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60 December 5 - 18, 2009
Preschoolers help serve
feast to families
Youth Chronicles
CUSD schools, CTA Liberty and CTA Independence are Spalding Education
Preschoolers from the International’s newest accredited members. The accreditation process can take several
Primrose School of Ahwatukee
years as the stringent requirements include: all language arts, LD, ELL, resource and literacy
recently donated 26,000 cans
teachers have received basic and advanced levels of Spalding professional development
training; a minimum of one Spalding Teacher at each grade level has been certifi ed;
of food to St. Vincent DePaul
a minimum of one Spalding Teacher Instructor at each grade level has been certifi ed;
Food Bank as part of the recent
thirty hours of continuing education for all Spalding certifi ed staff within each three-year
KNIX Ben & Matt Million Can certifi cation cycle; SCTI attendance at one SEI seminar in each three-year certifi cation cycle;
basic and advanced levels of Spalding professional development for new teachers.
Students combined their Vyvienne Flores, a Casa Grande High Marine Junior ROTC Cadet, received a $1,000 check
earnings, collected from friends
and recognition citation on behalf of the Junior Marine ROTC of Casa Grande Union High
and neighbors and hit the aisles
School. It was given by the East Valley Marines in appreciation of the younger unit recently
serving as honor guard, color guard and escorts at the U.S. Marine Corps Birthday Ball held
of local supermarkets as part
at the Oakwood Country Club. The money will be used to help pay for a class ROTC trip to
of Primrose Schools’ Balanced
Camp Pendleton. The East Valley Marines recently “adopted” the Junior Marine ROTC unit.
Learning program, which helps
students understand the value
of generosity and creates a
hands-on approach to math,
Basha Bears
nutrition and planning skills.
In concert – Basha’s choir is preparing for their fi nal winter concert at 6:30 p.m. Tue., Dec. 8
Students unloaded their
in the multi-purpose room. They have worked very hard all semester and are eager to share their
music with everyone. They will also be ending their season with a fi eld trip to sing at the Arizona
food purchases themselves and
State Capitol on Thu., Dec. 10.
handed them can by can to Fun Run – Basha’s annual winter fun run, called The Holiday Hustle, will be held Thu., Dec. 17.
KNIX radio hosts Ben and Matt,
Students will follow a course around the neighborhood and then celebrate with a cool winter treat
who accepted the items from
at the fi nish. Volunteers are always needed to help out.
Submitted photo
the students in the St. Vincent
Book drive – The third-graders at Basha are conducting a Book Drive. If you have gently used
TOP DONATION: Primrose School of Ahwatukee children’s or adult books, send them in for the Brilliant Basha Book Bash which continues through
DePaul truck. preschoolers donated the largest amount of food St.
Jan. 10.
Valley Primrose schools
Vincent DePaul Food Bank in a recent can drive.
Basha cares – Basha Elementary’s student council, sponsored by Karin Delacroix, collected 706
combined donated a total of
pounds of rice and 658 pounds of beans for Chandler CARE Center’s Thanksgiving family assistance
38,000 cans. With only 100 students, Primrose School of Ahwatukee had the largest
day. Basha students also raised more than $600 in one day towards Heavenly Hats, which donates
single school donation and also had the largest school donation in the history of
hats for cancer patients across the country. For $1, students were allowed to wear their hats all day.
Field trip – Fourth-graders enjoyed wonderful fall weather during their visit to the Desert
the Ben & Matt Million Can Crusade.
Botanical Gardens, where they supplemented their social studies curriculum by learning how the
For more information about Primrose School of Ahwatukee, visit Native Americans used the plants growing in the desert to provide food and shelter and to make
tools and medicine. The students are also looking forward to a visit by a real “mountain man,” who
will bring to life stories about Kit Carson and other Old West explorers.
– Kevin Rolfe
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