Building “Tree”mendous Kids
December 16, 2009 We inspire and empower individuals to achieve personal and academic excellence in a dynamic learning community. Twin Lakes is proud to be an “A” school for the eighth year in a row!
VOLUME 12, ISSUE 9
WINTER BREAK December 17th – January 3rd School Closed IMPORTANT NOTICES HAPPY HOLIDAYS . . . The faculty and staff of Twin Lakes Elementary would like to wish everyone a very happy and safe holiday season. We hope everyone can enjoy the time with family and friends. We look forward to seeing everyone back at school on Monday, January 4, 2010.
EMERGENCY INFORMATION . . . Parents, it is critical that we have accurate emergency contact information listed on your child’s blue card. We have had several occasions where we have been unable to contact parents because the phone numbers that we have on file are no longer correct. Please make sure that we have the most up-to-date way of contacting you, should the need arise. This includes home, work and cell phone numbers. Thank you for your cooperation.
5th GRADE SPELLING BEE . . . On December 2, 2009 the first round of the 2009-2010 Twin Lakes Spelling Bee was held, with students given 50 words to spell on paper. The following students were the top spellers in the first round: Brandi Higginbotham, Namratha Tarigopula, Sally Rogers, Isabella Amador, Gillian Schrader, Isabella Wagner, Adya Kumar, Haley Lee, Kamill Hicks, Nick McGee, Andrea Maduro, Ally Boatwright, Hannah Mendoza, John Clark, Sarinda Samarasinghe, Eric Mosley, Naveen Perisleta, Julio Mendez, Nadia Rameriz, Anastasia Vitale, Max Hirsch, Malick Toure, and Morgan McKamey. These top spellers then moved on to round two which was an oral spelling bee. The 23 students had some very tough words to spell. Our 2009-2010 Spelling Bee Champion is Julio Mendez and the runner up is Malick Toure. Julio will move on to the first round of the county spelling bee in January. Congratulations to all our Wildcat spellers!
BJ’S HOLIDAY NIGHT. . . Stop by BJ’s on Phillips Highway tonight from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. for the showing of the Polar Express movie. There will also be holiday shopping, a coloring contest, hot chocolate, cookies, raffles, etc.
17 -18 Weather Days, school closed 21-22 Weather Days, school closed 23-31 Winter Break, school closed
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Winter Break, school closed (Word of the Week) Classes resume from: Less Than Zero: Early Dismissal 1:30 p.m. week of January 4th : PTA Board Mtg. 9:30 a.m. Primary: acrobats SAC mtg. noon – 1:00 p.m. Intermediate: drifted Read-a-Thon kick-off Martin Luther King Jr.’s week of January 11th : Birthday, school closed Primary: graph Early Dismissal 1:30 p.m. Intermediate: connected Math /Science Night and PTA Spaghetti Dinner Planning Day, school holiday Hearing Screening VOLUME 12, ISSUE 9 Read-a-Thon ends; Report cards go home
JANUARY “BOOK OF THE MONTH” Less Than Zero By Stuart J. Murphy
REFLECTIO N CONTEST WINNERS Congratulations to the following 2009-2010 Reflection Contest Winners: Primary Visual Arts: 1st Place Dilani Samarasnghe 2nd Place Tristina Lundberg
Perry the Penguin learns the concept of negative numbers in this colorful book by keeping track of the number of clams he needs to buy a scooter. Perry graphs the number of clams he has (or does not have) on a line graph each day. His graph goes up and down as his stash of clams changes. He earns clams, he spends clams, he borrows clams, and he loses clams. This is an enjoyable way to help children learn about negative numbers and reinforce graphing concepts.
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Intermediate Visual Arts: 1st Place Hannah Freeman 2nd Place Samantha Werve rd 3 Place Haley Lee
. . . be sure to go see Dr. Flood at Animal Care at Twin Lakes Center. Clients who are PTA members will receive a 5% discount on applicable products and services. Clients must present their card yearly for eligibility (which will be photocopied, dated and kept in their record). This discount IS NOT retroactive and cannot be combined with other discounts or offers.
Intermediate Literature: 1st Place Shivani Patel nd 2 Place Annika Lundberg 3rd Place Mayuri Singh Intermediate Photography: 1st Place Brian Henry 2nd Place Neel Mistry Intermediate Film Production: 1st Place Jennie Rowe Thank you to everyone who participated in the contest. Everyone did a wonderful job!
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