Mt. Lion News

Morris Elementary Student Newsletter- April 2021

Big picture


Morris Elementary School hopes everyone had a great spring break, and we hope everyone had fun during Read Across America! Read Across America week is always a lot of fun! With Mr. Andy, students read many great books in the Tuesday library read alouds and in classroom visits with Mrs. Serna, Enriquez, Vargas, Yates, Moreno, and Ochoa, and more. Below are some books that students read last month. If you'd like to arrange a classroom visit, please reach out to the library.

In other news, April is finally here! April is a big month in the literary world. For example, all of April is National Poetry Month and Jazz Appreciation Month.

Additionally, it is also National Library Week April 4-10th, a week dedicated to libraries. And Library Worker Day is April 6th! This is a day to celebrate all library workers everywhere. Here is a link to an awesome coloring sheet that you can print out. And here is a message from admin: "Thank you Mr. Andy for always bringing the joy of reading to all of us everyday."

There is also a Children's Bilingual Book Festival happening April 15th-18th.

Administrative Professional's Day is April 21st. This is a day to celebrate our office staff. Here is a message from Admin: "Thank you Asia, Barbara, Janet, and Lizandra for keeping our office in tip-top shape, including all of us."

Earth Day is Thursday, April 22nd. As a Green Ribbon School, Morris Elementary celebrates Earth Day in a big way. Please reach out to your teachers about how to commemorate the environment. Last month on Dr. Seuss's birthday we read The Lorax, and excellent book that speaks to this issue of caring for the environment. I highly recommend The Lorax. In honor of Earth Day, Barnes and Noble is planting one tree for every copy of the book they sell. Learn more about it here.

Lastly, April 30, 2021, is El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Day of the Child/Day of the Book). Also known as "Día", it is a celebration based on childhood and literacy that began in 1997. We will hold our event on April 27th at 3pm. Mr. Andy be playing some children's songs on guitar and piano in Spanish.

Have fun this month and don't forget to READ!

Big picture


As stated above, since April is such a big literary month, we will vary our events each week: we can choose from poetry readings, books on jazz music or musicians, and especially bilingual books in honor of Día. Students will vote on what to read at each meeting, except for April 27th when we will hold our Día event. Below are the dates for our readings this month. We hold library times every Tuesday at 3pm. And as a reminder, we meet on Google Meet with the code 7SRGYZR. Below are books we read last month.

  • April 6th
  • April 13th
  • April 20th
  • April 27th

Jazz Appreciation Month

Big picture
Have you ever heard of a genre of music called jazz? It is a very fun and exciting kind of music that I personally love. The month of April is known as Jazz Appreciation Month. And this month we will be reading about jazz music and jazz history in some of our readings!


Did you know the San Bernardino County Library has many awesome events every week?

They have weekly story times and arts+crafts workshops on Zoom and Facebook. For the workshops, you have to stop by the Rialto library to pick up the kits every week. Then, tune in at one of the times below. Ask your parents to help you get online at the following times (photo below):

  • Little Artists (0-5 years old): Tuesdays @ 5pm
  • Craft Corner (6-11 years old): Thursdays @ 5pm
  • Preschool Story Time (3-5 years old): Thursdays @ 12pm (on Zoom--times can vary; contact the library at 909-574-4500 for details).

ADDITIONALLY, the San Bernardino County Library also has the option for people to check out "book crates." The library will hand pick books for you to borrow, if you tell them your age and reading level. Have your parents look at the info to the left and contact the Rialto Library at 909-875-0144.


STUDENTS! Ask your parents to download the Box Tops for Education app, join our school, and submit receipts whenever they buy eligible products. It's a great way to help our school! Below are some images to download and share!


Great news! We have e-books now! That's right: Morris Elementary School students have 173 new e-books just for them (and more on the way)! And there are some Spanish books too! Below are some of the exciting titles we added. All teachers have the information on how to access the school e-books. Here is the info in case you want to check it out for yourself: click here for detailed instructions on checking out e-books!


Q: Where do cows go for entertainment?

A: To the moo-vies.

Q: What do you call an alligator in a vest?
A: An investigator

Q: What has hands but can't clap?

A: A clock

Q: What has a lot of ears but can't hear a thing?

A: A cornfield



This month's staff spotlight is our Assistant Principal, Mrs. Punchur. Mrs. Punchur loves books, and her two favorite authors are David Shannon, who writes the No, David books, and Julia Donaldson, who wrote Room on the Broom and The Gruffalo. And the movie versions of The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom are her favorite movies. She says, "They are both on Netflix. You have to watch both and tell me your favorite scenes please." During the pandemic, she has also been busy reading the bible, which she made a goal to finish in one year!

Before she became a Morris Mountain Lion in early 2020, she was a Morgan Mustang and Werner Star. When she was herself a student, her mascots were Indians (at Penn Hills High School in Pennsylvania) and Rockies (at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania). Her favorite courses in college/university were "classroom management" and "methods in teaching reading." About the courses she says, "The classes taught me how to be positive and to encourage humans in everything they do, especially while learning. These classes were my favorites because I enjoy encouraging people and being encouraged. When you have management and routines in place teaching goes smoothly and students are able to learn. I enjoyed learning in my Reading Methods classes because I learned phonics here. I was 20 years old when I learned to read phonetically. When I was younger, I learned to sight read only. This made reading hard for me during school. In fact, I was in an RSP class where I was given specific support in reading. Kids, my peers, were not nice to me when I left the classroom and went to get help. Going to college was a miracle for me because I graduated high school reading at a 9th-grade level. I decided to go to college because all of my friends were going. The school I got accepted was a teaching school. Here is where I had to do community service and I fell into working with handicapped students. This was when I decided to become a teacher and use my experience to be an servant instructional leader. I want to encourage all who read this to know that in order to succeed in life you need to work hard and think positive about yourself. When people made fun of me, I decided to show them that I could do anything I put my mind to. Those people were not going to stop me from trying my best and working hard."

Mrs. Punchur says her favorite super hero is Wonder Woman because Wonder Woman works hard. She also liked Charlie's Angels growing up, and as a child, she says she would pretend to be Farah Fawcett, one of the actresses.

When it comes to pets, she says "I didn't get a pet until I moved to California when I was 22. The custodian from Morgan Elementary found a cat that needed a home. I took that cat home and named him Morgan. He was my roommate here in California. I moved here from Pennsylvania and lived alone for a while. My second pet was a dog that came into my Kindergarten classroom in 2009. He was a stray so I took him home and he is twelve years old. Her name is Lucy."

As for her inspiration, she says, "My relationship with the Lord inspires me. I was raised in the church and have been living as a Christian for many years. God inspires me to be my best and to do my best because I represent Him. I feel so blessed that he has given me four amazing children that are doing amazing things. He also gave me this opportunity to work and serve in schools for the last 30 years. It doesn't feel like work being at school everyday. Rather, It feels like I am at home helping my friends become all that they are meant to be in this life."

Thank you for sharing so much about yourself, Mrs. Punchur! We are so lucky to have you at Morris Elementary! Happy National Assistant Principal's Week!


"The Song of the Jellicles" by T.S. Eliot

Jellicle Cats come out to-night

Jellicle Cats come one come all:

The Jellicle Moon is shining bright—

Jellicles come to the Jellicle Ball.

Jellicle Cats are black and white,

Jellicle Cats are rather small;

Jellicle Cats are merry and bright,

And pleasant to hear when they caterwaul.

Jellicle Cats have cheerful faces,

Jellicle Cats have bright black eyes;

They like to practise their airs and graces

And wait for the Jellicle Moon to rise.

Jellicle Cats develop slowly,

Jellicle Cats are not too big;

Jellicle Cats are roly-poly,

They know how to dance a gavotte and a jig.

Until the Jellicle Moon appears

They make their toilette and take their repose:

Jellicle Cats wash behind their ears,

Jellicle dry between their toes.

Jellicle Cats are white and black,

Jellicle Cats are of moderate size;

Jellicle Cats jump like a jumping-jack,

Jellicle Cats have moonlit eyes.

They're quiet enough in the morning hours,

They're quiet enough in the afternoon,

Reserving their terpsichorean powers

To dance by the light of the Jellicle Moon.

Jellicle Cats are black and white,

Jellicle Cats (as I said) are small;

If it happens to be a stormy night

They will practise a caper or two in the hall.

If it happens the sun is shining bright

You would say they had nothing to do at all:

They are resting and saving themselves to be right

For the Jellicle Moon and the Jellicle Ball.

Big picture


Did you know that Morris is a PBIS school?

We have 3 Be's that we always follow in the classroom and outside:

Be Respectful

Be Responsible

Be Safe

Teachers will give rewards if they see this behavior, and our school will earn prizes and awards, including a Gold-level award, if we practice these behaviors school-wide.

Big picture


Have you ever heard of Bluey the dog? She's a cute dog from Australia who likes to read and have fun outdoors. Below you will find a picture of her! Keep an eye out for her books coming soon to our library. And here is a link to download and print some coloring sheets of Bluey having fun and going on adventures:
Big picture





MOTHER'S DAY: May 9th, 2021



MEMORIAL DAY: May 31, 2021