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HEADS' LETTER: April 25, 2019

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GRATITUDE IS AT THE HEART OF JOY and HAPPINESS

On behalf of our PFA, teachers and staff, we would like to send our entire community a STANDING OVATION OF GRATITUDE for creating a Faculty and Staff Appreciation week that was a HUGE success! Everyone felt the love all week with cards and flowers from our students. In addition, PFA volunteers played an exciting Corbett Prep Wheel of Fortune game in the classroom where EVERY faculty & staff member won a prize.

Finally, we concluded our week with a private luncheon at Noble Crust, where our teachers were able to enjoy an amazing menu and some relaxing downtime before their in-service afternoon. The PFA thanks all of our parent community who contributed to their class fund. This contribution made this week possible. Our PFA wants everyone to know that they are thankful that we could show our Corbett Prep faculty and staff such gratitude.

ONE MORE CHANCE TO SEE WARRIORS' PRIDE CHORUS PRESENT "101 DALMATIANS KIDS"

Broadway returned to Orange Grove Drive, with 66 fourth and fifth graders, participating in the Warriors' Pride Chorus to present a dazzling, fun-filled, and an incredible performance of 101 Dalmatians Kids....the musical!

Friends and guests are invited to attend the last show on THURSDAY, April 25 (tonight) at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults, and Corbett Prep students are free. For more information, please email Warriors' Pride Chorus director Mr. Michael LeBlanc.

Enjoy a sneak peek of 101 Dalmatians in this article and video!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR for ONE of the WORLD'S BEST-KNOWN and MEOW-VELOUS MUSICALS

CSA presents the musical Cats with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber based on Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot.

Tickets are $10 if purchased in advance from any cast member of the show or by visiting the Corbett Prep office. Tickets are $15 at the door. The shows will be presented in Gatlin Hall. For questions, please contact the show's director, Mr. Seth Travaglino.

Remember we have multiple opportunities to catch this fabulous show for the whole family and all of your friends:

MIDDLE/ELEMENTARY CAST: May 9-11, 2019

  • Thursday & Friday at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m.

HIGH SCHOOL CAST: May 2-4, 2019

  • Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 7 p.m.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES SESSION V will be finishing on Friday, April 26.

Our last ASA (After School Activities) Session VI begins next week:

NEW HORIZONS WEEK

New Horizons Week is an important tradition that receives accolades each and every year for our amazing Corbett Prep Middle School. Thanks to our teachers for giving our students these once-in-a-lifetime opportunities and traditions that extend their units of learning far and wide!

SIXTH GRADE: Our 6th Grade students participated in a four-day outdoor education program at Circle F Dude Ranch in Lake Wales, where they focused on team-building and class-building in an outdoor environment. The 6th Grade trip nurtured these important social skills in a camp setting. We are proud of the growth each student displayed during this memorable week.

Their activities also reinforced our science and social studies curriculum while promoting team building and cooperation. Some of the activities dealt with environmental science, some were outdoor physical activities with a challenge course that included a low ropes initiative course, a 65-foot Alpine Tower, zip-lining, and many other fun and exhilarating activities that pushed students to go "outside their comfort level" and try new experiences. This important opportunity allowed our 6th graders to:

  • Strengthen relationships and develop new ones.
  • Gain a better understanding of the environment and their relationship to it.
  • Gain a better sense of self-identity and independence.
  • Foster attitudes of inquiry and openness to challenge.
  • Readily accept responsibility.

SEVENTH GRADE: On April 5, our seventh graders embarked on a journey to Pine Mountain in Franklin Delano Roosevelt State Park, located in West Georgia. This annual Wolfcreek tradition proved once again to be one of the very best trips ever! The kids broke out into four awesome groups and spent five days hiking, completing challenging team building exercises, setting up camp each day and packing it all up each morning, learning about cultural heritage, and recognizing the important of TEAMWORK! Students conquered their fears, connected with the outdoors, developed new opportunities to learn about each other, and showed themselves that they can do anything! This is only the beginning of the things our seventh graders can learn to always grow and improve! They all deserve the right to celebrate their accomplishments!

EIGHTH GRADE: Corbett Prep dazzled the Close-Up Foundation as our 8th Grade leaders shine in a large group setting. The 8th Grade class takes on Washington, D.C., and historic Philadelphia. Our soon-to-be graduates, five Corbett Prep teachers, and our Headmaster left Tampa International Airport early Sunday morning, April 7th, to begin a journey of learning about history and citizenship with school in a different setting! Our first stop was the National Holocaust Memorial Museum, where we developed heightened awareness about tragic events from the past during the Holocaust and the present with modern day genocides. It was well worth the walk and metro ride to and from the hotel.

After this profound experience, students went back to the hotel to meet the other 125 students who participated in the Close Up Program. These students were from the states of Texas and Iowa. All students were placed in "workshop" groups to work with each other all week, in a classroom type setting.

Monday morning students visited historic memorials surrounded by beautiful cherry blossoms! Students conducted workshops on leadership, looking at the styles of Thomas Jefferson, Franklin Roosevelt and Martin Luther King, Jr. In the afternoon, the students visited Arlington National Cemetery and The Tomb of the Unknown Solider, to gain an appreciation for the price of freedom.

Tuesday, our students worked in a "mock congress" to learn about the inner workings of Congress. During our visit to Capitol Hill, some of our students saw the House of Representatives while others visited the Senate. Students then participated in "walking workshops" at the World War II, Vietnam, Korean and Lincoln Memorials led by the Close-Up professionally trained instructors!

On Wednesday morning, the students boarded charter buses to begin their journey to Historic Philadelphia. With their workshop groups, they visited the Constitution Center, Independence Hall, Independence Park, and the Liberty Bell. Then back to D.C. a good night's rest to prepare for a citizenship send-off on Thursday.

On Thursday, our students took on leadership roles in a Citizenship Send Off, speaking with great presence and poise, representing the ideas of their various groups. They said their final good-byes to their friends from other parts of the country and dove into lessons from the Smithsonian treasures! Our students were stellar, and our Teachers were incredibly proud of the maturity and respect shown by all students as they toured and learned about our Nation's Capital!

Yeah Baby! Here's to the Next 50 Years!

On Friday night, March 8, Corbett Prep took a trip back to the 60s to celebrate 50 years of IDS/Corbett Prep and to party for a great cause – our kids!

Through the dedicated work of our Big Event Committee, and with the great support of sponsors, donors, Teachers, office staff and RPCs, we raised over $80,000 through the live and silent auction to fund new technology initiatives in our classrooms!

Please help us thank the 2019 Big Event Committee. We think they're super groovy!

Attendance: Helga Bleyaert & Dawn Bronson

Auction Acquisitions & Tracking: Tejal Patel & Meagan Cherry

Auction Item Management: Carolyn Aulicino & Stephanie Carey

Auction Merchandising/Staging: Shari LeVine, Kristin Butts & Stephanie Jones

Auction Monitoring & Fulfillment: Meagan Cherry & Darlene Vaughan

Auctioneer: Chris Tarpley

Check-In: Brooke Henning & Christy Voelker

Class Pictures: Hans Palma & Jemelle Tola

Creative Director: Kristine Hawley Reens

Decorations: Susan Fredricks

Development: Mark Nouss

Finance: Carolyn Aulicino

Historian: Courtney Cairns Pastor

Hospitality: Shane Fletcher

Live Auction: Carolyn Aulicino & Dewey Wong, Jr.

Marketing & Promotions: Kristine Hawley Reens

Raffle & 50/50: Carolyn Aulicino

RPC Coordinator: Laura Frasor & Tammie McFarland

Signage: Kristine Hawley Reens and Parita Patel

Sponsor Gifts: Kristine Hawley Reens

Sponsorships: Carolyn Aulicino & Shane Fletcher

Sweepstakes: Carolyn Aulicino & Darlene Vaughan

Technology Managers: Nick Gizzi & Michael Robinson

Volunteer Coordinator: Rinku Savdas

RPCs are a big PEACE of the Big Event! Thanks to our RPC's for Cultivating Class Creations and Creating a Buzz for all things Big Event – The 2019 Groovy Gala!

PreK3: Lauren Fuentes & Rida Rao

PreK4: Bonnie Kornblith & Jennifer Limeri-Maita

Kindergarten: Laura Frasor, Christy Voelker & Jaime Wise

Mighty Monkeys 1 & 2: Melanie Marsh & Yarelis Melendez

Brilliant Bugs: Anna De Jesus & Amisha Patel

Cool Cats: Lilya Raymond & Rinku Savdas

Navigators: Julia Grayson & Isel Rodriguez

Going Places: Brittany Bevilacqua & Melissa Sueling

All Stars: Nicole Shirk & Leah Stamler

5th Grade: Brooke Brink & Tammie McFarland

6th Grade: Jen Langsford

7th Grade: Mark Krumin & Blythe Sobel

8th Grade: Amy Hanson & Sheila Scott

Finally, thank you to our awesome party goers for making it a night to remember. We think you are the coolest parent/Teacher/faculty community in Tampa, and we are so happy to be a part of it!

Until our next and final year as Big Event Co-Chairs, Carolyn Aulicino and Kristine Hawley Reens.

PFA Gratitude

PFA would like to express its gratitude to all Corbett Families for their participation in events these past two weeks....

Thanks to the 200+ Girls and Fathers/Grandfathers/Uncles/Brothers that attended our 3rd Annual Father Daughter Dance! It was an AMAZING turn out once again. The DJ played current songs and kept our dancers engaged, our photo booth had a constant line and the sweet pictures we'll all cherish for years to come! The unlimited treats were also appreciated by all.

We would like to give a BIG THANKS to all of our volunteers: Mr. Vyverberg for creating our invitations again this year, Chef Chris for our delicious dessert station, and our Facilities Team for helping transform our Middle School gym into a special night for our dance! We're already looking forward to next year!!!!

Upcoming Events:

  • May 8, 2019 – while Teachers are in in-service, PFA will sponsor Movie Madness at The Villaggio Cinemas. We have a great movie lineup planned so Corbett Prep families can have their own private screening of selected movies. The link to purchase your tickets – https://corbettprep.ejoinme.org/moviemadness. All students need to be accompanied by an adult.
  • May 13, 2019 – Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast and Assembly!
  • May 14, 2019 – Show your Corbett Prep Spirit at Noble Crust during our Annual Spring Book Fair – More details in next week's Thursday folder.
  • We are planning a collection of items for SPRING. Please see the attached flyer. This is another great giving opportunity coordinated by our Community Outreach Co-Chair Jocie Fletcher.

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