Posted on December 18, 2010
In our last week of school before the holiday interim, so much transpired in a whirlwind of activity. (You can read updates in teachers' blogs and view photo galleries of the holiday activities in different classrooms.) At the beginning of this past week, the two days of student-parent-teacher conferences are highlights of the semester when each child is celebrated and honored as a learner. Take more time during the interim to review your child's learning stories in the preschool or your child's performance continua and progress portfolio. We are proud of our assessment process because it focuses on a holistic view of each child's learning, with attention to a broad range of skills across disciplines. Moreover, the process engages the student in rigorous self-assessment.
On Thursday, our annual Christmas Chapel reminded children of the origin of Christmas, with the proclamation of Luke's narrative of the Nativity by the fifth graders. We sang traditional Christmas carols while characters in the Nativity scene -- Mary, Joseph, angels, shepherds, sheep, donkey, lambs, and the Three Wisemen -- slowly took their places on stage. At the December assembly on Friday, the teachers performed a choral reading of Clement Clarke Moore's "`Twas the Night Before Christmas" (oh, the excitement and drama in their voices!). Everyone sang "The Twelve Days of Christmas" in lively fashion, a reprieve of the Christmas program finale, and Santa visited to the delight of all with a cool treat!
During the next few days, your children will be spending more time with you. Read, sing, and play together. Enjoy holiday traditions with them. When my own children were younger, we'd pack them in the car and ogle houses brightly glowing with holiday lights, then end with ice cream somewhere. Or we'd bake cookies and brownies on Christmas Eve for Santa, leaving a plateful and glass of milk for him. Then there was always the Christmas Eve service, a special tradition we continue as a family. Relish the gift of wondrous childhood with them.
From the faculty and staff, merriest wishes to you and your family for a joyful Christmas and a bright New Year.
We look forward to seeing your children on January 6, 2011!
For our children,
Edna L. Hussey