December/January Newsletter

December/January newsletter...see attached text
December/January newsletter...see attached text

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, they 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 shining through. It is not about the decorations, the presents, or the food; although 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 that are important 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 tips to keep 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 treasure 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 the 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 https://blog.ed.gov/  Department of Education

      Geary County USD #475 does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and/or activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. For questions or complaints based on race, color, national origin, sex or age, please contact the USD 475 Director of Human Resources, 123 N. Eisenhower, Junction City, KS 66441. Telephone: 785.717.4000. For questions or complaints based on disability, please contact the USD 475 Director of Exceptional Student Services, 123 N. Eisenhower, Junction City, KS 66441. Telephone: 785.717.4000                                                                                                                         Grandview students will be participating in another Christmas around the world Celebration. Students will be in mixed grade level groups and will rotate around to 5 different stations to learn about Christmas celebrations from around the world. They will be tasting foods, making crafts, and completing their own Christmas scrapbook. We hope they enjoy the journey of learning about other cultures and traditions. Bon voyage!                                                                   Greetings from the library:  The library has lots of new and fun books that just arrived for student’s enjoyment.  We are also happy to announce that we will be receiving a donation of 50 books from the Dorothy Bramlage Library in early December.  These books will go directly into students hands for their own personal libraries at home.  Students have been busy guessing away at how many turkey feathers are in the turkey jar.  The answer will be revealed on December 2nd.  The next guesstimation jar will be Christmas ornaments in a jar. The answer to that mystery will be revealed on January 7th.  The Mystery Mosaic is coming right along for this quarter, but we need more students adding stickers each day. Please continue encouraging your child to read and take AR test’s this quarter so that we can fill up the Mosaic.  The second quarter AR party will be on Wednesday, January 8th.  We are hoping to beat our first quarter total of 46 students attending.                                                                                                        

The 1st and 3rd graders had the opportunity to visit Valley View Senior Life in November. Student Council members were also there to help. It was a great opportunity for the students to interact with the residents. They had the chance to color and read books with them. We will be attending Valley View three more times throughout the school year to continue the collaboration.    

                     Dec-Jan Calendar                                  Dec 6                1st & 3rd grade to Valley View                                                 StuCo to Valley View                             Dec 16              5th grade DARE graduation      Dec 19              Crafts/Santa/Sing-along                                     Dec 20              Plan Day/No School                     Dec 22              Winter Begins                                                  Dec 23-Jan 6    Winter Break                                       Dec 25               Merry Christmas                                   Jan 1                 Happy New Year                                     Jan 7                 First day back/2nd semester begins Jan 20               Martin Luther King Day/No School             Jan 29               Kansas Day

       Our school is always collecting             BOX TOPS!!!!

          DIVERSITY DAY

 “Visualization to Realization-   A Dream Come True”            Saturday, January 18th, 2020                                                  

  10:00 am-2:00 pm                    Shenk Gymnasium-Junction City High School                                      900 N. Eisenhower Dr.

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

   Congratulations to Jaxxon Wallace for being selected most improved student for the month of October.  Jaxxon is in the 3rd grade in Mrs. Davies class.