Happy New Year:


Dear Amelia Elementary Students,

I loved staying up late when I was young, but never more than on New Year’s Eve. Hanging out with family members, favorite cousins and friends, flannel nightgowns, scary stories, lots of great food and late-night television all added up to make this a very special night. I typically was never very good at staying up past midnight, but I was wide awake and ready to count down 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1-HAPPY NEW YEAR! when the ball dropped in Times Square. (I think I was asleep five minutes later!)

Part of the fun of New Year’s Eve was making up a list of resolutions for the next year. The resolutions I wrote as a ten-year old were certainly different from the ones I write now, but the idea of setting goals and making little promises to myself has stayed the same. (And the best part is that I’m the only one who knows if I succeed!)

I wonder as 2011 begins, if any of my students (or teachers) have made those little promises… resolutions for the new year?  I would love to see those resolutions added to this post… reading more each week, starting a new hobby or sport, helping your parents around the house, or doing something little to “fill someone’s bucket”…

I hope that you have a wonderful New Year’s celebration… have fun and stay safe!

Happy 2011!

Mrs. Walker

Happy Holidays:


This is a heartfelt message coming from the staff.  We wanted to extend a HUGE thank you for all of the wonderful gifts and cards that were given to us.  Amelia has such a wonderful group of students and parents.  We are very fortunate to work here at this school.  We hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!  Enjoy your time off and have fun!  We should all be well rested and ready to go when we return on January 3!

I hope that you enjoy the attached slide show sharing the holiday artwork, fun activities, and classroom parties from the last week.  Thank you again and have a great Holiday Break!!!  

Mrs. Walker

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Holiday Mail for Heroes:


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The second graders at Amelia Elementary spread some cheer this December by participating in the Holiday Mail for Heroes program through the American Red Cross. Each student made a holiday card for a soldier, decorated it, and wrote their own message inside. The cards were mailed to the Red Cross, who distributes them to the troops stationed all over the globe.

Post Cards to the International Space Station:


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Mrs. Evan’s science class learned about the International Space Station today.  After discussing the station, students were able to send electronic post cards to the Expedition 26 Crew Members.  What a great way to make someone’s day who is very far from home during the holiday season!

Below is the link for you to do the same.  Enjoy!

http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/postcard/

4th & 5th Grade Chorus Concert:


Amelia Elementary’s 4th and 5th grade chorus performed a holiday program before a packed auditorium.  This was the first official program held at the new building and it did not disappoint… beautiful stage, great lightening, impressive sound system… not to mention the wonderful Amelia performers!

Last Day to Collect Change for Charity:


Monday, December 2oth will be the last day that we will be collecting change for a local charity.  As you know, the holiday season is a time of great need for many and we’d like to give  a little something back to our community.  To make this a fun and exciting event for our students, we have created a contest to encourage participation in donations.   We are collecting CHANGE – pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters – even dollars if you would like.  Jugs are placed in the cafeteria for students to drop their change in – each grade has their own jug as well as the office staff.  The teachers from the grade level (or office staff) that collects the most money will SING CHRISTMAS CAROLS to the winning students during lunch on December 22!!  The winner of the contest will be announced on Tuesday!!

Security: Entrance to the Office


Beginning Wednesday, December 15th, the security system has been repaired and activated.  In order for visitors to enter the building, they must be buzzed into the office.  Directly outside of the office door is a buzzer system clearly marked.  See the photo below.  The security system is in place in order to monitor who enters the building and to keep our students safe.  Please be patient as we begin using this on a daily basis.

Press to Enter Office