Posted by Sharon Marine on Thursday, Oct 6th, 2011.
The Move-a-Thon was a huge success! Estrella Mountain's PTO partnered with Arizona in Action to put together a fun and active day for all the students on October 4th! The students asked for pledges for 60 minutes of movement. The student who brings the most money in pledges will receive either $500 or a Xoom!! The winner will be announced at the school wide assembly on October 20th at 2:00. Other prizes will be given out as well. Thank you to PTO, Arizona in Action, students, teachers, and families for making the day so rewarding!
Posted by Sharon Marine on Thursday, Sep 8th, 2011.

Worn out socks make for sore feet . . . . So we are asking students and parents to donate NEW socks for our troops. (Still in package, please!) The "Sock it to me" Drive is for the troops in the Middle East that are wearing out socks because they have no way to wash their socks. Our troops are doing foot patrol in 128 degree weather, wearing a pair of socks for up to 3 days or more and then throwing them away. The sand and heat & wear, rapidly create "big" holes and very uncomfortable conditions for them. We are asking for your help to collect socks for out troops. Please bring clean, packaged socks to the front office. Socks will be collected and sent to Afghanistan by the Marines stationed at Luke Air Force Base on a weekly basis FREE of charge. One package of socks goes a long way to help make our servicemen and women feel just a little more comfortable. Your donations are distributed out to all the branches of the military serving their country. This drive will last until the end of September.

Posted by Sharon Marine on Thursday, Sep 8th, 2011.

Just a reminder to talk to your students about Stranger Danger. Some Westar students were approached Tuesday after school by an older male in a light colored, full size, extended cab truck. The students immediately told the authorities. The Goodyear Police Department is on alert in our neighborhoods. There has also been an incident reported about an attempted break in. A parent left their house to pick up their child after school, and a light blue Suburban was outside. After she left, they broke the window to attempt entry into the house. Someone else was at home, so the intruders left the premises. Please continue to do neighborhood watches and be on the lookout for any suspicious vehicles and people. Please spread the word to your friends and neighbors.

Posted by Sharon Marine on Thursday, Aug 18th, 2011.

We are very excited to start our extra curricular after school Spanish class. The classes will begin receiving instruction from Mrs. Santos in room 207. She will also be teaching a section to interested 7th and 8th graders during their elective period. Mrs. Santos is a community member and parent at Estrella Mountain, and brings a wealth of knowledge with her about the Spanish language.

 Students meet after school, twice a week, either on Monday & Tuesday or Thursday & Friday for the entire semester. The activity fee for the Spanish class is $100 per semester for after school classes, and $25 per quarter to junior high students. All slots are filled at this time.

If you are interested in having your child participate, please contact the front office to be placed on a waiting list for the next available class. We are currently looking for another part time Spanish instructor. If you know of someone who is interested, they may visit the the Liberty web site to fill out an on line application.

Posted by Sharon Marine on Friday, Aug 12th, 2011.
Welcome to the 2011-2012 School Year!

Estrella Mountain staff has been busy implementing new ideas! The Library and Computer Lab have now been combined to one room, after knocking down the wall in the Computer Lab. It has created a Media Center where students can do research on the computers and in in Library at the same time.

Many primary teachers have taken the International Baccalaureate training over the summer and have already begun to implement the program in their classrooms. To start with, the entire school is focusing on The Learner Profile. The IB Learner Profiles are: Inquirers, Thinkers, Communicators, Knowledgeable, Risk Takers, Principled, Caring, Open Minded, Balanced, and Reflective. We encourage the students to communicate what kind of learner they are, by using these terms.

The PTO has teamed up to purchase a cart of 21 Motorola Xooms. These are available for teachers to check out and use in the classrooms. The students are able to do research, take assessments, and do enrichment and remedial assignments on them.

Spanish instruction is now being offered to our students! Seventh and Eighth grade Spanish instruction is optional during their elective period, for a class fee of $25 per quarter. Sixth grade Spanish instruction is still to come. First grade through fifth grade can sign up for instruction after school. Classes will be twice a week beginning on August 18 through December 16. The second session of Spanish will begin on January 9 through May 11. Each session has a program cost of $100.
Posted by Sharon Marine on Wednesday, Mar 23rd, 2011.

Come to Estrella's Innovation night on Thursday, April 7th from 5:00-7:00 to see all the great things that are happening in the classrooms! After you visit your children's classrooms, make sure you stop in the classrooms where they will be assigned next year.

Performances will be done by Jazz Band members throughout the night.

Science Olympiad will be exhibiting their projects.

Student art will be displayed.

Guest speakers will be in the library to discuss the International Baccalaureate Program.

 See all the great things that Estrella has to offer!

Posted by Sharon Marine on Wednesday, Mar 23rd, 2011.

Estrella Mountain Elementary School is moving toward the requirements of offering the International Baccalaureate (IB)program for our primary grades and middle school grade. We have submitted the information and are anxiously awaiting the approval to enter the Consideration Year.

Since 1968, the IB Program has grown to work with 2,384 schools in 129 countries. Currently, 645,000 students are enrolled in the various IB Programs around the world, while being provided with three different programs; The Primary Years, The Middle Years, and The Diploma Program. The Primary Years Program is intended for students ranging from ages 3-12.

As the IB institute describes, the Primary Years Program "focuses on the total growth of the developing child, touching hearts as well as minds and encompassing social, physical. emotional, and cultural needs in addition to academic development." Drawing on research and practices from a variety of national systems of knowledge and experience, the PYP provides students with challenging educational frameworks for each age level.

The Middle Years Program has been designed for students ranging from ages 11-16. At this age of early puberty and mid-adolescence, the IB institute feels that students are at a "particularly critical phase of personal and intellectual development and requires a program that helps students participate actively and responsibly.

Posted by Sharon Marine on Wednesday, Jan 12th, 2011.

Please join the Estrella staff for a evening filled with history and geography. Our first Social Studies night is on Wednesday, January 19th from 4:30-6:00. The events will be held in the 3-5 grade wing. When you enter, you will first receive a passport and you will receive stamps for the different stations. Some examples of events to look forward to include: Amendment Match (mach the number of the amendment to the amendment), States and Capitals Bingo, Flag Design , and Clicker Tests on History. Each student in attendance will receive a globe charm to add to their chain. Charms are limited, so come early!

Posted by Sharon Marine on Tuesday, Dec 7th, 2010.
Did you know you can have your taxes sent to our school? Go online now!!!
A tax credit is a dollar-for-dollar reduction in the actual tax owed to the state of Arizona. It reduces your tax liability by the amount you donate, up to $400 for married couples and $200 for single or head of household.
For example, if you donate $400 to an Estrella activity, you reduce your Arizona state tax bill by $400 or your tax refund will be increased by $400. This money can be used before, during, or after school to help fund extracurricular programs and activities.
Visit Liberty's website, go to "Important Links", and click on "AZ tax Credits".
Posted by Sharon Marine on Wednesday, Dec 1st, 2010.
Estrella's student council is joining up with the City of Goodyear to sponsor a toiletry drive for needy families. We are asking each grade level to donate specific items.
Kindergarten--toilet paper
First Grade--soap,
Second Grade--shampoo,
Third Grade--conditioner,
Fourth Grade--lotion,
Fifth Grade--mouth wash,
Sixth Grade--deoderant,
Seventh Grade--toothpaste,
Eighth Grade--tooth brushes.

We are also collecting can foods to distribute to needy families and to the food bank. The pick up date for the canned foods is December 16th.

Our Winter Program is scheduled for Tuesday, December 14th. It begins at 6:00 with performances from K-4. The performances with the band (5-8) begins at 7:00. The festivities will be held in the gym.
Posted by Sharon Marine on Tuesday, Nov 9th, 2010.

The campus celebrated our first Patriotic Day on Tuesday, November 2, 2010. We began the school day with an entire school assembly that featured the Presentation of Colors and the raising of the flag, by the Goodyear Police Department. The cheerleaders performed a cheer and Mr. Still, a veteran, talked to the students about his experiences. Then the Concert Band and Jazz Band gave awesome performances. The 2nd and 3rd Grade Chorus sang a couple of songs, which was followed by the 4th graders playing the recorders. An essay about being a citizen was read to the audience. Parents were invited to eat lunch with their children, and were fed the All American hot dog, which was supplied by the PTO. It was a wonderful day for the students, staff, and community. Thank you to all the supporters that help make the day memorable.

Posted by Sharon Marine on Thursday, Sep 16th, 2010.
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