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					Serving the El Sierra School Community Dear El Sierra Families, We have had a very busy month in October and November promises to be the same. From the We are happy Principal’s Desk to say that our Lucille Carney 40th anniversary activities have been successful and we have more to celebrate during the school year. The PTA sponsored Frisbee Day on Wednesday, October 28th and parents were able to participate in Frisbee Family Night. A fun time was had by all! The sixth grade students are thankful for the Camp Edwards Outdoor Education Program. It was a great learning opportunity. It was a time for new experiences and a time for making new friends. We thank the sixth grade parents who gave their



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time and effort to make this program possible. We also thank the teachers and staff who planned, organized and worked hard to deliver a great educational experience for the students. We celebrated the 40th day of school by watching an I Movie of El Sierra and writing 40 ideas to help El Sierra and the Downers Grove community. This certainly is the perfect time to show our thanks for all we have at El Sierra by helping others less fortunate through service projects. We have great students, parents, and PTA that work together to create a great El Sierra School Community. We thank everyone for their commitment to the El Sierra students and El Sierra School. We are looking forward to seeing all the parents at the parent teacher conferences, the evenings of Tuesday, November 10th and Thursday, November 12th. This is a very important opportunity for you to discuss with the teachers your 18......... Family Reading Night 7pm 19..PTA Reflections Awards O’Neill 24..................................Fun Lunch 25 -27 ..................... NO SCHOOL

child’s progress at school. Through this communication we can work together to provide a supportive and successful educational experience for your child. We will celebrate American Education Week the week of November 16th. During this week we will have our second annual Family Reading Night on Wednesday, November 18th, Career Day in the afternoon of Wednesday, November 18th, and the PTA Reflections ceremony at O’Neill on Thursday, November 19th. We hope you will be able to take some time out of your busy schedules to join us with your children for these activities. Thank you for all you do and being part of the El Sierra School Community. Happy Thanksgiving! Sincerely, Mrs. Carney El Sierra Principal

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10..................................Fun Lunch 11............................ NO SCHOOL 13.......... Student Council Hat Day 18 ................................ Career Day

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Bobcat Bulletin • November 2009 • Page 2 in the evening. I would like to Thank all of the families who came out and spent the eveningwith us. With the Holiday season fast approaching, a great way to support the school and do some easy shopping, is to buy FLIP cards and Market Day. They are both a key factor in fundraising and make it possible for us to continue our programs. Gift Cards make perfect gifts and Market Day food is always delicious and convenient. Dates to remember in November: November 10th and 12th are Parent Teacher Conferences November 18th is host to Career Day for El Sierra Students November 18th is Family Reading Night and Book Exchange Fun Lunches are on November 10th and November 24th And how could I forget Thanksgiving on November 26th!!!! Thanksgiving is all about giving Thanks,

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and I would just like to Thank all of the friends and families that help and that have supported me through this year. Thank You to all of the Executive Board, and Committee Chairs that continue to work so hard, and to all of the El Sierra Families that volunteer and support our school. I am always open to your questions and comments, please do not hesitate to call or email me. We will be looking for any “service project” ideas for the Holiday Season, and we look forward to see you at our Breakfast with Santa Event in early December. Stay Safe and Healthy, Gina Cozzi

From the President’s Desk Gina Cozzi
Dear El Sierra Families, IT”S TURKEY SEASON!!!! November is all about the good food, great smells, and giving Thanks. On October 23rd we celebrated Principals Day, I would like to Thank all of the classes that put together such beautiful cards and posters together for Mrs Carney. Also I want to Thank the Mom’s who were able to come out and help us show our appreciation. The PTA was able to sponsor another great Family Fun Event that took place on October 28th. We welcomed the “Frisbee Guy”, Gary Auerbach, who put on a thrilling assembly for the children during the day and then put on a great show for the families

Hey you — stop shouting! And you — quit pouting! Santa Claus is coming to town!
Santa’s coming for his annual breakfast with El Sierra students and their families on Saturday, December 5 from 9 to 11 a.m. While the big guy himself takes a seat in the library to pose for pictures, breakfast treats, crafts, activities and the book fair can be found in the gym. Those interested in winning some delicious holiday treats should head down the hallway to the art room for a chance to bring home something sweet. (Please see your room representative for treat donation information.) Don’t miss your chance to tell Santa what you want!

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Acclaimed Interactive Theater Troupe Scheduled to Perform For El Sierra Family Night
Imagination Theater, an awardwinning Chicago theater troupe, will return to the El Sierra gym on Wednesday, November 18th from 6:45 to 8 p.m. to perform an all-new version of their interactive play “Read All About It” for El Sierra families. Imagination Theater presents workshops and performances across the country and in recent years has visited El Sierra with the “Ease the Tease” program. Visit for more info on the theater company. Visitors should enter through the north intermediate side gym doors. The performance will begin promptly at 7 p.m. A book exchange will follow the production. All families are encouraged to bring gently-used books appropriate for grades K-6. Each student attending will receive a ticket to select another book to take home. Any leftover books will be donated to the LRC for distribution or use in the classrooms. A prize drawing for new books will also take place.

El Sierra Students “Reflect” on What “Beauty Is...”
El Sierra students submitted 23 entries in this year’s PTA Reflections program, many of which went on to the next level of competition. The program offers students the opportunity to create works of art for fun and recognition. Students in preschool through grade 12 are encouraged to create and submit works of art in six areas: dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography, and the visual arts (which includes art forms such as drawing, painting, print making, and collage). For nearly 40 years, the program has encouraged millions of students across the nation and in American schools overseas to create works of art. The Reflections Program was started in 1969 by then Colorado PTA President Mary Lou Anderson. This year’s theme is “Beauty Is...”

El Sierra Reflections participants

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PTA Throws Frisbee Fling to Celebrate 40 High-Flying Years
The 40th anniversaries of El Sierra and Frisbee coincided this year, so the El Sierra PTA sponsored a Family Fun Night with Gary Auerbach, the Frisbee Guy on Wednesday, October 28. Some highlights from the evening:

Gary Auerbach shows off part of his prized frisbee collection

Students line up for relay races

Second Graders give it a spin

Things are looking up

Parents get in on the fun

If you love Frisbees and you know it, raise your hands!

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Exemplary Students for October Announced

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El Sierra Students Shoot the Moon!

Students are participating in a school-wide reading incentive program titled “Shoot the Moon!” The program ends in December.

Special Visitor Drops in to Help Kindergartners Learn Their ABC’s
Peter Krouwer ( a former El Sierra parent) came to the Kindergarten with his puppet friend, Kevin. Kevin demonstrated his alphabet skills in an amusing way. The children enjoyed the show and are looking forward to Peter returning to Kindergarten this spring with another puppet friend, named Dazzle Duck. Dazzle will demonstrate his wonderful math skills. What a fun way to reinforce these basic skills! -- Mrs. Haeger, Kindergarten teacher

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Greetings from Camp Edwards
In October, sixth-graders took their annual trip to Camp Edwards for some hands-on education about our natural world. Here are some photos from their adventures:

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The El Sierra Scene on Halloween
Friday, October 30, 2009

Bobcat Tracks The First Thanksgiving
From In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast which is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. This harvest meal has become a symbol of cooperation and interaction between English colonists and Native Americans. Although this feast is considered by many to the very first Thanksgiving celebration, it was actually in keeping with a long tradition of celebrating the harvest and giving thanks for a successful bounty of crops. Native American groups throughout the Americas, including the Pueblo, Cherokee, Creek and many others organized harvest festivals, ceremonial dances, and other celebrations of thanks for centuries before the arrival of Europeans in North America. Historians have also recorded other ceremonies of thanks among European settlers in North America, including British colonists in Berkeley Plantation, Virginia. At this site near the Charles River in December of 1619, a group of British settlers led by Captain John Woodlief knelt in prayer and pledged “Thanksgiving” to God for their healthy arrival after a long voyage across the Atlantic. This event has been acknowledged by some scholars and writers as the official first Thanksgiving among European settlers on record. Whether at Plymouth, Berkeley Plantation, or throughout the Americas, celebrations of thanks have held great meaning and importance over time. The legacy of thanks, and particularly of the feast, have survived the centuries as people throughout the United States gather family, friends, and enormous amounts of food for their yearly Thanksgiving meal.

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