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First graders and families celebrate


N-Library-card1Almost 250 first-graders were at the Kent Theatre Monday and Tuesday to celebrate March is Reading month and their brand new library cards.

The Cedar Springs Public Library launched its 16th Annual First Grade Library Card Roundup last month, in partnership with the Kent District Library, Cedar Trails, Creative Technologies Academy, and Algoma Christian School.

“The program is largely successful due to the classroom visits by Children’s parapros Shannon Vanderhyde, of Cedar Springs Library, and Sara Magnusen, of KDL, and the great cooperation and support by each first grade classroom teacher,” said Cedar Springs Library Director Donna Clark.

First graders and their families were invited to celebrate “March is Reading Month” by getting a library card and thereby gaining access to hundreds of thousands of books and other materials available at the 81 libraries and branch libraries in the 8 counties served by the Lakeland Library Cooperative.

N-Library-card2Free movie passes to see “Nut Job” at the Kent Theatre were issued to all 320 first graders, paid for by the Cedar Springs Public Library via a grant from a local Cedar Springs sponsor. Students showing a library card also got a free popcorn to eat during the show, compliments of the Kent Theatre. About 246 came to the movie and almost every single child/family had a library card.

Just before the movie started, local children’s author Amanda Litz hosted a drawing to give away 6 of her books, one of which was just released that afternoon. To find out more about Amanda, her books, her new bookstore located at 25 S. Main, and the events she has planned, go to her website at www.travelerstrunkpublishing.com

The library card program was originated in 1998 by Mike Metzger, a former library board member.

 

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Hearing & Vision screenings


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Hearing and Vision screenings for 2014-2015 Cedar Springs Kindergarten Class will be held Friday, May 2 @ Cedar Trails from 8:45am to 3:45pm

If your child has not been previously screened, please call 616-696-9884 to schedule your appointment.

 

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New Play Spaces at Cedar Trails Elementary


CSPS-PlaySpaces-CedarTrailsCheck out the Cedar Trails Community Playground Build from beginning to end.   Visit  www.csredhawks.org/playground.

A Huge THANK YOU all who made this happen: HS Soccer Teams,     Cedar Trails PTO,     Cedar Springs Public Schools, Rowland Excavating Company, Jenny Majerczak (coordinator).

 

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Kind Hearts, Kind Hands at Trails On Thursday, October 21st, the Cedar Trails PTO held a “Fall Fun Night” where students came to school, dressed in their costumes, and took part in some trick or treating. As part of that night, members of the Cedar Trails staff put together some activities surrounding “Habits of Mind”(HOM). For one of the activities, all students AND their parents cut-out a “kind hand” representing HOM – Understanding and Empathy – to go on a wall in the motor room. Families also received a passport with further information about the habits and had those punched as they walked around the building. To culminate the evening, staff, students, and parents, helped to eat over 500 pieces of pizza in the cafeteria while watching a video about the “Red Hawk Kids Club” and “Habits of Mind.”

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Cedar Trails Students are Difference Makers



The overarching theme this year at Cedar Trails is “Difference Makers.”  Students are receiving direct instruction about how they can make a positive difference at school. There are also assemblies during the year that allow classes to gather together and learn more about the “Habits of Mind.” The three habits supported at Trails this year are: managing impulsivity, understanding and empathy, and persistence. The students are learning the terminology and have hand motions to go with each of those habits.  Students who are being great role models with the habits are also selected as “Red Hawk Kids Club Winners” and are recognized bi-weekly on Friday.

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PreK students learn about community


By Judy Reed

Mrs. Bellamy’s PreK classes visited several locations, including the Cedar Springs Fire Department this week.

Mrs. Bellamy’s PreK classes visited several locations, including the Cedar Springs Fire Department this week.

The students in Rhonda Bellamy’s all-day pre-kindergarten class at Cedar Trails took a community walk through downtown Cedar Springs this week. Mrs. Bellamy explained that the students have been learning about community helpers, and what it means to be part of a community. “We talked about being part of a family, and then a classroom, and then a community,” she explained.

The preschoolers visited the police station and fire station to learn about safety. Bellamy said that some students were scared of the firefighter. “A fireman put on all his equipment so they could see it was a real person under there. We showed them it was a real person, and told them that if a firefighter ever came into their home, not to hide from him,” she explained.

They got to hear a couple of stories at the library, and then went on to the U.S. Post Office, where they mailed a postcard to themselves that they had decorated at school.

They then stopped at Hungry Howies, where they played with the dough, then bought pizzas and took them to Morley Park to eat for lunch.

It was quite an event for some of the smallest members of our community!

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