February 12, 2016

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Second Grade Creators Have Valentine's Fun!

by Leona Houchens, Editor

February is a month of interesting holidays - from Groundhogs taking the lead on February 2nd to Valentines heralding their love for us. Then the Presidents get in on the act because they lead better than any Groundhog ever could! All kidding aside, the first two weeks of February keep us busy thinking of others and hoping that spring will be here soon. At MES, we plan on doing both all month long. In this edition, look for our challenge to you!

Groundhog's Day Tradition Has Young Fans

by Kendra Collins and the Jr. Groundhog Club at

Punxsutawney Phil is a great animal if you know what I mean. I just think this because he helps us predict every year whether we are having an early spring or not. This wonderful holiday celebrated by many Americans is 128 years old! Now that you know that this is a very old tradition, let’s get started on the history of Groundhog's Day.

Groundhog's Day is a popular tradition in the United States. "It is also a legend that transverses centuries, its origins clouded in the mists of time with cultures and animals awakening on specific dates. Myths such as this tie our present with the distant past when we believed nature influenced our lives." It is the day that the groundhog comes out of his hole after a long winter sleep. According to legend, if he sees his shadow, then he will scurry back into his den and we will have 6 more weeks of winter. If he does not see his shadow then we will have spring in 6 weeks. Mrs. Houchens notes that it sounds like the same difference - Winter ends in 6 weeks and Spring comes in 6 weeks about March 15th.

A couple fun facts are…. the average groundhog is 20 inches long and 12-15 pounds. Punxsutawney Phil weighs about 20 pounds and is 22 inches long! Now that’s a big groundhog. Groundhogs are covered with coarse grayish fur tipped with brown sometimes a dull red. They have short ears, a short tail, short legs, and are surprisingly quick. Their jaws are exceptionally strong. Fortunately, the groundhog just has to see his shadow and not show us his teeth!

Extreme Valentine’s Day Kindness

by Arianna Brown

Valentine’s Day is right at the tip of Cupid’s arrow, so what can we do when the day of love arrives? Well, some people express their love while zip lining, having a dinner in the sky, or taking sidecar rides at Nascar! Isn’t that romantic? A lot of people think Valentine’s Day is only about giving chocolates and flowers; in fact, did you know that 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate and 198 million roses are grown and sold for Valentine's Day each year? While a few people make Valentine's Day a day full of excitement and fun, others just take the time to show loving kindness to the people in their life!

Valentine’s Day is the perfect kick off for a week of “Random Acts of Kindness!” We challenge you to do kind things for each other beginning with Valentine's Day and all the week of February 14-21. For example, you can volunteer for things, pass out candy to your class, and maybe even leave a gift for your teacher. Be especially nice to your parents and siblings! Put a star on a chart for every act of kindness you do even though no one else sees. You'll be amazed how good it feels to be kind. Everyone needs loving kindness, and it’s time to pass it around!

Roving Reporter Natalie Rupp asks 4th graders, "What random act of kindness could you do for someone to make them feel special?"


Spring Knue, from Aurora Public Library read to 1st graders on Friday, February 5th in order to prepare them for President's Day.
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It Began With President Washington!

by Abrie Van Winkle

George Washington was born in Virginia on February 11, 1731, according to the then-used Julian calendar. In 1752, however, Britain and all its colonies adopted the Gregorian calendar which moved Washington's birthday a year and 11 days to February 22, 1732. When the federal government established the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, we began celebrating Washington's birthday on the 2nd Monday in February.

George Washington was known as the "Father of our Country" and was unanimously elected the first President of the United States in 1789-1797. Some of you might know him as our first President, but I know him as a leader, who fought to make America a free country on July 4, 1776. Washington died at Mount Vernon in the late evening of December 14, 1799 from a throat infection called epiglottitis. Washington was buried in Mount Vernon, VA. Now we celebrate all presidents on President’s Day in honor of George Washington’s birthday.

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Second Graders Love Mrs. Macke

by Clovis Hudnall and Keegan Goodpaster

Mrs. Macke helps her students anyway she can. She has been teaching for about 26 years and she’s still going. She’s taught 6 different grades - 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th. She is really patient with second graders so the kids don’t have to work quickly. Her inspiration to teach was her fourth grade teacher who cared about her students and what they were doing. Mrs. Macke decided she wanted to be a teacher when she was ten years old. She first taught stuffed animals and pretend people. Some of her hobbies are reading and playing on her phone. She likes owls too! Mrs. Macke is a caring-fun-loving-willing-to-help-others-kind-of teacher.

Principal's Corner

I want to take this opportunity to thank our Shiner family for all of your help with the many great causes our school groups have chosen to support this winter. All of the money donated to Jump Rope for Heart and Pennies for Patients goes directly to those charities. Just imagine a world without heart disease and cancer! The Time for Kids address collection provides free subscriptions to our school. We have been able to provide this educational resource to our students at no cost for the last two years because of your efforts. Your generosity and committment is another part of this great community. Thank you!
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My February Calendar

by Alexandria Hylton and Leona Houchens

On February 2nd, I met a girl and gave her a flower,

I gave her everything in my power.

It was a faithful day to say, “Let the groundhog rise!”

Look, the groundhog saw his shadow,

It’s spring! It’s spring! I cannot believe it's almost spring!

Me and my girl began to sing!

On Valentine’s I gave her such a delicate rose.

She was so beautiful; I had to strike a pose.

Let's just say that groundhog gave me quite a prize.

Next we'll celebrate President's Day; we sure are going the right way.

Oh my, I don't want to be late for a very important date,

Farewell to all as I go to meet my mate.

Valentines All Around

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WE WILL BE JUMPING FOR HEARTS ON WED., FEB. 17th! Callie Davidson and Zane Biggs show us how!

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Tuesday, Feb. 2nd, 8am to Friday, Feb. 26th, 3pm


Please join in the fight against Leukemia and Lymphoma! Don't let it steal another life from amongst us! Why not celebrate President's Day by donating some of their faces too - $1 Washingtons, $5 Lincolns, $10 Hamiltons, and $20 Jacksons. For sure send in your pennies, because every bit counts! Go to STUDENTSERIES.ORG/SOH to learn more!


Friday, Feb. 19th, 3pm

MES Office

by Carly Richardson

Yearbook orders are due! Do you love to capture the memories of your school year? Then this is just what you need! For example, if your best friend moves, the yearbook could be the thing to remember them. So it’s like you have a miniature version of your friend that you can always take with you! So get your order in today!


Friday, Feb. 12th, 8am-3pm

MES Office

Visit the school office to check out the high quality, reasonably priced SD shirts and pants in all sizes. There's a special shirt for Manchester too! You can even try them on! See the full catalog at (under the quick link section on the right). Order forms were sent home this week and need to be returned by Friday, February 26th.