Cougar Chronicle
Weekly Newsletter- Jan. 8th 2020

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Kinder Registration

Families who reside in our attendance area should register kindergarteners for the 2020-2021 school year in our front office, January 14-28, 2020. In order to complete registration and be guaranteed a spot in next year’s kindergarten class, parents must present ALL of the following: photo id, current mortgage/property tax bill or rental agreement, current utility bill, proof of birth, and up-to-date immunization records. ALL items are required to complete registration, including immunization records showing all required shots. Students who do not have all required shots, will not be allowed to complete registration. To see a list of immunizations required to register for kindergarten, please visit kindergarten-registration

If you live outside our attendance area (even if you have a sibling attending Caleb in another grade) and wish to register your kindergarten student for 2020-2021, please send Mrs. Hanson an email ( Caleb is no longer participating in the Open Enrollment process so you will need to submit an intra-district permit request to the district enrollment center. Permits will be reviewed and accepted based on available space in June. Parents of students applying for permits are strongly encouraged to also register at your school of residence during the Jan 14-28 on-campus registration period.


This month, the Readathon, our second fundraiser of the year, begins. The Readathon starts January 27, 2020 and concludes on February 7, 2020. This is a great opportunity for our community to support student reading initiatives and provide support for the school. Students are encouraged to read as much as they can and solicit family, friends, and neighbors to make a pledge for their efforts. The money raised from the Readathon supports essential school programs such as reading, music, art and technology at the school.

This year’s fundraising winner will get a gift card for $200 courtesy of East Sac Bikes and students will be reading for a chance to win $20 gift cards from Barnes & Noble and a week of NO HOMEWORK when we raise $10,000.

During the Readathon, we will host a Book Fair at Barnes & Noble Arden Fair location on Saturday, February 1. A portion of the proceeds from the book fair will benefit the school. Come listen to Kindergarten and first grade teachers read stories at the Storytime stage. Students and other teachers will continue the activities throughout the day. Make book marks at the book mark making stations and come do other activities at the Book Fair.

The Readathon will conclude with a school event on Friday, February 7th. Cash and checks must be turned into the office on Tuesday, February 11th.

Check your Wednesday folder and Cougar Chronicles in the coming weeks for more information. Please also check your email for a message from 99Pledges that contains your student’s personal fundraising page.

Knowledgeable Advocacy

In IB PYP, being Knowledgeable means we develop and use conceptual understanding by exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We also engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance. This new learning may 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. New knowledge may propel you 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; 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 become Knowledgeable of that issue and then think of ways you can take Action by becoming Advocates for your cause! 

Caleb Students Become Knowledgeable Advocates
by Co-Creating the Kids’ Congress for Pesticide-Free Schools! 

Last spring a group of Caleb students met with Pacific Elementary School students to learn and discuss pollinators, school gardens, native plants, and the use of harmful herbicides. The event was co-created by students from Pacific Elementary and Caleb Greenwood in hopes of bringing attention to the use of chemical weed-killers in and around our schools. This kid- created event began as a class project by Pacific Elementary students who started working together in Fall of 2017 researching native bees and their survival needs. Students eventually became experts and advocates for native bees. Their research also led them to take action to stop the use of Roundup and other chemical weed-killers near bee habitats and their school, as well other affected area schools.

The Pacific Elementary students then teamed-up with Caleb Greenwood students who also wanted to learn more about the use of Roundup at their school. Students led and taught workshops about the dangers of pesticides, gardening without pesticides, beneficial insects, pollinators, and native plants.

— Find out next week how these Knowledgeable students then put their learning into Advocacy Action !– 

Looking for a creative experience this Spring for your Caleb student?

Spots have just opened up in the Clay Sculpture Workshop, Tuesdays after school in the Library. Starts next week! Check the Caleb website under CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

Upcoming Dates

Wed, Jan 8: School Site Council 3-4pm PTSO Meeting 6-7:30pm

Thur, Jan 9: Kinder Tours 8:30-10:30

Fri, Jan 10: Friday Sing & Student Recognition 4th Grade Planning

Mon, Jan 13: 6th Grade Planning Tues, Jan 14: 3rd Grade Planning Thur, Jan 16: Kinder Tours 8:30-10:30 Fri, Jan 17: 2nd Grade Planning

SYS Band Concert 6pm Thur, Jan 23: Kinder Winter Concert

Fri, Jan 24: Friday Sing K-2
Mon, Jan 27: 3rd Grade Planning
Tues, Jan 28: 5th/6th Health Education Parent

Mtg 6-7pm Wed, Jan 29: 1st-6th Winter Concert

Sat, Feb 1: Readathon
Feb 3-7: 6th Grade to Sly Park
Wed, Feb 5: School Site Council 3-4

PTSO Meeting 6-7:30
Fri, Feb 7: Friday Sing & Student Recognition

Mon, Feb 10: Holiday
Mon, Feb 17: Holiday
Wed, Feb 19: 1st Grade Planning Thur, Feb 20: 5th Grade Planning