Tuesday, March 30, 2010
The first PEEP entry was made by Cassidy in 5th grade. It's not too late ~ create your work of art and bring it to the library to display! All entries will be on display until Thursday before Easter. More pictures of all the great entries to follow . . . .
The High School Booster Club held a fundraiser involving donkeys and basketball last Friday night. I've been told that they pre-sold over 1300 tickets to the event! Representing Fred Assam Elementary (and wonderful sports!) were Mrs. Erin Bisbee and Mr. Dan Woodle. They each took turns on a donkey during the game. These were no ordinary donkeys ~ they have been trained to buck, duck, and run at the most inconvenient times! I think both teachers would agree that they had fun - but needed a shower as soon as they finished! Between games, elementary students could ride a donkey for fun. Of course during that time - the donkeys were very mild. Joining in the fun ~ School Board member Renee Ullom and Superintendent Pappone assisted with "poop" detail.
Taco John's in Brandon hosted a CureKids Cancer fundraiser on Monday, March 22. Amanda and Mariah (students from FAE) and Olivia (student from RBE) served dessert samples to everyone. The CureKids Cancer radiothon was just held last week-end. I've since heard that they raised over $200,000! Fred Assam Elementary students helped support the fundraiser by buying bracelets that Amanda and Mariah and their families made. "Thanks, Tiffany" from Taco John's. She provided the pictures of these hard-working, lovable ladies!
Lots of fun was had by everyone attending the Health Fair! Numerous vendors were available and lots of "goodies" given away. Congratulations to Lexi and Sydney ~ they both entered posters for the Health Fair and their posters won! Fred Assam Elementary had a volleyball team ~ sure wish I had a video rather than pictures. I'm sure we would qualify for Funniest Home Videos! But then again . . . they might say that about me taking part in the Dance, Dance, Revolution challenge!
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
CONGRATULATIONS!! Fred Assam Elementary had several students whose artwork did very well at the next levels of competition for the Reflections Art Contest.
Non-Council Awards were received by Jennica P.(visual arts); Caleb K.(photography); Mason M. (film production); Carter K. (literature); and Mitch P. (musical composition).
Mason M., Jennica P., and Caleb K. each received Excellence Awards at the next level of the Reflections Art Contest. Their artwork is advancing to the National PTA Reflections competition.
Carter K. and Mitch P. both received Merit/Honorable Mention Awards for South Dakota in their art categories.
WHO: any one!
WHAT: create your own project using PEEPS (marshmallow Easter candy ~ chicks, bunnies)
WHERE: bring your completed project to school to display in the library
WHEN: during the week before Easter ~ March 29 - April 1
WHY: IT'S FUN!
HOW: decide on your theme (fishing, school, dance club, library, soccer game, scouts, restaurant, etc.) and create!
Check out this website for ideas:
I love to read! I try to read a blend of professional as well as entertaining literature. A good friend of mine loaned me this book with the comment "you won't be able to put it down".
I found myself experiencing a wide variety of emotion as I read this book. I was angry at times . . . also very sad as tears rolled down my cheeks.
"This book could save your child's life. It's a must-read for parents, educators, and everyone concerned with the health and well-being of our children." John Bradshaw
(from the back cover) While other kids were daydreaming about dances, first kisses, and college, Jodee Blanco was just trying to figure out how to get from homeroom to study hall without being taunted or spit upon as she walked through the halls.
This powerful, unforgettable memoir chronicles how one child was shunned - and even physically abused - by her classmates from elementary school through high school. It is an unflinching look at what it means to be the outcast, how even the most loving parents can get it all wrong, why schools are often unable to prevent disaster, and how bullying has been misunderstood and mishandled by the mental health community.
You will be shocked, moved, and ultimately inspired by this harrowing tale of survival against insurmountable odds. This vivid story will open your eyes to the harsh realities and long-term consequences of bullying - and how all of us can make a difference in the lives of teens today.
I have already called Barnes & Noble to order the sequel to this book . . . Please Stop Laughing at Us . . . One Survivor's Extraordinary Quest to Prevent School Bullying.
I'll keep you posted ~ S
Meet Zipper ~ an Alaskan Husky and his owner Doug Ruzicka. Zipper and Doug visited Fred Assam Elementary School last Friday to share their experiences of the Iditarod. 4th & 5th grade students have been following the Iditarod so it was great to have these visitors share their information first-hand.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Their torches were lit and extinguished ~ until the last one surviving was 2nd grade teacher Mrs. Brown. Her students survived their reading challenge for the week! A quick game of "Survivor Says" with her class led to Will L. being selected as the Assistant Principal of the Day! At the time of this publication - no date has been set for Will to take over his responsibilities ~ but I look forward to having an Assistant!