A huge thank you to Cache County Dairy Ambassadors for coming and teaching us about this sweet calf. We loved learning about what a calf eats and drinks and the students LOVED getting to help do these things. We also got to try some delicious flavored milk from Gossners. http://www.gossner.com/ is the place to go to get more milk!
Did you know you can contribute to the Utah Savings Educational 529 Account and use that money to pay tuition for children in Kindergarten-12? The money withdrawn from this account will not be subjected to income tax on its earnings. And, Utah taxpayers’ contributions to the 529 account yearly receive a 5 percent tax credit against income tax up to $1,960 ($3,920 for husband and wife)!
Possibly the coolest thing about this account is that it has no relationship limit! So whether you’re the student’s parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or family friend you can use 529 funds to pay K-12 tuition. The 529 is huge because public schools offer only half-day kindergarten so you could pay for a Kindergartner to attend a private school the other half of the day and further their early education using tax savings! The state-sponsored program in Utah is my529.org.
Our 2017-18 school year is off to a great start! The children are busy working and playing!
“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” — Fred Rogers
This is a wonderful article that appeared in our local newspaper. Children need to PLAY– that is the work of childhood! It makes me so sad that children in other schools miss out on the play of early childhood. Both our Preschool & Kindergarten classrooms have a sensory table and dramatic play area. Each session gets a 30 minute recess and they participate in Art & Science Projects. Guess what… even with all that “play” our Kindergarteners are still reading, writing, and doing math at the end of the school year! #advocateforplay http://theconversation.com/kindergartners-get-little-time-to-play-why-does-it-matter-57093
March is the only month in our school year that the children don’t have a day off. It is often a month that has a lot of indoor recess due to crazy changing weather in Utah. For this reason I try to plan as many special activities as possible to keep the children happy.
This March we had Cache Valley Civic Ballet come during Fine Arts week and do a special presentation. The children adored their ballerina– she read them a story and taught them some basic ballet moves.
We also had Willow Park Zoo come and bring some different animals for the children to learn about. They were fascinated with it all and it was so fun to try to see the world through their eyes.
Lastly, we took our annual field trip to the Fire Station that is just down the block from our school. Our local firemen are so wonderful and patient with our student’s many questions. We had awesome parent volunteers come with us and that made it even more fun! It was the perfect addition …
Every year in December, Morningside School does a Food Drive for our local Food Pantry. This year we are doing our Annual Food Drive, but we want to extend a bigger challenge as well to show kindness! No better time than now to teach our children about love and kindness! Take the challenge– we dare you!
50 Random of Acts of Kindness for Christmas
1. Go through your toys and donate ones you don’t play with to charity or local children’s hospital
2. Donate food to your food bank- either purchase food or go through your pantry.
3. Donate pet supplies to the shelter and go pet some of the animals.
4. Help a sibling to do a chore or other job.
5. Donate books you no longer read or volunteer at a school to read to children.
6. Put money in the Salvation Army bucket.
7. Bring breakfast to your school teacher.
8. Leave a little treat in the mailbox for the mailman.
9. Take a treat to the local fire or police station.
10. Fulfill an angel tree …
This week was enriched by having Miss Andrea, a local Ceramics Teacher, come and show the children how to work with clay. We also had a special ballerina visitor from the Cache Valley Civic Ballet come and introduce the children to the world of dance! The children learned a lot about many different types of art in the world!
Our cute students celebrating 100 days of school completed for the 2015-2016 school year! Congratulations! 🙂