Cougar Chronicle
Weekly Newsletter - Feb. 5th 2020

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Readathon: January 27-February 7

The Readathon is going strong! Thanks to those hard at work reading and fundraising! We only have a few days left to reach our goal of $10,00 and earn a week of NO HOMEWORK. Please share your student’s personalized fundraising URL via email, text and social media one more time and encourage your reader to play Reading Bingo for a chance to win Barnes & Noble gift cards again this Friday!

Friday Festivities

It’s a big day this Friday! Start the day off running laps with Cougar STRIDE before school on the track, then stay for Friday Sing and Student Recognition (8:15 for primary and 9:15 for intermediate). After that we have Read Across Caleb at 10:30 followed by reading activities throughout the school day, including opportunities to read to dogs and lunch dance parties with DJ Char. If you’d like to participate in the fun, please be sure to check in at the front office as a visitor.

Family Survey

Please take a few minutes to complete this survey about school culture and climate: Your participation provides valuable information about how we create a sense of belonging and community at Caleb and allows us to develop actionable, measurable goals in response to your feedback. Deadline is March 6!

Tennis at Caleb!

Introducing after-school tennis on the Caleb Greenwood Blacktop! Coach Jed Friedman will be offering tennis clinics for beginner players in grades 1-6. Coach Jed is a certified coach who has worked with junior players of all ages and ability levels and is excited to bring his passion for the game of tennis to Caleb Greenwood! The goal of these after-school clinics is to provide a structured and fun framework that inspires young players to love the game of tennis and to improve their play. The class will run on Wednesdays from 2:20-3:20 PM beginning March 25, and the curriculum is designed to develop and improve stroke technique, hand-eye coordination, and knowledge of the rules of tennis with an end goal of allowing our players to rally, serve, and keep score- the 3 basic requirements needed to play organized matches and compete with friends and family. Registration for the 8-week session is $130, no equipment required! To register, please fill out a form at If you are interested in tennis lessons or group classes for kids who aren’t able to attend this class, please contact or 202-669-1214 for more information. For more information on Coach Jed, please visit

February Learner Profile and Action Focus

Communicator Advocacy

In IB PYP, being a Communicator means we understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. Being a communicator may spring from new learning and result in Action in the form of Advocacy – seeking to ensure that people, particularly those who are most vulnerable in society, can have their voice heard on issues that are important to them. As a Communicator and an Advocate you may want to share your learning and concerns with family, friends, and all who will listen; send letters and emails to local and global officials to communicate your ideas; write articles and stories about issues important to you; give a speech and teach others about your cause; attend a speech or talk to listen to other perspectives; or maybe join others with similar passions to get your voices heard!

Talk with your family about what values your family holds and explore issues and topics that align with these values. Then do some research together to see how you can communicate your opinions or bring awareness to that issue by becoming Communicators and for your cause! 

Continued from January Issue…
Caleb Students Become Communicators and Advocates! 

Remember our students who became Knowledgeable Advocates by co-organizing and attending The Kids’ Congress for Pesticide-Free Schools last spring? Soon after, those same students become Communicators and Advocates by presenting their findings about pesticides and asking the SCUSD Board Members to join them in moving forward to eliminate harmful herbicides from our schools. Board President, Jessie Ryan, promised to support their efforts by investigating alternatives to use in our SCUSD schools. Way to go, Advocates! 

Staying Balanced & Taking Action with Participation!

It was great to see so many of our Caleb Greenwood runners staying Balanced by participating in the Sunday Fun Run this past weekend. Our very own Sunny Schranz even won the 10K in her age division!

Way to Go, Cougars!