D-38 schools get ready for holidays: Bringing families together with holiday and fitness activities

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Lewis-Palmer School District 38 schools are getting in the holiday spirit. Several schools have activities planned to usher in the holiday and winter season.

Palmer Lake Elementary School is hosting a breakfast with Santa for students and families. On the menu will be pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, fresh fruit, coffee, milk and juice. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m. There will be games and crafts and the Elf Shop will be open for kids to do their holiday shopping.

There will be a winter carnival at Prairie Winds Elementary School from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Dec. 9. There will be games, crafts, cookie decorating and a holiday shop so students can get their shopping done. There will be music from the choir and photos with Santa will be offered for a fee from Kirkland Photography. Refreshments are available. The carnival is free and open to the community.

On Dec. 14 Ray Kilmer Elementary School will host a Polar Express family night. From 6:00-8:00 p.m. Kilmer families can come together to hear the Grinch read “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” make thumbprint ornaments, visit Santa and receive sleigh bells and candy canes and participate in a pajama parade. There will also be cookies, a cocoa bar and a popcorn bar.

“It's just a small, cozy get together for our families,” Amanda Verrie, PTO coordinator, said.

The event is free but there is a cost for the ornaments.

Bear Creek Elementary School hosted Pizza with Santa on Nov. 30 and on Dec. 1 the Lewis-Palmer High School Key Club offered babysitting for parents who needed a day out to shop or just relax. All proceeds went to charity.

One activity that doesn't necessarily involve the holidays but does bring the family together is Family Fun Fitness Night at Prairie Winds Elementary School. The physical education department recently started the program.

Once a month, during the fall and winter months, families can come together to play games and take part in fun activities. The idea behind the program is to show families the importance of movement and fitness.

“We want to encourage families to move together,” Prairie Winds P.E. teacher Shelly Dyche, said.

Dyche said the P.E. department thought it would be a good idea to host a fitness night from November to February because it is hard to get out in the winter and get exercise. She said the fitness involves fun, noncompetitive activities for all ages.

The fitness night takes place from 6:30-8:00 p.m. but families can arrive when they want or leave when they need to, they don't have to stay the entire time. This is a family event so parents can't just drop their kids off.

“We want parents involved with their kids a little more,” Dyche said.