Mt. Lion News

November 2021

November is Here

November is here! Concluding the many events we had in October. It was so great to see everyone's costumes and the school getting in the swing of things. But alas, it is time to say farewell to our library book monster. He will hide in his dungeon until we bring him out for his next feeding in October 2022.

October Events

So many spectacular events happened in October it was hard to keep track of them all. There was the perfect attendance dance party, Hispanic Heritage Month performances, Red Ribbon Week, and much more. Morris Elementary has so much school spirit. It's a great place to be!

Day of the Dead/Dia De Los Muertos

Our Day of the Dead altar in the MPR is up for the entire month of November. It looks amazing. Please stop by to see it anytime this month.

Library News!

The month of October was very busy in the library. We had students and staff checkout a total of 3,092 books! It is truly amazing how much Morris Elementary values books and reading. Way to go!! If you completed your October Book It! challenge, please bring it to the library. Here is the reading tracker for November.

Top Patrons for the month of October followed by their total checkouts for the month.

1. Esquivel, Zoe. 24

2. Buwembo, Mary-Ann. 23

3. Cabrera, Iris. 23

4. Gil, Alyssa. 19

5. Meza, Zaylee. 19

6. Valencia, Jayleen. 18

7. Diaz Garcia, Amairany. 16

8. Esparza, Emily. 15

9. Ayala, Isabella. 14

10. Rodriguez, Jeffrey. 14

And the top books for October were...drum roll, please...with 13 checkouts in October, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, followed closely by Tales from a Not-So-Perfect Pet Sitter (10 checkouts), and Brawl of the Wild (9 checkouts). Pictures of these best checkouts (not a best seller since we don't sell books. Do you see what I did there?) are below.

Staff Spotlight

This month's staff spotlight is on Ms. Daisy Rodarte, 1st grade teacher. Though she is a new teacher this year, she is not new to Morris Elementary. She attended Morris Elementary when she was an elementary school student. Pretty amazing! After she was a Mountain Lion for a bit, she then became a Fox, then a Coyote, and finally a Lion in High School. After high school she went to college at Cal State University, San Bernardino, for her Bachelor's degree and then Azusa Pacific University for her Master's degree, where her favorite courses were in Anatomy and Physiology. She loves school and her academic advice is "work hard, stay focused, and ask questions."

During the pandemic, she has enjoyed running, knitting, and spending time with her family (including her pets: a Yorkie named Bentley, and a chihuahua named Pebbles). Ms. Rodarte's favorite books include Becoming by Michelle Obama and The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. Her favorite superhero is Wonder Woman, just like Mrs. Guzman. And Ms. Rodarte's latest discovery is a doughnut shop called Sidecar Donuts in Costa Mesa. She thanks Ms. Garcia for the recommendation. I love doughnuts, too, so thanks for the heads up Ms. Rodarte and Ms. Garcia. As for movies, Ms. Rodarte likes The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, La La Land, and 500 days of Summer. For staying healthy, she recommends people "drink plenty of water, and find some time to go for a walk. If you can squeeze in a workout session, more power to you." Thanks for the tips, Ms. Rodarte! Welcome to Morris!

Joke Corner

Q: What letter is always the center of attention?

A: The letter "n"

Q: What has a head, a tail, and no body?
A: A penny

Q: What are Saturday and Sunday the strongest days? B

A: Because all the rest are weak days.

Morris Poetry Club

"Catch a Little Rhyme"

by Eve Merriam

Once upon a time

I caught a little rhyme

I set it on the floor

but it ran right out the door

I chased it on my bicycle

but it melted to an icicle

I scooped it up in my hat

but it turned into a cat

I caught it by the tail

but it stretched into a whale

I followed it in a boat
but it changed into a goat

When I fed it tin and paper
it became a tall skyscraper

Then it grew into a kite

and flew far out of sight...


November 2-10: Minimum Day

November 11-12: No school
November 22-26: No school

November 29-Dec 3: Scholastic Book Fair

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Mt. Lion News is a monthly newsletter for students at Morris Elementary School. If you have any news you would like featured, please contact Andres Lara. Info below