Thursday, December 18, 2008

Toys for Tots

Sioux Trail was not included in the district release of information about holiday activities at schools, but our students and families continue to make a difference in the lives of others. When we started the planning process we worked hard to keep this collection low key because this can be a tough time of the year and we didn't want to add additional pressure. Our experience with the Sally Foster fundraiser should have taught me a better lesson. I had heard stories from other schools in ISD 191 about declining totals from fundraisers and expected a similar result. What I did not expect was for us to exceed totals from previous years and that is exactly what happened. Along similar lines I didn't expect that we would collect a great deal of toys, but the total is over 100 toys and climbing. The number of toys that are in, on and around a table in our Media Center is really impressive. Each one of these toys will make a positive impact on a child in Minnesota and this thought is very powerful. Sixth grade student have been collecting non-perishable food during the first week of each month and that was suspended for December and replaced with the Toys for Tota drive. I will load all of the toys into my truck and take them to a Toys for Tots drop off location tomorrow morning.
Season's Greetings and Happy Holidays to all.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

ESL Family Night

This is a new event for Sioux Trail. Megan Gonzalez, ESL teacher, is responsible for the idea and for organizing the event. She recruited a terrific team of volunteers and the turn out was almost too many! Megan designed ESL Family Night as a way to bring in our ESL families, let them get more familiar with Sioux Trail and continue to build relationships with them. We had over 50 participants and the activities included bilingual bingo, Jenga, picture / shape bingo, concentration and a bean bag toss. Juice and cookies were available and there were lots of prizes for the winners of the various games. The Sioux Trail PTO supported the event with volunteers, food and prizes.

ESL family Night is not a one time event. The theme for next ESL Family Night is arts and crafts. This should be another great time to make connections and interact with one another.

Hats off to Mrs. Gonzalez for starting a terrific tradition at Sioux Trail.