# Decorating Christmas Trees

What if you had three Christmas trees and a lot of decorations? How would YOU divide the ornaments between the trees? The students all solved this problem in different ways. Check their blogs for their solutions. (We were inspired to solve this problem by other classes talking about this on Twitter.)

# The Christmas Store

One of the best things we do at our school is the annual Christmas store. The generous people from our school community donate new or gently used items and our School Community Council sorts them onto tables for twenty five cents, fifty cents, seventy five cents and one dollar.

Our big buddies came with us to the store to help us sort out the money issues and we gleefully shopped and shopped.

When all the purchases had been made, more wonderful volunteers wrapped the gifts for us.

There was a class full of happy children who couldn’t wait to get home with their gifts!

# New Books for Our Classroom

Each day in December, someone gets to open a gift from under our tree. Each present contains a new book for our classroom. Opening the parcel to find out what our new book is is a definite highlight each day.

# Making Advent Calendars

How many days until Christmas? My students can all tell you!

Today we made Advent calendars that we could take home to count those oh so important days. First, we cut out and decorated the Christmas trees…

Then we made patterns out of twenty-four coloured paper strips. We wrote the numbers (grade one) or the ordinals (grade 2) on the strips and then made them into chains.

Here’s our finished product. We’re going to take off one link every night until Christmas.

# Christmas Boxes for Far Away

Our school community contains some of the most generous people I know. Year after year, they give towards all of the charities and projects the school sponsors. Thank you, Westmount!

All of the classes in the school participated in Operation Christmas Child, so when the time came to deliver the boxes to the waiting ambulance for transport, all the students chipped in to get them there.

# Happy Holidays

Not all of the children were present on the last day of school to be included in these photos, but from ALL of us in the classroom, have a very happy holiday season. We’ll be back sharing our learning in the new year.

# Helping Others

This fall our school has a Generosity Club. The club has done a variety of great projects but this month they have been working on filling shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Everyone helped to load the boxes for transport.

# Thank You!

This Christmas we received gifts from two wonderful teachers. Mrs. Marrinan, who teaches in Brisbane, sent us a beautiful electronic advent calendar and Mrs. Knee from New Hampshire sent us an Elephant and Piggie book. These books are the hands-down favourites in our classroom. Some of the students helped to say “thank you” in this video.