December 16th - 20th

Safety & Connection

December 16th: All Grades

Topic: Safety & Drills

1. Review Safety Words for Drills (Show students poster, and review each one)

  • Evacuate Drill (Fire)
  • Lock Out Drill
  • Lock Down Drill
  • Shelter Drill
  • Hold

3. "Do I Open The Door Discussion?" Discuss with students the rules and importance of not opening the doors for anyone at Sonntag. Stress that they are not to even open the doors if they know that the person is a parent.

December 17th: All Grades

Today's Topic: Patience

Show the students the video link below. Begin discussion about patience.

1. When is it hard for you to show patience?

2. And with who?

When you're tired, and ready for a break, it can be even harder to show patience.

3. How can we practice patience today?

December 18th: All Grades (Song Links Below...Original Version on Top, and Jack Johnson's Below)

Below you’ll find the lyrics for Jack Johnson’s Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer song. In his version, Jack alters/extends the end of the song. I have bolded/underlined the added portion below in the lyrics for you. I think this could lead toward a good discussion in all of your classes. You can first play the chorus of the original song below, and then play Jack Johnson’s version for them. The changes can lead a class discussion.

Lyrics to Jack Johnson’s Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer

Had a very shiny nose

And if you ever saw it

You would even say it glows

All of the other reindeer

Used to laugh and call him names

They never let poor Rudolph

Join in any reindeer games

Then one foggy Christmas eve

Santa came to say:

“Rudolph with your nose so bright

Won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?”

Then how the reindeer loved him

As they shouted out with glee (yippee)

“Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer

You’ll go down in history.”

Well Rudolph he didn’t go for that

He said, “I see through your silly games,

How could you look me in the face when

Only yesterday you called me names?”

Well all of the other reindeers, Man,

Well they sure did feel ashamed,

“Rudolph you know we’re sorry,

We’re truly gonna try to change.”


1. How did the Reindeer treat Rudolph differently before Santa asked him to guide the sleigh?

2. Do you think it hurt Rudolph’s feelings that the other reindeer didn’t want to play with him until Santa did? Why?

3. If you were a reindeer on Santa’s team, how could you have been a good friend to Rudolph from the beginning and make him feel welcome?


1. In Johnson’s version we get to hear Rudolph’s point of view. Why do you think Rudolph is frustrated with the other reindeer after Santa says that Rudolph will guide the sleigh?

2. Should we change our opinion/treatment of someone only when someone else does first?

3. Have you ever felt like Rudolph? Have you Only share if students are comfortable.

4. In what ways could have the reindeer been positive bystanders when Rudolph was being teased early in the song?

December 19th: All Grades

1. Morning Greeting

2. All My Friends Activity

All My Friends

This game is a quick way to take note of your students’ interests. Start by having your students form a circle. Stand in the middle and say, “All my friends like … ,” filling in the blank with anything you enjoy—hiking, sushi, reading—anything! Any student who also enjoys the thing you mentioned has to switch spots with another person in the circle. Much like musical chairs, whoever doesn’t have a spot goes in the middle and says, “All my friends … ,” starting the process all over again.

December 20th: All Grades

1. Morning Greeting:

2. Pass The Clap Activity

So here's how to play:

To pass the clap, you must make eye contact with the "clap receiver", then clap.

That person passes the clap to the next person, and so on.

There are a few varieties. Start simple.

1. Pass the clap, one by one, all the way around the circle.

2. Pass it around the circle, then reverse and bring the clap back to the starting point.

See how fast it takes for the clap to get around the circle. Then time it again and see if you can beat your previous time.

A couple more variations:

3. Anyone can change the direction! This certainly livens things up!

4. The clap can be passed across the circle.

Ana Travis

School Counselor

Sonntag Elementary School