by Kathleen Spane, PTA After School Enrichment Chair
Talented and energetic Sky High Dance teachers guided La Mariposa dancers through a terrific performance to finish up their 6 week Enrichment class. Parents, family members, Pleasant Valley Child Care teachers and students, all clapped along to the rhythmic moves our students were ready to show off!
We are looking forward to a Winter Session welcoming back Sky High Dance and adding Golf, Basketball, Chess, and Origami–all for kindgarten through 5th Grade. We’ll also have an art class taylor specifically to kinder through 3rd grade students. Registration opens after the new year on January 13th! Classes start January 30th. The winter session will meet Thursdays after school for six weeks. Check your La Mariposa eBlast or website for additional information.
You could call it a tradition and it definitely makes learning just a bit sweeter. It’s the California Regions Cake!
Mrs. Sadowsky’s class quickly gathers for a photo op before slicing up their map of the state of California.
Part of the fourth grade social studies standards, studying the regions of California hasn’t always been this much fun. However, La Mariposa’s fourth grade teaching team takes a hands on approach to the subject that is anything, but dry. For this collaborative project, students use various sweet treats to illustrate the different regions and climates of California. Using things like color coded sprinkles for the region, red hots for major cities, and chocolate chips for mountains, each class worked together to create an edible map.
Along with the cake, teachers guided students through the creation of flipbooks to help them remember details about our state’s desert, valley, mountain, and coastal regions. Where else can you surf and snow ski all in the same day? Flipbooks use a combination of note taking skills and visual cues to help solidify concepts in students’ minds.
Most 4th grade students agree, the California Cake is one of the most memorable lessons of the year…and one of the yummiest! (Maybe they won’t notice if some of the Sierra Nevada’s go missing…)
–The Pawprint Editor
Special thanks to the fourth grade teaching team for always finding new ways to bring lessons to life for our kids!
One hundred nine students entered our yearbook cover contest this year. With so many fun and exciting entries it was tough to pick just one. So we chose six–three for the front cover and three for the back cover!
And the winners* are:
4th Grade: Tanvi P.
3rd Grade: Kelli B.
1st Grade: Libi W.
Kindergarten: Annika G.
5th Grade: Jaylynn C.
2nd Grade: Sydney S.
*Click an the image to view the artist names.
Keeping in mind this year’s theme, “Rock ‘N’ Roar”, our yearbook editor narrowed the field to the thirty-three entries. Then school staff made the final selections. (The entire judging process was blind–that means we couldn’t see student names–and no one judged their own child’s work.)
We also wanted to share some other wonderful entries with you. Here are the remaining twenty-seven entries that were submitted to school staff. Look for them on different pages when you get your yearbooks in June!
A big high five to all of our tigers roarin’ with the courage to enter this year’s contest. We are proud of you!
Scroll down for a photo gallery from the week.
HISTORY: Red Ribbon week began in 1985 in Honor of DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, who was killed fighting drug traffickers in Mexico. Today, Red Ribbon Week is nationally recognized and celebrated. The Red Ribbon Campaign has also become a symbol of support for the DEA’s efforts to reduce demand for drugs through prevention and education programs.
AT LA MARIPOSA: We focus on healthy choices and establishing positive ties with our community and local law enforcement. Our PTA and administration believe strongly emphasizing smart choices and establishing a foundation of support goes along way in keeping our students drug free when they face more difficult decisions in middle school and beyond.
AT HOME: At the elementary level, specific conversations about drug use should take place at home. If you are not sure how to approach this subject with your younger children here are some great, age appropriate resource for you:
The Week’s Activities
Monday: Students wore a sports jersey or Jog-a-thon t-shirt. Athletes from Camarillo High School joined us during the lunch period and talked to the kids about making healthy choices as athletes. Teachers received red ribbons to have the kids tie on the fence.
Tuesday & Wednesday: Local law enforcement to visit kids during lunch.
Thursday: Twin day “Help A Friend Make Good Choices”, students dress like a friend.
Friday: We had a very special end of the week morning assembly featuring the Oxnard K9 unit and Police Officers.
Special thanks to PTA Red Ribbon Week leads Jill Hodges and Nicole Brower! A big thank you to Susan Weerakkody, Principal Williams, Elizabeth Jensen, Diana Goodson, & Erin Jertberg for sharing their photos with the Pawprint while our editor was on hiatus!
Fundraising While You Shop!
We all love to find easy ways to earn money for our school without selling! Gift Card fundraising is a no-selling program that allows you to raise money for La Mariposa simply by purchasing gift cards for your everyday purchases and gifts.
Here’s how it’s done:
You simply purchase gift cards from your school coordinator, Lisa Carraway, at face value and she will order those cards at a reduced price. The difference in money is an instant rebate for our school. It’s really that simple!
Here is an example:
Purchase a gift card for the GAP for $50, Coordinator buys the gift card and they will contribute 14% back to La Mariposa. You in return get your gift card for $50 to the GAP and the school has now made $7.00 instantly!
All retailers have different contribution % so check out the retailers list for more info.
Order forms and retailers list are located here.
Michael Glenn, a biologist from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, visited La Mariposa to introduce students and staff to the concept of a Schoolyard Habitat. The assembly included a PowerPoint presentation with several photos of native plants and animals that a Schoolyard Habitat at La Mariposa could provide homes for. Mr. Glenn talked to students about endangered species and shared some success stories from the Ventura County area.
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Schoolyard Habitat Program is designed to engage local communities in providing opportunities for children to experience and learn about natural resources through the planning and implementation of habitat restoration projects. Goals include:
- Building an understanding of and respect for nature and our environment
- Providing opportunities for hands-on learning, inquiry, observation and experimentation
- Providing habitat for local and migratory wildlife including birds, small mammals, reptiles, and insects
- Providing students with areas to explore, discover and play
- Creating opportunities for students to work cooperatively and to develop responsibility
If La Mariposa chooses to apply for a Schoolyard Habitat grant, students will be involved with the planning, implementation and ongoing care of the Schoolyard Habitat areas. Students will help research plant options and select species that are native to our region and that match the soil and sunlight conditions of our site.
The National Wildlife Federation outlines some ways that Schoolyard Habitats link to academic curricula. (www.nwf.org)
- Science Standards: A Schoolyard Habitat serves as a living laboratory where students engage in hands-on inquiries into the natural world.
- Geography and Social Studies Standards: Geography and social studies involve understanding connections between people, social constructs and the environment, and the Schoolyard Habitat program can be applied successfully to help teach those connections by assisting students in understanding both space and place.
- Math Standards: A Schoolyard Habitat provides students with the opportunity to apply math concepts to the real world; whether estimating numbers of plants in an on-site plant community or looking for geometric shapes in nature, an outdoor area is full of mathematical wonders.
The Eco-Schools program models environmentally sound practices, provides support for greening the curriculum and enhances science and academic achievement. The program is made up of seven steps, incorporating a variety of environmental pathways. Once a school has registered and implemented these seven steps, it can apply for an Eco-Schools award. There are three levels of the award system. The first two levels are the Bronze and Silver. The top level is the Green Flag award. To be eligible for the Bronze Award, a school must accomplish the criteria under each of the Seven Steps below, and must apply online for the award.
To receive a Bronze Award, La Mariposa needed to earn 100 points by completing these seven steps:
- Form an Eco-Action Team
- Perform an Environmental Audit
- Create an Eco-Action Plan
- Monitor and Evaluate the Plan
- Link to Curriculum
- Involve the Community
- Create an Eco-Code
This year, La Mariposa will focus on the Energy pathway and planning a Schoolyard Habitat.
For more information on the La Mariposa Eco-Schools or Schoolyard Habitat projects please contact Natalie Swarts.