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Thankful!

Of course we know that time flies when you’re having fun and now we know that it also flies when you’re opening a new school! It’s hard to believe that it’s almost Thanksgiving and we’ve been open for fifty days! We have so much to be thankful for, but this year I am especially thankful for the wonderful families that were willing to start at the ground floor with us. Leaving your child with someone else is always a step of faith. We can educate ourselves about curriculum, ask for recommendations from friends, visit different types of programs, etc… but in the end, it’s still a step of faith and trust.Taking that step with a new program requires an extra measure of trust and there are not enough words to adequately express how grateful we are that you chose to take this step with us.

We are looking forward to starting some new traditions at St. Mark! On Thursday, November 20th, we’ve asked the children to bring one cup of chopped veggies (fresh or frozen) to school. We will be adding the veggies to chicken, chicken stock and rice to make “Sharing Soup!” We will also be making corn muffins. We’ll eat our lunch, all together, in the fellowship hall. You do not need to send a lunch with your child on Thursday. (We will also have cheese and fruit. We’re not expecting big soup eaters!)

On Saturday, December 6th, we invite you to join us for our first St. Nicholas Day Pancake Breakfast, from 8:00am-10:00am. It is open house style, so come on over when you’re ready and our excellent pancake masters will whip up some of their famous St. Mark pancakes for you and your family. St. Nicholas will be on hand to pass out candy canes and to collect new and gently used children’s shoes for children in Charlottesville.

In the classroom we’re talking about circles, spirals and swirls! This has led to experiments with “tornados” in a bottle, a circle walk and looking for swirls in nature. Circles and lines play a major role in the reading and writing process. Keep an eye out for circle art in the hallway and be sure to stop in to “Pepperoni’s Pizza Restaurant” for pizza ($5) salad ($6) or spaghetti ($7.)

Thank you for continuing to send weather appropriate clothing. Now that it’s getting chilly, don’t forget to pack mittens (socks work well if you can’t find the mitts!) hats and warm coats.

Just a reminder that we will be closed on Thursday the 27th and Friday the 28th for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving to each of you!

Carla

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