An SLP Christmas – 2012

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With over a month decorating, singing carols, and preparing the kids for Santa’s arrival, it was finally time to celebrate. One of my first memories at SLP was when I taught last year’s IP students the Christmas Tree dance. I was overwhelmed by cuteness and knew none of the students. I’d like to think that this year surpassed last year’s holiday party and enthusiasm, and yes, even the cuteness.

IP Alligator opening their letters from Santa.

IP Alligator opening their letters from Santa.

For the month of December, my IP classes have been participating in an Advent calendar event. Since there are six children in each of those classes, the helper has the privilege of pulling a special gift out of the Santa Claus bag. Instead of getting candy or chocolate, we are a bit more sensible than that here, they received erasers, pencils, stickers, and bookmarks. Thursday, the day before the Christmas party, red envelopes were waiting in the students’ “stockings” as soon as they arrived in the morning. I had mentioned to them we received a package from the North Pole at the beginning of the week, reminded them of the letters they had sent to Santa at the beginning of the month, and their faces just lit up. They couldn’t believe it. They plucked out their red envelopes and began opening them. Thanks to http://www.freelettersfromsantaclaus.com/, I was able to customize five different versions of letters from Santa and address them to the students. Their reactions ranged from wide-eyed astonishment to delighted laughter. It was wonderful to witness a spark of Christmas magic in the class.

IP Bear with Santa.

IP Bear with Santa.

On Friday, while some of the younger children were visiting with St. Nick, Alligator and Bear opened their presents from Kelsey, Jenny, and myself. Kelsey and I pitched together to get Alligator little sketchbooks since they love to color and collectively have a ridiculously huge imagination. Jenny found some pencil cases and other goodies to pass along to Bear, and I spent a great deal of time putting together photo albums of their time at SLP. Then it was time for Santa’s presents, which all the moms had dropped off at SLP the week or so before our party. Chad Teacher donned the Santa Claus outfit and the kids were each given a gift after sitting on his knee. Each class had to sing a song to thank him for their presents. We watched Frosty the Snowman, colored, sang, and danced the morning away.

The afternoon classes on Thursday and Friday performed Christmas carols in a contest for a pizza party. I’m quite proud to say that of all three time slots of which my classes participated, we won all three. I was pretty stoked by that and not giving them homework for the new year. Overall, those last two days of work before the vacation were great. But the fun didn’t end there!

The best co-teachers this side of the Pacific.

The best co-teachers this side of the Pacific.

Friday night was our staff dinner and Secret Santa party. Since there had been the change in administration, Jason was able to choose a different restaurant for our staff dinners. Jess and I, being the most veteran foreign teachers, were ecstatic at the change in venue. We ended up at a place called Dino Meat, which is an all-you-can-eat buffet of galbi, meat you grill at the table. We had great discussions with our bosses and coworkers about things other than school and students. The gift exchanges ended up going over smoothly, and we all made off with some great stuff. Jess was a babe and gave me a huge, fluffy green scarf, a new water bottle because mine has been melted for months, my favorite choco muffin, awesome pens, and a framed picture of us with Meagan and Ash. I found a cute animal pillow and scarf for Choy to keep her warm and comfy at work. The night was a success and everyone had a wonderful time. It’s definitely going down in my book as one of my favorite SLP memories.

Merry Christmas from all of us at Suji SLP!

Merry Christmas from all of us at Suji SLP!

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