Music notes from Mrs. Masloski

All of the second grade children performed their holiday show for the parents this past week with sparkling success. The crowd was entertained by the angelic sounds of "Angel Band" followed by the sweet sounds of "O' Come Little Children" and "Santa's Helpers." The second grade also performed a great poem about their pet "snowball." The finished their program with "Rudolph then Red-Nosed Reindeer" and a rousing version of "Jingle Bells." A great time was had by all.

The fifth graders pulled out all of the stops to perform their selections. They included "The First Noel" and "Feliz Navidad." Their rendition of "O Come All Ye Faithful" was wonderful and the poem "December Celebrations" really painted the picture of the holiday season. This group, too, ended their performance with "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and a lovely round of "Jingle Bells." They are already talking about next year's performance.

The third grade began their program with a bunch of little elves singing and dancing to "Alfie the Elf." They then got rockin' with "Jingle Bell Rock" and "I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus." Their class poem "Santa Spies" entertained us all. They concluded their program with "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "Jingle Bells." The really had fun.

The fourth grade sang the classic carol "O' Christmas Tree" as well as "Santa Claus and his reindeer." They also had a lot of fun with the tune "Christmas Chopsticks." The class poem titled "Christmas Poem" was a hit with the kids as they held up corresponding letters enhancing the poem. They also concluded with "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "Jingle Bells." They are truly in the holiday spirit.

A wonderful evening of music has filled the air. Have a wonderful and safe holiday season from Mrs. Masloski.

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Student Council

Student Council members have been busy helping with the Share-A-Christmas project. The West School has collected 387 cans of food for Journey's End. We have also raised $96.66 from the Pumpkin Raffle and the by filling Santa's Boot with Loot. We also donated several large boxes of toys and books to the Share-A- Christmas toy drive.

Thanks again to all the people who donated to such a worthy cause!

Student council election is underway and the officers will be named on Dec. 19!

The 2008-2009 Student Council members are: Cora Zickel, Matthew Dalton, Bailey Guy, Brittnay Hennis, Chris Lengyel, Kylee Dean, Jamie Mullane, Daniel Meeks, Justin Green, Kyndahl Sabin, Ben Harstine, Rachel Kistler, Megan Cleveland, Kaleal Tarrance, Olivia Moulton and Collen Mozena.

Congratulations and I look forward to working with you soon!! Mrs. Hursey

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All books due before Christmas break

Students need to turn in all library books before the Christmas break. This will help cut back on lost books over break. Students will begin checking books out again when we return.

If your child has a lost book or damaged book fee, please help them take care of this as soon as possible. Lost book fees are only issued when a student has had a book checked out for one month or longer. If the book is found within the same school year and returned in good condition, the fee will be returned.

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Building AR goal

West school students have been working hard on their Accelerated Reader. We have the building goal of 16,000 AR points by the end of the year. If this goal is met, students who did their part by earning at least 20 points with an 80 percent or higher will be able to attend our end of the year celebration. We currently have 6,569 points. Keep reading West School!

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Super Seconds

Our Second Graders did a wonderful job at our Christmas program on December 8. Thank you, parents and relatives, for attending. The boys and girls looked awesome all dressed up and they enjoyed "showing off" their singing skills as well as their outfits on stage. On Wednesday, Dec. 10, the second graders were invited to Riverside Nursing Home to perform their program again for the residents there. It was an enjoyable time of mixing young with old, bringing Christmas cheer to all who were there.

In Science, we are wrapping up our unit on animals, and are looking forward to beginning our unit on Earth and Space Science. In Math you will start hearing the term "regrouping". Don't panic -- it's just another name for "carrying" or "borrowing."

Now that the weather is colder, please make sure your child has a hat and gloves and a warm enough coat for recess. Also, please ask your child if more pencils and erasers are needed at school. Many students have used up the ones they brought at the beginning of the year. They would make great "stocking stuffers."

The second grade wishes everyone a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!