Home' Nonahood News : NONA 060116 Contents Close Encounters of the Galactic Kind
Moss Park Elementary hosted its first ever
Astronomy Night. Gifted teacher Lisa Whalen
organized a spectacular, star-studded hands-
on experience for our students and families.
The UCF Astronomy Society visited MPE with
three high-powered telescopes while sharing
their extensive knowledge of the planets and
stars. The students and parents were able to
see Jupiter and four moons, Orion’s Nebula,
and Iota Cancri. It was out of this world!!!
mer learning loss is real. In order to suc-
ceed in school, it is critical for children
to have ongoing learning opportunities
and practicing essential skills.
The New York Times published re-
search by the RAND Corporation show-
ing the average summer learning loss
in math and reading for American
students can amount to one month
per year. It’s even more concerning for
low-income children who can lose an
average of two months over the sum-
mer. By the end of sixth grade, children
who continuously lose reading skills
over the summer will be two years be-
low their peers. According to the RAND
report, good summer reading programs
with individualized instruction, paren-
tal involvement and classes can keep
children from falling behind and reduce
the achievement gap. In addition, en-
richment camps, educational family va-
cations and surrounding students with
books to read over the summer can help.
Consider these low-cost activities to
keep kids’ brains active this summer:
1. Play traditional card games. These
games help build critical thinking
skills as well as math skills.
2. Let your kids help you cook. Not
only will this help sharpen math
skills, it can help teach kids healthy
3. Take a walk around your neighbor-
hood and ask your child to record
their observations of nature.
4. Create musical instruments from
materials around the house.
5. Start a rock collection and have
your child research the types of
rocks they find.
6. Have your child plan a family activ-
ity by creating a budget for spending.
7. Take your child to the grocery store
with your list of items needed and a
specific dollar amount to spend.
Summer learning does not have to
be sitting at a desk or table with paper
and pencil in hand. Get creative and
Sun Blaze Elementary
Moss Park Elementary
Mobile Learning Lab
Students in grade 4 at MPE were amazed
as they stepped foot into the Water Ventures
traveling science center. Water Ventures is an
electrifying 53-foot semi-trailer that has been
customized to provide a platform for educa-
tional outreach programs. Inside the mobile
museum, students built their awareness of
water conservation and were inspired to ap-
preciate, understand and respect Florida’s
2nd Annual Battle of the Books
Sixteen elementary schools in the Southeast Learning Community competed
in this year’s Battle of the Books competition. Coaches Carolyn Bonadonna, Marit-
za Jenarine and Tammie Peters had the honor and privilege of working with some
of MPE’s brightest and most avid readers. MPE’s battle team members Samuel Ka-
puschinksy, Dylan Hardy, Nadia Khan, Sydney Gravel, Elias Oliphant, and captain
Sarah Khan showed tremendous knowledge of this year’s Sunshine State Books as
well as demonstrated phenomenal teamwork during each battle. The team won
each of the rounds they competed in but did not earn enough points to make it
into the final battle. So very proud of these talented young people. Keep reading!
Sunshine State Books Voting
On April 6, students in grade 3-5
who had read at least three of this year’s
Sunshine State books were able to par-
ticipate in voting for their favorite book.
There were 103 students who voted,
thanks to a partnership with the Orange
County Elections office that provided
the voting machines, staff and custom
ballots. The book Nerd Camp by Elissa
Weissman received the most votes at
our school. Almost 200,000 votes were
cast across the state and were submit-
ted to Tallahassee. The state winner was
Pie, by Sarah Weeks. The 2016-2017
Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award’s
list will be out before school ends, just in
time for summer reading!
Northlake Park Community School
Lazy summer days,
full of smiles and giggles,
rays of sunshine beaming down,
time to just sit and play
running, skipping, jumping,
picnics, parks, ice creams,
splishing and splashing,
lazy summer days.....
Regrettably, the American idea of
lazy summers can have unintended con-
sequences. If students are not engaged
in learning over the summer, they will
lose skills in reading and mathematics.
Decades of research confirms that sum-
Eagle Creek Elementary School’s
K-Kids club would like to congratulate
fifth-grader Lanah Burch for receiv-
ing the Kiwanis Student of the Year
Award. She was chosen for this award
because of her grades, performance
as a safety patrol, treasurer of the K-
Kids club, and her dedication to K-Kids’
community service projects. As the K-
Kid representative working with our
school’s SGA, Lanah helped to organize
a toy and pajama drive that benefitted
Nemours Children’s Hospital. She also
OCPS Stellar Service
Each month, OCPS recogniz-
es five employees who exem-
plify stellar service in the area
in which they work. Second-
grade teacher Ms. Deb Andraski
earned these honors for the
month of April. She has been a
vital part of the success of the
opening of Eagle Creek Elementary and continues to give back to the Lake Nona
Community that she calls home.
You can view the video tribute at https://youtu.be/ERWm1waUFo0.
Eagle Creek Elementary
Lanah Burch, pictured in middle, chosen as Kiwanis
Student of the Year.
made and delivered cards to a local
nursing home for Valentine’s Day and
participated in reading to residents
who live there. Keep up the great work!
A message from Principal Abbe
Relay For Life Funds
NLP and the Lake Nona YMCA
teamed up for the annual Relay For Life
event that was held on Saturday, April
9, at Lake Nona High School. NLP raised
more than $3,700 in just one week
through the Coins for Cancer fund-
raiser. Teacher Kim Aglio presented the
American Cancer Society with a check
on behalf of the students and staff at
the Relay For Life event. With gorgeous
weather, it was a special weekend to
celebrate, remember and honor friends
and family who have battled, or con-
tinue to fight, cancer.
Earth Day Electronics Drive
Kady, a first-grader in Mrs. Bearns and Mrs. Joseph’s
class, created eTreasure, Inc., a non-profit that works with
local ecofriendly recycling companies certified by the EPA to
ensure the proper disposal, refurbishing and re-distribution
of electronics. As a result of her recycling efforts, Kady has
won the President’s Environmental Youth Award! The U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency selected her as one of
only 10 elementary school students nationwide. The awards
are presented each year to exceptional students and teach-
ers who demonstrate creativity, innovation and leadership to
address difficult environmental challenges. She will receive
a certificate from the President and will be invited to attend
a formal awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. NorthLake
Park is very excited and proud of Kady!
24 JUNE 2016
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