Mrs. Clarke's Blog

Week of February 18

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

Our Project Based Learning project to celebrate and appreciate the seniors in our community and lives was a huge success. The students shared stories of smiles, hugs, and many acts of service. Throughout this unit, students were able to think about and understand a specific community of friends among us, and we worked hard to understand the feelings of others. Young and Young at Heart came together to share stories, hold a warm hand, and share a smile. Sometimes we forget how powerful the gift of time and service can be


It's amazing how a simple act of kindness can have such a profound impact on so many! The best news of all is that it doesn't have to end here. Take some time continue these acts of service to other people. Thank you for supporting our vision, and remember to always stay -- Young at Heart!


Stay tuned for our final product coming soon!


SWEETS AND LOVE

Thank you to all who helped with our Valentine’s Day party. The celebration included ice cream sundaes, a lively game of Valentine Bingo. We started with the opening of Valentine’s Day cards—always the highlight of the celebration. We were all showered with cards, chocolates, and delicious treats. Thank you all for my cards with sweet sentiments, yummy treats, and love!


NEW STUDENT

On Wednesday, we will be welcoming a new student to our class. His name is David Jiao. The class is excited to have him join us.

By the way, Alex has moved but not very far away. His contact information remains the same. I know he would love to hear from his friends from Canyon Creek.


STUDENT HOLIDAYS

Monday, February 18th and Tuesday, February 19th are student holidays. Teachers will have 2 staff development days. Enjoy the long weekend!


STAR OF THE WEEK

Due to the shortened week, we do not have a Star of the Week student this week.


IMPORTANT DATES

Monday, February 18

Student Holiday


Tuesday, February 19

Student Holiday


Friday, February 22

Student Council Spirit Day: Twin Day

Dress up and match a friend!


Friday, March 1st

Big Art Day



YOUNG AND YOUNG AT HEART

This past week, we have been looking at the older community of Grand-friends around us. We have read about nursing homes, discussed neighbors, thought about the people we see in public, and have tried to internalize how they may think and feel. Towards the end of the week, we posed the question, “What can you do when it comes to the “young at heart” in our community?” The students came up with a powerful list of ideas and creative gestures to show friendship and love. Now, the challenge is on!


Students have challenged themselves to each do one act of kindness towards a Grand-friend in our community. This could be a card for a grandparent, baking cookies for a neighbor, holding the door for someone at a restaurant, inviting a grandparent or grand-friend to lunch on Valentine’s Day, or drawing a picture and leaving it on someone’s doorstep. Our challenge went a step further as students will take a picture of themselves either creating the gesture or completing the act. Challenges and pictures are due by Wednesday, February 13th. We will be thinking of a creative way to share all of the pictures with parents.


Please feel free to email the picture to me, rather than printing them at home.


VALENTINE’S DAY BAGS

Valentine’s bags and a class list were sent home several weeks ago. I hope your children have been thinking of a creative way to decorate their bag.


If your child hasn’t started on their bag, now is the time! Bags are due in class on Monday, February 11th. Valentine cards may be brought to school starting on that same date. Please be sure your child prepares a Valentine card for every student in the class. Since Valentine's Day is a party day, your child may attach a small piece of candy or treat to their Valentine cards.


VALENTINE’S PARTY

Our Valentine’s Day party is Thursday, February 14, from 2:00-2:55pm. Please remember to sign in at the office before coming to the classroom.


If you are planning on attending or volunteering for your child’s Valentine Party, please complete this form. The office staff will pre-print your badge to expedite your check-in! Thank you.


Sign up here


Reminder no child care will be provided for this party. Siblings are not allowed in the classroom so you will need to make alternate arrangements.


ANNOUNCEMENT

I am sad to tell you that our sweet friend Alex will be moving to a new school. He will be very missed by his teacher and friends.

I had Alex bring in a valentine bag and valentines for his friends. Please include him in making the valentines for our class. I will be dropping his bag off at his house on Valentines Day after school. Luckily, he is not moving far away, and his contact information is staying the same.

Good luck Alex! Your new teacher and friends are very lucky!


STUDENT HOLIDAYS

Please remember that Monday, February 18th and Tuesday, February 19th are student holidays. Teachers will have 2 staff development days. Enjoy the long weekend!


LIBRARY SPRING READING INCENTIVE

The library Spring Reading Incentive is in full swing! Packets with reading logs went home this week or last. All reading logs are due February 28 to receive your free theme park tickets. For Six Flags, read 6 hours. For Schlitterbahn, read 10 hours. The same reading can be used for both, but the but the two reading logs need to be filled out individually. You can get another copy of the form HERE or on the LIBRARY WEBSITE.


CHECKING LIBRARY BOOKS FROM HOME

Did you know that you your student can check their library accounts from home? All you need is their student ID number (without the "s") CLICK HERE or THIS PAGE on the library website to learn how!


IMPORTANT DATES

Monday, February 11

Valentine’s Bags due


Wednesday, February 13

Coffee Chat

7:45am

Thursday, February 14

Valentine’s Day Party

2:00-2:55pm


Monday, February 18

Student Holiday


Tuesday, February 19

Student Holiday


Friday, February 22

Student Council Spirit Day: Twin Day

Dress up and match a friend!


Friday, March 1st

Big Art Day


Week of February 4

LIVING MUSEUM

Thank you so much for all of your help and support with the Living Museum project. From reading the biographies, to taking notes, from editing papers, to helping with speeches, you have been a pillar of support throughout this project, and we cannot thank you enough. Your children have learned significant things about a person in history and have also learned the value of research.


Thank you also for taking the time out of your schedule to come to our presentation on Friday. Having a live audience always makes a project more memorable and valued. We appreciate you so much!


VALENTINE’S DAY BAGS

Valentine’s bags and a class list were sent home a couple of weeks ago. I hope your children have been thinking of a creative way to decorate their bag.


If your child hasn’t started on their bag, now is the time!


Bags are due in class on Monday, February 11th. Valentine cards may be brought to school starting on that same date. Please be sure your child prepares a Valentine card for every student in the class. Since Valentine's Day is a party day, your child may attach a small piece of candy or treat to their Valentine cards.


VALENTINE’S PARTY

Our Valentine’s Day party is Thursday, February 14, from 2:00-2:55. Please remember to sign in at the office to pick up your visitor's pass before coming to the classroom.


As a reminder, class parties are for parents, grandparents, and students. No child care will be provided for this party. Since siblings are not allowed at the classroom party, please make childcare plans for your little ones.


Thank you in advance to our homeroom parents for organizing our Valentine’s Day class party and to all parents helping at the party. The festivities will be so much fun and will include the ultimate thrill….checking out the treasures that await in their Valentine’s Day bags. I love watching the excitement that builds as the children tear open their envelopes!


VALENTINE'S PARTY FAST PASS

If you are planning on attending or volunteering for your child’s Valentine Party, please complete this form. The office staff will preprint your badge to expedite your check-in! Thank you.


Sign up here


Reminder no child care will be provided for this party. Siblings are not allowed in the classroom so you will need to make alternate arrangements.


IMPORTANT HEALTH MESSAGE

We are still seeing many cases of the stomach bug, strep and other illnesses. Thank you for being mindful of the “24 hour rule”! This rule is: students must be fever-free and symptom-free for 24 hours, without medication, before returning to school. We are doing everything in our power to keep our building as clean as possible, as well as encouraging frequent hand washing. Hopefully together we can prevent the spread of these germs.


PARENT CLIMATE SURVEY

Please take a few moments to participate in the 2019 Parent Climate Survey today. Each day staff, students and volunteers at Canyon Creek Elementary work hard to ensure academic programs and the campus environment meet the needs of all children.


You are a critical part of our success!


The survey will only be available for a short time, so please participate today.


English: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019_FamilySurvey


LIBRARY SPRING READING INCENTIVE

The library Spring Reading Incentive is in full swing! Packets with reading logs went home this week or last. All reading logs are due February 28 to receive your free theme park tickets. For Six Flags, read 6 hours. For Schlitterbahn, read 10 hours. The same reading can be used for both, but the but the two reading logs need to be filled out individually. You can get another copy of the form HERE or on the LIBRARY WEBSITE.


CHECKING LIBRARY BOOKS FROM HOME

Did you know that you your student can check their library accounts from home? All you need is their student ID number (without the "s") CLICK HERE or THIS PAGE on the library website to learn how!


IMPORTANT DATES

Monday, February 11

Valentine’s Bags due


Wednesday, February 13

Coffee Chat

7:45am

Thursday, February 14

Valentine’s Day Party

2:00-2:55pm


Monday, February 18

Student Holiday


Tuesday, February 19

Student Holiday


Friday, February 22

Student Council Spirit Day: Twin Day

Dress up and match a friend!


Friday, March 1st

Big Art Day