December 2018

December 2018
Posted on 12/05/2018
December 2018Dear Families & Friends,

As the days continue to get shorter and a chill lingers in the air, your children’s excitement and enthusiasm for all December brings is truly a delight! Their natural sense of wonder and curiosity makes our days bright. Thank you for sharing them with us each day!

There are many wonderful things to look forward to this month. Some key dates to remember include:
❖ Thursday, December 6th from 5:30 - 7:30 PM: HGS Holiday Stroll to support Yuridia
❖ Wednesday, December 12th: Report Cards go home
❖ Week of December 10th: Grade Level STEM Science Enrichments
❖ Thursday, December 13th: HGS Winter Chorus Concert 6:30 PM
❖ December 24th - January 1st Winter Break (Welcome back January 2, 2019!)

Some helpful reminders this time of year:
❖ Please remind your children to dress appropriately for the weather. When there is snow on the ground, students must have a full complement of snow gear (boots, snow pants, winter jacket, mittens/gloves, hat) in order to play in the snow. We DO go out for recess when the “feels like” temperature is 20 degrees or above, and dressing warmly is important.
❖ When dropping students off in the morning, please be aware of the drop off procedures (outlined in the HGS handbook). It is especially important to be mindful of the crosswalk. This includes watching for pedestrians as well as making sure your vehicle does not block any part of the crosswalk. Thank you.

Friendship is our character trait word for December, and our daily quotes reflect the many ways we can be a good friend, strengthen friendships, or appreciate the friends in our lives. New friendships are an exciting part of life, and keeping meaningful, lasting friendships takes effort at any age. Through the discussions and activities happening this month, we are hoping students recognize the true gift that friendship can be. If you would like to carry this theme into your home conversations, there are many wonderful books that enhance thinking and talking about friendship. They include:
❖ Enemy Pie by Derek Munson,
❖ Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry,
❖ The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, and
❖ How Do Dinosaurs Play with Friends by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague.
The Rodgers Memorial Library sets up a display each month that correlates with the word of the month, and Miss Betsey and Miss Tanya are excellent resources for anyone in search of a good book.
The meaning of life is to find your gift.
A final thought as we head into a season focused on giving. We are so very grateful to work with the incredible teachers and staff of Hills Garrison School who give generously of themselves each day. Their passion for teaching your children and lighting a love of learning in each student is evident in all that they do. Our school would not be the same without them, and we are humbled and grateful to spend our days with these caring professionals.

We wish you all a holiday season filled with wonder and joy, family and friends, happy celebrations and meaningful moments. May your days be merry and bright!

Until next time,

Lois Connors Sarah Muncey
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