The Parent Association’s CommunityService Committee invites you to participate in our annual Holiday Giving Drive, which benefits two organizations – The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey and the CYO. In addition to helping our less fortunate youth in Mercer county, these activities are designed to teach our children about the needs of others, and how their efforts can make a difference. We hope that every family will consider participating in these worthy causes.
Gift Donation for The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey
We invite each family to donate an unwrapped gift for a child. Educational gifts such as books, art supplies, board games, puzzle and creative toys are encouraged. Please place your donation in one of the labeled bins located by the Infant/Toddler and the Main foyers. Thursday,December 19 will be the last day to drop off donations. To learn more about this organization, visit www.chsofnj.org.
Garland is hung in the Infant/Toddler and Main foyers of the school to form The Giving Line. We invite you and your child to bring in a pair of mittens or a hat to hang on the line. We are looking for items for children ages 2 – 12 years old. The donated items will be delivered to the CYO on Thursday,December 19. To learn more about this organization, visit www.cyomercer.org.
Winter Concert • Thursday, December 19, 8:45 – 10:00 am
Get into the spirit of the season at the annual Winter Concert. All parents are invited to join us in the Crescendo Room for Primary through Middle School student performances full of festive cheer!
Upper Elementary and Middle School parents and students will participate in the annual Cookie Exchange in the Summit Room immediately following the Holiday Concert. Each student is asked to bring 3 dozen cookies and will be selecting 3 dozen to take home and enjoy.
Classroom Holiday Celebrations
PRIMARY: We encourage families of Primary children to purchase a gift to donate to a child through the gift donation for The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey or contribute to the Giving Line.
ELEMENTARY: The teachers assign the children secret pals. Elementary students are asked to bring in a labeled and gift-wrapped paperback book to exchange with their secret pal. You may choose to purchase two of the same paperback books and donate one to The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey or donate an unwrapped educational gift instead. (Book value for Lower Elementary should be between $5-$10 and for Upper Elementary between $10-$20).
MIDDLE SCHOOL: The Middle School students will have a “white elephant” exchange. Students will purchase (preferably with their own money) a $15 gift that anyone in middle school could use. (We are stressing the ability to use the item rather than have it be a gag gift). Gifts should be wrapped and brought in by Friday, Dec 13 and the gift exchange will take place on Wednesday, Dec 18.
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