Dear Hawk Families,

I hope you are all well.

Deep breaths, remember to pause, the holidays sure are a busy time.

An enormous thank you to Alden, Charlotte’s Mom (and Amanda, Francis’ Mom ~ an Eagle, and Maggie, Frances’ Mom ~ an Owl), for a very ambition baking feat this past week, the making of puff pastry snowflakes for all the children of Calvary.  Wow, Alden had us rolling, pinching, pulling, egg-washing, and sprinkling lots of cinnamon sugar, for a very joy-filled baking experience.  This was not an easy recipe by any means, but a great big hit, indeed.  The puff pastry snowflakes were absolutely delicious, very tasty morsels!  Alden, our hearts are full because of you!

Yes, the holidays are in full swing, at Calvary, and the the Hawks sure have been busy being Santa’s helpers, the elves!  We have worked a little each day on our holiday gift for all of you, our families.  The process has entailed lots of glue, river stones and fairy stones, feathers, craft sticks, ribbon, tissue paper for wrapping, and the children’s self-portraits.  Too, cards painted with watercolor, and very thoughtful holiday messages.  The children are incredibly proud of their work, and can’t wait to surprise you with it.  It is definitely a keepsake!  They will be sent home in the children’s art bags on Thursday.

Step 1: The making of our holiday cards

Step 2: Crafting our picture frames

Step 3: Drawing our Self-Portraits

Step 4: Lastly, wrapping our very special gifts for you!

Ssshhhh, the elves have sworn me to secrecy, pretend I never mentioned anything at all of these most beautiful presents!

Parents, as well, we have been busying practicing for our holiday performance with Mr. Lane. We are so excited to sing for you!  We look forward to having you join us on Friday.  You will definitely be tapping your toes and singing along.  It is a wonderful time of year, too, to recognize just how much your children have grown, since the beginning days of school.  The Hawks need to be very proud of themselves.  They have done wonderful work this first half of the school year, and much growth and learning still lies ahead.

Parents, I hope you have a very special Christmas, filled with lots of joy.  I know some of you are traveling, some of you are staying close to home, wherever it is you will be, enjoy yourselves, cherish the time, slow down and, as the Hawks like to do, share hugs and heart connections.  I am going to miss the children so much. I get teary writing this.  Ms Linnea is a sappy soul.  Breaks, time away, pressing the pause button, is good, though.  It gives the children an opportunity to unwind some, to process, and integrate the last weeks and months.  A lot goes on each day, and there isn’t always space to integrate, harmonize, it all, before we are on to the next something. The children will come back a little bigger, more mature, and ready to take on new levels of learning and challenge.  I look so forward to what lies ahead for us.  Some of what we will carryout will be in preparation for kindergarten and the Sea Lions class, while making sure to leave space for following the children’s lead, as well.

I am blessed to do this work, and am so thankful for each child in the Hawk’s class, and for all of you.

Much love and light to you…

“….He sprung to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,

And away they all flew, like the down of a thistle:

But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight

Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

~ Ms Linnea