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What Waitsburg Preschool students want Santa to bring them for Christmas

Mrs. Montgomery's Preschool students answer "This Christmas I want Santa to bring me" A magic book that can write for me. -Elizabeth Hays A magical teacup that can pour water, milk and orange juice... Full story


Letters to Santa by Mrs. Trump's Kindergarten class

Dear Santa! Hello, my name is Aiden and I am 5 years old. I live in Washington. What do reindeer eat? I think maybe they eat snow. I have been a little good and little bad. One thing I am really excit... Full story


Mrs. Hinchliffe's first graders present winter chinquapin poetry

The Times presents its annual Holiday Edition featuring poetry, essays and letters to Santa by the students of Waitsburg Elementary School.... Full story


Winter Diamante Poetry by the Second Grade

Winter Icy, fun Playing, eating, sledding Hot cocoa, snowball, snowplow, Santa Drinking, snowing, icing Wet, snowy Christmas By Adeline Brock Winter Wet, cold Freezing, sparkling, icing Santa, hot... Full story


Riddles from the Third Grade

I'm gingery and sweet , I taste good as a holiday treat, What am I? - Shylo Hedges I'm Santa's helper, And I go on a tree, But do not touch me, As my name starts with an E, that's me. -Wyatt Vasquez... Full story


Fourth Grade answers "What Christmas means to me"

What Christmas Means to MeWhat Christmas Means to Me What Christmas Means to Me By Mitchell Hays Christmas means sharing time with my family. On Christmas Eve we get together with my family to... Full story


Fifth Grade tells us their perfect Christmas

My Perfect Christmas by Cody Coulston My perfect Christmas would be waking up and seeing a scooter, a video game and just all sorts of cool toys. Also, we don't have to wait to open presents. We alway... Full story


Waitsburg Elmentary School Winter Program

Waitsburg Elementary students danced and sang Christmas songs in front of a full crowd on December 14. The students practiced for weeks, led by music teacher Elizabeth Jagelski. Mrs. Jagelski was... Full story


heARTfelt Christmas is coming to town

WAITSBURG—Coming out of a pandemic has been no match for Waitsburg’s Christmas spirit. With Hometown Christmas, typically held the second weekend after Thanksgiving, on hold, due to the pandemic,...


Last-minute gifts for all

I have been busy driving around the past couple of weeks, finding fun gift ideas from local businesses. Gaudy Gals on Main is a true gem that is found close to home in Waitsburg. It is the type of sto...


Just a few of the many things to be thankful for in our community

Valley Giving Guide open to support Columbia County nonprofits DAYTON-The Valley Giving Guide, an annual year-end fundraiser to bring donations and attention to the incredible nonprofits making a... Full story


Waitsburg Preschoolers share their gift-giving wishes

This Christmas I want to give Kaylen a Paw Patrol look out. Avery Spring This Christmas I want to give my Mom a magnifying glass. Cooper Smith This Christmas I want to give Miles a green toy. Cash Grende This Christmas I want to give Tristan an...


Holiday edition

The Times presents our 2019 Christmas Special Edition, a longstanding Times tradition. As we do each year, we present the poems, stories and letters to Santa from students at Waitsburg Elementary School. A hearty thanks goes out to the Waitsburg...


Kindergarten - Jamie Trump - Letters to Santa

Dear Santa, Hello, my name is Serinity and I am 5 years old. I live in Waitsburg. What is your favorite thing to do in the summer? One thing that I would be really excited for is a kitty cat for Christmas named Boy. One gift I would like to give is...


Second Grade - Wendy Parr - Diamante poems

How to Diamante Waitsburg Elementary School’s second grade teacher Wenda Parr tasked her students with writing a diamante poem. A diamante poem creates the shape of a diamond. The poem can be used in two ways, either comparing and contrasting...


Third Grade - Tabitha Jadin - Christmas Riddles

I am so hidden but I can be ridden. I pull a sleigh on Christmas day. What am I? By Gus Johnson I am on a Christmas tree. I am shiny. What am I? By Alex Watson I am fast, and black. I have yellow letters. I go over the frozen ocean to take kids to th...


Fourth Grade - Deanna Coulston - Christmas Stories

Christmas Miracle This is a story about a little girl named Ellie who wanted to meet Santa. Her friend had a plan to catch the big man in red.” So this is the plan,” Ellie said. “Jane, this is what you’re going to do. You’re going to get...


Fifth Grade - Angela Johnston - Letters to Santa

Dear Santa, I hope you will have a good Christmas. This year for Christmas I need a new pair of black Wrangler jeans cowboy cut please. Something I would like is a case of shotgun shells. Trap Loads so I can shoot clay pigeons. Something I would...


Waitsburg Kindergarteners Write to Santa

Dear Santa, It’s snowing, and it’s December. The snow is on the house, and the reindeers are on the house, on the snow. I just want Yoda’s house in Star Wars and all the MineCraft Leggo’s. Have a good Christmas, Emerson Kiefel Dear Santa...


First Graders Christmas Poems

Grinch Mean Grouchy Stealing, grinning, yelling He stole the Who’s Christmas. Grinch By: Lillian Carpenter Snow Cold White Throwing, sledding, playing Making snowmen in winter. Snow By: Emily Knudson Santa Big Jolly Giving, flying, smiling Eats...


Second Grade Winter Diamante Poems

Winter Cold, white Sledding, tubing, baking St. Nick, snow, cabin, snowman Skating, freezing, playing Icy, frosty Christmas By Harleigh Webber Winter Cold, icy Freezing, tubing, ice skating Santa, snowmen, lights, presents Shimmering, sledding,...


Third Graders Who Am I? Riddles

Who am I? I have a hat and I am fat. I drink milk and eat cookies. I have a sleigh. By James Smith Who am I? I am sweet, I like to give treats, and I mostly wear red with a white beard. I know if you are awake. I leave crumbs and treats. By Yaneli...


Fourth Grade What I'm Thankful For

I am thankful for my friend, Mason. He plays tag with me. We play GTA and Call of Duty together. We also play soccer and football. That is why I am thankful for Mason. Ryder Hubbard I’m so thankful for my grandma. She made me and Ty’s mom who mad...


Fifth Graders Perfect Christmas

Perfect Christmas Morning by Tyler Coulston I get out of bed with my flaming pajamas and my fire slippers and walked to my mom and dad’s bedroom and told mom, “It’s Christmas, come on.” Then dad following plus me and mom walked to the living...


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