Mrs. Lazo, December 12, 2011

Dear Parents,

Your children have done an outstanding job this first semester.  I am so blessed as I observe each student’s progress in learning academics, studying and reflecting on God’s Word, becoming more responsible, and showing love and concern for others.  Thank you for your prayers, for your support, and for trusting me as we partner together in nurturing and educating your child.

May you and your family embrace the promises and hope that come with Christmas.  May God’s gift of his precious Son, Jesus, be the center of you celebration as I hope He is the center of your life.  If you are able, we warmly invite you to join us for one or more of the following ways we will celebrate Christmas  and reach out to others at FCS this week.

On Thursday at 1:30 P.M. my class will continue a tradition that my students at FCS have carried on for 6 years now.  They will each share a talent that the Lord has given them to honor and worship  Jesus for Christmas.  Some are doing skits and others are singing songs, playing an instrument, reading a story or poem, sharing a scripture reading, or creating a work of art. The program will be presented in our classroom for the other students in our class to enjoy and for any of you who are able to come.  We quite understand if you cannot make it, but pray that it will be a blessing to all present.  The program should last about 45 minutes.

The room mothers of our class are planning some exciting treats for us on Friday!  At 8:30 we will have an extensive brunch with muffins, a breakfast burrito bar, and many other tantalizing treats.   Meanwhile, parents will  set up a couple of stations to tie blankets for the homeless and to make some treats.  Please join us, if you are able to do so. (See flyer going home today.)

Thank you for a wonderful response to our request to bring in fabric to make blankets for the hopeless.   We still need a few parent helpers to cut the ends to prepare for the assembly of blankets for an hour or two.  Please call Marylou Savage at 298-7381, if you are able to help.  Students will be tying them on Thursday after our program and on Friday morning during our Christmas party.

On Friday, December 16 we will carpool to the skating party with all Fresno Christian elementary students. Please see the flyer we sent home last week for information about it.  Our class skates with all 5th and 6th and some of the 3rd/4th graders during the 2nd session from 10:15 to 11:30.  This means we will get ready to leave school in car pools about 9:45 to drive to Cal Skate in Clovis.  If you are not picking up your child at the skating rink, we will leave there by 11:40 and be back at school for the noon dismissal.

Let’s help the families of Pinedale this holiday season. Between December 1 and 12, please send in boxed and canned goods listed on the flyer going out today.  Or you may send in cash/check to the office marked “Food-Pinedale.”  We will be blessed in the giving as we bless others.

Please have your student check the lost and found racks. Lots of jackets, sweaters,  lunch boxes, and water bottles have been left since the beginning of the school year.

Students will have an opportunity to explore poetry and choose a poem this week for their oral presentations in January. Choices should be made early so students will have ample time to memorize their poems, adding expression and gestures. All students will be required to present their poems of about 2 minutes or more to the class in mid-January. After judging, the top 3 students will be chosen to compete in the school-wide competition for the Peach Blossom Festival of Oral Interpretation. I encourage you to begin searching for meaningful poems online and at the library. You may choose your poem in advance.

Students will complete writing a newspaper response to their historical novels.  In addition, we will culminate literature circle books and end with a discussion to analyze the books and their themes. No DOL or 5-a-day will be done this week due to other special activities and two half-days.

5th and 6th grades will each have their chapter tests on Tuesday along with their benchmark assessment.


No memory verse will be given this week due to special activities.  For extra credit, a student may choose any verse related to Christmas to recite to the class. 


  • Drama Grades 5 & 6: Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 7 P.M.
  • Half day-12 noon dismissals: December 14 & 16
  • Christmas Worship & Talent Program: Dec. 15 at 1:30 in classroom
  • Christmas Party and Service project: December 16  8-9:30 A.M.
  • Christmas Skating Party: December 16 at 10:15-11:30 A.M.
  • Christmas vacation: Begins Fri., Dec. 16 at 3:00 P.M. and school resumes Mon., Jan. 9
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday-no school: January 16

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