FPMS AP Weekly Update

December 8, 2014

Important Dates this Week

** Hour of Code this week in the library**

Monday December 8th Fire Drill 9:00

Monday December 8th C Squared Lunch Meetings

Monday December 8th Girls BB vs Stiles 5:00

Tuesday December 9th OAP Community Performance at VHS at 6:00

Wednesday December 10th Admin RTI Meetings (except 8th grade)

Wednesday December 10th District AP Meeting-Tracey and Jonathan off campus 9-12

Wednesday December 10th Band Winter Concert at VHS at 6:30

Thursday December 11th Pep Rally at 1:40

Thursday December 11th OAP Zone A Contest at CPHS

  • Thursday December 11th Boys BB vs Stiles 5:00
  • Friday December 12th AVID Site Team Meeting 8:00
  • Friday December 12th OAP Zone B Contest at CPHS
  • Friday December 12th Winter Dance 6:30-9:00
  • Saturday December 13th OAP District Contest at CPHS
  • 10 Holiday Gifts Kids Can Make


    The holiday season is almost here! Will you and your students be crafting any special projects or gifts to bring home to families? If you're looking for inspiration, we love these 10 DIY holiday gift ideas from School Specialty!

    Spiral Bookmaking Cover Design

    A decorated journal or sketchbook is a beautiful and thoughtful gift for any member of your students' families. The DIY process for the covers involves collage using recyclable materials. Plus: Invite students to write a letter to their chosen family member inside the journal cover.

    Textured Pottery Boxes

    Using both stamping and sprigging techniques, invite students to make square boxes from textured pottery. They're a perfect place for storing lost teeth, special toys and other mementos.

    Majolica Goblets

    Pottery featuring vivid colors over a gloss-white base has a long global tradition, from China's Ming Dynasty to Islamic potters to Spanish and Italian artisans. Combine a history lesson with a stunning piece of pottery for students to gift a family member with pride.


    Chihuly-Inspired Nested Bowls and Marbles

    Inspired by traditional Venetian craftsmen, the American artist Dale Chihuly has redefined glasswork. Invite students to create their own colorful nested bowls and marbles in the style of the master to give as gifts.

    Illuminated Letters

    Students can use the ancient art of illuminated letter design to create a family heirloom. After this study in pattern drawing and meditative art is complete, students can frame it for a memorable gift.

    Paper Quilts

    After designing their own paper fabric, students will embellish, embroider and piece together a stunning quilt to display at home.

    Mixed Acrylic Abstracts

    These gorgeous abstract acrylics on canvas will wow parents, and students will love learning how to layer acrylics and other media.

    Enlarging Famous Artwork Into a Banner
    Teach students how to reproduce a famous artwork using the Grid Method, then gift family members the supersized versions of students' chosen masterpieces.

    Owl Textured Teapots
    Have students create a functional teapot gift, personalizing it with the form of an owl (or other motif) to add interest. Applied art and fine art beautifully collide in this ceramic project.

    Seed-Paper Sunflowers
    The recipient of these sunflower sculptures will have to make a tough choice to make: display it in her home or plant it directly into her garden.

    Find more DIY art-project gift ideas with School Specialty's lesson plans and supplies!

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