The Weekly Spur

Week thirteen: November 16-20, 2015

Just a little bit about Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day, is a holiday celebrated in the United States on the fourth Thursday in November. It has been celebrated as a federal holiday every year since 1863, when, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of "Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens", to be celebrated on the last Thursday in November. Thanksgiving was also celebrated nationally in 1789, after a proclamation by George Washington. As a federal and public holiday in the U.S., Thanksgiving is one of the major holidays of the year. Together with Christmas and New Year, Thanksgiving is a part of the broader holiday season.

The event that Americans commonly call the "First Thanksgiving" was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in 1621.This feast lasted three days, and it was attended by 90 Native Americans (as accounted by attendee Edward Winslow)and 53 Pilgrims.The New England colonists were accustomed to regularly celebrating "thanksgivings"—days of prayer thanking God for blessings such as military victory or the end of a drought.

Word of the week, Quote & Call back:

Word of the Week:

Service - giving of one’s time and energies to help others

Quote: “Be alert to give service. What counts a great deal in life is what we do for others.” By Jim Rohn

Call Back: I need someone…..To help me!

What's on tap this week?


Monday, Nov. 16 - 5th grade visit to TCU! Make a "pennant" day!

Tuesday, Nov. 17 -

Wednesday, Nov. 18 - Math Solutions Consultant on campus. Wear a college shirt "It's off to college we go!"

Thursday, Nov. 19 - PLC Meetings

Friday, Nov. 20 - PTA Family Restaurant Night at Chuck E Cheese

Happy Birthday to You!

Saturday, Nov. 28 - Kim Scroggins

Sunday, Nov. 29 - Pat Barrett & Virginia Hargrove

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A look ahead...

November 23-27 Thanksgiving Break!! Enjoy!!

Tuesday, Dec. 1 - 4th Grade Mogo Visit

Wednesday, Dec. 2 - GE Consultant on Campus

Thursday, Dec. 3 - PLC meetings

December 7-11 PTA Holiday Store

Monday, Dec. 7 - SLT Meetings

Wednesday, Dec. 9 - Faculty meeting

Thursday, Dec. - 17 - PLC meetings

Friday, Dec. 18 - Holiday Sing-along after InSPURations, class parties, early release/staff development

PTA Information:

*PTA has created a BOX TOP GARDEN. Depending on how many box tops you have turned in depends on how many petals are on your flower. The first petal represents 25 or less box tops and every petal after represents 10 boxtops. **Just a reminder, SPED will be picking up your box top envelope every Friday, not PTA. **

*If you have any pictures from your classroom that can be shared, please send them to Crystal Barnhill or Jill Wagenknecht. We will forward them to the yearbook committee. Thank you in advance!

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