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Valentine's Day Fun in Room 8

Next Wednesday, February 14, is Valentine's Day. Students are encouraged to bring in a card for each classmate, as well as their kindergarten buddy. Please make sure your child has included each child from our class list (will come home Monday as our "spelling" list), and brings his/her cards in a decorated bag or box that clearly has his/her name on it. This will be used in class as your child's "mailbox" when we distribute our cards. We'll also have several Valentine-themed activities throughout the day - please sign up here if you'd like to send in some supplies/treats to help us celebrate. Have a great week!

Room 8 Auction Basket: Pizza Night

Thank you, Mrs. Cleek!
She has offered to collect donations, purchase items, and make our auction basket look great for the Denim and Diamonds fundraiser on March 3.
Our theme will be Pizza Night, and we hope to include all the tools needed for a successful home-cooked pizza dinner: pizza stone, cutter, cookbook, etc.
Please consider sending in a donation ($5 or so would be great, but if you're not able to make it to the fundraiser and want to include a little more, it will only make our basket better!). Donations should be in an envelope - please put Mrs. Cleek's name on it, as well as the donating family. We've requested that these donations arrive no later than Feb. 15, but the sooner they come in, the easier it will be for Mrs. Cleek to plan and purchase. Thank you for your generosity - this is an important fundraiser for Alta Sierra.

Help Needed: Auction Basket Coordinator

Good afternoon families - we've had a good start to the week in the classroom, and I hope yours is off to a good one at home as well.
The Denim and Diamonds PTC fundraiser is fast approaching. We still need a volunteer to coordinate a classroom basket for the silent auction. Some ideas for a theme might include camping, dutch oven, or pizza night. Our volunteer can request specific items to be donated by families (maybe through a signup genius) or collect money and do the shopping. Please send me an email if this is something you'd like to help with.
Have a great week!

Upcoming Fundraiser: Denim & Diamonds

One of our school's biggest fundraisers is just around the corner!  Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 3rd for our "Denim and Diamonds" spring auction at the Alta Sierra country club! This is always such a great night out for parents! If you are interested in coordinating our classroom basket for the silent auction, please let me know as soon as possible - we'd like to select a theme and collect donations of items and/or money over the next couple weeks. Thank you for the donation of your time and energy.
The spring auction coordinator is still looking for some more parents to help out on some committees to make this night a big success. Do you like to decorate?  Maybe you could be part of the decoration committee and get the venue ready the morning of the event. How about helping spread the word through advertising or helping with the auction? If you are interested in being part of one of these committees please join the spring auction volunteers at a planning meeting on Thursday, Jan 25th at Trailblazers at 6pm. 

Thank you, and Cornish Pasty Recipe

Thank you, Room 8 families. We had a great day making and enjoying a Cornish miner lunch, thanks to the donations you sent in and time you took to be in the classroom today. Several people asked for the recipe - it should open in a document if you click on the title of this post.
Thank you for the kind and generous classroom and individual gifts. I look forward to a trip to Peaceful Valley (maybe even on the way home!). We have a spot in our yard ready to plant an Empire apple tree - it will be in the ground before long, thanks to you!
Your kids worked hard the last two weeks to make beautiful thank-you cards, as I'm sure you will soon enjoy. Please remind them to take them out when the time comes, and ask them to show you the five parts of the friendly letter as they thank their family and friends.
Merry Christmas - enjoy this time with your families. I look forward to hear about your fun and adventures on January 9.

Calling all Bakers!

If you (or a grandma/grandpa/etc.) love to bake and would like to help out, please consider signing up for the last couple (but essential) slots on our sign-up for next Friday's pasty-making and lunch. We still need dough (recipe in previous post), a few more chefs, and several bakers that live near enough to our campus that they can zip home (maybe to a preheated oven), bake our lunch, and have it back for our miners to eat! Thank you for all you do.

December Reminders

Good afternoon, Room 8 families. I hope your week is off to a great start. To those who have already done so, thank you for signing up to help out with our end-of-year activities next week. If you haven't signed up and/or are able to help, there are a few items left to prep, loan, or help with that are must-haves for our pasty lunch. If you're unavailable but there is a local grandparent/aunt/uncle in your family who would be available to make dough, come in as a "sous chef", and/or take home a couple trays to bake, that might make for a special time for your child and a lot of help to his/her class.
Donation Day 2017 As many of you know, and may have participated in yourselves in past years, Donation Day is a Nevada County event that originated as a way for school children to collect firewood and food for the families of out-of-work, injured, or deceased miners. Between the local ties, history lesson, and the opportunity to serve our community, Alta Sierra students will have the chance to carry on the tradition. On or before (before would be great - cans in our window will remind others) Wednesday, December 20, please send one or more cans (not expired!) of food to school with your child. We'll have our own pre-Donation Day parade to lunch, and the cans will be delivered to the Ladies Relief Society collection point that afternoon, ready to include and distribute locally with those collected during the parade in Grass Valley.
Thank you for all you do for your children, school, and community.

Kids Can! Food Drive

120 CANS...WE DID IT!

Beginning today and running through Friday, November 17, we will be collecting canned and nonperishable food in our classroom. We'll incorporate this into our math (reporting data), and especially into an ongoing discussion of appreciating how fortunate we are in life, and the importance of helping those in need at times when we have more than enough - our classroom motto in action.

I thank you ahead for your generosity in this food drive. All donations collected will be distributed in our community. 

Holiday Celebrations

We have some great activities to look forward over the coming month in Room 8. If you are able, please sign up to help us out using the following link.
Please Note - the linked sign-up includes slots for next week (November 20) and next MONTH (December 20-22). 
Thank you for all you do for the students in Room 8.

Halloween Fun in Room 8

It sounds like your families had a great fall break - the kids were eager to share and write about the fun they had.
Next Tuesday will be a lot of fun at Alta Sierra. We'll start with a costume parade, and have several special activities throughout the day. Please sign up to help out and/or send in supplies. Thank you for your generosity.

Field Trip Monday!

As you probably remember each time you walk in the kitchen (we made sticky-note reminders yesterday for your fridge), we have a field trip to Harmony Valley Farm in Nevada City on Monday. Please be sure your child comes in clothes & shoes that will work well for a trip to the farm, lunch (unless pre-ordered), water, and a "pocket snack." Thank you to those who will be able to join us as chaperones - we are looking forward to a great day!
It has been a pleasure meeting with you this week at parent-teacher conferences. Have a great weekend.

Color Run Tomorrow!

Room 8 is ready to run! Please be sure to send your child to school dressed for the jog-a-thon in clothing that you know will go through a "color run". A t-shirt to change into is recommended, as well as a plastic bag for the colorful one. We'll be running from 8:30-9:00. Although the forecast looks good, be sure to send a water bottle with your child's name on it. I know kids have been working hard to collect pledges - thank you for all you do to support our Alta Sierra Eagles.

Calling All Mystery Readers!

We've been fortunate to have a Mystery Reader each Friday since school began. That will end this week without your help! If you are available to join us this or any other Friday, please sign up using the Mystery Reader link in the sidebar, where you will also find more information. The kids look forward to ending their weeks with a guest and a great book. I hope you are able to take part in this special activity with your child and his/her class. Have a great week.

Reminder: Parent/Teacher Conferences

Please take a look at your calendar and schedule a time during conference week for us to sit down and talk about your child's strengths and how we can work as a team to help him/her grow.