May 2015

Parent Involvement Opportunities…
May 1st 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Concert in the Park
May 4th – 8th National Teacher Appreciation Week
May 5th, 12th, 19th, & 26th 8:30 a.m. Madres Activas Meeting
May 7th 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Owl Parent Institute
May 8th 8:30 a.m. ELAC Meeting
May 18th 6:00 p.m. Tea Time to Talk to the Principal/SSC
May 22nd 1:30 p.m. Spring Dance
May 22nd 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Open House/Science Fair/PF Culmination
May 25th Memorial Day Holiday – School Closed
May 27th 5:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. Owl Awards Night
May 28th 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Arts Academy Dance Recital
May 30th 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Health and Safety 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 One Crazy Summer written by Rita Williams-Garcia. This chapter book is a historical fiction and it has received numerous awards for the author’s outstanding job of telling a heartbreaking and funny tale of three girls who traveled to Oakland, California in 1968 in search of their mother who abandoned them. Our children will develop empathy as they hear a powerful story about sisterhood and motherhood during one crazy summer of a challenging year in American history.

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’.

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

April 2015


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Upcoming Events for Wise Owl Parents
April 1st 6th Spring Break School Closed
April 7th, 14th, and 21st, and 28th 8:30 a.m. Madres Activas Meeting
April 10th 8:30 a.m. ELAC Meeting
April 10th 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. PTA Meeting
April 11th 8:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m. Neighborhood Watch Clean-up
April 12th 9:00 a.m. Change the World Sunday
April 13th 9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. Family Arts-n-Crafts
April 13th 6:00 p.m. Budget Meeting
April 24th 6:00 p.m. Mandatory Parent Safety Meeting
April 27th 6:00 p.m. Tea Time to Talk to the Principal/SSC
April 30th 3:00 p.m. Owl Peace Leadership Team Meeting

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 April is A Big Guy Took My Ball (Elephant and Piggie Series), written and illustrated by Mo Willems. In this story, Gerald and Piggie are best friends. When a big guy takes the ball away from Piggie, she is devastated. Gerald is big, too…but is he big enough to help his best friend? Our students will learn how to get help in a peaceful way when someone does not treat them nicely.

Poem of the Month
April Rain Song by Langston Hughes
Let the rain kiss you
Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops
Let the rain sing you a lullaby
The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk
The rain makes running pools in the gutter
The rain plays a little sleep song on our roof at night
And I love the rain.

Song of the Month
CALIFORNIA HERE I COME
(Al Jolson / Bud De Sylva / Joseph Meyer)

California, here I come
Right back where I started from.
Where Bowers of flowers bloom in the spring.
Each morning at dawning,
Birdies sing an’ everything.
A sunkist miss said, “Don’t be late”
That’s why I can hardly wait.
Open up that Golden Gate,
California here I come.

March 2015

Parent Involvement Opportunities
March 2nd – March 6th Parent Conferences – 1:55 p.m. dismissal
March 2nd 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Family Arts-n-Crafts
March 3rd Vote…Vote…Vote!!!
March 3rd , 10th, 17th & 24th 9:00- 11:00 a.m. Madres Activas
March 6th 8:30 a.m. ELAC Meeting
March 6th 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Reading Pajama Party/Movie
March 12th 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Owl Parent Institute
March 13th 10:00 a.m. PTA Meeting
March 19th 8:30 a.m. Shake 2015 – Emergency Lockdown Drill
March 19th 3:00 p.m. Owl Peace Leadership Team Meeting
March 23rd 6:00 p.m. Tea Time to Talk to the Principal/SSC
March 24th 6:00 p.m. 5th Grade Parents’ Culmination Meeting
March 25th Spring and Culmination Pictures by LifeTouch
March 30th –April 6th Spring Break and Cesar Chavez Holiday –
School Closed

Testing is coming…
Mark your calendars for our upcoming testing program. Students in grades 3-5 will take the new Smarter Balanced online assessment as a practice test this year. Please make a special effort to have your child come to school on time and ready to soar:
March 1st – March 27th Grade 5 Fitnessgram
March 11th – 12th Grade 2 OLSAT GATE Testing
April 13th – May 22nd Grades 3 – 5 Smarter Balanced Test
May 4th – May 15th Grade 5 CST Science Test

Book of the Month
In our quest to build our students’ vocabulary and academic language, we are continuing our tradition of all classrooms for March is Each Kindness, an award-winning book written and illustrated by Jacqueline Woodson. This book, with its powerful anti-bullying message, was recommended by the Peace First Team. The story is a a group of girls who won’t play with the new girl, Maya. Every time Maya tries to play with Chloe and her friends, they reject her. As a result of their unkindness, Maya stops coming to school. Chloe’s teacher gives a lesson about how even small acts of kindness can change the world and Chloe thinks about how she lost an opportunity for friendship, and realizes how much better it could have been if she had shown a little kindness to Maya. Our children will learn that kind acts, no matter how big or small, can help make the world a better place for all of us to live.

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Poem of the Month
The March Wind (Anonymous)
“The March wind roars like a lion in the sky,
And makes us shiver as he passes by.
When winds are soft, and the days are warm and clear,
Just like a gentle lamb, then spring is here.”

Song of the Month
There Are Many Flags

There are many flags in many lands,
There are flags of every hue,
But there is no flag however grand,
Like our own red, white and blue.
Say hurrah for our flag,
Our country’s flag,
Its stripes and its bright stars too.
But there is no flag however grand,
Like our own red, white and blue.

February 2015

Parent Involvement Opportunities…
February 2nd Celebrate the 100th Day of School
February 2nd 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Family Arts-n-Crafts
February 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th 8:30 a.m. Madres Activas Meeting
February 5th 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Owl Parent University: Mathematics
February 6th 8:30 a.m. ELAC Meeting
February 12th 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Owl Parent Institute
February 13th 10:00 a.m. PTA Meeting
February 16th Presidents’ Day – School Closed
February 23rd 6:00 p.m. Tea Time to Talk to the Principal/SSC
February 26th 3:00 p.m. Owl Peace Leadership Team Meeting

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 February is Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom, written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Kadir Nelson. This poetic book is a resounding tribute to Tubman’s strength, humility, and devotion. With proper reverence, Weatherford and Nelson do justice to the woman who, long ago, earned over and over the name Moses. Our children will learn how determination and perseverance can lead them to a promised land where dreams come true.

Poem of the Month
A Winter’s Day by Linda A. Copp
“See the falling snowflakes drifting by the pane,
Winging glasslike angels falling just like rain.
The air is crisp and stirring, the freshly fallen snow.
And the warmth I’m feeling inside, sets my eyes aglow.
This winter’s day has come before and will come again.
It finds its way to Earth every now and then.”

Song of the Month
You’re a Grand Old Flag

by George M. Cohan

You’re a grand old flag,
You’re a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave.
You’re the emblem of
The land I love.
The home of the free and the brave.
Ev’ry heart beats true
‘neath the Red, White and Blue
Where there’s never a boast or brag.
But should auld acquaintance be forgot,
Keep your eye on the grand old flag.

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January 2015

Parent Involvement Opportunities…
January 12th 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Family Arts-n-Crafts
Jan. 13th, 20th, & 27th 8:30 a.m. Madres activas Meeting
January 15th 9:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. Owl Parent Institute
January 16th 8:30 a.m. 10th Annual Peace March
January 16th 10:00 a.m. PTA Meeting
January 19th Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Holiday – School Closed
January 20st UNSAT Notices go home
January 26th 6:00 p.m. Tea Time to Talk to the Principal/
SSC Meeting
January 28th Owl Awards’ Night
January 30th 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Super Bowl School Spirit Day

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 January is Teamwork Isn’t My Thing, and I Don’t Like to Share! We are reading another story written by Julia Cook and illustrated by Kelsey De Weerd. Our students met RJ last month and they will interact with him again and see he is having another bad day. RJ’s teacher asked him to work on a report with bossy Bernice, messie Frankie, and Norma who makes poor decisions. RJ gets easily frustrated with his team. With the help of his coach, RJ will learn that working as a team and sharing are skills needed not just on the soccer field, but in the classroom and hone too!

Poem of the Month
Happy New Year – William Arthur Ward

This bright new year is given me to live each day with zest…
To daily grow and try to be my highest and my best!
I have the opportunity once more to right some wrongs,
To pray for peace, to plant a tree, and sing more joyful songs!

Song of the Month

America the Beautiful
lyrics by Katherine Lee Bates

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!

December 2014

Upcoming Parent Involvement Opportunities
Dec. 2, 9, and 16 8:30 a.m. Madres Activas Meeting
Dec. 5 8:30 a.m. ELAC Meeting
Dec. 5 5:30 p.m. Family Craft Night
Dec. 11 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Owl Parent Institute
Dec. 12 10:00 a.m. PTA Board Meeting
Dec. 12 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Limo Lunch
Dec. 12 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Chorus sings at South Bay Galleria
Dec. 15 6:00 p.m. Tea Time to Talk to the Principal/SSC/GATE
Dec. 17 Winter Holiday Program
8:30 a.m. 4th Grade Students
9:00 a.m. Pre-Kindergarten Students
9:30 a.m. Kindergarten Students
10:00 a.m. 5th Grade Students
10:45 a.m. 1st Grade Students
11:30 a.m. 2nd Grade Students
12:45 p.m. 3rd Grade Students
3:00 p.m. Chorus perform for Parents
Dec. 17 3:00 p.m. Chorus perform for Parents
Dec. 19 Last Day of School – 12:30 p.m. Dismissal
Dec. 22 thru Jan. 11 Winter Holiday – School Closed
January 12, 2015 School Resumes – Happy New Year and Welcome Back to School

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 December is The Worst Day of My Life Ever! The book was written by Julia Cook and illustrated by Kelsey De Weerd. The book is about a boy named RJ who has a very rough day because of his own actions. He wakes up with gum stuck in his hair; he misses recess because he is late for school; he gets a zero on his math homework; and he continues to have a bad day as long as he does not listen or follow directions from his mother, his school principal, his teachers, and even his friends. Our students will see how when one listens and follows directions, he or she can have the best day of their lives. This book will teach our students the importance of listening and following directions to make their home life happier and their school life more successful.

Poem of the Month
December
by Helen H. Moore
Every year at just this time, in cold and dark December,
Families around the world all gather to remember,
With presents and with parties, with feasting and with fun,
Customs and traditions for people old and young.

Song of the Month

This is my country, Land of my birth
This is my country, Grandest on Earth
I pledge thee my allegiance
America the bold
For this is my country to have and to hold

November 2014

Upcoming Parent Involvement Activities:
Nov. 3 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Family Arts-n-Crafts
Nov. 3 – 7 PTA Canned Food Drive
Nov. 4 Vote…Vote…Vote!!!
Nov. 4 & 18 8:30 a.m. Madres Activas
Nov. 7 8:30 a.m. ELAC Parent Meeting
Nov. 11 Veteran’s Day – School Closed
Nov. 10 – 14 1:55 p.m. Parent Conferences
Nov. 13 9:00 a.m. Owl Parent Institute
Nov. 14 10:00 a.m. PTA Board Meeting
Nov. 17 6:00 p.m. Tea Time to Talk to the Principal
School Site Council/GATE
Nov. 21 3:00 p.m. 186th Street’s Talent Show and Reception
Nov. 24th – 26th Unassigned Days – School Closed
Nov. 27 & 28 Thanksgiving Holiday – School Closed

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Poem of the Month
“Autumn” by Carol L. Riser
“When the trees their summer splendor
Change to raiment red and gold,
When the summer moon turns mellow,
And the nights are getting cold;
When the squirrels hide their acorns,
And the woodchucks disappear;
Then we know that it is autumn,
Loveliest season of the year.”

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 this month will be How the Stars Fell Into the Sky: A Navajo Legend by Jerrie Oughton and illustrated by Lisa Desimini. This Navajo folktale is a retelling of a Navajo legend that explains the patterns of the stars in the sky. Our children will be exposed to a Native American tale and learn how First Woman tried to write the laws of the land using stars in the sky, and see how the trickster Coyote messed up her perfect plan. The students will learn how to make a decision on who can be trusted.
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Song of the Month

America

My country tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing.
Land where my fathers died!
Land of the Pilgrim’s pride!
From every mountain side,
Let freedom ring!

October 2014


PTA Reflections Contest:

186th Street School’s GOT TALENT!

PTA’s annual Reflections Contest is a cultural arts program that allows children, ages Pre-K through 12th grade, to participate in a contest in the following categories: visual arts, literature, music and photography. This year’s theme is “The world would be a better place if…” You can find the rules and entry form on the California National PTA website if your child wishes to participate:

http://www.capta.org/sections/programs/reflections.cfm.

Psomas Paper Yacht Challenge

Please join the Wise Owl Nation at the Port of Los Angeles on Wednesday, September 10th for the Psomas Paper Yacht Challenge.
Click here for information on the Day of the Event: http://www.psomas.com/yachtchallenge

Click here for the online silent auction information: www.32auctions.com/POLA2014

Come soar with us!

September 2014

Important News Update:

Back-to-School Night
Communication between home and the school is very important to your child’s success in school. Back-to-School Night for Grades K thru 3 has been rescheduled to Tuesday, September 9th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Plan on attending Back-to-School Night. We look forward to seeing you.

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 Don’t Need Friends by Carolyn Crimi and illustrated by Lynn Munsinger. The book is about a rat who mumbles each day “Don’t need friends, don’t need ‘em at all.” Rat has been lonesome and grumpy ever since his best friend, Possum, moved away. But one day, a dog moves in — a dog who’s even grouchier than Rat. It’s a friendship made in junkyard heaven, but it will take a bitterly cold winter and an act of surprising generosity to turn the battling duo into the dearest of friends. Our children will learn that we all need friends to help us make it through life, and friendship can be found in the most uncommon places.

Poem of the Month
September – by Helen Hunt Jackson
“By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer.”

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!