DAY 58 – Dec. 11, 2015 – Dec. Gift Drive, Writing

DECEMBER GIFT DRIVE 

Thank you to all of our families for their generosity. The students were so pleased to be able to help a family in our community through the Ancaster Community Services. Our donations came in at $350! Thank you to parent Mrs. Mattern under student council executive – Brady, Callie, Carson, and Dea. They spent yesterday morning price comparing and shopping according to the list prepared by our class during math class.

 
   
The Student Council Executive shared their reflections about the shopping experience – ideas related to math/budgeting and how the experience impacted them personally:

We learned that not everything online is available in the actual store. 

There was a lot of variety if pots and pans.

We looked at the online choices that students put into the Google doc, but we noticed in the store sometimes there was another item on the actual shelf that was a better choice because maybe it was cheaper. One product was $12 online, but when we got into the store we noticed that it was half that price.
Sometimes it was hard to find exactly what we were looking for on the list, so we would have to maybe settle for something a little different.

We had to estimate how much we would be spending on the actual items and how much we would be spending in tax. We knew that we couldn’t go over $350.

I thought the little annoying at times because there were so many choices and we were walking back-and-forth between different choices – it was hard to decide what to choose.

Dea – My favorite part was picking out wrapping paper because I like colorful things. Sometimes when you shop you choose something that’s in styler that’s pretty, but I learned that sometimes it’s important to choose something that is a good product.

Callie – my favorite part was when we shop to chapters. We were picking out a game for the boy in the family and I was imagining him opening the gift and being excited that hey I got a game to play. We tried to choose games where multiple people could play, so the family can play the games together.
Brady – My favorite part was being asked by some older people for my Pinyan on what to buy kids. It turns out that they were there to buy gifts for people who might not otherwise receive Christmas presents.

Carson – My favorite part was learning to have an appreciation for how much things cost and what it’s like to have to stay within a budget. It really puts things in perspective when people don’t have enough money to buy things. It was different than when I go and purchase for myself. It was fun to go with other friends and I really enjoyed that. 

Students are invited to write their reflections in the comment section – what did you learn about budgeting and math while working with your partner on the Google document and your $320 budget?

MUSIC

We are working on two songs for next week! Next Wednesday, December 18 @ 2pm, Mrs. Crocker is leading classes in a presenting of  the play called “The Best Gift Ever”. We are performing a song called “Grown-up Christmas List”. One song will involve us learning by rote and memorizing, and the other song will be learned by reading the music. The second song is “Winter Sleigh Ride”. We will be performing this at on Friday, December 18 @ 2pm at the monthly awards assembly. Students homework is to practice this song – the lyrics at the very end of this blog post! 🙂

DPA

 

  
Grown-up Christmas list 

Do you remember me?

I sat upon your knee

I wrote to you

With childhood fantasies
Well, I’m all grown up now

And still need help somehow

I’m not a child

But my heart still can dream
So here’s my lifelong wish

My grown up christmas list

Not for myself

But for a world in need
No more lives torn apart

That wars would never start

And time would heal all hearts

And everyone would have a friend

And right would always win

And love would never end

This is my grown up christmas list
As children we believed

The grandest sight to see

Was something lovely

Wrapped beneath our tree
But heaven only knows

That packages and bows

Can never heal

A hurting human soul
No more lives torn apart

That wars would never start

And time would heal all hearts

And everyone would have a friend

And right would always win

And love would never end

This is my grown up christmas list
What is this illusion called the innocence of youth

Maybe only in our blind belief can we ever find the truth
No more lives torn apart

That wars would never start

And time would heal all hearts

And everyone would have a friend

And right would always win

And love would never end, oh

This is my grown up christmas list

This is my only life long wish

This is my grown up christmas list

4 comments on “DAY 58 – Dec. 11, 2015 – Dec. Gift Drive, Writing

  1. Susan Lee says:

    That’s great that so much money was raised. A picture of the whole class would be so nice as they all contributed to this collaboration.

  2. cbraun6432 says:

    I used to think that $320 could buy a whole new closet of clothes but, doing this budgeting I realized that, that it could only buy 3 outfits, tops, it also made me realize that $320 could mean the difference between life or death for some people and others would simply throw it away on something as vain and non-meaningful as a designer t-shirt, when it could make the world for some people.

  3. kroeland3973 says:

    I learned if you budget properly you can get a lot of stuff. I also learned that when you have to shop online it can be tricky to find what you are looking for.

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