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Cambridge Connection – School Newsletter Note from the Principal

November 2013

***Pirate PRIDE***

Contents Note from the Principal


Pirate Principle


School News


PTA Membership Form Health & Wellness

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Pumpkin Palooza Pics 10-11 Box Top Drive


Kid’s Korner


Can you believe November is here already? The school year is flying by. We’ve been hard at work to meet the high expectations set for each grade level. The teachers are closely monitoring students’ progress through assignments and assessments. The school work alone does not tell the whole picture of a students learning and knowledge acquisition. Teacher and parent Cambridge Elementary feedback is crucial. We appreciate everyone coming to Parent Teacher 109 W. Cambridge Conferences. However, conferences were likely Belton, MO 64012 very brief, due to the fact we have a very limited time to meet with everyone. I encourage Phone: parents to continue to have ongoing and (816) 348-1008 frequent communication with your child’s Fax: teacher. Please do not hesitate to visit, call or (816) 348-1093 email any questions you may have. One of our goals at Cambridge is to “establish a culture of respect within our school community through supportive relationships and effective communication.” Thank you for helping us achieve this goal! Warm regards, Michelle Biondo, Principal

This Month’s Pirate Principle: Integrity For November, we focus on the character trait of INTEGRITY: Always doing the right thing, no matter what. True integrity comes from honesty, taking personal responsibility and adhering to a code of moral values. Here are a few ways for integrity to shine in you:  Tell the truth - Don’t lie.  Keep your promises.  Treat others the same way that you would want to be treated: kindness, respect, compassion…

 Be yourself - don’t do the wrong thing just to “fit in”  If you see someone in need of help, do what you can to assist. When you show integrity in all that you do, people learn to trust you, believe in you, and you will excel in anything you put your mind to! Upcoming Events

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11/11 – Veteran’s Day 11/14 – Early Release 11/26 – Fall Party 11/27–11/29 – NO SCHOOL 11/28 – Thanksgiving Day

"For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, for love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends." Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Pirate Exchange Beginning the first day of school, students collect Pirate Points for a chance to earn school-wide incentives like Crazy Hair Day and Pajama Day through the school's Pirate Exchange. Students earn Pride Points by demonstrating positive behaviors that align with the core principles such as respect, responsibility, and safety. Students are able to cash in their Pride Points every week for rewards at the Pirate Exchange. Each teacher has a menu of rewards from which the students choose.

Apple Learning Last week, students in Charlotte Bradley's first grade class completed several activities about apples. After reading several fiction and non-fiction books about apples they labeled the parts of an apple based on what they learned. The students then tasted two apple varieties and voted for their favorite apple. The students graphed the results: 14 voted for red delicious and 8 voted for granny smith. To end the unit, the students used the apple they contributed to the class to make homemade applesauce. The first grade hallway smelled wonderful and the class enjoyed their homemade applesauce during snack time.

Music Students Practice Mallets During the month of October, third grade music students learned folk songs and playing instruments. The students pictured here have been working on using proper mallet technique when playing the instruments in music class. While singing 'Down to the Baker's Shop', students practiced playing the correct three notes at the proper time in the song using mallet instruments. Mallets were music to these student’s ears!

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Chicka, Chicka, Boom! Mrs. Bradley's class listened to the story 'Chicka, Chicka, Boom! Boom!' by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault. Afterwards, the students created their own coconut trees just like the ones in the book. They glued the letters in their first name climbing up the coconut tree. The students then counted how many consonants and vowels are in their name. The activity was a great way for the students to engage in learning.

Shape 'Rules' to Art First graders in Samantha Sullentrup's art class learned about the geometric shapes. Geometric shapes are those shapes that have 'rules'. For example, the rule for a square is that it has four sides all the same. The rule for a triangle is that it must have three sides and three corners. The students put shapes together to create an artwork about only lines, shapes, and colors. This kind of art is called Non-Objective Art, meaning it has no objects.

Belton Fire Dept Visits Cambridge! On Oct. 8, the Belton Fire Department visited Cambridge Elementary to conduct their annual message during Fire Prevention Week, Oct 6-12. This year's message was 'Prevent Kitchen Fires'. The Belton Firefighters explained that more fires start in the kitchen than in any other part of the home and told students how to keep cooking fires from starting in the first place and what to do if a fire starts. After the message, students were able to go outside and explore the fire truck. The Belton Fire Department will have their annual open house this Saturday, Oct. 12 from 11-2 at both fire stations.

Respect Respect

Effort Effort

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School News

4th Graders Write Memoirs Recently, students in Ms. Hemeyer's fourth grade class have been writing memoirs during writing workshop. They are practicing how to incorporate strong adjectives in memoir pieces. In one mini lesson, students generated a list of adjectives they could use to describe a pumpkin. Adjectives included: fat, hollow, spiky stem, orange, bumpy, smooth, and hard. Each student was then asked to write one of the adjectives from the list onto the classroom pumpkin then encouraged to add descriptive adjectives to their memoir piece.

Letters to Soldiers Third grade students in Travis Gowen's class completed letters for soldiers on active duty to let them know how much they appreciate what they do for their country. The letters will be sent to soldiers all over the world through the Operation Gratitude program. Operation Gratitude sends care packages filled with snacks, entertainment, and personal letters of appreciation to lift moral and bring a smile to the faces or our Armed Forces. For more information on Operation Gratitude, visit

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!! Fall Party: November 26 Parents and Siblings Invited


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Students Develop Writing Skills Lauren Goddard's third and fourth grade students have been working on narrative writing. Students are working on writing memoirs using a series of graphic organizers to guide their writing. They started by brainstorming an important event, describing the characters, the setting, and the problem. Students then drew pictures and described the beginning, middle, and end. The students also wrapped up their memoirs with a conclusion. These organizers will be the basis for their narrative pieces and will help keep students focused as they start their drafts.

Technology Assists in Learning No need to travel across America when we can see symbols of the United States on the computer screen. This week, students in Mrs. Elena Cooper's third Grade classroom at Cambridge Elementary used 'Ben's Guide to Government' website to combine technology and writing into a mini-research project when learning about United States symbols. Summarizing about landmarks and using the computer to cut and paste photos in Microsoft Word is just one of our entry-level lessons in the classroom.

Getting Physical with Fitnessgram Physical Education students recently finished up a fitness unit using the Pacer Test. This is a multi-stage aerobic capacity test that slowly gets more difficult as the test progresses through faster levels. Each level is approximately one minute long. The students get very competitive and want to reach the goals they have set for themselves and those set by the Fitnessgram test standards. It is a favorite event for P.E. teacher Robbie Corder due to the great effort everyone shows and even more impressive is how the other students cheer on their friends.

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School News October Pirates of the Month

The following students became the October 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!

Belton Tree Story Writing Competition On Oct. 15, Deanna Hodge's class welcomed a member of the Belton Tree Board, Julie Bresette. Mrs. Bresette came in to read the book 'The Ghost-Eye Tree' to the class as part of the Annual Belton Tree of the Year Contest. After reading this book that revolves around a spooky tree, she let the students know about the event, where participants write a story about a tree in Belton and take a picture of it, to send to the Belton Tree Board. 'The Ghost-Eye Tree' was a great example to show these kids how they could write a story that revolves around a specific tree. Students in Ms. Hodge's class were glad to hear the example story about the tree and many hope to compete for the first place prize of a $50 gift certificate.

Thanksgiving Day

Nov 22 - In the U.S. Thanksgiving is observed on the fourth Thursday in Nov. It was originally a holiday to give thanks to God for the harvest. Today it is an opportunity to give thanks for all the good things we have, especially our family. That’s why families get together for a Thanksgiving feast. Some traditional foods include a turkey, cranberry sauce, potatoes, sweet potato casserole, stuffing, vegetables, and pumpkin pie.

Veterans Day is Nov. 11. This day is a Federal Holiday held in honor of all those who served in the United States Armed Forces. This is different from Memorial Day which honors those who died while serving. Many schools and government agencies are closed on this day. If you see a veteran or soldier on Veterans Day, be sure to thank them personally for their service to our country!

Daylight savings time WHY DO WE SPRING FORWARD OR FALL BACK?? Did you know that Benjamin Franklin first suggested the idea of Daylight Saving Time – mainly to save on candles and coal and to give farmers more daylight to work in. Today, we spring forward and fall back to make better use of the daylight. Enjoy that extra hour of sleep as we fall back!

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Health and Wellness

November is Diabetes Awareness Month The vision of the American Diabetes Association is a life free of diabetes and all of its burdens. Raising awareness of this ever-growing disease is one of the main efforts behind the mission of the Association. American Diabetes Month is an important element in this effort, with programs designed to focus the nation's attention on the issues surrounding diabetes and the many people who are impacted it. Here are just a few of the recent statistics on diabetes: • Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. • Another 79 million Americans have pre-diabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. • The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion.

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No Bake Bumpy Peanut Butter Nuggets INGREDIENTS: 1/2 cup natural peanut butter 1/4 cup nonfat dry milk powder 1/4 cup unsweetened flaked coconut 1/3 cup rolled oats 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 cup wheat germ 1/4 cup unsweetened apple juice concentrate, thawed


Combine peanut butter, milk powder, and coconut in a large mixing bowl. Stir in oats, ground cinnamon, wheat germ, and apple juice concentrate until thoroughly combined.


Shape the mixture into 1 inch balls. Chill thoroughly before serving; store remaining nuggets in the refrigerator.

Prevent Type 2 Diabetes in Your Family This month, let’s come Together as a community to Stop Diabetes!

Regular activity is a key part of managing diabetes. Start Slowly. Check with your physician. Aerobic Exercise: brisk walking, dancing, bicycling, swimming, tennis, hiking, stair climbing. Strength Training: weight machines, resistance bands, lifting weights or objects, activities that build muscles. If you’re not used to being active, you can start with 10 minutes of walking each day and build as your fitness improves.

Pumpkin Pie for Dieters Ingredients 1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree 1 (1 oz) pkg instant sugar-free vanilla pudding mix 1/2 cup skim milk 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 1 (8 oz) container fat free frozen whipped topping

Directions In a medium bowl, mix together the pumpkin, milk, and instant pudding mix. Stir in the pumpkin pie spice, and fold in half of the whipped topping. Pour into an 8-inch pie plate, and spread remaining whipped topping over the top. Chill for 1 hour, or until set.

Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes, a serious disease in which blood glucose (blood sugar) levels are above normal. About one-third of people with diabetes do not even know they have it. Many people do not find out they have diabetes until they are faced with serious health problems. If someone in your family has type 2 diabetes, you are at risk for developing the disease. Gestational diabetes is found for the first time when a woman is pregnant. Women who have had gestational diabetes may be at increased risk for developing diabetes for the rest of their lives, and the child from that pregnancy is at increased risk for obesity and type 2 diabetes. You can take steps to prevent type 2 diabetes by making some lifestyle changes! If you’re overweight, losing 5% – 7% of your body weight can help. Here are some tips to help you do this: - Make healthy food choices, choose water to drink instead of sugary drinks, and eat smaller portions. - Be active at least 30 minutes, five days per week to help burn calories and lose weight. - Ask family members to be active with you. - Note the foods you eat and drink and the number of minutes you are active - review it daily to help you reach your goals. If you had gestational diabetes: - Get tested for diabetes 6 to 12 weeks after your baby is born, and at least every three years after that. - Breastfeeding your baby may lower your child’s risk for type 2 diabetes. - Talk to your doctor if you plan future pregnancies. - Try to reach your pre-pregnancy weight 6 to 12 months after your baby is born – even if you do not reach your ‘goal’ weight, research shows that a moderate weight loss if you are overweight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help reduce risk. - Remember that you are at increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes in the future. Follow a healthy lifestyle and encourage your family to join you. Stay at a healthy weight by making healthy food choices and moving more.

By taking these steps to prevent type 2 diabetes, you also are taking steps that can help lower your risk for other health problems such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, and nerve damage. That’s a big reward for you and your family!

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Pumpkin Palooza Fun

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PTA Pulls off Another Fantastic Pumpkin Palooza! On Oct. 17, Cambridge Elementary PTA hosted their Third Annual Pirate Pumpkin Palooza & Staff Chili Cook Off. The event included decorating pie pumpkins (generously donated by Johnson Farms), howling fun games ran by some fabulous A+ students, costume contest, Halloween photos and a chili supper served up by Cambridge staff. 10 staff members created there special chili and the winning recipes went to: Leslie Allen, Kristine McDonald and Elaine Wilson. Students could get their picture taken (you should have already received your child’s picture – if not, let us know and we’ll get it to you) and were entered in the costume contest. One boy and one girl from each grade was picked for best costume and awarded a bag filled with goodies. This even could not have been such a success without all of our volunteers! The PTA would like to thank Dr. Andrew Underwood and Jerry Miller, Board of Education member, for judging the chili cook-off (pictured here) and to all the wonderful people who helped to make this one of our most successful Paloozas ever!

Dr. Underwood, Mrs. Biondo, & Jerry Miller

Cambridge Elementary PTA Crew

Winners of the costume contest

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Family Fun and Games + Yummy Chili = Palooza Fun!

Photo Booth

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Box Top Drive

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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 Did you know? Male turkeys gobble. Female turkeys (aka hens) do not. They make a clucking noise!

Teacher: What are you thankful for on Thanksgiving? Student: I am thankful that I’m not a turkey!

Krafty Kids: Turkey Bouquet

Great Idea!

Cooking with Kids It’s APPLE Season! Bake up some miniApple Pies!

Have kids make one of these turkey flowers for each person in your family, and then arrange them together in a container for a wonderful Thanksgiving

centerpiece. Make It: Using an artificial sunflower or gerbera daisy, trim the petals from one side of the flower as shown. Make the turkey's face by gluing two googly eyes and a colored card-stock beak and wattle onto a large brown button or paper circle. Then glue the face to the flower center. Spell out "Give Thanks" using letter stickers on the side of a vase or container and arrange the flowers inside.

This simple recipe is fun and easy for kids to do. Adults should cut the apple into small slices or chunks before kids take over! Sprinkle apples slices or chunks with cinnamon sugar, put an ample amount of the apples inside crescent rolls, roll ‘em up, brush with melted butter, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and bake until golden brown. Enjoy! Apples are delicious & nutritious!

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Cambridge Elementary PTA President: Crystall McClain Vice President: Theresa Borntreger


Treasurer: Marci Swartz Secretary: Kristi Loehr

Name: __________________________________________________________ Address: ___________________________________State: MO Zip Code: _________ Phone Number: __________________ Email: ________________________________________ Student’s Name: ________________________________ Teacher: _____________________________

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*Membership Dues are $5.00 and includes Cambridge PTA, Missouri PTA and National PTA* Check all that apply: _________ I wish to receive a PAPER version of the PTA newsletter, Cambridge Connection. _________ I wish to receive an electronic version of Cambridge Connection at the email provided above. Email Address: _________________________________________________________________________ _________ I hereby grant Cambridge Elementary PTA permission to photograph my child(ren) for the purposes of school publications and or Cambridge PTA Facebook page. Parent/Guardian Signature:______________________________________________________________ Send this form back to school or drop off at the school office. All checks made payable to Cambridge PTA *There is a $10 returned check fee! FOR PTA PURPOSES ONLY: Amount Paid: $__________ Cash/Check # _________

Number of T-Shirts Purchased: ____________

Number of Memberships Purchased: _________

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PTA Card #: _____________ Date Processed: _____________ Initials:_________

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

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