Winter Party and Ornaments! - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom

Winter Party and Ornaments!

Let's get real. It is really hard not having a room-mom. I hope you are lucky enough to have one, because lemme tell ya, I was spoiled at my old school with great room-moms every year. But I had to do the holiday party on my own this year. I tried to make it pretty simple- a Polar Express Party, but it still turned out kinda complicated. :-P I guess that's just me!! LOL
This was the hot chocolate "bar" to fix their hot chocolate with toppings! (This was after they had already started making their hot chocolate- I forgot to take a pic ahead of time!)
They also decorated sugar cookies- that's ALWAYS a hit. They think it's so much fun. The "tablecloth" was butcher paper I pulled this morning and let them decorate it. They had a blast doing it, and it saved me a little money! :)

While they drank their hot cocoa and ate their cookies, they watched the Polar Express movie, and I pulled them to my table to make an ornament!

I found this idea on Pinterest:
And decided it was way too cute not to do! I hunted down clear glass ornaments (yes, hunted down. Three stores were sold out. I totally blame Pinterest for this!!!!!) and got all the materials: fake snow, pom poms, and pipe cleaners.
I was in charge of the gluing, of course, but they stuffed the ornament with snow and drew on the face- except for the eyes... we used googly eyes! They were TOO CUTE!!!!!
All of my kiddos were excited to take it home and put it on their tree! :)

Last, but not least, I got my kiddos a Christmas present... I always do the same thing: a $1 book from Scholastic and crayons. I get the crayons in August when they are on sale for a quarter (gotta plan ahead)! They always need crayons about this time of year because theirs are worn and lost. :)
I wrap them all so they have something to open (because, let's face it, we all love opening presents, don't we?!) which is a lot of work, but worth it because they love it!

I also gave them a Polar Express bell:

And yes, I was ACTUALLY scraping these kids off the ceiling this afternoon to get them home. ACK! But now............. I'm officially on break!! :) :)

19 comments

  1. I'm glad you had so much fun! I bet it was an incredible concert! I LOVE the snowman ornament-I'll have to do that one next year!
    Joanne
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

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  2. Walmart had plastic ornaments this year that look just like these glass ones!!!

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  3. Glad you enjoyed the Timberlake concert! I always love Polar Express activities this last week. It is such a great book and movie, and there are so many great things you can do with it. Love the ornament too!

    Amy
    Eclectic Educating

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  4. You made it, woohoo! You know, we teach in the same county, and apparently we have similar types of classes. I am my room mom too. Sadly, the only one on my grade level without one, which meant I ran the show too. Skipped the toppings bar and instead bagged up the mini marshmallows and candy canes, that was my best time saver. Because I was running solo I also had a few goof-ups, but it was still a great party. Hope you enjoy your 2 weeks off!

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  5. Your Polar Express party looks like so much fun! Happy Holidays!

    Jennifer
    Elementary School Garden

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  6. Apparently you back held up. Yay!!

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  7. It looks like a great week. I'm feeling a little jealous about the Justin Timberlake concert. I love the Polar Express theme party.

    Enjoy the break!

    Mary
    Fit to be Fourth

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  8. If I could get away with going to a JT concert, I would:). Unfortunately, I think they have an age limit. I love that you wrapped the crayons.

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  9. Love the Polar Express hot chocolate bar and the snowman ornaments! I think kids everywhere were nuts this week. I read to a class yesterday morning, and the teacher was apologizing for their behavior. I had to assure her it was completely normal for the day before break and no reflection on her teaching. Have a wonderful break!

    Don't Let the Teacher Stay Up Late
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  10. Super cute Polar Express party!
    If there is ever a concert I would love to attend...it would be JT! Such a performer!
    Fabulous Fifth Grade Fun 

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  11. I am still scraping MYSELF off the ceiling! :) Your Polar Express party was SO adorable. I love the butcher paper idea and those ornaments are great! I am beyond bummed that the students didn't get their Christmas cards in time. :(
    ~Holly
    Fourth Grade Flipper

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  12. Your snowman ornament is precious, Jessica! I love the idea of sending crayons home. I picked up a book, but definitely did not start planning in August. :)

    -Catherine
    The Brown-Bag Teacher

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  13. I saw the same snowman ornament on Pinterest and thought about making it. I wondered how much fake snow you would end up needing. I went with a snowflake ornament instead, but your snowman turned out adorable! I love the idea of getting some school supplies in August to give them, now I just have to remember that next year!

    Stephanie
    Forever in Fifth Grade

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  14. OMG I love JT! I bet that was an amazing concert! I hardly ever watch Saturday Night Live but I made an exception for it last night since JT was on it and I loved every second!!

    Bethany
    FabandFunin4th!

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  15. A little jealous of your party. We're not allowed to have a holiday party at my school (except Halloween and Valentine's for some reason) so Friday was just a business as usual kind of day and the the kids were WILD.

    Enjoy the break!

    -Nick
    Sweet Rhyme – Pure Reason
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  16. I was wondering about that full moon thing....I didn't realize it was a full moon until Wednesday (I'm usually asleep on the sofa after dinner), but once I did, it completely explained EVERYTHING! Aside from that, it looks like you had an amazing week. Enjoy your break!

    Jennifer
    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

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  17. J.T. loves me...J.T. loves me....J.T. loves me...if you repeat it enough times, it will come true!
    Alison
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

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  18. Totally jealous of your JT concert!! I love your snowman ornaments! Think I might have to do that one next year!
    A Tall Drink of Water

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  19. We made those same ornaments as our parent gifts for Christmas! I'm super jealous of the JT concert! I'm your newest follower!

    Rissa
    Keep Calm and Hoot On

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