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SUMMER THEATER CAMP

The Paul Laurence Dunbar drama department will be sponsoring a week long, affordable theater camp for elementary and middle school students again this summer.  What will students be doing? Students will gain valuable theatrical and literacy tools. They will rotate through stations of acting, musical theater, choreography, improv games, and crafts to construct a showcase for the public Friday evening.  Sign up today!



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REMINDER: 2016-2017 SBDM PARENT NOMINATIONS

Are you looking for a way to serve your child’s school? Consider being a parent representative on the Cassidy Elementary Site Based Decision Making Council.  Just follow the directions on the attached sheet

What is SBDM?
School-based decision-making (SBDM) councils promote shared leadership among those who are close to the students: parents, teachers and an administrator of the school.  The council sets school policy and makes decisions to enhance student achievement.
Who can be elected?
A parent council member shall be a parent, stepparent, foster parent or legal guardian of a student attending the school during the council member’s term of office.  A parent is ineligible if he/she is an employee or a relative of an employee (father, mother, brother, sister, husband, wife, son, daughter, aunt, uncle, son-in-law and daughter-in-law) of that school or for the district central office, or a local school board member or the spouse of a school board member.

Cassidy SBDM 

  • The Site Based Decision Making council is the governing body for this school.  It determines school policy for curriculum, staffing, discipline, scheduling, instructional practices, extra-curricular activities and other matters pertinent to the operation of the school
  • 2 Parents, 3 Teachers, 1 Principal serve on our council.
  • Terms of office are from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2018


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THE CASSIDY PARENT SATISFACTION SURVEY IS NOW OPEN!

The Cassidy Parent Satisfaction Survey is now open! We have 71 responses so far – thanks to everyone who has taken the time to take the survey! Please check your inbox—or spam folder—for a link to the online survey, and take this great opportunity to let your voice be heard! What have you liked about Cassidy this year? What have you disliked? We know you have suggestions! This is your opportunity to share them. The Cassidy administration takes your feedback very seriously and makes changes based on the survey results. We’d like input from every parent, so please fill it out today!  And if you haven’t received the link, please check your spam folder!



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THANK YOU FROM SNAP

THANK YOU TO ALL THE PARENTS AND FAMILY MEMBERS WHO HELPED WITH THIS YEAR’S SPECIAL NEEDS AWARENESS PROGRAM – WE EVEN HAD A FORMER CASSIDY STUDENT DROP BY TO PITCH IN!  WE HOPE THAT YOU HEARD MANY POSITIVE REMARKS AND THOUGHTFUL QUESTIONS OVER THE COURSE OF THE WEEK’S ACTIVITIES.  IT TAKES A VILLAGE AND WE APPRECIATE ALL THE SUPPORT YOU LEND TO HELP RUN THIS EVENT EACH YEAR!
— Your Cassidy PTA SNAP Committee —

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2016-2017 SBDM PARENT NOMINATIONS

Are you looking for a way to serve your child’s school? Consider being a parent representative on the Cassidy Elementary Site Based Decision Making Council.  Just follow the directions on the attached sheet

What is SBDM?
School-based decision-making (SBDM) councils promote shared leadership among those who are close to the students: parents, teachers and an administrator of the school.  The council sets school policy and makes decisions to enhance student achievement.
Who can be elected?
A parent council member shall be a parent, stepparent, foster parent or legal guardian of a student attending the school during the council member’s term of office.  A parent is ineligible if he/she is an employee or a relative of an employee (father, mother, brother, sister, husband, wife, son, daughter, aunt, uncle, son-in-law and daughter-in-law) of that school or for the district central office, or a local school board member or the spouse of a school board member.

Cassidy SBDM 

  • The Site Based Decision Making council is the governing body for this school.  It determines school policy for curriculum, staffing, discipline, scheduling, instructional practices, extra-curricular activities and other matters pertinent to the operation of the school
  • 2 Parents, 3 Teachers, 1 Principal serve on our council.
  • Terms of office are from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2018
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BOX TOPS NEWS!

Congratulations to Ms. Bond’s 1st grade class for winning the Box Top Traveling Trophy by collecting the most Box Tops (117) in March. Our Spring Box Tops Contest, “POPS & TOPS”, Ends Wednesday, May 4th The top 4 classes that turn in the most Box Tops from 3-1-16 through 5-4-16 will win extra recess with popsicles! Please turn in Box Tops baggies anytime with your name and teacher’s name on it – we’ll keep track of totals! So far, we have raised over $2,800! Thank You and Happy Clipping!

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NO PARKING ZONES

Last week, there was a neighborhood association meeting and one complaint that was voiced by homeowners was the violation of “No Parking” zones at drop off and dismissal. Please be mindful of the areas in and around Cassidy Elementary which are marked with No Parking signs. Beginning Monday, April 11th, the police department will be patrolling and will issue citations to vehicles parked in these areas.

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INTERNET SAFETY – REMINDER FOR PARENTS

Fayette County Public Schools recommends that parents periodically check their children’s social media presence.  Check out Common Sense Media for great information on how to deal with your childrens’ online world.

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SPECIAL NEEDS AWARENESS PROGRAM (SNAP): 4/11 thru 4/15

Dear Cassidy Families and Friends,
 
It is almost time for our 4th annual Special Needs Awareness Week at Cassidy! This year we are calling it SNAP (We are substituting the word “program” for “week”) and it will take place the week of April 11th to April 15th!

As you may recall, this will be a week long event during the school-day, designed to increase awareness of both physical and “hidden” disabilities increasingly encountered by our students in the Cassidy and greater Lexington community.  Our goal is to facilitate interactive and didactic activities to educate and highlight our special needs, as well as instill a positive and empowered attitude towards inclusion and acceptance. 

Our theme for this year, as decided by last year’s Art contest winner, Caroline O’Donnell, is: “Sky’s The Limit!”
One of the highlights of the week is our interactive simulation stations facilitated throughout the school day in the gym. These stations fulfill the “hands-on” piece of our theme better than any instructional sessions that we will be doing during other class periods and are designed to cover the more physical components and challenges of life with a disability, some of the sensory issues that typical kids find hard to understand, as well as some of the communication issues and challenges. We have changed the stations this year to provide some fresh experiences for those kids who have been through them a few times now!  These new stations will address ADLs, Academics and Athletics/Social Skills, with multiple disability experiences within each one.  We will also have components of teaching integrated into other Special Classes, including Art, Music, Science, Guidance and Media/Library,
Our daily themes will be:
Mon (4/11): Intro Day: Afternoon kick-off assembly

Tues (4/12): Disabilities of the sensory systems: including Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Blind

Wed (4/13):   Hidden Disabilities: including Autism, ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, LD, etc.

Thurs (4/14): Motor Disabilities: including CP, Downs, Paraplegias, etc.

Fri (4/15):      Medical Special Needs: including Diabetes, Epilepsy, Severe Food Allergies,  Tourette’s, etc. 
We will hold a kick-off Assembly on Monday April 11th at 1:30 pm, in the school gym. There will be several guest speakers from the community, including Ms. Kentucky who has a hidden disability! They will each try to give the students a sense of what life is like for them and what others need to know to relate better to individuals who may have the same or similar disabilities.

You are welcome to drop by the assembly, and we are also ASKING FOR YOUR HELP to facilitate some of the interactive “Simulation Stations” which will be held through the remainder of the week. If you would like to help out, please sign up using the following link: 
Special Needs Awareness Program 2016
 

We have many local professionals, parents and friends of Cassidy helping to make this event a success – all with positive messages for our kids and community – we hope you can spare a little time to join in on the effort and the learning!

Please contact Dr. Kim Thompson (Thompson_winkler@hotmail.com) for any further information.

Thank you so much for your support!

— Your Cassidy PTA SNAW Committee —

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SAVE THE DATE: CASSIDY FUN DAY IS 5/20!

It’s coming! One of our favorite days of the year… Fun Day at Cassidy! Keep your eyes open for information coming soon about tickets (and a reminder about those who pre-purchased with their PTA Packages), scheduling, and our many, many volunteer opportunities to make this a great day for our Cassidy community!

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VOLUNTEER FOR THE PTA!

Looking for ways to get involved at Cassidy? The PTA board has the following positions open……PRESIDENT ELECT, FUNDRAISING CHAIR, VOLUNTEERS CHAIR, and WELLNESS CHAIR. If you are interested or need more information, please email Melanie Gabbard (mgabbard@allen-kopet.com) or call (859-221-9026). .

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THE CASSIDY PARENT SATISFACTION SURVEY IS COMING SOON!

It’s that time of the year again—time to express your opinions about Cassidy! Watch your inboxes next week for the annual Cassidy Parent Satisfaction Survey, and let your voice be heard. What have you liked about Cassidy this year? What have you disliked? We know you have suggestions! This is your opportunity to share them. The Cassidy administration takes your feedback very seriously and makes changes based on the survey results, so please fill out the Cassidy survey as soon as you receive it!

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Variety Show Tonight

The Variety Show will have two shows on Thursday, March 24th! This Cassidy favorite is an exciting event for students and families, and we need LOTS of help to pull it off in true Colts fashion! Here is a list of volunteer needs…please sign up for whatever you can help with at our VolunteerSpot sign-up page: http://vols.pt/X3LJwe
Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

  1. Click the link
  2. Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
  3. Sign up! It’s easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.

(Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Amy Lawson at 859-913-7071 or amypeebleslawson@gmail.com to sign up via email.)

Here is a list of our volunteer needs:

Donated items to be delivered to Ms. Oliver’s room by 3:00pm on Thursday, March 24th:
1) 4 bulk bags of fun-sized packs of Skittles
2) 4 bulk bags of fun-sized packs of M&Ms
3) 5 bulk bags of individual serving pretzels
4) 4 bulk bags of Dum Dum  lollipops
1) 2 volunteers to work spotlights
2) 3 volunteers for backstage
3) 2 volunteers to help organize kids
Day show on Thursday, March 24th at 1:30pm (please arrive by 1:15pm): 
1) 2 volunteers to work spotlights
2) 4 volunteers to work backstage
3) 5 volunteers to sit with the kids and send them in order backstage at their assigned times
Evening show on Thursday, March 24th (please arrive by 5:45pm or 6:00pm – check job!):
1) 2 volunteers to work spotlights (arrive by 6:00pm)
2) 4 volunteers to work backstage (arrive by 6:00pm)
3) 5 volunteers to sit with the kids and send them in order backstage at their assigned times (arrive by 6:00pm)
4) 3 volunteers to work sales in hallway from 5:45-6:30pm and again during intermission
5) 1 volunteer to monitor kids working donations area before show (5:45-6:30pm)
Please feel free to contact Amy Lawson at 859-913-7071 or amypeebleslawson@gmail.com with any questions or clarifications about our volunteer needs.

Thank you in advance for helping make Cassidy’s Variety Show an unforgettable event for our Cassidy Colts!

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Reminder: CHAMPS SKATE NIGHT!!!!! April 21st!

Back by popular demand:  CHAMPS SKATE NIGHT!!!!!

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 The music, the lights, the disco ball, the pizza… Don’t miss Cassidy Rollerskating Night at Champs, Thursday, April 21st from 5:30-7:30pm!  More details to come as the event approaches.

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CASSIDY ARTWORK ON DISPLAY AT THE FCPS ELEMENTARY ART SHOW: 3/11 – 3/24

21 Students from Cassidy have their ART WORK on display for the Fayette County Public Schools Elementary ART SHOW! Please visit the show and check out the amazing work by our Colts!

  • Where: Lexington Public Library Central downtown location, 2nd Floor
  • When: March 11th – March 24th during Central Library’s hours
  • Who: Each Cassidy student’s artwork was randomly selected from their classroom art projects

This is a great show – All Elementary schools were invited to submit!

And… Friday, March 18th is Gallery Hop from 5:00-8:00pm! You can see our Cassidy artwork then, and enjoy a night of local artwork throughout downtown!

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A BIG THANK YOU FROM MRS. ADAMS!

The Cassidy Book Fair was a huge success! Thanks to everyone who participated in the activities and shopped at the Book Fair. Our Cassidy Library receives 25% of all profits from the Fair. The funds will be used to purchase technology, update our collection of books, obtain databases for student research, and bring in guest authors. We especially want to thank all the volunteers who gave their time and effort by working at the Book Fair and the events. We couldn’t have done it without you!!!

Happy reading! 🙂

Mrs. Adams

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REGISTER NOW FOR AFTER-SCHOOL TENNIS: 3/17 – 4/28

After-school tennis at Cassidy will be offered again on Thursdays from 3:30-4:30pm, March 17th through April 28th. Register your Colt today at www.lextennis.com!

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Spring Break Camps at the Explorium!

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: BOOK FAIR, 3/7-3/11

We need LOTS of volunteers to make the Book Fair a success! Volunteers will receive a 20% discount on all purchases made on the day they work. Sign up to help at Cassidy’s Book Fair in just three easy steps:
  1. Click this link. Go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/TpcXv6
  2. Enter your email address. You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot nor will VolunteerSpot share your email address with anyone.
  3. Sign up. Choose your shift. VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. NOTE:  If you prefer not to share your email address, please contact at emooring@me.com and she will sign you up manually.
We have lots of fun activities planned for our Feelin’ Groovy Book Fair. We think you will enjoy the excitement and atmosphere. Plus, proceeds from this event are deposited into the library fund to help buy books and purchase materials for our school. Please be a part of the fun and support this great event!

Looking forward to a fun filled week!

–Melissa Adams

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SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR SCIENCE LAB

We are so lucky to have a dedicated Science Lab and incredible Science teacher at Cassidy. Ms. Fehr is sending out a call for several items needed for Science activities and lessons! Please send any of these items that you can to school with your child, labeled for Ms. Fehr:

• paper towel tubes or any cardboard tube that is thin enough to cut with scissors
• netting from bags of oranges, potatoes, onions or leftover tulle
• wax paper and gallon size baggies
• masking tape, duct tape, packing tape
• disposable gloves
• batteries (D and AA)
• Legos

Just look at this list. Doesn’t it make you wish you were a Cassidy Colt yourself so you could participate in these projects?!? Netting? Legos? Batteries? SCIENCE! 🙂