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Reaching out to Newtown PTA

The Warrensburg PTSA has reached out to the PTA in Newtown, Ct. to offer whatever help they can give in the wake of the horrific shooting incident at Sandy hook Elementary School.

The Newtown PTA has asked their Warrensburg counterparts to spread the word about a snowflake drive they are having through their organization.

The snowflakes eventually will be used to decorate Chalk Hill, a former school in the neighboring municipality of Monroe where the Sandy Hook elementary children will be attending classes for the immediate future.

While work is ongoing to coordinating a collection effort for Fawn Hollow Elementary in Newtown, representatives of Warrensburg PTSA wish to share this information on the Newtown school district’s behalf.

Remember, no two snowflakes are alike, so get creative. For ideas, see: www.kerliandanimals.blogspot.com/2009/12/tutorial-how-to-make-lovely-snowflakes.html

Send snowflakes to Connecticut PTSA, 60 Connolly Parkway, Building 12, Suite 103, Hamden, CT 06514, by January 12.

Ideas for fulfilling family fun

The holiday break is an ideal time to relax and spend some fun times with your children, rather than getting caught up in all the hustle and bustle.

How about taking a long walk with them and just listen to what they have to tell you? Just let them talk while you listen. We all remember what it was like to be a child and it seemed like your parents never stopped talking and you just had to listen.

Studies have shown that parents who listen have much more well-rounded children, because they are serving as good role models. So ask yourself how you want your child to turn out — Do you want them to be compassionate and listen to others?

Another idea may be to play some board games — or read to them and have them read to you. A fun game idea that I found while surfing the Internet was drawing some different pictures on 20 to 30 pieces of scrap paper and turning them upside-down. Each person then gets a turn to flip over 3 to 5 pieces and make up a story from the pictures they see.

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