Hello Lower School Viking Parents!
Winter has made its appearance early! If you have not already switched out your Vikings’ rain boots for snow boots and sent in snow pants, please do so asap! And please label boots, snow pants, jackets, and especially hats, mittens, gloves…lost and found tends to get very busy during the winter months.
UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER:
Tuesday, November 20: Last day of school before Thanksgiving break
Monday, November 26: Classes resume
Wednesday, November 28: Kickoff for Parent Education Series on Belonging*
Monday, December 3 – Friday, December 7th: Book Fair, 8:00- 4:00pm, Huntington Room (near the Dining Hall)*
Friday, December 7: Sweet Celebration*
Thursday, December 13: Parent coffee, 8:30-9:30am, Dining Hall Fireside*
Thursday, December 20: Lower School Closing Program, 2pm (more details to follow)
Thursday, January 10: Parent Book Club, 8:30-9:30am, Dining Hall Fireside*
*More details below
From the Head of Lower School
Mark L. Hansen
On behalf of the faculty and staff of the Lower School, I wish each of you a wonderful Thanksgiving and break. Our break begins Wednesday, November 21 and students return on Monday, November 26.
Winter Dress Code
When we return from Thanksgiving on Monday, November 26, please note the dress code for the winter months:
- No shorts
- Leggings/tights to be worn with skirts and dresses
Also, please remember that we believe that fresh air is important–even cold fresh air! Unless it is below 15 F, we will go outside daily. All students need to come to school with coats, gloves, and hats each day. We also suggest keeping a pair of snow pants at school.
December Parent Coffee
Our next Parent Coffee will be on Thursday, December 13 from 8:30-9:30 am in the fireside of the Dining Hall. The topic will be “How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk.” It will highlight some of the lessons from the book by the same title from Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. We will also discuss future Parent Coffee topics you would like to have in 2019. Please join me.
Parenting Article of the Week
This week’s article is from KJ Dell’Anonia and is entitled, “For Happier Family Holidays, Recite This: Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys” It can be found following this link.
Parent Book Club
We will meet on Thursday, January 10 from 8:30-9:30 in the Fireside Room of the Dining Hall. We will discuss the second half (chapters 8-17) of The Conscious Parent by Dr. Shefali Tsabary. Here is some information about the book as well as a TED Talk she gave about it. I look forward to our conversation.
Quote for the Week
Parent Education Series on Belonging (kickoff Wednesday, November 28)
RSVPS are required by Monday, Nov 26th to Kdvaziri@aol.com. Please include number of children and their ages you would like for child care.
For more information on Dr. Nakamura and the Parent Education series, please visit the Parent Education Page on the PACA Website.
Book Fair (Monday, December 3 – Friday, December 7)
Sweet Celebration (Friday, December 7)
Help celebrate our extraordinary faculty and staff with our annual Sweet Celebration! Donate nut-free cookies, candies, or other treats on December 6 and 7. Click here for complete information.
Wishing you all a peaceful, joyful, filled-with-love Thanksgiving!
Your Lower School Lead Parents,
Candice Singleton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Nikki Bundy (email@example.com)