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Parent Express


March 23, 2017


In this Issue

  • ACT Aspire Test Dates
  • Spirit Nights
  • Breakfast With the Principal
  • PTA Meeting April 10th.
  • ​Chess News
  • Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
  • 6th Grade Parents

ACT Aspire Test Dates

Test dates for the ACT Aspire.  Please avoid checking children out of classes during those times if possible. 

ACT Aspire Test Dates (all will be 8am to 12:30 pm)

Apr 5              5 th Grade, Science

Apr 10            3 rd , Math

Apr 11            4 th , Math

Apr 12            5 th , Math

Apr 13            6 th , Math

Apr 17            3 rd , Reading

Apr 18            4 th , Reading

Apr 19            5 th , Reading

Apr 20            6 th , Reading

Spirit Nights

April 7 ~ 32 Degrees
April 14 ~ Insanity Skate Complex
April 21 ~ 32 Degrees
May 1 ~ Hot Chicken Kitchen
May 11 ~ Shaggy's

Breakfast with the Principal

Breakfast With the Principal (and last one for the year) is March 29th, Wednesday, 8:30 to 9:30 in room 101.  

The topic will be Keeping Kids Safe on the Internet.  A guest speaker will talk to parents about cyber security and keeping our children safe while on the internet.

PTA Meeting- April 10th

Next PTA General Meeting will be April 10th. 

-Next school year's PTA board members will be presented for nomination.

-Drama Performance

Chess News

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Yes, we did it again!  Rainbow Elementary repeated as the Primary Chess Championship Team and won the Elementary Team Title for the fourth consecutive year!  Our kids have worked very hard all year long to get to this point, and we are very proud of them for the results they achieved last weekend.


Sunday was the Team competition, and Team Day is our favorite day of the year!  In the Primary (K-3) division, Rainbow Red Team comprised of Xavier Bruni, Karsten Wallace, Caroline Wang and Ethan Van placed 1st with a perfect team score of 4 points.  Rainbow Blue Team comprised of Landon Drummond, Artem Starenki, Arnav Maskey, and Andrew Nguyen came in 2nd with a score of 2.5 team points.  Rainbow Yellow team comprised of Levi Smith, Audrey Holschen, Monica Chynoweth, and Noah Hsu tied for fourth place with 2.0 team points.


In the Elementary (K-6) division, the Rainbow Gold Team of Victor Lundy, Constance Wang, Geon Park, and Zachary Calinsky placed 1stalso with a perfect team score of 4 points.  The Rainbow Silver team of Luke Chynoweth, Ryan Shurtz and Jonathan Yang had a very respectable showing with 1.5 team points competing with only three players.  Our all-girl team, Rainbow Diamond finished just behind Rainbow Silver and was comprised of Rachael Ehrman, Mable Danh, Catrina Holschen, and Corinne Wilhelm.


During Saturday’s individual competition, Rainbow students also had a strong day, but the ACF only awards the top 5 trophies in the Primary and Elementary sections.  Ending the day with a perfect score of 5 points, Xavier Bruni won first place and was declared Primary Champion.  He is the second Rainbow student to earn that distinction as he follows Geon Park who accomplished this last year.  There was an 11-way tie for 3rd place with students all scoring 4 points.  After applying tie break rules, Ethan Van won 4th place and Landon Drummond won 5th place.  Also tied with 4 points were:  Marek Fries, Andrew Nguyen,, Karsten Wallace, Artem Starenki, and Caroline Wang.


In the Elementary (K-6) Championship section, Rainbow achieved a first when Constance Wang was declared the Co-Champion of the Elementary section achieving 4.5 out of 5 points.  Also receiving awards were Geon Park (3rd) and Victor Lundy (5th).  Catrina Holschen won 1st place in the 4th-6th Under 600 section, and Rachael Ehrman won 2nd place in the K-12 Under 1000 section.


Here is a link to the photos taken by Scott Wilhelm.  Enjoy!


You can read complete results here:  https://madisonchess.com/blog/madison-chess-teams-dominate-at-the-2017-state-scholastic-chess-championship


Thank you to our coaches and parents for supporting our kids all year long!


Ranae Bartlett

Chess Coach

Rainbow Elementary

Developmental Disabilities Awarweness Month

Facebook page for nacd is https://www.facebook.com/DDAwarenessMonth

2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Presidential Proclamation that designated March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. More than 6 million Americans have developmental disabilities.National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month is an opportunity to promote respect for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and to educate others on the spectrum about the abilities people with I/DD possess. For example, some disabilities are visible (a person who uses a wheelchair or crutches to ambulate), while other disabilities may not be easily recognized or seen by the eye (cognitive impairments that affect the way a person speaks, learns, or interacts with others). 

Help us spread awareness about Developmental Disabilities!

Visit http://nacdd.dorg/ddam for more information!

National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month and the Nat’l Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day is Mar. 25th

The month of March is designated as National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month. National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month is committed to raising awareness of the disorder as well as the ongoing research efforts being done to find new treatments and hopefully a cure. On March 25th, people are being asked to either wear green or wear a green CP awareness ribbon to commemorate “Paint the World Green for Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day”. 


United Cerebral Palsy



March 21st-World Down Syndrome Day

Tuesday March 21, 2017 marks the 12th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day. Down Syndrome International encourages our friends all over the world to to help raise awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities. DS International invites everyone across the world to wear Crazy Socks on 21 March to get people talking about WDSD.



Autism Awareness and the World Autism Awareness Day is Apr. 2nd


Hoping to have some information about the walk to you soon.


April 10th Siblings Day (love this-I had no idea there was such a day)

National Siblings Day has been celebrated on the 10th of April. The special day celebrates the strong relationships and bonds between siblings.

6th Grade Award Ceremony

Sixth Grade Awards Program on Wednesday, May 24th from 11:30 – 2:00 p.m.

In order to make this a memorable event for each child we are asking for:

1. Each child to contribute $10 by Monday, April 17th. One of the longstanding traditions here at Rainbow is the Legacy Gift. Funds collected will be put towards the 6th grade Legacy Gift and for the awards program expenses. Please send in your contributions (cash) to your homeroom teacher, in a sealed envelope marked with your child’s name and Awards Program, ATTN: Homeroom Mom.

2. Photos! We are asking all 6th grade parents to submit 7-10 pictures you have of your child and other Rainbow students from the early grades through this year. These photos will be shown during the awards program. It would be great if you could provide a photo for each grade. Group pictures will have precedence over individual pictures. Please send to 6thgradess2017@gmail.com. If possible, please title photos with student’s name and grade at time of the photo. We would love for the slide show to include every Rainbow 6th Grader. Please begin sending in your photos as soon as possible. The deadline for the photo submission is Monday, April 17th. The earlier, the better!

If you have any questions, please contact one your room moms. We appreciate your help!

Sixth Grade Room Moms

Mrs. Blaylock: Cari Barron

Mrs. Haselden: Sherry Rist

Mrs. Joseph: Polly Hutnik and Amanda Wasenius

Mrs. Orr: Crystal Dobbs

Mrs. Robertson: Martha Grace and Janel Skrabanek


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