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Weekly News Letter 11-28-16

Posted On: 10/28/2016 1:13 PM
The Weekly News!


How is everyone doing?  We are only one week out from the biggest event of the year…   The Marion County Chili Cook-Off!   I hope everyone is as excited as we are!  I also hope everyone has a safe and happy Halloween weekend as well as a Happy Diwali! 


Have you made your chili & home baked goods?

We will be collecting your frozen chili and baked goods on Friday, November 4 in the MORNING car line.

We appreciate all of the delicious home baked goods that make our bake sale so popular!  Please label your items as it is hard for us to tell what it is if we don’t know.  Also, please label nuts/no nuts (very important).  If you are able to package your items that is fantastic but if not, we have a group of parents who will be here on Friday to package and price the items. 

Bakers, you might be interested in entering a Pie or Cake in this year’s contest.  Just bring your home baked PIE or CAKE (no other desserts this year) to the judging area at the cook off by 11:00 AM.

Not much of a baker but you’re feeling lucky; How about an entry in the salsa contest?  Drop off is in the same place and time as pies and cakes.

T-Shirts & Bling are for sale in the front office!

All families should have received their volunteer assignments.  Please let us know if you did not see your bright green slip with your area, time and captain contact.

Also, we still need extension cords!  Please contact Lucy if you have any we can borrow! 

Chili Recipe!

1 clove garlic, crushed

2 large onions, chopped

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 pounds lean ground beef

2 16 oz. cans whole tomatoes, un-drained and chopped

1 6 oz. can of tomato paste

2 tablespoons chili powder

½ teaspoon vinegar

1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper

1 teaspoon salt

2 16 oz. cans kidney beans, un-drained

1 small bay leaf – remove after cooking

Saute garlic and onion in oil.  Add ground beef; cook over low heat until browned, stirring to crumble.  Add remaining ingredients: simmer, uncovered, 1 hour.

Cool chili and place in refrigerator.  Don’t forget to remove bay leaf!  After completely cooling transfer to a double lined 1 gallon freezer baggie and freeze flat (lay down flat to freeze). 

Bring FROZEN CHILI to school on Friday November 4th

Dress Up Day!

Monday, October, 31st your child may dress up in their Halloween Costume.  Please remember no blood, mask or weapons!  Can't wait to see everyone!!

Dance Club sign-ups (K-8th Grade)

Looking for some kids that would be interested in Dance club with Ms. Yadira & Ms. Angela? We have five more spaces available for the coming season.

Dance meets on Mondays starting in November and ends in January.  Club meets from 3:15-4:15 (tentative and may change). It is an excellent opportunity to have fun while learning some awesome moves!

If you are interested please sign up under after school programs on the Cornerstone website.


STEM/ROBOTICS SCHEDULE for the coming week (Oct.31-Nov.4 - CHILI COOK OFF week)

 MONDAY (Oct 31)

  • FIRST LEGO League - Grades 4 - 8 Practice from 3:15 - 4:45.
      • Dark Minions
      • Juice of Saphoo
      • Electric Dolphins
      • Poliwrath


  • Minecraft  3:15 - 4:15
  • Girls Who Code  6:00 - 8:15


  • Junior FIRST LEGO League - Grades K-3 Practice from 3:13 - 4:30
    • Flaming Zombie Stormtroopers
    • Electro Fox Bots
    • Robo Dino Busters
    • Robo Megalodons
    • Robo Gamers


  • FIRST LEGO League Grades 4 - 8  Practice from 3:15 - 4:15
      • Robo Beavers
      • Spice Weasels
      • Red Hot Chili Bots
      • San Squad
  • FIRST Technical Challenge -  Grades 7 - 8  Practice from 5:00 - 7:00 (supper provided)
    • Robotic Bacon Eating Narwhals

FRIDAY (Nov. 4) 

  • JUNIOR FIRST LEGO LEAGUE - Grades K-3 Practice from 3:13 - 4:30
    • Storm Troopers


The Volleyball and Soccer seasons have finished and both teams had a great year. Our teams were complimented on their character, attitude and sportsmanship and they represented the school in a fantastic manner. The soccer team also made it into the semi-final of the cup for the first time in 4 years! Next up is our basketball season and we are hoping for a great year in that also.


Award Winning Art

Last weekend Cornerstone student artists were entered into the Ocala Art show, more popularly known by the acronym for Fine Arts For Ocala, FAFO.  The student art area showcases the work of all Marion County public schools and several area private schools.  Despite being vastly outnumbered, Cornerstone students have consistently received accolades and awards.  I am proud of each and every one of our student artists.

For the second consecutive year,

a Cornerstone Student Artist has received the highest award.


Other middle school winners were:

J.J. Albright - Multiprocess Print - 2nd Place

Kaitlyn Hanson - Deconstructed Book - 3rd Place

Olivia Lesbirel - Polymer Clay Sculpture - 4th Place

Trevor Lozada - Acetate Sculpture - Honorable Mention

Thank you for your support of these student artists and our art program.

Quote of the Week:

      “Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”

                                                                                 - Francis of Assisi


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