Thank you! The children were thoroughly involved, and I hope that this was a special time of creating something together for you and your child. Now – whenever you see Graham Crackers on the supermarket shelves, you’ll remember the time you made a gingerbread house with your child when they were four / five years old in Shanghai!
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Tomorrow is the day! Our Winter Concert begins at 10:30 AM!
What to Wear? The pre-k students are going to symbolize the snow, so your child is encouraged to wear . . . Shirt- anything white or light blue and comfortable to wear Pants or skirt – anything light colored (white, light blue) Shoes – comfortable shoes that students are used to wearing and walking in.
Making our Gingerbread Houses at 12:00!
We went shopping at Santa’s Workshop. The children had the opportunity to buy small presents for their families and friends. The shop was filled with goodies and very well organized. Thank you for those who volunteered their time. It was wonderful!
How Parents Can Simplify the Holidays by Katrina Kenison
Downscale holiday plans and expectations. Keep the focus on family, on meaningful traditions and simple activities that replenish rather than exhaust.
Have a family conversation about why fewer gifts doesn’t mean less of a celebration.
Ask your children what they most love about your family’s holiday. You may be surprised by their answers. For my sons, it was: reading our Christmas books aloud, opening the doors on the advent calendar, our annual carol sing with the next-door neighbors, lighting the ting-a-ling on Christmas Eve. . .
Set a limit at the outset on holiday activities. One Christmas party is enough. Don’t feel guilty about skipping events that everyone else attends.
Whether you’re decorating the Christmas tree, baking cookies, or making gifts for grandma, remember that the process is more important for your child than the outcome. Keep it simple, and you and your child will enjoy it more.
Create small special moments in every day. Open the advent calendar at breakfast time. Turn off every light in the house at dinner time, light candles, and invite everyone to be perfectly still and perfectly silent for a minute. Go around the table and ask each family member what they feel grateful for. Before bed on December nights, gather as a family around the Christmas (winter) tree to sing one song or read one Christmas or any story.
Celebrate the holidays as a season of giving and doing for others. What part of your family’s holiday celebration embodies the spirit of the season for you? What are you choosing to let go of this year?
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A time for giving, A time for singing, A time for loving, A time for celebrating . . . A time for each of us to remember our holiday seasons past, To hope together for wonderful holiday seasons for many years to come . . . To celebrate the new opportunities and life that each new year brings.
Click on the calendar below to enlarge it (you may click it more than once to make it bigger)!
We are working hard making some Christmas art projects.
This year’s High-School Fringe Arts Festival is rapidly approaching, and the Fringe Committee of 2014 has decided to design and develop a Festival that embraces our broader SAS community; harnessing our creative spirit and bearing witness to our core value of family appreciation. We intend this year to create a celebration of arts and theater that extends far beyond just the high school years, reaching into the very heart of our elementary years as well.
As we live in one of the world’s most dynamic metropolises, The Fringe Committee 2014 invites our Shanghai American School families to become a reflection of this and to help create a Metropolis within a Metropolis. A Metropolis is built on human vision; we invite you to become part of ours. We will create a cityscape of our own that reflects the incredible diversity of SAS families and the collective creative spirit that makes us so unique.
We would like your help to make this festival inclusive and spectacular through a community wide action plan. We will distribute shoeboxes on December 2nd for each family (if you would like additional ones for your family please let contact the main office). We ask that you decorate your shoebox in a way that directly represents your life and experiences in Shanghai. We ask that you include at least 1 family photo somewhere on the box. But you are free to collage, paint or draw as you please. Possibly include text such as favorite saying or family beliefs etc. For viewing purposes, please try to focus on decorating the sides and top of the box. Please see the attached photo as an example. We welcome all of your ideas as you work as a family to create your own Picture-Box. Please note, we cannot guarantee that families will get their boxes back.
After collecting them, we will build structures or ‘buildings’ in designated areas around the school to tie into our Festival’s theme, ‘Metropolis’. Your children will be able to identify their family’s own box among the structures and therefore the metaphor of your own family’s contribution to the city.
Our annual Fringe Arts Festival is rapidly approaching and we’d like your help in creating the most phenomenal festival yet.
We plan to collect boxes December 12th, so please submit on or before that date.
Thanks for your support and time! “If you build it, they will come!”
1. Have your child draw a series of four or five pictures.
2.Have her then dictate a story to go with each picture.
3.You can write the story on the bottom of the picture as it is told.
Make Your Own Butter
All you need is
½ pint of heavy cream
1 clean pint jar or other similarly-sized container with a tight cover or lid, preferably plastic
1 clean marble
1.Take your jar and place the marble inside
2. Pour the cream into the jar and screw the cover on tightly. Three materials and you’re in business!
3.Have the children shake the jar. A figure-eight motion seems to work best, but let your kids go wild (not so much, if the jar is glass). If you have a plastic container with a tight lid, you can even roll it back and forth.
4.Listen for the marble bouncing up and down.
5.After the marble cannot be heard anymore, you’ll know the cream is thickening. Keep shaking, and you will soon start to see the glob of butter form.
6.Find and remove the marble
7.Place the butter into a container of your choice to store or use.
The end result: a delicious scoop of butter!
What you’ll need:
One pair of rolled up socks
10 empty plastic bottles (any size will do)
1.Place the 10 empty bottles in a pyramid shape, just like bowling pins, at the end of a hallway.
2.Stand at the opposite end of the hallway and toss the rolled up socks at the bottles to see how many you can knock down.
3. Too easy? Try different techniques to throw the socks: Spin around 10 times before bowling at the pins. Turn backwards and throw the socks between your legs. Try bowling with two pairs of rolled up socks at one time. See who can make up the most creative way to bowl.
Important Dates Dec. 4: Dress Rehearsal for Winter Concert Please have your child dressed for the concert. Official photos will be taken at that time.
What do Wear? The pre-k students are going to symbolize the snow, so your child is encouraged to wear . . . Shirt- anything white or light blue and comfortable to wear Pants or skirt – anything light colored (white, light blue) Shoes – comfortable shoes that students are used to wearing and walking in.
Dec. 5: Winter Concert at 10:30 AM Making Gingerbread Houses at 12:00 Dec. 6: Winter Party Pre K / K at 1:30 PM
Monday Journal Daisy: We celebrated Billy’s 7th birthday. Joseph: We had a family Thanksgiving feast. Melanie: I played a math game on the computer. Ludia: I made pumpkin bread with my mom. Sojin: I played ABC game. Emma: I played “Kitchen” with my mom and made a chicken dish.
Planning Our Gingerbread Houses
Each Child Talking about His or Her Tree
First Swim Lesson – We had a fantastic first swim lesson!
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Thanksgiving Celebrations – We are looking forward to seeing you tomorrow at 10:30 AM!
Busy chefs made pumpkin bread at school with Mrs. Borden today. It smelled so yummy . . .
We will enjoy eating the bread tomorrow when we have our Thanksgiving feast with our friends, moms and dads at school. We used the pumpkin sauce we made before at school.
Pumpkin Bread– Soon-ok Borden 3 C sugar 1 C oil 1 1/2 C cooked pumpkin 3 ½ C flour 1 t.s. baking powder 2 t.s. baking soda 2 t.s. salt 1/2 t.s. cloves 1/2t.s. nutmeg 2 t.s. cinnamon 1/2 t.s. allspice 4 beaten eggs 2/3 C water
Mix all together. Bake at 350 F. Makes 3 loaves
We “CAN” read! Mrs. Borden helped the children “read” the book I See Thanksgiving – A Thanksgiving Counting Book. When you read a short book to your child, it is a good practice to follow the words with your finger as you read. It will help your child read “left to right” which is a very important concept.
We worked on ABC and AABBCC patterns today.
Pattern Matcher – In this activity, the children will explore simple picture patterns to find matches, a skill that lays the foundation for recognizing order in the world around us. Enjoy! A special thanks goes to Shirley Chan.
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