# The Goshen Gazette

## From the Principal - Mr. Graves

Greetings Goshen Lane Families,

Every day here at school the Goshen staff work hard to help our students to become better readers, writers, mathematicians and scientist. We also work each day to help our students become overall good people. Many of us are familiar with the song line, "be good for goodness sake". There are many concepts of what makes for a good human being. Many of us would consider someone who lives by the Golden Rule to be good; or perhaps someone who sacrifices for the young or the vulnerable, or someone who lives by an honorable code of conduct. As great as it may be to have our goodness affirmed by another, and as motivating it is for children to be good in the hopes of getting something special, isn't it more meaningful when we know in our own hearts that we have been good for goodness' sake? As we go through this holiday season, consider joining us in helping our students know that regardless of if they have a little or a lot; if they get a little or a lot, what matters most is that they are good people and that they are asked to be good for goodness' sake.

To all of our Goshen Lane families, "thank you" for your support this first half of the school year. I wish you all a safe, enjoyable holiday season, and look forward to working with you and your student in 2022!

Winter Break Success Tips

• Before winter break, visit the library to stock up on reading material. Encourage your youngster to set a goal and check out that many books. Be sure to get a few books for yourself—your child will see that reading is a lifelong pleasure.

• Antes de las vacaciones de invierno, visiten la biblioteca para reunir material de lectura. Anime a su hijo a fijarse una meta y retirar esa cantidad de libros. Asegúrese de retirar algunos libros para usted (su hijo verá que leer es un placer en cualquier momento de la vida).

• Use shapes to practice basic math facts and geometry at the same time. Take turns asking each other questions like “How many sides does a pentagon and an octagon have?” (5 + 8 = 3) or “How many vertices are there in three triangles?” (3 x 3 = 9).

• Use figuras para practicar operaciones matemáticas básicas y geometría al mismo tiempo. Túrnense para hacerse preguntas como “¿Cuántos lados tiene un pentágono y un octágono?” (5 + 8 = 3) o “¿Cuántos vértices hay en tres triángulos?” (3 x 3 = 9).

• Make up sing-able Mad Libs. Have everyone write the lyrics to different songs and leave blanks for some of the words. Under each blank, tell what type of word should go there (say, a noun that rhymes with ‘you’). Then, sing the new songs!

• Invente Mad Libs que se puedan cantar. Que todos escriban letras para distintas canciones y dejen espacios vacíos para algunas palabras. Debajo de cada espacio, diga qué tipo de palabra debe ir (por ejemplo, un sustantivo que rime con “tú”). Luego, ¡canten las nuevas canciones!

• If you travel to another town, invite your child to compare your destination with the place where you live. There might be more open spaces or taller buildings in the new place. Or your youngster might point out geographic features like mountains or plains.

• Si viajarán a otra ciudad, invite a su hijo a comparar su destino con el lugar donde viven. Podría haber más espacios abiertos o edificios más altos en el lugar nuevo. O su hijo podría señalar características geográficas, como montañas o planicies.

• Cut back on your child’s screen time by gradually replacing a screen habit with a different activity. While waiting at the dentist, play I Spy rather than a game on a cell phone. Instead of watching TV after dinner, play a card game or do a craft together.

• Para reducir el tiempo que su hijo pasa frente a la pantalla, reemplace gradualmente este hábito por otro. Mientras esperan en el dentista, jueguen al “Veo veo” en vez de usar el celular. En vez de ver televisión después de la cena, jueguen a las cartas o hagan artesanías.

## Family Code Night

Goshen Lane Elementary School invites you to participate in a National Family Code Night, a free live-stream event for our K-5 families. This is a fun learning experience in which children do their first hour of coding with a parent or other partner. No experience needed! The event has been held in thousands of schools nationwide, and is now provided to our school via a live stream. Participants will be entered into a drawing for a license to Dash’s Neighborhood, a virtual robotics playground, from Wonder Workshop. So, save the date and get ready for a community learning experience the whole family will value and enjoy.

"Our Livestream, CSEdWeek Goshen Lane Family Code Night, will be December 7, 2021 at 7:00 PM Eastern. You will join the Livestream at that time at this link: https://www.youtube.com/CSisElementary/live"

## Happening in December

• December 13: PTA Dine Out Fundraiser at Mr. T's Pizza 4:00-10:00 p.m.
• December 17: End of 1st Semester
• December 20 - January 2: Winter Break
• January 3: Staff Professional Development Day (no school)
• January 4: School Resumes
• January 7: 2nd Trimester Progress Reports to Parents