Sock Drive

Our final giving opportunity will be our sock drive for the Santa Cruz Homeless Service Center, which runs Dec.12-21.

Principal’s Message

Well, it’s officially the busiest time of the year! I hope your winter holidays will bring special times with family and friends. This is a great time of year to express gratitude. One thing for which I’m grateful is getting to work with outstanding teachers and staff; caring, involved parents; and students who put a smile on my face every day! It’s also a perfect time to express CARING, which happens to be the Main Street Way character trait for December. This year, we are having a Main Street Cares Month during December, with numerous opportunities for our students and community to help others less fortunate than themselves. Our Main Street community is always generous, and I want to thank you in advance for donating. We just wrapped up our first donation opportunity, with our annual Girl Scouts Coat Drive this past week. If you still have a coat, it isn’t too late. We can still deliver them to Classic Cleaners to be cleaned and distributed to those in need of a warm coat. Our annual food drive for Second Harvest runs for two weeks, Dec. 5-16. Once, again, we will have a barrel in each classroom for families to contribute dry goods and canned food. The students love contests, so the class that donates the most food will enjoy an ice cream party with me. With your help, let’s send at least 20 barrels of food to Second Harvest! Our Scholastic Book Fair is the second week of December, the 5th –9 th . You’ll have an opportunity to help get books into the hands of children who don’t have them by giving to the All for Books program. Scholastic will match our donation and then donate money back to us. It’s a win-win for everyone! We will be “turning dollars and coins into books and smiles!” Our final giving opportunity will be our sock drive for the Santa Cruz Homeless Service Center, which runs Dec.12-21. When I called and asked the Center what they needed the most, they told me socks. Let’s help the most needy in our community warm their feet with warm new socks! A recent example of how caring our students can be, occurred when one of our students, Ryan Miller, who is undergoing medical treatment that caused him to lose his hair, had nine friends shave their heads so he wouldn’t feel alone. We are so proud of these boys: Atlas Atkinson, Owen Canavan, Brandon Jones, Scotty Miller, Mark Montanez, Wyatt Nichols, Luke Santee, Hudson Summerrill, and Nolan Summerrill. And, now for a few important reminders . . . Please have your child dressed appropriately for wet weather, with rain boots and raincoat/hat, and send an umbrella with him/her to school when rain is in the forecast. If it’s just drizzling, we’d still like the students to run around on the playground. I can’t stress enough how important it is that your child learns keyboarding skills, a must for 21st Century education and work. It is also necessary for our district benchmark testing and for the state testing system. Our students must know how to type well if they are to truly show what they know. I urge you to check out any number of free typing programs on the web, including Dance Mat at www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing/, www.typingclub.com, and www.typing.com. I’d also like to encourage you to have your child work on our computerized mathematics program, Ten Marks, at home. Our students need to practice their math skills in the way that they will be assessed—on the computer! And, I’d like to wish all of you a happy, safe and healthy holiday season! Annette Bitter, Principal

Food Drive

Our annual food drive for Second Harvest starts tomorrow and runs for two weeks, Dec. 5-16. Once, again, we will have a barrel in each classroom for families to contribute dry goods and canned food. The students love contests, so the class that donates the most food will enjoy an ice cream party with Mrs. Bitter. With your help, let’s send at least 20 barrels of food to Second Harvest!

Book Fair

Please visit our school Library during next week December 5th – 9th for our Scholastic Book Fair. This is a great way to support our library and teachers. Looking for gifts or just a good read there are lots of options. You can also full fill your teacher’s wish list. Shop early we sell out of items quickly!

Coat Drive 11/28-12/2

Our Main Street Girl Scouts are running a coat drive and will be collecting coats in barrels and in the mornings at drop off all week November 28th through December 2nd. Please donate your coats in good condition all sizes welcome.

Lost and Found

Hello Main Street families. If you think your student has left or lost something here at school please check our lost and found rack. We will be donating everything still here after school on Wednesday, November 30. Thank you.