Jan. 16 ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
Jan. 17 ~ Report Cards issued
Jan. 18 ~ PTO meeting 2:30
Jan. 20 ~ Manatee Spelling Bee
Jan. 24 ~ Awards Ceremony for 2nd nine weeks
Jan. 25 ~ Conference Night
Jan. 27 ~ Walk-a-thon *
*Manatee's "Moving & Grooving" Walk-A-Thon will be held on Friday, January 27th (rain day will be on the Feb 3rd). All students will be participating during their activity time. Students are encouraged to ask family and friends to support them with pledges. All funds collected will be used to purchase materials and equipment needed to enhance our activity programs at Manatee.
This year, we are adding some new energy to make this healthy event fun and exciting. Children are encouraged to wear "Move and Groove" 60's/70's attire with appropriate sneakers. Pledge envelopes will be sent home on Friday, January 13th. All collected pledges are due back by Friday, February 3rd.
Are you a Groovy Parent? Come join us and volunteer! If you are interested, please contact Mrs. Kuhblank @ Kuhblank.firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for supporting this healthy fundraiser.
Parent Awareness Workshop
Cyber Safety/Cyber Bullying
Please RSVP (by January 20, 2012) or for more information contact: Deb Alderman at
Alderman.Debbie@brevardschools.org or call 321-633-3500 ext. 5517
Date: January 26, 2012
Time: 6:30 — 7:15 p.m.
Kennedy Middle School & Manatee Elementary
Lt. Todd Goodyear,
Brevard County Sherriff's Office
Where: Kennedy Middle School Cafeteria
Did You Know?
Kids who are educated in the importance of online safety are more likely to take steps to keep themselves safe online than kids who aren't educated.
One out of five teenagers uses their cell phones to go online. Of those who do, one out of five say their parents don't know that they do this.
One half of all teenagers post their real age on social networking sites. Two out of five post the name of the city where they live.
While 25 percent of 13- to 15-year-olds think it's unsafe to post personal stuff online, only 14 percent of 16- to 18-year-olds feel the same way.
Two out of five teenagers are exposed to pornography online.
Two out of three teenagers say that cyber-bullying is a serious problem. One out of three says that online bullying is worse than being bullied in person.
Students should be utilizing the FCAT Focus website at home. They have all accessed it here in the classroom and have their passwords. Beginning next week, specific lessons will be assigned as homework.
Monthly Reading Goal
My students were given a new Reading log on Monday to be completed nightly and signed by a parent at the end of each week. The log includes a space for their monthly reading goal. (# of words read) Each week I will update their log to show how many words they have read so far. The class that reads the most words this month will receive an award. Research indicates that the more students read the better readers they become. Please encourage your child to meet or exceed his individual goal for the month.
January 25th is conference night. Please let me know if you would like a timeslot reserved. I will be here from 5:00 – 7:00.
Finally, thank you to Mrs. Dribble and all the parents who contributed items for our holiday celebration and ornaments. I appreciate all of the support. I hope that you all had a very restful and stress free break. I am looking forward to 2012 and the rest of the school year. Thank you, as well, for all the lovely gifts and cards. I feel very blessed to have such a great class with great families.