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Cambridge Connection – School Newsletter Note from Our PTA President

May 2014

Hope you are out enjoying the warmer weather after the bitter cold winter. I can’t believe we are approaching the last day of school. I know all the students are ready for summer; they are counting down the days. Are you ready? With the 2013-2014 school year coming to a close, I am happy to announce that the Cambridge Elementary PTA was instrumental in the completion of educational and exciting events and look forward to continuing the adventure next year. It has been my absolute pleasure to serve with this PTA team and Cambridge staff.

***Pirate PRIDE***

Contents Note from PTA Prez


Pirate Principle


School News


Health & Wellness


Box Tops


Bus. Memberships


Upcoming Events

5/21 – Summer Workshop & Gardening Activity 6:15 pm- 7:30 pm

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5/27 – Field Day

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5/30 – Last Day of School

6/30 – 7/17 - Summer School – Session 1 Begins 8:00-2:30

5/29 – Behavior Incentive Picnic

6/09 – 6/26 - Summer School – Session 1 Begins 8:00-2:30

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

Fax: (816) 348-1093

To date, the 2014-2015 PTA team has been established and we are looking forward to the up-coming school year and are ready to out-perform this year! The members of the board are Theresa Borntreger – President, Crystall McClain – Vice President of Programs, Kathleen Moffitt – Vice President of Memberships, Alice Montgomery – Secretary, and Emily Buckner – Treasurer. All parents and guardians are invited to join the adventure with the Cambridge Elementary PTA. We are looking forward to serving the students and families of Cambridge Elementary in the 2014-2015 school year. Thank you for your continued support of the Cambridge Elementary PTA. child, One voice.”


Crystall McClain Cambridge PTA President ***Pirate PRIDE***

GET YOUR YEARBOOK NOW!!! Yearbook sales are still going on. If you haven’t placed your order yet, don’t worry! We still have copies available for sale. Feel free to stop by the school office or send an email to Theresa Borntreger at

May’s Pirate Principle: Courage Courage means mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty. Courage is about being fearless, but trying out things that we might be afraid of. It is encouraging children to have a go at new experiences even though they feel initially afraid. There are so many fears that can come up - fear of not being liked, fear of failure, fear of getting hurt or fear of others. Encourage your child to be courageous today by doing something that they might feel is difficult. It often turns out to be much easier than we think as it is the fear that causes the issue. By encouraging children to follow their heart and dreams and not be limited by their fears will help them grow in confidence.

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School News

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ESL – Learning Made Fun! Creative ways for students to learn English as a Second Language (ESL) make learning fun. Kindergarten students have been working on 3-letter words. To learn how to write these words, students used shaving cream on their desks, making erasing and re-writing easy and fun. First grade students have been using comparing and contrasting tactics using a Venn Diagram (a diagram that shows all possible logical relations between a finite collection of sets). The first graders created podcasts of their comparisons, using the application, 30 Hands, a storytelling app that allows students to use images to tell a story. Second graders have been practicing reading comprehension and restating the question through answer stems. Third and fourth grade have been working on revving concepts for the MAP test and also made podcasts of math concepts explaining what was difficult for them in the past and the new understanding they have gained.

Students Counting Coins Students in Brandi Pope's first grade class are learning how to count coins. The students are using play money to practice counting by ones, fives, and tens. They are able to sort and determine the value of each coin and count out the correct amount of coins when given a specific amount. Students are very excited about counting their play money and are ready to help their parents count out money at the store.

Students Visit Kaufman Center On April 22, fourth grade students went on a field trip to the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. They participated in the 'Link Up: The Orchestra Rocks'. Link Up, a program of Carnegie Hall's Weill Music institute, pairs orchestras across the country with students in grades 3-5 to explore orchestral repertoire through a hands-on music curriculum. After studying the curriculum in the classroom, students participated in Link Up and attend a culminating concert where they sing and play recorder with the Kansas City Symphony, art created by students under the tutelage of Mrs. Sullentrup. We hope you enjoy!

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Jump Rope for Heart With the snow finally gone, the end of the school year is beginning to draw closer. There are exciting end-of-year events on the way in physical education at Cambridge Elementary. The first event coming up will be the annual Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser and celebration events. Jump Rope for Heart is a fundraiser through the American Heart Association and all of the funds raised will go to heart health research and disease prevention. Cambridge will have a kick-off assembly this month, then students will raise money for the cause, while also earning prizes for their effort. Students who raise at least $100 will win free passes to Sky Zone and an Arrowhead Stadium tour. Also coming up is Cambridge Field Day (May 27), an event that offers games and activities for students to participate in. Specific information about the date of the event and what each student will need during the event will be sent home soon. Cambridge is looking for parents who will be able to volunteer to work stations and ensure everything runs smoothly at the event. To volunteer for Field Day or for more information, please contact Cambridge at 816348-1008.

Field Trip to Recycling Center Third grade students recently went on a field trip to the Town and Country Recycle Center, located in Harrisonville. Students learned the importance of recycling and how the recycled items are processed. A Town and Country representative expressed the company's belief that recycling is the best method available to keep air, water and land clean. It conserves the Earth's natural resources and reduces the amount of waste that gets placed in the landfills.

Reading w/ Buddies Whitney Szczucinski's second grade class and Laura Fievet's kindergarten class at Cambridge Elementary are Reading Buddies. After Szczucinski read The Old Lady That Swallowed a Chick to her class, students recalled the main events in sequence and charted them. The students then had a Reading Egg Adventure in the Media Center by going on an egg hunt. The eggs were filled with a kindergarten fourth quarter sight word. Students read their words and then graphed the words by the number of letters. Next, they wrote sentences using each word. The students had a great time reading, learning and enjoying their buddies.

Respect Respect

Effort Effort

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Students Get Motivated for MAP Test To prepare for upcoming Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) testing this week, third and fourth grade students at made shirts and banners. The theme for this year's tests has been "Olympics: Going for the Gold". Each student created a shirt with the Olympic rings on the front and their class name on the back. These shirts are being worn every day for MAP testing this week. Each class also created a banner with the Olympic rings, using their hand prints. On April 27, students participated in a 'Torch Run' down the halls while other students in the building cheered them on. Students in grades K-2 also wrote notes and drew pictures of encouragement for all MAP testers.

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

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Behavior Incentive Reward!! PBIS is hosting a Behavior Incentive picnic on May 29 to celebrate students who have 0-3 focus room visits throughout the school year. If you would like to volunteer during the picnic, please contact Sarah Haag at or calling the office at (816) 3481008. Set up starts at 12:30 and ends at 3:30.

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Health and Wellness

LEMON SQUARES CRUST • 1 cup white whole-wheat flour or all-purpose flour • 1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar • 3 tablespoons cornstarch • 1/4 teaspoon salt • 3 tablespoons canola oil • 2 tablespoons butter, softened FILLING • 1/2 cup granulated sugar • 3 tablespoons cornstarch • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder • 1/8 teaspoon salt • 2 large eggs • 2/3 cup water • 1/3 cup lemon juice • Lemon zest for garnish • Confectioners’ sugar for garnish PREPARATION 1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8-inch-square baking pan with foil and generously coat it with cooking spray. 2. To prepare crust: Combine flour, confectioners’ sugar, 3 tablespoons cornstarch and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Add oil and butter; using your fingertips, blend into the flour mixture until evenly combined. The mixture will be a little crumbly. Firmly press the dough into the prepared pan. Bake the crust until just barely beginning to brown around the edges, 15 to 20 minutes. 3. To prepare filling: Whisk granulated sugar, cornstarch, baking powder and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl until well combined. Whisk in eggs. Stir in water and lemon juice. Pour the filling over the crust. 4. Bake until just set, 18 to 20 minutes. (The center should still be a little jiggly—it will firm up as it cools.) 5. Let cool to room temperature in the pan on a wire rack, about 1 1/2 hours. Gently lift out of the pan all in one piece using the edges of the foil. Cut into 9 squares. Garnish with lemon zest and dust with confectioners’ sugar, if desired, just before serving. Makes: 9 squares, 2 1/2 inches each

Skillet Gnocchi with Shrimp & Asparagus

INGREDIENTS • 1 TBL + 2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided • 1 16-oz pkg shelf-stable gnocchi • 1/2 cup sliced shallots • 1 bunch asparagus (about 1lb), trimmed and cut into thirds • 3/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth • 1 pound raw shrimp (26-30 per pound), peeled and deveined, tails left on if desired • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper • Pinch of salt • 2 tablespoons lemon juice • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese PREPARATION 1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add gnocchi and cook, stirring often, until plumped and golden in spots, 6 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl. 2. Add the remaining 2 teaspoons oil and shallots to the pan; cook over medium heat, stirring, until beginning to brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in asparagus and broth. Cover and cook until the asparagus is barely tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Add shrimp, pepper and salt; cover and simmer until the shrimp is pink and just cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes more. 3. Return the gnocchi to the skillet along with lemon juice and cook, stirring, until heated through, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat, sprinkle with cheese, cover and let stand until the cheese is melted, about 2 minutes. Makes: 4 servings, about 1 1/2 cups each


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May is National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month What is Skin Cancer? Skin cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells. It occurs when unrepaired DNA damage to skin cells (most often caused by ultraviolet radiation from sunshine or tanning beds) triggers mutations, or genetic defects, that lead the skin cells to multiply rapidly and form malignant tumors.

Prevention Guidelines Since its inception in 1979, The Skin Cancer Foundation has always recommended using a sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher as one important part of a complete sun protection regimen. Sunscreen alone is not enough, however. Read our full list of skin cancer prevention tips and share them with your friends and family. •

Seek the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM.

Do not burn.

Avoid tanning and UV tanning booths.

Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.

Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.

Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.

Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should be used on babies over the age of six months.

Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.

See your physician every year for a professional skin exam.

What You Need to Know! •

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than 3.5 million skin cancers in over two million people are diagnosed annually.

Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon.

One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.

The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that everyone practice monthly head-to-toe self- examination of their skin so that they can find any new or changing lesions that might be cancerous or precancerous. Skin cancers found and removed early are almost always curable. Learn about the warnings signs of skin cancer and what to look for during a self-examination. If you spot anything suspicious, see a doctor. Performed regularly, self-examination can alert you to changes in your skin and aid in the early detection of skin cancer. It should be done often enough to become a habit, but not so often as to feel like a bother. For most people, once months is ideal, but ask your doctor if you should do more frequent checks.

If you can spot it, you can stop it!

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KEEP SAVING THOSE BOX TOPS OVER THE SUMMER!! 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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We would like to extend a BIG THANK YOU to our PTA business supporters!

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