DECEMBER HABIT OF MIND
Thinking and Communicating with Clarity and Precision
“A word to the wise is not sufficient if it doesn’t make sense” ~James Thurber
Language and thinking are closely entwined. Like either side of a coin, they are inseparable. Your words represent your mind. When you use fuzzy language, it is a reflection of fuzzy thinking. Intelligent people strive to communicate precisely and accurately by defining terms, using correct names, universal labels and analogies. They strive to avoid overgeneralizations such as “many people are saying”, “that’s what they tell me”, and “everybody does it”.
Dismissal Form for Noon Dismissals on Thursday and Friday
Thank you to those who have completed this dismissal form. If you haven’t completed it yet, please take a minute to do so. Every parent is being asked to complete this survey monkey form so we know where to dismiss your child at Noon on Parent Conference Days.
Thanks in advance! Here’s the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/December12and13
THIS WEEK’S NEWS
Parent Conferences are This Thursday and Friday – Noon Dismissal for Students
Minimum days are scheduled this week so that teachers can hold parent conferences. Extended Day is available for all students who come during conference time. Parents must sign in their child with an Extended Day teacher before they head off to their conference.
Important:Please make sure you arrive on time for your conference so that you can take advantage of the full 20-minute time spot. Because conferences are scheduled back to back, it is important that they end on time.
Student Council Elections are Friday
Thank you to all the students who have shown interest in joining our student council. Everyone running is a qualified leader and we are proud of each of you.
NEXT WEEK’S NEWS
Pajama Day – December 18
Everybody’s most comfortable spirit day is right around the corner. On Wednesday, December 18 we will all enjoy a day of school in our favorite PJs, slippers and robes. Please help your child join in on the fun.
Student Council Hot Chocolate Sale – December 18 (Pajama Day)
Next Wednesday, our Student Council will host this fundraiser to help the homeless in San Francisco. Students will have a chance to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate during the day to support this fundraiser. A donation to help the homeless in San Francisco will be appreciated, although optional.
Please send your child with a donation on Wednesday if you’d like to help.
Speaking of Hot Chocolate… A Hot Water Dispenser is Needed
We would love to borrow a large coffee urn or hot water dispenser to use next Wednesday for the hot chocolate fundraiser. Please let Mr. L. or Trudy know if you have one we can borrow.
No Study Hall next Thursday, December 19
Extended Day Closes at 5:00
There will be NO Study Hall on Thursday and Extended Day will close at 5pm, so that we can begin setting up for the Holiday Happening. We recommend that children be picked up early enough to get ready at home for the Holiday Happening, which begins at 6:30.
Holiday Happening – Next Thursday from 6:30 – 8:00
All families are invited to attend Kittredge School’s annual Holiday Happening. Please mark your calendars now to make sure you don’t miss this wonderful event.
A pizza/snack is provided.
Please bring a finger food appetizer or dessert to share.
There will be crafts and games for all.
We’ll close with a community sing-a-long at 8.
As always, a great time is expected!
Important Note To All Parents: Please remember that this is a family and community event.Teachers will be busy running games and helping with food and we rely on parents to watch and supervise their own children. The Kittredge Parent Association has worked hard to have activities for all, but we do not have space for students to invite friends outside of Kittredge to this event. Thanks for your help and support of our community.
No School on Friday, December 20
As written in our calendar, Winter Break begins this year on Friday, December 20. The Holiday Happening is the official beginning of our holiday break.
School will start again on January 6, 2020.
Basketball Season Has Begun
Ms. Gules and Ms. Perkins have distributed basketball information to students who were interested. We will field a Girls Junior Varsity Team and a Boys Varsity Team. Practices and games are scheduled in December and January. Go Kittredge!
Holiday Happening is next Thursday – Volunteers are Still Needed
The Holiday Happening is almost here and we are looking for a handful of volunteers. Please come help the younger students with crafts, or help teachers with games, or help clean up at the end of the evening. We could use the extra hands! Even 15 or 20 minutes of your time would be appreciated. If interested contact Tanya Piech at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for contributing to this fun filled evening!
Tis the season…
With less than two weeks of school left before Winter Break, we are packing our calendar full of activities! Please take a look so you don’t miss anything!
Today: Science Club
Wednesday: Science Club
Thursday, December 12: Noon dismissal for Parent Conferences – No Study Hall (Extendo until 6); Student Council speeches
Friday, December 13: Noon dismissal for Parent Conferences – No Study Hall (Extendo until 6); Student Council election
Tuesday, December 17: Science Club
Wednesday, December 18: Science Club; Pajama Day; Hot Chocolate Fundraiser
Thursday, December 19: No Study Hall; Extendo closes at 5 so we can prepare for the Holiday Happening
Thursday, December 19: Holiday Happening from 6:30 to 8:00
Friday, December 20 to Sunday, January 5: Kittredge will be closed. No Extendo.
Monday, January 6: First day of 2020