This Week in Mountain Laurel Cottage…
We will be traveling to the Long Center on Thursday, December 8th to attend Ballet Austin, “The Nutcracker.” We will be leaving campus at 11:00 AM and will return to campus at 1:30 PM. We will be seeing Act II. This week we will read, “The Nutcracker,” and learn more about Tchaikovsky, the composer. Prior to attending the ballet, we will have an early morning lunch and/or snack. As a reminder, please have your child at morning arrival carry his/her car seat and/or booster to the porch. Parents of children without a required car seat and/or booster will be contacted to ensure safe transportation to/from the ballet.
We will be making skillet cornbread in the cast iron this week. The children made gluten-free vanilla cupcakes last week, and were inspired to make original cornbread. We will also be making winter apple crisp and hummus this week as well in the kitchen. The children made hot cocoa last week in the kitchen when the temperature dropped to 50F, and enjoyed it very much. If your family would like to donate hot cocoa to our community please let us know, and we will provide the recommended brand to purchase. Also, many of the children have been enjoying stove-top tea all week with this cooler weather.
A few children from the community have written and organized songs for caroling at Cedars. The group of children will be caroling this week at Stonebridge Center as well. They’ve practiced daily at the stage 6 songs; including 12 days of Christmas, Jingle Bells and Silver Bells. The group will carol on campus next week, singing a song to each community. We are in need of drivers for this outing – if you are available on Friday, Dec 9th from 9:00-11:00 AM, please let us know by sending an email to the community.
Also, there is a group of children that are performing a play next week on Tuesday, December 13th from 3:00-3:30 PM, “Squirrel and Meatball.” Families are welcome to join us for a story about the journey and life of a squirrel and meatball. The group of children performing would like to raise (more) money for a community pet and give the remaining funds to Austin Pets Alive as a gift for the holidays. Tickets are $2 per person.
Lastly, the children started to plan and prepare for the Winter Gathering, which will be on Thursday, December 15th from 3:00-3:45 PM in Mountain Laurel. Come listen to the children sing holiday songs and/or recite poems. This is a wonderful time to celebrate altogether the end of the year and upcoming holiday. There will be hot cocoa available.
Finally, the elementary will be having a community potluck on Thursday, December 15th starting at 5 PM at the clearing. Bring a dish (6-8 servings) and your camping chair, blanket, flashlight and instruments to enjoy a winter campfire with other Cedars families.
Have a lovely week, Mountain Laurel Cottage ☺
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