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March 2017 Newspaper
March 2017 Newspaper

Building Moral Intelligence: The Seven Essential Virtues that teach kids to do the right thing. By Dr. Michelle Borba, Ed.D., educational psychologist.

  1. Know what you stand for so your child knows. Parents with clearly identified moral convictions are more likely to raise good children. Children know what their parents stand for so they will adopt their parent’s beliefs. Make a list of your top three virtues and use them for a guide on how you want to raise your children.
  2. Walk your Talk. Ask yourself “If I were the only example my child had to learn moral habits from, whatCreation open minds clip art would they learn today by watching me?” Children learn parent’s moral standards.
  3. Share your moral beliefs and take stands. Speaking frequently to your child regarding values is called direct moral teaching. Parents need to stand up for your own beliefs so your children have an example to follow.
  4. Ask moral questions to stretch moral development. Children need to expand their ability to look at another person’s perspective and ask themselves “Is this the right thing to do?”, “How would they feel if someone treated you that way?” “If everyone acted that way (i.e. lied, cheated, stole something,), what would happen?”
  5. Boost Empathy. Children who stand up for other children are those that feel for others. Empathy is what motivates that feeling, halts cruel behavior and urges children to take a stand.
  6. Reinforce assertiveness not compliance. Children who stands up for their beliefs, reinforce assertiveness not compliance. Encourage children to share his opinions and stand up for what is right, do so at an early age.
  7. Teach assertive skills. Teach children assertive skills to they can take a stand when they are confronted with a moral dilemma.


11 Ways to Teach Children Honesty:

  • Practice attachment parenting. Children that are more secure at home do not lie.
  • Parents should model truth. Children model what they see their parents do.
  • The truthful self is ok. Parents may say “I like a truthful C grade more than an untruthful A grade.”
  • Don’t label the child who lies. Avoid judgements! Never say “you’re a liar, or why can’t you ever tell the truth.
  • Avoid setups for lying. Parents needs to confront children who are not telling the truth.Clip art
  • Teach honesty to children by expecting the truth. Children should not have any choices but to tell the truth.
  • When your child lies. Always correct your child for lying. Do not let him think he can get away with lying.
  • Encourage honestly. Parents need to reinforce how important telling the truth is.
  • Teach a child when silence is not lying. If being honest hurts someone’s feelings, it is not wrong to stay silence.
  • Get behind the eyes of your child. Children need to know the difference better pretending and telling pretend stories.
  • Offer amnesty when teaching honesty to children. When parents know that their child has lied to them, you can turn the negative into a moral lesson, by using amnesty.

If parents create an atmosphere at home that honesty is the best policy and a truthful self is really the nicest person to be around, parents are building trust and avoiding dishonesty. Dr. William Sears, M.D. Pediatric medicine

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March 12- Daylight Savings Begins.

Reminder Daylight Savings Begins on March 12 at 2:00 a.m. You will forward your clocks one hour. Good news-you get one more hour of daylight. Bad news- you lose an hour of sleep.

March 17- St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick was a Saint of Ireland. There is little known about St. Patrick’s life. He was born in Britain. At age 16, he was captured by Irish raiders and brought to Ireland where he was held for six years. During this six years, he became a Christian. He then walked 200 miles until he reached Britain and became a priest. He was then sent back to Ireland to teach Christianity. He incorporated the Irish beliefs into his teaching. This holiday became a religious feast day to observe the St. Patrick. They celebrated with parades, dancing, and special foods. The first St. Patrick’s Day was held in New York City in 1762.

March 20- The first day of Spring.

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March 3-Pancake Breakfast

March 3- Progress Reports

March 10- Face Painting (Pre-K to 3rd)

March 17-24- Holiday Spring Break

March 31- Snow Cones


Book list


2nd Grade- Matilda, By Ronald Dahl

3rd-4th Grade- Island of the Blue Dolphins, By Scott O’Dell

5th-6th Grade- A Long Walk to Water, By Linda Sue Park

7th-8th Grade- Dracula, By Bram Stoker

Book Reports are due March 31.


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Ms. Anu classes


6th grade- Students will begin studying several units in the month of March such as: percent applications, discounts, sales tax, commission, simple interest, customary and metric units, quadrilaterals and circles. Students will also learn the surface areas and volumes of prisms, pyramids and cylinders.

7th grade- Students will be working on the functions and graphing of quadratic equations and inequalities. Students will learn how to solve quadratic equations using the quadratic formula and applications of discriminant. Students will compare linear, exponential and quadratic models, and polynomials.

8th grade- Students will be studying powers, roots and radicals. They will study roots, rational exponents and properties of rational exponents, inverse functions, graphing square root and cube root, and statistics and statistical graphs.

Mrs. Abedi classes

Reading and Writing Class

3rd-5th Grade-The class will be working on a ‘Cereal’ project where they will research and present information on a given figure. They will use close reading skills to independently collate, summarize and share key information about their person. Over the coming weeks, students will also be writing effective character descriptions, future goals and be taught about the strategies used to be an effective debater. This will allow students to enhance their speaking and listening skills.

The class is continuing with the novel ‘Private Peaceful’. They will identify new vocabulary words that they discover and continue to implement them in their writing. Furthermore, students will use the plot to discover and relate it to the context that the novel is set in. This will develop critical thinking skills about topics such as war and propaganda during World War.

Reading and Writing Class

6th-7th Grade-The month of March will be a continuation of the Non-Fiction Writing unit. Students will be writing a comparative essay based upon some of the texts they have been exposed to (travel accounts and blogs). The purpose of this will be to emphasis how layout, language and sentence structure can vary depending upon the type and purpose of the text. Students will be using persuasive writing devices to create a holiday resort island. This project will also incorporate speaking and listening activities so that students can vocally implement the strategies that they will have used in their written pieces.

Within reading, students will finish reading Act 5 of Macbeth. They will then use their knowledge of the plot, themes and language to write an analytical essay. This will be based upon their exploration of the main characters. Students will also write a condensed version of the play to reenact in front of the school.

Ms. Jaya’s Class


4th and 5th grade-Students are working on Geometry, after successfully completing a lesson on Statistics, Fractions, and Data and Graphing.

6th Grade-Students worked on measurements which included converting, customary units, temperature different times zones. In the coming weeks, will be studying adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing decimals.

7th Grade- Students have completed the chapter on co-ordinate plane, which included graphing equations and inequalities. We will begin on area’s and volumes of plane figures and solids.

Ms. Jessica’s Class


2nd grade- Students have just finished studying lines, angles and shapes. We are going to continue to study symmetry, transformations and solid figures. Students will also be learning/reviewing money, values, adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing.

Language Arts

2nd grade-Students have just finished our “If I was President “writing assignment. The next project will be for students to create their own stamps. They will also write about their design and why it is important to them. We have started cursive and add new letters every day. We are reviewing contractions and practicing grammar daily.


2nd grade- Students have finished their resource projects. They enjoyed making items using recycled plastic and paper. We will begin the unit on water cycle and continue on with the weather and the solar system.

Language Arts

3th-4th grade- Students have finished our “America” writing assignments. The students are now writing a play with their groups. Eventually, after adequate practice the plays will be filmed. The students are very excited about their projects. We have also started cursive. We learn/review letters every day. We continue to practice grammar/spelling every day.

Ms. Laura

Lower grades

Students have been journal writing to follow through with our past information, of correct grammar usage. Past tense of “was” for singular and more than one person we use “were” for plural. Our class has been in anticipation for spring since Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and six more weeks of winter await us. To bring a little spring to our class, we painted an outdoor scene to learn our primary colors and continued by writing as essay to describe our spectacular paintings. In Math, we continue with focusing on time of day. We continue our studies on states and capitals with direction with a compass; Rose of North, South, East and West. I mentioned to all students they are North Shinning Stars. So next time your family is star gazing, point out your amazing star in your household.

Mr. Gonzalez


Students have covered four chapters since January. Chapter one students covered atoms and their structure, states of matter, properties of compounds. Chapter two students covered physical properties and changes, chemical properties and changes, mixtures, suspensions, and solutions. Chapter three students covered energy which included: heat, kinetic and potential energy, magnetism and electricity, chemical and nuclear energy. Chapter four students covered sound and light which included: properties of waves, sound waves, and light waves. We have begun studying the earth and space science.

April 2017 Newspaper
April 2017 Newspaper

April 2017 Newsletter

The month of April we will be focusing on “Manners Matter”.

It is never too early to start teaching children good manners. Good manners and etiquette show that children come from nurturing parents. Parents should be the model for their children to learn good manners. Good manners will make our children successful, function well, and have reduced internal conflicts.

Here are 12 specific manners that children should learn at an early age.Manners

  1. Saying Please and Thank you. Parents teach their children “Please” and “Thank you” in the home, it will become automatic when children are out in public.
  2. Asking before taking anything. Children should learn that they need to ask before they take anything that is not theirs. When they return the item, they should say “thank you”.
  3. Saying Sorry. Children should know how to say “Sorry”. Parents should not force children to say I am sorry, but reinforce the words. This will teach the children empathy, which is very important.
  4. Knocking on doors before entering. Children should learn that privacy is very important. If the door is closed, children should knock and wait for permission to enter.
  5. Cover mouth when sneezing and coughing. This is very important so your child does not spread germs in the classroom and is proper etiquette.
  6. Saying excuse me. Children can be very impatient, they need to be taught to say excuse me and wait for permission to speak. They should not be allowed to interrupt when other people are speaking.
  7. Sitting quietly. This is very difficult to teach to children but children need to learn how to sit quietly and patiently in the classroom and other events.
  8. Do not make fun of other people. Children should be taught they never make fun of anyone either in public or in private. Children should realize that these insults hurt other people’s feelings.
  9. Being helpful and compassionate. Children should be taught and shown how to be helpful and compassionate in life.
  10. Phone etiquette. Children need to learn how to speak on the phone and how to remain quiet when someone is speaking to them.
  11. Respecting elders and teachers. It is important to teach children to respect their elders and teachers, they are trying to teach children the right path to lead our lives.
  12. Having conversations, the right way. Children should learn to speak softly, no yelling, shouting or screaming. Parents can teach by example by not yelling or shouting at your child. If parents become angry, give yourself time to calm down before speaking with your child. Children must also learn not to interrupt when someone is speaking to them. Wait their turn to speak, let the other person finish what they are saying and then speak when they are finished.

Manners are an emphasize at Pinnacle daily. Good manners and a strong education is the key to success, we will continue to work with our students at school to reinforce good manners. We are asking parents to partner with us to reinforce “Good Manners” at home. Also, parents please ask your children what they have learned at school regarding manners and incorporate them at home.

“Teach love, generosity, good manners and some of that will drift from the classroom to the home and who knows, the children will be educating parents”-Roger Moore


Students need healthy lunches for them to succeed in the classroom. Healthy lunches re-energize the body and raises blood sugar levels. lunchesA healthy lunch can renew energy for students and keeps your metabolism active.

Lunch is the most important for most students because some do not eat a balanced breakfast. Lunch should be a combination of complex carbohydrates with lean protein for long lasting energy. Examples include nonfat yogurt, granola, lean turkey sandwich on whole grain bread, fruits and vegetables. Just remember the five main food groups: grains, vegetables, fruits, lean proteins and dairy.



2nd Grade- The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

3rd/4th- The Bad Beginning: A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

5th/6th- Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

7th/8th-The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger



january eventsApril School Events:

April 14- No School

April 17- No School

April 28- Report Cards

April 28- Book Reports Due



MAY 1- Day Camp- Pre-K- K Grades – Pick up at school, 4:00 pm

MAY 2- Day Camp- 1st-2nd Grades- Pick up at school, 4:00 pm

MAY 3- Day Camp- 3rd, 4th, 5th Grades- Pick up at school, 6:00 pm

MAY 4TH-5TH– Over Night Camping- 6th, 7th, 8th Grade- Pick up at school regular time on May 5th.



Mrs. Abedi

3th, 4th, 5th Grade

In Writing, students will be participating in a debate. The stimulus of this will be the “Titanic”. Each student will be preparing a persuasive piece to use. They will be taught effective debating skills to engage and successfully participate in a panel. April will also mark the end of “Private Peaceful”. Students will use this novel to create a script.all children can learn

6th, 7th, 8th Grade

In Writing, students are continuing to create their island/counties projects. They will write an informative piece, design a travel brochure and pitch their work for the intended audience. Students will then go on designing a web page and an advertisement.

6th, 7th, 8th Grade

This month will be Social Studies. Students will be studying Texas history and take part in a range of writing activities. Students will also prepare a production of Macbeth to be presented to the entire school.

Ms. Anu

5th-6th Grade

In Math, students will continue studying measurements. We will be working on surface area, volume of prisms, pyramids and cylinders. We will start with two step equations with integers.

7th-8th Grade

In Math, students will be studying the concepts of factoring polynomials. We will start with rational equations and functions. We will learn operations on rational expressions which include simplifying, adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing rational expressions.

Algebra II

Students will study logarithmic functions which includes properties, solving exponential and logarithmic equations. Students will be introduced to complex fractions this month as well.

Mr. Gonzalez

5th-6th Grade

In Science, students have been studying classical and modern genetics. We have seen how proteins determine what kind of organism a cell will be and what type of cell it will be (muscle, nerve, skin, or any of over 200 other types). We have seen how all of this is controlled by DNA in our chromosomes.

We have studied how traits are passed down through generations, and why every individual is unique. Students have also studied the exciting and sometimes frightening modern methods for changing genes artificially to cure genetic diseases and to create new organisms with desirable traits. We have studied how creatures repair themselves, especially if there was damage to their DNA, and how this process gradually fails causing us to age and die. Conversely, we have seen how loss of control of the cell division can lead to cells that are immortal but cancerous. Students have completed many simulation activities to illustrate DNA transcription and translation, karyotyping, the practice of genetic medicine including cloning, and other processes.

7th, 8th Grade

In Science, students finished the unit on space and the universe. Students studied classical genetics and a very light exposure to modern genetics. They are now finished with the textbook and will be reviewing with enrichment activities.

 Ms. Jaya

3rd, 4th Grade

In Math, after successfully completing our lesson on fractions, we are now working on decimals. In this lesson, we will work on place-value, adding, subtracting, comparing and ordering decimals.

5th Grade

In Geometry, students will cover the types of angles. Students will study different types of triangles, polygons, quadrilaterals and three dimensional figures.

6th Grade

In Math, students are wrapping up with writing equations, inequalities and solving them. We will start a new chapter on geometric figures in which we will learn how to measure angles, polygons, circles, points, lines, planes and geometric construction.

7th Grade

In Math, students are working on finding square roots, Pythagorean theorem, right triangles, trigometric ratios and solving right triangles.

Ms. Jessica

2nd grade

In Language Arts, we are continuing to writes essays. Some topics include “If I were a raindrop” and “If I was invisible”. We are also learning about root words, prefixes and suffixes. We will continue to read short stories and participate in class discussions as well as journal entries. The students have done a great job with cursive writing and will begin writing their assignments in cursive. We continue to review capitalization rules, spelling and punctuation.

In Math, we are reviewing fact families and order of operations. Roman numerals and ordered pairs are also going to be covered in April. During morning work, students review two-digit multiplication, long division, perimeter, area, and equivalent fractions every day.

In Science, we have just finished studying the solar system. We are going to finish the chapter on seasons and the moon. The next unit is about properties of matter. The students will participate in experiments and a scavenger hunt around the school.

4th grade

In Language Arts, we have finished our spring break writing. Our next topics include “What if it rained cats and dogs?” and “If I were a raindrop”. We are studying root words, prefixes and suffixes. In our daily writing, we practice proper verb tense, spelling and punctuation. The students are continuing to read short stories and participate in class discussions that include sharing real life experience and critical thinking questions. We have reviewed all the letters in cursive and the students practice every day. Soon, their writing assignments will be in cursive.

Mrs. Kennedy

Pre-K and Kindergarten

In English, we are reading short vowel words and stories. We are practicing proper letter formation. “All letters start at the top” and adding blends (th, sh, ch, st, br) to make more words. We are mastering site words 1 through 30 with practice on a daily basis.

In Math, we are counting by 1’s, 5’s and 10’s and are moving past 100 in our 5’s and 10’s. Students are also mastering 1:1 correspondence, before between and after and number recognition.

In Social Studies, we are studying our country, country capital as well as the capitals of our 50 states and where they are located.

In Science, students are focusing on the change of seasons, the weather changes, and the changes of plants and animals in each season. We are also enjoying our daily exercise time and “Manners Matter” class.

Ms. Laura


April is upon us. So, students are enjoying “April showers bring May flowers” saying. We will focus on money amounts and which president is on each coin. For instance, Abraham Lincoln on the penny. Penny for your thoughts are given by our students. Thomas Jefferson is on the nickel and he was instrumental in the Louisiana purchase. Franklin D. Roosevelt implemented the new Deal Act to get Americans back to work and is on the dime. George Washington is on the quarter. Each morning we pass out different amounts of money and have students count them and then write in a perfect world what they can buy. The purchase power of kid’s imagination is limitless. We continue to cover our list of spelling words every Monday and have students put those words into sentences.

Ms. Renee

3rd, 4th Grade

In Social Studies, students are gaining knowledge of events, learning about people of our past and understanding its importance. As a class, we reflect, analyze actions of America and our world’s history. We began with early civilization and will finish with the modern world. Students are gaining a clear perceptive of how history shaped us today. Currently, we are reading about the Renaissance Era and students are really enjoying Leonardo da Vinci, Christopher Columbus and Martin Luther King just to name a few.

3rd, 4th Grade

In Reading/Writing, students finished reading a short story script called “The Secret Ingredient”. Students had to read with expression and pause between groups of words for appropriate phrasing. We also finished reading a historical fiction called “Sailing Home” with critical thinking questions to make sure they understood the complex text. For writing, students are learning how to make self- correction and encourage to do so on every writing assignment. We will continue to go through the writing process and review grammar usage and mechanics.

Mrs. Smith

4th Grade

In Social Studies, students have completed their World Studies project in which each student researched their assigned country and prepared a slideshow presentation to share with the class. We have also studied how government was formed in the Middle ages and famous people who made a significant contribution to the Renaissance Era. In addition to World History, we have been practicing how to locate countries on a map, using a map scale, longitude and latitude, and creating timelines to trace important dates and events.



Creative Communications Competition

A huge congratulations!!!! to the winners of the writing competition that Mrs. Abedi’s classes entered. Students participated in the Creative Communications competition where they had to submit a short story (no longer than 300 words). As you can imagine, this was a challenging activity which encouraged students to be extremely selective. However, it is an incredible achievement that so many of our students have been selected to have their work published. This epitomizes, the talent and progress of our students!

The writing competition winners are as follows:

Aayan R., Ayaan C., Abbas Z., Auyeh O., Humza Z., Iman Y., Mehdi K., Reza O., Saad Z., Saaiya B., Safia Y., Salmaan H., Shafa H., Zahra R., Zain J., Zehra J.



announcements clip artPinnacle prep school continues to challenge our students with their reading and writing comprehension daily. We ask parents to have their children read for at least 30 minutes each night to reinforce their comprehension. As you can see by the multiple winners we had, our students are doing very well! Keep up the hard work!