Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Christmas at School

Christmas at school was lots of fun this year. The week before we got out for Christmas all the elementary classes had their Christmas programs. In Eli's Christmas program, he got to play the role of an elf. Luckily for us, the elf hat that Elfis brought Eli when he arrived worked out perfectly with his elf pajamas he already had. Eli's class' play was about mommy and daddy who were reading a Christmas story to their kids. The mommy and the daddy fall asleep in the middle of the story and the kids are left wondering what happens. Eli and a couple other kids play elves who come in and save the day by helping the kids finish the ABC's of Christmas. Eli's line he had to say was, "We heard there was a Christmas crisis!" It was really cute :) Then the kids proceeded to sing the ABC's of Christmas with each letter of the alphabet standing for something Christmas. Eli's friend Cooper had the letter B and he had to dress as a bell. Sarah wanted him to just wear a giant bell costume, but he wanted to actually jingle, so she sewed tiny bells all over his shirt. It was really cute! I snapped a quite picture of these two cuties before they left to go to their classroom that morning. 

Our school combines Grandparent's Day, Christmas programs, and the Book Fair all in one day. It's a very busy and hectic day, but it really helps the book fair sales for our school. My mom couldn't make it because of work, but my dad was able to so he drove in the night before so he could see Eli perform the next day. Zue-Zue also came, but she left with Eli before I could snap any pictures of her. Eli LOVED having his Pop and Zue-Zue there to spend the morning with him. They visited his classroom, toured the school, shopped at the book fair, ate yummy treats, and then Eli got to check out early and go with Zue-Zue to lunch at Johnny's pizza. Pop had to leave to go back to work, but Eli was so happy he got to spend the morning with him. 

My class sang several Christmas songs with the 3rd graders for their Christmas program. It was such a proud moment seeing some of my kids up there singing solos and performing. I was a proud teacher :) Celebrating Christmas with my 4th graders was lots of fun. We were able to make some really great ornament crafts, do a fun book exchange, and do a Christmas service project with our 4th grade kiddos. The families of our 4th graders went above and beyond to bless some sweet kiddos who weren't going to have a very good Christmas. I loved seeing the gifts and monetary donations just pour in from our 4th grade families who were so excited about blessing someone else. 

My 4th graders also loved making ornaments for their families. We reused some Mardi Gras beads for one Christmas ornament. 

I saw a Nativity scene on Pinterest painted on wooden pickets, so I adapted that idea and our kids painted the same scene on Popsicle sticks. I LOVE how this ornament turned out. 

Then my kids took some beads and craft wire and made some spiral Christmas trees. These turned out great too. 

On our last day at school before Christmas break, all the faculty and staff got to dress up for our Tacky Christmas party we were going to have after the kids left at noon. Sarah and I went the twinkie route again with matching tacky Christmas cardigans. I added some gold ornament earrings and topped my look off with a huge tacky bow. It was such a fun day!

We said good-bye to all our kids and then all the teachers and staff went to the cafeteria for some delicious food, fun games, a photo booth, and our Cajun Christmas gift exchange. We all had such a great time having fun together! It was a great way to start our Christmas break :)

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