Joseph Rogers Primary School

December 15, 2014

'Twas the night before Christmas

‘Twas the days before Christmas,

And all through the school,
The kindergarten teachers were trying
To just keep their cool.

The hallways were hung
With Christmas art
(Mr. Meade made in November
to get a head start!)

The children were bouncing
Off ceilings and walls,
And seemed to forget
How to walk in the halls.

When out of the workroom
With “holiday shirts”
And “jingle bell jewels”,
The first grade teachers looked festive

Enforcing the rules.

Suddenly, from down the hallway
There came such a chatter,
The pre-k teachers went in

To see what was the matter.

The 2nd grade teachers were hiding
And trying to refuel,
On coffee and cookies
And treats from Mrs. Carroll.

When what to their wondering
Ears do they hear,
But the ringing of school bells
– It’s the children, they fear!

More rapid than reindeer
The little ones came,
And Mr. Miller and Mr. Williams all shouted
and called them by name;

Walk, Vincent! Walk, Tanner!
Walk, Tyler & Sammy!
Sit, Jamie! Sit, Laura!
Sit, Tara & Tammy!

To your desks in the room!
To your spots in the line!
Now walk to them! Walk to them!
No running this time!

So straight to their places
The children all went.
With fear of losing playtime
Where they could be sent.

With lesson plans
Cradled in arms,
The Mrs. Edwards and Mrs. Williams began
To use all of their charms.

But the lessons presented
All fell on deaf ears.
The children were thinking
Of Santa’s reindeer!

With a toss of their hands
They put manuals aside,
Went straight to the cupboards
Where the cookies hide.

And laying their fingers
On the package in there
They sat back to let
Mrs. Jessi and Mrs. Winstead share.

But you could hear them exclaim
At the end of the day -
Have a wonderful, happy, and

Adapted from Twas the night before Christmas...break.

I figured we all needed a laugh this week! I hope that each of you enjoy your much needed Christmas Vacation. Treasure the time you spend with your family and I hope that your holiday season is very blessed.

See you January 5.


(there will not be a newsletter until the following week January 12)

Calendar of Events

Fun Times at JRP

December 15 - Fire Drill - 10:00

December 16 - Tacky Christmas sweater/shirt day

December 16 - establishing Tier I, Tier II and Tier III groups to begin after Christmas (during planning in Paula's classroom). We will be meeting with Dr. Reed and Regina Russell, as they will help us establish these groups. We will use AIMSweb data help us group students, bring your benchmark data with you also as we may need to refer to that as well.

December 17 - AR celebration, NO Tardy Party, 1st grade Monster Math celebration, modified related arts schedule on this day

Wassail Wednesday

December 18 - 1/2 day - Christmas parties for Students
December 19 - staff development day - teachers and assistants work. Breakfast will begin at 8:30. Sign up sheet for breakfast will be on the counter in the office. Agenda for this day will be sent early this week.

December 20-January 4 - Christmas Vacation -

The hallways will be repainted during this time. Please make sure all artwork etc. are removed from the hallways so everything can be repainted.

January 8 - Board Meeting 6:00 at Training Center

January 9 - collaborative - create anchor papers from district prompts

January 19 - NO SCHOOL

January 21 - faculty meeting


Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas. ~Peg Bracken

Take the time to enjoy everything about this Christmas. I hope you have a very, very Merry Christmas.