August 2014

Upcoming Events
Aug. 5, 12, 19, & 26 8:30 a.m. Madres activas
Aug. 11 Pupil-free Day
Aug. 11 2:00 p.m. Kindergarten Orientation
Aug. 12 First Day of School
Aug. 18-22 PTA Membership Drive
Aug. 19 5:15 p.m. 4/5 Grade Back-to-School Night
Aug. 21 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Owl Parent University: Transitioning from K-1
Aug. 25 6:00 p.m. Tea Time to Talk to the Principal
Advisory Councils’ Orientation
Aug. 26 5:00 p.m. K-3 Back-to-School Night
Aug. 28 3:00 p.m. Owl Peace Leadership Team Meeting
Aug. 28 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Chuck E. Cheese Fundraiser
Aug. 30 Admission Day- School Closed

Poem of the Month
August by Elizabeth Maua Taylor
August rushes by like desert rainfall,
A flood of frenzied upheaval,
Expected, but still catching me unprepared.
Like a match flame bursting on the scene,
Heat and haze of crimson sunsets.
Like a dream of moon and dark barely recalled,
A moment, shadows caught in a blink.
Like a quick kiss; One wishes for more
But it suddenly turns to leave, dragging summer away.

Song of the Month
This Land Is Your Land
This land is your land; This land is my land
From California to the New York island;
From the red wood forest to the Gulf Stream waters
This land was made for you and Me.
As I was walking that ribbon of highway,
I saw above me that endless skyway:
I saw below me that golden valley:
This land was made for you and me.

Book of the Month
We will continue our tradition of all classrooms reading the same book each month to build our students’ vocabulary and academic language. Our book-of-the-month will be Big Al written by Andrew Clements and illustrated by Yoshi. The story tells about the nicest fish in whole wide blue sea who wanted to make friends, but all of the little fish were afraid of him because he was a large-scary looking fish. He tried everything he could do to make friends – from disguising himself with seaweed to burrowing under the ocean floor so he would look smaller. No matter how hard he tried to be a friend, something always went wrong. Then one day the little fish were captured in a fishing net and Big Al got a chance to show what a wonderful friend he could be. Our children will learn that friends come in all forms, shapes, and sizes. Our students will embrace in order to earn a friend, one must be a friend this school year.

July 2014

Upcoming events:
July 1st – 18th 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Free Lunch Program
July 1st – 18th 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Summer Playground Fun

Important Reminders:
School Office Opens on Monday, July 21, 2014
Early Start Calendar – School begins on Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Mrs. Reed says, “All Scholars and Champions, Read…Read…Read to keep those dendrites growing. Readers are Leaders!”

A Wise Owl Salute
The 186th Street School Family would like to wish a happy retirement to Mr. Valencia. We extend our heartfelt thanks for all of the tender love and care you bestowed upon our children and the 186th Street community. Happy Trails to you…

Poem of the Month
One July Summer

by Dorothy Ardelle Merriam

“What has happened to summer,
That’s what I want to know.
Is she on a vacation -
Who knows where did she go?
Tell, what was she wearing;
A zephyr breeze and rosebud
Or grass and wild berry?
Could she be honeymooning
With spring or early fall
Or has she gone so far away
She’ll not return at all?

Song of the Month
America the Beautiful

Words by Katharine Lee Bates,
Melody by Samuel Ward

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

Book of the Month
It’s Summer!
by Linda Glaser

A child observes the coming of summer and its effects on the weather, animals, and plants.
The book includes suggestions for summertime activities to enjoy alone or with a parent.

June 2014

Book of the Month
In our quest to build our students’ vocabulary and academic language, we are continuing our tradition of all classrooms reading the same book each month. Our Book-of-the Month for May is Last Day Blues, written by Julie Danneberg and illustrated by July Love. Since our school year is ending early, we decided to share a story about Mrs. Hartwell’s class. The story is about a group of students trying to find a way to cheer up their teacher so she will not miss them, because they think she will be sad to see the school year come to an end. Their final gift is a sentimental farewell poem, listing everything they will miss from the past school year. The students have fond memories of being in school with their teacher, and they capture their feelings in a comical way. Once the students are gone, the teachers have their own funny celebration. This is a great book to end our magical school year as we anticipate a shortened summer vacation.

Poem of the Month
Remember… – Anonymous
Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions, they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character;
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.


The Star Spangled Banner
By Francis Scott Key 1814

Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

May 2014

Parent Involvement Opportunities…
May 2nd 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Concert in the Park
May 5th – 9th National Teacher Appreciation Week
May 6th, 13th, 20th, & 27th 8:30 a.m. Madres Activas Meeting
May 8th 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Owl Parent Institute
May 9th 10:00 a.m. PTA Meeting
May 16th 1:30 p.m. Spring Dance
May 16th 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Open House/Science Fair/PF Culmination
May 19th 6:00 p.m. Tea Time to Talk to the Principal/SSC/ELAC
May 23rd 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Arts Academy Dance Recital
May 26th Memorial Day Holiday – School Closed
May 28th 5:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. Owl Awards Night
May 31st 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Health Fair/Art Show

Breaking News…
A Tardy Owl Hinders Student Achievement: Parents please bring your
children to school on time. We are having too many students late to
school. We need your help to wipe out the tardies so we can SOAR!!!

Book of the Month
In our quest to build our students’ vocabulary and academic language,
we are continuing our tradition of all classrooms reading the same book
each month. Our Book-of-the Month for May is All the World written by
Liz Garton Scanlon and Caldecott Honor medalist Marla Frazee. This
charming book is filled with rhymes and beautiful illustrations. The
authors tell us that “all the world is here. It is there. It is
everywhere. All the world is right where you are.”
Our students will follow a circle of family and friends through the
course of a day from morning till night to see what the world has to
offer. This book shares the importance of all things great and small
in our world, from the tiniest shell on the beach, to warm family
connections, to the widest sunset sky. Students will take a journey
throughout the land for a celebration of the world and humankind.

Poem of the Month
“In May” – William Henry Davies
Yes, I will spend the livelong day
With nature in this month of May;
And sit beneath the trees, and share
My bread with birds whose homes are there;
While cows lie down to eat, and sheep
Stand to their necks in grass so deep;
While birds do sing with all their might,
As though they felt the earth in flight.

Song of the Month
“Yankee Doodle went to town
A-riding on a pony,
Stuck a feather in his cap
And called it macaroni’.”

“Yankee Doodle keep it up,
Yankee Doodle dandy,
Mind the music and the step,
And with the girls be handy.”

Upcoming April Events

    Upcoming Events for Wise Owl Parents

April 1st, 8th, 22nd, and 29th 8:30 a.m. Madres Activas Meeting
April 7th 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Family Arts-n-Crafts
April 10th 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Volunteer Tea
April 11th 8:30 a.m. ELAC Meeting
April 11th 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. PTA Meeting
April 11th 6:00 p.m. Mandatory Parent Safety Meeting
April 12th 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Neighborhood Watch Clean-up
April 13th 5:00 p.m. Spring Break Family Movie Night
April 14th – 18th Spring Break – School Closed
April 24th 3:00 p.m. Owl Peace Leadership Team Meeting
April 28th 6:00 p.m. Tea Time to Talk to the Principal/SSC

Spring Break Family Movie Night

On Sunday, April 13th, we are hosting our Spring Break Family Movie Night at the Gardena Cinema Theater (14948 Crenshaw Blvd, Gardena, CA 90249) to watch the movie Rio 2 at 5:00 P.M. The movie begins at 5:30 P.M. with admission being $5.00 for children under 12 and students with ID cards, $7.00 for adults, and $6 for popcorn and a movie. Thank you.

March Events

Parent Involvement Opportunities…
March 3rd – March 7th
Parent Conferences – 1:55 p.m. dismissal

March 3rd
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Family Arts-n-Crafts

March 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th
9:00- 11:00 a.m. Madres Activas

March 13th
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Owl Parent Institute
10:45 a.m. Shake 2014 – Emergency Lockdown Drill

March 14th
8:30 a.m. ELAC Meeting
10:00 a.m. PTA Meeting

March 24th
6:00 p.m. Tea Time to Talk to the Principal/SSC

March 27th
3:00 p.m. Owl Peace Leadership Team Meeting

March 31st
Cesar Chavez Holiday – School Closed

February Events

Parent Involvement Opportunities…

February 3rd     
Celebrate the 100th Day of School
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Family Arts-n-Crafts
February 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th    
8:30 a.m.  Madres Activas Meeting
February 13th    
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.   Owl Parent Institute
February 14th       
8:30 a.m.      ELAC Meeting
10:00 a.m.  PTA Meeting
February 17th         
Presidents’ Day – School Closed
February 18th       
2:30 p.m.  Regular Dismissal
February 20th    
3:00 p.m.  Owl Peace Leadership Team Meeting
February 24th 
6:00 p.m. Tea Time to Talk to the Principal/SSC


January Upcoming Events
January 13th
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  Family Arts-n-Crafts
Jan. 14th, 21st, & 28th
8:30 a.m.   Madres activas Meeting
January 16th
9:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.  Owl Parent Institute
January 17th
10:00 a.m.   PTA Meeting
 8:30 a.m.    9th Annual Peace March
January 20th
Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Holiday – School Closed
January 21st
UNSAT Notices go home
January 27th
6:00 p.m.  Tea Time to Talk to the Principal/SSC Meeting
January 29th   Owl Awards’ Night
                     5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Grades K – 1
                     6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  Grades 2 – 3
                     7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.   Grades 4 – 5
January 31st
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Super Bowl School Spirit Day