100 days older and smarter!

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Creamy Snowmen

Since we almost never get enough snow in Alabama to build snowmen outside, we made them inside with shaving creamy and glue.  We read two books about why snowmen are always a little melted the next day…it’s because of all the fun they have while we are asleep.  You would be amazed at what these snowmen really do at night.  The children wrote about what their snowmen do.  These snowmen have a lot of fun!

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Winter STEM project

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  We are presenting children with challenges that require them to use an engineering process to solve.  We have done 2 of these so far and they have LOVED it!!!  In this challenge they had to use what they knew about snowflakes to build the tallest snow structure.  Three of our groups were able to build a structure out of marshmallows and toothpicks that reached 6 inches tall.  The other 2 groups had 5 inch structures.  So much fun!

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Leaders

Well, our Leader of the Month for December was not Rudolph.  They were Jai and Maddie! You will never meet two more joyful, kind, and self-controlled children.  They were nominated and voted on by their peers because they are always ready with a kind word of encouragement for anyone who needs to be cheered on.  They are a great example of responsibility and what it means to have fun while still being in control!  WOOHOO!  So proud of you two!

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Cocoa and Carols!

These sweet little kiddos had a blast preparing Cocoa and Carols for their parents this year.  They memorized lines and songs to put on a super festive and adorable program!  I love watching all the parents and children spending some good time together making an ornament, painting a keepsake mug, and enjoying some cookies and cocoa together.  I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

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It’s Christmas time!!!!

I absolutely love Christmas!  There is no better place to be than an elementary school during Christmas.  The excitement and wonder is so thick you can almost touch it!  We had such fun making ornaments, singing our PTO program, and just being jolly together.  We did a school-wide sing-along that was so special.  The teachers even did a funny rendition of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.”  It was a great way to begin our Christmas break!

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A tradition of thankfulness…

First grade has made Thankful Candles for many years.  They are made from “15 bean soup” and glue.  So easy and so special!  I am very thankful for parents who will come and help make these special traditions happen for these kiddos.  The first picture is of my own daughter’s candle from 6 years ago.  We still light it every November.  We have changed out the candle and kept the bean holder.  It is very special to us!  I hope yours will be important to your family as well.  A great reminder to be thankful!

*Ella sent me a picture of her family enjoying their candle at dinner!

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Thankful Thanksgiving…

We had so much fun learning about the Pilgrims and the Native Americans and how they used the 7 habits to help one another.  I am sure the Pilgrims were pretty thankful the Native Americans helped them survive.  We invited our 3rd grade buddy class to come and celebrate with us.  We made Friendship Soup and hats together.  I am thankful for friends to share and laugh with at OMES!

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