Carolyn's husband, Mark, treated students and staff to a surprise field trip to Northland Bowl in celebration of Carolyn's birthday.
We all had different styles of Bowling
Most enjoyed the sweet feeling of success...
And the agony of defeat.
No one can deny, though, that it was incredibly fun.
Recently, a few of our young female students have shown an interest in starting a multi age Girl Scout troop at NVCS. If your daughter is interested, please email Kara. There is a possibility of a parent willing to volunteer their time to lead the group.
In celebration of Martin Luther King Day...
Joyce's class watched the documentary "Black Power Mixtape." They discussed the differing viewpoints of other civil rights leaders of Martin Luther King's era, and how they came together in an attempt to achieve one goal.
Matt's class did an activity exploring everyone's differences. They also discussed their individual strengths and how they could use their individual strengths to help others in their classroom.
Verna's class played a game to learn more about their classmates. They learned that everyone in their class loves swimming, but not everyone likes broccoli. (surprise!)
Carolyn's class watched a video about Martin Luther King's life. They also tried to name a few of history's most well known leaders acting for peace. Lastly, they did an activity about respecting others, and respecting themselves.
Matt and Joyce's classes spent a lot of time this week writing their very own Mayan Folktales as they wrapped up their unit on the ancient Mayans. This was one of the best stories, written by a fourth grader, that encompassed the idea of the project.
The Mean Jaguar By Lizzy
1500 years ago...There was once a monkey and a rabbit that lived in the jungle of Southern Mexico. One day a banana fell off a banana tree. They both ran to get the banana and they both grabbed it at the same time. The banana fell to the ground and the monkey and the rabbit started fighting.
The monkey said, "That's mine, give me it."
The rabbit said, "No, it's mine give me it back."
Just then a parrot came along and she said, "Why are you guys fighting?"
The monkey said, "Her stole MY banana."
But the rabbit said, "No, he stole MY banana."
The parrot said, "That's no reason to be fighting."
Just then the parrot told the monkey and the rabbit to give her the banana."
The monkey said, "No, why should we trust YOU!"
The rabbit said, "no, why should we trust you?"
The parrot, who is very trustworthy and wise said, "OK, I was going to break it in half for you guys but I guess I won't because you guys do not want me to."
The monkey said, "OK, we will let you help us settle this fight. But you better not be kidding around."
The rabbit said, "Yeah, what he said..."
So, that parrot broke the banana in half and gave half to the monkey and half to the rabbit.
They both said, "Thank you."
Then a jaguar came along and stole the whole banana from the rabbit and the monkey.
Then the rabbit and the monkey started crying.
"Help us parrot, help us get our banana back!"
The parrot flew up in the sky and grabbed both banana halves from the jaguar's very sharp teeth. You see, this parrot was not only wise, but very, very brave.
Then he flew down and gave the bananas to the monkey and the rabbit.
The monkey and the rabbit learned that there is always a peaceful solution to a problem, fighting only escalates a problem.
They also learned to be careful around jaguars.
One of the lasting lessons of non-violent social change from civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., is the idea of service to others. Throughout the school year, students at our school learn the importance of giving back and respecting others.
Vladimir likes to help others by teaching them about animals.
Ruth likes to help people by reaching for things they are unable to reach because they are not tall enough.
Bereket would like to help anyone who wants to learn how to play soccer.
Madeline wants to help others come up with good ideas.
Trevor tries very hard to be nice to people. He also tries very hard to make them laugh. I think he's trying right now...
Clara wants to help others by reminding them to be nice to their siblings.
Currently, our P.E./ E.E. teacher, Mike, is organizing a food drive. In the next few weeks, you will get more information on how to get involved.
Ways you can help our school:
**There is a new bucket for donations to NVCS located in the hallway. The next time you are in, please put your spare coins in the bucket and it will really add up!
How many times a day to you search the internet? What if you could help our school every time? It only takes a second to start. Go to the Goodsearch main page. Scroll down to the bottom to indicate the school you would like to help. Type Nittany Valley Charter School, and then every time you search the web using the goodsearch search engine, our school will get cash. Track your donations, and the total donated to the school. You can also shop through goodshop and find many stores that will donate up to 3% of your online purchase to help our school. Awesome!
Do you shop on Amazon? Help our school. Go to smile.amazon.com. You will see a box that asks you to select a charitable organization. Search "Nittany Valley Charter School." This will connect your amazon account with our school and we get money when you shop amazon online.
Collecting Box Tops for Education and Lables for Education always helps our school. Registering your Giant reward card at: https://www.giantfoodstores.com/aplus/SchoolDesignationLogin.html
and buying Giant giftcards from the school really helps us too!
The students at Boxville University's Geo-science Department take a pajama day.
Verna's class stays warm by the fire.
What is a polar vortex?
Last week we had a very unusual weather condition called a "Polar Vortex." I wanted to know more about this phenomenon, so who better to tell me then our students.
Seth: "A polar vortex is when all the cold air blows up to the northeast."
Lily: "A polar vortex is a really bad blizzard."
Christian: "A polar vortex is a type of polar bear."
Gracie: "I do not like the north pole, it is too cold. So, I do not like the polar vortex."
Elizabeth: "A polar vortex is when it is cold, and then warm through the week."
Jacob: "A polar vortex is a vortex of ice and snow."
Natalie: (with Violet) "A polar vortex is a very strong wind that makes it very, very cold."
Dawson: (jokingly) "A polar vortex is a lot of polar bears."
Eli: "A polar vortex is when there is a bunch of cold weather at the north pole, and it spreads all around the earth."
Have a great weekend!
Happy New Year!!
I hope all our families had a warm and delightful winter holiday. I talked to many students who traveled near and far during their time off at school.
Raj traveled to Arizona. He went on an airplane. He said, "It was fun."
Justin visited Key West, Florida. He drove with his family. He said, "I saw the ocean and got bit by bugs."
Tony went to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He drove with his family and said, "It only took three hours, not very far."
Kaylee drove with her family to Chicago, Illinois. She said, "The drive was very far, but I had a good time."
Natalie went to the beaches of South Carolina. She drove with her sister, Madeline, and the rest of her family.
Elizabeth drove with her family to New York to visit very close friends. She said, "They are very close friends, it was fun."
Ben went with his dad to Canada to go ice fishing. He took an airplane, and he slept the entire time. Ben said, "Ice fishing is cold, but cool."
Madeline went with her sister, Natalie, and the rest of her family to South Carolina. Madeline said, "We drove all into the night, and saw the ocean."
Phoebe thought it would funny to tell you she stayed home during the break.. She said, "I walked from my bedroom to my family room and sat on the couch."
Jacob traveled to The Dominican Republic. First, he drove to New York City, and then got on an airplane. He said, "It was fun and the food is kind of different."
Have a great weekend!