By Kai G-H, Guy D-M, & Dane the Pain
Hampton students are going to get off of school for winter break from December. 22nd through January 3rd.
Lots of students and staff have plans with their family over break.
“I celebrate Hanukkah by going to my aunt and uncle’s house,” said. Mrs. Stock, a third-grade teacher at Hampton. “We have a nice dinner, exchange presents, and then have a Jewish dessert called sufganiyot (jelly-filled donuts with powdered sugar on top). I celebrate Christmas on December 25th. My wife and I exchange gifts with each other and give our dogs their presents on Christmas morning. For dinner, we go to my wife’s mom’s house and exchange gifts with her.”
Lots of students are going to spend their time doing things that they enjoy.
“I’m going to play Fortnite over the whole break,” said Dane A
Students and staff are happy about winter break because you get to miss school for 11 and a half days and relax for a while.
“The first part of the school year was tiring because I taught, helped with the play, helped with Battle of the Books, and finished two graduate school classes. I am ready for some rest and relaxation during winter break! Although, I will miss my students,” Mrs. Stock said.
Whether celebrating holidays, traveling, or just relaxing, the Hampton Elementary School Community is definitely excited for winter break.
By Quinn WK, Rachel CJ, & Hailey
December has many holidays and traditions, at Hampton Elementary, many students and staff celebrate many holidays and traditions this December in their houses.
Many different people celebrate the holidays by making baked goods. Especially on Christmas
“I make cookies with my whole family. I also make gingerbread houses.” said Molly W.
Other people celebrate the holidays by seeing friends or family.
“My mom's side of the family comes over and spends the night,” said Mikey G.
Some people celebrate the Holidays by decorating their trees or watching Holiday movies.
“I decorate my christmas tree while watching Elf,” Said Ollie P.
Some people instead of celebrating Christmas celebrate other holidays, like Hanukkah.
“I light the menorah,” said Riley C.
People also celebrate Hanukkah by eating varying cuisines.
“I eat lakhs and homemade applesauce,” said Hannah J.
Another thing people celebrate is New Years for a fresh start to another 365 days.
“We try to stay up after taking a melatonin and whoever stays up the longest wins,” said Gabby H.
What holidays do you celebrate?
Hampton's Coat & Toy Drive
by Cooper J. & Semirah A.
At Hampton Elementary this winter Mrs.Winkler and Mrs.Panday organized a coat and toy drive during December. The toy donations go to Hampton families in need first and then they go to homeless shelters.The coat donations go to the Student Support Network. Hampton has done collections like this before.
“It’s the first official one involving the Hampton community, but Mrs. Dyer and I have done smaller toy collections in past years,” said Mrs. Panday, the Community Outreach Committee for the PTA.
People at Hampton think it's really important to give back to the community.
“We do not want any child to feel like the holidays missed them, and want all parents to see their child's face lit up with excitement and joy,” Mrs. Panday said.
By Gabby H. & Seth R.
Hampton 4th and 5th grade students had a winter concert conducted by Mrs.Fletcher and Mr.Evans on December 14th.
The fourth grade students performed a winter vocal concert. The fifth grade plays various instruments.
The students performed twice during the day for Hampton students and then once in the evening for their families. Everyone in attendance enjoyed the concerts.