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!


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