Mt. Lion News

December 2021

Hello December!

December is here! The last month of 2021, a year which sped by very quickly and brought about many changes to our school community. We are currently in the middle of the Scholastic Book Fair, which brings many books, school supplies, and activities for sale. I remember attending Scholastic book fairs as an elementary school student, so I'm very excited that we had an in-person fair. Our most popular items were books on Among Us, Pokemon, Roblox, FGTeev, and Pokemon, as well as popular series like Baby Sitters Club (graphic novels), and of course Dog Man. This book fair marked the most successful book fair ever. Congrats to everyone involved!

Our winter break is coming up and I hope everyone will get some rest and enjoy the holidays with family and with some yummy food. I am looking forward to more tamales, pozole, buñuelos, and champurrado. I hope you all get to enjoy these in addition to Christmas cookies, eggnog, and lots of candy canes!

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November Events

So many spectacular events happened in November it was hard to keep track of them all. It was nice to see the Veteran's Day celebrations happening. We have three veterans on campus, Mr. Guerra, Mr. Mendoza, and Mrs. Rodriguez. Check out photos below.

Library News!

The Morris Elementary School library was very busy in November! We had students and staff checkout a total of 1,686 books, and so far our circulation for this school year is 9,178 books.

Top patrons for the month of November followed by their total checkouts for the month.

1. Flores Diaz, Giovanni, 14

2. Diaz Garcia, Amairany, 13

3. Gil, Alyssa, 12

4. Buwembo, Mary-Ann, 11

5. Rodriguez, Zoe, 11

6. Arechiga, Jayleen, 10

7. Avendano, Natalie, 10

8. Cecenes Calderon, Sara, 10

9. Mata, Delilah, 10

10. Melendez, Marilyn, 10

And the top books for November were...drum roll, please...Claudia and Mean Janine, followed closely by Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson's Journal, and Amulet 4: The Last Council. Pictures of these popular books are below.

Book it Update!

Here are the students that completed the November reading tracker and returned it to the library for a prize, including a personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut. Great job!

Mackenzie Woods

Alyssa Gil

Juan Moreno Scott

Dyan Manriquez

Roxanna Ortega

Elijah Calvo


The Morris Elementary Writing Celebration is happening now. Every month, teachers will collect the best pieces of writing from students and submit them to the Writing Celebration team (Mrs. Gil, Mr. Lara, and Mrs. Merritt). The committee will choose the best pieces and put them on display in the MPR. Those winners will then be published in a book at the end of the year! Pretty awesome!

Box Tops for Education Update!

Kind reminder that we are still participating in Box Tops for Education. Our school needs everyone to download the app, create an account, and upload receipts as the proof of purchase of eligible products. For an overview on how to do this, click here. For a list of eligible products, click here.
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Staff Spotlight

Ms. Stephanie Garcia is our December staff spotlight! She is our newest 1st grade teacher, but she is not new to Morris. Like Ms. Rodarte, she was also a Mountain Lion as an elementary school student! Pretty cool! I wonder if they knew each other? After Morris, she attended Jehue MS, then Rialto HS, then Cal State San Bernardino, then University of Redlands. So that's Mountain Lion, Jaguar, Knight, Coyote, Bulldog, then back to Mountain Lion. Pretty cool! She has always loved school and in college her favorite courses were psychology and math, even though it was "tricky," she says. Over the pandemic, her favorite hobbies have been crafting on her Cricut machine, on which she can make cards, stickers, and t-shirt designs. She also enjoys taking walks and making iced coffee. Her favorite superhero is Spider-Man and her favorite author is Dr. Seuss. We both love Dr. Seuss! As for pets, she has one toy-poodle named Sparky. Cute name! Her advice to students is: "no matter how hard a subject or problem may be, never give up because what was once a weakness can become a strength with some hard work and practice. Nothing is impossible unless you let it be." Great advice. And her tips for wellness are: "always stay hydrated and rest. Rest is super important! Getting a good night's rest, and enjoying some free time for a walk, or being around an encouraging community is essential to keep you going!" Thanks for being our staff spotlight, Ms. Garcia, and welcome back to Morris!

Joke Corner- Winter Edition

Q: What do snowmen eat for breakfast?

A: Snowflakes

Q: What do you call an old snowman?

A: Water

Q: What did one snowman say to the other?

A: Do you smell carrots?

Morris Poetry Club

"We are the Change"

by Amanda Gorman

I'm the voice where freedom rings.

You're the love your bright heart brings.
We are the wave starting to spring,

for we are the change we sing.

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Farewell Mr. Lara

It is with great sadness that we announce the departure of Mr. Lara from Morris Elementary School. Mr. Lara has accepted a teaching position at Frisbie MS, where he will teach Language Arts to 7th and 8th graders. Mr. Lara will miss the library and staff at Morris, but most importantly the students and their enthusiasm for books and reading. Keep reading and don't forget to visit the library to check out books! Your new Library Media Technician, Janet, will be starting soon. Happy Holidays to all!


December 18: Minimum Day

December 19-January 10: Winter Break

January 17: No School (MLK Day)

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About Mt. Lion News

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