Alderwood Elementary May 2013 Newsletter
Message from the Principal
FOR YOUR CALENDAR
May 1 Early Release- Despedida Adelantada
(Birches & Head Start Families)
Orientación para el Kínder
(Familias con niños en Headstart & Birches)
The Ski to Sea race is just around the corner and as we May 3 Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast
do every year, our staff and students will be marching
Desayuno de Apreciación para los Voluntarios
in the Jr. Parade, scheduled for Friday May 17th at 4:00
3rd Grade Field Trip Burke Museum
3 Grado: Paseo al Museo Burke
The Ski to Sea theme this year is ―Watch us Grow‖ and
May 6-10 Teacher Appreciation Week
thanks to the PTA who have bought us matching TSemana de Apreciación de los Maestros
shirts last year, we will be able to march as a collective
group, holding both our Washington Achievement
May 7 Class/School Picture Day
Award banners, from last year and our newest one this
Sesión fotográfica: Escuela y las Aulas
year for Science! We encourage students to bring
along props to carry in the parade such as flowers and
plants or anything that would contribute to the Ski to
Junta de Familias de Ingles (ELL)
Sea theme. In addition as Alderwoods theme this year
is ―The Stars of Hollywood‖… is also appropriate and
students can carry props such as books, ―Watch us
May 8 Early Release- Despedida Adelantada
Grow‖ in our education...
Orientacion para el Kinder
We are excited to participate in the parade again and
ask our families to come together to show our school
pride and spirit.
Information on where families can meet to set up and
what time will be coming home shortly.
Mensaje de la Directora
La carrera del Ski to Sea se cerca y cada año el personal docente y los estudiantes desfilan. El desfile de niños será el viernes, 17 de mayo a las 4 de la tarde.
May 9 4th Grade Homework Celebration
4 Grado: Celebración de Tarea
Junta del PTA (Organización de padres y maestros)
May 15 Early Release-Despedida Adelantada
May 17 Ski to Sea Parade Meet at
Desfile de Ski to Sea
May 22 Early Release-Despedida Adelantada
El tema del desfile es ―Obsérvanos Crecer‖ y gracias al May 27 Memorial Day—NO SCHOOL
Día de Conmemoración– ESCUELA CERRADA
la Organización de Padres y Maestro (PTA) podremos
vestir la misma playera, como el año pasado. Planeamos marchar juntos en grupo con nuestros carteles del May 28-31 Book Fair– Feria de Libros
Club de Lectura Awards & Dinner
Premio de Logro del Estado de Washington del año
pasado y también este año en las Ciencias! Lo invitamos a que traigan artículos o cosas que contribuyen al May 29 5th Grade Leaves for Mt. School
tema del desfile o el tema de Alderwood, ―Las Estrellas
5 grado : Viaja a la Excursión Mt. School
de Hollywood.‖ También es apropiado traer libros como, ―Watch us Grow‖ o ―Observamos Crecer‖ en nuesEarly Release-Despedida Adelantada
Estamos emocionados en participar en el desfile y de
nuevo les pedimos que nos apoyen al demostrar el orgullo y espirito de nuestra escuela. Me mandaremos
más información pronto.
May 31 5th Grade Returns from Mt. School
5 grado: Regreso de la Excursión Mt. School
June 6 Multi-Cultural Children’s Festival
Festival Multi-Cultural de los Ninos
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MULTI-LANGUAGE MESSAGE LINE
In an effort to better support our families whose home language is not English, we have created a multi-language
message line for our highest populations of non-English
speaking families: Spanish, Punjabi, Russian/Ukrainian,
and Vietnamese. The line will be checked daily
for messages. With this new line, we plan to
bridge communication gaps with families who
do not speak English and who may be reluctant
to relay information about their child or ask questions of
Please remember to share this number with families and
staff who may find this line useful.
Club de Lectura meets on Tuesdays from
El Club de Lectura se junta cada martes
Leadership Club meet on Thursdays from
El Club de Liderazgo se junta cada jueves
Homework Club and Girls On The Run
Metes on Tuesdays and Thursdays
El Club de Tarea y Girls on the Run se junta cada martes y jueves
Web Design Club metes on Tuesdays from
Strengthening Families on Fridays from
Kindergarten Orientation and Open Houses are coming up soon! On
Wednesday May 1st from 2:00-3:30 we are hosting Kindergarten
Orientation for our current Alderwood and Birches Head Start Families.
Q & A WITH MRS. HANES
Questions and Answers from
our Library Media Teacher:
Mrs. Hanes, what was your very first job?
I started babysitting when I was 11. My first
official job was as a salesclerk in the men’s
department at Sears.
When did you decide you wanted to work
I loved helping out with my younger siblings
as a kid. When I was in middle school. My
mom became a teacher, and I loved the idea of
spending all day helping kids learn! What a
rewarding thing to do!
What do you find is the most satisfying
part of your job?
I absolutely love building relationships with
students. I love when students know I value
and care about them.
If you could trade places with any celebrity
for one day, who would it be and why?
J.K. Rowling. My dream in elementary school
was to be a famous, published author, and
Rowling wrote my favorite children’s series! I
would love to have her literary brilliance and
imagination for a day!
Do you have a favorite book, movie or
quote that has inspired you? If so, would
you share it with us?
“Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness,
humility, gentleness and patience. Forgive one
another…And over all these virtues put on
love, which binds them all together in perfect
RECIPES FOR SUCCESS
On Wednesday May 8th from 2:00-4:00 we have our Kindergarten Science!
Orientation for all other Alderwood community members with chil- Have your child pretend he or she is a magdren who will be age 5 by September 1, 2013.
net. Can he or she find three things they
would stick to? Examples: soup can, paper
Please come register your kinder, tour the school and meet our fabu- clip. Can they think of three things they
lous Kindergarten teachers! Your child will also be pre-screened for wouldn’t stick to (crayon, comb)? Let them
help in placement in the Fall. We look forward to seeing you!
If you know friends or family of children who will be 5 years old before September 1, please encourage them to come in and register!
use a refrigerator magnet to check their answers!
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Alderwood Elementary School PTA Newsletter
Parent & Teacher Association
The winners for the month of April were the following students. Congratulations!
Makayla, Room 7: For working quietly
Cesar, Room 8: For awesome job reading!
Cela, Room 9: For following directions in reading group
Manuel, Room 11: For all points in Ms. Cotton’s class
Ansen, Room 20: For participating in math review
Bailey, Room 18: For freeze hands on knees
PTA SCHOOL SPONSORS FOR APRIL
PTA SPONSORED FIELD TRIPS for 2012-13
Have you wondered where some of the PTA funds have been spent on this school year? Your Alderwood PTA has been working
hard on fundraising on behalf of our 319 students and teachers in providing enrichment field trips.
Kindergarten Classrooms went to Stoney Ridge Farm and the Mt. Baker Theatre
1st grade Classrooms went to the Mt. Baker Theatre and to the Milk Maker’s Festival in Lynden.
2nd Grade Classrooms will be going to the Mt. Baker Theatre on May 9
3rd Grade Classrooms went to the Burke Museum in Seattle.
4 Grade Classrooms are planning to going to Whatcom Museum on May 10th.
5th Grade Classrooms will be going to Mountain School and the 5 th Grade Track Meet
MOUNTAIN SCHOOL GARAGE SALE JUNE 8th
Spring cleaning? Moving? Kids Out Growing Clothes? Garage Getting to Crowded? Office Moving Sale?
The PTA and 5th grade parents are collecting garage sale household items already; please drop-off donated items after school. This
fundraising event will benefit next years 5th graders attending Mountain School for 2014.
Alderwood’s Cultural Community School Garden
Please stop by our school garden area, to view our newly planted vegetables donated by Joe’s Garden. We have a school garden educator Ms. Kiira Heymann, from Common Threads Farm working with our students and teachers each Monday. They have seeded
and planted: Spinach, radishes, carrots, kale, peas, bok choi, cabbage, broccoli, fava beans, potatoes, rhubarb, oregano, thyme and
lettuce. If you are interested in volunteering please call Miss Kiira or Laura Plaut at (360) 927-1590. We will need help in watering
our garden during the summer. Thanks to Bill Angel, Anna Bolstad and Ernie Diaz for hauling and spreading 5 yards of topsoil and
compost on Monday, April 1st.
PTA ANNOUCEMENTS FOR THE MONTH of MAY
PTA Membership Update: We reached our goal of 100 PTA members, THANK YOU! We Did It!!
Welcome New PTA Members! Renee Collins, Sonia Hayes, Debbie Gibbons, Maria Ayon, Scott Mann, Rob McElroy and Courtney Wegener, Tom Venable, and Rachel Andrews
Scholastic Book Fair: May 28-31, Chairperson: Liz Hunt
Washington State PTA “13 in 2013” Award: Recognizes Alderwood PTA for enrolling 13 or more new PTA members between
January 13- April 13, 2013.
The PTA Will Be Providing Snacks: For Our Students during MSP Testing Dates for the Month of May
Believe That You Have It and You Do……… A Latin Proverb
NEXT PTA MEETING:
Thursday, May 9th, at 6:30 p.m. in the school library
Snacks will be provided, along with free child care by Melinda Nelson
All are invited – ¡Todos son Invitados!
Thank you for supporting our efforts to serve our greatest resource, our children!
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STUDENTS OF THE MONTH!
Word of the Month for April: Reflective
Word of the Month coming for Maywill be: Risk Taker
We are so proud of our Students of the Month, who have been chosen by their teachers for
being Respectful, cooperating with their teachers, their classmates, and their friends!
Hey! Guess who became a
self manager this month?
News From the 5th Grade
5th graders at Alderwood head to Mt. School at the
North Cascades Institute this month! They will leave
the school at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday May 29th and return on Friday May 31st.
News From the 4th Grade
The 5th Homework Celebration will be on Thursday
May 9 from 1:30-2:30 in Ms. Rios’ room. Please join us
if you can!
Class Picture Day
On Tuesday May 7th we will have our
classroom picture day. Please send your
student to school dressed to be photographed with their classmates!
Throughout the month of Feb. and March, 12 fourth and
fifth grade Leadership students participated in writing, creating and producing an anti bullying presentation for the intermediate students in our school. These students gave actual
examples of how to deal with bullies and presented the material in a humorous manner. This was done in conjunction
with their school counselor, Jeannie Dodd and a generous
grant from the Allied Arts. See the photos below for their
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parents and our community to embrace our diversity and to empower students to become lifelong
learners. Through collaborative and personalized
instruction, we ensure all students reach high standards of intellectual and social development to become productive citizens of a global community.