HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I hope you all had a wonderful winter break.
PTA Meeting Next Week
Make one of your New Years Resolutions a promise to attend at least one
PTA meeting this year. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, January
14th at 7:00. Childcare is provided.
The Annual Science Fair will be held on Thursday, February 11th. Please
look for the information packet to come home soon.
Wiring for the Internet
As of January 6th, our school computer network (and the Internet) now
extends to Room 10. Rooms 7, 8 and 9 will be "online" very soon!
Martin Luther King, Jr. Assembly
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Assembly will be on Thursday, January 14th at
2:00. The Assembly will feature performances by individual classrooms.
Dr. King developed Six Principles of Nonviolence that we would like to
remind everyone of:
- No one needs to use violence to right a wrong: There is a way of
nonviolent resistance. It takes more strength to be nonviolent. You must
use your mind and imagination to show your opponent s(he) is wrong. This
takes emotional strength.
- You do not humiliate your opponent. You try to gain his/her
understanding and friendship.
- You are fighting forces of injustice. You are not fighting people
themselves. Your victory is a victory over injustice, not over certain
- Nonviolent resistance is a willingness to accept suffering without
retaliation because "suffering is more powerful for converting the
opponent and opening his ears "
- The nonviolent resister refuses to hate because the love of community
is more important.
- The nonviolent resister believes there is a greater good that will
prevail, and therefore, he/she has a deep faith in the future.
We look forward to seeing the students of Arbor Heights expressing their
understanding of the teachings of Dr. King during the Assembly.
District Wide Testing
The months of February, March and April are sprinkled with Assessment
Testing. Third and fifth graders will take the ITBS tests, in addition to
the Direct Writing Assessment. Grade 4 students will be taking the WASL
tests. It is important for the success of all students that they get a
good night's sleep, eat a healthy breakfast and attend school on a regular
basis. Students that are frequently absent or tardy miss important
learning time and this will certainly impact their preparation for the