Thank You! Every Kid Healthy Week
The Miner PTO wishes to thank the students, staff, and families who participated in the wide variety of health- and fitness-related activities during Every Kid Healthy Week! During the day, Miner students got physical with stretching and exercises, and then became mindful through mediation sessions with Mr. Faison. Students also had a chance to taste test delicious tropical fruits pineapple, kiwi, and mango with Miner’s garden partner, Cultivate the City.
The PTO sponsored two events. On Tuesday, we welcomed amazing yoga instructor Felicia Taliaferro who helped us get our zen on as we stretched our minds and bodies (even though some of our younger Miner Bears had trouble staying peaceful and centered). Then, on Thursday, Capitol Hill fitness guru Michelle Cain helped us get in shape from head to toe with fun exercises involving stretching and cardio. Thank you to Mariana Jones and Katy Thomas for recommending the perfect instructors!
Mr. Robinson, Miner’s Health and Physical Education teacher was the guiding force for the activities all week, and the PTO thanks him for all his hard work in making Every Kid Healthy Week such a success!
Lastly, Miner’s involvement in Every Kid Healthy Week wouldn’t have been possible without a generous Game On grant from Action for Healthy Kids!
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PTO and LSAT Nomination Period Now Open!
Hello Miner Community,
As the 2017-18 school year comes to a close, we find ourselves with a new opportunity – springtime elections for Miner’s Local School Advisory Team (LSAT) and Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)! In the past, elections have been held in the fall, but thanks to our energized and engaged community, we are now able to hold them at year-end. As a school and a community, we are on the right track, but we need our Miner Bear Family to help keep up the momentum!
We are truly lucky to have such an incredible community of parents, staff, and neighbors committed to helping Miner and its students succeed. So, if you’ve ever thought about getting involved in leadership at Miner, this is the time—the nomination period is now open!
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For parents and staff interested in learning more about these and other leadership opportunities, the PTO will hold three informal information and Q&A sessions on Wednesday, May 9. Sessions will be at 3:30, 4:30, and 5:30 in the Library.
Election packets with detailed information about nominations for LSAT Parent Representatives and PTO Executive Board, as well as the election process in general, are available online at minerelementary.org/election or can be downloaded here. Paper copies of the packets will be available in the Main Office. You can also fill out the Nomination Form online.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to either of us or to any current PTO leader. You can also email the PTO: email@example.com.
Thank you Miner parents, teachers, staff, neighbors, and friends! The PTO looks forward to another fantastic year working together to make Miner a great community school of choice!
Go Mighty Bears!
Thank You! April 21 Playdate
Thank you to everyone who joined the PTO on Saturday, April 21 for our second spring playdate! Miner hosted several events as part of its "April Community Day," one of which was a playdate for current and prospective families.
We had a great turnout of incoming Miner families! The future Bears had a wonderful time playing with current students in the bounce castle, and their parents had the opportunity to mingle with other new and current parents as well as members of the PTO leadership team and the school administration.
The PTO would like to give special thanks to Amy Treat and Heidi Altman for serving as "ambassadors" to Miner and to John Muir for serving as bounce castle "bouncer." Thank you to everyone who helped make it a fun day for adults and kids alike!
Thank You! Little Friends for Peace
Saturday, April 21 was a fun community day for the Miner Bear family! We began the morning with a new event that was all about exploring and experiencing peace. "Growing Peace in the Family" was hosted by Little Friends for Peace, and we are so grateful to MJ and Jerry Park and their team for sharing this program with us. Families participated in cooperative games, art, and peace circle activities, and the workshop was truly a joyful event!
We would like to give special thanks to Miner's Director of Strategy & Logistics, Dr. King, for helping with set up; Dante' Daniel, Matt Renaud, and the ECE Parent Committee for helping with coordination; and Ms. Dorsey and some very talented PreK students for creating a beautiful poster for the event.
However, none of this would have been possible without the hard work of CarolAnne Otto who introduced us to our new friends from Little Friends for Peace. It is dedicated, passionate parents that help make a school more than just a school. Thank you, CarolAnne, for making this event happen!
Next week Miner will be celebrating Every Kid Healthy Week! Observed the last week of April each year, Every Kid Healthy Week is a nationwide initiative designed to celebrate and promote school health and wellness achievements by linking nutrition, physical activity, and learning.
At Miner, students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of fun and healthy activities:
Miner and the PTO invite all current AND incoming families to join us for two family events:
The week's activities are made possible by a generous Game On grant from Action for Health Kids. Thank you!
Thank You! Spring Dance
On Friday, April 13, Miner Elementary School and the Miner PTO hosted Miner's 2nd Annual Spring Dance. The event was a huge success thanks to the hard work of the planning committee, headed up by Ms. Dorsey, Mariana Jones, and Lindsey Jones-Renaud.
Students danced the night away in a beautifully decorated gym and enjoyed delicious snacks and fun crafts in the cafeteria. Our Royal Court was crowned and families got to have a special dance with their favorite students. Finally, the night was capped perfectly with a professional photographer snapping spring-themed photos. The event was so much fun that by the end of the night, no one wanted to leave!
The PTO is grateful to everyone who played a role in making it happen and would like to give a special thank you to Dr. King, Ms. Offor, Ms. Wingfield, and Mr. Robinson for making sure we were able to set up during school hours. We also want to recognize Dia Johnson of Sweet Surprises who donated a portion of the delicious food (to accommodate the unprecedented number of RSVPs) and Art-drenaline 365 for providing the healthy snacks.
We are also particularly grateful to Ms. Mears, Ms. Brown, Ms. Olazo, Heidi Altman, Jessica Berniske, Terri Rupar, John & Julie Muir, and David & Amy Treat for volunteering to help out. Thanks to everyone who could join us - you all played a part in making the night special for our students and families!
The administration, staff, students, and parents of Miner Elementary School would like to extend our utmost gratitude to Mrs. Janet Hubka and her husband Dr. Mark Hubka for presenting their work on "The Art of Science: Taking Art to the Cellular Level" to our student body on Thursday, April 5. The Hubkas were introduced by two of Miner’s “STEM Star” student ambassadors and students from grades PK3 to 5 were enthralled with the beautiful imagery produced by the Hubkas through their company, Ilus Art of San Diego, California. The Hubkas also talked about stem cell research on the International Space Station and at the San Diego Zoo, as well as efforts to help save the Northern White Rhino from extinction through cell banking. Kim Cherry, DCPS Deputy Chief, STEM, introduced the speakers. Carla Duhaney, the Director of Education at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium also presented on the topic of science education.
After the assembly, the Miner Parent Teacher Organization hosted lunch for our esteemed guests, student ambassadors, and school leaders.
On Monday, April 9, Mrs. and Dr. Hubka returned to Miner to present several gifts to the school: three incredible artworks and two high-powered microscopes for Miner’s STEM Lab! The Hubkas also presented Certificates of Recognition from Senator Kamala Harris of California to Principal Jackson and Director of Strategy & Logistics Dr. King. We were fortunate to be joined by Dr. Wanda Legrand, DCPS Deputy Chancellor of Social, Emotional, and Academic Development, who gave remarks on the importance of STEM education. Miner’s STEM Star student ambassadors once again emceed the presentation.
None of these amazing events would have been possible without the dedication and efforts of Miner’s STEM educator, Ms. Alesha Russey. Ms. Russey worked in partnership with the USA Science & Engineering Festival and their “Nifty Fifty” school speaker program to bring such an inspirational opportunity to our students. This is the second year that Miner has hosted a Nifty Fifty speaker. Last year, Miner welcomed Dr. Aprille Ericsson of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.
Thank you again to Mrs. and Dr. Hubka, Ms. Duhaney, Dr. Legrand, Ms. Cherry, Senator Harris, and the USA Science and Engineering Festival for your support of Miner Elementary School and STEM education!
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