2015 Kindergarten Graduation!

On Wednesday, May 20th at 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM the Kindergarten classes will Graduate in Morningside School style!   Kindergarten parents please mark your calendars and plan to attend!  This is an important milestone for each child who has worked and played hard this year!  Refreshments will be served after the ceremony!

MSS Annual Spring Program!

 

You are invited to Morningside School’s Annual Spring Program —

 

“Today is a Wonderful Day!”

 A musical program by our amazing little friends at Morningside School!

Saturday, May 16th at 1:00 PM (Please arrive no earlier than 12:50 PM)

LDS Church, 294 N 100 E

 Everyone is invited – Admission is Free!

 Bring Siblings, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and Grandparents to share in the fun!

 We will be collecting non-perishable goods for the Cache Valley Food Pantry, so bring a can or two and make a difference in our community!

Fire Station Field Trip

Monday and Tuesday we took the children to the Fire Station just a block away from the school!  A good time was had by all!  Special thanks to the dedicated firefighters who not only risk their lives to help the community but also spend time sharing information with our students!

Cache Valley Civic Ballet Visits Morningside School

IMG_7047Today we had very special visitors at Morningside School — Vivian Taylor and Becky Erickson from the Cache Valley Civic Ballet!  Becky is the principal female lead playing Gretel, in an upcoming performance of Hansel and Gretel!  She read us the story in full costume and then demonstrated several techniques that help illustrate the story through dance.  The children were charmed. It was a really wonderful presentation!  Thanks Vivian and Becky, for sharing your passion for the performing arts with us during our Fine Arts Week!

If you want more information about Hansel and Gretel, please visit the Cache Valley Civic Ballet webpage!

Enrolling for 2015-2016!

March_EnrollEnrollment for next fall has begun and we are so pleased that many of our young students will be returning for another year!   If you haven’t re-registered, and you plan for your child to return, please fill out an application here  or return this pdf  by the end of March to ensure your child’s spot. Also, don’t forget to “LIKE” us on Facebook!

 

It’s Friendship Week!

This week our USU practicum students are preparing a billion shoe boxes for the Valentine’s Day friendship mail!   Special thanks to Kia and Katie for their hard work preparing a box for each child to decorate for the special party!  Also, thanks to Teacher Mady, and Forever Young Shoes for donating the shoe boxes!

Preschool Valentine’s Parties will be held on Thursday and Friday.   Please have your child bring 20 Valentines, 16 for classmates and 4 for teachers/usu practicum students.  Don’t worry about addressing them to specific children in the class.  If your child attends more than one session, they will only pass out their Valentine’s on the first session they attend.

Kindergarten Valentine’s Party will be held on Friday. Please have your child bring a valentine for each child in the class.  Each valentine should be signed by your child and should have the name of the child it is for somewhere on the valentine.

Oh, and don’t forget we are headed into another 3 day weekend! No school February 16th for Presidents’ Day!

100th Day of School!

Can you believe it!?  Today was the ONE HUNDREDTH day of school!  Our friends at Morningside School are 100 days smarter! WOOHOO!  Thanks Teachers for all you do to make each day special for our fantastic students! Here’s a little taste of our day!

 

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Cheer to all Whos far and near!

Hip Hip Hooray!  The students and teachers at Morningside brought the Who-ville spirit to this year’s food drive and made it most successful service project our school has seen in the past 5 years!!!  Together we collected 225 items to be donated to The Cache Valley Food Pantry!  Our efforts made a concrete difference for families in Cache Valley.  Merry, Merry Christmas friends — and a Happy New Year!

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“Welcome, Christmas, bring your cheer. Cheer to all Whos far and near. Christmas Day is in our grasp, so long as we have hands to clasp. Christmas Day will always be just as long as we have we. Welcome Christmas while we stand, heart to heart, and hand in hand.”  — How the Grinch Stole Christmas, by Dr. Suess

Who-ville Food Drive

Each year as the holidays approach, my children, Madeline and Caleb have asked me to read Dr. Suess’ The Grinch Who Stole Christmas again and again.  I don’t mind at all — “The Grinch” was one of my favorite stories growing up. I was drawn to the delightful Whos down in Who-ville, and as the youngest in our household, I identified with little Cindylou Who.  But really, this story has staying power in the evolving children’s literature genre because it cuts to the heart of the matter – “So he paused. And the Grinch put a hand to his ear. And he did hear a sound rising over the snow. It started in low. Then it started to grow… But the sound wasn’t sad! Why, this sound sounded merry! It couldn’t be so! But it WAS merry! VERY! He stared down at Who-ville! The Grinch popped his eyes! Then he shook! What he saw was a shocking surprise! Every Who down in Who-ville, the tall and the small, Was singing! Without any presents at all! He HADN’T stopped Christmas from coming! IT CAME! Somehow or other, it came just the same! And the Grinch, with his grinch-feet ice-cold in the snow, Stood puzzling and puzzling: “How could it be so? It came without ribbons! It came without tags! “It came without packages, boxes or bags!” And he puzzled three hours, `till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! “Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store. “Maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!” And what happened then…? Well…in Who-ville they say That the Grinch’s small heart Grew three sizes that day!” 

The Whos down in Who-ville understood that a shared experience of joy made the holiday come alive!

As we celebrate the holidays, I will be seeking out ways to have new shared experiences in our work and play that expand the opportunities for our kids to develop character traits like generosity, integrity, gratitude and self control. At school, we will be emphasizing generosity, (giving over getting) and we will be exploring the reasons to and many ways of expressing gratitude.

I am asking each family to collaborate with our in-school efforts by participating in our “Who-ville Food Drive” for The Cache Valley Food Pantry!  Together, go to your pantry or to the store — listen to your child talk about what to give and why to give.  Just the act of doing it together, unhurried, splashes the moment with Who-ville Holiday magic — the act of giving becomes a shared experience, a memory tucked inside a child’s heart infused with the specialness of doing something for others. So in the next few weeks bring a can of Who-hash or a bag full of non-perishable favorites and join us in the Who-ville Holiday spirit!  The food will be collected and displayed under the Christmas tree in the kitchen until the 19th.  

Blueberries!

Ruby_MSSAt Morningside School, we infuse art into each and every day.  We believe that art for young children needs to be about the process, not the product or end result.  This means you won’t often see 16 exact replicas of a craft project on our bulletin boards. We value each child’s unique ideas about their creations, and encourage individuality in every art experience.  Our art gallery in the preschool room features these explorations of media, line, shape, direction, size, texture, color, and value.   In the painting above, Ruby (age 4) uses analogous and complementary colors to give depth and dimension.  When I showed 2 other children the work, they shouted in delight, “Blueberries!”  Now all little miss Ruby needs to do is sign it!