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					                                       Stork Superstar News
                                                   5646 Jasper
                                          Alta Loma, California 91701
                                      Phone 484-5060      FAX 909-484-5065
                                                                                                                             Melinda Early

rincipal


                                                                                                                Sandy Rose
    December 2009/January 2010
                                                                            Assistant Principal
      Alta Loma School District Board of Trustees: Brad Buller, Rebecca Davies,
                       Sandra Oerly, Caryn Payzant, Dave Roberts


    Dear Stork Families,

              The holiday season is the perfect time to celebrate the efforts of so many, including students, parents, and staff! I am so p roud of the
    superstar spirit that abounds. Our students are making a commitment to excellence. We have logged hundreds of hours of volunteer time by
    enthusiastic and reliable parents, and our staff has been busy collaborating and bringing the best learning opportunities to their students. We are
    also grateful for the excellent turn-out during parent/teacher conferences to strengthen the home/school connection. Thank you for
    participating in this critical meeting of the minds to determine what’s best for your child’s educational progress.
               Several ways to continue communicating with your child’s teacher is to regularly visit the classroom website, forward an email, or jot a
    note in the child’s Minder Binder. I encourage you to use the internet to stay informed about what your child is lea rning in mathematics using the
    URL www.ca.gr(#)math.com. For example, if your student is in the fifth grade and you would like to discover ways to strengthen math skills and
    take advantage of the multiple resources available on line directly related to his/her textbook, enter the URL www.ca.gr5math.com. You will have
    access to the on-line textbook, number fact games (FactDash), an e-glossary of terms, and the Math Tool Chest, along with support for each
    chapter represented. It is an amazing resource! Also, we hope that you received your Renaissance Home Connect parent letter for Accelerated
    Reader during your parent/teacher conference. The letter explains the Home Connect capabilities of Accelerated Reader. By utilizing the
    password provided and setting up email, you will be automatically contacted each time your child takes an Accelerated Reader Quiz. To log in to
    Renaissance Home Connect, go to https://Hosted207.renlearn.com/711687/HomeConnect/Login.aspx.
              A look at the calendar reminds us of the amazing efforts by our PFSA to bring bountiful opportunities to our students and parents. I want
    to thank them and you, for making the Signature Fundraiser such an amazing success! The money raised will support our efforts to improve
    our technological and software capability and keep our students on the cutting edge! The PFSA will once again be providing the holiday gift shop,
    a real highlight for students every year. Teachers will sign up to take their students to the gift shop during the week of December 7-11. Our PFSA
    also provides our students the opportunity to purchase spirit wear and other school related items at the Stork Student Store which is open
    every Tuesday during lunches. A special thanks to our PFSA for sponsoring the Giving Tree project and you for participating to help needy
    families! Our Student Senate will be selling Holiday Grams during December 1-11. Also, Student Senate is sponsoring the collection of soaps and
    shampoos to provide to the homeless. Next time you travel and stay in a hotel, consider donating the shampoo and soaps for our cause! We have a
    large jar in the Multi-Purpose Room for collection. Mark your calendar for Thursday, January 28, the night of our annual Cake Decorating
    Contest and Talent Show for students in grades 4-6. The contest and Talent Show provide endless entertainment!
              As we celebrate with friends and family over the holiday break, let’s use the opportunity to feel renewed, refreshed, and ready to return
    to school and benefit from the important learning season that winter brings. As always, let’s continue to celebrate efforts and successes! Thank
    you for your continued support…

    Melinda Early

    “Creating a Brighter Future One Superstar at a Time.”
                                   Alta Loma School District
                               Rebecca Lawrence, Superintendent

                           From Your Wellness Committee
                                              Kids and Sleep
    Sleep, or lack of it, is probably the most-discussed aspect of baby and child care. The quality and
quantity of a child’s sleep affects the well-being of everyone in the household. Also, sleep problems rarely
end with a growing child’s move from crib to bed. It simply changes form. Instead of crying, it becomes
pleas, refusals, or requests for water. But how do you get them to bed through the cries, screams,
avoidance tactics, and pleas? How should you respond when you’re awakened in the middle of the night?
And how much sleep is enough? It all depends on age.

How Much is Enough?
     Charts that list the hours of sleep likely to be required by children may cause concern when individual
differences aren’t considered. These numbers are simply averages reported to be slept by large groups of
children of particular ages. There is no magical number of hours required by ALL KIDS in a certain age
group. One child might sleep from 8 PM to 8 AM, while another is just as alert the next day after sleeping
from 10 PM to 5 AM.
     Most children’s sleep requirements fall within a predictable range of hours based on their age, but
remember that your child is a unique individual with distinct sleep needs. Here are some approximate
numbers based on age, accompanied by age-appropriate pro-sleep tactics.
     Preschoolers sleep about 10 to 12 hours per night, but there is no reason to be completely rigid about
which 10 to 12 hours they are. If a 5-year old gets adequate rest at night, he no longer needs a daytime
nap. If your child has a problem going to sleep at night, prepare a “nighttime kit” that includes activities to
relax your child. Perhaps a book or story tape, and a flashlight and favorite stuffed animal.
     School age children may need about 11 or 12 hours of sleep. Occasional bedtime difficulties may result
from a child’s need for private time with his/her parents, without siblings around. A good time to give your
child this private time is a little before bedtime. This special time can be used to discuss their day and share
confidences.
     The amount of sleep needed decreases with age. Generally a 12-year old needs only 10 hours, but it is
up to parents to judge the amount of rest their child needs, and see that he is in bed in time for sufficient
sleep. Try allowing a school age child to choose bedtime on weekends, depending on the events planned
for the following day.
     While there is no sure way to raise a good sleeper, every parent should be encouraged to know that
most children have the ability to sleep well. The key is to persevere from early on to establish healthy sleep
habits that will last a lifetime.

Establishing a Bedtime Routine
· Include a winding-down period in the child’s routine.
· Stick to a bedtime, alerting your child both half an hour and 10 minutes beforehand.
· Allow your child to choose which pajamas to wear, stuffed animal to take to bed, etc.
· Consider playing soft, soothing music.
· Tuck your child into bed snugly for a feeling of security.

Information from www.allprodad.com, The Nemours Foundation.




                                        Kindergarten Registration
Registration begins February 1st. Children must be 5 years old by December 2, 2010, to
start in August. Please bring: proof of residence, original birth certificate, immunization
records, and Social Security Card.
December/January Holidays                             Please remember to label all student
                                                      belongings. This will ensure that misplaced
We would like to wish everyone a safe and happy       items return to the proper owner.
holiday season. Winter Recess will be from
December 21 through January 1. Remember that
                                                      Traffic Watch
Friday, December 18, is a modified day for
students in grades 1 through 6. Dismissal will be
                                                      As you are aware, Stork is a busy place during
at 1:00 p.m. All kindergarten students will attend
                                                      the morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up time
the morning session from 8:00 – 11:55 a.m.
                                                      period! In an effort to ensure the safety of all of
Students will return to school on Monday, January
4, 2010.                                              our students, we are asking for your help with the
                                                      following:
In addition, we will not have school on January 18          Drop off your child along the white south
due to the observance of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s            bound curb marked for unloading. Pull all
birthday.                                                     the way forward to help traffic move along.
                                                              (Do not stop along the red curbed north
                                                              bound lane).
                                                            Cross your child in a crosswalk only. (No
                                                              jaywalking please)
                                                            Please enter the north entrance of the
                                                              parking lot from the southbound lane only.
                                                              It is helpful if you use your turn signal. (No
                                                              left turns into the parking lot before and
                                                              after school)
                                                            Please drive with a safe (slow) speed
                                                              through the parking lot.
Fundraiser                                                  Talk to you child about using the
                                                              crosswalks where there are adults to
Did you know we have a new bakery in town?                    supervise. (We have had some children
Baking Nirvana, which is located at 6660                      crossing through the middle of the parking
Carnelian Street, opened its doors in October and             lot unattended)
we will be hosting a fundraiser with them. Visit            Please pull all the way through the parking
the store during December 14 through 18 and                   lot to the turnaround circle at the south
purchase some yummy treats and Stork School                   end and drop your child off at the
will receive 15% of the sale.                                 crosswalk with the stop sign.
                                                            Please avoid dropping your child off in the
                                                              bus lane.
Student Senate                                        I know we all have our kids’ best interest at heart!

Holiday Grams go on sale for 25 cents each
during December 1 through 11.                         Attendance
The Student Senate is also asking students to get     When your child is absent from school, please call
into the holiday spirit by wearing green and red on   the school office at 484-5060 to report the
Friday, December 18.                                  absence. Also, requests for homework must be
                                                      made in the morning before 10:00 a.m.


                 Lost & Found
Superstars of the Week in Grades K-3 are:

Steven Rue-Las, Matthew Mayer, Skyler Eich, Michael Carreon, Kathryn Mayer, Natalie Gallemore, Ameen Khawaja,
Jayden Lagunzad, Emily Boen, Samuel Williams, Lexi Lorincz, Gabriella Olivarez, Joshua Uribe, Matthew Iturra, Emily
Hudson, Anna Christina Laporte, Jason Gutierrez II, Alex Zamora, Ava Gergovich, Sierra Quesenberry, Nadia Cruz,
Chase Tachdjian, Megan Stiverson, Deon Maragh, Samantha Lomen, Cooper Edwards, Jacob Shigenaka, Henry
Pfutzenreuter, Areeana Marchman, Hailey Jackson, Shelby Schafer, Logan Young, Evan Hsu, Lucas Montoya, Dylan
DeForge, Vanessa Strohm, Haedyn Heyes, Logan Hanson, Marianne Flores, Jonathan Ornelas, and Dylan Sliney


Superstars of the Week in Grades 4-6 are:

Spencer Hannah, Natalie DeForge, Jack Peterson, Rhea Tiwari, Brooke Kortekaas, Savannah Fowlkes, Justin
Kimball, Kyle Kratochvil, Erika Aguila, Alicia Ellingson, Alike Howard, Kinsey Ware, Noah Swiatek, Wendy Diebold,
Ruben Alba, Nickolas Hibshman, Evan Wellington, Isabella Davalos, Jad Moussa, Parker Sheriff, Jared Edwards,
Kaleb Middleton, Jake Sumner, Jordan Gonzalez, Kellie Kline, and Kim Herrera


Superstars Striving for Success:

Raquel Duron, Tristan Carroll, Shelby Schafer, Dillon Mannion, Taitlin Roehl, Demi Saleeb, Moira Phelan, and Sophia
Scudder,



                                         December – Upcoming Star Events




        1       2nd Trimester PAL Begins (12/1 – 01/20/10, Tuesday & Thursday, 2:35-3:35 p.m.)
                Student Senate Holiday Grams (12/1 – 12/11)
        2       Accelerated Reader/Goal Party Pizza with Principal, 11:30 a.m.
        4       Superstar/Writer of Month Assembly, 8:00 Upper Grade, 8:30 Primary
        7       Holiday Store (12/7 – 12/11) Refer to schedule on website
        9       GATE Inventor’s Workshop, 1:00 2:00 p.m.
        14      Baking Nirvana Fundraiser (12/14 – 12/18)
        16      Student Senate Meeting, 7:30 a.m.
                ALSD Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
        18      All Kindergarten in A.M., Modified Day Grades 1-6, Wear Red & Green
     21 - 29    Winter Recess
                                        January – Upcoming Star Events
        1       Winter Recess, New Year’s Day Holiday
        4       Students Return from Winter Recess
        8       All Kindergarten in A.M. – Activity Day
        12      Community Advisory Committee, WESELPA, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
        13      GATE Inventor’s Workshop, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
        13      ALSD Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
        18      Holiday-No School, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday
        21      PAL Ends
        26      PUP Begins (1/26 – 4/1/10)
        28      Cake Decorating 6:00 p.m. & Talent Show 7:00 p.m.
        29      Superstar/Writer of Month Assembly, 8:00 Upper, 8:30 Primary

				
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