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HEADS' LETTER: Nov. 30, 2017

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THANK YOU! WALMART GRANT SUPPORTS STEAM INITIATIVE!

Thanks to a donation by the Walmart Corporation, science teachers will be able to use aquaponics as an educational tool to interactively teach valuable STEAM concepts, while bringing global awareness of sustainability for food in future generations. The project was also supported by parent Joe Aulicino, who installed the electrical outlets to provide electricity for the system. The grant was submitted by parent Tomi Walstrom.

Aquaponics is the process of combining the technologies of growing fish (aquaculture) and growing plants without soil (hydroponics). It is completely organic because the fish produce natural fertilizer that is used by the plants. This means that the system is free of chemicals! Through aquaponics technology, Middle School students will have the opportunity to innovate, design, and build a system that produces edible fish and plants, while managing the entire system themselves.

The starter system – originally donated by Dr. Stephanie Carey's brother, Andy Lutton – was installed October 2017, near the Middle School field. The installation was also a gift of two alumni, Geordie Chastain and Michael Astell, who set the concrete flooring and installed the equipment as part of their Boy Scout Eagle Scout projects. The aquaponics system is currently being run as a club by Mrs. Maria Cardona. During the third trimester, aquaponics will also be offered as an elective. Other STEAM electives and clubs will also be adding their creativity and designs to this exciting application project.

CORBETT PREP BOOK FAIR CONTINUES THROUGH DEC. 4!

Thank you to everyone who has supported the Book Fair at Barnes and Noble so far this week!

The annual event continues through Monday, Dec. 4, in store and online through Saturday, Dec. 9. Enter our book fair ID # 12253191 at checkout if you shop online.

  • Look for our Book Fair volunteers and/or Ms. Pitti to purchase Barnes & Noble Scrip and help Corbett Prep earn more to support our book collection!! Books to hold still rock for many!
  • Barnes & Noble is hosting a pajama story time on Friday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. There will be a reading of the Polar Express as well as activities for kids. You can join in the fun and also remember to tell your friends to inform the cashiers that you are with the Corbett Prep Book Fair!
  • Saturday, Dec. 2, at 11 a.m. Storytime at Barnes & Noble. This week's featured story is How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Parents can enjoy some shopping time while the kids enjoy a holiday classic.

Remember the Corbett Prep Laney Library/Media Center receives a percentage of all sales, including cafe purchases.

CORBETT PREP PARENTS: IT'S YOUR TURN to be ENTERTAINED and WOWED!

ANNUAL WINTER FINE ARTS NIGHT:

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7, 6:30 - 8:00 P.M.

A SPECIAL TIME TO ENJOY THOSE SPECIAL MOMENTS...

More details below.

NEWS FROM FIFTH GRADE

Becoming literate is more than knowledge and skills. Certain behaviors and dispositions assist students to become effective learners who are confident and motivated. Reading the book Wonder opened up many concepts leading to the understanding of character development and resolution through literature.

This book is part of our Transdisciplinary Theme: How We Express Ourselves. It is told through various perspectives and emphasizes the importance of being kind. Understanding perspective and allowing the importance of kindness to permeate through our classrooms is an ultimate benefit from reading the book.

In addition to this year's book study, we were able to see the movie adaptation and compare how the perspectives differ on the screen vs. in the book. This type of book study builds empathy, promotes caring and adds depth to our students as literate learners.

CSA TRIMESTER 2 BEGINS NEXT MONDAY, DEC. 4

You can sign up online for Community School of the Arts classes using CampSite online. The catalog is included in today's Thursday Folder and available to download. Dancers, please remember that your costume fees for the spring dance recital are included in the Trimester 2 registration so we can place the order for costumes. We will be adding a Saturday option for music lessons. Please email Tom McColley if you are interested.

CSA PRESENTS: THE GRUNCH!

Just in time for the holiday season, CSA – Corbett Prep's Community School of the Arts – presents its winter production, The Grunch: A New Children's Musical, Friday, Dec. 1, through Sunday, Dec. 3, directed by Julie Nelson and Jarrett W. Koski!

Prepare to be entertained by 40 actors in grades 2-5, who have been rehearsing since September to bring you laughs and inspiration. Featuring singing, acting and dancing, The Grunch is a musical about a musical.

As the name suggests, The Grunch is inspired by How the Grinch Stole Christmas and tells the story of Rudy Grunch, a grumpy 6th grader who always feels like an outsider. When the entire school gets excited about the annual school musical, Rudy comes up with a perfect plan to ruin it for everyone. But will the spirit of theatre prevail and cause a change of heart? Before you know it, you will be shouting, "It's only the theater for me!"

  • Performances are December 1 & 2 at 7 p.m., December 2 & 3 at 2 p.m.
  • Tickets can be purchased in advance for $10 from cast members or the office. Tickets are available on the day of performances for $15.

HOLIDAY SHOPPING OR PLAN AHEAD FOR 2018!

The SCRIP/GIFT CARD Program IS A WIN WIN!!! If your holiday shopping list includes gift cards for your friends and family, let Corbett Prep help you with your shopping. It is a win-win. You beat the crowds and Corbett Prep benefits with no additional cost to you. We have hundreds of vendors to choose from. The participating retailers list and order form can be found in your Thursday Folder.

In order to receive your order in time for the holidays, please submit the order form to the Main or Middle School offices by December 8, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact the business office at (813) 961-3087.

SO, YOU MAY BE ASKING, HOW DOES SCRIP WORK?/WHAT IS SCRIP? AND THE ANSWER IS: SCRIP is simply a gift card purchase program available to you here at Corbett Prep! When you purchase gift cards through this program, Corbett Prep will earn a percentage of the purchase. The gift card costs you EXACTLY the same amount as it would elsewhere and the school benefits. Over time, it truly adds up, and it is a WIN-WIN! As always, we appreciate all of your support – you can make it happen by calling in your order to the Corbett Prep office (813) 961-3087 or by sending in the order form in your Thursday Folder and/or by dropping it off in the Main or Middle School offices. Holiday orders must be received by December 8.

PFA NEWS

BY PFA PRESIDENT Tammie McFarland

METROPOLITAN MINISTRIES HOLIDAY TENT

Friday, Dec. 22 from 8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. join fellow parents as we model for our children by volunteering at the Metropolitan Ministries holiday tent. New this year, children ages 8+ can volunteer alongside their parents. We will be handing out food for the holidays to Tampa's at-risk population at the holiday tent. Metropolitan Ministries has just adopted a new volunteer management system called VolunteerHub! There is a landing page for Corbett Prep to make the sign-up process easier: http://corbettprep.metromin.volunteerhub.com/

Please visit the link to register as a volunteer. For questions, please contact Karin Ladis or Jocie Fletcher at PFAOUTREACH@CORBETTPREP.COM

PFA GENERAL MEETING DECEMBER 6

HOLIDAY UGLY SWEATER

Join us as we discuss the successes of the Fall Festival and look ahead to Big Event 2018! All whilst wearing our ugliest holiday sweaters and shirts. Contest winner will receive $100 toward their classroom fund.

PFA HOLIDAY POTLUCK: A TASTE OF CORBETT PREP

Calling all cooks! Prepare your favorite festive holiday dish to share with us at this final PFA meeting of the 2017 calendar year. Appetizers, Main Dish, Soup, Salad, Cakes & Pies, Cookies, you name it! The more the merrier! Contest winner will receive $100 toward their classroom fund.

MOVIE MADNESS SAVE THE DATE

The tradition is back...On Wednesday, Dec. 6 (Noon Dismissal), Corbett Prep will attend its very own private movie screening. This wonderful event takes place at Villagio Cinemas in Carrollwood, (next to Barnes & Noble). Lunch and your movie choice are available for $15 per person, and if you would like to see only a movie, the cost is $10 per person. This is a unique opportunity for our school to experience a movie with only Corbett Prep families and support the PFA fundraiser at the same time. Mark your calendars: 12-6-2017! Purchase movie tickets online by Monday, Dec. 4!

ENJOY THE HOLIDAY SEASON and HONOR THE ARTS!

ANNUAL WINTER FINE ARTS NIGHT!

THURSDAY, DEC. 7, 6:30 P.M.

PLEASE READ DIRECTIONS BELOW TO MAKE THIS A SPECIAL AND MEMORABLE NIGHT

Grandparents and Grandfriends Day was such a perfect way to begin the Thanksgiving weekend and turned out to be totally incredible with over 400 guests enjoying a stupendous show directed by our talented Fine Arts Team. The extraordinarily joyful performance was followed by high energy and welcoming visits to classrooms where our guests were treated like royalty! We were honored to have each and every one of them with us!

Now parents, it's your turn to be the audience for an amazing production where our students shine. You will be treated to an expanded, delightful show, even more than Grandparents and Grandfriends experienced the day before Thanksgiving.

PLEASE REMEMBER:

  • Every student performs, and all are in the finale.
  • Please clear your calendars, and plan to allow students to participate in the entire performance filled with music, dance, instrumental pieces and student speakers.
  • Every heart is guaranteed to soar at this joyful performance! We are all excited to share our Annual Winter Fine Arts Program with our Corbett Prep community.

DETAILS: All students from Pre-K3 thru Eighth Grade are expected to

  1. PERFORM
  2. Wear CORBETT PREP GREEN POLO SHIRTS and khaki or black pants. (The Warriors' Pride Chorus and Spirit of IDS wear black pants or skirts and white polo shirts.)
  3. ***At 6 p.m., students will report to designated places where their teachers will be awaiting them.
  4. ***At 6 p.m., Gatlin Hall opens for adult seating and slide show presentation.
  5. ***At 6:30 p.m., the program begins PROMPTLY in Gatlin Hall; please be seated by this time. All students will watch the performance with their classes on WIDS closed circuit TV.

REMINDER: NOON DISMISSAL

TEACHER IN-SERVICE WEDNESDAY, DEC. 6.

  1. DISMISSAL is at 12 on Dec. 6 for teacher in-service. Picking up your children by 12 p.m. will enable the teachers to begin in-service training promptly. Thank you.
  2. EXTENDED DAY PROVIDED on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, 12 until 6 p.m.
  3. Activities will be based in the Extended Day Room.
  4. The cost for the afternoon will be $15, regardless of the length of stay (except for those on the Yearly Extended Day Plan).
  5. An afternoon snack and juice will be provided. All students attending Extended Day are required to bring a LUNCH.
  6. Be sure to REGISTER and PRE PAY by phone at (813) 961-3087, or in person in the office by Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017.
  7. If you are on the Yearly Extended Day Plan, half days are already included.


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