Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Douglas Primary School Week of December 21, 2015

Douglas Primary School 

The Primary School Faculty and Staff would like to thank all of our parents for your continued support.  We truly enjoy your children and appreciate your cooperation. We are a team in every sense of the word! Please enjoy time with family and friends this holiday season. 

Primary School students are exposed to holidays and holiday traditions around the world-

For eight days each November or December,  the Jewish light a special candle holder called a menorah. They do it to remember an ancient miracle in which one day's worth of oil burned for eight days in their temple. On Hanukkah, many Jewish also eat special potato pancakes called latkes, sing songs, and spin a top called a dreidel to win chocolate coins, nuts, or raisins.
St. Lucia Day
To honor this third-century saint on December 13, many girls in Sweden dress up as "Lucia brides" in long white gowns with red sashes, and a wreath of burning candles on their heads. They wake up their families by singing songs and bringing them coffee and twisted saffron buns called "Lucia cats."
People celebrate this Christian holiday by going to church, giving gifts, and sharing the day with their families. In some parts of Europe, "star singers" go caroling — singing special Christmas songs — as they walk behind a huge star on a pole.

Kwanzaa, which means "First Fruits," is based on ancient African harvest festivals and celebrates ideals such as family life and unity. During this spiritual holiday, celebrated from December 26 to January 1, millions of African Americans dress in special clothes, decorate their homes with fruits and vegetables, and light a candle holder called a kinara.
New Year
In Ecuador, families dress a straw man in old clothes on December 31. The straw man represents the old year. The family members make a will for the straw man that lists all of their faults. At midnight, they burn the straw man, in hopes that their faults will disappear with him.
Chinese New Year
Many Chinese children dress in new clothes to celebrate Chinese New Year. People carry lanterns and join in a huge parade led by a silk dragon, the Chinese symbol of strength. According to legend, the dragon hibernates most of the year, so people throw firecrackers to keep the dragon awake.

New for Sept. 2016-2017
We are so excited to inform you that the Douglas Primary Preschool program will be redesigned into Preschool for 3 yr. olds and Pre-Kindergarten for 4 yr. olds. Full day options will be available for 4 yr. olds only.   More information will be coming in the January. We look forward to this new enhancement to our program!

Preschool Candids!

Mrs. Hendricks invited parents to hear some songs the class has been practicing!

Mrs. Jane's class had a morning full of reindeer activities!

School reopens on Monday, January 4, 2016!


There will be a joint meeting of the School Committee, Board of Selectman, and the Finance Committee on Tuesday, January 5th, 7:00 pm at the Municipal Center to discuss the FY17 Budget. All are welcome to attend!