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             Mrs. Goins' Grapevine  for the week of  December 11

   Last week was an exciting but  busy week. On Thursday, students from West Stanly High School came with their teacher, Mrs. Colleen Lambert.  She teaches food preparation classes.  She read the book, Strega Nona, to the students to get us ready to make pasta on Friday.  The high school students
made and gave each second grader a book about how to make pasta. Friday morning found us at West Stanly, with our aprons on,and  getting our hands gooey. Your students made and then ate their pasta.  ( It was cooked by the high schoolers.) Then Friday afternoon, it began to snow.  The excitement in the school was huge:)

    As this is the last full week before the Christmas break, I am planning on having some fun activities in math, science, and social studies.  The spelling words for this week will have a Christmas theme.  I have several STEM challenges that are Christmas related.  Our nonfiction passage will be about Christmas around the world.

  Locust School is now on Twitter   @locust_school and on Instagram  at locustelementaryschool

Relay for Life is sponsoring the Candy Cane Grams where your student can send a candy cane to anyone in the school.  The green papers came home last week.  It costs 50 cents to have a candy cane delivered.  All monies raised will go to Relay for Life.  The last date to order is Friday, December 15 and the deliveries will be on Monday, December 18.

  This year, instead of having the usual Christmas party, Second grade teachers decided to go see the movie Wonder.  We spend a good portion of our year talking about accepting others and how being different is okay.  This movie reinforces being kind to others.  Your student will be getting a snack that has popcorn, Sierra Mist, and Skittles as they watch the movie.  We will have pizza for lunch, along with juice boxes and cookies once we return to school. You are more than welcome to come join us for the pizza party:) I will let you know about the time soon.

    The weather has really had some  dramatic changes just within the past week.  We try to go outside as much as possible for recess, when the weather cooperates. Unless it is extremely cold, the students need the chance to run and play outside.  Please let your student bring a jacket or sweatshirt that can stay at school, in case the temperature is not comfortable for your child.

    You are always welcome to come visit with us,or have lunch/ brunch  with your student.  We are the first class to go, at 10:40.  You may sign in at the office and wait for us to arrive outside of the cafeteria.

    It has been  a wonderful but busy year with your student thus far.  If you have any questions, concerns, worries, etc., please contact me. I do check the orange folders each morning for notes or returned papers.  You can email me anna.goins@stanlycountyschools.org, or call the school office to leave a message. It may be after school before I am able to respond to you, depending on what you need answered.  My goal is to provide each student the best Second grade year possible.

Some dates that you may want on your calendar:

Monday, December 11  Christmas store set up, volunteers needed 
Tuesday and Wednesday December 12 and 13  PTA 's  Christmas store open for students, volunteers needed
Monday December 18  Grades 3-5 Christmas program at 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 19  Class trip to see the  movie Wonder, pizza party for lunch  
 Wednesday December 20 - Monday, January 1  Christmas- New Year's holidays
Tuesday January 2  return to school  
January 12  Snow Ball   more information will come home later