December Newsletter 2012
So our first term is at an end, and what an end. We in Belmont take our hats off to the children for their stunning performances at our Nativity the Musical. Thank you for all your support inputting it all together.
The class have had great fun inmaking items with either a winter or Christmas theme this past month. So thecandle is lighting on the window sill, and Santa is holding court somewhere inthe house. Craft work included Jumping Jacks, Chapel Windows, Christmas Wreath,Christmas Bells, Christmas Cards and Christmas tree. You could make more withyour child to give as gifts. We have talked about St. Nicholas and advent wreaths,stars in the night sky, and snow all around us. We talked in circle about thejourney that Mary and Joseph made to get to Bethlehem. We talked about who thewise men were. Stories we read included ‘A Very Special Wish’, ‘The LonelyStar’, ‘The Gift of Christmas’, ‘Sam’s Snowflake’, ‘The Birth of Jesus’, ‘TheShepherd Girl’, ‘Star so Bright’, ‘Jack Frost’, ‘Snowy Animals’, ‘Santa’s BusyDay’ and ‘Bella Gets Skates On.
All of these activities and themes link in and support the themes of Aistear and Siolta such as communicating,well-being, identity and belonging as well as community.
Thank you all for supporting the St. Vincent De Paul appeal, you were most generous.Also, with your fund-raising we managed to raise €856 for the Special Olympics!
The DVD of the nativity Play can be ordered now. All proceeds will go towards life-saving treatment for 4 year old Lily-Mae Morrison in Claregalway who is suffering from a rare and extremely aggressive form of childhood cancer.
The class have coloured in lots of support work to our circle talks. These all aid in the learning. Besides they are a lot of fun. Colouring is very good for a child to express themselves. To begin with staying inside the lines is not that important, making a mark on the paper is. With practice comes refinement. As your child grows, and develops, so too will their skills in writing,drawing, cutting, etc.
We end our term on a high note, with a party for one and all. May your Christmas be warm, safe, and happy.
See you all on the 7 January 2013. Refreshed, renewed, and ready to face a new term head on!!!
So in the words of the man in the red suit....................
“Merry Christmas To All, And To All A Good Night!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
Staff of Belmont