Month: January 2017

January 2017 Newsletter

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It’s a new year at Pinnacle Prep School! Our goal for 2017 is to enable students toward the pursuit of excellence and guide them towards the attainment of their full potential. At Pinnacle Prep School we imagine that the purpose of education, besides enabling an individual to make a living, is to mold a well- rounded human being grounded in a civic responsibility, capable of accepting personal responsibility for one’s actions and a respect for this fellowman.

 

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NEW YEAR CUSTOMS:

New Year’s Day in one of the oldest holidays still celebrated. This holiday originated in ancient Babylon celebrated as an eleven day festival on the first day of spring. Julius Caesar implemented the Julian calendar and January 1st became the common day for celebration.

SONGThe New Year’s Song “Auld Lang Syne” was written by Robert Burns in the 1700’s and was published after his death in 1796. This song is sung at midnight in almost every English-speaking county in the world. The old Scottish tune “Auld Lang Syne” means “old long ago” or “the good old days”.

FOODS– Foods considered to be “lucky” to eat on New Year’s day include: Circular shaped foods, black-eyed peas, cabbage and pork.

COUNTRIESFrance celebrate with a feast, champagne toast, and kisses under the mistletoe. They consider the day’s weather as a forecast for the upcoming year’s harvest. In the Philippine’s their celebrations are very loud, believing noise will scare away evil beings. They have a midnight feast with sticky rice and noodles, chicken and fish are not to be eaten at this feast, they are considered bad luck for the next year’s food supply. Greece celebrates with card games and feasting. At midnight, lights are turned off followed by Basil’s pie, which contains a coin, whoever receives the piece of pie with the coin wins luck for the next year. Spain celebrates with eating twelve grapes, each eaten at the stroke of midnight. Canada, United Kingdom, Netherlands and parts of the United States organize cold water plunges called Polar Bear Plunges, often raise money for charity or awareness for a cause.

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We celebrate Martin Luther King Jr’s. birthday on the third Monday in January. Since 1986, this has been observed as a federal holiday. Martin Luther King Jr. was a great speaker and an influential leader during the Civil Rights Movement dedicated to nonviolence. His “I Have a Dream” speech was delivered on August 28, 1963: “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed, we hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”

 

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character- that is the goal of true education” Martin Luther King Jr.

 

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WORLD STUDIES

This year students are focusing on global interconnectedness. In January, students will begin their focus on Europe with their reports due on Monday.

 

 

READING!

To ensure students are reading at least 35 minutes each day, we will begin a reading program. Upon completion of the assigned book a test will be given to assess your student’s knowledge and Owl reading clip artskills. Please refer to the Pinnacle website weekly for further information.

 

 CALENDAR EVENTS:

january eventsJanuary 16th- Martin Luther King Holiday- No school.

January 17th- Holiday- No school.

January 18th – 20th– Midterm Exams for 6th – 8th grade.

January 27th– Report cards.

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

School closing due to weather: Parents will be notified via Remind 101 on or before 7:00 a.m. on the morning of closure.announcements clip art

Classes begin: 8:30 a.m. Sharp.

Classes end: 2:15 p.m. -2:30 p.m.

PARENTS: Please check your student’s sweaters to make sure they do not have another student sweater. We have several missing sweaters/coats.

 

 

 

IMPORTANT WEEKLY NOTES

GIRL SCOUT COOKIE SALES- January 13, January 18 & 19.

Homework Assignments: Students are to write homework assignments in their notebooks.

BROADWAY SHOW 

 

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JANUARY 19, 2017

Cost of the Broadway show- $25.00 per student (6th, 7th  & 8th grade)

$25.00 is due on Friday, January 13, 2017

 

Schedule:

10:30 am- Arrive

11:00 am- Lunch and Learn with Actors

2:00 pm- Showtime

5:30 pm- Pick up time

 

 

ABOUT THE SHOW

Winner of five 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is finally coming to Dallas! Hailed as “one of the most fully immersive works ever to wallop Broadway” by The New York Times, this dazzling adaptation is the Tony Award-winning new play by Simon Stephens, adapted from Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel and directed by Tony winner Marianne Elliott.

Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain. He is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.

Reviews:

Grabs the audience’s attention in the first few minutes and never lets go. Humorous and achingly sad…Brilliant in scope, this curiously different story allows us to get inside the beautiful mind of a boy who teaches us that impossible obstacles can turn into limitless possibilities. Hands down, this is a show that is as extraordinary as its hero.” – Marcia Morphy, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle