Monday, December 24, 2012

Our Favorite Pick for Christmas - Too Many Tamales

It's Christmas Eve and we will be reading some of our favorite Christmas stories. One favorite pick is Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto.  Maria is trying so hard to be grown up by helping to prepare Christmas dinner but what happens when she thinks she has lost her mother's treasured ring in a batch of tamales.  She and her cousins learn  lesson in telling the truth and the importance of family love. 

May you have warmth and love in this season, and enjoy creating new traditions with your children. Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Wonderful New Year!

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Snowflakes for Sandy Hook

Here is a wonderful project to share as a family during the holiday break. The Parent Teacher Association in Connecticut is collecting handmade snowflakes from children everywhere to help decorate the halls of the brand new school where the Sandy Hook elementary students will be returning after the holidays.

Families can brighten the day for Sandy Hook children by sending their snowflakes to :  Connecticut PTA, 60 Connolly Parkway, Building 12, Suite 103, Hamden, CT 06514 before January 12, 2013.


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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Let Us Keep the Light Shinning In Sandy Hook

"The Light Shines In The Darkness and the Darkness Has Never Put It Out"

My prayers go out to all the families in Newton, Connecticut.  Words cannot express the pain, sorrow and the lost we are feeling as a community.  We may never have answers for  why this horrendous crime occurred but we can keep our candle lit. As a community there is much work to be done but for now we can be a beacon of light for our neighbors in Newton and support them in their time of mourning.

I like the idea that Karen Wolrond shared on her blog, Chookooloonks for reaching out to the families of Sandy Hook. Please share with others and let the light continue to shine:

"If anyone wants to mail sympathy cards or letters of support and solidarity to the school, the school address is: Sandy Hook Elementary School, 12 Dickenson Drive, Sandy Hook, CT 06482. Please copy/paste/share, anywhere you prefer. Prayers and sending a card may seem something small, but at least, it's something we can do."

“I think this is a stellar idea.  It's also something that our kids might enjoy doing to help process their feelings about what they hear on the news.”

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