"The Community Nest"

"Relationships are the agents of change." Dr. Bruce Perry

The Week ending May 20, 2022

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Our Gray Hawk Mission Statement

OUR GRAY HAWK FAMILY works together to help students feel safe, loved, and inspired so they can be empowered learners and engaged citizens.

Congratulations, Miss Welch!

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Guest author Izzy B. was I N C R E D I B L E!!!

BIG SHOUT OUT to first grade teacher, Mrs. Brown for arranging for visiting author Izzy B to visit not only Gray Hawk, but all of our Basehor-Linwood Elementary Schools. We had a marvelous time learning about how he became an author (it all started in FIRST GRADE!) and the challenges that he faced getting his first book published to now where he is continuing to write but also has been asked to illustrate books for other authors.

It was an outstanding experience for all of OUR GRAY HAWKS!

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Summer Bash on Thursday evening was a rousing success! Thank you so much to everyone for your kindness and generosity. After very minimal expenses for the evening, we brought in a total of $2000.50 exceeding OUR $1800 goal to be able to order a gaga ball pit for OUR playground!

Thank you to all of OUR GRAY HAWK staff that pulled together and helped to make last night such a success and to OUR COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS who supported it as well. Dunk Tank staff were real troopers - that water was C O L D, but the laughter was well worth the hypothermia! :) Seeing everyone together last night enjoying each others company, laughing and having a great time was the true definition of UNITY IN THE COMMUNITY!

Thank you to the Basehor Police Department, Basehor Fire Department, Animal Control, and Basehor Community Library for being here as a part of community outreach! We appreciate you so very much!

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Thank you, Mr. Patrick!

Thank you, Mr. Patrick for always bringing your A game and spreading the love of reading and books with OUR GRAY HAWKS! We love you and so appreciate our partnership with Basehor Community Library.
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Featured Literature

It’s our Final Book Share for the 21/22 school year! Wow!! It has been so fun to be involved with the whole Gray Hawk family this year! We’ve shared some amazing books with you this year with amazing messages about being kind to all! This week I’m going to recommend some summer reading ideas to keep those reading skills strong! I hope you find something you’ll enjoy!

BASEHOR COMMUNITY LIBRARY SUMMER READING PROGRAM STARTS SOON! This summer reading program is the easiest way to keep reading, find the books you want, and earn prizes while you are at it. There are also special programs, Lego clubs, Reader’s Theaters and more! SIGN UP BEGINS MAY 23RD AND IS EASY TO DO EITHER ON THEIR WEBSITE OR HEAD TO THE LIBRARY!

Now here are a few ideas for books to read over the summer!

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Each week we will provide clues to the identity of someone from throughout history that has made an important impact on our world. We provide these clues each morning and then reveal the person to OUR GRAY HAWKS on Friday morning with a brief video. Here are the clues from this past week.

  • I was born on August 4, 1901 in New Orleans, Louisiana. I grew up in a part of town that was so dangerous that it was nicknamed “The Battleground”. My mom was not able to take care of me so I lived with my grandma and uncle.

  • One of my most favorite things to do as a young boy was to watch local jazz musicians. I wanted to learn to play the horn so badly that I started to teach myself to play the cornet. When I was 12 I got in trouble and was sent to a home for boys. When I was there I joined the band and learned how to read music.

  • When I was young I had a lot of nicknames including Satchel Mouth because I had such a big mouth but when I got a bit older and I was traveling in England and they shortened my nickname to “Satchmo”.

  • By the time I was 21, I was considered one of the best horn players anywhere. I had my own unique style and people loved to hear me play my solos. Throughout my life I had many number one hit songs including “What a Wonderful World”, “Hello Dolly”, and “Heebie Jeebies”. In addition to playing the trumpet I had a very unique sounding gravelly voice. As a matter of fact, when I recorded “Heebie Jeebies”, the sheet music I was using fell on the ground and I started making up words to the song. This was called scatting and I kept it in the song because it sounded so cool.

  • I died on July 6, 1971 from a heart attack at the age of 69. I was inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. I am considered one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time.

Celebrating Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong - BrainPOP UK

Neuro News

Next week we will send out links for summer learning opportunities for OUR GRAY HAWKS to GROW THEIR BRAINS! Instead of linking an article for OUR parents, I thought I would include a great video for the kids to see about the brain and nervous system along with some fun experiments they can do at home.

From the YouTube description: "Dr Chris and Dr Xand look at the amazing things our brains can do!Operation Ouch is a British science show for kids that is full of experiments and biological learnings. In this educational TV show, twin brothers Dr. Chris and Dr. X and do science experiments for kids, to explain us how the human body with all its different parts and systems works, and how medicine and medical procedures can help. "

Science for kids | Brilliant Brains | The Nervous System | Experiments for kids | Operation Ouch