TO: MSAD #74 Board of Directors
FROM: Jean Butler
DATE: January 26, 2010
K-5 ELEMENTARY REPORT
The students at all three elementary schools have stepped up to help those in need. Coin
drives for the Red Cross to help victims of the earthquake in Haiti are going on in the
schools, sponsored by the third grade in Solon and the Civil Rights Teams in Embden and
Embden Elementary School secretary Bonnie White has designed a website for the Civil
Rights Teams in the district. There is a page for each school's Civil Rights Team to share
pictures and descriptions of activities they have undertaken this year. Currently the
website is linked from the Embden School website, but soon it will be a link on the
district website's homepage. Please check it out if you have a chance.
The elementary schools will be holding a “Secret Cupid” activity in conjunction with
Valentine's Day in February. On February 5th, each student and staff member will draw
the name of another student or staff member in our school. Each one will make a small
gift for the person whose name they drew such as a card, a picture, a craft, a baked item,
etc. Sometime during the week of February 8-12, each student and staff member will
secretly deliver their gift to the person whose name they drew, keeping their identity a
secret. We will hold assemblies on February 11th or 12th at which students and staff will
reveal their identities and play a game called Hearts in multiage groups.
The Embden Civil Rights Team is sponsoring some special actvities during “No Name
Calling Week,” the last week of January. Teachers are reading students the books The
Misfits (grades 3-5) and The Recess Queen (grade 2), both about students who are bullied
and called names in school. During this week, the students will be doing various activities
to help them understand the damaging affects of name calling. Some of the activities
include the following: finding out why you have your name, charting the names you like
to be called and the names you don't like to be called, a poster contest, and grouping by
similarities and differences. On January 29th, the Civil Rights Team will put on an
assembly as a culminating activity.
During the afternoon of February 26th from 12:30-2:00, the Embden PTFO will sponsor a
Winter Fun Day for the students at Embden Elementary School. The students will work
in teams to do various activities outside in the snow and then enjoy hot cocoa and cookies
in the gym at the end of the afternoon.
The Garret Schenck Civil Rights Team will perform a skit about making a difference at
an assembly on January 26th. The skit is called "Just Because You're a Kid Doesn't Mean
You Can't Make a Difference," written by advisor Sandy Weston. The skit shows many
different young people talking about businesses or organizations that they started at a
young age because they wanted to help someone. Some of the businesses have grown
into huge businesses that are still run as non profits to help people. The team's goal is to
motivate and show the students that there are ways that they can make a difference and
how good it can make them feel to help others.
Fifth grade students in Mrs. Pam Partridge's reading class have been reading the book
The Big Wave by Pearl Buck and creating slide show presentations about the book. They
are comparing the theme of the story, in which a tsunami hits Japan, to the aftermath of
the earthquake in Haiti.
Fourth and fifth grade teacher Terry Corson and principal Jean Butler attended the
National Title I Association Conference in Washington, D.C. from January 21-24 in
recognition of the Solon School's status as a 2009 National Title I Distinguished School.
We have created a separate sheet for you including the highlights of our trip.
The Solon School community was saddened by the loss of our preschool assistant teacher
Shirley Miller, who passed away on January 6th from complications after a medial
procedure. Mrs. Miller had worked for KVCAP in its Head Start programs for thirty-five
years. District social workers Sue Ames and Beth Higgins were a great help and support
to the preschool teacher, the students, the staff, and the parents at a difficult time. The
Solon staff has donated children's books and the Solon PTO is donating an art easel to the
preschool class in Mrs. Miller's memory.
Mr. Terry Corson will start his Kitty Kats Basketball Program in February at the Solon
School. Students in grades K-5 can participate in this program, which will run for the last
half hour of the school day three days a week for about three weeks. Students will learn a
variety of basketball skills, which they will perform for their families at a Parent Night at
the end of the program.