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Polar Express, Las Posadas, The Gifts of Giving and more...
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DISTINCTLY DAYCROFT
The Newsletter for Our Daycroft Community
December 19, 2018
The Polar Express Makes a Stop at the Oakbrook Kindergarten

ALL ABOARD!
 
The Polar Express will be making its way to the Oakbrook Kindergarten Class on Thursday for a wonderful adventure into the story by the American illustrator and writer of two Caldecott winning children's books, Chris Van Allsburg.  You can learn more about this wonderful children's author at:
https://hmhbooks.com/chrisvanallsburg/about-chris.html
"The bell still rings for all who truly believe.”   - Chris Van Allsburg, The Polar Express
Las Posadas - Tradition from Mexico

In Mexico, Las Posadas are held each of the nine nights before Christmas.  People go from house to house singing a special back-and-forth song with those who answer the door.  This continues until they reach their final destination, which then they sing a different song inviting everyone in. 
                         
Our students learned a portion of the actual Posada song, and the kindergarten class went to each classroom and sang with them.  When they came to their buddies' class in the 5/6 room, they were invited in for tamales and Mexican hot chocolate.
Miss Mirian came over from the Oakbrook campus.  She brought a homemade flan and talked to the class about the holidays in Ecuador! 

            

Finally, everyone headed back to the Spanish room for the grand finale - piñatas filled with Mexican candy!

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Holiday Break - Early Dismissal
Thurs., Dec. 20th
Zeeb Campus - 11:30 am
NO lunch served
Oakbrook Campus - 11:45 am
Students WILL eat lunch
Parents should pick up their child by
11am if they do not want their child
to eat lunch at school.
NO enrichment classes or after-care
at either campus


Spirit Day
Thurs., Dec. 20 - half day only
Wear pajamas and show your
school spirit!

Winter Break
Dec. 20 at noon through Jan. 6th
School resumes Mon., Jan. 7, 2019
Both campus offices will be closed -
Happy Holidays!
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Daycroft Parent Guild (DPG)  
A big thank you to all the families who contributed to the Holiday Gift Bags for the Teachers and Staff and participated in the gift bag assembly - special thanks to Appreciation Events Coordinator,
Jennifer Moyer.

Mark your calendars for the Family Bowling Party: Saturday, Jan. 26 at
2:00 p.m. at Bel-Mark Lanes.

Second Semester Enrichment Classes

                   
The second semester enrichment class enrollment form will be coming home when school resumes in January. Classes will begin January 22!  Watch for the form in your child's backpack and by email!

Announcements


The Daycroft Family Directory Is Here!

                 
Click here to download the Daycroft Family Directory.  Please email Laura Hogan with any additions/corrections that you may notice at laurah@daycroft.org.                          
                
New Spirit Wear Orders Have Arrived!

The recent spirit wear orders have been delivered.  Extra items are available for purchase in limited sizes. Contact lisae@daycroft.org to check availability.  An additional order will be placed later in the school year.   

One Day Karate Camp  MLK Day-Jan 21



                 
   
Treasured Traditions Shared
                  "Festival of Lights"  

The Hanukkah celebration revolves around the kindling of a nine-branched menorah, known in Hebrew as the hanukiah. On each of the holiday’s eight nights, another candle is added to the menorah after sundown; the ninth candle, called the shamash (“helper”), is used to light the others. Jews typically recite blessings during this ritual and display the menorah prominently in a window as a reminder to others of the miracle that inspired the holiday.
It's always special when grandparents visit our classrooms and
share their traditions and family customs.  - Happy Hanukkah!

The Mindful Cultivation of Generosity...

“Give more than you think you can, trusting that you are richer than you think. Celebrate this richness. Give as if you had inexhaustible wealth. This is called ‘kingly giving'  "Practice sharing the fullness of your being, your best self, your enthusiasm, your vitality, your spirit, your trust, your openness, above all, your presence.”  -  Working Out Loud by John Stepper  -

Girl Scouts Deliver Many Generous Donations
“Happiness doesn't result from what we get, but from what we give.” ― Ben Carson
The Girl Scouts put together 38 birthday bags from the generous donations at Daycroft and delivered them to Food Gatherers to distribute to families in Washtenaw County.
Sk8 Board Club Organizers Celebrate the Gift of Giving
“When you start giving, instead of getting, you make a difference. You can always give a warm smile, a sincere hello, a positive vibe… your attention, your time, your love, and kindness to those around you.” ― Roy T. Bennett
The organizers of the Sk8 Board Club went shopping and purchased a skateboard, knee and elbow pads, a sweatshirt, bag and stickers to donate to a child in need.
Oh Christmas Tree

“Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts.”

- Janice Maeditere



The Middle School students sold their handmade "tree-themed" cards at the Community Gathering and Winter Warmth Songfest and bought a Christmas tree. They donated the tree to the Peace Neighborhood Center to be distributed to a family in need this holiday season.


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“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” - Winston Churchill

Simply Thankful
Thank you for your generous gifts to Daycroft School - it is much appreciated.
  
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