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The contents of this free publication are copyrighted by Denton Publishing Company, 2008, a subsidiary of A.H. Belo Corp. (, NYSE symbol: AHC) with all rights reserved. Reproduction or use, without permission, of editorial or graphic content in any manner is prohibited. Kid Life is published monthly by Denton Publishing Company, 314 E. Hickory St., Denton, TX 76201. E-mail:

Inside this issue, students are seeing science in a new way with the help of a Girl Scout in high school who has spent time working with youngsters on making science more fun and engaging. Be sure to check out our recipe on Page 10, and the library’s suggested reading list on Page 11.

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March 2014 | Vol. 7, No. 7 Publisher: Bill Patterson

Angela Grimaldo and her daughter, Becky Gonzalez, create a tornado inside two 2-liter bottles. The science day at Guyer High School allowed young students and parents to learn more about science and critical thinking while having fun in the process.

TABLE OF CONTENTS Library events . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3 Denton ISD update . . . . . . . . . 4-5 Teachers & principal profiles . . . . 8 Health. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Lunchbox bites. . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Top of the List . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Kid Scoop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

Dawn Cobb 940-566-6879 P.O. Box 369 Denton, TX 76201

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Editor 940-566-6879

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March library events offered Twilight Toddler Time Stories, songs, & activities in this evening StoryTime for toddlers (ages 12-36 months) & their caregivers. Tue. 3/11 Emily Fowler Library 6:30 p.m. Welcome to the Library StoryTime Help us kick-off our Spring Break Spectacular with a special StoryTime all about books, reading, and, of course, the library! Ages 1-5. Wed. 3/12 North Branch Library 12:30 p.m. No Paintbrushes Allowed Bring your preschooler to the library for a sensory art experience using both unusual & everyday items to create open-ended works of art. We will read a book that ties into our item of the month & then create our works of art. Registration is required, call 3498752. Ages 3-5.

Tue. 3/18 Cars, Trucks & Things That Go North Branch Library 11 a.m.

months. Tue. 3/25 North Branch Library 11 a.m.

Art & Me Read the book & stay to create artwork or enjoy activities inspired by the story. Ages 2-5. Wed. 3/19 Green Eggs & Ham South Branch Library 10:00 a.m.

Baby & Toddler StoryTime This program for children ages 0-3 is designed to promote literacy & caregiver bonding through books, songs & fingerplays. Parents & children are invited to stay & get acquainted with one another after StoryTime. We will put out toys for the children to play with while the adults chat. Wed.3/19, 3/26 North Branch Library 7 p.m.

Toddler Dance Party Come shake your sillies out to tunes both familiar & new! Refreshments will be served. Ages 1 & up. Sat. 3/22 North Branch Library 11 a.m. Toddler Sensory Time: Rainbow Rice Come to the library for messy toddler fun! We will provide rainbow rice (rice colored with food coloring) for your toddlers to play with & we will clean up the mess they leave behind. Ages 18-36

Teddy Bear Parade Bring your teddy bear for some bear-y fun stories, songs, puppets & crafts. Join the parade around the library & the park (weather permitting). Ages 1-6. Wed. 3/26 Emily Fowler Library 11 a.m. Show & Tell at the Library Do your children have any

prized possessions they would like to show off? Have them bring their special things to our show & tell. Children will be able to talk to the crowd about their treasure & afterwards, Ms. Rebecca will help them find more books on those subjects Registration is required, call 349-8752. Ages 2-6. Wed. 3/26 South Branch Library 10:00 a.m. Garbage Truck Storytime Enjoy this trash-filled storytime as we read stories & sing songs about garbage trucks & trash. After storytime we will have a garbage man talk to us about his job, & provide us a live demonstration of how the garbage truck works. AGES Friday 3/28 South Branch Library 11 a.m. Preschool Play & Read Help your child’s early literacy skills while having fun as a family! For children ages 3-5 & their caregivers.

Sat. 3/29 North Branch Library 10 a.m.-noon Playdough Playtime Come for some play dough fun. We’ll provide the play dough & all the tools to make some great creations. Ages 2-8. Children 3 & under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. Sat. 3/29 Emily Fowler Library 10 a.m. Going on a Penguin Hunt Author Deborah Johnston will lead us on a journey as we read & learn about penguins. Ages 5-9. Sat. 3/1 South Branch Library 2:30 p.m. Weather Adventures Learn about weather from around the world & then participate in weather experiments & crafts. Ages 5-9. Thu. 3/6 Emily Fowler Library 4:30 p.m.

Library events Flying Feathered Friends Love bird watching? Join Danielle Bradley, State Park Interpreter, & learn to recognize common birds in our area by sight & sound. Participate in some fun bird-related activities. Ages 6 & up. Tue. 3/11 Emily Fowler Library 3 p.m. Weird Weather Learn about the science behind tornadoes,rainbows & more through hands-on experiments in this fun-filled program. Ages 6-9. Tue. 3/11 North Branch Library 3 p.m. Spring Break Spectacular Stuck at home this spring break? Join us for an afternoon of fun at the North Branch Library! These programs are for children of all ages. Welcome to the Library StoryTime 12:30 p.m. Open Arts & Crafts with Refreshments & Gregg the

Balloon Guy 1-3 p.m. Heard Museum Animal Ambassadors 3 p.m. Eat Some Spring Break Cake 4 p.m. Wed. 3/12 North Branch Library Open Arts & Crafts Join us for open-ended, comeand-go arts & crafts for all ages. All you need is creativity! Refreshments will be served and Gregg the Balloon Guy will be on hand to make you an awesome twisted creation. For children of all ages. Wed. 3/12 North Branch Library 1-3 p.m. Animal Ambassadors Come explore animals and their environment and see live animals. This program is presented by the Heard Museum and is best for ages 5 and up. Seating is limited and free tickets will be available starting an hour before the show

on a first-come, first-serve basis. Wed. 3/12 North Branch Library 3 p.m. Suminagashi Marbling Learn more about suminagashi, a paper marbling technique, & then use this technique to transform plain paper into vibrant, colorful decorative paper. Supplies are limited, & registration is required, call 349-8752. Ages 6 & up. Wed. 3/12 Emily Fowler Library 3 p.m. Cave Painting Adventures Who was the first cave painter? We explore this idea in the imaginative story The First Drawing by Mordicai Gertstein. Then we will make some cave art of our own. Ages 5-9. Thu. 3/13 Emily Fowler Library 4:30 p.m. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Library

Take a fantastical trip to the Chocolate Library. We will enjoy activities & crafts based on the book, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl. Thu. 3/13 South Branch Library 3:30 p.m. LEGO Builders Club – new time! Drop in & get creative by building with the library’s LEGOs. All LEGOs provided by the library (please don’t bring your own). Ages 6 & up. Fri. 3/14, 3/21 Emily Fowler Library 4:30 p.m. Earthquake! Do you love natural disasters? Find out more about earthquakes & conduct some edible experiments. Ages 5 -9. Thu. 3/27 South Branch Library 3:30 p.m. Crafty Kids Create arts & crafts at this open-

ended, come-and-go program. We provide the craft materials & all you need is your creativity & imagination! For children of all ages; children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. 3/28 It’s Springtime! Fridays North Branch Library 3-5 p.m Edible Art for Teens Do you enjoy food? Do you enjoy art? Join us to make pretty & tasty creations. Please register for program at least 2 days prior to event by calling 349-8752. Tue. 3/11 Rainbow Treats 3:30 p.m. South Branch Library Teen Crafternoon: Black Out Poetry Make new works of art using old books. Please register for program by 3/19 by calling 349-8752. Fri. 3/21 South Branch Library 4:30 p.m.



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Denton ISD Update Guyer High Girl Scout earns Gold for children’s science project Steve Prachniak and his daughter Katie watch as Guyer High School students crush heated cans with ice water. In addition to observational experiments like this and testing the density of solid objects, students were able to get up close to view chemical changes and flaming bubbles.

By Brian Maschino University of North Texas Communications Intern

There’s a brisk, chilling breeze rolling over the parking lot. While most student are enjoying their Saturday morning cartoons, for others there’s much science to be accomplished. Bailey Cage, senior at Guyer High, had been planning an event to complete her 11-year-goal: Earn her Girl Scout Gold Award. “I just wanted to do something with science and kids,” Bailey said. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest honor for Girl Scouts and opens the door to many scholarship and collegiate opportunities. Her project, a science day on Feb. 1, gave elementary students the opportunity to join high schoolers and experience science in a new way. Learning about density, dry ice, chemical reactions and an explosive, flame-filled finale, the entirely student-run event sparked interest and wonderment in young students. “I love science. I can’t believe the table didn’t catch on fire when they put fire on it! The school has got to be fireproof,” Savannah Nicole, McNair Elementary student, said. To complete her Gold Award, Bailey needed 80 hours of community service – 20 hours of leadership, 40 hours of planning the project and another 20 hours for the implementation of the service project. In addition, Bailey wanted to help inspire children to think more critically. “Not many schools have organic chemistry as a class. This one kid was just so ecstatic, he went crazy. It feels good to make these kids smile and be excited about science,” Bailey said. All morning, kids and parents went station to station to see science in action. With tour guides leading the way, there was a sense of structure and careful consideration to every science experiment

Photo courtesy of the Denton school district

presented. Parents, along with their children, were in awe to things they had never seen before. A clear impression was left all across the board, with the center of focus all on the fact that Bailey Cage organized and thought up the science day. “She’s got this organized really well. Any kid looks up to older kids, so for an older kid to be facilitating something like this is really neat,”

said Steve Prachniak, father of a Hawk Elementary student. However, Bailey pulled off the event after a disappointment from last year, in which her original project – a special needs event – fell through. “They were thinking very small and Bailey was thinking very grandiose. She and I got together and decided we would go grandiose and just do it ourselves,” said Paula Robinson, Guyer High chemistry

teacher and event supervisor. With sinking coke cans, tornadoes in water bottles and flaming bubbles, the students enjoyed a fun and educational Saturday morning. Bailey had considered about leaving Girl Scouts; a decision she is thankful she didn’t do. “When I was 12 years old I was like, ‘Oh, this isn’t cool.’ My mom made me go to all the meetings and then I found camp and fell back in

love,” she said. Now at the end of her senior year, Bailey’s goal has been met and she expects to attend the University of North Texas to study biology. From there, she plans to attend Texas A&M and major in veterinary medicine. On looking back at her journey, Bailey said she regrets nothing. “My mom made me do it and I love her for that. It has definitely been worth it,” Bailey said.

STAR STUDENT AINSLEY DUNBAR BUSS My favorite school subject is: Language Arts

Name: Ainsley Dunbar Buss Nickname: Bug Community/school activities: Student Leadership Team, piano

Two people I’d most like to meet are: President Barak Obama and Nathan Fillion

School/grade: Savannah Elementary/ 5th Grade

What’s in my iPod/CD player right now: Amazing Grace

Birthdate/place: October 27/ Las Vegas, Nevada

When I finish school I plan to: go to college and get my degree in architecture

Family: My dad, my mom and my little sister Harper

My hobbies are: reading and watching TV

The best book I ever read was: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Notas sobre su zona escolar Jovencita Girl Scout de la Preparatoria Guyer gana medalla de Oro por el proyecto de ciencias de niños

Photo courtesy of the Denton school district

Hay una vigorosa y escalofriante brisa en el estacionamiento. Mientras que la mayoría de los estudiantes están disfrutando de sus dibujos animados el sábado por la mañana, para otros hay mucha ciencia que terminar. Bailey Cage, senior (12vo grado) de la Preparatoria Guyer, había planeado un evento para completar su objetivo del 11año: Ganar la Medalla de Oro de Girl Scouts. “Yo sólo quería hacer algo con la ciencia y los niños”, dijo Bailey. El Premio de Oro de las Girl Scouts es el honor más alto para las Girl Scouts y abre la puerta a muchas oportunidades de becas y colegiaturas. Su proyecto, un día de ciencia, el 1de febrero, le dio la oportunidad a los estudiantes de primaria para unirse a adolescentes de preparatoria y experimentar la ciencia de una nueva manera. Aprendiendo sobre densidad, hielo seco, las reacciones químicas y un explosivo final lleno de llamas, el evento, dirigido totalmente por los estudiantes despertó el interés y la pasión de los jóvenes estudiantes. “Me encanta la ciencia. ¡No puedo creer que la mesa no se incendió cuando pusieron fuego en ella! La escuela tiene que ser a prueba de fuegos”, dijo Savannah Nicole, estudiante de la primaria McNair.

Para completar su Medalla de Oro, Bailey necesitaba 80 horas de servicio a la comunidad - 20 horas de liderazgo, 40 horas de planificación de proyecto y otras 20 horas para la ejecución del servicio del proyecto. Además, Bailey quería ayudar a inspirar a los niños a pensar más críticamente. “Muchas escuelas no tienen química orgánica como una clase. Este chico estaba tan sorprendido, que se volvió loco. Uno se siente bien al ver a estos niños sonreír y verlos entusiasmados acerca de la ciencia”, dijo Bailey. Toda la mañana, los niños y sus padres fueron de estación a estación para ver la ciencia en acción. Con guías que dirigían el camino, había un sentido de estructura y una consideración cuidadosa a cada experimento de ciencias presentado. Los padres, junto con sus hijos, estaban pasmados de las cosas que ellos nunca habían visto antes. Quedó una clara impresión, con el centro de atención en el hecho de que Bailey Cage pensó y organizó el día de la ciencia. “Ella organizó todo esto muy bien. Cualquier niño admira a los jóvenes mayores, por lo tanto, para un adolescente poder facilitar algo como esto es genial,” dijo Steve Prachniak, padre de un estudiante de la primaria Hawk. Sin embargo, Bailey se salió del evento después de una

decepción del año pasado, en el que su proyecto original evento de necesidades especiales - no se pudo lograr. “Ellos pensaban muy poco y Bailey tenía pensamientos grandiosos. Ella y yo nos unimos y decidimos que seríamos grandiosas y que sólo lo haríamos nosotras”, dijo Paula Robinson, maestra de química de Guyer y supervisora del evento. Con latas de refrescos hundidas, tornados en botellas de agua y burbujas de llamas, los estudiantes disfrutaron de una divertida y educativa mañana del sábado. Bailey había pensado dejar las Girl Scouts, una decisión que ella está agradecida de no haberlo hecho. “Cuando yo tenía 12 años yo estaba como, ‘Oh, esto no es divertido”. Mi mamá me hizo ir a todas las reuniones y luego encontré el campamento y volvió a encantarme”, dijo. Ahora, en el final de su año de graduación, Bailey ha cumplido su objetivo y ella espera asistir a la Universidad del Norte de Texas para estudiar biología. Desde allí, ella planea asistir a Texas A&M y hacer su especialidad en medicina veterinaria. Al mirar hacia atrás en su camino, Bailey dijo que no lamenta nada. “Mi mamá me obligó a hacerlo y la amo por haberlo hecho. Sin duda alguna, valió la pena”, dijo Bailey.


March 2014

Kid Clubhouse

Artistic Endeavors

Students in Lindsey Garrison’s art classes at Houston Elementary recently discussed the purpose and function of various forms of masks in the workplace, art and society as a whole, leading to the creation of paper mache masks by fifth graders (clockwise from top left) Ali Gunn, Ayla Moore and Karla Alonso. Mrs. Garrison’s students also studied the work of artist Wayne Thiebaud and the Pop Art Movement, leading to this creation by second grader Mateo Mariona.

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Birth flower: Daffodil

Peace Corps established (1961)

Visit for more information on Denton Independent School District events and holidays. Moon phases taken from Learn more about the historical events and information on this calendar by visiting the Encyclopedia Britannica at


9 Musician Ornette Coleman born (1930)







First issue of Time published (1923)

Composer Antonio Vivaldi born (1678)







Spring Break

Spring Break

Spring Break

Spring Break

Spring Break

Musician James Taylor born (1948)






Musician Nat King Cole born (1917)

First monoplane flies 40 feet (1906)




24th - Exxon Valdez oil spill (1989)

British Parliament abolishes slave trade in British West Indies (1807)

U.S. Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O’Connor born (1930)

Eli Whitney receives patent for cotton gin (1794)



Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Civil rights activists begin protest march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama (1965)

published in book form (1852)


28 Bandleader Paul Whiteman born (1890)



Head of the Class


March 2014

Barbara Gatlin is 2013 Jostens Newton Rayzor Teacher of the Year

Barbara Gatlin has spent almost her entire 15-year career as a Denton ISD teacher. Mrs. Gatlin is a former business professional, who decided to become a teacher. She began her career as a middle school teacher in Aubrey ISD before joining the staff at Newton Rayzor Elementary in 1999. She remains at the school today, serving as an inclusion teacher. Mrs. Gatlin is a member of the Association of Texas Professional Educators and campus leadership team. She has also co-taught staff development on a variety of subjects. Mrs. Gatlin is a graduate of the University of North Texas, where she received her bachelor’s degree in business administration. Her teaching philosophy: “A

teacher should provide hands-on activities and adequate time to explore and reinforce the lesson so students are able to construct more meaning and knowledge on their own.�

Isabel Villarrel is 2013 Jostens Rivera Teacher of the Year Isabel Villarreal has spent all but two of her 12-year teaching career with Denton ISD. Ms. Villarreal began her career as a preschool teacher in Little Elm ISD. She joined the staff at Thomas Rivera in 2004 as a bilingual first grade teacher and later as a bilingual fifth grade teacher. She remains at the campus today as a fourth grade bilingual teacher. Ms. Villarreal is a member of the Association of Texas Professional Educators and has served as a PDS Lead Mentor for the University of North Texas for the past three years. She is also serves on several Denton ISD committees including: Teacher Communication, EXPO, Educational Leadership, Dual Language, Bilingual Textbook Adoption and Literacy Activities. Ms. Villarreal is a graduate of Texas Woman’s University where

Meet Ryan Elementary assistant principal Patricia Jameson Name: Patricia Jameson Nickname: Patty My School: Wayne Stuart Ryan Elementary My School’s mascot: Wranglers Where you were born: I was born in Buffalo, New York, but moved to Southeast Texas by the age of 7. I miss the snowfall of New York. However, I never had to drive in those conditions! My favorite food is: That’s tough, my husband is an excellent chef‌probably his World Famous Pancakes, but I love a great steak too! My favorite color is: Maroon and White‌GO AGGIES! My favorite subject in school was: Writing was always my favorite subject, probably because there was complete freedom when considering word choice and expression! My favorite teacher was: Mr. Rogers was my 6th grade Language Arts teacher and Social Studies teacher. He required us to know all the capitals of every state and country, and was notorious for insisting we knew all parts of speech and used correct grammar! Those who know me know this is a particular pet peeve of mine as well! My most memorable moment as a child was: I have many fabulous child-hood memories, but playing golf in Wildwood, walking through the mud when Lake Kimble was drained, and snow-skiing with my family on vacation are just a few. Do you have any pets? Yes! I have a

Doberman named Amstel and beautiful kitten named Latte, who are best of friends and spend hours playing with each other! My hobbies are: I love being outdoors so gardening, and going to the beach are right up there with favorites but I also love to scrapbook and make other fun crafts! The best movie I’ve ever seen is: The Blindside is probably one of my favorite movies because I have a very strong passion for underdogs and always see the best in those who struggle. My favorite thing about my school is: The diversity among staff and students is probably my school’s favorite attribute, because it reminds me every day that I have more to learn!

she received her bachelor’s degree in business administration. Her teaching philosophy: “I want students to envision themselves as what they want to be one day, that way they realize that it is possible to reach the goals they set for themselves by making education a priority.�

Make school attendance a top priority. Schedule appointments to avoid missing classes if possible.

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BookCents fundraiser to benefit Denton ISD libraries The definition of recycle is to process used materials in an effort to make them able to be reused again. The seventh annual BookCents fundraiser, scheduled for March 27-30 in the food court at Golden Triangle Mall, aims to do just that – without having to use a machine in the process. A partnership between the Denton Community Council of PTAs, Denton ISD and Denton Public School Foundation, BookCents tries to put books that others have already read and enjoyed and put them in the hands of others to enjoy. It’s a form of recycling, but with the purpose of helping Denton ISD’s school libraries. “It’s a great program because it allows for lots of great books to be passed on to others and not end up in the landfills,” said Book Cents Chair Stacey Ogden Pascullo. “By offering a place to purchase books for $2 or less, the fundraiser provides an affordable way to promote reading, help the community, support the school libraries and recycle – all at the same time.” The sale features book of all varieties (fiction, travel, cooking, children’s, etc.) at a price

that the majority of families can afford. And a portion of the proceeds from the event benefit school libraries through books, technology and materials. More than $2,000 was awarded to school libraries across the district last year, with the larger portion of funds going directly to the campuses with the larger percentage of books donated, said Ms. Ogden Pascullo. The rest of the funds raised benefit PTAs and the Denton Public School Foundation with the money going toward student scholarships, teacher enrichment grants and training grants for local PTA chapters. Denton ISD libraries also receive proceeds from the DPSF for further campus initiatives. Each campus collected book donations from its families and their neighborhood community, allowing everyone wanting to “recycle” books to get involved. Placing BookCents in a centralized location also allows the entire community to come out and support their local schools. “It has been great to partner with Golden Triangle Mall because of the ease of getting to the sale no matter where you live [in the district]. The weekend and evening hours have

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ily. BookCents will continue throughout the weekend with free admission and hours of 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. March 28 and March 29. Hours for Sunday, March 30, are 12 to 6 p.m. For more information on the sale or to volunteer, contact Ms. Ogden Pascullo at or the Denton ISD Communications office at (940) 369-0007.

Achievers Gymnastics Summer Camp Program 2014 We Teach Kids to “Achieve”. New format for 2014 - More affordable

Early drop off 8:00 to 9:00am – add $10.00 daily per family Late Pick Up from 4:00 to 5:00pm – add $10.00 daily per family For both add $18.00 daily per family Celebrating 22 Years of Excellence 1992-2014

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smart with your choices. Bringing fresh fruit like a banana or an apple has plenty of nutrients and minerals children need to think clearly and grow. Other smart choices that have protein, dairy or grains include: popcorn, whole grain crackers, yogurt, cheese sticks or even a peanut butter sandwich. Remember that making wise decisions shows your parents that you are becoming more responsible, so be smart when picking your snacks away from home too. When you’re at home for Spring Break, or even on vacation, choose juice, milk or water over a soda. Junk food may taste good initially, but it won’t make you feel good over the long run and it rarely has anything healthy benefits. Show your parents and friends that being smart means snacking smart. It will be another way to show that you know that healthy snacks will give you energy now and help you grow and be healthy in the future. - Jonita Widmer, Director of Health Services -Denton ISD


Do you get hungry during class? School starts at 7:50 a.m. and ends at 2:50 p.m. for all Denton ISD elementary students, and that’s not even factoring in beforeor after-school activities. Snacks are important to keep your energy up and keep you focused in the classroom. Every school has different lunch schedules, so some grades might be eating at 10:45 a.m. while other students may not be getting to lunch until close to 1 p.m. To help students deal with these long stretches without food, some teachers allow students to have snacks in class. But just because it’s snack time, doesn’t mean it’s junk food time. In fact, junk food won’t do much to get your energy levels going. Sure, the initial sugar rush of snack cakes, cookies or candy may give you a jolt, but once your blood sugar comes crashing down, you’ll probably feel worse than you did when you were hungry. Snack time is designed to help you think and regain focus, so be

also allowed us more flexibility for families to come to the sale to shop, and provided us the bonus of increased foot traffic from people who are shopping at the mall,” Ms. Ogden Pascullo said. The BookCents kickoff is set for Thursday, March 27 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and has a $5 admission charge per person or $10 per fam-

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Call Achievers at 940-484-4900 New this year - sign up/pay online at:

TUES. & THURS. • 9AM-NOON (Must be potty trained) $65 - 2 days per Week $220 for any 4 Weeks ($55.00 a week) $40.00 - One Day

W E E K LY T H E M E S & T R I P S ! Theme

Field Trip

WK 1

June 10/11/12

Let‛s Go to the Beach Week Water Works - Denton

WK 2

June 17/18/19

Barnyard Palooza

WK 3

June 24/25/26 Party In the USA

Frank Buck Zoo - Gainesville Water Works - Denton


July 8/9/10

Challenge Week

WK 5

July 15/16/17

Achievers Got Talent Week Water Works - Denton

WK 6

July 22/23/24 Around the World in 80 days Cinemark Movie

WK 7

July 29/30/31

Hawaiian Hullabaloo

Hawaiian Falls - Roanoke

WK 8

Aug 5/6/7

Emergency Services Week

Tour Denton Fire Dept.

WK 9

Aug 12/13/14

Pirates & Treasure Hunters Water Works - Denton

Ages 6-17 TUE / WED / THUR. • 9AM-4PM $126 Full Day All 3 Days $384 Full Day any 4 Weeks (That’s only $96 a week) $60 Full Day – 9-4 $45 Half Day – 9-12 or 1-4

Lone Star Skate Park

Discounts: 20% for additional siblings 10% discount off all fees if paid in full by May 25th

$25.00 Non-Refundable Deposit Due At Signup The field trips are optional and there will be an additional charge. Field trips are for school age campers only and you must do a full day of camp to go on a field trip. You must sign up for field trips by the Tuesday prior to the day of the trip in order for us to arrange transportation. After that we cannot guarantee your camper will be able to participate in the field trip.


Lunchbox Bites

10 March 2014

Lemon yogurt bars Makes 10 Servings Prep Time: 20 min Cook Time: 50 min Ingredients For filling: 1 cup confectioner’s sugar 1/2 cup cornstarch 2 large egg yolks 2 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 cup fat free milk, divided 2 1/2 cups lowfat or fat free lemon yogurt 1 tablespoon lemon zest For frosting: 1 1/2 cups lowfat or fat free lemon yogurt 1 cup confectioner’s sugar 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries and raspberries 1/2 (17 ounce package) ready-tobake frozen puff pastry sheet, thawed Preheat oven to 400º F. On a floured surface, roll out puff pastry to 11” x 16”. Cut in half lengthwise and place both halves on an ungreased baking sheet. Pierce pastry with fork in several places. Bake 7-10 minutes or until puffed and golden. Cool on

rack. Blend confectioner’s sugar, cornstarch, egg yolks, sugar, vanilla and 2 tablespoons of the milk in medium bowl with a whisk. Set aside. Bring remaining milk (3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons) and 2 1/2 cups yogurt to a boil in a medium saucepan, while whisking. Stir hot milk-yogurt mixture into sugar, confectioner’s sugar, egg and cornstarch mixture and blend thoroughly. Return to saucepan. Cook, stirring constantly, over medium heat for 4-5 minutes or until thickened to pudding consistency. Remove from heat and stir in lemon zest. Refrigerate mixture for 20 minutes. On a clean surface or large cutting board, spread the thickened, slightly-cooled filling on one piece of the pastry. Refrigerate additional 20 minutes, or until set. For frosting, combine yogurt and confectioner’s sugar in small bowl. Cover and refrigerate if not used immediately. To assemble, place the plain

piece of puff pastry on top of piece with filling on it. Frost. Keep chilled until ready to serve. Before serving, slice into 10 bars. Top with berries, and if desired, dust with additional confectioner’s

sugar. - Recipe provided by 3-EveryDay, The National Dairy Council Nutritional Facts Calories: 360 Total Fat: 11 g

Saturated Fat: 3 g Cholesterol: 45 mg Sodium: 140 mg Calcium: 20% daily value Protein: 8 g Carbohydrates: 58 g

Adopt-a-School tour, brunch set for March 6 The Denton school district’s Adopt-aSchool: Partners in Education Program will present a tour and brunch for local real estate agents, business leaders and educational partners on March 6. The “2014 Our Future … Our Heritage” tour and brunch will kick off at 9:30 a.m. at Los Toreros Restaurant, 2900 Wind River Lane. Attendees of the free event will be the first to view the district’s newest school site in the Lantana area, currently known as Elementary School No. 22, and will receive updates on school attendance boundaries and on the district’s fourth traditional high school, which will be built in the U.S. 380 Corridor. District officials will also present information about the International Baccalaureate and other special programs at Denton High School, and participants will receive other

school district information, including a book of essays on “Why Denton ISD Is the Place to Be,” written and illustrated by local fourthand fifth-graders. Some attendees will receive free “bus bag” prizes, according to district officials. Sponsors for the tour and brunch include: 380Guide Magazine; Achievers Gymnastics;

Balfour Beatty; Bill Utter Ford; Cartwright’s Ranch House; CBS Mechanical Inc.; Denton dentist Daniel W. Fuller; DATCU Credit Union; Denton Area Retired School Personnel Association; Denton Municipal Electric; Denton Record-Chronicle; Devon Energy; Flower Mound law firm Elsey & Elsey; First Baptist Church of Denton; First

State Bank; First United Methodist Church; Gold Landscape Inc.; Hero’s the Party Experience; James Wood Autopark; Jimmy Brown Realtors; Jostens; Republic Property Group; Denton family law firm Lewis & Passons; Denton real estate agents Marti Kay and Lana Gay, “The Sister Team”/Real T Team; Meridian Bank Texas; Denton dentist Norman Pomerance; Northstar Bank of Texas; O’Bryan’s Carpet Cleaning Inc.; Pecan Creek Pediatrics/Glenna Harris, a Denton pediatrician and school board member; Denton law firm Sawko & Burroughs; Stocker Woods Financial Inc.; Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton; Thomas’ Ethan Allen Interiors; VLK Architects and Wells Fargo. Seats are still available for the event. To participate, contact Sharon Cox, director of communications and community relations, at or 940-369-0006.




Goldilocks and Just One Bear by Leigh Hodgkinson, 2012 Unpaged, ages 3-7 Little Bear, all grown up, finds himself lost in a noisy, busy city where he happens to bump into someone with golden hair who remembers exactly how he likes his porridge. Yummy by Lucy Cousins, 2009 121 pages, ages 3-6 The acclaimed creator of Maisy revamps eight classic stories, from Little Red Riding Hood to The Musicians of Bremen, retaining all the emotion and humor from the original fairy tales. Oliver and His Alligator by Paul Schmid, 2013 Unpaged, ages 3-6 Picking up an alligator from a nearby swamp when he feels nervous about his first day of school, little Oliver uses his alligator to scare away his problems until his loneliness prompts him to make a brave decision. I Broke My Trunk! by Mo Willems, 2011 57 pages, ages 3-6 Gerald the elephant tells his best friend Piggie a long, crazy story about how he broke his trunk. When Bob met Woody : The story of the young Bob Dylan by Gary Golio, 2011 Unpaged, ages 6-10 This picture book biography follows a young Bob Zimmerman as he renames himself after his favorite poet, Dylan Thomas, and leaves his mining town to pursue his love of music in New York City. There, he meets his folk music hero Woody Guthrie, changing his life forever.

{MOVIES} Madeleine (1998) Of the famous twelve little girls living in two straight lines, the smallest one is fearless Madeline. But something is not right at the boarding school in Paris run by Miss Clavell: the house next door is now the Spanish Embassy, kind Lady Covington has died, and Lord Covington is busily plotting to sell the school! Madeline springs into action - befriending the lonely Spanish boy next door, refusing to eat a chicken she has personally met, and facing down Lord Covington as he escorts a prospective buyer through the school. Madeline’s perceptiveness, courage, and willingness to stick to her principles—along with Miss Clavell’s calm reserve—allow everyone to face their fears with similar aplomb, to thus save both the day, and the school. Rated PG Curious George (2006) Ted, the explorer with a large yellow hat, is good friends with Bloomsberry. Bloomsberry runs a natural history museum. His greedy son, Bloomsberry Junior, wants to tear down his dad’s museum and put a parking garage in its place, but the elder Bloomsberry is convinced that a spectacular new exhibit could save the museum from the wrecking ball. Ted heads to Africa on an expedition to find some special artifacts that will keep his friend in business. While he is in Africa, he befriends a playful monkey he calls George. While George is friendly, he has a taste for mischief and seems to always get Ted in trouble. Ted thinks he has seen the last of George when his ship heads back to America, but discovers that George managed to hide aboard the boat before it sailed. Ted and his good friend Maggie struggle to find of a way to save Bloomsberry’s museum. Rated G Marmaduke (2010) In this fun family comedy, the ‘Duke’ is livin’ large in Orange County, California. But fitting in with his new four-legged friends isn’t always easy for a super-sized teenage dog. Rated PG Disney’s Robin Hood (1973) A long time ago, in a faraway land, legend tells an extraordinary tale of courage and friendship: Heroic Robin Hood. Along with his trusted companion Little John and his devoted band of merry men, Robin Hood conjures up one famously funny and daring deed after another to outfox greedy Prince John and bring happiness to the residents of Sherwood Forest. Rated G

- Here are the top five picks from Bill Smith, Youth Services Library Assistant at the South Branch Library

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