Welcome to the Week of December 6, 2020
December is a time that brings culmination. This December marks the culmination of a year unlike any other in recent memory, and while we can always find much to be grateful for, many will be glad to see this year come to a close. In our classrooms, the culmination of a unit is often met with excitement and the opportunity to explore what was learned during celebrations. We are working hard this year to ensure all our students, both in-person and distant, can enjoy these celebratory occasions.

In years past, we have asked families to contribute to a Snowflake Fund in lieu of giving teachers individual gifts, and each year our teachers are grateful for our families' generosity. This year, however, because we recognize many of our families are facing hardships due to the pandemic and are cognizant of the needs shared by all, we have opted to forego participating in the Snowflake Fund. Families who would like to shower love upon their teachers in this season of giving may of course do so, and all families should know that the simplest gift of all—a special note from a student—is always treasured.

Leo Tolstoy wrote, "Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." Even in a year such as this, we all have joyous memories to celebrate.
At a Glance
December 11 | Last Day for Open Enrollment
December 14–18 | Holiday Cookie Extravaganza
December 16 | Spirit Night
December 21–January 1 | Winter Break
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A Closer Look
Open Enrollment
Open Enrollment ends this Friday, December 11. Only applications submitted by Friday will be entered into the lottery and have the best chance of receiving an offer to attend Great Hearts Irving. Encourage everyone you know to apply as soon as possible.

Distance Learning Picture Day
All appointments for our first off-campus Picture Day at the Lifetouch Hub Office on December 10 are filled. We hope to add additional times and will communicate with families as soon they are confirmed. Families may also call Lifetouch directly at 972-669-9200 and inquire if there are any available appointments on other days.

On the Horizon
Cookie Extravaganza
’Tis the season to treat our teachers to the best of your holiday kitchen for our 6th Annual Holiday Cookie Extravaganza! Help delight our teachers and celebrate their incredibly hard work, dedication, and love for our students and school by dropping off a holiday treat anytime the week of December 14.