Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Newsletter - September 29, 2009

Just in case you've deleted your newsletter, here is a brief synopsis always at the ready.

International Walk to School Day: Wednesday, October 7.

Really, every day should/could be walk to school day, but this day is set aside to encourage more adults and children to walk to school together to raise awareness about:

* The importance of teaching children safe walking behaviors, such as how to cross streets, and how to select safe routes to school.
* How easy and enjoyable walking is! Adults and children spend healthy, active time together doing the world's simplest exercise - walking.
* Taking specific steps to create more walkable communities such as advocating for more crosswalks, sidewalks, crossing guards and better driver behavior.

If you live close enough to school to walk or even ride your bike to school, and you haven't been, give it a try! It's a nice, peaceful way to start the day and a great opportunity for conversation with your child and greetings between neighbors.

Student Council Election Results are IN!

On Sept. 18, after stirring speeches, our study body elected their Student Council Representatives for the 2009-2010 school year. Congratulations to the following Student Council Members:
President: Sam Eisendrath
Vice President: Emma Hotaling
Secretary: Sam Pal
Treasurer: Zachary Wise
Publicity Chair: Johanna Rohrbough
Spirit Chair: Emily Flachman
4th Grade Class Reps: Kathryn Evers and Katelyn Mayberry
5th Grade Class Reps: Kendall Schemmer and Samuel Wendt
6th Grade Class Reps: Neha Sikand and Max Teaford

New After-School Programs!

By popular request, we have been researching and recruiting new after-school opportunities for Bishop's Peak/Teach students. Here are a few of the upcoming classes to be offered on site:
Mad Science: Tuesdays starting Oct. 20, 2:30-3:30
Enthusiastic, hands-on science labs!
Pottery Classes: Offered by Shevon Sullivan of Anam-Cre Studios, will be on Wednesdays from 2:30-4:00 PM on Oct. 21, 28, Nov. 4 and 18. To learn more about Anam-Cre, visit their website at
Spanish: More information to come--will be offered after school on Thursdays by a district teacher.

Family Pizza Night at Village Host Pizza Tuesday, October 6

You and your family are invited to join other Teach families at our monthly Family Pizza Night at Village Host Pizza, located at 2138 Broad Street (at the corner of Broad, South and Santa Barbara Streets). Families come and go between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m., and Village Host generously donates a part of all sales back to the school. Isn't that nice? Plus, it's a great opportunity for our kids to socialize with other Teach students outside of school, and a chance for parents to meet each other. Add to that no dishes to wash? It's a no-brainer. Hope to see you there!

Bishop's Peak Carnival is October 9, from 5:30-8:30 p.m.!

All are invited to join the party at the Bishop's Peak Carnival on Friday, October 9. There will be lots of fun games, a Carnival Fun House, food, a silent and live auction, a dunk tank and lots more. Wristbands for unlimited games are $10. Many of our students are Bishop's Peak alumni and can tell you how much everyone looks forward to the carnival each year. Carnival is a fun tradition and the perfect way to celebrate the season. Hope to see you there!

Swap & Shop October 16

Like free stuff? Have some perfectly good things hanging around your house that you're not using? Bishop's Peak and Teach families love Swap & Shop. For those of you new to our traditions, Swap & Shop is like a swap meet, only everything is FREE! Our families clear out gently used clothes, toys and games their family has outgrown or no longer use and bring them to school the week before the swap. Then on the day of the swap, the items are laid out neatly on tables in the courtyard and the fun ensues as everyone finds new treasures to take home for FREE. Items not taken are donated to a local thrift shop. Watch for the Swap & Shop collection boxes in the courtyard starting October 12, and bring in your items!

Teach School is Collecting Used Ink Cartridges

Got some empty laser or inkjet cartridges hanging around in your drawer? Don't have a handy postage paid HP envelope? Been waiting to get around to taking that inky think over to Staples, but you can't seem to remember to grab it on the way out? Bring 'em in! Teach School can use them. Much to our delight, we have helped our school by turning in used ink cartridges. We receive $3.00 per cartridge and have been able to bring in $60.00 per month which is used by Mrs. Crabb and our teachers for much needed school supplies. Please help us out by bringing in your used cartridges to the office. All brand cartridges are eligible for a refund. Stick those empties in your car and drop them off with your kids in the morning.

PICTURE DAY is Wednesday, October 28.

Don't forget, there is NO SCHOOL Friday, October 30. (It's a teacher workday.) Also, the week of November 2-6 is parent conference week: MINIMUM DAYS all week with a 1:00 p.m. dismissal time.

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