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Cambridge Connection – School Newsletter A Season for Giving

December 2013

Teaching children to have a heart for giving is a yearround endeavor. Christmas, however, provides an especially opportune setting for showing kids not only what the act of giving looks like, but the reasons behind giving as well. Below are five ways to teach your children about giving this Christmas season.

1. Explain why we give gifts to one another at Christmastime. Just as the wise men gave precious gifts to Jesus to celebrate His birth, we give gifts to one another to remember His birthday. In all the excitement about presents and Santa, kids sometimes need a reminder of what Christmas is really_about.

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2. Let your children pick out gifts for each family Contents A Season for Giving


Pirate Principle


School News


Health & Wellness


Box Top Drive


Bus. Memberships


Upcoming Events

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Another way to show your children the joy of giving is to allow them to help you gather gifts, food and other necessities for a family in need. Our Adopt-a-Family effort is the perfect opportunity! Please consider donating items for these families in need.


Collect non-perishables for local charities. This is a great way to get the kids active and show them what giving is really all about.


Kid’s Korner


12/9 – 12/13 – Holiday Shoppe 12/10 – Santa Family Night 12/11 – Student Gov. Food Drive – canned items & Adopt-a-Family items due (delivery is the 14th) 12/23 – 1/6 - Winter Break

Fax: member. This gets them excited about giving! Our (816) 348-1093 Holiday Shoppe is a great opportunity for them to shop for family members. Volunteering in the community; a local homeless shelter, soup kitchen or church are good places to volunteer. Seeing others that are less fortunate and being able to reach out and help is a good lesson for kids to learn at any age.

It is important for kids to understand that sometimes giving isn't about expensive gifts; it’s about giving time and going out of their way for others. The lesson of giving, when consistently taught, will last your child a lifetime. We’d like to wish our Cambridge family warm wishes for the holiday season!

This Month’s Pirate Principle: Respect Treating others the way you want to be treated. Respect is thinking and acting in a way that shows others you care about their feelings and their well-being. Examples of what respect is: You admire (respect) a historical figure who stood up for what she believed in, even when  it was hard. You are quiet in a library to show that you care about (respect) others' need to read  without interruption. You follow your parents' rules to show them you respect how they feel about the situation.  You don't call people names because you care about their feelings.  You don't hit or hurt people because you care about their well-being.  You dress, speak, and act in a way that shows you care about what you know is right and safe, because you care about (respect) yourself and your well-being.

When the first snowflakes begin to come down, And the wind whistles sharp and the branches turn brown, I won’t mind the cold, though it numbs my fingers, For it brings the time nearer, when Santa Claus lingers!

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Limo Ride for Top Fundraiser Sellers In August, students participated in a fundraising activity for the PTA. Students who were the top sellers would win a limo ride to Pizza Shoppe for lunch. Last week, ten students were awarded the limo ride with the top 3 selling students able to choose a friend to bring along. The students, accompanied by principal Michelle Biondo, Cambridge PTA president Crystall McClain and vice president Theresa Borntreger, enjoyed a ride in a white stretched hummer limo and delicious pizza from the Pizza Shoppe.

Music November News Kindergarten students learned songs, played instruments, and moved to music while learning about six farm animals, while first grade students explored Orff instruments. There are three different xylophone type instruments. Students learned how to hold mallets correctly and play the instrument while singing fun fall songs. Meanwhile, second graders are learning that a half note gets two beats in music. The students practice half notes by playing instruments, bouncing tennis balls, and moving their bodies through space. 3rd graders are learning more challenging instrument playing patterns. Using xylophones, the students are learning to play the crossover bordun. They are also learning new note and rest values in music and practicing these with body percussion and instrument playing. Finally, 4th grade students performed 'Hungry to Learn' on Nov. 7. Thank you to all who attended. We hope you enjoyed the show!

Spelling Bee – 3rd Grade On Oct. 31, third and fourth grade students participated in the annual spelling bee. Before earning a spot in the school spelling bee, the students competed in their class spelling bee. The top spellers from each class went on to participate in the school bee. Students participating in the third grade bee were: Kole Murphy, Christian Seibert, Brooklyn Tavernaro, Josh Middlestat, Xander Payton, Madison West, Landon Hostetler, Josefina Ortega and Sakari Ulbrich. After 17 rounds, Kole Murphy won the bee with the word 'insight'.

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Spelling Bee – 4th Grade Students participating in the fourth grade bee were: Logan Borntreger, StarLynn Brown, Meagan Coley, Bailey McAllister, Caley Clark, Austin Farrow, Scott Glodowski, Alex Arreolo, Nick Lewis and Zane Tyree. Tyree won the competition with the word 'barge'. Murphy and Tyree will go on to represent Cambridge in the District Spelling Bee on Nov. 14 at Mill Creek Upper Elementary. Great job, kids!

P.E. News Physical education students continue to be engaged in fun activities. With the completion of their first round of fitness testing, the students were eager to get back into more competitive and fun game play. With our transition shifting from fitness to skills, students are now beginning to focus on developing confidence in their ability in multiple activities. The overall goal is to find a few different skills/sports each student enjoys and has success in. With success and confidence, the young students will continue to develop in these areas and begin to feel a passion towards physical activity, which can turn into a lifetime of physical activity. Playing games may be all it looks like to the outside world, but to a physical educator, the students are developing life-long skills for a healthier and better future.

Second Grade Campfire Second grade students in Kelly Daniels' class have been hard at work studying adjectives. After learning how to identify adjectives, students were asked to use 'juicy' words while writing spooky stories. The students enthusiastically took on this challenge. On Oct. 31, they celebrated their efforts by sharing the creepy stories around a 'campfire' in the classroom.

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School News

Students Practice Public Speaking Students in Kelly Hemeyer's fourth grade class have been working hard during first quarter writing workshop. The students were asked to brainstorm about a memory they will always remember. The students then wrote a rough draft about their favorite memory, typed a final memoir and presented the piece to their parents during parent teacher conferences. Recently, students practiced their public speaking by sharing their final memoir with their peers in 'The Author's Chair'.

Veterans Visit 4th Graders The fourth graders had the opportunity to listen to six veterans speak about their experiences while serving our country. They heard from veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm and Iraq. There were four men from the Navy, one from the Army and one Marine. The students listened to different stories and learned about what these men did during their time of service. They also saw pictures, models of ships and other memorabilia. The students really enjoyed this opportunity and afterwards were eager to write thank you letters to their special guests.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!! Family Fun Night Santa’s coming to Cambridge!!

December 10 5:30 – 7:00 Spaghetti Dinner $3, free photos with Santa, crafts, games and more!


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First Graders Go To the Theatre On Oct. 31, first grade students attended a musical at the Theatre for Young America. The swashbuckling adventure was based on the book 'How I Became a Pirate' by Melinda Long and David Shannon. The students were blown away by this hilarious tale of a young boy, Jeremy Jacob that joins Captain Braid Beard and his crew to learn the finer points of pirate life. Along the way, he learns how to talk like a pirate and sing sea chanteys. However, he learns that pirates don't get tucked in, or get bedtime stories or good night kisses. After burying the treasure in his backyard, Jeremy returns to his life with his family. The students were happy to return to school where Cambridge Pirates love to read and whose parents love to read bedtime stories to them.

Fourth Grade Earns Sweet Treat On Nov. 8, fourth grade students in Kelly Hemeyer's class enjoyed an ice cream party. The students earned the party by working hard to memorize multiplication and division facts this quarter. In order to attend the ice cream party, students had to earn an invitation, a bowl, a spoon, one, two or three scoops of ice cream, whip cream and cherry, and sprinkles by passing multiplication and division timed tests. Over eighty percent of the fourth graders enjoyed the sweet success of mastering multiplication and division facts.

Thanksgiving at Cambridge On Nov. 20, Cambridge hosted over two hundred visitors to the annual Thanksgiving lunch. Guests enjoyed turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, rolls and cinnamon apples prepared by Sodexo. The students were very excited to have their loved ones eat lunch with them and to show off the hand-print they made for the big turkey in the cafeteria. All the students were very surprised to see their principal, Michelle Biondo, washing the dishes in the kitchen. A special thank-you goes to all who helped make this a memorable event for students and visitors.

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November Pirates of the Month The following students became the November Pirate of the Month by exhibiting exemplary behavior in RESPONSIBILITY. They will get to have lunch with Mrs. Biondo as their reward. Way to go Pirates!

Adopt-a-Family This year each grade level has a family to bless with gifts for this Christmas Holiday. The PTA is asking for each grade to purchase the clothing items for each family. The clothing items we are asking for are shirts/sweatshirts, pants, socks, shoes, pajamas, and/or coat. If you would like to help out a family from the community please purchase the needed item(s) and bring it to your child’s classroom by December 11th. We thank you so much for your generous hearts and compassion for others!

Each grade should have brought home a flyer with the information needed for shopping for our adopted families. Please call the school office if you do not have it. Please help us bless others this season!

Dear Parents, Jenny’s Penguin Patch Holiday Shoppe will be open to Cambridge and families during the week of the 9th. Children will get to experience an exciting and educational opportunity to pick gifts while staying on a budget. Parent volunteers will assist children while shopping to allow them to enjoy the spirit of giving. There will be over 100 different gifts that can be purchased for as little as $.25 and up to $10.00 each. The gift items offered are “kid selected and mom approved.” This event also allows the PTA to earn a portion of the proceeds in order to do great things for our students. Kids have all week to shop and enjoy their shopping experience!

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Health and Wellness

How to Make the Most of Winter Workouts

Marsala-Glazed Ham       

1 1/4 cups sweet Marsala or Madeira 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1 tablespoon ground coriander 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice 1 (10-pound) bone-in 33%-less-sodium smoked, fully cooked ham half 20 whole cloves Cooking spray



Go out and play! If you can't seem to muster the energy to work out this time of year, try "playing" instead. You can burn quite a few calories playing indoors or out. The best part about playing is that it doesn't feel like working out—though you can still get your heart rate up and have an excellent cardio session. Have a blast in the winter wonderland outside by making snow angels (214 calories burned per hour on average), having a snowball fight (319 calories burned per hour), or even building a snowman (285 calories burned per hour). No snow in your area? Try ice skating—an activity you can do indoors or outdoors. Ice skating can burn more than 450 calories per hour—and it's a blast! Get creative at home. Sure, getting to the gym can be more of a hassle when it is cold outside, but never use snowy weather as an excuse to miss your daily exercise. Instead, work out at home, where's it's cozy and warm. Whether you pop in a new workout DVD, invest in a few pieces of equipment or even just use your body weight for a killer workout, exercising at home can be a convenient (and fun!) solution to staying on track. Try something new. There's nothing like signing up for a new class or joining an indoor league to get you up and moving during chilly months. By trying something new, you reignite your motivation for fitness, cold weather and all! Get excited. If you've never been a winter fan, start focusing on what you do love about it and how this time of year provides new opportunities for your fitness and health. From eating delicious in-season produce (oranges, kale, and chestnuts, oh my!), to curling up with a big mug of hot cocoa in front of the fireplace after a long workout, there is much to love about winter when you embrace and appreciate it.


Preheat oven to 350º. Combine first 4 ingredients in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer until Marsala mixture is reduced to 2/3 cup (about 8 minutes). Remove from heat. Trim fat and rind from ham. Score outside of ham in a diamond pattern; stud with cloves. Place ham on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Brush ham with 1/4 cup Marsala mixture. Bake at 350° for 1 hour. Baste with 1/4 cup Marsala mixture; bake an additional 1 1/2 hours or until thermometer registers 140°. Baste with remaining Marsala mixture, and bake an additional 10 minutes. Remove from oven; let stand 15 minutes before slicing.

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While there are many great workout options this winter, have fun out there. It's a wonderful time of year—enjoy it!

Yukon Gold & Sweet Potato Mash Ingredients 

1 pound Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks

peeled and cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks

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Rudolph Cupcakes

1 pound sweet potatoes, 1/2 cup low-fat milk 2 tablespoons butter 1 teaspoon brown sugar 3/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper

Preparation Place potatoes and sweet potatoes in a large saucepan and add enough water to cover. Bring to a boil over high heat and cook until very tender when pierced with a fork, 20 to 25 minutes.

What You'll Need 24 baking cups 1 package white cake mix 16 oz chocolate frosting 24 large red gum drops 48 green candy coated plain chocolate candies 48 mini pretzels

How to Make It 1

Heat the oven to 350°F. Place the Reynolds® Holiday Baking Cups in muffin pans and set aside. Prepare the cake mix according to the package directions for 24cupcakes. Spoon the batter into the baking cups.

Drain the potatoes, then mash them in the pot to the desired consistency. Place milk and butter in a small bowl and microwave on High until the butter is mostly melted and the milk is warm, 30 to 40 seconds. (Alternatively, place in a small saucepan and heat over medium until the milk is warm.) Stir the milk mixture, sugar, salt and pepper into the mashed potatoes until combined. Serves 6


Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centers of the cupcakes comes out clean. Cool the cupcakes completely on wire racks.


Frost the cooled cupcakes with the chocolate frosting.


Decorate the cupcakes with a gumdrop for the nose, green candies for the eyes and pretzels for the antlers.

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December 1st - World AIDS Day World AIDS Day, observed on 1 December every year, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. Government and health officials observe the day, often with speeches or forums on the AIDS topics. Since 1995, the President of the United States has made an official proclamation on World AIDS Day. Governments of other nations have followed suit and issued similar announcements. AIDS has killed more than 25 million people between 1981 and 2007, and an estimated 33.2 million people worldwide live with HIV as of 2007, making it one of the most destructive epidemics in recorded history. Despite recent, improved access to antiretroviral treatment and care in many regions of the world, the AIDS epidemic claimed an estimated 2 million lives in 2007, of which about 270,000 were children. HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It is the virus that can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS. Unlike some other viruses, the human body cannot get rid of HIV. That means that once you have HIV, you have it for life. In the United States, HIV is spread mainly by having sex with or sharing drug injection equipment with someone who is infected with HIV. One in five people with HIV are unaware of their infection. That’s why CDC recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested at least once and that high-risk groups get tested more often. Research has shown that a large proportion of young people are not concerned about becoming infected with HIV. This lack of awareness can translate into not taking measures that could protect their health. Abstaining from sex and drug use is the most effective way to avoid HIV infection, but adolescents need accurate, age-appropriate information about HIV and AIDS, how to reduce or eliminate risk factors, how to talk with a potential partner about risk factors and how to negotiate safer sex, where to get tested for HIV, and how to use a condom correctly. Parents also need to reinforce health messages, including how to protect oneself from HIV infection.

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Box Top Drive

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Cambridge Connection The school earns 10 cents for each Box Top! Last year, Cambridge Elementary earned over $1000 thanks to you!!!

Please CLIP and SAVE Box Tops, Best Choice and Campbells labels and send them to school with your child. Use the Turkey sheet below to save the Box Top labels. Save Best Choice and Campbell Soup Labels too! The more we earn, the more we can do!

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Kids Korner Hey Kids! Have you written your wish list to Santa yet? If not, you better get on it! Use this sample letter to fill in the blanks, cut it out, and mail it to the big guy. Address the envelope simply to SANTA and it will get delivered to the North Pole! We hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

Krafty Kids:

Cooking with Kids Prepare your holiday meal while spending time with the kids in the kitchen!

All you need to get started are plastic tri-beads and red and while pipe cleaners. Cut the pipe cleaners in half. Use needle-nose pliers to bend over one end of the pipe cleaner stem. This will stop the beads from falling off the end of your candy cane. Add the beads in any pattern you want. The beads interlock as you go. When you are at the end of the stem, use the pliers to turn the last bit of pipe cleaner into a tight loop to close the end. Then bend to form a candy cane shape. Give them as a gift or hang on your tree!

Great Idea!

Here is a very simple, yet festive, food for the kids to fix as a table centerpiece. All you need is some fresh, washed fruit, a decorative tray, and some imagination as they “decorate� the tray. Try kiwi, star fruit, strawberries, raspberries, and grapes. Not only does this make a beautiful, festive centerpiece for your holiday meal, but it is healthy too!

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We would like to extend a BIG THANK YOU to our PTA business supporters! So far we have:

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