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Reading Month at Cedar View


 

Cedar View students are enjoying an exciting and crazy schedule of reading activities throughout the month of March!  Students are creating quite the reading buzz around the building.  Candid conversations are occurring everywhere focused on who we are as readers, what it is we like to read, and how we might persuade someone else to read one of our favorite books!

As you walk through the halls, you’ll quickly notice favorite book covers plastered on lockers while other days you may see a classroom engaged in “Camp-Out Day” as they camp themselves in a quality text.  The month culminates with an all day “Read-a-thon” service learning project.  These classrooms are collecting their read-a-thon donations for causes including the Cedar Springs library, St. Jude’s Hospital, and the American Cancer Society.

4th grade teacher Noah Gregory created a school-wide “Book-o-logy Tournament,” similar to the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament.  Daily excitement builds as 32 of our favorite books prepare to face off.  Favorite new chapter books, tried and true classics, as well as well-loved picture books made it into the field.  Students cast their votes each day and are continuously checking the book bracket posted in the library to see which text will advance to the Final Four and ultimately become the Cedar View champion!

Further stretching our reading capabilities, we also have our annual “Battle of the Books” challenge.  Interested students signed up for a 10 week-10 book challenge.  Students will battle it out in a game show like trivia challenge in the days before spring break.  Thanks to a dedicated staff and a community of FANTASTIC readers, we are ENJOYING an exciting month at Cedar View!

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Jumping in Time


Mark Russell

Mark Russell

This year the kids from the area were jumping. Really jumping. No, not with the normal excess energy they seem to possess. In today’s world, where Facebook and video games rule, this was a nice break. They participated in the annual Jump Rope for Heart Contest. The national event, sponsored by the American Heart Association, was organized by the physical education teachers.

A total of 421 students from Cedar View and Red Hawk Elementary as well as the Middle School enjoyed the day of jumping and music.

“These kids did a wonderful job raising donations for the event. They were thinking of others and that is something special,” stated PE teacher Mark Schumann.

Schumann, along with Steve Banagis stress wellness and physical activities all year in class.

Mr. Moleski's class

Mr. Moleski’s class

Mr. Moleski’s class of fifth graders really got into the event. His class total donations were $ 1,627, with every single student contributing.

Mark Russell, a seventh grader, raised $250 to lead all kids. The total amount raised this year was $ 7,056.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Students raise a pretty penny


Students at Cedar View presented Special Olympics with a check for $948 Monday. From left to right: Special education teacher Chris Leslie, fifth grade students Marissa Whitney, Sierra Hess, and Mae Larsen, Special Olympics representative Diane House, and Independent Bank representative Julie Wheeler. Post photo by J. Reed.

Special Olympics benefit from fundraiser

 

By Judy Reed

 

Three Cedar View students with a heart for sharing, plus 480 students who helped support the cause, equals a generous donation to Special Olympics.

When fifth grade students Marissa Whitney, Sierra Hess, and Mae Larsen decided they wanted to do a fundraiser, they chose something that kids at their own school could benefit from—Special Olympics.

“These girls worked so hard,” said special education teacher Chris Leslie. She explained that funding from Special Olympics is the only way that some of the students in her class get to participate in certain athletic activities.

The three girls urged fellow students to bring in their change, each day on the morning announcements, for about a month. “We told them there would be a treat [for the winning classes], but told them we wanted them to do it because it would help people,” explained Marissa.

In the end, the two classes whose bins weighed the most were Mr. Moleski’s fourth grade class, and Mrs. Cairy’s fifth grade class. Each class got popsicles as a special treat.

The change was taken to Independent Bank, where employees rolled it—all $948.85 worth of it.

Fourth and fifth grade classes gathered on the lawn Monday morning, as the three girls presented Diane House, from Special Olympics, with the check. House was grateful to the girls for their hard work. “This will go to fund special events across Kent County, including here,” she explained.

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Odyssey of Mind team takes second at regionals


Cedar View Elementary Odyssey of the Mind Team is made up of 4th graders Henry Matthew and Blayke Darling and 5th graders Katia Corwin, Ryllie Rivard, Taylor Warner, Sarah Martin and Rebecca Yaklin. Coaches are Jennifer Rivard, Kathy Corwin, Jill Matthew and Angel Martin.

An Odyssey of the Mind team made up of students from Cedar View Elementary competed in Regional competition at Greenville High School Saturday, March 24, and placed 2nd in their division.

The team has been working on practicing spontaneous problems, as well as their long-term problem, Ooh-Motional Vehicle, since November. For their long-term problem, the students had to come up with a vehicle that had 2 propulsion systems and 4 emotions.  They decided on a Cedar Springs Red Flannel Parade theme, making their vehicle into a red hawk and making cardboard replicas of the Kent Theater, Crown Trophy, Library and Post Office.

Their second place finish at Regionals advances them to State competition at Davenport University in Caledonia on Saturday, April 21.

Odyssey of the Mind is an educational program that fosters creative thinking and problem solving skills, involving students from kindergarten through college. Students learn to work with others as a team, evaluate ideas, make decisions, and create solutions while developing self-confidence from their experiences. Odyssey of the Mind was created by a New Jersey professor in 1978 and now expands beyond the US to 30 countries.

 

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Rotary chooses essay winners


The Cedar Springs Rotary recently selected the winners of their 4-way test essay contest at Cedar View Elementary.

Each year the Rotary works with the eight fifth grade classes at Cedar View, and added a fifth grade class from Creative Technologies Academy this year as well.

The theme this year was “Setting a good example—integrity.” All essays were written at school in 200 words or less. Teachers chose the 2 best essays from their class, and then the 4-Way Committee, including Julie Wheeler, Carolyn Davis and Clark, chose their top three. Or, in this case, their top four—there was a tie for third place.

“We looked at grammar, writing mechanics, spelling, presentation and the story line,” explained Clark. “We looked for a clear outcome, such as the lesson learned or character revealed.”

The first place winner was Haley Price, of Ms. Zank’s class. She won $50. Second place went to Heather Mann, of Mrs. Luttrell’s class. She won $25. Julia Simpson, of Mr. Harmon’s class, and Maddi Huntoon, of Mrs. Boverhof’s class, tied for third, and won $10 each.

“We as Rotarians are aware of the example we set as individuals and as a club in our community,” said Rotary President Denise Gates. “As community leaders and partners, we are mindful of what we think, say and do.”

The Rotary 4-way test says, “Of the things we think, say or do: 1. Is it the truth? 2. Is it fair to all concerned? 3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships? 4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?”

The Rotary 4-Way test is one of the most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics in the world. It was created by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor in 1932, when he was asked to take charge of the Chicago-based Club Aluminum Co., which was facing bankruptcy. Taylor looked for a way to save the struggling company mired in depression-caused financial difficulties. He drew up a 24-word code of ethics for all employees to follow in their business and professional lives. The 4-Way Test became the guide for sales, production, advertising and all relations with dealers and customers, and the survival of the company was credited to this simple philosophy.

 

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Cedar View 55-meter dash champions


On Tuesday, June 7, the final day of school, the traditional Cedar View Elementary 55-meter dash finals were held.
Pictured are (L to R) Kaleb Gordon, 4th grade boys champ; Baylie VanDyke, 4th grade girls champ; Nadia Williams, 5th grade girls champ; and Corbin Besemer and Eben Gardner, 5th grade boys co-champions.
Congratulations!

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Mother son movie night and Wee Hawks basketball


Two programs put on by Cedar Springs Parks and Rec are underway in the next week.
The Wee Hawks Basketball Program begins this Saturday, April 30, from 9-10:30 am at the Cedar View Elementary Gym and runs four weeks. Cedar Springs High School basketball coaches work with students in Kindergarten through 2nd grade to help them get a good fundamental start at the game. They will work on some basic ball handling skills and drills, dribbling and work on making a few shots. The program is held at Cedar View Elementary gymnasium and there are special baskets put up so that the youth do not have to shoot as high to get their two points. The participants will receive a basketball at the end of the camp that will allow them to keep practicing on their newfound talent over the summer. Registration forms can be found online at www.csaparksandrec.com or at the CS Public Schools District Office.  Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required.
To celebrate Mother’s Day, there will be a mother-son movie night at the Cedar Springs Middle School on May 6, from 6-9 p.m. The event features the movie “Megamind,” while enjoying pizza and popcorn. It also includes fun activities that give the boys a chance to make a meaningful gift and card for the holiday, and a chance to go into the gym and play together or sit in the cafeteria and have a few moments away from television and distractions of home to play a game together. The night is filled with opportunities for the boys to play with their friends and spend time with their mothers. Tickets are on sale now during normal daytime office hours at Hilltop and Monday-Wednesday evenings at the Middle School from 6-9pm. Tickets in advance are $12 for two people, or $15 for three or more. Tickets can be purchased at the door for an additional fee, $15 for two people, or $20 for three or more.

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One student makes a difference


Anna CarterAnna Carter, a fifth grader at Cedar View, wanted to make a difference this holiday season so she asked her principal if she could conduct a food drive for families of soldiers who are deployed.
Anna set up collections boxes around the school and advertised with posters. She also went on the Cedar View Morning Show and asked student to consider contributing to this worthy cause. Students really rallied behind this request. Anna’s collection was enough to provide food for 72 military families and 8 non-military families.
Anna with Military menAnna not only collected the food but helped pack the boxes at her church. “During the holiday season it really is better to give than receive. I was able to meet several of the military families and it really left a good warm feeling inside of me,” said Anna.
What a wonderful person at the young age of 11 making such a difference in the community. Cedar View students have not only helped out with contribution but have learned about giving through Anna’s efforts.

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