Little School News
November 2023 🦃
Native American Heritage Month and Thanksgiving
Here at Little School, we work very hard to be respectful of the beautiful cultures and ethnicities in our community and world. We teach about Thanksgiving through the lens of gratitude and support. We talk about how in the early days of our country, Native Americans and settlers relied on the "three sisters" to survive which are corn, squash, and beans. We create crafts surrounding the foods people eat ate this time of year. We look at pictures of both past and modern cultures and ethnicities who called America home.
Since it is Native American Heritage Month, our teachers share culturally sensitive and award winning literature and material about the Native American Heritage from long ago, as well as today.
We focus on gratitude and appreciation in our chapel lessons this month, as well. This month is one of our favorites because we hear the most profound and thoughtful ideas from our sweet preschoolers as they tell us what they are grateful for.
Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving and Native American Heritage Month!
Director and Principal
Book Suggestions for Native American Heritage Month
"Fry Bread" by Kevin Noble Maillard
"In the Three Sisters' Garden" by JoAnne Dennee (for older children)
"We Are Grateful" by Traci Sorell
"Berry Song" by Michaela Goade
"Keepunumuk: Weeachumun's Thanksgiving Story" by Danielle Greendeer, Anthony Perry, and Alexis Bunten. (for older children)
The Butter Braid selling deadline is November 7th! Sell those butter braids, coffee, and cookie doughs to help support our school!
November 1st and 2nd: Free Vision Screenings
November 7th: No School! Parent Teacher Conferences
November 8th and 9th: Chapel
November 15th and 16th: Butter Braid items arrive to go home with parents to be passed out
November 15th and 16th: Thanksgiving Feasts
November 20th-24th: No School, Thanksgiving Break
November 29th and 30th: Kindergarten Transition Meeting in the Sanctuary 9:30am
Transition Meetings for Kindergarten and Future Explorers
Each year, we offer two transition meetings for our parents. Our first meeting is our Kindergarten Transition Meeting. At this meeting we will share information about registration, how to register, when to register, and helpful skills you can teach your child to make the transition to Kindergarten smooth. This meeting is for parents of students who will be entering Kindergarten in fall 2024. If you are on the fence about sending your child to Kindergarten or Explorers (for students who turn 5 between April 1st and October 1st of 2024), we recommend you come to both meetings to get all the information you can to make your decisions. The Kindergarten Transition Meeting will be on November 29th and 30th at 9:30am in the Sanctuary.
In December, we will be having our Explorers Meeting. The Explorers program is designed for students who turn five between 4/1/2024 and 10/1/2024. At our parent meeting, we will share what the curriculum looks like, tips for deciding between Explorers or Kindergarten, you will have a chance to speak to the teachers, and we will discuss enrollment options. This meeting will be on December 4th and 5th at 9:30am in the Sanctuary.
Music Class News
Greetings, dear Little School Families! We hope you had a spooktacular Halloween together. Can you believe Thanksgiving month is upon us?
As we venture into this new month, we will sing one of our favorites, “Noah Brought the Animals” for chapel. We are also excited to begin preparing for our Christmas programs. Keep your ears open for the sweet voices of our Little Schoolers as they sing beloved classics like "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" around your homes.
However, in the middle of the month, we will take a brief pause from our Christmas rehearsals to celebrate the tradition of Thanksgiving. We will sing charming songs "Mr. Turkey and Mr. Duck" and "Thanks to Our Father" for our little ones to enjoy.
On behalf of our music team, we want to express our deep gratitude for the privilege of having your children in our lives. May this Thanksgiving season fill your hearts and homes with an abundance of love, good health, peace, and joy.
Love and blessings,
Ms Laura, Ms Sheri, Ms Jana
Charity Drives This Month!
Each year we participate in a variety of charity drives during the holiday season. This year, we will be collecting items for the Highlands United Methodist Thanksgiving Boxes drive, college student care packages for our alumni St. Luke's UMC Youth, and for our Mondays in the Park ministry who make lunches every Monday and deliver lunches and socks to the unhoused people in Denver. Please bring items by November 11th to your child's teacher. We appreciate your contribution to these important ministries.
2.5 year old classes: socks (adult socks)
3 year-old-classes: packets of gravy and boxes of Jell-o
4 year-old-classes: cans of corn
5 year-old-classes: college care packages: Easy to cook items (ramen, mac and cheese, soup, peanut butter) candy that does not melt, card games, fun things like warm socks, hair ties, pen, insulated cups, water bottles, etc.
*Also accepting monetary donations that will be used to purchase King Soopers gift cards so families in need can buy turkeys for Thanksgiving.
We are a large school, and the fact that we have the chance to help so different areas of our community is a blessing. Thank you so much for participating in these charity events. It is a great opportunity to teach students generosity and kindness.
St. Luke's United Methodist Church News and The Performing Arts Academy Shows
Worship Service Times:
9:30 in-person & livestream available.
*Join us for warm fresh coffee and delicious donuts in Fellowship Hall following the service. We would love to have our Little School Families join us!
To view all past livestream services, click the following link https://stlukeshr.com/p_watchonline.php
St. Luke's Children's Ministry
Please join us for Sunday School at 9:30am every Sunday!
Ms. Sam Leads “JOY TREK Sunday School” for children ages 2-years-old through kindergarten.
Ms. Sharon leads “Peak Sunday School” for children in 1st grade - 6th grade. Please visit our website for more information! We’d love to have you! https://stlukeshr.com/children/
Teens interested in joining our Youth Group please visit: https://stlukeshr.com/sly/
Parents Day Out! November 11th 9:00am-12:00pm: Our St. Luke's Nursery offers a monthly opportunity for you to reconnect with a partner or friends, run errands, or just take time to take care of you while we entertain your children in a safe and loving environment! We offer this from 9:00am-noon, and the cost is $30 per family. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Performing Arts Academy Presents the following upcoming musical performances:
A Chorus Line:
Thursday and Friday, November 2nd and 3rd at 6:30pm, and Saturday November 4th at 2:00pm
Mean Girls the Musical:
Thursday and Friday, November 9th and 10th at 6:30pm
Finding Nemo the Musical:
Thursday and Friday, November 16th and 17th at 6:30pm
To purchase tickets for any of the above shows, please visit https://paacolorado.org/tickets/