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Weekly News Letter 1-22

Posted On: 1/22/2016 3:08 PM
Weekly News!

WEEKLY NEWS LETTER 1/22

I hope everyone had a great week.  Here is your weekly news!

Spirit Day!

Friday, January 29th is Crazy Hair Day! Please bring $1 to be donated to Children's Home Society!

ROBOTIC NEWS!

Two of our FIRST Lego League teams (4th - 8th Grade) competed in the Northeast Florida Regional Championship Tournament this past weekend (Sat, Jan. 16) on the campus of The University of North Florida in Jacksonville.

 Our teams did a great job in their competition.  Out of 32 teams, with combined scores in robot performance, teamwork, robot design, and project, our teams finished in 10th and 12th place.

 The highest honor earned was a second place finish (and trophy) by The Spice Weasels in Innovative Solution (a subcategory of the Project Category).

 The Red Hot Chili Bots received special recognition for Eighth Grade Achievement for Leadership on the part of Ryder Michewicz.

 Spice Weasels

  • Ms. Boileau - Coach
  • Ms. Sands - Coach
  • Connor Boileau
  • Neru Burgess
  • Xander Pecca
  • Zach Webby

 Red Hot Chili Bots

  • Ms. Michewicz - Coach
  • Mr. Musikantow - Coach
  • Ryder Michewicz
  • Juan Carlos Foster
  • Max Musikantow
  • Hannah Stein
  • Colton Meagher

We are proud of all of our FLL teams for a great season!

A STEM opportunity for Girls!

In 2014, women made up 47% of the US workforce.  The National Science Foundation reported women are equally represented in biological and medical science fields, but still significantly underrepresented in Engineering (13%) and Computer Science and Mathematics (2) fields.  Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) aims to change that.  EYH is an organization dedicated to providing gateway STEM experiences to girls that spark interest in STEM activities and careers. 

EYH provides a full day conference introducing young women to careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).  To date, over 500 young women have participated in multiple hands on work shops throughout the day long conference.  Past workshops have included:

  • Science: making lip balm to demonstrate chemistry principles
  • Technology creating a computer app
  • Engineering: designing and building a roller coaster within a specified budget
  • Math: identifying patient zero using statistics in a contagious disease outbreak

Year after year, young women leave the event knowledgeable about opportunities in STEM careers and eager to pursue STEM course work in their educational future. 

This year the University of North Florida and the Expanding Your Horizons program will be holding the 2016 conference on Saturday, March 5th at the UNF University Center.

If you have a female student....or if YOU are a female student, 5th - 8th grade, please contact Mr. Moseley (via email; jmoseley@thecornerstoneschool.org) expressing your desire to attend the conference.  There is 20.00 fee for attending the conference.  The STEM Department. at The Cornerstone School will underwrite your student's conference fee at $10.00 per tuition (your cost, $10.00)

We will take registrations until February 26th.  

Transportation to the event:  For those that are challenged with transportation to the event, Mr. Moseley will help arrange (not provide) transportation solutions (car-pooling). 

More ROBOTIC NEWS!

The Cornerstone FIRST TECHNICAL CHALLENGE Robotics team continues to move forward in league competition. The Robotic Bacon Eating Narwhals took part in a special competition, "Judgement Day" in Tampa this past weekend (Jan. 16).  

This competition was unique in that the team members were directly interviewed by a panel of judges about several aspects of their team participation during the season.  Questions were asked about Mechanical Design, Team Budget (Income and Expenditures), Problem Solving Strategies, and STEM Outreach efforts. 

The next phase of the "Judgement Day" experience was a 20 minute exhibition of the Narwhal team robot, "Pizza Chip".  Chip was put through a series of maneuvers and tasks that demonstrated the robot's ability to perform several different tasks required in a competition event. 

The Narwhals team equipped themselves well and were able to answer all questions in a mature and competent manner.  

The final event of the season is scheduled for this coming weekend (Jan 23) in Tampa at the Hillsborough League Championship.

Good Luck Narwhals!

 

STEM Schedule for next week (Jan. 25-29)

Tuesday:

  • Girls Who Code - 6:00 - 8:15

Thursday:

  • Computer Programming and Technology Club - 5:30 - 7:00

 

Coming Next Month

 

ROBOFEST

  • Check it out at www.robofest.net
  • Robots competition with a tournament on April 1.  
  • All interested students/teams need to plan to attend a 45 min introduction meeting on Monday, Feb. 8. Starting at 3:15.  
  • Team meetings will commence on Tuesday, Feb. 9

New and exciting AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM!!!

We will be introducing Martial Arts as a new after-school program.  This program will be available to K -8th grade.   We will have a day for Kindergarten - Third Grade students, and a day for Fourth Grade - Eighth Grade students. 

Like many of our programs the cost will be $50.00 for eight one-day-a-week lessons.

To help kick this new program off we will have the good folks of The Martial Arts Center coming by to visit our classrooms next week for a brief announcement...and then they will follow that up with a free preview week (to be announced).  You/Your student will be able to come to an afterschool class for a preview of what to expect if you choose to enroll.

 

These classes will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the months of March and April.

BOOK FAIR

The Feelin’ Groovy Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Cornerstone Feb. 8-12. Get ready to feel the love – the love of books.

Book Fair is an exciting time on campus that gives children a chance to select and purchase their own books – and research shoes children are much more likely to read a book they select themselves. Book Fair selections are carefully curated for appropriateness and grade level and many are priced at less than $5.

For parents. Book fair is a groovy opportunity to volunteer, help our school, and meet and mingle with other parents. A few volunteer shifts are still available from 12:30-3 p.m.. Email Cherie Foster (cherieb3@aol.com) or text at 352.916.0948 if you would like to be a part of the book fair.  Thank you to everyone who has signed up to help!

Did you know that many of the Smart Boards in your children's classroom were purchased by proceeds from the book fair?  Not only do all book fair proceeds directly benefit our school, the Scholastic book fair is a major contributor to individual classroom libraries and helps build the collection in our resource center.

Plan now to support our book fair Feb 8-12.  Peace.  Love.  Books.

Arts Under the Stars

Arts Under the Stars will be held this March 11th, 2016.  It will be held at Jumbolair this year!  We are very excited as this is guaranteed to be the best Arts Under the Stars yet!

 

This year our raffle is going to be even better than ever.  The winner will have a choice between three incredible vacations!

 First option we will be giving away a vacation to “Tour the Vines of Napa Valley”.  This will include a 3 night stay at the Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa Valley as well as full airfare up to 2 guests.  This also will include up to 6 hours in a chauffeured luxury sedan to the vineyards of your choice! 

 

2nd option will be to do a Cancun Coastal Adventure!  This includes a 4 night stay at the Westin resort in Cancun as well as full airfare for up to two guests.  The trip includes a full day on a sightseeing catamaran that includes snorkeling, food, and more.  This trip also includes a Parasailing Adventure. 

 

The 3rd option would be a full New Orleans Jazz and Dining Trip.  This will include a 3 night stay at the Hyatt French Quarter New Orleans as well as round trip airfare for up to two guests.  This trip includes “skip the line status” to the Preservation Hall of Jazz.  This also includes a “Jazz Brunch” or a 3 course dinner with wine pairing for 2 at Commander’s Palace. 

 

Raffle tickets will be a $100.00 and we will only be selling 100 so everyone has a good chance to win so be on the look-out!

The Cornerstone Annual Golf Tournament

The Annual Golf Tournament will be held at “The Muni” on April 9th so mark your calendars! This will be held on a Saturday morning this year.  If you know you would like to be a sponsor, please call Jamie at 352-351-8840 x116.

 

Quote of the Week:

The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.”

                                                     -Vince Lombardi

 

 Thanks everyone!  Have a great weekend!

Mr. Jamie

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