Thanks to generous donations from family and friends of Sacajawea staff and students and our volunteer's precious time Santa's Workshop was once again a big success. It was great to see the happy smiles of students as they were excited to pick out presents for their families. Thank you to everyone who helped make Santa's Workshop a success.
Because of the Snow Day on Friday, we will have a busy day tomorrow in Santa's Workshop. We need some volunteers to help wrapping gifts. If you have some time available, please email Mr. Webster (email@example.com) with your contact information and he will pass it to Kelly Harper, our Santa's Workshop coordinator. Please let us know what time you could be available. Even just an hour or two would probably be helpful.
You will surely have a wonderful time.
Tendremos un día muy ocupado mañana en el Taller de Santa. Necesitamos voluntarios para ayudar a envolver regalos. Si tiene algún tiempo disponible, envíe un correo electrónico al Sr. Webster (firstname.lastname@example.org) con su información de contacto y él lo pasará a Kelly Harper, nuestro coordinador del Taller de Santa. Por favor, háganos saber la hora que podría estar disponible. Incluso una hora o dos probablemente sería útil.
The bus company has checked the roads. Yes, Sacajawea and all Caldwell Schools do have school today.
Caldwell Transportation Company ha revisado las carreteras. Sí, Sacajawea y todas las escuelas de Caldwell tienen escuela hoy.
Last week the second and third-grade students performed their annual holiday concert to a full audience at Caldwell High School. Led by Mrs. Evans they sang five Christmas songs, played the bells and even danced like little snowflakes. Thank you to the parents and family members who came out to support the students. A special thank you goes out to Mrs. Evans for all the hard work she put into planning this special night.
The Sacajawea Second and Third Grade Winter Music Program will be on Wednesday, December 7th at 7:00 in the Caldwell High School Auditorium. Students should be in the Caldwell High School Choir Room by 6:45 p.m. Attire is school dress code or dressier clothing.
Want to get involved at Sacajawea?
Help with Santa's Workshop or with other events or fundraisers. Please join us for the monthly PTO meeting:
When: Thursday, December 1st, from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Where: The Sacajawea Conference Room (just past the office)
Who: Any parents or community who want to help.
¿Quiere ser envolucrado en Sacajawea?
Ayudanos con ¨Santaś Workshop¨ o con otros eventos. Por favor viene a la junta del PTO.
¿Cuando?: El Jueves, diciembre 1 a los 6:00 PM
¿Donde?: El Salon de Conferencia en Sacajawea (Un poco pasado de la oficina, cerca de la biblioteca)
¿Quien?: Cualquier padres, abuelos, o comunidad que quiere ayudar la escuela Sacajawea.
We purposefully teach and emphasize character traits at Sacajawea because they make a difference for success, both now and as kids grow up. Character traits like resourcefulness and grit sometimes make the difference between a kid who pushes through to find success in middle school, high school, and college and those who encounter difficulties and give up or want someone else to bail them out.
This next two weeks we will be focusing on the character trait of <u>resourcefulness</u>.
The trait of resourcefulness makes us able to deal well with new or difficult situations. We are able to find solutions to problems. This might include being creative or inventive with unconventional materials like paper clips, duct tape, or baling wire. It might mean that we know how to find information in the library. It might mean we are good at knowing who to ask for help with certain problems. We are able to find resources and we are able to figure out how to use the resources we already have.
As parents, think of ways you have been resourceful. Sometimes we are able to get by with next to nothing. That is resourcefulness.
A great example of resourcefulness I can think of is the TV character "MacGyver." When I was a kid, he was on TV and it seemed like he knew enough to figure out how to do just about anything with duct tape and a little wire. On top of that, he had a really cool car.
The library is a great place to find resources about a new topic. This would be a great time to take your kids down to get a library card at the Caldwell Public Library. Access to the library is free. You just need a proof of address like a water or power bill to get a library card.
A great way to practice resourcefulness is to give your kids a bag full of junk and ask them to build something creative with any of the contents of the bag. Another is to give them 20 sheets of scratch paper or newspaper and ask them to build the tallest tower possible (or anything else you can think of). No glue. No staples. No paper clips. Just paper. I'd love to get pics of kids and families practicing resourcefulness.
Sacajawea Elementary held its Family STEM Night on Thursday, Nov. 10th. Five hundred people from 165 families attended. They enjoyed interactive science projects that included making paper rockets, building harmonicas, making oobleck, making a boat and seeing how many pennies it would hold, breaking open geodes, and making star finders. This event was funded by a grant from Idaho STEM Action Center so there was money for every student in the school to do an in-class science experiment as well. These experiments and information about these experiments were on display in the gymnasium. After doing and viewing the science projects there was a chili dog dinner for families to enjoy.
Several community partners also attended. They were Caldwell Fire Department, Caldwell Police Department, City of Caldwell Waste Water Treatment, West Valley Medical Center, Micron, and Caldwell High School Engineering and Robotics Teams. There were also 15 Caldwell High School students and 11 Syringa Middle School students that attended to help with everything from serving food to helping in the classrooms. It was a fun evening full of joy and science!