Technology Gets a Boost from Bid from the Heart
Thank you for supporting our Bid from the Heart auctions last year! The money raised at our golf and Big Event fundraisers directly supports Corbett Prep students. Our tech team had the pleasure this week of distributing one of the purchases – a set of 44 new Chromebooks for Middle School! Technology changes rapidly, and these donations ensure we can continue to put the latest and greatest tools into the hands of our students.
Thespians Bring Charlie Brown to Corbett Prep
Our Middle School Thespian Troupe 88622 (Woot Woot!) is gearing up for its first show of the season!
Students will be presenting the sweet and funny family friendly musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
Join Charlie Brown, Lucy, Snoopy, Sally, Linus, Schroeder and the whole Peanuts gang as they tackle all the joys of being a kid. Will Charlie Brown ever fly a kite? Will Snoopy get his supper? Come join us and find out!
There will be four opportunities to view this show in person.
- Thursday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m.
- Friday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m.
- Saturday, Oct. 9 at 2 p.m. (understudy cast)
- Saturday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m.
All guests regardless of vaccination status are required to wear a mask during the performance. Doors open 30 minutes prior to show time.
Looking for an online option? There are live streaming tickets available for all performances.
Navigators Engage in Thoughtful "Tug of War"
A "tug of war" visible thinking strategy inspired thoughtful conversations among the third-grade Navigators as students discussed the question "Does learning about other cultures' beliefs and traditions result in a greater acceptance of others?" The third graders responded with yes, no or somewhere in between by clipping their name to a clothesline below the question to show where they fell on the spectrum. They discussed what "tugged" them to feel this way, with many students drawing connections between the concept of acceptance and the friendships they have formed this school year.
The spectrum question will remain on the wall as the class studies the International Baccalaureate unit of inquiry "How We Express Ourselves." As students learn more about cultures' influence on self expression, they may shift their thinking and move their clip in another direction at any point during the unit.
Our next noon dismissal is Wednesday, Oct. 6. Remember that it is important to pick up your children by 12 p.m. to allow our teachers to have lunch and begin in-service training promptly as well as prepare for conferences.
Extended Day is provided from 12-6 p.m. Extended Day is a service offered to families who need a later pick-up. We are asking that all families who are able to pick up their children at dismissal to please do so. This will assist us with our continued focus on safety. So we can staff appropriately, please register your child for the half-day Extended Day by Monday, Oct. 4. If you are on the annual or semi-annual Extended Day plan, half days are already included.
- Extended Day cost for Oct. 6 will be $15, regardless of the length of stay (except for those on the Yearly-Extended Day plan). An afternoon snack and bottled water will be provided.
- All students attending Extended Day are required to bring LUNCH.
Extended Day Pick-Up Procedures: Parents must remain in their cars for pick-up. When you arrive, please text your child's first & last name to (813) 895-9395. Students will be brought to you by a member of our Extended Day team. Please have your car tag visible.
- Station 1: PreK3, PreK4 and Kindergarten (back loop by Kindergarten and Farish Center)
- Station 4: Grades 1-5 (outside Dance Room)
- Station 5: Grades 6-8 (outside Middle School Dean Dining Hall)
Parent-Teacher Conferences This Week
Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 6, Thursday, Oct. 7 and Friday, Oct. 8 will be "school-free days" while teachers meet and update parents on student progress. Be sure to check in with your teachers if you have any questions about procedures for conference sign–up times. Conferences are available for sign-up in the Parent Portal. These conferences will have options for both in-person and Zoom meetings.
During the conference, teachers will share student strengths, areas needing improvement, and ways to "raise the bar." We always suggest to our parents that they identify and prioritize key questions or information that should be shared in order to ensure that those areas have been addressed.
MEETING WITH SPECIALS: Specials teachers will also be available to meet for conferences. Please use the Parent Portal to sign up for conferences with individual Specials teachers. It is the same pathway as families will be using to sign up with classroom teachers.
Thank you to all our families who have made conference times with our teachers! Our goal is always to connect with 100 percent of our families!
How to Sign Up for Conferences:
- Log in to Parent Portal.
- Click Parent/Teacher Conferences.
- Select times from the drop-down list for each teacher. Remember to select in-person or remote conferences.
- Once you have selected all your times click Reserve Times.
- To change a time simply change in the drop-down and then Reserve Times again.
- To view your schedule click Download Schedule and you can click the Zoom links to each teacher.
If you have any challenges, please email firstname.lastname@example.org!
Share this Date: Admissions Open House on Oct. 12
Share the gift of a Corbett Prep education! Invite your family and friends to learn about the philosophies, research and strategies behind the extraordinary experiences Corbett Prep offers students at our Admissions Open House at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 12. If you have friends you would like us to invite to the open house or to schedule their personal tour, please email email@example.com with their contact information. You may also call Maribel Garrett or Dawn Bronson in the Office of Admissions at (813) 961-3087.
Parent-Faculty Association (PFA) News
By PFA President Lauren Lipschutz
We have two upcoming events you'll want to write down in your calendars! First up is our second Happy Hour! Join our PFA at Noble Crust for Happy Hour on Wednesday, Oct. 13 to enjoy time with other Corbett Prep parents in a casual atmosphere. It starts at 6 p.m. on the Noble Crust Patio. Please RSVP if you'll be able to make it so we can have an idea of how many people Noble Crust should expect.
Secondly is our Peacock Classic Golf Tournament and new Tailgate After Party on Dec. 4! Your child received information on the time, date and place of these two adult-only events and some details of the fun activities we are planning. We also have some sponsorships remaining, and you will find information about how you or your business can get involved and support this important fundraiser for Corbett Prep!
Parent volunteers on the 8th grade graduation committee have also organized a fun fundraiser for students in 5th-8th grade to enjoy – the Dean Dining Hall Ceiling Tile Masterpiece Collection. The students are invited for pizza and painting from 12-3 p.m. after the noon dismissal on Oct. 6. Students will create art on a ceiling tile that will be displayed in the dining hall. Only students who register in advance may participate. The $50 cost covers materials and lunch with the money raised supporting the purchase of the 8th grade class gift to Corbett Prep. Current Middle Schoolers and next year's sixth graders can register on the Parent Portal. Click on "Ceiling Tile Fundraiser" on the bottom left of the portal homepage.
Get to Know M.O.R.E.
The M.O.R.E. Model was designed to be a research-based model for educators to create a brain-friendly environment that accelerates the learning process. Today, we'll revisit our child-centered vision.
A child-centered vision puts the child in the center of learning instead of the teacher in hopes of providing a safe, joyful and effortless learning community. Corbett Prep's "Children First" continues as the guiding principle as established in 1968 through the energy and vision of Marilyn Gatlin and Betty Anderson, our founders.
Regularly, the Board of Trustees re-examines the original philosophy, which results in a reaffirmation of a philosophy that has stood the test of time.
OUR VISION: To accelerate learning by creating a brain-friendly learning environment that is joyful and challenging, stimulating and productive, nurturing with high standards and high expectations, encouraging a strong work ethic and ethical conduct with dignity and respect for all.
Part of the strand of a child-centered vision is Stephen Covey's Sharpening the Saw. The 7th habit is the habit of taking care of your body by eating right, exercising and getting the right amount of sleep. It's the habit of spending time with family and friends; to learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school. The habit is about taking the time to find meaningful ways to help others. In a nutshell, Habit 7 is about taking care of yourself.