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Weekly News Letter

Posted On: 5/14/2015 2:45 PM
Weekly News!


 I hope everyone had a great week!  This is it!  This is the last newsletter of the school year.  It has been a wonderful year.  It’s been a pleasure getting to know everyone and I thank everyone for making me feel welcome as this was my first year here at Cornerstone.  There will likely be a newsletter or two over the course of the summer to fill everyone in on any pertinent information that may arise, so be on the lookout.  So the news this week is…



Pancakes for Parents will be tomorrow, May 15th.  It will also be Spirit Day. Wear your clothes backwards for “backwards day”. 


Square-off, Cook-out, and Early Dismissal

There will be early dismissal on May 19th.  There will be no extended care on this day.  The 19th is the day of our Square-off and Cook-out! 


The square-off is an organized field day where each tribe competes against each other at stations to earn the title of tribe square-off champion.  Some of the stations will include Dizzy-Bat, Frisbee Carry, Shaving Cream High-Five, and everyone’s favorite the Water Sponge Squeeze and more!  Come ready wearing your colors and cheer on your team for this high energy, fun, and interactive event. Upon conclusion, once everyone is worn out, we will reward your hard work with hotdogs, hamburgers, ice-pops, and beverages.  

All students must wear their TRIBES SHIRTS Tuesday for the square-off!!  Also, if parents would like to join we will be beginning at 9:00 AM.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact the front office.



There will be an early dismissal on Wednesday, May the 20th.  Extended care will be closed.  The end of the year program will be at Marion Technical Institute (MTI), 1614
E. Ft. King Street, Ocala 34471 starting at 5:30 PM. 

The End of the Year program is a presentation from each grade from Pre-school through 8th grade.  Each grade presents a song/dance combination.  The fifth graders have a moving up ceremony and the eighth graders have a graduation at the end of the evening.  We encourage all families to attend the full program so the youngest of students are supported and the families of younger students have an opportunity to see what lies ahead for the older grades.


Summer Office Hours

The front office will still be here throughout the summer.

June   Monday- Thursday 9:00AM-3:00PM

July   Monday-Friday 9:00AM-4:00 PM

Summer Vacation   Offices will be closed June 19th through July 7th for summer vacation.


Standardized Tests

Standardized tests will be mailed out around the second week of June.


Summer Packet

We will also be sending out our summer packet for the upcoming school year sometime in June. 


Summer Camp

We are looking for two full time summer camp employees.  You must be 18 years or older.  Please contact the front office if you are interested. 


STEM Wrap Up

Sixth Graders are loving the new Marker Replicator 3D Printer!

The Sixth Graders are finishing up their PLTW (Project Lead The Way) Design and Modeling Class.  As they finish their final project (Cube Puzzle Design) they will be able to print their own designs on our new 3D printer.  We are looking forward to using this new piece of engineering equipment in several classes next year.


Junior Engineers Blasting Off!

The Junior Engineering Club concluded their eight class engineering adventure with a rocket launch at Brick City Park.  Who knew we had some many rocket scientists?  Due to the generosity and guidance of the Foster family (Matt, Juan Carlos and Cherie) we launched 21 rockets into the troposphere (the atmospheric layer closest to the earth) and only lost three rockets to nearby rocket eating trees.


Under the Sea

The Fifth Grade class is going to have to wait until they are Sixth Graders (next year) to finish up their underwater rover-bots.  This program is called the Sea Perch program and it has been created by the engineers at MIT.  Cornerstone has purchased four of these underwater robots and we are only about half-way through our build.  Look forward to more information and updates as we continue their project in August and September. 


FIRST Senior Advisor for FTC and FRC scheduled for a visit

Mr. Andrew Milluzzi from the national FIRST program will be visiting Cornerstone on Tuesday, May 20th, at 1:00 for an informational meeting on the FIRST Technical Challenge Program.  It is a competitive robotics programs for 7th and 8th grade students at Cornerstone.  We will listen to what Mr. Milluzi has to say and make a determination as to whether or not we want to compete in this program in the 2015-16 school year.



The Cornerstone STEM Coordinator would like to thank all the folks that contribute to making The Cornerstone School the Marion County leader in STEM Education.  Due to the support of the school administration, parents and volunteers, and the students that participate....we have a program that is truly amazing.


-More robotics teams than all the other schools in Marion County COMBINED! 

-An Engineering curriculum for ALL the students...Kindergarten - Eighth Grade.

-Sponsors of two robotics tournaments.

-The county’s ONLY Girls Who Code Club.

-Minecraft Club

-100% participation in the national Hour of Code Program.

...and so much more!

And no matter how much happened during this past school year, we are only going to grow and do more amazing things in the coming year


Summer STEM Camp

The Cornerstone School will be holding their third annual STEM Challenge Camp in August.  Be looking for coming announcements for specific days and times

Have a great STEM-tastic Summer!


Visitors from France!


Ms. Bauman's Fifth Grade Class entertained four French educators on Thursday, April 17.  The nature of the visit was to discuss, through questions and answers, the relationship of the United States and France during the American Revolution.  The Cornerstone students were able to ask questions and watch a PowerPoint prepared by Ms. Mirielle Golaszewski, Mr. Christian Golaszewski, Mr. Pierre Lafitte, and Ms. Arlette Lafitte.

Ms. Golaszewski is recently retired from the French National Education where she served as the Inspector general for English Language.

Mr. Golaszewski is a professor of Physics at the University level - Lycée de Céret - Déodat de Séverac in Toulouse

Mr. and Ms. Lafitte are also Physics professors.


The visit was arranged by Mr. Moseley.  The Moseley's were a host family for Mr. and Ms. Golaszewski's children as part of a foreign exchange program.


Fees or Fines


All fees and/or fines must be paid, or your children’s grades will not be released.  Thank you.



Quote of the Week:

     "I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.


                                                               -Maya Angelou


Thanks everyone!  Have a great weekend and a fantastic summer!

Mr. Jamie

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