Roadrunner Review

December 2015 Principal Newsletter by Erika Krohn

Spotlight on Strategies: Thinking Maps

One of Canyon Rim's best practices is using Thinking Maps to help build students' cognitive skills. Thinking Maps are non-linguistic representations of the eight fundamental thinking processes (see below.) Thinking Maps are used school-wide beginning in Transitional Kindergarten and in every content area. They help students solve problems, see patterns, and reach higher levels of critical and creative thinking. Thinking Maps also help students organize their ideas when writing an essay.

Parent homework: Using the graphic below as a guide, ask your child-what type of thinking does a Multi-Flow Map represent? Then substitute the next map and so on. See how well your child knows the maps!

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Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) Parent Survey

Governor Jerry Brown's Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) is intended to provide funding from the State to local districts. It is important for Orange Unified School District and Canyon Rim Elementary School to consider how well we are doing in achieving improved outcomes for all students. I invite you to provide your input to assist us in developing our District Local Accountability Plan and our School Plan for Student Achievement. Please use the following link to take the survey:

Save the Date: Cyber Safety Parent Workshop

On Thursday, January 14 at 6:00-7:30 P.M., Canyon Rim will be hosting its second Parent Workshop of the year. The focus will be on how parents can keep their kids safe on the internet. In addition, parents will learn how to instill digital citizenship in their children. This workshop is important as we find that our children are often a step ahead of us when it comes to social media and communicating via the internet. Join us for this educational evening! Light refreshments will be served.

Thank you PTA for a lovely Super Hero Staff Luncheon! You made us feel special!

Canyon Rim Students Honor Veterans

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Kindergarten Celebrates Thanksgiving

Upcoming December Events

December Core Value: Self Control

December 1-4: Book Fair Continues

December 2: Roadrunners Dine Out: El Cholo Restaurant

December 3: Lunch with a Loved One

December 5: Canyon Rim Holiday Boutique

Week of December 7: Hour of Code, Report Cards go home

December 9: PTA Meeting at 8:15 A.M.

December 10: Awards Assemblies

December 11: Poinsettias Go Home, 5th Grade Fund Bake Sale

December 11-13: O'Neill Shopping Days

December 18: Winter Parties

December 19-January 10: Winter Break