Holiday Happenings

 In Ocean Academy

By Miss Wada/Instructional Paraprofessional 

Curious about what’s been going on in the Elementary Room lately? Last month, Alaska the therapy dog came to visit. This month, we had another special visitor. Like Alaska, this visitor isn’t human. However, this visitor is not a furry, four-legged friend. Dom the Elf, sporting his aviator jacket, came all the way from the North Pole to keep an eye on the class! Dom has been kind enough to treat the kids to stockings, activity pages, and even mugs for them to decorate! Many students in the class are skeptical about Dom. Some have even had a bad attitude about the whole situation. Because of their negativity and cynical attitude towards him, Dom refused to move from his spot for several days, as he was on strike. Fortunately, Dom decided to give them another chance last Friday, after witnessing a lot of good behavior the day before. Dom hopes that everyone will get into the holiday spirit this month. As Miss Alyssa says, “If you don’t believe, you don’t receive!”



In other news, during Social Studies, Miss Wada has been teaching the class about another holiday being celebrated this December: Hanukkah, also known as The Festival of Lights. One student, Aaron, was very helpful in teaching these art-infused lessons. Topics that were touched upon include: a brief discussion of monotheism, Judaism, the story of Hanukkah, and Hanukkah traditions and symbols. Thanks for your help, Aaron!


Happy Holidays, everyone! Hope everyone enjoys their well-deserved vacation!

Showing 13 comments
  • krystal

    Whoa! this is amazing! I learned a few things about Jewish Holiday!

  • Tierney

    That is a good idea.It is awesome to teach kids about different holiday celebrations.

  • Brian Lauterbach

    I think this is a very good idea. It helps the kids of all grades believe and have Christmas spirit.

  • kaitlyn stewart

    My little sisters have an elf on the shelf and they loves it. I hope that the little kids love it to!

  • James Dolan

    It gonna be such a wonderful holiday. A new year is coming our way.

  • Anthony Magro

    I like the elf on the shelf it reminds me of Christmas. I hope the little kids enjoy the elf on the shelf.

  • ricky

    I like the elf on the shelf it reminds me of Christmas!

  • Carlos Gomez

    That was a great thing to do. I liked how they taught the kids different things.

  • Zachary Syanovitz

    I think it’s a good idea for them to learn about Christmas. I also think it was a good lesson.

  • Anthony Chase

    I loved the therapy dog. I think the younger group has more fun during the holidays than we do.

  • Elijah Spikes

    Elf on a shelf to keep the kids in the jolly spirit. As well as there behavior.

  • Matthew English

    The best way to counter ignorance is with knowledge, especially knowledge about a religion or lifestyle other than their own. Christmas should be a holiday enjoyed by everyone, one way or another.

  • Rachel Strickland

    Everyone has different beliefs, different families, and different stories to tell from these families. And enough love to show everyone else around them that keep them happy and let’s them keep the goodness flowing. No matter what you celebrate, people should come together during the holidays. Share those differences! It gives other people an insight to your life and the people around you.

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