Month: November 2015

Hello November!

 

November ‘ 15 Newsletter
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FIELD TRIPS

Great adventures await our students!

The visit to the pumpkin patch and the zoo were big hits. We had a school full of junior firefighters after our visit to the fire station. They all looked ready for work in their fire-fighter hats.

The upper level students recently went roller skating and fun was had by all. A second trip will be made on November 10 with the lower level students. Let’s see who skates the best.

COMPETITIONS

Competitions are a great way show the great talent we have at our school. We believe every child has a vast wealth of talent and showing that talent is a great way to boost confidence.We will be participating in several math competitions and our first contest kicks off next week followed by Math Olympiads on November 18.

English and Art competitions start soon, too. Our first essay contest of the year begins December 1st and our teachers have all the details. Encourage your child to get involved!

The Republic of Texas Art Contest begins in December. We need all our art students to get involved.

QUOTE OF THE MONTH: “Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.”

Parent Paired Reading

Parent Paired ReadingPaired Reading is a technique that pairs a skilled reader, the parent, and the child who is learning, reading a book together.

Parents who have undertaken Paired Reading begin to notice their child’s reading improve which builds self-esteem.

Try discussing the book: What do you think will happen in the story? What do you think will happen next? How does the character feel? How does your child feel about what is happening? These are all examples of how you can engage your child in reading and help with comprehension at the same time.

 

FUN FACTS ABOUT THE FIRST THANKSGIVING

The Plymouth Pilgrims were the first to celebrate the Thanksgiving. The Wampatgfanoag Indians were the people who taught the Pilgrims how to cultivate the land.

The Pilgrim leader, Governor William Bradford, had organized the first Thanksgiving feast in 1621. He invited the neighboring Wampanoag Indians to the feast. The first Thanksgiving celebration lasted three days. The pilgrims didn’t use forks; they ate with spoons, knives, and their fingers.

Sarah Josepha Hale, an American magazine editor, persuaded Abraham Lincoln to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday. She is also the author of the popular nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb”.

Abraham Lincoln issued a ‘Thanksgiving Proclamation’ on third October 1863 and officially set aside the last Thursday of November as the national day for Thanksgiving.

Since 1947, the National Turkey Federation has presented a live turkey and two dressed turkeys to the President. The President does not eat the live turkey. He “pardons” it and allows it to live out its days on a historical farm. The heaviest turkey ever raised was 86 pounds, about the size of a large dog. Turkey has more protein than chicken or beef. Male turkeys gobble. Hens do not. They make a clucking noise. Commercially raised turkeys cannot fly.