The Pandas - Winter 2017

Time to bid farewell to 2017 and say Hello to 2018! There were so many things to celebrate in the last couple months of the year!

For the month of November, we gave thanks for all that God has blessed us with. As it says in Psalm 118:1, "Oh Give Thanks Unto the Lord for He is Good." There are so many things for us to be thankful for. Some things that the Pandas mentioned that they are thankful for are their family, friends, toys, food, clothes, and our homes. We read the story about the First Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims and the Indians and how the Indians taught the Pilgrims how to grow their own food. The Pilgrims were thankful for all their help and showed their thanks through preparing food. We had our Thanksgiving lunch in the same manner as the Lower Level students were dressed as the Indians and the Upper Level Students were dressed as the Pilgrims. Each class was assigned a dish for the Thanksgiving lunch and the Pandas were in charge of the sweet potato casserole. The Pandas each peeled the skin off the sweet potato and mashed them. After mashing the sweet potatoes, we mixed in the spices, placed marshmallows on top, and baked it in the oven. They were so excited to eat as everyone was dressed up for lunch and there was a special menu. We thank Ms. Mary and Mr. Will for our delicious turkey! 

Of course we cannot forget to say thank you to our parents who love us so much and take good care of us. In order to show our appreciation for all they have done for us, we made a card for our parents that had an image of a home and the sky. The home reminds them of their family where they experience an outpour of love and the sky because it represents the light that they bring into each child's life. We don't know what we would do or who we would be without our parents. Thank you so much for all your love and care!!

In December, the last month of the year, we had a double celebration for Christmas. The first celebration that occurred was our Christmas Program which was held at Millbrae Bible Church on December 9, 2017. Our theme for this year was "Children Around the World." We could not have been more proud of all the students that participated in the program. We rehearsed for months before the performance and the students really gave their very best. We were able to enjoy performances that represented China, Philippines, Mexico, USA, and so much more. Thanks to everyone who participated and to all the parents and friends that came to support the students. We really appreciate all of you for letting our children shine!

The final celebration was held on December 19, 2017 at our school. During this Christmas celebration, each class had their turn to perform Christmas carols that they have been practicing for a couple weeks in front of the rest of the students. After each performance, the class would hang up their ornaments on the living Christmas tree. The Pandas sang a medley of Angels We Have Heard on High and Joy to the World. After all the performances, we had a gift exchange which the children have been looking forward to. Thank you to all the parents for taking part and helping our gift exchange be a successful one. We took turns to pass out the gifts to each other and then opened them all at the same time. What a moment of joy!

Of course we shall not forget the true meaning of Christmas which is the birth of Jesus. We thank God for the greatest gift He could ever give to us to show how much He loves us.

I hope you all had a blessed Christmas break and a Happy New Year!

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