Monclova Primary

Weekly Bulletin

Events for Week of March 11 - March 17

Sunday, March 10


Youth Art Month Celebration and Jeans

Monday, March 11

MONOCHROMATIC MONDAY - Wear all one color.

3D Printer Demonstation - 4:00 pm - Room 190

LPDC Meeting - 4:00 pm

Board Meeting - 6:00 pm

Tuesday, March 12

PRIME YOURSELF WITH PRIMARY COLORS - Wear red, blue or yellow.

MAPS Meeting - 7:00 pm

Wednesday, March 13

WHAT HUE IS YOU? WEDNESDAY - Wear the color that best fits you.

GLC Meeting - 7:45 am

Fire Drill - 10:05 am

Thursday, March 14

CRAZY PATTERN DAY - Get crazy with patterns! Wear as many different patterns or prints as you can. Or wear your favorite!

Character Wheel - 9:00 am

2nd Grade Music Rehearsal - 1:20 pm (1st and PM K attend)

2nd Grade Music Program - 7:00 pm

Friday, March 15


Movie Night - 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm


Thank you:

Jill for organizing Frogtown Exotics! It was a great experience for our students and staff, many held a snake and said they never would!

Fay for yet again out doing yourself on a Wellness Day experience! The kids and staff were not only active but also learned about the Iditarod.

Jeron for organizing your very first Kids Heart Challenge and raising over $8,000 for the American Heart Association! The kids were excited to participate and your organization was excellent!


On Monday at 4:00 pm the parent who donated the 3D printer will be giving a demonstration on how to use it. This is a great opportunity for you and your students. Here is the link to the software download:

Please take a minute to complete the survey regarding the Frog Town Exotics presentation that took place this week. We will use the feedback for future planning.

Please be cognizant of the calendar and upcoming events. Once we return from spring break, the months of April and May are packed with significant events. April will have all of the AIR testing taking place so carts will be in 3rd and 4th grade 8 days. April and May have several school wide programs, field trips, staff celebrations, professional development and more!

AIR testing for 3rd and 4th graders will be as follows:

3rd Grade ELA Test – April 16 and 17, each section is up to 90 minutes in length

3rd Grade Math Test - April 25 and 26, each section is up to 75 minutes in length

4th Grade ELA Test – April 09 and 10, each section is up to 90 minutes in length

4th Grade Math Test - April 23 and 24, each section is up to 75 minutes in length

The carts will be with 3rd and 4th grade on testing days. Specials will be switched for 3rd and 4th graders on days that 3rd grade tests. Also, due to the number of accommodations students require, there will be testing in the conference room, room 190, room 209 and some office areas. Please make sure to check schedules of rooms as you plan out activities during April. While most test on the days listed above, there will be small group testing taking place on other days as well.

April 8 - 22 is our spring benchmarking and last measure in STAR for SGP purposes. I realize with AIR and STAR, the need for technology is great, but just like last year there are enough days to complete all testing. Please see Jill and/or Betsey regarding special circumstances with your class.

March is Youth Art Month where we promote art and art education. We celebrate how art builds a community and how art units all of us. As a district we will be having theme dress days and special activities in each building to show unity and support of art education. Monclova will celebrate youth art month March 11-15. (YES, YOU CAN WEAR JEANS IF PARTICIPATING)

March 11 - MONOCHROMATIC MONDAY - Wear all one color.

March 12 - PRIME YOURSELF WITH PRIMARY COLORS - Wear red, blue or yellow.

March 13 - WHAT HUE IS YOU? WEDNESDAY - Wear the color that best fits you.

March 14 - CRAZY PATTERN DAY - Get crazy with patterns! Wear as many different patterns or prints as you can. Or wear your favorite!

March 15 - SPIRIT FRIDAY - Go blue!

Please share this information out with your students and families through your newsletters and emails.

Words of Wisdom and Action..............................

While some see moving clocks forward as losing sleep, it's a sign spring is near and we will be finally enjoying days outside! Below are some fun facts to share about daylight savings and it's history!

Prepare To "Lose" An Hour: Daylight Saving Time Starts On March 10

By Meera Dolasia on March 4, 2019 CCSS

Here is some good news for the thousands of North Americans affected by this year's harsh winter - March 20, 2019 is the first day of spring! In anticipation of the season's start, on March 10, 2019, most residents will “spring forward” by moving their clocks an hour ahead. Though the start of Daylight Saving Time (DST) entails sacrificing sixty minutes of precious sleep or play time on Sunday, it allows for longer spring and summer days.

The history of DST can be traced back to Benjamin Franklin, who suggested it in a 1784 letter to the editor of the Journal of Paris as a way to save candles. While the American inventor was not serious, New Zealand entomologist George Hudson's 1895 unsuccessful plea to move the clocks by two hours in spring, to have more daylight to study bugs, was very sincere. In 1907, British resident William Willett proposed time change to save energy. Unfortunately, his idea fell on deaf ears as well.

It was only after Germany implemented DST on April 30, 1916, to conserve fuel needed to produce weapons and bombs during World War I, that Britain and America adopted the custom. However, the time change was so unpopular, especially among American dairy farmers, that US lawmakers revoked it as soon as the war ended. In 1942, during World War II, President Franklin Roosevelt reinstated DST by signing the "War Time" bill. Though the law was repealed just four weeks after the war ended on Sept. 2, 1945, individual states were allowed to continue the tradition. However, since there was no federal law in place, cities and towns chose their own DST start and stop dates.

The lack of consistency resulted in what Time Magazine referred to in 1963 as “a chaos of clocks." The state of Iowa boasted 23 different pairs of DST start and end dates, while bus passengers on the 35-mile journey between Steubenville, Ohio to Moundsville, West Virginia passed through seven time zones during their 40-minute ride. To resolve this widespread confusion, which was particularly disruptive for the transport and broadcast industry, the US Congress passed the Uniform Time Act of 1966.

The law stipulated that states should start DST on the last Sunday in April and end it on the last Sunday of October. However, since the legislation was not binding, Hawaii, the US territories –American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands, and the US Virgin Islands – and most cities in Arizona opted out of the annual ritual.

In 1986, President Ronald Reagan advanced the start date of DST to the first weekend of April. Nineteen years later, in 2005, President George W. Bush not only moved up the spring forward” date to the second Sunday in March, but also extended the “fall back” time by a week - from the last Sunday in October to the first Sunday in November.

Though DST has been a fixture on the American calendar for 53 years, many residents still do not like the idea of manipulating the clocks. They believe DST causes sleep deprivation, leading to a loss in productivity and more traffic and workplace accidents. Additionally, a 2012 study by Christopher Barnes, an associate professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, revealed a 10% increase in heart attacks in the two days following the start of DST. More recently, Finland’s Dr. Jori Ruuskanen found that the overall number of strokes also increased by 8% during those days. Retailers and businesses, like golf courses and restaurants, are, however, opposed to the idea of abolishing DST, asserting that the longer evenings encourage people to leave their homes and spend money at their establishments. Though there have been several attempts to get rid of DST since 2015, all of them have been rejected by US lawmakers.

Experts say waking up an hour or two earlier on the Friday and Saturday prior to DST's start is the best way to adjust both body and mind to the change. They also recommend basking in the sun for as long as possible on March 10, to allow the body to get accustomed to the longer days that follow. And going to bed an hour earlier on Saturday night will not hurt, either! But before you rush to grab the extra ZZZs, be sure to change your clocks!