The Phoenix Press

February 2023

A Note from Director Jacobs:

Though January might be thought of as a month of new beginnings, February allows for reflection and hope, as we start to witness signs of nature informing us that spring is on its way. Through our study and celebrations of Black History Month to American Heart Month, we are given the opportunity to reflect on our current practices and examine how we are demonstrating an openness and abundance of love to our family, our community, and ourselves. Nelson Mandela once said, “as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people the permission to do the same.” May we always seek opportunities to grow, share, and love.

Schoolhouse News with Mrs. Owens:


The Lexington Fayette County Health Department with our School Nurses will be providing an opportunity for scholars to have their teeth Fluoride varnished. Fluoride varnish is a dental treatment that can help prevent tooth decay, slow it down, or stop it from getting worse. Fluoride varnish is made with fluoride, a mineral that can strengthen tooth enamel (outer coating on teeth). Letters will be coming home in February. If interested, please return the completed form to the school. This is optional but we are thankful to LFCHD for this service to our scholars!


We are now utilizing Digital Great Leaps as part of our intentional focus on improving literacy for our scholars at RISE. This program builds fluency and comprehension skills through repeated practice opportunities for scholars who need a little help reaching their proficiency goals. Digital Great Leaps is a research-based, repeated practice-based program that builds both fluency and comprehension skills. Feel free to check out Digital Great Leaps for additional information.

Great Leaps Digital

Rise 1st Annual Science Fair!

We had a fantastic 1st annual Rise Science Fair today! 17 4th grade scholars participated. They worked so hard and did a fantastic job presenting. Our judges were impressed with the hardwork that was put in over the last few months. We are advancing 10 scholars to FCPS District Science Fair on February 4th (more info to come). Those advancing are: Daisy Durman, Grace Gallagher, Claire Begley, Malaiya Mobley, Cambree Newby, Nadia Adams, Mia Spires, Lillian Hurt, Kayla Beauchamp, and Alice Koyagi. Our winners today are:

1st place: Malaiya Mobley, Cambree Newby
2nd place: Grace Gallagher, Claire Begley
3rd place: Alice Koyagi, Daisy Durman

Congratulations to all participants!

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Scholars and Families attend the PTA fundraiser at Chuck E. Cheese!

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Kindergarten Celebrates the 100th Day of School!

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Spanish Fusion with Señorita Hoskins:

Scholars this past month have been exploring a variety of mediums while learning to expand their Spanish language through conversations and writing. Take a look at some of their creative work through the pictures provided!

Outdoor STEM with Mrs. Spore:

Outdoor STEM: The 1st Annual Rise Science Fair was a big hit! We had so many interesting investigations. Third and 4th Graders will again meet with 4H this month to discuss animal adaptations. Our Kindergarten, 1st , and 2nd grade scholars will meet with LexGreen to discuss sustainability and water conservation. In January Kindergarten scholars finished their unit on Pushes & Pulls and even enjoyed some indoor "bowling". 1st Grade scholars investigated properties of light and sound. They enjoyed using dark boxes to try and send secret messages. 2nd Grade scholars finished their unit on Processes that Shape the Earth. They enjoyed making cornmeal mountains and investigating how water shapes the land. Our 3rd Grade scholars began their unit on fossils and how the earth has changed over time. 4th Grade scholars have begun a unit on energy interactions. They've enjoyed investigating types of energy with amusement park rides.
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Minds In Motion with Ms. Branham:

In Physical Education, we have been working on Dribbling, Passing, Throwing and Catching for K-2. 3-4 grades have been working on teamwork, dance and jump bands.

DEIB News:

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Dr. Soraya Matthews came and spoke to the Rise staff at our most recent team meeting Dr. Matthews is the Chief Equity Officer for the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging! During our time together, we were able to engage in meaningful conversation around diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, and how we as a team are all leads in these areas for our school. Together, we will rise up and ensure that all scholars have access to resources and opportunities. We will continuously strive to find more ways to include our families! It was an honor to have her come and speak with us and engage in activities around how we can be more intentional with inclusion!

January DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging) nominees:

**CONGRATULATIONS to our scholars: Carsyn L., Jocelyn T., Kamryn M., Marley M. and our Be Well Instructor, Mrs. Brothers for being selected as the staff and scholars to represent Rise for the month of January! Their names will be sent to the District DEIB team for further recognition! Thank you for demonstrating inclusion, kindness, and respect to others!

The January scholar nominees for both staff and scholars include:

Carsyn L., Marley M., Margaret W., Emese P., Jocelyn T., Eleanor G., Athena P., Ga’Laysiah K., Ivy S., Taziyah Blake, Kamryn M., Alondra G., Cambree N., Kylee B., and Violet H.

*The January staff nominees include:

Mrs. Durham, Ms. Hoskins, Ms. Arnold, Ms. Keene, Ms. Carmical, Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Dennison, and Mrs. Brothers.

Please complete the February nomination link for Rise scholars and staff:

Upcoming events planned by the DEIB Team

Our school's DEIB Team is currently in the planning stage for a few upcoming events! We are planning a College & Career Readiness day in March to bring in various stakeholders, community partners, and hopefully you! We are looking to collaborate with you and leverage each other's abilities to build and form partnerships with you, our families! We would love your input and also would like to know if you own a business or have a passion in something that you would like to share with the larger Rise community. We want to recognize your talents and passions!

We are also collaboratively working on an upcoming Family engagement night with a focus around diversity and need YOUR help! This event will take place near our Rise Formal event. We will be focusing on how to care for different hair textures, provide samples in skin care and hair/cosmetology, and need YOUR help! We are looking for partners to help provide a quick hair style for ALL scholars, hair stylists/cosmetologists to come out and speak to our scholars briefly, and guest speakers to read a "read-aloud" to each class, and every scholar will receive a copy of the book we will provide! The date will be forthcoming but will take place in May. Please complete this survey if you are interested!

February Focus: Black History Month

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Please let us know if you are interested in coming to do a read-aloud for our scholars. If interested, please complete this survey and we will follow up with you.

*Please be sure you have taken a background check and it has come back cleared. The link is:

We pay tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.

As a Harvard-trained historian, Carter G. Woodson, like W. E. B. Du Bois before him, believed that truth could not be denied and that reason would prevail over prejudice. His hopes to raise awareness of African American's contributions to civilization was realized when he and the organization he founded, the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), conceived and announced Negro History Week in 1925. The event was first celebrated during a week in February 1926 that encompassed the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The response was overwhelming: Black history clubs sprang up; teachers demanded materials to instruct their pupils; and progressive whites, not simply white scholars and philanthropists, stepped forward to endorse the effort.

By the time of Woodson's death in 1950, Negro History Week had become a central part of African American life and substantial progress had been made in bringing more Americans to appreciate the celebration. At mid–century, mayors of cities nationwide issued proclamations noting Negro History Week. The Black Awakening of the 1960s dramatically expanded the consciousness of African Americans about the importance of black history, and the Civil Rights movement focused Americans of all colors on the subject of the contributions of African Americans to our history and culture.

The celebration was expanded to a month in 1976, the nation's bicentennial. President Gerald R. Ford urged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” That year, fifty years after the first celebration, the association held the first Black History Month. By this time, the entire nation had come to recognize the importance of Black history

Please see our school's DEIB lead, Ms. Keene for any DEIB-related questions!

In Ms. Keene's class: Charlie M.'s Grandmother, Author Mary Powell Wagoner, came to read her book to Scholars!

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Rise PTA News:

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Third Grade Parks Field Trip

Friday, Feb. 3rd, 9:30am-1:30pm

601 East High Street

Lexington, KY

Scholars will also be visiting Coventry and Masterson Station Parks.

Rise December 2022 PLP Awards

The PLP award goes to one teacher and one support staff member for making the most parent outreach contacts for the month.
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Congratulations to Ms. Sheila Anderson, Rise's Mental Health Specialist!
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Congratulations to Ms. Trista Keene, Kindergarten Teacher!

Rise has been offered free UK Women's Basketball Tickets for the 2/26 game

Please complete the survey to request tickets:

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