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April 2016

Important Dates

April 11-15 -Book Fair

April 11 -Last 5th Grade Acuity Camp

April 12 -Art Club

-Last 4th Grade Acuity Camp

April 13 -Drama Cast and Crew

April 14 -Last 3rd Grade Acuity Camp

April 15 -Secretary Appreciation Day

-2nd Grade Egg Drop

-Spring Fling and Book Fair 5:30-9:00

April 18 -Second Part of ISTEP begins

April 19 -Art Club (last one)

-Fundraiser at Ella's

-Mrs. Hanson's Class field trip to St. Francis

April 20 -Mrs. Hughes' Class field trip to St. Francis

April 21 -Mrs. Messerschmidt's Class field trip to St. Francis

April 22 -School Spirit Day

April 26 -Student Council Meets

-Art Club

-Art Fair 5:30-8:00

April 27 -Drama Cast and Crew

April 28 -Kindergarten field trip to the Zoo

April 29 -Skating Party at WOW

Spring Fling April 15th from 5:30-9:00

Spring Fling Reminders...

April 11 -Last day for pre-sale tickets for raffle

-Classroom donations for themed basket due

April 12 -Parent work night

April 13 -Last day for pre-sale game tickets, face painting and themed basket raffle

Cakes and 2 liters accepted all week. (Due April 13 to be eligilble for class prizes)

Grades K-2 Send in donations of prepackaged cakes

Grades 3-5 Send in donations of 2 liters

Book Fair

The Book Fair is Coming!

The Scholastic Book Fair will be held April 11th-15th in the Library. Students will be shopping during their normal library time. You may choose to send cash or a check made out to Adams Elementary with your child. We will also be open during the Spring Fling on Friday, April 15th. Cash,check, and credit cards will be accepted during the Spring Fling.

In addition to our in school Scholastic Book Fair, we will also have an online book fair. Shopping can be done online from April 3rd- April 16th at

All orders will be shipped to Adams to be sent home with your child.

Volunteers are Needed:

We're using VolunteerSpot to request volunteers for our upcoming Scholastic Book Fair.

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our Sign-up on VolunteerSpot:

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.

Thank you!!

If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Wilburn: us

Art Fair

Fibonacci Fair from the Ninja Art Studio!

Hello art ninjas and art ninja families! We have started the Fibonacci unit in preparation for our art fair theme this year, FIBONACCI! Fibonacci is a sequence of numbers that start with 1. You take the number before it, and add it to the answer. So, 0+1=1. 1+1=2. 1+2=3. 2+3=5. 3+5=8. And on it goes, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233, 377… Then we gridded out this arrangement to see how it looks visually and we found this beautiful spiral that can be seen from the smallest cell size to gigantic galaxy size. It’s in hurricanes, shells, animals, plant life, lots of incredible things! Wait, Sensei, why are you teaching us math? Because artistically enhanced, we have hundreds of incredible art projects in the making all inspired from this beautiful Fibonacci spiral. Here’s a sneak-peak!

Kindergarten is creating seahorses! Can you find the Fibonacci spiral in the body structure of a seahorse?

1st Grade is studying Fibonacci flowers! Next time you see flowers, count how many petals they have. Some flowers like a peace lily have one, and a rose can have 144!

2nd Grade is studying chameleons! Did you know there are 209 species of chameleons in the world? 42% of those species come from Madagascar! We’re using circles and triangles mixed with our Fibonacci swirl of a tail to make some lovely lizards!

3rd Grade is catching a great wave in their seascapes with a Fibonacci wave and volcano scenes! Their choice of mediums is giving these art ninjas some creative freedom to stretch their our their art tool belts!

4th Grade is going out of this world with their Fibonacci galaxies! They’re taking on the messy charcoals and chalk to swirl their planets and stars into galactic masterpieces!

5th Grade is taking this project independently. We studied more in depth the vastness of Fibonacci and students have to develop their own Fibonacci composition-and the variety of projects we have in the works is amazing!

I’m so excited for all of you to see these great swirls of Fibonacci! Look up some Fibonacci videos and share what you as a family learn with us! Science and math are incredible resources for artists and deeply inspire working artists today!

Our art fair is on Tuesday, April 26th from 5:30 to 8:00. Put it on your calendar, mark it in your phone and if you would like to help support our program, consider buying your child’s art framed at the fair!

We will need volunteers for the Art Fair to help set up, tear down, and run the cash register. If you’re interested, please let me know! Thank you greatly for your time!

Artfully Yours,

Sensei Timmons 317-860-4271

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The PTS Needs Your Help!

We love our Volunteers at Adams!

If you are able to help, please return this form to the school by April 12, 2016.

Name: ________________________________ Phone: ______________________ (Text Y or N)

Email: ________________________________________________________________________

Student Name(s): _______________________________________________________________

I would love to lead the following committee or fulfill the following roll for the
2016-17 school year (please check all that apply):

_____ Treasurer (balance the PTS account, file PTS Taxes)

_____ Recording Secretary (record and type the meeting minutes from each meeting)

_____ Fundraising Chair (book restaurant nights, copy flyers to go home, Chicago’s Cards, etc..)

_____ Concessions (run food concessions at Spring Fling)

_____ Room Parent Coordinator (Identify & Assign Room Parent for each classroom, lead Head Room Parent meeting in early Fall)

Comments: ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Please email Brook Blumb with any questions.

Thank you!!!

Adams Elementary PTS

Student Council News

The week of February 22nd – February 26th the Student Council sponsored a Jar Wars Competition. Each class had a jar and the students were asked to put pennies or dollar bills (positive points) in their class jar and silver coins (negative points) in other classroom jars. The class with the MOST POSITIVIE balance at the end of the week would WIN.

This year Adams Elementary collected $1,722.15 from this competition. Thank you to everyone who supported this fundraiser! All proceeds are being donated to Franklin Central’s Dance Marathon that will benefit Riley Children’s Hospital.

The Jar Wars results are in and the Top 3 classes were: 3rd place: Mrs. Messerschmidt’s class with $24.36 in positive points 2nd place: Mrs. Duerstock’s class with $32.71 in positive points 1st place: Mrs. Hughes’ class with $37.72 in positive points

Mrs. Hughes’ class voted to have an extra recess as their reward!



This year we raised $11,169 for the American Heart Association.

Way to Go Adams Elementary!

The Top 3 Fundraisers for Jump Rope for Heart this year were:

1. Ashlyn Crothers ($645) in Mrs. Shuck’s 4th Grade

2. Sydney Paquin ($285) in Mrs. James’ 3rd Grade

3. Harry Batrich ($275) in Mrs. Soboleski’s 2nd Grade and Madelyn Batrich ($275) in Mrs. Kretler’s 4th Grade

The class with the highest % of student participation turning in donation envelopes was Miss Ormes’ 3rd Grade.

> They will get to SLIME Ms. Schuldt. (Date and time TBA)

Thanks again to all who helped make this event a success!

Give Mrs. Swanson a High Five!

Mrs. Swanson recently earned funding at for a classroom project called “Loving Learning in 5th Grade”. Her classroom will be receiving:

* Read About the American Revolution

* United States Grab and Play

* Explorers Grab and Play Game

* Mastering Multistep Problem Solving

* Point of View Finding Evidence Kit

* Making Inferences Finding Evidence

* Match and Sort Grammar & Writing

* Giant Multisided Foam Dice

Congrats Mrs. Swanson!

Parents of Current 5th Graders

Immunizations of meningitis and Tdap are needed for the start of 6th grade. Please call the doctor now to schedule an appointment prior to the start of school so that your student will have the shots that Indiana requires for middle school. When you have an appointment date and time, please let the elementary school nurse know so that it can be recorded. Requirements are grade level-based, and not dependent on age of students entering 6th grade. Call now for the best availability of appointments.

Field Trip Chaperones

If you would like to go on a field trip with your student, you must have a current background on file. To complete a background check, please go to

All schools have access to the volunteer data base and can verify if your clear background check is still current.

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