December 2018 Newsletter

Westhampton Day School

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Santa Breakfast Fun!

We had a great time at Santa Breakfast on Saturday (12/1)! Thank you to all of the families who came out and enjoyed a yummy breakfast prepared by the WUMC Men's Group (thank y'all) and a BIG thank you to our wonderful teachers who took the time to make Santa Breakfast such a success! We are so blessed to have such a wonderful WDS Community!

We should be receiving the Santa pictures from Southern Smiles by the end of this week!

LAST CALL! Parents Morning Out (Saturday, 12/8)

Finish up your Christmas shopping while your child has a fun morning with WDS Staff!

Saturday, December 8th from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Please submit your form and payment to the office by Tuesday, 12/4! We have to have at least 10 children signed up to attend.

Two's & Three's Christmas Chapel (Tuesday, 12/11)

Join us for our 2’s & 3’s Christmas Chapel on Tuesday, December 11th at 8:45 AM! Students will sing Christmas songs and then families will be invited to the classroom for light refreshments!

Your child's teacher will send out a sign-up for snack items!

PreK & K Christmas Play (Thursday, 12/13)

Celebrate the season by coming to our Pre-K & K Christmas Play on Thursday, 12/13 at 5:00 PM! You will hear wonderful music and see a great play performed by our very own Pre-K and K students! Enjoy milk and cookies after the play!

Your child's teacher will send out a sign-up for nut-free cookies!

Pajama & Polar Express Day (Thursday, 12/20)

We will have a school wide Pajama & Polar Express Day on Thursday, 12/20! Please bring your child dressed in their pajamas. We will have a morning full of Polar Express fun. WWL students will come over to WDS from 10:00 - 11:00 AM!

Tuition Reminder & ACH Withdrawal!

We switched banks to South State and are finally able to offer ACH Withdrawal as another payment method for tuition starting in January!

Want to make your life easier? Sign up for ACH Withdrawals for your tuition payment. Check out the below form and fill out the needed information, bring in a voided check, and we can take tuition payments off of your busy to do list!

*Please remember that December is a 5-week month and that you are still responsible for paying tuition during Christmas break. Payment for the week of 12/24 - 12/28 must be submitted to the office by Friday, 12/21!*

WDS Closed for Christmas Break from Dec. 24th - Jan. 1st!

Director's Blurb

Shaping Santa Claus

'Twas the Night Before Christmas was initially published in 1823 as 'A Visit from St. Nicholas.' St. Nicholas was a real person born in the 3rd century who used his wealth to help others, including children. Throughout the years, St. Nicholas became known as the Santa Claus we know today. Who knew the jolly old guy in a red suit was based on a real person?

The author of the poem wasn't listed at the time it was published. In 1844, the poet Clement Clarke Moore claimed that he had written the poem in 1822 for his children to read on Christmas Eve; however, other people think that Henry Livingston, Jr. may have written the poem, although he didn't claim to have done so. What a mystery!

Many people believe that 'Twas the Night Before Christmas and other books and poems published during the same time helped influenced what people thought Santa looked like. In the poem, the author describes several things about how Santa Claus looked: dressed in fur, rosy cheeks, nose like a cherry, beard white as snow, right down to his round belly!

Before tucking your children in for the night of December 24th, consider making the reading of this famous poem as a tradition in your home. At our house, Grandpop will settle in with our two oldest grandchildren in his lap for reading, with babies all around. Pajama clad, they will then head home to settle in for their warm winter's nap! Grandpop and Nana will make the rounds the next morning to see what Santa left under their tree!

Whatever your family traditions might be, we wish you a very Merry Christmas filled with love, friends, and family!

Danielle Todd,

WDS Director