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Fifth Graders Wire a House The fifth grade recently completed a study of electric circuits, which began with learning how to make a complete circuit and an open and closed circuit. They then learned about series and parallel circuits and their uses. In order to easily turn their circuits on and off, they created their own switches. The next step involved applying their new knowledge to build and light their shoebox house. The students chose to use a simple circuit for each of five rooms that consisted of a bulb, bulb holder, battery, battery holder, switch, and wires. The resulting house was very well lit. Great job fifth grade!.

Fourth Graders Study Georgia History The fourth graders have completed their Georgia History unit. They all chose someone who was influential to or born in Georgia to report on. They had to create a poster with information about their person’s early life, their accomplishments, and interesting facts. To present their reports, they dressed as their chosen character. These characters included famous people such as Trisha Yearwood, Margaret Mitchell, and Julia Roberts. They also went to the third grade and gave a short line about who they were. As a final treat, students participated in a feast of Georgia foods including but not limited to hush puppies, Brunswick stew, fried chicken, okra, pecan pie, and biscuits. They had so much that they shared with the fifth grade. Thank you parents for helping with this fun event!


For the Love of Spanish ACA elementary students are fortunate to learn Spanish from Maria Castillo. Maria loves teaching Spanish, because it makes her feel that she's spreading her culture and her first language. Since she's been teaching at ACA, Maria has seen many of her students grow from preschool to entering college and beyond. It's fun for her to see the children grow and develop. Maria, a native of Cuba, came to the United States as a child and settled in Lake Charles, Louisiana, where she learned English. Eventually, she moved with her family to Miami, Florida, where she grew up, studied, married, and gave birth to two sons. Maria came to Alpharetta in 1996, when her husband was transferred with his work. She began working at ACA as a preschool assistant before becoming the elementary Spanish teacher, where she has been for approximately eleven years. When Maria is not teaching Spanish, she enjoys crocheting, knitting, gardening, and taking long morning walks with her dog Matty. She is a member of St. Benedict Catholic Church.

In the Office Jocelyn Givens is a familiar face at ACA. She not only works in the office but also works tirelessly as the school’s PTO President. When Jocelyn is not working on behalf of the school, she enjoys spending time with her husband, John, and her daughter, Sydney, and is an active member of North Point Community Church. She also loves crafting, shopping, and traveling. Her favorite stores are Neiman Marcus and Target, and her favorite vacation spot is Rome. Jocelyn was an Army child born in Paris, France, where she lived until she was fourteen. After her father retired from the Army, her family moved to Chicago. While in high school and in college, Jocelyn worked as a runway model for Wilhelmina. After graduating from Howard College in Washington, D.C. with a degree in finance and economics, she went to graduate school at the University of Alabama, where she met her husband. Thank you Jocelyn for all you do!


Pre-K Students Get All Fired Up

All pre-k classes took a walking field trip to the pottery studio All Fired Up. Before painting tiles, the children were encouraged to make a mental plan of what they would paint on their tiles before they began. During their visit, the children were given a tour of the kiln room.

Science With Mrs. Patti Patti Sadler has been with ACA for six years, and currently she is creating a love of science in our pre-school students. When she was hired to teach preschool science, she considered it a leap of faith and finds herself blessed that God has led her each step. Mrs. Patti says, “My heart’s desire is for children to learn and keep a sense of wonder about science, so as they get older it won’t be a subject to dread in their school years to come. I hope to help give them a positive foundation on which to be successful.” Upon accepting the science position, her verse became and still is “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:1 Patti is the youngest of eight children (four boys and four girls) from Bay City, Michigan. She graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in Child Development and started her first teaching job at the Salvation Army Day Care Center. She next moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where for fourteen years she taught pre-k and several science workshops for preschool teachers at a private school. Patti and her husband Don will be celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary this summer. They have one child, Natalie, who is a sophomore at Chattahoochee High School. In addition, their family includes a Welch Corgi named Kramer and a parakeet named Bird Bird. After spring break, they plan to adopt their second bearded dragon. They are members of Eastgate Church, where Patti participates in weekday Bible studies. Other than caring for pets, Patti enjoys shopping for antiques with her husband and daughter. They have purchased a turntable, and Mojo Vinyl on Canton Street in Roswell has become a favorite destination. The entire family has enjoyed buying albums and listening to the classic rock that Patti and Don listened to as teenagers. They also enjoy going to the beach and throwing the Frisbee.


Chick-fil-A Family Fun Night

The spring Chick-fil-A Family Fun Night was March 25 at the Chick-fil-A on Windward Parkway. Many families came with children in all age groups. The children enjoyed playing together, and the spinning prize wheel and the fundae bar were as popular as ever. Thanks to everyone’s overwhelming response, we raised close to $400 to buy needed items for our school.

Teddy Bear Parade The two year olds had fun with their annual Teddy Bear Parade. They made sleds out of shoe boxes for their teddy bears to ride in. With many of them dressed in their pajamas, they pulled their teddies around the halls to both their own delight and the delight of others. Of course, they were adorable!


Second Graders Study Famous Americans As part of the second grade study of famous Americans, each student chose an influential American to report on. When they presented their projects, they dressed up as their famous American.

Pre-K Classes Honor Their Mothers Each pre-K class held a Mothers’ Tea in the Cove to show their love and appreciation. There the children sang a song to their mothers such as “I Can’t Smile Without You” and presented them with a special handmade gift. The tea concluded with a light lunch of sandwiches and cake. Thank you, mothers, for all that you do!


Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! To commemorate the birthday of Dr. Seuss, the media center held a party for the elementary students. Pre-K students celebrated by dressing up as a Dr. Seuss character. Thank you, parents, for sending in food for parties and for helping your student with a costume!

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ACA Newsletter March 2014  
ACA Newsletter March 2014