February 2017 Newsletter

Owl February




In February, we celebrate holidays such as Valentine’s Day, Lincoln’s Birthday, Washington’s Birthday, President’s Day, and Mardi Gras. February is also known as Black History Month.

Black History Month also known as African-American History Month- This was created in 1926, when Carter G. Woodson announced the second week of February because it coincided with the birthday of Abraham Lincoln on Feb.12 and Frederick Douglas on Feb. 14. Both birthdays were celebrated in the black communities since the late 19th century. This has prompted the creation of black history clubs, an increase in interest among teachers and an interest from progressive whites.

Valentines’ Day is February 14th. Valentine’s Day is said to have been derived from both ancient Christian and Roman tradition. One legend stated that the holiday was originated from an ancient Roman festival of Lupercalis, a fertility celebration that was observed on February 15. In 496 AD, Pope Gelasius declared this holiday to be Christian feast day in honor of Saint Valentine, a Roman martyr, and was observed on February 14. In the early 1700s, American’s began exchanging hand-made valentines. Today, approximately 1 billion Valentine’s day cards are sent each year.

Presidents day is celebrated as a federal holiday on the third Monday in February. The origin of Washington’s birthday begins in 1800 in recognition and honor of George Washington, the first president of the United States. George Washington was born on February 22, 1732. It was late 1870s that it was recognized as a federal holiday. President Rutherford B Hayes signed it into law in 1879.

The Uniform Monday Holiday Act took effect in 1971 with an executive order signed by President Richard Nixon. This act was to include the celebration of Washington’s birthday and Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. The Uniform Monday Holiday Act was then shifted to the third Monday in February. The third Monday was established to honor both Washington and Abraham Lincoln and this fell between both their birthdays’.

President’s day is used by historical groups for staging celebrations, reenactments and other events. President’s day is a good way to teach students about the accomplishments of all presidents with the focus being on Washington and Lincoln.

Holidays observed around the world. Some are funny, different and questionable!

February 2, Groundhog Day- CanadaHoliday

February 4, National Weatherman Day

February 7, Send a Card to a Friend Day

February 10, Umbrella Day

February 14, Valentine’s Day

February 20, Washington Birthday and President’s Day (2017)

February 22, Be Humble Day

February 26, New Moon and Tell a Fairy Tale Day

February 27, Clean Monday- Greece

February 28, Mardi Gras



Mrs. Laura’s class will continue to learn how to write complete sentences, with an emphasis on capital letters at the beginning of sentences. Students will continue to follow the story out line from the Beginning, Middle and the End. In Math class, students will continue to study double digits, keeping tens and the ones column straight. Clock reminding, which is the hour and minute hand. “Continued success happens in reinforcing concepts at home and enjoying all the silly business your students provides.”

Ms. Anu’s Math class, Students in 5th-6th grade will begin studying Geometry. Students will work on different types of angles, with transversal, tessellations and transformations. Students in 7th-8th grade will be studying equations of a line in different forms, (slope-intercept, point slope and standard form) and graphing equations. Students in 8th grade will work on graphing and solving linear equations in three variables, studying matrices (addition, subtraction, multiplication, inverse determinants and Cramer’s Rule.

Ms. Renee’s class will focus a new adventure into social studies. In writing, students will continue to work on expository prompts and will focus on persuasive writing.

Ms. Nadia’s class will continue to learn new vocabulary and using it in small dialogs. Students will practice Qurnic Suarrs, Al Duha and Al Inshirah.

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FEBRUARY 6th 2017- Main Event in Lewisville.

The 3rd and 4th grade students will go to Main Event in Lewisville. Costs of this event will be $15.00 and must be turned in before February 3rd. Students well remain at school and leave for Main Event by 3:30pm. We will return to school by 6:45pm for pick-up.

February 17th– Holiday- No School

February 20th– Holiday- No School

February 21- Holiday- No School


announcements clip art









2nd Grade- The BFG -Roald Dahl

3rd/4th Grade- Hatchet -Gary Paulsen

5th/6th Grade – Stone Cold -Robert Swindlle

7th/8th Grade- Northern Lights -Phillip Pullman

**Book reports are very important for student learning. Teachers are available before and after school for additional help. The purchasing of books needs to be a priority so students have their books in hard on the 1st of the month. Book reports are due at the end of each month-with no exceptions.***



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


***** PARENTS: Please refer to the school calendar and REMIND 101 for additional information.*****


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