FEBRUARY 26, 2008 ~ VOLUME 12, NUMBER 28
The Cardinal chatter
Cunningham Creek Elementary
1205 Roberts Road, St. Johns, FL 32259 904-819-7860
Mrs. Elizabeth A. Wierda, Safari Guide Mr. Kevin Klein, Assistant Guide
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We are two weeks away from the 3rd-5th grade FCAT and I am looking forward to the opportunity that our children have to
shine. Our teachers have prepared them well and I believe that the most important thing that we have done as a learning
community is to instill the love of reading! Reading stamina is critical for testing success and for life! I hope that you take
time as a family each night to turn off the television and relax and read together. It’s MY favorite part of the day in my
I am so very proud to announce that Cunningham’s very own first grade learning leader, Amanda Underwood, has been se-
lected as the District “Elementary Rookie Teacher of the Year”! It was an honor and a thrill to celebrate with Amanda,
her teacher peers and parents last week at the World Golf Village Renaissance Center and in front of hundreds of people.
Amanda is so deserving of this honor. She is bright, talented, innovative, risk taking and so very loving with her children. She
researches best practice consistently and shares her expertise with others. She communicates like a pro and is a model of life
long learning for all of us. Congratulations, Amanda! We are all so proud of you and the passion and enthusiasm for teaching
that you model!
This week I would like to officially thank all of our Cunningham Creek Volunteers. This is Volunteer Recognition Week and
although a simple thank you could never be enough, I do want all of our volunteers to know how much we appreciate your
time and dedication to our school. Each hour that you spend here matters so much. It takes all of us to meet the needs of
our eight hundred children. I look forward to a more formal celebration at the end of the school year but please know that
you are loved!
Friday morning I will be honoring our third through fifth grade children who have exemplified with excellence the pillar of
Caring for February. These special children will be given awards and kudos at our monthly Character Counts Ceremony
that begins in our cafeteria promptly at 9:00 a.m.
Speaking of our cafeteria, we are having great success with our Friday luncheons. They are so popular that children are
bringing six to seven friends up on the stage with them when their parents come to eat with them. Due to space constraints,
I am asking each parent who dines with us to limit their child’s guests to two friends only. This will be difficult at first be-
cause the children are so excited, but I do need to put some guidelines on the process. Thanks to all who are joining us on
Fridays for this special treat! Your children love to have you join them for lunch.
Congratulations to all of our boys and girls involved in the CCE “Odyssey of the Mind” project. These amazing youngsters
have worked hard with their parent sponsors to think creatively, to embrace innovations and to showcase their talents to the
community. Congratulations to all!
Finally, I want to let you in on a little CCE secret. Our staff has a renewed passion and commitment for health and many of
our staff members have joined a walking club and weight loss programs to keep their energy high and their own stamina as it
should be. Cunningham continues to be a high energy learning organization and it takes healthy, focused educators to make
this place run like a well-oiled machine. Thanks to all of our staff who are recommitting to fitness and health! I hope that we
can all become healthy role models for each other and for our children. I am surely inspired!
Have a wonderful week. Please take our SAC Parent Survey if you haven’t done so as this is our last week to get your feed-
back. Feel free to stop in and volunteer in our school. Our Mentoring Matters Program continues on March 4th at 12:30
and we would love to have you join us on that day. Give me a call if mentoring is something that you would like to embrace.
One hour here could be an hour of power that makes a difference for a child.
Have a great week! With enthusiasm,
Betsy Wierda, Learning Leader VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT www-ccs.stjohns.k12.fl.us
FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION
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During the FCAT parent training night session we had I mentioned that 60% of questions on the FCAT
reading assessment are above the grade level comprehension level. With this information we must re-
member that we need to continue to challenge students to think at a higher level. Thus, simple questions
that require a student to simply recall information should be avoided and replaced with questions that are
open-ended and require them to explain their reasoning for their answer.
Further, the students must provide details to support their thoughts.
I am continuing in the series of sample questions that can be asked at home. These questions will demand that children
think at a higher level of complexity. The goal is that simple one word statements are avoided by asking for reasons and jus-
tifications in responses. The topic this week can be asked while your child is reading a story.
If you were able to change the ending in the story what would you do?
How does the main character change throughout the story?
What would you have done if you had to solve the problem the main character had?
Why do you think the main character acted that way?
Thanks again to all our parents for being so involved in their child’s education.
Kevin Klein, Assistant Principal
invited!!! NATURE "Countdown to
By Cameron Fontaine
Yellow flowers grow in the light,
While tiny trees shiver
In the night.
Squirrels climb up and down,
And they make no sound.
Orff Ensemble and Birds sing their songs, Until jumpies, a ROCK
As I walk along.
Recorder Club WALL, music, train
Final Concert I see the sun coming then rides, clowns, baskets
The blue birds stop humming.
& tons of FUN!
7:00 pm—7:30 pm
CCE’s long-awaited Mentoring Program is off the ground! Come and join us and give
CCE Cafetorium one Hour of Power a week to work with a special child.
Free fingerprinting for new mentors by Kessler Mentoring
12:30-1:30, March 4th, 2008
Featuring 100 Cunningham Creek Elementary
talented CCE 4th Pre-registered mentors will meet their mentees and all attendees will enjoy an
and 5th graders! informational overview and some treats.
Classroom teachers will be available to discuss their selected students.
Rituals and routines will be discussed with Mrs. Wierda and Mrs. Musseau.
Call Kristine Musseau at 819-7861 for more information!
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LAST CALL Head Start Registration
SJCSD Head Start, a free preschool program for income eligible fami-
for all lies, is now accepting applications for the 2008-2009 school year. Eli-
gible children must be 3 or 4 years old before September 1, 2008.
FIFTH GRADERS Children in the Head Start program receive: school readiness activities,
dental services, health & developmental screenings, disability services,
nutritious meals & snacks and family support services. Applications
Talent Showcase with required documents (child’s birth certificate, proof of family in-
come, & proof of residence) will be accepted at the Head Start office
Applications are from March 4st through May 28th on Tuesdays from 7am – noon and on
Wednesdays from noon to 6pm. Applications are available at the fol-
lowing locations: Head Start office, Worksource, WIC office, Crook-
Due Wednesday shank Elementary and The Webster School. Please call the Head
Start office at 829-1040 for more information.
check with your teacher for extra applications
February February 25 - 29
By Natalie Liptak Appreciating Volunteers
FEBRUARY IS VOLUNTEER MONTH
The world is covered with a blanket of ice, CCE HAS SOME OF THE WORLD'S BEST
Shivering from its cold, VOLUNTEERS!
But a blanket of silence too, WE THANK EVERY VOLUNTEER FOR
Covers the world tight all through. THEIR COMMITMENT TO OUR
The world has yet to hear, TEACHERS & STUDENTS.
The twittering of a bluebird, Volunteer: Vol-un-teer: a person who
Excited that Spring has come. voluntarily undertakes a service or duty.
It has yet to feel the sunlight, (Webster's Dictionary)
Playfully darting about. CCE Volunteer: a person who loves to help others
and is committed to communicating, caring and
It has yet to see the first buds of
achieving excellence for lifelong learning.
the apple tree,
A pleasant sight to see, WE LOVE YOU!
The world has yet
To come alive.
http://www.giftedservices.com.au/ This amazing website by Lesley Kay Sword offers a world of information. Here is a sam-
pling of her links: Gifted Children Gifted Adults Emotional Intensity Perfectionism Moral Awareness Visual/Spatial Learners
Excitabilities Introversion Underachievement
The SJCSD deadline for private psychological evaluations for qualification to attend the PACE program for the 08-09 school
year is March 7th.
Need a referral to a private psychologist experienced with gifted children? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The GAC meeting is Wednesday, March 26th, 3PM at CCE. All parents are encouraged to attend.
Please visit stjohnsgifted.org.
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SPOTLIGHT CCE PTO…. MEMBERSHIP HAS ITS BENEFITS!
MULTIPLICATION CLUB Have You Heard About Our Great Baskets?
Elma Medic To help raise money at CCE, each class chooses a
Nicole Noack theme and asks parents in the class to donate either
items or money to put together their basket. PTO then
sells tickets in the weeks before the Friday Family Fun
FCAT EXPLORER Night,
Night so everyone who buys a ticket has the opportu-
nity to win a fantastic basket. Be on the lookout
Gabi Madrid (5th math) for a letter from one of your
Kenzie Albertson (5th math) class parents so you can be a part of this fun & great
Tyler Gallitz (5th math)
Bethany Lewis (5th math)
fundraiser. Your donation helps fund PTO events &
Zoe Beach (5th math) initiatives throughout the year.
Madison Proefrock (4th)
Gardner Cook (4th)
Jarred Davenport (4th) Parents:
Basket Parents If you signed up at the beginning of
Jacob Lovelace (4th) the year to help organize your classes basket for the
Jonathan Mayland (4th)
Ryan Nugent (4th)
Spring Fling, you should have received an email last
Sean Whyard (4th) week. If you didn't get the email, please contact PTO at
Lexi Peterson (4th) email@example.com so we can add you to the list.
Jared Silverberg (4th) Email is the quickest way for us to get out information
Elijah Pedriani (4th) to everyone. Be sure you or your teacher has signed
Bert Maxwell (4th) up for a theme for your basket and have fun. We have
Alexis Carter (4th) such amazingly creative families at CCE & we can't
Lukas Burchianti (4th)
wait to see what you come up with this year! Contact
Terah Biers (4th)
Nicole Leonard (3rd)
Melissa Nelson at 230-2434 with any questions.
Harry Polk (3rd)
Lauren Vogel (3rd)
Aleeze Hossain (3rd) Meeting:
Next PTO Executive Board Meeting:
Hailey Morais (3rd) Monday, March 3rd, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Christian Martinez (3rd)
Sonya Calderwood (3rd)
Katie Scruggs (3rd)
Avery Young (3rd)
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Cub Scout Corner
February is always an exciting month in Cub Scouts. It began with Road Clean Up along Roberts Rd.
and was followed with an event-filled trip to NASA. Our scouts met with astronauts, experienced a
shuttle launch, watched an IMAX movie, toured NASA and participated in a friendly competition
building trusses for the space station. There were approximately 26 teams and one of ours came in
5thplace! On Valentine’s Day, they handed out flowers …and lots of hugs… to the residents of
Finally, it was with a mixture of smiles and tears we watched as many of our cub scouts became Boy
Scouts. Thursday night at our annual Blue & Gold Banquet we celebrated the success of our Webelo
II’s in Den 4 , Brandon Aviles, Nathan Juang, Christian Link, John Newsom, Bryce Nielsen, Ryan Mincey,
Landon Tice and Mason Whittaker. We are so proud of their many accomplishments. John, Bryce,
Christian, Landon, Brandon, and Nathan also earned their Arrow of Light. This is the highest honor a
Cub Scout can achieve.
“We’re Listening” is a feature on the Cunningham Creek
Home Page sponsored by the sac team. we ask our web
visitors a question to obtain your feedback. The follow-
ing question received 192 responses. Questions change pe-
riodically. It’s interesting to see how the responses
turned out. We invite you to participate in our web polls!
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SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS
Transfer Requests Timeline ~ March 1 – July 1, 2008
The out of zone hardship transfer policy and the transfer request form for the 2008-09 school year will be on the
school district website beginning March 1, 2008. The deadline for out of zone transfer requests is July 1,
2008. This deadline will be strictly enforced. Only students new to the district may apply for a waiver after that
date. Specific questions regarding transfers will be answered by the Department for Student Services personnel at
819-7598 or 7897.
The CCE PTO proudly presents this year’s carnival as “Friday Family Fun Night”. This year,
we decided to give our Sunday afternoons a break and try a Friday afternoon. Friday, April 4th from 4:30 – 8:00,
we will gather at the school for an afternoon of great food, entertainment, activities for the kids, and family fun. We
have added some new activities such as a rock climbing wall, train rides, exciting new jumpies, and a free toddler
area for kids 3 and under! Of course we will also have the exciting gift basket raffle, great food by Moe’s and the
BTHS boosters, entertainment by Mimi the Clown and the Clown Kids, and live music by the Hipp Street Band.
I know that we all look forward to getting together with friends and neighbors at this exciting annual event. Please
plan on bringing a blanket and lawn chair (no pets please) and make yourselves comfortable. We hope to make it a
great afternoon for the entire family.
Tickets for the rides and basket raffle will go on sale March 4th (see the Tuesday folder that day for details). All pre-
sale armband and raffle ticket orders will be entered into a drawing for PREMIUM parking the day of the event. Unlim-
ited Ride Wristbands will be $12 presale or $15 at the gate. Raffle Tickets will be $1 each, 12 for $10, or 25 for $20.
The last day to order presale tickets will be April 2nd.
Volunteers are crucial to making this event a success for our school. To volunteer for this event please call Laura
Jones at 230-4866 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will keep the volunteer shifts short so that you
can spend time with your families during the carnival.
‘Foster Their Future, and Let Them Make History’ —-
Become a St. Johns County Foster Parent
Answers to frequently asked questions:
• The training and licensing are free to the applicant(s).
• The homes are for St. Johns County’s children only.
• The licensed Foster Parent(s) choose the age/sex of the children to be placed in their home.
• Fostering can lead to Adoption.
• Foster Parents are not required to take a child; placements are a mutual decision.
• Foster Children’s medical and mental health needs are covered under Medicaid.
• There is 24 hour support available to Foster Parents.
• Families receive between $429 and $515 a month for ‘reimbursement of expenses’ in caring for a child.
• Children in care range from infants to young adults up to age 18.
• St. Johns County has a special need for Foster Parents to care for teenagers and sibling
Please contact me with any further questions,
Richard Zicht, call: 904-209-6130, Foster Care Recruitment Specialist
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CCE/SAC Parent Climate Survey is
Crime Stoppers Poster Contest Deadline ONLINE!
This Week We’re Listening! Your feedback is important
Many students have already turned in en- to us!
tries for this contest, but for those who still
Our survey can be done quickly by going to our school website at
want to enter, please get your artwork to
www-ccs.stjohns.k12.fl.us and clicking on the SURVEY LINK.
me, Mrs. McLeod, by Thursday, February The DEADLINE IS MARCH 3RD.
28th. The theme is "Break the Silence-Stop Thank you for taking the time to share your input!
the Violence" and is open for all students k-
12. If you have misplaced your entry form,
let me know, I have more. COMMUNITY nEWS
An Art Contest for our Visionary 2008 Julington Creek Baseball Carnival-Saturday,
Students March 8th @ Mills Field on Racetrack Rd from 9am-
Design a Google Doodle and have your art- 7pm. Please join us to celebrate opening day with
work viewed by millions on the google appearances by Radio Disney and Southpaw from
homepage (plus win a college scholarship, the Jacksonville Suns. Also, there will be rides and
computers for our school and other cool games from Parties-N-Motion. Get wristbands for
stuff). Google is looking for artwork using unlimited rides for only $10 and games are 50 cents.
the Google logo, showing a "What if...?"
scenario. For example, "What if you could
design the transportation of the future?",
"What if you could design a toy of the fu-
ture?", or "What if you could invent your own DIRTY CAR? SUPPORT THE Bartram
holiday or celebration?" Check out
Trail High School BAND!
www.google.com/doodle4google for official
rules and details. We will also be discussing Visit Carbux Car Wash at 11150 San Jose
this contest during art classes. I will be Blvd., Mandarin (Next to Kan Ki Japanese Restaurant).
handing out a parent consent form to stu- Select “FUNdraising Code” key on the touch screen
dents who are interested in the contest, and enter code 7399 (which is good for a $10.00 car
along with an entry form, but these may also
wash) There are no additional fees. Simply enter the
be downloaded from the above website.
Students will have until April to submit their wash code 7399 every time you visit Carbux Car Wash
entries to me, Mrs. McLeod. Look for more in the month of March. The band will receive $4 out
information regarding this contest in the up- of every $10 plus 100% of additional donations.
coming Cardinal Chatters. This is an excit- Thank you for your support.
ing opportunity for our school, happy doo-
dling! Artfully yours, Mrs. McLeod
7th Annual Greater Julington Track Meet
It is time again for the track meet at Bartram Trail High School. The meet will be held on Friday March 28th starting at
4:00pm. We will have a team again this year so there will be no charge. I would love to have a large turn out and hopefully
even have a few practices after school. The events are: weight throw, long jump, 50m dash, 100m dash, 4x100, and 400m.
The ages range from Pre-k-5th (for our team). I will place the entry forms and sign up sheet in the front office and a
downloadable version on the CCE PE website. Please call Coach Mickley for any info.
Help the St. Johns County Education Foundation every time you do an online search by using
http://www.goodsearch.com/?charityid=850265 Add it to your toolbar!
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What’s Up Until the Next Chatter??
Wednesday Thursday Friday Monday Tuesday
FEBRUARY 27 FEBRUARY 28 FEBRUARY 29 MARCH 3 MARCH 4
Resource Day 6 Resource Day 7 Resource Day 1 Resource Day 2 Resource Day 3
2ND GRADE FIELD TRIP CHARACTER COUNTS Orff/Recorder Club
MUSIC ASSEMBLIES TO THEATREWORKS CELEBRATION 9:00 AM Final Concert
8:30 PK-2ND 7:00 PM at CCE
9:15 3RD-5TH NO ORFF PRACTICE
Important Dates LCN Summer Camp For Preschoolers!
We need your input!
Wednesday, February 27
Orff Ensemble & Recorder Club perform We will have a Summer Camp opportunity available for two, three,
for the students 8:30 am/9:15 am four and five year olds at the Little Cardinal’s Nest Preschool at
CCE. This new program would be available for school district employ-
Friday, February 29 ees as well as community children. This program will only be available
Character Counts Celebration for 3rd -
if there is enough interest (minimum of 18 kids, maximum of 23 kids),
5th honorees “Caring” 9:00 am
so let us know if you are interested today! Contact the CCE office at
Tuesday, March 4 819-7860.
Hour of Power Mentoring Meeting
Orff and Recorder Club Concert 7 PM The monthly lunch calendar will return in the Tuesday folders
next month! You can find it on our school home page.
Sunday, March 9
Daylight Saving Time Begins
Clocks go forward one hour at 2:00 am Don’t forget!!!
Monday, March 10 DAYLIGHT SAVING
SAC Meeting—Open to all 3:00 pm TIME BEGINS SUNDAY,
Tuesday, March 11—20
FCAT for grades 3-5
WE “LOSE” AN HOUR!
Tuesday, March 18 SET CLOCKS AHEAD!
Cardinal Chorus begins for 4th/5th
Friday, March 21
No School—Good Friday
Thursday, March 27
We have a staff member with a severe seafood
K-2 Field Day—we need parent
allergy. Please do not bring any seafood (fish or
shellfish) into the building. Thank you for your
cooperation in this matter.
Friday, March 28
3-5 Field Day—we need parent
Friday, April 4th
PTO Spring Fling