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Elliott’s monthly Family Night

to foster family engagement

Deb Walter
Laurel Bay | December 10, 2018

Designing and writing a Christmas card.
Designing and writing a Christmas card. | Photo: Deb Walter

The Elliott Elementary School Staff and the PTO teamed together to host Elliott's December 6th Family Night. Elliott’s monthly Family Night events strive to foster family engagement in support of DoDEA’s Blue Print for Continuous Improvement.  Hot chocolate and an Ugly Sweater contest for parents and students gave the activities a festive flavor, as the staff provided activities that connected and supported the College and Career Readiness Standards. Over sixty families joined together to participate in the fun. The “Mug of Hot Chocolate”, a problem solving activity, used marshmallows and an imaginary mug of hot chocolate to illustrate personalized math stories. Even though marshmallows were glued onto a drawing of a mug of hot chocolate, many made it into hungry mouths! Families learned about the habitats and food supply of birds in winter. The teachers set up stations where the families created ornaments to provide
food for the birds. Seed coated pine cones and popcorn necklaces were created and taken home to be hung outside for our feathered friends through the holidays. Christmas and holiday cards fashioned from a variety of materials were made to be sent to relatives and loved ones. Other activities included playing the holiday dreidel game and constructing snowflake snowmen. The evening closed with the PTO awarding the Ugliest Sweater Award. Winners were announced for grade levels PreK-Second Grade as well as an award in the parent category. The PTO topped off the evening with cups of hot chocolate and cookies for all.

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