February 19, 2018

Week of January 20th

Hopefully, you battened down the hatches this week and did not suffer damage from our gusty East Wind! Perhaps it will blow itself out this weekend so we can return to normal.

Most students finished their informational books on time today. A few had to take them home to complete. We will share them with you at the end-of-the-term celebration on Thursday, February 27th. Please mark your calendars.

Almost everyone has chosen their topic for our next project. We will be researching World Heritage Sites and presenting information via posters and speeches. Please visit http://whc.unesco.org/en/interactive-map/ to view the location of your child’s special site and to find more information about it. Students should bring their library cards (or at least their numbers and Pins) to class next week to aid in their research.

As a class, we brainstormed information that we should discover about each site. Obviously, its name and location are paramount. In addition, everyone needs to be able to describe his/her place and explain why it was important enough to be named a World Heritage Site. Though these are all natural sites, the speaker should tell about people’s relationship with the area through the years, including both positive and negative effects. Many kids also want to report on the animals (or plants) that live there. Others want to give a tour of the area. The more interesting info the better!

Next week will be spent researching, the following week organizing and revising notes, and the third week preparing the speech and poster. So that means presentations during the week of February 17th.

The Corbett Book Fair is scheduled for next month. We are in need of quite a bit of help in order to make it successful. Please see the letter below from the PTA.

This week was our first rotation for our new round of artists. We split each class into five groups, and placed a group from each class together. They will visit each intermediate teacher in the coming months to learn of new artists and create art in their style. Most folks are really enjoying it!

Thank you, Shana, Hillary, and Rena for helping out with our Faith Ringgold project. If anyone else has a stash of fabric and some time to cut patchwork pieces, please contact me. I will give you the details of size and number of pieces needed.

I have added some new important dates below. Have a great weekend!


  • February 3rd-6th – Book Fair at Springdale 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m
  • Wednesday, February 5th – Family Night at Book Fair 7:30 a.m-8 p.m.
  • Monday, February 17th – Presidents’ Day Holiday
  • Friday, February 21st – School Day
  • Thursday, February 27th – Funky Monkey Trip to Symphony 8:20 – 11:15 a.m.
  • Thursday, February 27th – End-of-the-Term Celebration 2:30-3:30 p.m.
  • March 21st-30th – Spring Break



Volunteers are needed for the PTA’s annual district wide Book Fair on February 3, 4, 5, and 6 at the Springdale School’s “Stage” area.
Space is limited at the main Corbett Schools campus, so the CAPs School location was chosen.
Book fair hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday – our final fair day.
          Wednesday, Feb. 5th is friends & family night – Book Fair hours are 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Key Information:
Our Sales Goal:  $4,525.00 dollars.   Last year we sold $4,300 dollars.  If we grow our sales by 5 percent more, we earn additional scholastic dollars for teacher book purchases.
Volunteer Tasks & Important time slots to staff
  • Setup day  Thursday, Jan. 30th 9 am to Noon.  Tasks:  creative people to setup displays and decorate tables, and unpack books. We need 1 or 2 more people.
  • At least 3 to 4 people during the high traffic times which are the hours of 7:30 to 8:30 am,  11:00 to 1:00,  3 to 4 pm; and 4 to 8 pm on family night.
  • Tasks during fair are:  Book baging & helping cashier, keeping book shelves in order, mornitoring & supervising students ensuring they don’t linger too long at the “small toys / gadet” table — for lack of a better term — that Scholastic sells.
  • Fair Breakdown  Thursday after school from 4 – 7 p.m., Need help during this time to repack books, closeup display shelves, stack boxes of books, and take down signs and decorations.   If we have enough help, breakdown won’t take long and we can get done much sooner.
  • Volunteer(s) to bring Light snacks & one small box of coffee from Starbucks or 2 small carafes for family night.  Please don’t spend alot of money, keep receipt and turn into the PTA Treasurer for reimbursement.
  • A volunteer to help create a simple Teacher/Classroom WISH LIST Board for the book fair that won’t take up alot of space (to be done during book fair setup time on Jan 30, 9 – Noon).
Corbett Elementary’s Online Book Fair is located at: http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/corbettschool and will run from Feb 3 – 15. 
A volunteer briefing/cashier training session will be scheduled for volunteers based on access to building prior to fair.
If you are available to volunteer, please contact us at corbettcardinalspta@gmail.com with the dates and times you are available.
Thanks again for helping make the book fair a success!
Corbett PTA
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