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Preschool is located in
Brighton United Methodist Church
625 S. 8th Ave.
Brighton, Co 80601

303-659-1202​​​

School age ( k-6) is located at
801 S. 5th ave
Brighton, Co 80601
303-659-3008


Merry Christmas Everyone!
Thank you all for the wonderful Christmas goodies, cards, gifts and kind thoughts! You all are such a blessing! We hope you all have a blessed Christmas and a beautiful New Year! Enjoy this week with your family and we will see you all back after the New Year!
Family fun
Don't forget to check out the activity calendar at the end of every newsletter! There are tons of great activities to do with children of all ages!!
Program Videos
If you took any videos of the program and would like to share them with us...we would love to see them! We'd love to add the videos to our collection and may post some for others to see as well. We won't post any children who's parents have requested the no-photo-release policy.
December 24-January 1st Both schools are closed. No drop in care is available.
January 2nd-7th No elementary K-6th grade classes and No class for Ms. Emylee's Little Mozarts.
Classes resume January 8th for K-6th and January 9th for the Little Mozarts.
January 2nd-7th we WILL have drop in care available for all K-6th grade students. Cost is $30/day.
January 21st- MLK day both schools are closed, no drop in care is available.
February will bring us Balloon-O-Grams!! Watch for more information to come!
ART SHOW
We are already beginning to prepare for our spring art show! We are in need of some miscellaneous supplies to make these amazing art projects a reality! We are looking for any variety of miscellaneous items that you  may have laying around your house. For just a small sample we could use:
puzzle pieces            screws/bolts            beads            plastic lids            scrap wood blocks    
paper clips                legos                        feathers        pvc pipe pieces    Christmas wrapping paper
cardboard pieces      styrofoam                straws            bottle caps            foam shapes
toilet paper rolls        coffee cans              sequins         rubber bands        camera roll canisters
etc... If you have it laying around your house, we can probably use it!! We even need smooth round stones and fabric scraps.  We appreciate all donations!
Thank you!
Payments
As we approach the end of the year we ask that all accounts be paid in full by today. Please make sure to check your end of year balance to make sure your account is up to date. We will be sending end of year statements in January for tax purposes.
Thank you!

Preschool Section
Enrichment
Happy Friday!
What a wonderful week in enrichment. Monday we talked about Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus. Tuesday we played "Frosty Says", Wednesday we played "Don't Let Frosty Melt." Thursday we took out the bells and played them to the rhythm of jingle Bells.  For Spanish, we learned how to say "Merry Christmas" and listened to Feliz Navidad and we also did a snowman alphabet. We had lots of fun. I wish everyone a wonderful and blessed Christmas and happy New Year. I hope everyone enjoys their Christmas break.
 Ms.Erika


Afternoon camps and activities for Preschool
Monday: Christmas action cards 
Tuesday:  Beaded candy cane 
Wednesday: Egg carton snowmen
Thursday: Counting snowballs 
Friday:  Present stacking and indoor games 

Ms. Emylee’s little Mozart’s 
Happy Friday! I hope everyone's excited for Christmas break! We are on break from Dec 24- Jan 8th. 
This week we learned about the true meaning of Christmas by reading about Jesus and the story of his birth. We worked on the number 12 and letter Nn. We made Christmas ornaments on Friday as a Christmas present to our parents! We continued our Core Knowledge skills of cutting and segmenting a spoken sentence into distinct words.
I'll see you all after our long break! 
Merry Christmas! 
Emylee 
Ms Shantel’s little Monets
   I am so glad to back from vacation to so many smiling faces. I am blessed and grateful for everyone who helped cover my class while I was gone.
This week we were so busy finishing up all of our Christmas crafts and gifts. I hope you all enjoyed all that the kiddos made for you, everything turned out so cute. Along with all the fun stuff we worked on letter Jj as well as a review of colors and shapes learned so far. 
     A few reminders to help keep all of our kiddos, families, teachers and their families healthy and safe. Your child must be fever free and medication free for 24 hours before attending school. Kiddos must be free from vomiting and diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school. I write this as a simple reminder because we have had to unfortunately send so many ill kiddos home. Thank you for your help with this and keeping everyone healthy and safe.  Also, please remember to take home your child's pillows, blankets and softies a couple of times each month so we can keep our classroom as healthy as possible. Thank you!!
    We are closed until January 2nd. I look forward to seeing everyone in the new year. Thank you for all the wonderful gifts, goodies and cards. The love and support you have shown me and the Monet's team is incredible. Have a very Merry Christmas filled with blessings and love. 
Ms Shantel, Ms Adriana and Ms Sarah

Ms Alayna’s Little Earhart’s 
This week we finished up some fun Christmas art. We started learning about the letter Kk and kept focusing on number 9. When we come back we will move onto number 10 and continue to study letter Kk. We will be doing lots of fun “New Years” art and continue to practice cutting and pasting. Please remember to check the news board everyday and also check the daily Reports. Homework starts back up as soon as we get back so don’t forget to pick up homework folders on Monday. I will be adjusting the schedule when we get back. After nap, rather than going straight into snack time, we will have a second circle time which will be our bible study time. This will last 10-15 minutes and then the children will eat afternoon snack. Lastly, please return your list of 3 wishes/accomplishments you would like to see by the end of the school year. Merry Christmas, God bless you this season. 
Ms. Alayna
Ms. Gina’s Little Shakespeareans 
    I’m wishing you all a very Merry Christmas! 
    Thank you so much for all the wonderful gifts!  
    I included the January CK skills in your parent folders just to give you a peek at what we will be working on in the New Year. 
  If you haven’t yet put up a calendar to help your kiddo work on the CK Orientation in time skills, Christmas is the perfect time to get a calendar as a gift just for your Shakespearean. We have many skills that our calendar helps us to master. 
   Also in the parent folder, I added a worksheet that we use to help us develop listening and patterning skills. During Christmas break please work on this worksheet with your child as we continue to become good listeners.
The worksheet instructions are to ask your child to:
1. Draw and color an orange flower in each little girls hair.
2. Color each boy’s hat blue.
3. Color each girls clothes red.
4. Color each boy’s clothes green.
5. Color each girls candle orange.
6. Color each boy’s candle yellow. 
If you have any questions about our CK skills or how your child is doing with our middle of the year assessments please let me know and I’ll make time to talk.
Merry Christmas Ms. Gina, Ms. Shannon and Ms Mallory 
Schoolage section 
Afternoon camps and activities 
Dec 17-21 
Monday:  Christmas action cards 
Tuesday: gingerbread STEM Challenge. 
Wednesday:  Paper plate Christmas tree whirligig and Christmas paper rolls crafts 
Thursday:  coordinate plane mystery pictures
Friday: freeze dance and Indoor games

Monday enrichment 
Science- We made reindeer toothpaste which was an experiment that created an exothermic reaction....which means it got warm to the touch as it exploded. Very cool.
Cultural studies- We continued to talk about Christmas around the world and looked into Korea and China where the idea of Christmas is quite new.
Music-we learned about traditional music from Brazil and reviewed the instruments we have been learning by reviewing where the instruments originated and the matching the picture of the instrument to its name.
Movement- we played a Santa relay race which the kids apparently loved because they were quite enthusiastic in explaining how it was played!
Bible- We looked over the birth of Christ from a Shepard’s perspective.  How he was born in a stable verses a palace because His kingdom is not of this world.  He came to be a servant.  We know this meant ultimately laying down his life for us. 
Memory Verse: 
Luke 22:26  “He who is the greatest amongst you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs as he who serves. “
The middle eastern culture was the younger ones served the older. When Jesus was asked who was the greatest in the kingdom, he simply said the leaders are those who serve.  Let’s reflect on that this season of giving! 
Foreign language- we read and learned about the story of the poinsettia.
Drama- we practiced expressing emotions
Kindergarten
   What a great Christmas filled week we had!
   We read two Christmas themed books: A Tacky Christmas and The Mitten which we used throughout the week to make some Christmas crafts and have some Christmas fun.
   We did hot chocolate math and counting snowmen as we continue to work on one to one correspondence and recognizing numbers 1-20. 
    In reading we are continuing to learn to recognize all our letters, identify initial sounds of the words we say, and many of us are now working on consonant vowel consonant words. 
    Over Christmas break we ask that you take some time with your child to read each night. Ask them to identify the letters they recognize and ask them to help you sound out basic sight words. 
    We hope you all have blessed Christmas and a beautiful new year.
    Ms Laura and Ms Angelica 
1st/2nd grade  Mrs. Yanish’s Class
 This week was filled with crafts and extra time catching up on a few assignments.  We enjoyed our time together this week discovering a few new artistic talents and learning about fun Christmas traditions.  Please look for several items that are going home in backpacks today.  Many of them may add to the décor of your house for the holidays!
 
In addition, we’ve been talking this week often about “working like a tortoise” – slow and steady.  Several of the students realized this is an important skill when constructing or creating with various materials and using them in ways that are a bit different.  I hope you’ll notice the work that was put in to several of our projects.  
 
Please continue checking through assignments that come home in weekly folders.  Most of them have grades that will give you an idea of how your child is doing.  Of course, my door is always open if you have questions or want to know more.  Second semester often shows a greater amount of growth compared to the first and I’m so excited to begin our new adventures after the new year.
 
Your generosity and thoughtfulness are very much appreciated.  I am simply overwhelmed with the love that is shown throughout this school and I cannot express my gratitude enough for the parents and families that have helped us to create such a wonderful community that consistently reflects God’s love.
 
Have a Merry Christmas!  I pray your heart is filled with great joy.
Mrs. Yanish
3rd-6th 
December 21, 2018
Dear Parents,
We had an amazing Colonial Day as well as Christmas Party! I really appreciate the students and you as parents for all your support!
To plan ahead:
We will be memorizing the first portion of our Declaration of Independence as well as the preamble to the Constitution which will be due January 31, 2019. I am sending home the copies for you to keep and work on perhaps over Christmas break if the students need something to do!
STEM/STEAM projects are due January 18,2019! I sent home the information last so if anyone needs it again, please let me know!
Please encourage the students to study their basic facts over break!
We are working on our portfolios weekly. Our portfolios will give us direction as well as keep us grounded as to where we have been. We have worked on a significant date list which will help us remember what significant things have happened in our lives. We have also had the opportunity to write those out in sentence form in our biography. I don't have too many portfolio items back. I know they take a little time but it will be well worth it in the finished product! We are working on our family tree. I'm sending an example but you might find something you like better or you may want to do it on the computer. I only received 2 family trees back.
In Spelling, we will have our next test in Lesson 18 on 1/10/19. It is a unit review. Please continue to work on Spelling Board at home. In reading, we are still preparing our own story to put in a book and “publish” by not only writing the story with a moral but also illustrating it. Keep reading and keeping track of it in your Reading Log.
Bible Memory Verse Luke 22:26 1/11/19
1st Book Report Book Report presentation 1/11/19
2nd Report Book Report presentation 1/25/19
Math Facts Test Timed Test 3/1/19
STEM/STEAM Home Projects Due 1/18/19
Portfolio Family Tree 1/10/19
History Preamble/Declaration 1/31/19
In His Service for our Young People,
Ms. Carolyn Adams
303.907.7970
celizabeth1969@gmail.com
“He who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs as he who serves.” Luke 22:26

Family fun activities 

Do you know a creative, fearless, and innovative high school senior in Colorado? The MCA Denver is awarding over $20,000 in scholarships through their Failure Awards Scholarship for students willing to take risks!  For more information, go to https://denverfoundation.academicworks.com/opportunities/476?fbclid=IwAR0vq0xiO0y21vVt7kIkRO8Gma_2kVhup2b_TfxuntpeMzoJcHWofQCrq-I 
The Wings Over The Rockies Air & Space Museum is filled with 50+ military aircraft, space and rocketry exhibits, plus realistic flight simulators, all housed in a former Air Force hanger. Over winter break from December 22 through January 6, consider a visit as admission for kids 16 and younger is only $1 (normally $8.50).  
MCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) of Denver has a teen programs that are six-week, intensive workshops centered around a creative practice. Rather than learning a specific art making skill, like beginner ceramics or oil painting 101, teens will dive into broader creative practices and subject matters.Fall and winter workshops are on Thursday evenings at the museum, from 4:30-6:30PM. The summer workshop runs for one week, with workshop meetings 12:30-4:30PM at the museum. All workshops are no cost. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. If interest exceeds capacity, we will create a waitlist.  Keep an eye on their website for these workshops https://mcadenver.org/teens/workshops
Celebrate the holidays at Ft Collins Museum of Discover 408 Mason Ct.  on  Friday December 21st.
To help you get in the holiday spirit, stop by the museum for holiday crafts, cookies, cocoa, and a few surprises… Enjoy showtimes of the 360° holiday film Let it Snow in the OtterBox Digital Dome Theater, featuring classic holiday tunes from Frank Sinatra and Chuck Berry to Burl Ives along with stunning festive imagery and effects. And don’t forget to wear your ugly sweaters! ...Did we mention exploding Christmas Trees?  Festivities: 6:00pm – 9:00pm (Showtimes 6:30, 7:30, & 8:30)  Tickets: $10/$8 for adult members & $5/$3 for child members.  For more info or to purchase tickets, go to https://fcmod.org/event/snowdome-holiday-spectacular-2018/?fbclid=IwAR3tgQvl2VZXoSGsKnHaIkjkdE4u0yjgMQdY_JYRLSoZussbUcmssAYskas
Register now for the Christmas Bird Count  Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 9 AM - 1 PM  Meet at the Meadowlark Picnic Pavilion at Barr Lake State Park,13401 Picadilly Road, Brighton, Colorado  
Join local families and naturalists from Bird Conservancy of the Rockies for a Christmas Bird Count held especially for kids! The event gets kids involved in the celebrated tradition of annual bird counts, started by the National Audubon Society more than 100 years ago to encourage bird conservation.  Discover local birds that tough out the harsh Colorado winter  Learn what it means to be a “citizen scientist”   Explore the outdoors and practice birding with experienced birders  Help contribute to ongoing bird conservation   
Participants are broken into teams and given information on local birds, as well as a checklist to tally what species they find in the field. Teams are assigned a local birding expert to guide them on a 90-minute hike around the Barr Lake area to discover and count birds. After the count, all teams meet back at the nature center for lunch, report their findings and take part in other activities.  Cost is $3 per person plus a $7 per vehicle state park entrance fee.                                
Ages 4-18 welcome! There are special activities for kids age 4-6 including a bird discovery walk and Budding Birders Camp. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Children younger than 4 are welcomed to join, but do not need to be registered. For more information, go to https://campscui.active.com/orgs/BirdConservancyoftheRockies#/selectSessions/2556212
The holidays can leave you spinning! Downtown Denver receives a fun winter treat in the form of the Denver Pavilions Holiday Carousel (500 16th St. at Glenarm) open from Friday, December 14  through Wednesday, January 2. Rides are $3 each, but you can also get a complimentary ride. (In the spirit of the holidays, partial proceeds benefit the Food Bank of the Rockies.)   Shop, dine or play at any Denver Pavilions location and receive a FREEride voucher with purchase. (See merchant for complete details. Some restrictions apply.) The carousel is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.daily. On New Year’s Eve, the carousel is open until 1 a.m. There’s also a FREE day on Thursday, December 27. (No purchase required. Children must be accompanied by an adult, you can’t just drop them off unattended.)
Come by and meet Reggie and Riley! Get your photo taken with them too! We'll also have reindeer arts and crafts and reindeer snacks! No holiday celebration is complete without reindeer, and these two are especially nice!  This event will take place at the Nature Center and is included with your regular park entrance fee or annual pass at no additional charge.  Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 11 AM – 1 PM Barr Lake State Park, Colorado State Parks  13401 Picadilly Road, Brighton, Colorado 80603  https://www.facebook.com/ReggieReindeerChristmasPromotions/  
If you haven't yet experienced the fun of Mindbender Mansion, a quirky exhibit, full of puzzles, brainteasers, and interactive challenges, it's time to plan your visit! The exhibit is only here for a few more weeks!  The mansion is made up of six themed "rooms," each filled with dozens of puzzle stations and challenges. In some cases, your body will work as hard as you brain as you work with other mansion guests to manipulate a tilt table, keep up with a conveyor belt, maneuver a flying machine, and play hopscotch spelling.  
The puzzles are designed to be challenging ... and they are! On my family's recent visit, we found that working in teams was key to finding solutions. Using our combined math, science, technology, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills, we tackled each test with determination — then whooped and jumped and high-fived when we were successful! The tilting table with the pinball-vibe was one of our favorites!  Mindbender Mansion is included with Denver Museum or Nature and Science admission.
Check out the The Polar Express ~ Through December 23, 2018 at the IMAX.    Experience the beloved holiday movie like you've never experienced it before: in IMAX 3D with pristine sound and awe-inspiring images. Based on the classic children's book by Chris Van Allsburg, The Polar Express follows a doubting young boy on an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole.  Screenings take place on select days at 8:30 AM or 7:30 PM, now through December 23. Tickets are $9.95 for adults or $7.95 for children and teens 18 and under. Purchase in advance online or at the door.  The Museum will host a special sensory-friendly 2D screening on Wednesday, December 19 at 6:30 PM. Throughout the movie, the lights in the theater will remain on at a low level and the audio will be reduced. This specially adjusted viewing environment is being created in consultation with the Autism Society of Colorado.
The City of Brighton will offer Christmas tree recycling Dec. 26 – Jan. 8 at the following locations: •Brighton Park south parking lot (9th and Midland) •Brighten Sports Complex (1111 Judicial Center Drive) •Ken Mitchell Park (889 Kinglet Court) Residents are asked to remove everything from the tree before dropping it off. Only Christmas trees will be accepted. Trees will be chipped and mulch will be available Jan. 12 on a first-come-first-serve basis at Brighton Park south parking lot off Midland Street. For more information, contact the Brighton Parks Department at 303-655-2054.