Rasor eNews

December 16th, 2014

NO Enrichment or Tutoring on Wednesday, Dec. 15th

UPCOMING EVENTS

Million Minute Reading Challenge - Keep pushing those minutes at home! Deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 17th to turn in your minutes. If 1,000,000 minutes are reached - Mr. Pruett will perform a crazy feat on Dec. 19th!! He has decided to SHAVE HIS HEAD if 1,000,000 minutes are read!!


Walk 'n Roll Wednesday - Students can get their blue card punched every Wednesday morning that they walk or ride their bike to school. This will be EVERY Wednesday till the end of the year.


End of 9 Weeks/Report Cards go home - December 19th

Early Release - December 19th at 12:00

Winter Break/NO School - December 22nd - Jan. 5th

Classes Resume - January 6th

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Science Fair

Science Fair Judges!

We are in need of volunteers to help judge the Science Fair on Tuesday, January 13th. If you are interested please contact Mrs. Dargan at Christine.dargan@pisd.edu or 469-752-2950.

Art with Mrs. Bailey

Winter Break is quickly approaching! Here are some fun creative ideas you can spend time with your students doing:

  • Draw your favorite thing from the break
  • Building something festive out of recyclable materials
  • Create a new board game and play with your family
  • Write holiday letters to someone from school you’re missing and deliver them after the break
  • Write a poem about your winter break


This year the PTA will be doing a new fundraiser called Art To Remember in the Spring! The exciting news is this fundraiser will feature your child’s artwork! Classes will be starting their next projects for this fundraiser so look for more information to come out in the spring for how to participate!

Coaches' Corner

This month’s calendar is at the following link:

http://tinyurl.com/decembercsh

Complete 12 activities and return to Coach Stone or Valentini for 20 Starbucks when you return from Winter Break.


We will be involved in a basketball unit the next two weeks in the gym, which will also include the Elk’s Hoop Shoot contest for the 3-5th grade students. The fitness room will finish up discussion of the 5 food groups over the next three weeks. We will also be encouraging “ELF” (Eat Well, Live Well, Feel Well) choices over Winter Break.


The November Recycling challenge is complete. It’s time to guess how many bottle caps we saved! The guessing forms are in the gym along with the bin of bottle caps. The person who has the closest guess, without going over, will win a Sport Pack at the Winter Assembly on December 19th.

Counselor's Corner

Career Day - January 16th, 2015

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Music Matters

We are enjoying the preparations for the Student Holiday Sing Along on December 19th.


INTERNATIONAL FAIR

Thursday, January 29th 6:00PM

Come join us for an amazing night of fun for the whole family. There will be student displays, a cultural fashion show, and performances. More details will be sent home with the students. If you have any questions, please email Chantell.pickles@pisd.edu.

News from the Nurse

Back to the Basics in Preventing the Spread of Germs

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid or minimize contact with sick people (a minimum three feet distancing is recommended).
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with tissues when you cough and sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or
  • Sneeze into the crook of your elbow.
  • Stay away from others as much as possible when you are sick.
  • Adopt business/school practices that encourage employees/students to stay home when they have flu symptoms.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
  •  Properly dispose of tissues and napkins used for blowing your nose or coughing.
  • If you or your child gets sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you (or your child) stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities.

PACE

Plano Academic and Creative Education (PACE) services academically gifted/talented students in grades K-12. Referrals can be made by parents, teachers, and the students themselves.


Referrals for ALL grades K-5 are due December 19, 2014. The testing process begins in January.


Placement decisions for Kindergarten students are made by the end of February with services beginning in March.


For students in grades 1-5, placement decisions are made by the end of the school year and mailed home to the parents. Services begin the following school year.


For a referral packet or more information visit this website: http://www.pisd.edu/parents/advanced.academics/gifted.pace/index.shtml

or contact Ms. Smith at melissa.smith@pisd.edu or your child's teacher.

Parent Corner

Twelve Days of Character

All year long, we’re bombarded with advertising messages telling us to buy, buy, buy. This consumerist mania hits its high point, of course, during the winter holiday season, when even the best-behaved child’s thoughts turn to toys and candy. Add in perks like time off work and school, and it’s easy for the entire family to look forward to the holidays for the many material “goodies” they bring.


In the midst of all that, it’s easy to forget one of the best parts of the holidays: special time with family and friends. So, if you’re lamenting the loss of the spirit of the season, why not try something new to bring joy back into the holidays? Here are a few fun suggestions:


1. The Holiday Hat Game
At your next family gathering, ask everyone to write down a favorite holiday memory on a slip of paper and then put the slips into a hat. Pass the hat around and have people pull out memories and try to guess which person wrote what. As a variation, write down a series of questions, with the answers on separate pieces of paper. These could range from the silly to the serious: “What was your favorite present of all time?” “How many candy canes could a reindeer eat?” “What’s your least favorite holiday food?” Divide up the pieces of paper and have everyone try to match the answers to the questions. Have a silly prize ready for the winner.


2. Family Holiday History—on Film
Get the video camera and have your children tell you about the holiday traditions you celebrate. Let them teach you about the history and what the traditions mean. If you have older children, have them do some research online. Challenge them to "teach you something you didn't already know" about the holidays. Don't let them off the hook too easily--ask questions, be interested, but don't forget…raise your hand! If you keep it going year after year, it might be fun to look back on previous years’ videos to see how the family has changed!


3. Kids Cuisine
If your children are old enough to be left alone in the kitchen, have them cook a holiday meal for the whole family. They can plan a menu, pick out ingredients and submit a shopping list for you to take to the store. Tell them that their only limit is their imaginations. Be aware that you may end up with ice cream and cookies for the main course…


4. Lighted Scavenger Hunt
Spend an evening driving around to look at holiday lights. Give everyone in the family the list of items that must be found before going home--items like a Santa Claus, a house with all blue lights, a Christmas tree, a menorah, etc. Come home to hot chocolate and take a vote on your favorite light display—and drop a note in that home’s mailbox to let them know how much you enjoy their decorations. Note: it’s a good idea to go scout the neighborhood first so you’re not driving around till the sun comes up!


5. Sentence-at-a-Time Story
Tell a story about the holidays… one sentence at a time. Have everyone sit in a circle, and start with a sentence about your favorite holiday memory. Then, have each member of the family chime in with the next line of the story. The goal is to get the story to be the most fun, unbelievable holiday memory ever.


6. Build a Snowman Competition!
When was the last time you built a snowman? When was the last time you built two or even three? Depending on the size of your family, select teams and then set a time limit to build your frozen friend. When time runs out, judge who has the best-looking snowman! For bonus fun, knock off the snowman’s head and take pictures of various family members posing behind him with their heads in his place!


7. Wrap Race
Split the family into teams. Give each team a roll of toilet paper. Now, give them three minutes to wrap mom and dad or another pair of adults. At the end of the allotted time, take pictures of your creations and judge which team has done the best job.


8. Build a Turkey out of Legos
Get the kids to make a holiday meal using only Lego blocks. Have them make the turkey, the stuffing and the sides. For that matter, have them make the cutlery and plates too! When they’re done, have the whole family sit down to a very silly meal!


9. Learn About Other Holiday Traditions
Lots of holiday traditions are celebrated in December. Why not make a list of holiday traditions that differ from your own, and then ask each family member to pick a tradition from the list and find out more about it? Then, ask everyone to share what they’ve learned with the whole family. Discuss these traditions and compare them with your own. Suggestions include Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Hogmanay, Bodhi Day, Christmas and Nikolausabend.


10. Find the Holiday Alarm!
If you have a smartphone that you can customize ringtones for, pick a holiday tune, set it as your alarm and then hide it somewhere in the house. Next, have your kids find the phone before the alarm sounds (5 minutes is a good place to start). If they can’t find it, your holiday alarm will start playing, leading everyone to the phone’s location!
Then, sing the tune together and start again until every family member has a chance to pick a tune and hide the alarm.


11. The Holiday Time Capsule
Get a box and have the whole family find items to put in it as part of a family time capsule. These could be anything—newspapers, pieces of clothing, photographs, notes… Then, in a special ceremony, seal up the box with a “do not open until…” note and place it somewhere safe and secure. This works great if you start when your kids are infants. Then, by the time they’re seven or eight, you can start opening time capsules as well as making them!


12. Holiday Movie Night!
Designate a non-school night as “holiday movie night.” Let the kids choose the movie (or movies), make treats and snuggle under a blanket for the big show. This could even be one time where kids (and adults!) get to stay up as late as they want!

Shoparoo

We are up to 69 people who are using this app to support Rasor elementary! About $100 has been raised for Rasor since August - just by taking a picture of your receipts!!! Please keep sharing the word - it is fast, easy to use, and free money for our school:)

http://app.shoparoo.com/share/rc2hxuqn .

Ways to Help Rasor

Volunteer

Rasor LOVES our volunteers. To become a volunteer you must first complete a background check. You can begin this process at - http://www.pisd.edu/about.us/partners.volunteers/index.shtml. Click on the volunteer application link to begin this process. You must complete a new background check after every July 1st for every new school year.


Box Tops

Rasor Elementary participates in the box top program. We receive 10 cents for each Box Top. If each child brought in one Box Top each week, we could earn $50 a week. That would be $1800 during the course of the year. Just think of the wonderful things PTA could do with those funds to support our students and teachers!


You can also earn Rasor even more money by signing up on the Box Tops for Education website: www.boxtops4education.com


Tom Thumb

Good Neighbor Program

Help support your school by linking your Tom Thumb reward card to Rasor PTA! Simply link your reward card using the Rasor Good Neighbor Number. Every time you shop at Tom Thumb using your reward card, Rasor gets a percent donation from Tom Thumb. There is no additional cost to you!

2014-2015 Rasor Elementary PTA Good Neighbor Number: 8733

How to help:
1. Fill out the "Good Neighbor Program" form (HERE).
2. Take the form to the customer service desk at your local Tom Thumb store.
3. Tom Thumb will link Rasor PTA to your reward card.
4. You only have to link your reward card one time. After you are linked,
every time you shop at Tom Thumb and use your reward card, Rasor PTA benefits!

Thank you so much! If you have any questions please email joankelly2@yahoo.com.


Target

Take Charge of Education

Target has a program called “Take Charge of Education”. If you have a Target Red card you can link it to Rasor. Then 1% of all purchases made using your Target Visa card will be donated back to Rasor! If you wish to link your card or apply for a Target card, you can register online at www.target.com. Please click HERE for more details on enrolling.

RASOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
945 HEDGECOXE ROAD, PLANO, TX 75025

School ID: 100527

Rasor Elementary

Rasor Elementary, with the community, will give us a safe, caring place to learn and reach our dreams.