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 DECEMBER 2019 PTA NEWSLETTER

The STEAM Bus is here!

About 2 years ago, the Johnson City Public Schools Foundation (JCPSF) raised money to provide a new learning environment for students in Johnson City Schools.  They had a dream to provide a refurbished, redesigned, and technology-infused school bus that would allow teachers the opportunity to present hands-on lessons geared toward the use of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math).  All activities are connected to learning standards.

The STEAM Bus travels to the eight elementary schools in Johnson City throughout the school year.  The STEAM Bus is at Mountain View through the holidays.  It will be parked in the front parking lot, so parking will be limited during this time frame.  Feel free to use the car line to help minimize congestion in the parking lot.  Do not touch this bus or try to enter it.  Primarily, 3rd and 4th grade students will engage in activities on this bus. 

We are looking forward to The STEAM Bus being at Mountain View!

PTA MEETINGS—6:00 PM

(doors open 5:45 pm)

December 12th—2nd graders perform

February 6th—1st graders perform

April TBA—Kindergarten performs

May TBA—Evening of the Arts

PTA EXECUTIVE BOARD 2019-2020

President—Jessica Lange

Vice President—Rebecca Meek

Secretary—Josh Lange

Treasurer—Kelly Henderson

Faculty Representative—Lauren Lawhon

PTA Newsletter—Brenda Townsend

CREATIVE MOVEMENT:  Winter is almost here! Brrrrrrrrr……yet exercising and staying physically fit helps keep us keep warm and healthy during these seasonally chilly months!  In Creative Movement classes, both lower and upper grade levels are doing just that. Upper grades will begin a basketball unit later this month, which will continue even after winter break, into the New Year 2020.

Our lower grades continue integrating their classroom curriculum studies of language arts and math in their Creative Movement classes in the gym, for a physically fun and unique way of learning those curriculum studies and concepts.

I would like to wish each of you and your families a very “Merry Christmas” and a “Happy New Year” 2020.

ART:  It is that exciting time of year! We will be enjoying art under our beautiful Christmas tree! It is also time for students to begin planning and creating their most outrageous holiday sweater designs for our tacky holiday sweater contest!    I hope that you have a wonderful holiday season, filled with all things magical and colorful!

GUIDANCE:  SPENDING THE HOLIDAYS “UNPLUGGED” BY “TUNING” INTO EACH OTHER

I encourage everyone to make the most of your time together over break “unplugging” from electronics and “tuning” into each other.  Spending this quality time together can certainly build stronger relationships, but, more importantly, it can send the message to children that they are important.

So, how can we “unplug”?

*have face-to-face conversation, making sure to use eye contact

*listen to each other *eat meals together without any distractions

*plan family activities that don’t involve electronics

UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • ·December 20th—Elementary dismissal for K-4 at 11:30 am (PreK dismissal at 11:00 am)
  • ·December 23rd—January 6th—Winter Break
  • ·December 20th Last day of the 2nd nine weeks of school
  • ·January 7th students return to school

There will be no January PTA Meeting or Newsletter

MUSIC:  December Sing-Along

We will have a school wide sing along on December 20, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.  This is a fun time to gather in the little theater and sing seasonal songs that celebrate Christmas and the winter season.  Our 4th Grade Chorus will lead our sing-along.  Please remind your chorus student to wear red/green on this day!  

2nd Grade PTA Performance

All 2nd grade students have prepared a musical program called “A Rainbow Christmas”.  The performance details are listed below.  Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.

2nd Grade PTA Program “A Rainbow Christmas”

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Students arrive at 5:45 p.m. in the library

Perform at 6:00 p.m. in the Little Theater

Composer of the Month

During the month of December, we will continue to study Peter Tchaikovsky and his famous ballet, “The Nutcracker”.

LIBRARY:  We are happy to have some brand new books in the Library with a focus on kindness and diversity.  Here are a few examples that your child can check out:

The Bad Seed by Jory John.  This is a funny story about the consequences of our choices and the chance to make a change for the better.

Mrs. Gorski, I think I have the Wiggle Fidgets by Barbara Esham.  This is about finding the solutions to the challenges of ADHD.

Everyone by Christopher Silas Neal.  Everyone has feelings, from the animals in the forest to our neighbors in their houses.

Our next Scholastic Book Fair will be March 9 – 13, 2020.  It will have a jungle theme and we have scheduled a very exciting event for Family Reading Night!  Look for more details to come.