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HEADS' LETTER: Jan. 9, 2020

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HAPPY NEW YEAR CORBETT PREP!

We're excited to ROAR into 2020 with our students to produce a plethora of positive energy and a love of learning. On Monday, Jan. 6, the entire faculty and staff joined together to commit to the "One Word" strategy (by Jon Gordon) for creating a year of outstanding results. We also shared his video on how to continue to create a positive, cohesive and appreciative culture that would benefit all of us working at Corbett Prep...that will, in turn, be felt by all of you!

The How of WOW was also part of the start to the new year! One of the many inspiring messages in the book comes from the following quote (adapted for positive phrasing): "It is the amount and excellence of what is over and above the required that determines the greatness of ultimate distinction," by Charles Francis Adams. So, on Tuesday, Jan. 7, all classrooms and staff welcomed students back with the intention to exceed expectations for the new year and to model that same attitude and disposition for our community.

Our next EDU-TALK will share more about the process because these ideas are also good for all working environments and even for home! The next EDU-TALK is Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 8 a.m. in the Grand Room!

CORBETT PREP FAMILIES: SINCERE GRATITUDE

We are always filled with gratitude for you for honoring our faculty and staff so generously during the holiday season. Please know how much everyone deeply appreciated your thoughtfulness. HUGE kudos to the PFA leadership and classroom ambassadors for generously sharing their time and energy to coordinate such an enormous task and heartfelt effort. The appreciation was overflowing, sending everyone on their way to enjoy the holiday season!

EARLY PRIMARY: LITERATURE and PROMISES

PREK 3 – The Flower Patch welcomed back students in the new year with a kickoff to their new unit, "Leap Into Literature!" During the break, parents emailed photos of their children reading books in creative and silly ways! The Flower Patch teachers then used the photos to incorporate the students into an adaption of the book We Are In A Book by Mo Willems. The pages of the adapted book were displayed around the classroom for the students to see as they entered. The teachers then read the story to the students, who giggled excitedly at seeing their photos in the book...you can check out our Facebook album to see the excitement firsthand!

KINDERGARTEN – The Frogs are learning about celebrations and traditions around the world, while studying their International Baccalaureate Unit "How we express ourselves." Each student talked about his/her personal dreams and goals for 2020, and lanterns filled with student wishes were sent to the sky! This video captures the joy, curiosity, hopes and dreams of our early learners!

FEEDING TAMPA BAY: Corbett Prep – WE Made a Difference

The Corbett Prep Middle School Leadership Student Council would like to extend TONS of GRATITUDE to the entire Corbett Prep Community for its tremendous support of our annual food drive for Feeding Tampa Bay!! We were able to donate more than 750 pounds of food to Feeding Tampa Bay!! That is more than 600 meals that were shared with our greater community. Thank you, thank you, thank you for helping us bring food and smiles to those in need!

SPRING BREAK IN SPAIN open to 6th, 7th and 8th GRADES

By Señoras Alejandra Izquierdo and Valeria Wolters

As a school, we envision that our students will be the future leaders in an increasingly global world. With that mission in mind, the Spanish Department at Corbett Prep is thrilled to coordinate another opportunity for this academic year to take classroom learning to real-life experiences. Please review the Spain Study Tour flyer and the detailed commitment letter for more information. We will be visiting our sister school in Madrid, Colegio Ramon y Cajal. This international experience is still one of the favorite memories of many of our IDS/Corbett Prep graduates!

We invite you to apply to join us in this opportunity to make international connections by spending Spring Break in Spain. For more information please email aizquierdo@corbettprep.com and vwolters@corbettprep.com.

With excitement for this opportunity, the Spanish Team

SAVE THE DATE: JAN. 24, 2020

THE 17TH ANNUAL STUDENT/FACULTY SPORTS CHALLENGE:

FUN FOR ALL AGES and THE WHOLE FAMILY!!

On Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. please join us to cheer on our 8th grade girls' volleyball team and our 8th grade boys' basketball team as they play against your enthusiastic and amazing East Side and West Side faculty members. WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!! Enjoy this FUN-raiser while at the same time supporting our Corbett Prep Athletics department.

Available all night will be pizza, drinks, and other concession items in the Gatlin Hall. There will also be games for students and performances by our Cheer Squad & the Mini-Cheerleaders. Get ready for a roaring 2020 good time!

Remember the annual Free Throw and Hula Hoop contests are open to ALL who attend.

Look for the reservation and food order form in next week's Thursday folder.

For questions, please contact Coach Rob Heller.

CSA: COMMUNITY SCHOOL OF THE ARTS Presents FROZEN JR. – A MUSICAL

The production is Jan. 25, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Jan. 26, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Our CSA Musical Theatre production of Frozen Jr. brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life onstage in the Farish Center! The show features all the songs from the animated film, plus five new songs written for the Broadway production. With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, Frozen Jr. is sure to thaw even the coldest heart!

Directors are the enthusiastic and talented team of Julie Nelson and Janice Carlin. Tickets can be purchased in three ways: 1) from cast members for $10 2) from the front office for $10 or 3) at the door for $15.

EDU-TALK with "Dr. Joyce"

ALWAYS So Many Exciting Things to Share!

  • Join Dr. Swarzman on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 at 8 a.m. in the Grand Room for an informative and fun EDU-TALK!
  • Tour of all grades following at 9 a.m.
  • Breakfast awaits your arrival. It's also a great way to connect with other parents.

PFA NEWS

By PFA President Kaly Srinivas

PFA WISHES ALL OF US A HUGE WELCOME BACK! We hope you had a joyous holiday season and are recharged to get back for the second half of the school year. Our Big Event Co-Chairs are already busy planning this year's event. The first planning meeting is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 10. Please join if you are interested in volunteering/helping at this year's event.

BIG EVENT NEWS: By Carolyn Aulicino and Kristine Hawley Reens

Get ready Corbett Prep - It's BIG EVENT TIME!

WHAT IS THE BIG EVENT? The BIG EVENT is an epic night of dinner and dancing paired with an exciting auction.

WHEN IS THE BIG EVENT? Friday, March 6, 2020

WHERE IS THE BIG EVENT? Armature Works, Tampa

WHAT IS THE THEME? Togas for Technology - we're throwing a TOGA PARTY! (Dressy casual attire works too!)

WHY? This PFA event raises money for the latest and greatest technology for our classrooms.

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?

  • LOOK FOR the BIG EVENT SPONSOR CARD in your Thursday Folder. There are many great opportunities to support this event!
  • COME TO our first planning meeting of the new year this FRIDAY, JAN. 10, 8 – 9 a.m. in the room over the East Side Office. ALL ARE INVITED TO HELP PLAN THE PARTY OF THE SCHOOL YEAR!

PFA IS FOR ALL OF US! JOIN IN THE MANY OPPORTUNITIES THAT MAKE THE CORBETT PREP PFA SO SUCCESSFUL FOR OUR SCHOOL!

2020 Events

Jan. 24 - Student/Faculty Sports Challenge

Jan. 29 – PFA Movie Madness Event

Feb. 22 – Pancake Breakfast

March 6 – "BIG EVENT"

April 24 – PFA Father-Daughter Event

PFA Meetings:

Feb. 5, March 4, April 1

DO YOU LIKE TO PLAN AHEAD? IF YES, WE HOPE THE BELOW DATES HELP!

We are always so grateful and so pleased to have our families join in with every opportunity provided to share time with our Corbett Prep community of students, teachers, staff and families!

PLANNING AHEAD: KEY DATES

  • Thursday, Jan. 16: School Wide Spelling Bee
  • Monday, Jan. 20: School Holiday/ Students Day Off
  • Friday, Jan. 24: Student/Faculty Sports Challenge (Gatlin Hall)
  • Wednesday, Jan. 29: Noon Dismissal/Teacher In-Service
  • Thursday, Jan. 30 & Friday, Jan. 31: Parent/Teacher Conference Days
  • Friday, Feb. 14: Noon Dismissal/Teacher In-Service
  • Monday, Feb. 17: School Holiday/Students Day Off
  • Saturday, Feb. 22: Fine Arts Pancake Breakfast
  • Wednesday, Feb. 27: Field Day
  • Friday, March 6: PFA Big Event "Togas for Technology"
  • Monday, March 16 - Friday, March 20: Spring Break Week
  • Monday, March 23 & Tuesday, March 24: Students Day Off/Teacher In-Service
  • Wednesday, April 8: Noon Dismissal
  • Thursday, April 9: Parent/Teacher Conference Day
  • Friday, April 10: School Holiday/Students Day Off
  • Monday, May 4: Art Show Opens
  • Wednesday, May 6: Noon Dismissal/Teacher In-Service
  • Thursday, May 7, 9 a.m. & 1 p.m.: Spring Fine Arts Day (Two shows.)
  • Monday, May 11 – Monday, May 18: Spring Book Fair
  • Thursday, May 14: Athletic Awards Night
  • Monday, May 25: School Holiday/Students Day Off
  • Thursday, May 28: Candlelight Ceremony/Moving Up Ceremony
  • Friday, May 29: Last Day of School/Eighth Grade Graduation

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