Monthly Archives: January 2016

TK Days: January 25 – 29

Welcome to Week 18! This post includes:  •Reading Log Insight!  •Fine Artists – Vincent Van Gogh    •Character Education-Forgiveness  •Parent Grit Classes  •Shade Structure Ceremony   •New Technology Academy   •Run Club Achievements   •The Great Kindness Challenge   •Star of the Week    •This Week’s Curriculum   •Future Dates   •The Week Ahead

Reading Log Insight!

Check out this clip from one parent’s reading log! A big “Ah-Ha.” Keep in mind the purpose of reading is getting the information, not decoding the sounds. Often times we get so distracted with our kids improving in their reading we can forget the purpose is to clearly understand what they are reading. This parent noticed that on the first read through the text, her child didn’t have as good understanding as she was trying to focus on how to read the book. What a great observation! Make sure that your child understands the text as they read and use that understanding to help them word solve (along with the picture and the first sound of the word). “Sound out the word” can lead to frustration and takes the focus off the meaning…for example on the word “walk” if you sounded out, your child say /w/ /a/ /l/ /k/ and the word would not sound like “wok” as its intended to.

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Fine Artists – Vincent Van Gogh

This week Mrs. Black came in to teach the students about our featured Artist…Vincent Van Gogh. The focus was on making a landscape picture along with learning about warm and cool colors. She read them a book on Vincent Van Gogh which featured some of his works. On Wednesday we all went to the Fine Artist room to create our own landscape. Here’ s few pictures from our experience. Continue to speak with your child about the warm and cool colors …they used warm colors for the sky and cool colors for the land.

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Character Education  – Forgiveness

Also this week, Mrs. Chou came in to teach our students about forgiveness. She read them a story about 2 girls that were playing. One girl took the ball from another girl because she wanted to play with it. The focus of the story was on the girl who had the ball taken away from her as she was the one who had the choice of forgiving her friend or not. This concept is one we will continue to work on during those times we need to ask for forgiveness when we have done something hurtful or truly forgiving a friend if or when they might hurt us. This is challenging and sometimes can take time.

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“I forgive you for hitting me in the head.”

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Parent Grit Classes!

These are a set of classes that Mrs. Sloan set up with a lady named Susan Wais regarding building a “Growth Mindset” in your student! I WISH I could join you all so I even have a 206 note-taker bringing this information to help me in my own parenting and teaching. One of our own class parents says these classes have been amazing and that it has changed the way she reacts and responds to her child! If you didn’t sign up, Mrs. Sloan says you can still join in. There are 2 classes left! Check out the dates below!

  • Character Strengths – Feb. 9
  • ABC’s of Resilience – Feb. 16

Shade Structure Ceremony

Thursday of this week, our entire school went out to the large playground to watch the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for our new shade structure. The choir sang to celebrate the occasion and student speakers from the older grades read some pieces they had written for their gratefulness for the structures. Our students will be using these from 1st grade – 5th grade. These structures were generously provided/paid for by Wells Fargo and our own AFP. These  will help students to have a place to retreat on those very warm days of our school year.

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New Technology Academy

Our old computer lab is transforming into “The Technology Academy.” Ms. Martin will be teaching after school workshops (coming soon) for TK – 5th grade. She has started some basic coding with her students in other grades and this week, we got to give it a try! See the pics below!

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Run Club Achievements!

A friend in our class got a new ribbon for Run Club this week! She has run 300 laps so far this year and is still going! She’ll receive a medal at the end of the year at the Run Club Awards! Applaud her as this is a difficult achievement to accomplish!

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The Great Kindness Challenge!

Make KINDNESS your superpower! We had some students bring their Kindness papers back to discuss the multiple ways they were kind this week. If you still have yours, continue to practice showing kindness to the community around you! If you turned yours in, we stamped and returned them so students could continue to show ways of kindness as they desired! Great job 206!

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This Week’s Star!

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 This past week in…

  • Math – This week, we acted out addition problems as well as used manipulatives to show addition problems. One practices we have worked on when adding together 2 simple numbers is: Say the big number, and count on the smaller number. For example, in 5 + 2…”Five….six, seven.” Try practicing this at home using a die and some pieces of pasta. Counting on from different numbers is a great skill to practice and improve on.
  • Writing – At this point in the year, many of our students know most of their letters and sounds. If you student has started to do this by now, we are greatly working on putting these sounds together by saying/stretching the words we want to write. For example if you wanted to write “bed,” we tug on the sound /b/–then write down “b.” Next we would say /b/, and tub on the sound /e/ — and write down “e.” Next, we would stretch to the last sound, /b/ /e/, and tug on /d/ and write down “d.” In early writing I encourage them to write what they hear as they may not hear all the sounds in the middle. This is perfectly fine. Once they figure out this code of saying, hearing and writing, they can write anything they wish write!
  • Letter Pp! This consonant sound is familiar to our students. They had an easy time coming up with many words that start with the /p/ sound. Now that most of our students know their letters and sounds practice having them write phonetically! See up above in “Writing.”

Upcoming Events

  • Father Daughter Dance –  This Friday, February 5th
  • Valentine’s Celebration – Thursday, February 12th
  • NO SCHOOL – Friday, February 12th AND Monday, February 15th
  • 100th Day of School – Friday, February 19th

See Calendar Dates Page on our website to see important dates for this year!

A Look at our Week Ahead

Monday – 2/1

  • Volunteers: Shiho Brenner

Tuesday – 2/2

  • Volunteers: Stacy McMullan
  • Groundhog DAY!
  • TK/K PLC collaboration day – Mrs. Leatherwood will be present that morning.

Wednesday – 2/3

  • Volunteers: Jeanne Smith, Megan McGarry

Thursday – 2/4

  • Technology Academy with Mrs. Martin
  • Lunch Only day at 11:35 pm (eat a BIG breakfast)
  • Minimum Day, whole school dismisses at 12:30pm (dismissal in 206)
  • Volunteers: Kelly Murphy

Friday – 2/5

  • Father Daughter Dance
  • Music with Mr. Waczek – 8:50 am
  • Volunteers: Karrie Yi,  Nikki Green

TK Days: January 19 – 22

Welcome to Week 17! This post includes:  •Penguin Parade  •The Great Kindness Challenge   •Reading Levels    •Run Club Achievements  •Free Sea World Preschool Pass   •Father Daughter Dance   •RAZkids   •Star of the Week    •This Week’s Curriculum   •Future Dates   •The Week Ahead

Thank you for taking a few moments to click and read about Room 206! 

Penguin Parade

Our school’s Penguin Parade last Friday was a big success!  The kids were so excited and did a great job throughout the whole event. Thank you so much to all the families who came out to help and cheer the kids on…your help made the parade run very smoothly! 


The Great Kindness Challenge!

Make KINDNESS your superpower! This week you received a yellow paper in your folder. There is a huge list of ways that your child (or even your whole family) could check off how to show kindness. I’m going to attempt doing this with my daughter and we are going to try to take on as many as we can to focus our days on how to be kind to others! I hope you and your household choose to take this challenge on as well! Send back your Kindness Challenge next Friday (1/29/16) to share all the kindness they showed this week! 

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This ties in so wonderfully with our “We Have Heart” Goal! If you haven’t seen it yet…Check out the new “We Have Heart Page” that is documenting our giving this year!

Reading Levels

Thank you so much for your diligence in returning Book Borrows each Friday. I just wanted to write a note to clarify the different levels that your students are reading. The books your child is taking home are helping them improve, but are “Instructional Level” books that they can read with support. The level that we give at report card time is a level based on their reading on a district reading assessment. I assess the kids on their reading (decoding/comprehension). Based on their understanding and number of errors we are able to determine their “Independent Reading” level. The Instructional Level is used when they are reading with support. When I pull students in reading groups, I also read to them with texts in their Instructional Level as I am giving support as they read and working on Reading skills/strategies.

Run Club Achievements!

We have students in our class who diligently go to Run Club each week and have worked so hard to achieve Run Club Goals! Check out the 100 lap ribbon and 200 lap ribbon the students in our class got! Awesome job!

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FREE Sea World Preschool Pass

This week, you each received a flyer to get a FREE Sea World Preschool Pass. Our class are some of the only kids in the whole school who are eligible for this pass! If your child is ages 3 – 5 you can go online (follow the directions on the flyer) and receive your FREE pass for the 2016 school  year! I just registered both of my kids as we plan to go often this spring and summer!

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Father Daughter Dance (Feb. 5th)

Don’t forget to get these in by January 29th! My daughter and her daddy will be there as well! Don’t miss out on the fun!

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RAZ Kids

Don’t forget to log on 2-3 times each week and listen/read/answer questions about books on RAZkids. You can even record your child’s voice as they read the texts.

Star of the Week

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 This past week in…

  • Math – This week we focused on our Problem of the Day. Some of our problems this week focused on repeated addition (multiplication). The students helped to solve a problem with a set of numbers and then go to their seats to solve the same problem with a different set of numbers! They have done awesome and really starting to improve in the way they show their thinking!
  • Writing – This week students have continued to work on writing “How-to” books. We first come up with a topic, then touch and tell the book with our hands mimicking the steps of our book as we pretend to turn pages, then on paper, one step at a time, we number, draw and write each step. The students have started to improve in the way remembering all their parts. We are continuing to work on elaborating the words of their steps.
  • Letter Nn!  This week we practiced saying the /n/ sound along with writing the capital and lower case Nn. Students also read and worked on their “My Book of Nn.”

Upcoming Events

  • Kindness Challenge Week (1/22 – 1/29)
  • Father Daughter Dance – February 5th
  • Valentine’s Celebration – Thursday, February 12th
  • NO SCHOOL – Friday, February 12th – Monday, February 15th

See Calendar Dates Page on our website to see important dates for this year!

A Look at our Week Ahead

Monday – 1/25

  • Volunteers: Shiho Brenner, Saori Massey

Tuesday – 1/26

  • Volunteers: Stacy McMullan

Wednesday – 1/27

  • Volunteers: Jeanne Smith, Megan McGarry

Thursday – 1/28

  • Character Education: Forgiveness with Laarnie Chou
  • Computer Lab with Mrs. Martin
  • Lunch Only day at 11:35 pm (eat a BIG breakfast)
  • Minimum Day, whole school dismisses at 12:30pm (dismissal in 206)
  • Volunteers: Laarnie Chou

Friday – 1/29

  • Music with Mr. Waczek – 8:50 am
  • Volunteers: Karrie Yi, Monica Rashidian

TK Days: January 11 – 15

Welcome to Week 16! This post includes: • Volunteer Calendar  • Penguin Parade  • We Have Heart  Update  • Wish List  • Star of the Week  • This Week’s Curriculum  • Future Dates   •The Week Ahead

The Early Edition

Penguin Parade

Since I wasn’t able to be at the parade I don’t have pictures yet, but I’ll be posting next week. If you were there, feel free to post your pictures on the Shutterfly site for all to see! I can’t wait to see and hear the kids reaction to the whole experience!

Mother Son Bowling

Last weekend the school hosted a Mother Son Bowling event. Similar to last year I heard it was a lot of fun! We had 2 sweets representing 206! Check out some of the fun they had!

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Father Daughter Dance (Feb. 5th)

Now its the girls turn to have a parent night out! The flyers went home on Friday, but in case you haven’t seen them yet, or you missed it, here is the flyer for the Father Daughter Dance! Please return the slip and payment by January 29th if you plan on attending! This event also typically has a great turn out and you won’t want to miss it! Daddies…get ready to dance the night away with your little ladies!

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RAZ Kids Robots

There is a feature on RAZkids that Ms. Martin helped us turn on. From now on, when your child gets RAZkids points for reading, and taking the quizzes, they can use their  points to build a robot. Its a fun incentive that the company offers to motivate kids.

To start building your own robot….

  • After your child clicks on their name color and shape, they should get to their own page with the little spaceship at the bottom. As they scroll down by the spaceship, see 2 options given at the very bottom of the page. There is a “Messages” window where you can click to send me messages. There is also a “Star Zone” window.
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We Have Heart

How has the Generosity Homework been going? I have had a couple of kids come and tell me what they chose to do this week to show generosity! It so awesome to hear them so excited about giving to others! I’m so proud of them and can’t wait to see and hear about all the giving they do this month! An extra benefit of giving is you are rewarded with good feelings of knowing you helped others!

If you haven’t seen it yet…Check out the new “We Have Heart Page” that is documenting our giving this year!

On a side note, if you’re family has any extra/old blankets, beanies, scarves, socks, mittens, tarps, or ramen noodles, or hot chocolate ….our Mexico connection, just put out an email to all his contacts (which included me) that the community he supports in Mexico had a rough time last week through the rain as they have so little to protect themselves from these rare rains and cold weather. As we know more rain is coming this season, so he is collecting any of these items to help them survive what is ahead. I will be taking more of my own family donations, but if you have any extra or old items laying around and would like to contribute, feel free to bring them to me this upcoming week. He will be going down next weekend to bring them as many supplies as he can collect.

Wish List

A sincere thank you from myself, Mrs. Hickson and the students for your generosity to help keep our classroom supplied with tissues and cleaning wipes and the little bowls to separate our math manipulatives! We love you guys!

Martin Luther King

This week we spent some time reading a few books and discussing the belief and impact of Martin Luther King. We shared about how he helped to bring justice and kindness to our nation! The students were very interested. One of the first questions when I told just a brief intro about him was…”Will be with us at the parade?” We were able to explain he isn’t alive anymore, but that he stood for kindness and fairness and marched for these just as we will march at the Penguin Parade for what we believe is important! It was a wonderful and engaging time with them!

Star of the Week

We saw our first STAR of the WEEK presentation and it was wonderful! We are so proud of him! Below is a picture of his displayed poster. We also made some “Audience Goals” that the audience uses to help them we made a “Speaker Goals” sheet to help the speaker remember the focus of the presentation.

In addition, we interview our Star to find out a little more about them. I let the kids choose any question they want to ask our Star. I seriously wish you all could have been there as myself and 2 volunteers were able to hear this very funny, but serious line of questioning that randomly came up. These kids are so adorable! See the interview poster below!

Though we are sending one poster home a week, your child will get a turn! They are all excited to have this opportunity!


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This week I witnessed a great act of classic 5 year old perseverance and independence. One of our sweet students came up to me just before recess with excitement in her voice. She couldn’t wait to share with me how she, for the first time ever, had zipped up her own hoodie that morning all by herself! I hugged and high-fived her for what awesome “trying” that must have taken! We are constantly trying to be more independent, and equally or more important building character by persevering through any struggle or challenge we face! It was a motivator to the class as we had 3 other children who were able to put on their own jackets this week all by themselves! So proud of these guys…I just had to share my full heart!

This past week in…

  • Math – We finished up Concept 3 (numbers 6-10) The students have overall really improved in understanding these numbers and the relation of the numbers. During Problem of the Day, we are becoming more familiar with solving these problems. We have made a chart to help them remember some important parts to showing your thinking. See the chart below to see our 4 checks we use to help us in this part of our day!
  • Interactive Writing – The students are starting to see the authentic reasons, why we write. This week after a little problem occurred, we all spoke about it, came up with a solution and then one student said, “We should make a sign to help us remember!” It was great! We plan to make that sign next week!
  • Writing – Students have been trying their hand a “How to” writing. They are doing fabulous in coming up with ideas they know “how to” do. They verbally touch an tell the steps to their procedure before they even pick up their pencil to plan out their books. They number the steps, draw pictures to match and then write text to explain each step! These are so awesome! You can help by… coming up with some ideas for your child to write more about in this area. Some great examples have been… How to brush your teeth, how to get dressed, how to bake a cake, how to clean my room…etc.
  • Letter Hh /h/ – Spent time practicing the long and short “O” sound. This is tricky for the students to be versatile in the different sounds of a vowel. We also ran into some blends, such as “owl” that posed more options for the “O” sounds. This was exciting!

Upcoming Events

  • MLK – No School Day – Monday, January 18th – Have a great 3 day weekend!
  • Father Daughter Dance – February 5th

See Calendar Dates Page on our website to see important dates for this year!

A Look at our Week Ahead

Monday – 1/18

  • MLK Holiday – NO SCHOOL

Tuesday – 1/19

  • PLC Collaborating Day with TK/K Teachers
  • Volunteers: Stacy McMullan and Nikki Green

Wednesday – 1/20

  • Volunteers: Jeanne Smith, Meeyoung Lim, Megan McGarry

Thursday – 1/21

  • Computer Lab with Mrs. Martin
  • Lunch Only day at 11:35 pm (eat a BIG breakfast)
  • Minimum Day, whole school dismisses at 12:30pm (dismissal in 206)
  • Volunteers: Kelly Murphy

Friday – 1/22

  • Music with Mr. Waczek – 8:50 am
  • Volunteers: Karrie Yi, Sharon Elbaz

TK Days: January 4 – 8th

Welcome to Week 15! This post includes: • Volunteer Calendar  • Penguin Parade  • We Have Heart  Update  • Wish List  • Star of the Week  • This Week’s Curriculum  • Future Dates   •The Week Ahead

This is our weekly blog post is to inform you, update you and share the school world of your Transitional Kindergartner! Feel free to give feedback or ask questions.

Happy 2016!

Volunteer Calendar Apologies

If you noticed any odd mistakes or changes on this month’s volunteer schedule, I greatly apologize. I cut and pasted from the original volunteer calendar. Please feel free to email or stop by regarding any errors or changes. Thanks in advance for your understanding!

Penguin Parade

PURPOSE: This is the 2nd Annual Penguin Parade! The purpose of the parade is to stand tall and march for something we believe in. Last year my class had a “Determination” theme all year long! When it came time for the parade, the majority voted that we walk for Determination. This year, our class has focused so much time and effort on our awareness of others needs and how we can give to them! Our We Have Heart Campaign has grown larger than I could have expected and we still have half a year to give! Its been so awesome to focus on this with them! As we spoke about the parade and what was important to us, sure enough the large majority of our class voted that “Generosity” is what we believe in and what we should walk for!

WHAT TO EXPECT: For those of you experiencing our parade for the first time, we essentially grab any signs or decor we have prepared and head out to the parking lot. We line up as a school with the younger grades to the older grades. This means our class will be at the front of the pack! The whole EBS crowd (led by Mrs. Sloan and a police escort) walks up Cypress Canyon and turns right into the center field just above our school and below the park (the morning Run Club field). We all stand in a circle while a few words are said and then we walk down the ramp back to the class and pack up to head home! Its a cool event!

VOLUNTEERS: If you’d and are able to volunteer, please sign up on Monday on the whiteboard outside our classroom. You do not need to be cleared to participate in this event.

Permission Slips: Please make sure your turn in your child’s permission slip so they are able to participate. Also, make sure to write your child’s name on the permission slip as we had 2 turned in without names. Thank you in advance!

Here are some pics from last year!

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We Have Heart

I can’t tell you how exciting its been to bring awareness to our class about the many people in need and to practice generosity! Thank you all for participating! I WISH would have thought to count how many bags we sent to Mexico, but I didn’t think of it until after I dropped them off. I’m hoping to get some pictures from our awesome liaison who brings everything down for us!

As the new year has started, we have a new way to focus on being generous!

Check out the new “We Have Heart Page” that is documenting our giving this year!

Generous Homework Assignment

On the back of your homework logs this month is a list of 4 options to practice being generous. Have your child choose 1 choice each week to be generous. At the end of the week, have your child write about their Generosity Mission! Feel free to help in the writing or dictate your child’s writing. We’d love to read some of these aloud in class for the children to hear how generosity is taking place all over!

Future Generosity

We are hoping to take a field trip to a local Senior Center to give love and attention! If you know of, or have any connection to a local Senior Center, please stop by to visit, or email me or stop by! Thanks!

See our new “We Have Heart” Page to see a recap of what we’ve done!

Wish List

We have almost hit the mid-way point in the year….(phew that went too fast!). We started to run out of some of our supplies. If you are able and willing to help out we need a few items in our class. These were posted outside our class on pull-off shapes.  If you are able to purchase any, please take the slip in order to not overbuy. See Below! Thank you to all the families who have already donated!

  • Tissue (for all those running noses this cold/flu season
  • Disinfectant Wipes (to clean all the germs, dirt and glue stick off our tables)
  • 5 sets – Take and Toss Bowls (to sort our math manipulatives for math practice)
  • Little toy/favor prizes (stickers, bookmarks, pencils, rings, etc) you may have left over at home (for our new prize box!)

Star of the Week

This week the first Star of the Week Poster went home with one of our students. Each week, a new poster will go home with directions. We hope your family has fun filling it out and decorating it. The purpose of the poster is to practice listening and speaking. The presenter will be scored on knowing their poster, using a loud (presenter voice) and clear voice and looking at their audience as they speak to their audience. The audience will be practicing listening skills and asking questions regarding the poster content.

Thank you in advance to the Lyman family for providing the protective tube to hold the poster in for transit! 😉


Valentine’s Day is coming up soon! Just in case your family likes to get an early start on your valentines, keep in mind a couple things….

  • To keep it simple for your own personal TK mailman/mail-lady, leave out the “To:” on each valentine (this often makes delivering difficult and very time consuming). Just write the “From:” on each card …this is a great way to practice name writing with correct casing.
  • At EBS, due to the Food Policy, no candy is allowed to be attached to Valentine’s that students deliver (as there is no way to check the label on every piece being attached). With that said, there may be some sweets provided that day that have had the labels turned in. There are lots of ideas for Valentines without candy on Pinterest if you are looking for an idea.


This past week in…

  • Math – We spent time finishing up number concepts 5 – 10. We also have been doing Problem of the Day (POD) most days. The students work together to solve a problem on the Promethean board. Then they solve the same problem with different numbers at their desks using a sticker problem.
  • Interactive Writing – We practiced writing our first and last name as part of our warm up routine. We also made some labels in our class to label our New Year Goal’s Board as well as a list about how awesome “Mistake-makers” are! (see pic below)
  • Writing – Started a new Information unit  on How-To Writing.
  • Letter Hh /h/ – Spent time practicing the /h/ sound and writing the upper and lower case H. We also made a list of many different Hh words…they thought of a ton along with 2 names in our class that start with /h/
  • Art – Happy New Year Faces with a goal for the new year!

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Upcoming Events

  • Penguin Parade – Friday, January 15th
  • MLK – No School Day – Monday, January 18th
  • Father Daughter Dance – February 5th

See Calendar Dates Page on our website to see important dates for this year!

A Look at our Week Ahead

Monday – 1/11

  • Mrs. Miller’s Teaching! (Switch Day)
  • Volunteers: Shiho Brenner

Tuesday – 1/12

  • AFP Meeting at 6:30 pm
  • Volunteers: Stacy McMullan

Wednesday – 1/13

  • Volunteers: Jeannie Smith, Megan Black, Sharon Elbaz

Thursday – 1/14

  • Wear COLOR and have an COLOR Snack!
  • Computer Lab with Mrs. Martin
  • Lunch Only day at 11:35 pm (eat a BIG breakfast)
  • Minimum Day, whole school dismisses at 12:30pm (dismissal in 206)
  • Volunteers: Laarnie Chou and Melissa Adomeit

Friday – 1/15

  • Mrs. Hickson’s Teaching! (Switch Day)
  • Penguin Parade!!!! (11:30 – 12:20)
  • Music with Mr. Waczek – 8:50 am
  • Volunteers: Leng Teng-Ritchie, Karrie Yi, Monica Rashidian