December/January eNewsletter

Holiday Greetings!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! December seems to bring out the best in everyone. It seems people are more patient, the smile more, they are kinder to each other and to strangers. December and the holidays just seem to bring out the best in everyone. I believe what we see is the spirit of the season shing through.  It is not about the decorations, the presents, or the food; alothough those are nice. It is the spirit of good will that shines through and allows us all to treat each other with more compassion and understanding. If only we could find a way to hang onto that spirit all year long. Somehow it gets lost amid the pressures and stressors of life. So enjoy the season and the good will it brings. Pass it on to all you can. The things are are improtant are not “things”. What is important is family, the children, friends and loved ones near and far. One of the greatest gifts we can give others is our time and full attention. I hope you are able to spend quality time with those you love this season and enjoy good times together.

Happy Holidays and Have a wonderful New Year,

Mrs. Lynn Shinault, Principal

Holidays and winter breaks are just right around the corner, and while students and teachers will get a well-deserved break from the classroom, it doesn’t mean children need to stop learning. Here are a few times to kepp children’s minds sharp and challenged during their break.

  • Use the winter break to strengthen your child’s vocabulary. This is a perfect time to start a teasure chest of words, by having your child look up new words, then write the word and definition on 3×5 cards. Use the word in a sentence or have them write the word. This exercise will reinforce reading comprehension and writing skills.
  • Give your child an opportunity to appreciate the arts by attending free events like concerts or plays during holidays, or stop by a local museum.
  • Give a book or educational gift that will keep on giving throughout the year.

You can find more tips at of education

Library Corner

Hello and Happy Holidays!

November was a great month in the library. The authors we celebrated were: Kate Dicamillo, Marc Brown, and Kevin Henkes. November 6th-10th was “National Reader’s Week” and Mrs. Shinault read to each classroom. We ended with a “Read-a-thon” in the classrooms and library. It was so much fun! The second graders learned about rivers, mountains, grassy plains, and the sandy coast. Their final test was to recreate the map on a cookie that was in the shape of the United States. YUM! Many classes are working on research projects and learning about the importance of Digital Citizenship. All of the gators are preparing for the “Hour of Code” which is the first week of December. We will be working on beating our record from last year which was 258 hours of coding. Reember to keep reading over your long winter break!

Ms. Porter, Library Media Specialist

Parent Reminders:

Please make sure to come into the office to sign students in who arrive late to school. If your child is going to be late or absent, please call and let us know. 785-717-4470

When sending money please try to send in exact amounts, we do not keep extra money in the building. When crossing the parking lot, please use the designated crosswalks. Thank you for your cooperation!

Reminder: The 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade music program will be Thursday, January 25th at 6:00 PM.

Congratulations to Jusitce Rausch for being selected most improved student for the month of October. Justice is a 4th grade student in Mrs. Welch’s class.

The Grandview Elementary staff wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a joyous New Year!


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