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Cambridge Connection – School Newsletter February 2014

Cambridge General Members PTA Meeting February 28th – 5:30 – 6:00 pm PTA is holding a general meeting at 5:30 on February 28th right before Bingo for Books family fun night. This meeting is open to anyone who purchased a membership this year. The order of business will be to elect 20142015 board members. Please join us!

Cambridge Elementary

***Pirate PRIDE***

109 W. Cambridge Belton, MO 64012 Phone: (816) 348-1008

Fax: (816) 348-1093

Contents Announcements


Pirate Principle


School News


Health & Wellness


Box Top Drive


Kid’s Korner


Bus. Memberships


GET YOUR YEARBOOK NOW!!! Yearbook sales will begin Monday, February 3rd and will run through the end of the year. Each yearbook costs $12.50 and is loaded with lots of photos from Cambridge’s daily school life, family fun nights, and student art work. Yearbooks will be passed out and signed during the last week of school.

This Month’s Pirate Principle: Accountability Upcoming Events

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2/13 – Early Release

2/28 – Bingo for Books 6:00 – 7:30

2/14 – Spring Parties

Accountability means checking to make sure you do what is right. It’s important to teach children to be accountable for what they do. Here are tips on how to teach accountability: •

2/17 – No School 2/28 – PTA General Mtg 5:30 – 6:00

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Give your child age appropriate responsibilities. Provide them with things to be accountable for, whether it's taking care of their belongings or doing certain chores. Establish rules in your home. Make consequences clear. Follow through with a punishment if your child doesn't follow your rules. If you don't enforce your rules, your child won't think he has to be accountable for his actions. Your child will recognize that he can't just do what he wants, and there are consequences for his actions. Lead by example and your child will likely adopt those good habits.

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, remember, it’s not about the amount of money you spend on loved ones but the amount of quality time spent with loved ones!

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School News

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ESL Class Uses Technology to Assist Learning The English as a Second Language (ESL) Program assists 45 students who are in various stages of learning the English language. For anyone who has taken a foreign language class, you know that learning a foreign language can be a difficult task. Experts who study language learning have divided the stages of language learning into two parts: learning social language and learning academic language

Santa Visited Cambridge On Dec. 10, the Cambridge Elementary PTA hosted its annual Santa Night and spaghetti dinner. Families enjoyed a spaghetti and meatballs meal, played a variety of games and doing several different craft activities offered by the PTA. Students were also able to spend one-on-one time with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer. Each student who visited Santa and Mrs. Claus was given a free photo with Santa and reindeer food for Christmas Eve. The Cambridge PTA would like to thank everyone who participated in the event and the Cambridge Staff for helping make it a great success.

Generous Donation from Local Business Speech teacher Sarah Haag's speech room recently received a face lift courtesy of Dr. Justin Bashor of A Balanced Life Wellness Center in Belton. Dr. Bashor generously donated exercise stability balls for students to sit on during their time in speech class. Exercise stability balls improve core strength and have also been shown to help students focus on work tasks while satisfying their need to move.

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Student Government Student Government Members wish you a Happy 2014 New Year! On behalf of our membership we wish everyone a wonderful New Year filled with hope and promise! Our members include: Logan Borntreger, Austin Farrow, Sam Lamar, Brooklyn Tavernaro, Charlie Schilb, Austin Lane, Lela Boone, Teagan Loehr, Jackson Borntreger, Miller Bresette, Nathan Dertinger, Luke Mittelsadt, Aidan Parker, Aubreigh Broockerd, Delano Hibdon & Jordyn Loehr. One of our recent missions has been to collect food to donate to needy families. Our Cambridge families have been very generous. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Canned Food Drive The student government teamed up with Cambridge PTA to host the school's annual canned food drive. The food was donated to six needy families in Belton and the remaining items were donated to West Central Community Action Agency Network and South Haven Baptist Church. The drive began on Dec. 2; however, the student government decided they could increase the Cambridge support by challenging classrooms to bring more items. As an incentive, the classroom with the most canned food received a hot chocolate party. The new incentive created a big boost, with the student body bringing in over 500 non-perishable items this week!!

Students Prepare for Bone Test Second through fourth grade P.E. students are busy preparing to put their knowledge of bones to the test. Each class has been learning a 'Bone of the Day' since school began in August. Having a strong knowledge of the bones directly relates to the understanding how the body works and what parts are being used during exercise. After Winter Break, the students will begin to learn about muscles and build an understanding of how the skeletal and muscular system work together to produce movement of our bodies. With plenty of eating to come over the holidays, PE teacher Robbie Corder would like to challenge students and parents to get out and be active at least three days a week. "Having 45 to 60 minutes of exercise at least three days a week can help prevent some of the pounds that are easy to put on with all the delicious meals to come," he said. "Eating smaller portions with five meals a day can actually benefit as well by increasing metabolism in the body. I know it can be challenging once the weather gets cold, but stay motivated and continue to work hard for a healthy lifestyle."

Respect Respect

Effort Effort

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School News

On January 25th, four very brave (and nerdy) Cambridge teachers took a plunge at Longview Lake for the Special Olympics. Ms. Davis, Mrs. Harvey, Ms. Szczucinski, and Mr. Corder braved the frigid waters as a way to help earn money for this very good cause. In addition, each classroom collected donations and the room who reached the highest contribution won a snow cone party. Thank you to everyone who contributed!! Together, the Cambridge family earned over $200.

Valentine’s Day Parties February 14th Room parents will soon be sending home flyers to announce your child’s Classroom Party. Parents, guardians and siblings are welcome to join in on the fun. Feel free to donate goodies or trinkets to make your child’s classroom party extra special. (See the kids page for a creative valentine collector.) Contact Emily Buckner – Room Parent Coordinator – for more information:


February 28, 2014 6:00 – 7:30 Win books! Enjoy snacks and fun!

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P.E. - Skills & Knowledge Continue to Grow With winter break over, P.E. students are getting back into their school routines and continue to build sports skills in the gym. They will soon start a basketball unit which includes work on dribbling, passing, shooting, playing defense and rebounding. Students will also begin their second round of Fitnessgram Testing. The second round will show what type of improvements students have made to their overall fitness since August. Students did a great job before break on their bone test by demonstrating knowledge of 10 different bones. In the next few months the shift will go towards the muscles of the human body and learning how they are used.

Applying New Learning Strategy After attending a district provided professional development on Common Core State Standards on math, Cambridge Elementary teacher, Laura Fievet was excited to share some of new ideas and strategies with her kindergarten class. Students learned a new way to count and name numbers. They were engaged and grasped the new ideas quickly. .

Special Guest Visits Cambridge In honor of School Board Appreciation Week, Cambridge Elementary received a visit from school board member, Jim Armilio. Mr. Armilio toured the building and visited with different classes, including Laura Fievit's class who gave Mr. Armilio a book made by the students explaining why they thought Cambridge was the best school. After students presented the book, Mr. Armilio read 'Pete the Cat' to the class then enjoyed a pizza lunch with the student government before he left.

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

Students Write Magazine Kelly Hemeyer's fourth grade students are creating the first issue of a full-length, nonfiction magazine that features 20 articles on five major biomes. A biome is any major biological community in a region (such as a rain forest, marshland, desert, etc.) that is characterized by its dominant life forms and climate. The student authors have been writing an informational magazine article about a specific biome. Students spent weeks researching their topic utilizing print and digital resources. They then drafted a magazine article and typed it on the computer. Students also included relevant pictures to increase their reader's comprehension.

Cambridge Honors Pirate Pride Students at Cambridge Elementary have demonstrated exceptional Pirate Pride during the first semester of the school year. Students are awarded 'Pirate Pride Points' for being respectful, in control of their bodies, and doing the right thing every day. Each week students may turn in their points at the Pirate Exchange for certain privileges depending on the amount. The points are then put in a bin and collected over the semester. When it reaches a certain level a school-wide reward is achieved. For the first semester, Cambridge students earned a hat day, pajama day, and crazy hair day.

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Health and Wellness

Healthy Recipe: Whole-Wheat Apple Pancakes Ingredients 1 cup low-fat buttermilk 3/4 cup nonfat milk 2 large eggs 1 Tblsp honey 6 Tblsp pure maple syrup 1 medium apple, diced 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 3/4 cup whole-wheat four 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt

Healthy Recipe: Marinated Chicken Breasts


Preheat the oven to 250. Put the apple in a microwave-safe bowl and tightly cover with plastic wrap; microwave on high until softened, about 2 minutes. In a large bowl, whisk the flours, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a small bowl, whisk the buttermilk, nonfat milk, eggs and honey, then slowly add the dry ingredients, stirring until just combined. Heat a large nonstick griddle or skillet over medium heat. Spoon 1/4 cup batter onto the griddle for each pancake and sprinkle each with apple, then drizzle a little more batter over the apple. Cook until the tops are bubbly and the edges are dry, about 2 minutes. Flip and cook until golden brown, 1 to 2 more minutes. Keep the pancakes warm on a baking sheet in the oven while making the rest.

Exercise The 30 Day Plank Challenge Send your core strength through the roof! Yes, all you have to do is HOLD this position, nothing else! It looks pretty easy, but it isn't! Day 1 - 20 seconds Day 2 - 20 seconds Day 3 - 30 seconds Day 4 - 30 seconds Day 5 - 40 seconds Day 6 - REST Day 7 - 45 seconds Day 8 - 45 seconds Day 9 - 60 seconds Day 10 - 60 seconds Day 11 - 60 seconds Day 12 - 90 seconds Day 13 - REST Day 14 - 90 seconds Day 15 - 90 seconds

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Day 16 - 120 seconds Day 17 - 120 seconds Day 18 - 150 seconds Day 19 - REST Day 20 - 150 seconds Day 21 - 150 seconds Day 22 - 180 seconds Day 23 - 180 seconds Day 24 - 210 seconds Day 25 - 210 seconds Day 26 - REST Day 27 - 240 seconds Day 28 - 240 seconds Day 29 - 270 seconds Day 30 - PLANK FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE!!

Benefits of Plank Exercise: *It strengthens your lower back *It develops your core muscles – which include the abs, back, hips and the butt. *Helps you to avoid injuries and encourage good posture *Can be done anywhere *Develops your abdominals by targeting the rectus abdominis ENJOY this Challenge! Share with your friends to help motivate others!

1 to 2 tablespoons vinegar, like cider, balsamic, or red wine 2 to 3 teaspoons dried herbs (thyme, oregano, rosemary) 1 to 2 tablespoons mustard, whole grain or Dijon 1 to 2 teaspoon garlic or onion powder, optional 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast, each about 6 ounces Directions: Put the vinegar, herbs, mustard, powders if using and oil in a large re-sealable plastic bag. Close the bag and shake to combine all the ingredients. Open the bag, drop in the chicken breast in the bag. Close and shake the bag to coat evenly. Freeze for up to 2 weeks. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight, under cold, running water, or in the microwave at 30 percent power for 1 minute at a time. Heat a grill or grill pan. When the grill is hot, place the chicken on the grill and cook for about 4 minutes per side, or until cooked through. You can also bake the thawed chicken in a 375 degree F oven for 15 minutes, or until cooked through.

February is Dental Health Month

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Health and Wellness

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February is National Cancer Prevention Month Guidelines for Cancer Prevention can help you focus on what’s most important. 1. Choose mostly plant foods, limit red meat and avoid processed meat. 2. Be physically active every day in any way for 30 minutes or more. 3. Aim to be a healthy weight throughout life. Notice anything about them? Like, for example, how closely the advice for cutting cancer risk resembles advice for preventing other chronic diseases like heart disease and diabetes – not to mention for getting in shape? It’s true: these simple steps offer many different health benefits, and National Cancer Prevention Month is as good a time as any to start putting them into action. Choose mostly plant foods, limit red meat and avoid processed meat. You already know that limiting high-calorie treats is a good idea. But did you know that if you make an effort to prepare meals focused around vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans, you’ll help fortify your body against cancer? That’s what AICR’s groundbreaking expert report concluded. The report also found a convincing scientific link between red and processed meats and colon cancer, so it’s a good idea to limit red meat to 18 ounces of lean cuts per week and avoid processed meats like ham, hot dogs, sausage and bacon. Be physically active every day in any way for 30 minutes or more. Remember: Every day – in any way. That means you don’t need a gym membership – you just need to get your heart pumping. Being physically active for at total of least 30 minutes a day -- whether you’re walking, vacuuming, dancing or scuba diving – will lower your risk for colon cancer and possibly several other cancers as well. You might need to get more than 30 minutes a day in order to prevent weight gain – which is very important -- but you don’t have to do it all at once. Try breaking your activity into several 15- or 20- minutes sessions to fit your schedule. Aim to be a healthy weight throughout life. And what about that goal so many of us seek right after the holidays, a healthy weight? It’s the third key element that will help protect against chronic disease. In fact, carrying excess weight has been linked to six different types of cancer. The good news is that once you start following the first two guidelines about diet and physical activity, you’ll find it easier to accomplish this one. So this month especially, keep these three guidelines in mind and remember: It’s never too early and never too late to start making choices that improve your chances for good health (and good looks!) for 2009 and beyond.

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Box Top Drive

The school earns 10 cents for each Box Top!

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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!

Health & Wellness

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Kids Korner

Krafty Kids: With Valentine’s Day coming up, what better time to get creative than by making your own Valentines collection box. Use an empty Kleenex box, cereal box or Quaker Oats container, google eyes, pipe cleaners, some construction paper and other miscellaneous art supplies found around the house to create one of these cool boxes!

Cooking With Kids

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Peanut Butter Apple Sandwiches: Make a festive Valentine treat by spreading peanut butter between two slices of apple. Then take a heart shaped cookie cutter and slice down the core, remove, and eat. Get creative by adding raisins, granola, or graham cracker crumbs on top of the peanut butter. Delicious & nutritious!

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PTA Business Members

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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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