This New Year rings in with bright sunshine and balmy days! As I write this students of all grades are outside in the quad, reading, writing, sharing, creating. Our 5th grade students are working in groups with their iPads creating a math “Educreations” and blogging about their mystery characters. Exciting work!
During the next few months, CC is thrilled to be one of the district elementary cohorts studying Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching and Learning Strategies under Dr. Sharroky Hollie. Six of our teachers have volunteered to be study how to use the strategies throughout their daily lessons.
Just what is CLRT? “It is the validation and affirmation of the home culture and home language for the purposes of building and bridging the student to success in the culture of academia and mainstream society. “ (Hollie) All students can benefit from the use of strategies. The areas are: classroom management, academic literacy, academic vocabulary, academic language, and learning environment.
The month of February begins with No Name Calling Awareness Week, sponsored by the District Climate Committee. Our student council has some wonderful activities planned to highlight the use of kind words and that “Words Matter.” Your student will receive a blue bracelet as a reminder that our words to each other matter. We will also have a door-decorating contest among other activities. It is our hope that our students understand the power of their words and that we must continue to be aware that we must talk with each other and about each other in a kind, civilized manner. All SRVUSD are involved in this powerful activity.
Also in February, our 4th and 5th graders will be taking the SRVUSD Climate Survey. This will be the 3rd year that our students have taken this district-wide survey. We use the results of this survey to update our Safe Schools plan. Results are shared with Site Council and the staff.
Invitation to Principals’ Coffee on Friday, Feb. 7th. 9:30-10:30 AM. You are invited! We will begin with a quick coffee and meet and greet in the MPR. We will then divide into groups and tour our school, focusing on the impact of the work of the Cougar Ed Fund, Common Core Standards, science and technology integration. This coffee is for all CC parents, especially invited are the new kindergarten parents registering for the first time. We welcome you!
Spelling Spectacular! It is a month for spelling! Cougar Ed Fund is sponsoring our annual fundraiser, “Spellabration.” Thanks to Diane Chen for chairing this event. The packet of information came home last week. More information on the website. Ed Fund hopes to raise $7,000 for our students. Our Annual Spelling Bee will be after school on Wed. February 5th. Classes are gearing up now for selection of their class representative. The winner continues on with the Contra Costa Spelling Bee.
Our Soul Shoppe work continues with a workshop on “Responsibility” in January. Ask your student about “what planet they would choose to be on.”
Our Viva Las Vegas committee, headed by Lindy Kollo and Melissa Brown, is working hard to solicit donations and plan for a fabulous fundraiser to be held on Sat. April 5th at Blackhawk Country Club. Tickets will go on sale shortly! Please check out the website for a link to donate and to purchase tickets. Don’t miss out on the fun! Buy your tickets early and get ready for a wonderful evening of entertainment, dinner, dancing, silent and live auctions – all proceeds going to the students at Country Club!
And finally, we were so excited to announce that we will again welcome 4th and 5th grade students from our Sister School, Baochu Pagoda School, in Hangzhou China! The Chinese students will be here April 26-30. We are looking for host families for our visitors. We put two students with one family and will need approximately 15 families. Please contact Shelli Kravitz if you are interested. We have a great time last year with our visitors.
Thanks to the many who have expressed get well wishes as I continue to recover from shoulder surgery. I’m getting better every day!
We have so many wonderful things going on at “The Club!” Thanks for all that you do!