Dear Fifth Grade Families,
Happy last week of school before the Winter Break.  Read on for important news and information…

Wednesday Field Trip to the Egyptian Museum
Our trip is still on for Wednesday.  It works our beautifully to take 6 vans, each with 5 child passengers and one passenger adult.  Since we are only taking the 5+ seater vans, all other cars left behind will need to be parked in front of the kindergartens and NOT on the playground for the day.  Regular drop off and pick-up times apply.

Class Play
As I am sure you all know, I unveiled our class play to the students last week.  Upon our return from the Winter Break we will begin rehearing with gusto, but I wanted to make sure you got the date for the play on your calendar, so that there are no unfortunate conflicts.  Please note that it is different from the date I sent out last week.
Performance: Thursday, January 24, 6:30pm.  

Another Change:  Class Meeting Date… Saturday?
I have decided to hold our next class meeting on a Saturday morning.  I am not sure if this news will be greeted by you with a hearty pat on the back, or a fist on the chin, but evenings are a challenge for me right now-- energy-wise-- and a morning gathering might be just the ticket. I will cross my fingers that it works well for you too.  So, here is the plan:

When: Saturday, January 12, 10:00am-12:00noon.  
I will bring the coffee. Maybe we can potluck for some edibles?
Childcare will be provided.  To this end I have revamped the online sign-up sheet for you to RSVP: https://docs.google.com/document/d/17mlIDc0iyksHQNxqtJvB3rcf9O7hvJz4P_kvdlC0IvQ/edit?hl=en_US&pli=1

Wanted: Embalmer Supplies
As you may have heard, Pharaoh Albus Von Huckencluck died last week and so the Royal Embalmers began the 70 day process of preparing the great Pharaoh's body for his tomb.  To that end we are in need of some very large zip lock bags-- larger than the gallon bags I currently have in the 5th Grade temple. If by chance you have some larger sized bags (1½ to 2 Gallon would be best, not bigger) sitting around your home I would love to take two or three off your hands.

Wanted: First Grade Class Picture
I am looking for a copy of our First Grade class picture.  Jennifer and I cannot find our copy.  If you have one you could loan me, I would like to copy it.  I would return it to you quickly, I promise.  Anyone?

Violin Practice?
How did it go last week?  Did your child practice every day?  I noticed that fewer violins were left in the class at the end of the day on Monday and Friday, so hopefully that is sign that your child hopped to it on his or her own.  Thank you so much for your help with this.  

One note (no pun intended) regarding practice this week:  For the Winter Festival the 5th Graders will be playing a few pieces of music for you.  One of the tunes is (hopefully) a new one (Jolly Old St. Nicholas), given to them on Friday by Mrs. Ewing.  It is not a hard piece of music (in my opinion), and they were asked to begin working on it over the weekend at least once in order to make better sense of it.  So, with that, the pieces practiced each night should include: Perpetual Motion (both parts), Joy to the World (both parts), Jolly Old Saint Nicholas.

Reminder: Food Drive for the Napa Food Bank
Thank you to those of you who sent something in last week for the Food Drive.  It was fun to watch our bag grow so full all week long and then be able to drop food into the barrel, now located in the office.  I hope each student can bring in something to contribute to this worthwhile endeavor.  

Mana from Heaven
Thank you as well to all of you who helped unleash the incredible flood of coins that made their way to class over the course of the week.  By Friday our collection had increased by a factor of ten, requiring a second large container, and it took two students to carry the treasure over to the 3rd Grade classroom.  It was a very fun thing to do, collecting all those coins, and I know Alena Nelson will be grateful for our efforts. Thank you.

Upcoming Dates:
San Jose Egyptian Museum: Wednesday, December 12 (normal drop-off and pick-up times apply)
Half Day/Winter Festival: Friday, December 14.
Parent Meeting: Saturday, January 12th, 10:00am-12:00noon.  Childcare is provided.  Please RSVP at: https://docs.google.com/document/d/17mlIDc0iyksHQNxqtJvB3rcf9O7hvJz4P_kvdlC0IvQ/edit?hl=en_US&pli=1
Class Play: Thursday, January 24, 6:30pm

That's it.  Have a wonderful last week before the break!




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