Social Committee Newsletter

January 2015

Ringing in the New Year!

Welcome back. I hope you and your family had a wonderful Holiday. I hope you took some much needed time for yourself. Which of course I hope included stuffing yourself with holiday food and lets face it the most important food group, SWEETS!

I have to admit even though I love what I do, having an exact schedule and waking up to an alarm clock have given me a little bit of back to school blues. However, last week I was in Wal- Mart and ran into one of our students and it put a little spark back in me as a teacher. The look in his eyes when he saw me was priceless. (I have to admit I did kind of feel like a movie star. Ha Ha.) Of course I asked how his break was and if he was ready to come back to school to which he said yes. For some reason one thing he said has been replaying in my mind. As he was in awe of just seeing me (because I am sure all the kids think we live at the school), he said with a nervous voice, " I didn't expect to see you here.". Doesn't seem like much of a conversation but it made me think about our kiddos and how important we are to them. It may not feel like it sometimes but students put us on a pedestal. We are their one true constant for 9 months of their lives each year. As you start back the school year just know that your kiddos HAVE missed you. Give them all love, structure, discipline and knowledge you have and they will keep you on that pedestal and make you feel like a movie star!

Make a Snowflake

***I thought you might like to create a snowflake to get your creative juices flowing as we start the new year.This is a fun website. Feel free to share with your students.

January Happenings

*Soup and Salad Bar Pot Luck


*Kinder and 5th monthly treats!

January Birthdays

*Jan. 8- Josephine Sanchez

*Jan. 10- Lorin Mullin

*Jan. 10- Edwin Lampe

*Jan. 16 Michelle Hurtado

*Jan. 18 Paulina de Yepes

*Jan. 18 Cyntia Ascencio

*Jan. 28 Vanessa Rivas

Pat on the Back!

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*Thank you to Valerie Loft for ALWAYS being so KIND, GENEROUS and THOUGHTFUL. You ALWAYS have such sweet positive things to say.-Carrie Altenburger


*A HUGE thank you to Rachel Hernandez for leading the Custodian's Holiday Basket. You did a wonderful job. You went above and beyond what you needed to do.You have such so thoughtful and giving heart. Thank you also for hosting the Berkman Staff Party. It takes a lot to have events at someones house and you do a fantastic job. Thank you for all that you do.-Carrie Altenburger


*I have to give props, shout outs, all kind of hoo hahs for Mrs. Hurtado. She is so amazing with her class- I learn something new every time I visit my friends in her room. Not only is she a rock star, but she does it with a huge smile on her face. You can tell she really enjoys her job (which is amazing because I equate teaching kindergarten with herding cats!!)-Becky Chance


*Great job Loree on the Winter musical! It was awesome and our kids did such a fantastic job! - Sarah Livingston


Shout out to our amazing and creative Carrie Altenburger for her decorations for the Winter musical! They were beautiful! - Sarah Livingston


Thank you to the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade teachers for being so flexible while we prepared for the musical! Your support and help is greatly appreciated! - Sarah Livingston


*I just want say a big "Thank You" to Carrie Altenberger for her amazing set design for the Winter Concert! Your creativity and talent are awesome, thanks for sharing it in your unique way, always excellent. The fireplace was fabulous!


And for Sarah Livingston and Edwin Lampe....Thank you for all your help with the Winter Concert. You were incredibly helpful, thanks for the team effort at putting it all together!-Loree Rosenquist

Wardrobe Wednesday

*Jan. 7- Navy Blue Day

*Jan. 14- Pattern Day

*Jan. 21- Gray with a pop of color Day

*Jan. 28- Boot and scarf day

What's Up my Peeps?

*Congratulations to Loree Rosenquist she was awarded the Target Grant. Our Berkman Bees will again get to enjoy the Austin Symphony! Way to go Loree!!!!


*Cyntia Ascencio was a presenter at the national science convention, CAST.

She presented the information on the outdoor learning experience that Berkman had last year. She talked about the benefits, challenges and enrichment it creates for the students of all socio-economic levels. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with others around the country.

Launch Funny Teacher Joke!

YOU MIGHT BE A TEACHER IF......


*You want to slap the next person who says, "Must be nice to work 8-3 and

have your summers free."

*You believe chocolate is a food group.

*You can tell if it's a full moon without ever looking outside.

*When out in public, you feel the urge to snap your fingers at a child.

*You think caffeine should be available to staff in IV form.

*Your personal life comes to a screeching halt at report card time.