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Thankful Thoughts Edition!

First, I wanted to tell you how thankful I am to have such a supportive and caring group of children and parents to work with this year. I truly adore each and every child. Thank you for sharing your children with me!

Thank you as well for your generosity this holiday season. I appreciate all of your thoughtful cards and gifts for the holiday and for my birthday! There's no place like school to celebrate your birthday. I'm not sure who was more excited- the kids or me! :)



I read the story, Silver Packages, to the class yesterday. It is a holiday story that truly captures the true meaning of gift giving. In Appalachia each Christmas, a boy named Frankie waits beside the tracks for the Christmas Train, which will bring presents to the children who live in coal towns and hollows. Year after year, Frankie hopes that one particular gift a very special gift will be tossed to him from that train. It is this enduring hope that will guide him to the true meaning of the season. It really is a magical book with a very special message. Please ask your child about it!

The students reflected on the true meaning of the season. Each child made their own silver package. They each wrote a very special note to a family member. Please be on the lookout for their gift!

In addition, we decided as a class that Mr. Brereton was our Butler Silver Package. As you know with Mr. Brereton now remaining at Butler, the students wanted him to know how thankful they are of his decision. We invited him to join our class and Mrs. Szczypiorski's class for a special reading of the book. After the students read the book, each child read a note to him and placed it in a silver box. Mr. Brereton was very surprised and extremely touched. It was a wonderful moment to see his face and to hear the children share their warm thoughts about him.

A Silver Package Video!

To follow is an Apple Tv commerical! It is a perfect example of what a silver package is. You probably need to watch it twice to understand the message! It is a short clip- but a great one!

Apple - Holiday - TV Ad - Misunderstood