Welcome Back!
We have three busy weeks before we break for winter break. We are looking forward to some service learning work, including caroling around town, Winter Celebration, baking, poetry, and Acts of Kindness. Thank you ahead of time for communicating any absences so we can best utilize our learning time these next weeks.

Back to School Reminders
Big 5, water bottles, indoor shoes, canvas folders, just right books all back to school. Thanks for your help!

Lunch and Recess Flip

When we return from break the elementary school is going to experiment with a flip of lunch and recess. There is a lot of research that supports having recess before lunch. It is shown to reduce recess conflicts, increase positive transition behavior, reduce food waste, and create a more beneficial eating environment. Please be aware of this schedule change in December. We will collect data to determine whether or not we will continue this in January. If you have any anecdotal feedback from the home perspective, please email Shannon. Also, packing an extra hardy morning snack is advised to help children make it to 12:05 for lunch!

Professional Development in Elementary
Our elementary teachers have been engaged in a lot of great professional development this year. Kjera recently returned from a training on mindful classrooms, numerous elementary teachers engaged in an online mathematical thinking course, and Molly will be going to a Northwest Association of Independent Schools conference for emerging teachers. We all have been involved in training on social/emotional thinking and will have another opportunity for this in February. We are appreciative of these wonderful opportunities to reflect and grow as professional teachers.

Appreciations
Thanks to Katie and Jill for helping with snacks and rags this week. Next week Betsy and Marina are on for snacks. Rag washing is still up for grabs!