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HEADS' LETTER: Oct. 18, 2018

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HEADS' LETTER OCTOBER 18, 2018

REMINDER TOMORROW, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19: PROFESSIONAL STUDY DAY FOR TEACHERS

A SCHOOL FREE-DAY FOR STUDENTS

Corbett Prep Teachers will be studying together for in-service day on Friday, October 19 in the Olympic tradition of the "best getting better." School resumes on Monday, October 22, 2018. We wish our Corbett Prep community a great long weekend filled with opportunities to enjoy practicing our long-time favorite Four-Letter Words..."Kind, Care, Give and Help"...and remembering that "NICE IS A GOOD THING!" That's really important all of the time, but especially when living "cyber etiquette."

NEXT WEEK – SCHOOL PICTURE REMINDER: OCTOBER 24 and 25

Please remember the school dress code will be adhered to for all pictures. If students want to wear something special (word-free) for pictures that would be considered in the spirit of the Corbett Prep dress code, please be sure to bring a Corbett Prep dress-code-appropriate change of clothes for the remainder of the day. These pictures will be in the 2018–2019 Yearbook. Picture dates are:

  • WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24: EAST SIDE Pictures (PreK3 through 5th GRADES)
  • THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25: MIDDLE SCHOOL Pictures (6th through 8th GRADES)

THINKING AHEAD ... WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31

HALLOWEEN COSTUME GUIDELINES TO MAKE IT A GREAT DAY!

There will be academics as usual on Wednesday, October 31... except for a part of the day that will be devoted to Halloween fun! The times will be different for each division. Each division celebrates differently according to ages and teachers' plans. Other information will follow from your teachers and/or RPCs. Many thanks to one and all for caring to make this day a lot of fun while still following our basic common-sense guidelines:

  • When choosing Halloween costumes for school, please be mindful that there are children who react differently to scary costumes and that costumes should always be school appropriate and respectful.
  • All weapons, scary masks, etc. are left for your own personal use outside of school.
  • Please be prepared for teachers to follow these guidelines and intercede where necessary.
  • The Annual Middle School costume extravaganza is also expected to respect Friday dress code guidelines.

LUNCH FOR TRIMESTER 2 BEGINS NOVEMBER 12, 2018

Please look for an email coming soon regarding how to sign up for the Trimester 2 Lunch Program, which starts Monday, November 12, 2018. The last day for the current school lunch program, for Trimester 1, will be on NOVEMBER 8, 2018.

THESPIAN TROUPE 88622 NEWS

If you loved Beauty and the Beast...wait til this show...another new and amazing production!

CORBETT PREP JUNIOR THESPIAN TROUPE 88622 proudly presents its One Act Festival competition piece Once on This Island on Thursday, October 25, at 6 p.m. and Friday, October 26, at 4:30 p.m. Please join us for this 40-minute one-act presentation. Tickets are sold in advance in the office or at the door for $5 adult/child. By Seth Travaglino

CROSS COUNTRY REACHES FOR PERSONAL BEST RECORDS for CORBETT PREP!

by Coach Kathy Folen and Dan Kava

Congratulations to our group of champions who ran the Bay Area Championship Race on Saturday, Oct. 13 for Corbett Prep. It was a proud day, filled with triumph, competitive spirit, and personal best accomplishments. Our runners truly put it all out there for the team, and we appreciate the parents who supported their efforts early Saturday morning.

Congratulations go to: Boys Team: Jackson Reens, Lawson Chastain, Cameron Samuel, Dillon Doss, Nijil Lucas, Mateo Brink, Cooper and Fischer Antalek, Aiden Judd, Nathan Scott, Evan Thielbar, Levi Hodges, and Ethan Palso! Girls Team: Chloe Powers, Peyton Aydelotte, Dalia Halawani, and Aria Sneary! Huge kudos and admiration for "going above and beyond!"

Our FWCL Champion Varsity Boys Team will run this weekend in the Nature Coast State Qualifier in Lecanto. Our Superstars, Santiago Romero, Ricky Gonzalez, Brennan Fargher, Jackson Reens, Lawson Chastain, and Cameron Samuel will represent Corbett Prep. The following Saturday, October 27, all runners from 5th through 8th grade will run in the Florida State Championship Middle School Race and Open Race in Lakeland. This has been an exciting season culminating on October 27!

CSS COMMUNITY SCHOOL FOR SPORTS – UPDATE

The next session of our Ultimate Warriors Youth Basketball League begins Saturday, October 27, 2018. Coaches will combine skills practice with fun playing. For more information visit www.corbettprep.com/ultimatewarriors.

GOLF CLASSES ADDED!!! We have some exciting NEWS to share. Starting in November, our very own coaches Rob Heller and Chip Hill will conduct classes for golf instruction and games. Look in next week's Heads' Letter for details and registration information.

On Tuesday, October 29, 2018, our street hockey instructor, Coach David Benmocha will be conducting a HOCKEY SAFETY & SKILLS class for all students in grades 4 through 8 from 3-4:15 p.m. Parents are welcome to attend. To reserve a spot for your child, contact CSS Director, Coach Carmyn Samuel at (813) 961-3087 ext. 312.

CORBETT PREP FABULOUS BIRTHDAY PARTIES HAVE RETURNED

DO YOU HAVE AN IDEA FOR A BIRTHDAY PARTY?

You can bring it to life here at Corbett Prep! Working with party coordinator and teacher extraordinaire, Michelle Hill, you can choose from party themes that have already been implemented or design your own. Sports themes are options as well. Parties include two hours of supervised fun on our campus in designated areas. They are created, planned and implemented so that parents can relax and enjoy themselves during the event. If you are interested in booking a date for your next birthday party, email Michelle Hill.

YOGA CLUB of CORBETT PREP

Parents, we invite you to join your fellow Corbett Prep families for yoga sessions led by Danielle McClendon in the Farish Center's Betty Anderson room.

Classes are every Tuesday morning from 8:15-9 a.m. For additional info, please email Danielle.

PARENT FACULTY ASSOCIATION NEWS

BY PFA PRESIDENT Kaly Srinivas

BOX TOPS SUBMISSION TIME! Collecting Box Tops is an ongoing fundraiser at Corbett Prep. Each Box Top collected brings 10 cents to Corbett Prep. You will find Box Tops on hundreds of products you know and love. Our school's goal is to raise more than $1,000 during a school year; so please tell your family and friends to save Box Tops for you and support our school!

The next submission date is approaching; please send your Box Tops to school with your child before October 26. Every clip counts!

CORBETT PREP ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL

OCTOBER 26, 2018 FROM 5:30- 8 p.m.

Our enthusiastic Fall Festival Committee Chairs are hard at work planning an amazing night for the whole family to enjoy.

  • The Annual Corbett Prep Fall Festival will be held on Friday, October 26, 2018 from 5:30-8 p.m.
  • We have lined up some great activities, contests, games, and events, along with some great food trucks with delicious options for this event.
  • Please note: Admission to this event is free but food tickets are available for purchase. On the day of the event, purchases will be cash only and available on a limited basis. Check out the delicious menu offerings and meal options online and reserve your dinner in advance!

UPCOMING EVENTS: Wednesday, November 7, 2018 – Annual PFA Meet the Corbett Prep Board of Trustees Event – 8:05-9 a.m. in the Grand Room.

Corbett Prep is governed by a Board of Trustees. They are dedicated to supporting and protecting the current traditions and shaping our future. Every year Corbett Prep families have an opportunity to meet the Board of Trustees to understand their relationship to the school and their vision for the school.

PROUD MOMENTS SOAR

TO OUR CORBETT PREP FAMILIES, PLEASE SHARE SPECIAL MOMENTS SO THAT EVERYONE CAN ENJOY WITH YOU by EMAILING info@corbettprep.com

REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE CLASS OF 2019 go above and beyond for community service: Bravo to Mercy Roberts, Layla Fleming, Camille McClendon, Annie Sardouk, Maddie LeVine, Ava Morgan, Ava Muniz, Mia Magrisso, Maya Mehta, Brilee Gold, DaNia Brooks and Fiona O'Neill, who have volunteered their time for the last 10 months, the second Friday of each month, to Eckerd Kids providing childcare to foster children. Their support allows the Foster Parents the opportunity to participate in a support group meeting and because of the childcare. This dedicated Junior Youth Group, started by Corbett Prep mom Leah Roberts, has been meeting every Tuesday since 5th grade.

They represent a multi faith group focused on developing spiritual, moral and ethical decision-making skills as a path to happiness, friendship, fulfillment and positive social change. Under the consistent and nurturing guidance of their group mentor Jackson Roberts, they are learning to empower themselves by taking charge of their own moral and intellectual growth while contributing to the well-being of society.

AT CORBETT PREP, WE HAVE PEP, FOR THE CORBETT PREP SPELLING BEE!

by Kim Rostick

Wednesday, October 10 was the kickoff for the East Side of our campus for Upper Primary and Intermediate students and Wednesday, October 17 for the Middle School. It was the annual "kickoffs" where all students are encouraged to catch the excitement about the 10th annual Corbett Prep Spelling Bee, part of the Scripps National Spelling Bee Program.

For the next two months, students in grades 2-8 are being invited to participate in the classroom practice sessions to practice standing and spelling orally, as well as learning the rules, protocol and expectations of the school-wide Spelling Bee Competition in January. Perhaps your student will join the ranks of Riju Datta, Rishi Padmanabhan, and Carlos Pasquotto who have represented our school with pride at the National Spelling Bee. Information and permission slips were sent home in last week's Thursday Folder. What an exciting opportunity for students to further their talents or uncover some new interests and excitement!

Remember, you can also support the Corbett Prep Spelling Bee by purchasing PDQ cards. For a limited time, we are selling $10 PDQ gift cards for only $6 to raise funds to send our school Bee winner to Washington, DC. Buy 1, buy 10, buy 20. Tell your family and friends. Help support the Corbett Prep Spelling Bee. Contact Dawn Bronson in the front office on the east side to purchase your PDQ cards!

MIDDLE SCHOOL DIVERSITY and GLOBAL AWARENESS DAY...A HUGE SUCCESS

On Monday, October 15, Middle School students gathered in the Middle School gym to kick-off our Diversity and Global Awareness initiative. Students all sat with their advisories and processed ideas through audience participation, solo reflections, and discussions that gave opportunities to practice respect for diverse perspectives.

This initiative is designed to prepare our students to develop confidence and comfort as leaders who are prepared for the future to be globally minded, culturally aware, and respectful of diversity, through gender, race, religion, ethnic background and country of origin. Students listened to a panel and heard stories of individuals with unique experiences about their different lives. As students are naturally immersed in a diverse curriculum, they have been exposed to and have processed various current events on diversity in their Social Studies and Language Arts classrooms. This continues to allow students to answer the questions, "how do I honor and respect differences and how am I unique?" Thank you to Carmyn Samuel and Zeina Benni for captivating the audience with their true stories that touched on race, religion, gender and country of origin experiences.

Part of Corbett Prep's philosophy is to foster each child's capacity for learning, to help him/her grow morally, spiritually, and emotionally as well as physically and intellectually. By recognizing each child's differences, we will take the necessary steps to ensure that we are contributing to their full social development. Our goal is to provide a stimulating atmosphere where each student feels acceptance and encouragement in the achievement of success through the exercise of responsible choice. This experience will help us to achieve this by building awareness, as it is a part of our IB (International Baccalaureate) curriculum and speaks to the IB profile.

To prepare for this experience, USF Professor Dr. Deirdre Cobb-Roberts returned once again to give another one of her powerful trainings on diversity to our teachers and staff. Also, our Middle School students recently focused on character traits of honesty, perseverance, honesty, and enthusiasm through the Science of Character Day last week, along with their training through the Four Pillars of Well-Being that emerged from the partnership with Yale and the Contentment Foundation.

Bravo to our students, for diving into courageous conversations while looking through the lens of honesty, perseverance, bravery, and enthusiasm! The morning filled their teachers and our diversity volunteer committee with pride as the students engaged in this experience with open minds and a willingness to learn.

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