Cordata Elementary School

November 2018 Newsletter

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5th Graders' Field Trip to Mountain School

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Each year, Bellingham School District and Bellingham Public Schools Foundation make it possible for all of our 5th grade students to experience Mountain School in the beautiful North Cascades. Our Cordata 5th graders just recently returned from their three-day, two-night field trip to the mountains, where they experienced community building and science learning in the beautiful setting that you see above. Families with younger children, take a look at the amazing experiences your own children have in store when they reach 5th grade! Our 5th graders came home with memories that will last a lifetime - here are just a few:

  • "I will always remember the waterfall and the dam! You could feel the water underneath you!" -Allie
  • "I will remember the Mountain School teachers because the activities were so fun and they were great to talk to." -Imandeep
  • "I will always remember when we got hot cocoa because we did so much hiking to the waterfall!" -Rehmat
  • "I will remember the nights the most because of the skits . . . and we got to stay up late." -Makayla

School Culture Survey - Seeking input from all Cordata families

During the month of November, we will be conducting a survey of Cordata staff, families, and some intermediate students. The purpose of this survey is to help us better understand our school culture. We want to hear from you - what are we doing well, and where can we improve?

Watch for an email with more details to come to you this week, and look for links to come by way of Seesaw as well. You can complete the survey at home on your computer or mobile device, or complete the survey when you come in to school for parent teacher conferences.

Click here to get started!

Building Resilience: A learning opportunity for families!

Cordata will be continuing its family engagement series in November with a 1.5 hour workshop on Resilience, taking place Tuesday night, November 13th, from 6:00-8:30. Join us for dinner and bring your kids to our free childcare.

What is resilience?

Resilience is a quality that allows some people to be knocked down by life and come back stronger than ever or to suffer any setback and bounce back. Rather than letting failure overcome them and drain their resolve, they find a way to rise from the ashes. Psychologists have identified some of the factors that make someone resilient, among them a positive attitude, optimism, the ability to regulate emotions, and the ability to see failure as a form of helpful feedback.

Topic: Why Resilience, Toxic Stress, and Hope Matter to Families and Educators

Understanding what resilience is and how it benefits us when stress and trauma have patterned into our body can change the way we think and plan for a better future for ourselves, our kids, our families, our schools and communities. Come learn about how to increase well-being despite life's challenges. This 1.5 hour session covers basic brain development, how adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress can hard wire into brains and bodies and show up in every day behavior, what research tells us about the impact of toxic stress on our health and how building resilience and hope can help us heal and thrive.

To sign up, contact Dan Glaze (our school counselor) at 360-671-646

A note from our Garden Educator

Cooking in the classroom begins October 31st! Classes will enjoy cooking lessons once each month through March 12th. In November students will prepare and taste a fresh kale salad with carrots and radishes, as we talk about seasonal vegetables that are available in Washington State this time of year. Volunteers are wanted! If you’re interested please contact: For more information about Common Threads please visit

Mark your calendars - UPCOMING DATES

  • Nov. 2 (a no-school day for students) and Nov. 8 (an early release Thursday) - Parent Teacher conferences. If you have not yet scheduled a conference, please call our office at 360-676-6461.
  • Nov. 12 - No school for students or staff in observance of Veterans Day
  • Nov. 19 - General PTA Meeting, 5:30p Music Room with special guest Dr. Greg Baker and Margo our Common Threads Food Educator
  • Nov. 30 - Family Glow Dance sponsored by our PTA, 6-7:30p Cordata gym

Cordata PTA News

Pumpkin Fun Run Update

A big Thank you to all Cordata families and volunteers who came to our annual fundraiser! The event would not be possible without your help and support and we truly appreciate you taking the time out of your day to make it happen! Our Bobcats ran a total of 8,884 laps and raised a total of $7,944 that will go towards funding field trips, the school garden, teacher/staff grants and subsidizing yearbooks. Congratulations to the following classes and students for earning a reward!

Top Class Prize (most sponsor dollars collected)
(VIP class party with Principal or Assistant Principal, photo booth fun and dessert)

Pre-K thru 2nd grade winner: Kinder, Hunsdale = $714

3rd grade thru 5th grade winner: 3rd grade, Cueto = $1,085

Principal for the Day:

Leonidas O. - 1st Grade, Friswold-Birney

Angelica D. - 3rd Grade, Cueto

Raffle Winners

Lego Set: Elijah W. - Pre-K, Madden

Remote Control Car: Emmett K. - 1st Grade, Eckley

Slick Tricks Bubbles: Deandre R. - Kinder, Macleod & Aaliyah M. - 4th Grade, Eldridge

Mani Set: Aydree A. - 3rd grade, Bishop

Fashion Plates: Jillian C. - 3rd grade, Dubel

11,000 Beads Set: Patty J. - 4th grade, Bennett

Drone: Leeah Jade A. - 4th grade, Eldridge

WubbleX: Rowan L. - 4th grade, Gabrielson & Dominic S. - 2nd grade, McClellan

$25 Amazon Gift Card: John L. - 2nd grade, Bild & Jason Cook - 3rd grade, Dubel

Chalkboard Slime: Patty J. - 4th grade, Bennett

American Ninja Warrior Set: River T. - 3rd grade, Cueto & Liam D. - 4th grade, Gabrielson

$25 Target Gift Card: Milena B. - 2nd grade, McClellan & Riley M. - 2nd grade, McClellan

Skateboard: Adrianna B. - 3rd grade, Dubel

Slime Mix Ems: Italia S. - 4th grade, Bennett & Eli O. - 1st grade, Friswold-Birney

Amazon Fire Tablet: Emily O. - 2nd Grade, McClellan

Top Grade Level Lap Runners

(Lunch with Principal Ficklin, Certificate and dessert)

Pre-K AM, Madden: Leto K. - 7 & Roxana A. - 10

Pre-K PM, Madden: Elijah W. - 13 & Avneet B. - 12

Kinder, Hunsdale: Enrique M. - 18

Kinder, Miller: Thien N. - 17

1st Grade, Friswold-Birney: Mason K. - 26

1st Grade, Eckley: Abdulhafiz W. - 26 & Yanely G. - 32

2nd Grade, Bild: Maximus M. - 41

2nd Grade, Reno: Evelyn M. - 32

3rd Grade, Dubel: Darious S. - 58
3rd Grade, Cueto: Kaylee U. - 38
4th Grade, Gabrielson: Ishann G. - 58 & Beatriz N. - 47

5th Grade, Essex: Mason L. - 63
5th Grade, Giles: Makayla B. - 48
Life Skills, Gant: Solomon W. - 21
Life Skills, Bowhay: Anton I. - 50 & Marley M. - 22

Comments on the Pumpkin Fun Run? We would love your opinion!

Email us at, message us on Facebook @cordatapta
or drop off your comments in the PTA drop box located in the office.

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