Greetings Spanish Lime Families,
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving break! Thank you all again for the surprise celebration for my birthday. It was such a warm feeling to have all of you there. Your kindness, generosity and support this year has reminded me how thankful I am to live among my island family.
This fall harvest the Spanish Lime students gave thanks to our new friends in the toddler community. We prepared a homemade applesauce and friendship mix (chex mix) and came with decorative leaf banners with the symbol, friendship (crossed arrows), to commemorate our feast. The toddler friends made a fruit salad and carrot muffins! We ended our feast with a little fun and play on the toddler playground, showing off our big kid skills!
Throughout the month of December we will be busy organizing ourselves for our first student led conference (see invitation). Student led conferences will be held December 5th and parent teacher conferences will be the 7th and 9th from 1-5:30. See sign up located on clip board in front of office.
“…this practice is the biggest breakthrough in communicating about student achievement in the last century. When students are well prepared over an extended period to tell the story of their own success (or lack thereof), they seem to experience a fundamental shift in their internal sense of responsibility for that success. The pride in accomplishment that students feel when they have positive story to tell and tell it well can be immensely motivational. The sense of personal responsibility that they feel when anticipating what it will be like to face the music of having to tell their story of poor achievement can also drive them to productive work,” Rich Stiggins, Phi Delta Kappan, November 1999.
Wednesday, December 14th from noon-2pm we have been invited to watch the Key West version ballet of the Nutcracker. This production is only in town every other year and is a humorous yet beautiful portrayal of the Nutcracker in Key West, with angel fish, chickens, shrimp and more! We have 17 tickets available which means one parent from each household is welcome to join us. Please email before December 12th if you plan to attend. More information on times, transportation and location to come!
December 16th is another pajama party, from 5:30-9! Dinner, snacks and activities are provided. $40 per child or $70 with sibling. Kids event only, parent night out!
December 20th is our schools annual conch train ride to see the holiday lights around town. This year is our classrooms responsibility to set up and clean up for this event. Look out for email on how you can help.
I wish you all a happy holiday and I look forward to catching up with you all after the new year!