I can't believe how Winter simply will not let go. Only 17 more days until Spring - I just can't wait for the warmer weather!
I want to thank everyone who brought in pets for Pets Week last week. The children enjoyed seeing all the different dogs and cats, etc.
This week is Dr. Seuss Week so check around the school to see signs of Dr. Seuss like the Cat In The Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, etc. How many Dr. Seuss books can we read?
Theodor Seuss Geisel was an American writer, poet, and cartoonist most widely known for his children's books written under the pen names Dr. Seuss and Theo LeSieg. Dr. Seuss published 46 children's books, which were often characterized by imaginative characters and rhyme. His birthday, March 2 (he passed away in 1991 but would be 110 this year), has been adopted as the annual date for National Read Across America Day, an initiative on reading created by the National Education Association.
Below is a calendar of Dr. Seuss activities happening at LOA this week:
- Tuesday: Silly Sock Day; Shrove Tuesday - Pancakes for Lunch; Ms. Ellen will be visiting classes to read to the children; Start the door decorating contest. Teachers will decorate their door in the theme of any Dr. Seuss book. They will be judged on Friday by the school-age students. Check out all the doors.
- Wednesday: Each Child bring in a photo of a place they have been to; "Hop on Popcorn" bar in front lobby at dismissal; Plant Truffula seeds.
- Thursday: Dress up as favorite Dr. Seuss character.
- Friday: "Red fish, Blue Fish Day" - Wear Red or Blue; Seuss-Olympics in the Sanctuary - Ms Brandy will lead activities.
Porch Pals has asked for donations of breakfast foods through the month of March. Item suggestions:
- Bisquick or Pancake Mix
- Cereal Bars
- Oatmeal Packets
- Muffin Mixes
With Lent starting this week our Christian theme will be about the Lenten Pretzel Story. According to tradition, a young monk in the early 600s in Italy was preparing a special Lenten bread of water, flour and salt. To remind his brother monks that Lent was a time of prayer, he rolled the bread dough in strips and then shaped each strip in the form of crossed arms, mimicking the then popular prayer position of folding one's arms over each other on the chest. The bread was then baked as a soft bread, just like the big soft pretzels one can find today.
Because these breads were shaped into the form of crossed arms, they were called bracellae, the Latin word for "little arms." From this word, the Germans derived the word bretzel which has since mutated to the familiar word pretzel. Apparently, this simple Lenten food became very popular. Pretzels were enjoyed by all people. They became a symbol of good luck, long life and prosperity. Interestingly, they were also a common food given to the poor and hungry. Not only were pretzels easy to give to someone in need, but also they were both a substantial food to satisfy the hunger and a spiritual reminder of God knowing a person's needs and answering our prayers.
Pastor Ralph Weichmann, from Our Saviors Way church in Ashburn, will be in to LOA to conduct chapel with Ms Wendy this Thursday.
Dates to remember for March and April:
- Picture Days are on March 4 (Toucans, Koalas, Jellies, Manatees, Lambs, Butterflies, Hippos and Monkeys) and March 5 (Sea Turtles, Dolphins, Owls, Seagulls and Sea Stars). Due to the school closing on Monday we apologize for the changes to some of the class schedules. Sibling pictures will be taken tomorrow (3/4) and if necessary also on Wednesday.
- Tuesday March 4th will be Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday); Wednesday, March 5th Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.
- On Wednesday, March 12th we will have "Oh Susannah Music and Puppets" at 10:00 AM.
- Green Day will be Friday, March 14th.
- The next Parents Night Out will be on Saturday, March 15th from 4:00 to 8:30 PM.
- St. Patrick's Day Parties will be on Monday, March 17th.
- Spring Break Camp registration is now open. Please let us know if your child will be attending LOA during April 14th to 17th.
- LOA will be closed on Good Friday, April 18th.
LOA "SONsational" Summer Camp, 2014
Excite Soccer will be coming in to LOA sometime later in March for a demonstration with sessions starting in April.
"Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is you-er than you."
"Don't cry because it's over. smile because it happened."
-- Dr. Seuss