13 November 2011
November 17, 2011 | Posted by Christian Pleister
Canterbury students have the opportunity to purchase healthy snacks for 50¢ every Wednesday morning from the Student Council snack cart as a part of our focus on health and wellness.
Good Afternoon Canterbury Families,
A few years ago, we made the decision to hold our elementary school concerts in the evening at Greendale High School. This gave parents an opportunity to view their children’s performances in a comfortable venue and at a time more friendly for most parents to attend. The change in the concert location and time has received positive support from our families. The one area cited as a concern by our parents is the length of the concerts. Concerts lasting over one and a half hours make meeting bedtimes difficult for some of our younger students. We have also had concerns over audience members leaving during the performance, which leaves our last performers with a much smaller audience.
We would like to restructure our concert plan for our December 13 concert at 6:00 p.m. at GHS. In addition to Choir, the concert will continue to showcase vocal performances of all students (K5-5) in our school. The instrumental (band/orchestra) portion of the program to will be moved to January 17 at 6:00 p.m. at Canterbury. In addition to the shortened time, the January concert will give our new musicians an additional month of practice and lessons. We are also hopeful that the smaller venue, in a familiar setting, will help children feel less anxious for their first official concert.
The Spring Concert will remain the same with students in third, forth and fifth grades performing, along with the Band, Orchestra and Choir. We will be reviewing the December concert change later in the year and appreciate parent and family feedback.
Please check this Weekly for important information regarding various school and district activities. We will not be sending out a Weekly next week due to the short week. Don’t forget that we don’t have school from Wednesday, November 23 through Friday, November 25 due to conferences and Thanksgiving Break. As always, please contact me with any Good News or questions at 423-2770 or email@example.com.
Important Information and Upcoming Events…
Canterbury Food Drive
Canterbury will once again be hosting a food drive during the month of November. For more information, please click here.
Scholastic Book Fair
Our Book Fair this year will be held during the week of December 5. You can preview the Book Fair by visiting the following site: http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/canterbury2011. To volunteer for the Book Fair please follow this link: http://signupgenius.com/go/canterbury9
Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for the week of November 21. Every classroom teacher has set up a schedule online through SignUpGenius. Please visit your child’s classroom website for specific information. If you are unable to attend conferences during the slotted times, contact your child’s teacher in order to make alternative arrangements. We place a high value on family involvement, so we will make every effort to accommodate individual requests.
As part of the Greendale School District’s wellness goal and integrated into the Health curriculum, we are compiling a “Nourish – Mind, Body, Community” cookbook. We are looking for submissions of healthy recipes from students, families and community members. For a recipe template form, please click here. Send your completed recipe form to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline is February 1. Inclusion is dependent upon the number of entries.
Tree Lighting Ceremony
Greendale’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will be November 25 in front of Village Hall, 6500 Northway. The Greendale High School Choir will lead the crowd in a community sing-along of carols starting at 6:30 p.m. Village President, John R. Hermes, will then lead the crowd in counting down to the lighting of the holiday lights and shortly after that, Santa Claus will arrive to provide treats to all the good little boys and girls.
Friends of Music Spirit Wear
Greendale Friends of Music is selling Greendale music spirit wear - t-shirts (both short- and long-sleeve) and hooded sweatshirts, in both child and adult sizes. Show your support for music by ordering your apparel today. Submit your order by November 28th to receive the items by mid-December. Greendale Friends of Music is an advocacy group that supports all music programs -- vocal and instrumental -- at the elementary, middle, and high schools. For an order form, please click here.
Special Reading of “The Polar Express” on December 2
On Friday, December 2 the Greendale Public Library will host a reading of the classic children's tale "The Polar Express" as performed by local actress Debra Babich. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Greendale Public Library. To learn more, please click here.
HiTech Holiday Technology Fair on December 2
The Greendale Public Library and the Greendale Park & Recreation Department will host a "HiTech Holiday Technology Fair" on Friday, December 2 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Greendale Public Library. You will get a chance to "test drive" the latest technology gadgets and Library staff will be available to answer your technology questions. To learn more, please click here.
Help the Greendale Park and Recreation Department and make a difference for youth, adults and senior citizens in your community. You can support this organization by coming in and placing a silent auction bid on a small, homemade, hand-painted wardrobe that is perfectly suited for your child’s favorite doll in the Park and Rec office (5900 S. 51st Street). Bidding will begin on Friday, November 18 and end on Friday, December 2 at 4:00 p.m. Starting bid will be $60. Click thumbnail image to enlarge photo.
11/22: Parent/Teacher Conferences, 4:00-8:00 p.m.
11/23: Parent/Teacher Conferences, 8:00-11:30 a.m.
11/23-25: NO SCHOOL-Thanksgiving Break
12/2: Early Release for Students, 11:30 a.m.
Week of 12/5: Book Fair
12/9: Popcorn Day
12/9: Winter Wonderland Family Fun Night at Canterbury
12/13: Winter Concert (K5-5th) at GHS, 6:00 p.m.
12/19: K4 Holiday Program at GHS, 6:00 p.m.
12/23-1/2: NO SCHOOL-Winter Break