Horace Mann Happenings

December 5, 2018

Message from the Principal

Winter break is coming up soon. Our last day for 2018 is December 14 and we return to school in 2019 on January 14. What a wonderful opportunity to enjoy family, eat great meals and join your child in some winter learning. Even though there is no school, children still benefit from daily reading and limited screen time. If you are looking for some other ways to engage your child over the holiday break, try a podcast. This can be a fun and free way to slip in some extra learning any time of year. You can listen together in the car or at home under a warm blanket. Check out this link from Parents.com for 11 suggested podcasts for kids. Enjoy!


Leet Center Winter Program

Just before winter break we will celebrate together with a winter program for our children and families. This year the program is on Wednesday the 12th at 6:00 in the evening. If you have never been before you will want to be sure to plan to stick around for the crafting after the children sing. This really is our favorite part of the evening. The teachers plan a couple activities each for you to do with your family hopefully you can stop by all eight stations! We will see you in the Union Ballroom next week!

School is dismissed on Friday December 14th and will begin again in January on the 14th.

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Horace Mann Winter Program

Tuesday, Dec. 11th, 7pm

Ruth Houston Performing Arts Center

Please have children in the theatre at 6:30 pm. We will have all the children on the stage at 6:40 pm to take a school photo. The performance will begin at 7:00 pm.

The requested dress code is nice pants and a shirt or a dress for our ladies. No jeans or sweats, please.

Parents - Please keep your child's coat with you to avoid the children tripping over items that fall on the floor when they move to and from the stage. We appreciate your help in keeping our children safe.

Leet Center Winter Program

Wednesday, Dec. 12th, 6pm

Student Union Ballroom

Please have children in the ballroom at 5:45 pm. We will have each class on the stage one at a time. Your child will remain with you in your family's seat until their class is ready to preform and will return to you in your chairs after their school families sing. The performance will begin at 6:00 pm. Our last song will be sung by every child right where they are. Please encourage your child to stand and sing loud for the last song of the program. You may join us as well!

The requested dress code is typically nice outfits. If you do not have one please join us anyway!

Parents - Please keep your child's coat with you to avoid the children tripping over items that fall on the floor when they move to and from the stage. We appreciate your help in keeping our program running smoothly.

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Enjoy the Theatre!

"Sunny Days", Theatre Northwest's children's play, which will have public performances on
  • December. 15 & 16 at 2 p.m.

This is an annual event sponsored by our theatre fraternity (over 40 years now), and always a fun time. The show changes every year, but the main characters are always animals with fun costumes. It's always silly and funny but has a message. This year's play is a take on the Wizard of Oz, with the message of self-acceptance - for example, Ziggy the Zebra learns to love himself despite the fact that he doesn't have stripes. Themes in the past have included preserving the environment, and acceptance of others who are different. Tickets are $3 but there is also the option to donate two canned goods in lieu of the ticket price; it is then donated to the local food pantry. The show is typically a little under an hour, and appropriate for all ages. I've attached an image of the poster, and the link to the Facebook event is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1926520864133459/?active_tab=about

Congratulations to Karina Wall

Karina was the winner of the Bearcat Stadium clean-up fundraiser scooter incentive. Every child who participated, or had a parent participate, had their name entered into a drawing for the scooter offered by our Parent Advisory Council (PAC). Thank you to the families who helped with this excellent fundraising opportunity. Thank you to PAC for offering Kool Kats coupons to our volunteers and for providing the scooter.


My name is Taylor Hopper

I have worked at Horace Mann After School Care for two and half years.

I have experience with younger kids also, from working at a daycare.

I am studying Marine Biology and will be graduating this December.

I am available every day during break, at any time.

Contact Information

Phone number: 816-261-7131

Email: taylor.hopper2003@gmail.com