I would like to bring you up to speed on a couple of things. This post duplicates an email you should have received or will receive shortly.
First – No class next week, November 25, the night before Thanksgiving. That should be obvious, but just making sure everyone knows.
Second – The fifth grade class will be working with the third grade class (Mrs. Lynne Hogan) on the Christmas Pageant. The third grade provides the family, the sheep, the shepherds, etc. Our fifth graders will provide the readers. I would like to know by the next class (December 2) which of our students would like to be a reader. This is not mandatory. Any of the students who do not wish to read will be assigned to the “cast” as shepherds, or what-not.
The reading passages are both easy and fairly short, usually only 3-4 sentences. There are enough passages in the script that there is room for everyone in the class to have a role. If some students do not wish to read, I can consolidate or double-up the passages.
I will provide the students with their assigned passage during the next class. They would have plenty of time to prep it. I mention this because even students who are not strong readers can still participate and shine. We had one student several years ago who really wanted to be a part of the pageant, but was not a strong reader. She took her passage home and worked on it over and over until she had it memorized. She did great and her family, and Mrs. Rudolphi and I were enormously happy for her.
This year, the pageant will be presented only once, in the church, during the regular CCD class time on December 16. Since we are not able to present at the Christmas Eve Children’s Mass, we are going to try to make the December 16 program a “parish event.”
We will rehearse during the regular CCD class time on December 2 & 9. We will have a final dress rehearsal on Saturday morning, December 12. I don’t have a time for that yet; it will probably be something like 9:30-11:00 am. I will let you know the exact time frame when I get it.
Several of our students have special circumstances. I don’t know of anything that would prevent them from participating if they wish. Mrs. Rudolphi and I are pretty good “coaches” and will work with all the children to put them into a position where they can succeed.
Bottom line – Please talk with your child; see if they would like a “speaking role”; and let me know via email or phone by the next class.
Thank you in advance for your help.
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