Celebrating ‘Family Night’ at Christmas


Mindy Kearns - Special for The Register



Children attending “Family Night” at New Haven Elementary School on Thursday had the opportunity to choose a Christmas book to take home. Parents were encouraged to read the book with their child or, depending on reading level, have the child read to them.


Math skills were refined at the New Haven Elementary School Family Night on Thursday, as children determined how far they could toss an elf by using a measuring tape.


One of Santa’s elves, otherwise known as New Haven Elementary School teacher Mary Poole, read to children who attended the school’s “Family Night.”


The Grinch made an appearance at New Haven Elementary’s Family Night on Thursday. Macie Whittington is shown as she poses with the green character.


A Christmas Family Night wouldn’t be the same without the opportunity to tell Santa your wish list. The event was organized by the New Haven Elementary School Title I staff.


Painting ornaments joined parents and children together in an activity Thursday at Family Night at New Haven Elementary School.


NEW HAVEN — Bend Area residents were treated to an evening of Christmas activities Thursday when “Family Night” was held at the New Haven Elementary School.

Upon arrival, families were given a holiday shape of a snowman, snowflake, tree, wreath or gingerbread man that included their particular schedule. Activities were done in stations, with families moving in the round.

The evening was organized by the school’s Title I staff of Lorie Grimm, Judy Browning and Ammie Jordan, with many other volunteers assisting. While the activities were geared to provide fun and entertainment, many also included lessons of reading and math.

One of Santa’s elves, otherwise known as NHES teacher Mary Poole, read a story at one station. Children were given cookies and drinks, and then were able to choose a book to take home. Parents were encouraged to read the book with their children, or depending on reading level, allow the child to read it to them.

Elf toss was a game that allowed the children to toss a stuffed elf across the room. They then used a tape measure to sharpen their math skills to see how far the elf traveled.

Other stations included a dome theatre teaching the children about the Christmas season, and a craft where the children painted Rudolph on an ornament using their thumbprint. Finally, those attending visited with both Santa Claus and the Grinch.

Children attending “Family Night” at New Haven Elementary School on Thursday had the opportunity to choose a Christmas book to take home. Parents were encouraged to read the book with their child or, depending on reading level, have the child read to them.
http://mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_12.12-PPR-family-night.jpgChildren attending “Family Night” at New Haven Elementary School on Thursday had the opportunity to choose a Christmas book to take home. Parents were encouraged to read the book with their child or, depending on reading level, have the child read to them.

Math skills were refined at the New Haven Elementary School Family Night on Thursday, as children determined how far they could toss an elf by using a measuring tape.
http://mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_elf-game.jpgMath skills were refined at the New Haven Elementary School Family Night on Thursday, as children determined how far they could toss an elf by using a measuring tape.

One of Santa’s elves, otherwise known as New Haven Elementary School teacher Mary Poole, read to children who attended the school’s “Family Night.”
http://mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_elf-reading.jpgOne of Santa’s elves, otherwise known as New Haven Elementary School teacher Mary Poole, read to children who attended the school’s “Family Night.”

The Grinch made an appearance at New Haven Elementary’s Family Night on Thursday. Macie Whittington is shown as she poses with the green character.
http://mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_grinch.jpgThe Grinch made an appearance at New Haven Elementary’s Family Night on Thursday. Macie Whittington is shown as she poses with the green character.

A Christmas Family Night wouldn’t be the same without the opportunity to tell Santa your wish list. The event was organized by the New Haven Elementary School Title I staff.
http://mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_Santa-visit.jpgA Christmas Family Night wouldn’t be the same without the opportunity to tell Santa your wish list. The event was organized by the New Haven Elementary School Title I staff.

Painting ornaments joined parents and children together in an activity Thursday at Family Night at New Haven Elementary School.
http://mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_ornament-painting.jpgPainting ornaments joined parents and children together in an activity Thursday at Family Night at New Haven Elementary School.

Mindy Kearns

Special for The Register

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing and lives in Mason County.

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing and lives in Mason County.

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