NEWS FROM THE COUNTRYSIDE MONTESSORI MIDDLE SCHOOL WEEKLY UPDATES ON WHATS GOING IN THE COMMUNITY

This week in Humanities the Middle Schoolers wrapped up our final presentations for our unit on the Revolutionary War. This Monday almost all of us presented our closing projects. Helena and Francesca made a beautiful crown and talked about king George III. Sydney designed a drum and talked about the drummer boys in the war. Tess acted out a puppet show about the Boston Tea Party. Finally, Amelia drew a picture of George Washington and enlightened us about his life. It was a ball and the Middle Schoolers learned so much.

Anjan, Francesca, and Willem present...

(Maybe Random) Facts: Wonderful Holidays Edition

The Swedish equivalent of Santa Claus is Jultomten. Literally translated, the word “Jultomten” means Christmas Brownie. However, in Tamil Nadu, India, Santa Claus is called Christmas Thatha. This means Christmas Grandpa.

Guess what? This year, Christmas and Hanukkah are on the same day! Hanukkah celebrates the victory of the Maccabee brothers' rebel army over Greek King Antiochus IV during the 2nd century B.C.E.

Have you ever heard of the classic Christmas tradition Elf on a Shelf? Well, there was recently a new Jewish equivalent of Elf on a Shelf presented on Shark Tank. The company’s founder, Neal Hoffman, calls the tradition Mensch on a Bench.

Sick of taking out the garbage? Well, be prepared because the average household waste increases by 25% between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. In the United States, trash from wrapping paper and shopping bags total four million tons every year.

Given the different time zones, Santa has 31 hours to deliver all his presents. He has to visit 823 homes a second.

The USPS, FedEx, and UPS deliver a total of 20 billion cards and packages every year between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve.

You know, decorating for the holidays can be extremely dangerous. An average of 5,800 people end up in the ER every year from holiday decorating injuries.

According to data analyzed from Facebook posts, two weeks before Christmas is the most popular time to break up. The second most popular time for couples to break up is Spring Break. However, Christmas is the least popular day for breakups.

On Saturday, Mrs. Aspinall hosted a delightful and delicious Cookie Exchange. The Cookie Exchange is an event for the AYM students and their families, where the AYMers bring in cookies that they made. There was a vast variety of cookies that were brought to the table. The assortment was fabulous! Some included sweet snowmen cookies and beautiful buttermilk cookies. There were frosted cookies, rice crispie treats, and cookies that were topped off with a jumbo marshmallow. There were cookies shaped as christmas trees, snowmen, and the good old chocolate chip. The AYM families feasted away on hot chocolate and an assortment of green and red delicately sprinkled cookies specially made by Mrs. Aspinall herself. At the end, the Middle Schoolers helped wrap up cookie plates for the children. We were also involved in taking billions and billions of pictures. There was the lingering smell of hot cocoa, with some light festive music playing in the background. Overall, it was an unforgettable way to be celebrating the holiday season.

On Thursday, December 15th, the Middle Schoolers hosted the Holiday Tea. The Middle Schoolers organized the event. We completed tasks from writing invitations, collecting the cups, plates, napkins, and forks, to coming up with plans to move the furniture in the community room. The Toddler, Primary, and Elementary classes as well as the office came for 20 minute shifts to indulge in a scrumptious snack of goldfish, cheese cubes, and mini hot dogs with a side of apple juice. Our kitchen crew prepared plates for the children, and then walked around with refills for those who wanted them. We had holiday music playing, a fire burning, and the sound of holiday joy in the air. When the kids were finished eating, a short winter story was read by a middle school student. The Holiday Tea was an event relished by all. It’s a time for classmates to come together and get into the holiday spirit, and enjoy some food while they are at it.

Important Dates

December 16 - Holiday Bazaar (For Students Only) 8:30am - 12:00pm

December 23 - Winter Break

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