Saturday, October 25, 2014

October 24, 2014

We had a very busy week here at the Elementary School! We joined forces with the Middle School Student Council for a great cause, went on a journey into space, gathered for a Community Meeting, and put our best foot forward to take a stand against bullying! 

Have a great week,
Sam Cederbaum

On Monday, Middle School Student Council members visited the Elementary School. They prepared a video to show students explaining the million misfit sock march. The goal of the misfit sock movement is to celebrate what makes us each unique and take a stand against bullying. Click here to visit their website and learn more about this great cause. Douglas Middle and Elementary Schools decided to take part in this year's "march" on October 24. In preparation, student council members worked within the elementary classrooms to help students create a unique misfit sock creation. We then displayed everyone's socks in our main hallway. Students came to school on Friday wearing misfit socks to show their support of anti-bullying at Douglas Elementary School!

Thanks to the PTO, our students took a journey into space this week! The Go for the Stars program taught students about space, orbits, gravity, living in space, and weightlessness. Students also had the chance to interact with Robo, a friendly walking, talking, recycling robot! A great time was had by all!

Community Meeting
We gathered together on Thursday afternoon for our October Community meeting. We discussed our upcoming character trait for November: RESPONSIBILITY. We used to time to review the rules and expectations of the Elementary School and different ways that we could demonstrate responsibility in the coming month. We also recognized this month's Hard Workers with a certificate and a hearty round of applause! Congratulations!

Empowering Writers in Fifth Grade
This year we have taken on a new writing curriculum in grades 2-5 with a goal of unifying our approach to writing instruction across grade levels. Fifth grade students created book covers for either Expository or Narrative type of stories. They chose a theme and then one partner created the Expository or the Narrative version. Some of the themes have been: Winter, Ice Skating, Sports, Halloween, Crackers, and even Care Bears!

Fourth Grade Goes Buggy for Science!
Fourth graders made Bug-O-Copters in Science! They flight tested them and then changed one variable to see how their results would differ.

PTO Events
There are some GREAT events happening at the Elementary School thanks to our fabulous PTO! Come out and support the PTO while having a good time with other Elementary School families.
Sunday, October 26 - Douglas PTO's Annual Trunk or Treat
Get your costumes on and come to the Elementary School for an afternoon of fun! We will have arts & crafts in the cafeteria. There will also be a Halloween Safety presentation by a member of the Douglas Police Department. We'll then be parading up to he parking lot where we'll go car to car to get some yummy treats! I hope to see you at the Elementary School this Sunday from 2-4!
Saturday, November 8 - Pancake Breakfast & Family Game Day
Come enjoy a delicious breakfast and play a game or two as a family! Tickets must be purchased in advance for $6 per person (children 2 and under eat free). Send in payment with your child, or conveniently order tickets on the PTO website by clicking here. GameWright, designer of family fun board games, will have several games set up to play in the DES library. This will be a morning of food and fun and I hope to see you there from    9-11 at the Elementary School!

Upcoming Events
October 26 - Trunk or Treat -- 2pm-4pm
November 8 - Pancake Breakfast & Family Game Day -- 9am-11am
November 11 - NO SCHOOL
November 12 - Picture Retake Day
November 22 - UNO's and Barnes & Noble Day Out