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Six More Weeks of Winter

Although the groundhog has predicted six more weeks of winter ahead of us, we are looking forward to a few fun February events to keep our spirits bright! On Monday, we will have an assembly on Jump Rope for Heart/ Hoops for Heart, followed by our February Green Challenge assembly on Tuesday. This month our green challenge focus is on saving electricity. Please consider setting aside some time at home to discuss ways you can reduce your family’s energy usage.
Last week, we set aside some time to celebrate Peace Week in our classroom. We read about Wangari Maathai, the Kenyan woman who planted millions of trees, as well as Nelson Mandela. Both of these leaders set inspirational examples for all of us to bring peaceful change to our world. We used this inspiration to begin brainstorming ways we would like to spread peace to others and will be re-visiting these ideas in the coming weeks. Also, PCCS is excited to announce their school wide support of the Motherland Rhythm Community which raises awareness and funds for clean drinking water and food security in West Africa. We will keep you up to date on these service learning initiatives throughout the coming weeks.
In ELA, we will continue our Literature Circle book study on Mondays and Thursdays. We have noticed that several students have not been keeping up with their reading and assignments, which makes it difficult to have a productive small group discussion. Any support or reminders you can give at home would be very much appreciated. Thank you! In science, we have pushed the biome unit test back to Tuesday, February 13th to allow ourselves some extra time in our last two biomes, the desert and the chaparral. Study guides were given to the students on Friday so they can begin reviewing the material for this test. These study guides will be collected on the day of the test.
And finally, a quick note about Valentine’s Day. Although there will still be love in our hearts on February 14th, we do not pass out individual Valentine cards in the Carson building, nor will we have a Valentine’s Day party. Instead, we are planning a fun Spring Break party to be held the Friday before Spring Break, March 23rd. If your child would still like to celebrate Valentine’s Day with classmates, we encourage anyone interested to make a Valentine’s card for the class that will be displayed in the room. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation.
Please see the flyer below from Mr. Freeman about the upcoming MPAC Lunar New Year celebration on Thursday, February 15th. Reservations are necessary for this event!
Have a great week,
Mrs. Neil, Ms. Bonicontro, and Mrs. Flaig