Friday, May 11, 2018

Newsletter, May 11, 2018

Principal’s Message
Dear Friends and Families of Los Ranchos
All of the staff here at Los Ranchos are feeling very loved and supported. Thank you for your generous gestures of appreciation! We were showered with daily treats, coffees, cards, flowers, hugs and a luncheon or breakfast everyday of the week! Thank you all!

I hope you have a lovely Mother's Day weekend. 
For your Calendar

5/25            Cardboard Challenge  10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
5/28            Memorial Day / No School
6/1              Bike Parade and Hunger Awareness Day 
6/4              End of the Year Assembly 9:45 a.m.
6/7              Last Day of School

Library Reminder:

All library books are due the week of May 21 - 25. Outstanding loss and/or damage notices
will be mailed home by June 1st to those students who have not returned their library book
by May 25th. As stated in the Annual Parent Notice, “Library book processing standards
prohibit the school district from accepting donated copies of a library book that has been
lost or damaged in lieu of payment.”  Encourage your students to return their library
books on time!

Los Ranchos’ Cardboard Challenge
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  • Inspired by the short film, ‘Caine’s Arcade’, the Global Cardboard Challenge is an annual event presented by the Imagination Foundation to celebrate child creativity and the role communities can play in fostering it.  Kids of all ages are invited to build anything they can dream up using cardboard, recycled materials and imagination.

    This year Los Ranchos students will have the opportunity to do the Cardboard Challenge!  The event will be held on Friday, May 25th from 10:30-12:00 in the quad, but you can begin work at home now (NO DUCT TAPE PLEASE! NO MAILING TAPE EITHER. NO RUBBER BANDS WITH LATEX. WE ARE A LATEX FREE SCHOOL) , and throughout the month.  On Friday, May 25th students will bring materials or their creation to school. We will set aside about one hour that day for students to work on creating a new project or finishing up an old one.  All of our creations will be on display from 2:50- 3:30 in the gym. We need 1-2 parent volunteers per classroom to work at the cutting station.  All families are invited to come take a look after school at 2:50.  Parents - please help by bringing in any of the supplies below to your child’s teacher along with masking tape (no duct tape) ON the morning of Friday, May 25th. Help with clean up after school is also welcomed
  • Here are the guidelines to get started at home:Build a creation using recycled materials only.  Use what your family recycles from home. There is no need to go out collecting large items. Keep your creation under 3ft. by 3ft. Please do not buy things other than binding materials such as tape (no duct tape please!) or glue.  
  • Here are some suggestions: Used cardboard boxes * Cereal boxes * Shoe boxes * Tissue boxes * Paper towel or toilet paper tubes * Milk cartons * Empty egg cartons * Empty plastic bottles, strawberry containers, yogurt containers * Lids * Fabric scraps * newspaper * Brown bags…. You get the idea. What can you put together? You may work alone, with a partner,or a small group.
  • Why participate in the Cardboard Challenge?
  • Bring families and the community together to foster and celebrate child creativity.
  • Teaches valuable skills like design thinking, resourcefulness, perseverance, teamwork and problem solving
  • Let children explore their interests, passions, and imaginations.
School Supplies for the  2018-2019 School Year
You have options for school supplies. We are working with 1st Day School Supplies, a online site  where you can order a box of supplies for your student and have the supplies mailed directly to your home (the link is below).  You also have the option of purchasing supplies at any of our local retail stores.  The lists of classroom supplies are on our webpage or use this link Los Ranchos School Supply List

1st Day School Supplies