Our train to Christmas Town has left the station and we have been busy as Santa’s Elves getting our classrooms ready, practising for the Christmas Concert and just being all round jolly and happy.
We’re really looking towards working on our self-regulation these days, and no more than the Christmas Concert. We had reminded the children that there is a lot of standing around and waiting patiently for our turn to perform, and using our eyes and ears to notice our social situation (rehearsing for the Concert) is essential. On Thursday, our classes made their teachers so proud with their excellent attention to Mrs. Soderling in watching for their cues to step onto the stage, find their spots and sing like angels. You are in for a musical treat! You’ll notice we are using our self-regulation strategies of deep, focused breathing and calming countdown when we are away from our classrooms, to calm our bodies so we are ready to listen and learn. We tell the children that their breath is their friend, and it can really help them to relax and centre themselves, something we all need during this busy season.
We’ve been getting our classrooms ready for Christmas. Our Angel Christmas Tree hangers are hanging from the ceiling. We love the sunlight flashing off the streamers.
Our December self-portraits are on display now.
We met with our Big Buddies to make a fun reindeer craft.
The children are very much enjoying looking at Christmas picture books by the Christmas tree.
We’re already into the chocolate Santas and Snowmen in the Advent Calendar.
We’re having lots of fun with Christmas music. We often play “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” (the Michael Buble version) for our clean-up song, listen to trumpet player Chris Botti’s “The First Noel” or “The Christmas Song” for meditation and feel the Christmas vibe of music ranging from The Carpenters (we date ourselves) to Glee.
Upcoming Events and Reminders
This is going to be a very busy week, so early bedtimes, regular meals and lots of fresh air are some of our suggestions as we look at a fun, but unregulated few days.
Monday, December 9: Christmas Concert dress rehearsal – our children DO NOT need to wear their Christmas best. Please save it for Tuesday and Wednesday. We will wear the Christmas crowns we’ve made at school.
Tuesday, December 10: All children perform in the first of two Concerts this week so even if you are not attending, we need all the Kindergarten voices.
Children should arrive at school in their Christmas best. If they have a thin shirt to put over top to get them through pass recess and lunch eating that is great. Then we can help them remove that shirt and they are good to go on stage.
Parents: you will want to arrive by 12:30 as parking will be crowded and the line-ups will be long to get a seat in the gym. Please bring your tickets with you as they will be collected at the door. A non-perishable donation to the food bank is appreciated.
Wednesday, December 11: same as Tuesday.
Thursday, December 12: Eat, Play, Rest. The Kindergarten recovers from our two shows.
Friday, December 13: in the morning, we will have our annual Christmas party for the Kindergarten, the Reindeer Games. Children can show their Christmas spirit and wear Christmas themed shirts, their Christmas crowns, fun Christmas jewelry (Mrs. Daudlin) or their pyjamas, if they wish. Please keep in mind that if your child is wearing pyjamas, they should wear something warm underneath, plus their heavy jackets, as it’s cold during playtime.
During the afternoon, we are working with Buddy Classes and creating Christmas Cracker Treat Bags to give to the Covenant House and the Union Gospel Mission to support their Christmas dinners for those in need. Then, we will gather for a school assembly in the gym to celebrate the accomplishments of the first term at school.