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December 14, 2018
Dear Parents,  
  THANKS for coming to the program last night.  It was good to see you, and be able to share the news of our Savior with you.  I hope that it was meaningful to you.  I do feel that the children learned much of the Christmas story through their songs. 
We continued through the story of the Nativity this week.  We focused on the angels appearing to the shepherds and informing them of the birth.  We've been discussing that star in the sky that lead the people to the stable where Jesus was.  We've tried learning the words from the Bible:  "She brought forth her first born son, wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn."  We've been adding a picture a day to our Advent Alphabet, adding a character a day to our Advent banner, and continuing to read the story of Michael as he looks for the Christmas Star.  This week we lit 2 candles to the Advent wreath.  We are burning the Prophecy candle, and the Bethlehem Candle.  Have your child sing the song for the lighting of the advent candles.
We moved on down the alphabet this week to the letter "O".  Our puppets were Oh Oh Octopus, and Oprah and Ollie Otter.  We know that "O" has two sounds—it says it's name like in OVAL, and makes the sound as in OTTER.  We practiced recognizing the "O" sound in the middle of the word—like in HOP.  We added the words ox, off and dad.  I am generally pleased with their reading.   We have begun a brief unit on Otters to learn some of their characteristics.  We'll continue this next week.    Remember, we will not do a letter paper next week, as we have a little catching up to do with some of the extra Christmas activities.   
Our unit 3 math book is in today's folder.  We have begun the unit 4. We are doing some work on the number line, which is yet another beginning step to addition—which we'll be getting to soon.   We just completed our 78th day of school.
It was a GREAT Book List week.  Congratulations to the following Certificate earners.  Owen—300 books, Charley—250 books, Savannah—100 books, and Amiyah and Noah—50 books.
PLEASE send your box and bag if you have not already done so.  It needs to hold something 10x10x2".  A shirt box works fine.  The bag needs to have handles, and needs to be big enough for the box.  THANKS!
KEEP SAVING THOSE BOX TOPS.  We loved winning for the month of December, and would be thrilled to also will the December "counting".  Check out the Christmas goodies and see if there is a Box Top.
If you receive Christmas cards, and do not save them, I would be happy to take them off your hands.  We do many projects with them over Christmas—our form of recycling.  SO, when you're packing up Christmas, I'd be happy to take them off your hands.  THANKS!
Next week is our last week of school this year—2018.  Our party will be the afternoon of the 20th.  We DO still have school on the 21st until 1 PM.  We will do a few Christmas activities, complete our Advent time, to name a few.  We'll have all of our Christmas gems to take home.  Still looking for some help to undecorated our classroom.  Anyone? 
Enjoy the weekend, and the hustle and bustle of the season. 

Blessings—
Doris Eggers

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