Thursday, December 22, 2016

Thanks for a wonderful half year!

Dear Parents,

Thanks so much for all your support this year.  I know it was off to a rocky start after some of my challenges at the start of August, but it was the love of the children that helped me heal both physically and emotionally after my little one passed away too quickly.  I am grateful for Ms. Cassie and Ms. Kathy who were able to do a phenomenal job in my absence for the first three weeks of school.  I have learned so much from every child in this class as they have challenged themselves and succeeded, both in academics and important practical life skills. 

Our Christmas shop  and candle-making fundraisers were a big success.  All in all, students raised a net amount of just over $700!  It has been a pleasure to assist these young entrepreneurs as they have created and marketed multiple products and gained valuable insights along the way.  What is not used for the 6th grade trip will go toward our end-of-year activities.  We thank you so much for your support in providing supplies for students to make things, used products to sell, and cash for them to spend.

We were able to do a lot of activities that built our classroom community together.  It has been a pleasure to play a precious part in the learning process and be able to watch everyone grow as writers and also as compassionate human beings.  Please take a moment to look at the compliments your child has received in their stockings. I know every child and every adult wrote their words from the heart.  I also included a couple of thank-you cards for those who gave me cards or other gifts.  I am thankful for the kind words and support from everyone in this class.  We have an amazing group of children and families this year and I wanted to acknowledge your support as the year comes to a close. I wish everyone a restful winter break, a fabulous holiday and an exciting new year.  We look forward to seeing everyone in January!

Sincerely,

Liza Henrikson

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Holiday Activities

Dear Parents,

We want to thank you for supporting our fundraisers and the spirit week activities planned by our 6th graders.  Our candle-making and Christmas shop activities have been a success and will continue through Thursday, where we will have a clearance sale.  Our white elephant exchange was a lot of fun and we look forward to our Crazy hair day tomorrow and movie day on Thursday. (Don't forget the permission that was sent out last week) Tomorrow, we will be writing cards for a charity called Umom that helps homeless teens.  We will be decorating snack bags and writing letters of encouragement.  We have also enjoyed watching everyone happily learn to use the sewing machine and carefully craft such lovely compliments for each student in the class.  We encourage you to read your child's compliments when they bring their handmade stockings home.

Our candy engineering activity (aka graham cracker structures) will take place this Thursday.  Please use the following link to bring an item:  http://signup.com/go/ryJ4zE So far only one person has signed up to bring anything for this project and we hope to have a variety of items.     

Also, please note that we will not have any school this Friday and will return on Monday, January 9th.  Thanks for all you have done to support our classroom!  We hope everyone has a restful Winter break!

Sincerely,

Ms. Liza, Kathy, and Cassie

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Class Trip Meeting

Thanks to all who attended.  Here is the information in case you missed it.

We are so excited about our overnight trips that are planned for this
school year.  We hope that everyone can come to our informational
meeting to learn more about these activities. The dates will be kept
the same as noted in the information passed out at the start of the
year:


Science Camp:  January 25-27, At Tonto Creek Camp, in Northern Arizona


Camp Sky Y:  April 10-12, Near Payson


6th Grade Trip:  May 15-16.  Zion National Park. We would love some
parent input at the meeting as we are considering adding a day.  We have tentatively determined to have it from the 15th to the 17th of May.


The cost for the Science Camp and Camp Sky Y will be $200, which is
covered by a tax credit donation; we will explain how you get this
money back on your taxes at the meeting.  It is possible to break up
payments in increments over 4 months, but still get the money back on
taxes if all donations are made before April 10.  The cost of the 6th
grade trip is usually covered by fundraising.


If you would like to be a chaperone for the trip, you must have a
current fingerprint background check that has been fully processed by
the date of each trip.

We hope to see everyone at the meeting.  Please sign and return the
bottom of the form that will be going home with your child.

Thank you very much for your support!