Roadrunner Review

October 2017 Principal Newsletter by Erika Krohn

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Principal's Message

Dear Canyon Rim Families,


School has only been in session for a little over a month, but our scholars have learned so much already. It's been exciting to observe students writing narrative and persuasive essays, using thinking maps to organize their thoughts, making sense of math word problems, taking digital on-line reading comprehension tests, taking notes, citing evidence from text, and using a daily agenda to keep track of work. Our scholars are being taught how to speak and respond academically in complete sentences. Also, I've been totally impressed by the students' Van Gogh-inspired artwork and the beautiful garden that's been planted by T-K.


Not only have our students been working hard, our teachers have been working hard to make sure that our students receive high quality instruction. As a staff, we continue to learn about the new Wonders ELA curriculum. In addition, in partnership with our amazing PTA, our staff is working on the creation of a STEAM/Maker Lab where students will be able to conduct scientific investigations and use engineering practices. Lastly, each time we meet as a staff, grade levels report how they are continuing to foster a Culture of Kindness and Respect in each classroom. I really enjoy hearing our teachers share stories of students' acts of kindness and Big R behavior!


This is an exciting month for Canyon Rim-we will be celebrating our 20th Anniversary on October 27. The teachers and I have been planning a school-wide assembly to commemorate this occasion and share our rich history with the students and community during the school day on October 27. It's been fun to reminisce and hear stories about Canyon Rim's past from our teachers who have been here since the opening. At this assembly, the items from the time capsule will be unearthed and shared. Students have been discussing what artifacts would be interesting to add to the time capsule. In addition, students are writing about why they love Canyon Rim. We are even bringing back the Canyon Rim song! I want to recognize and thank Tammy Pinkerton, a retired Roadrunner, for all of her help and coordination with this event. That evening, our wonderful PTA will be hosting a 20th Anniversary Festival to bring our community together to celebrate 20 years of excellence. It is an honor to be the leader of such an outstanding school during this exciting time. I look forward to celebrating 20 years of excellence with all of you!


Kindly,

Erika A. Krohn, Principal

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Physical Education Class

On September 11, Mrs. Sarah Jarell joined our staff as the PTA funded Physical Education teacher. She will work with each grade level weekly on either Mondays or Wednesdays. Mrs. Jarell is kicking off the year with some Capture the Flag and soccer. As the year progresses, she will continue to focus on skills, fitness, and lots of games. The students are enjoying learning some new games and working up a sweat. In addition, Canyon Rim has purchased additional PE equipment for the students to use during P.E. Thank you PTA!

September Big R/Kind Heart Raffle Winners

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Soccer and STEM at Recess!

The Soccer and STEM lunch recess pilot program has been up and running as part of Canyon Rim's Culture of Kindness and Respect initiative. Two to four coaches run Soccer/STEM activities 4 days a week at lunch recess. The purpose of the program is to: 1) Promote positive student engagement at recess 2) Prevent bullying 3) Teach STEM vocabulary and concepts in a soccer format. Students were selected to participate in the program by interest and recommendation of the teachers. Participating students have reported that they are having lots of fun! Noon duty aides commented that it's helpful to have a large group of students participating in this structured activity. So far, the program is off to a great start!

Schedule:

Mondays-1st and 4th grades

Tuesdays-2nd and 5th grades

Thursdays-3rd and 6th grades

Fridays-open to all grade levels

Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Screening

All 3rd grade students at Canyon Rim will be screened for Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) unless a parent chooses to opt out. GATE screening will take place in late January. If a parent would like their 2nd, 4th, 5th or 6th grade student screened for GATE, they will need to refer their child online using this link: http://www.orangeusd.org/gate/

The deadline for a parent referral is December 8, 2017.

October Events:

  • October 3-Student Council Intent to Run for Office forms due (upper grade)
  • October 4-6th Grade Cave Man Day
  • October 5-School Site Council, 2:30 in Rm. 14
  • October 6-K-4 PTA Funded Music begins
  • October 9-13-Parent Conference Week, Minimum Days all week
  • October 11-English Language Advisory Council Meeting, 8:30 A.M. in MPR
  • October 11-Student Council Speeches, 10:25 in MPR
  • October 12-PTA Meeting, 8:15 A.M. in MPR
  • October 13-Vision and Hearing Testing
  • October 16-20-6th Grade Outdoor Science School
  • October 19-Great American Shakeout
  • October 23-27-Red Ribbon Week/Pennies for Prevention
  • October 27-20th Anniversary Celebration Assembly, 1:00 in quad
  • October 27-20th Anniversary Festival, 5:00-9:00 P.M., playground
  • October 31-Fall Dress Up Parade, 8:15 A.M, Fall Parties in afternoon

Canyon Rim Elementary School

2004 & 2012 CA Distinguished School, 2016 Gold Ribbon School