This Week's Lunch Menu
- Filet Mignon (meatless) with a dinner roll
- bean and cheese burritto (bean and
dairy free) and a dinner roll
- Escargot Pocket and a dinner roll
- All-American Classic Ultimate
Cheeseburger (meat & dairy free) and a dinner
- Spaghetti (with
meat-free meat and dairy free cheese and
soy-based tomato flavoring) and a dinner roll
Curry can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
voicemail at 408-923-1800
All reading logs
Reading Is Cool
due by the 5th
to Katherine V for setting the record for reading 9,
258 books last month. She can really now say "I read that
already" no matter what book Mr. Curry suggests.
31 MyWay Page
(user name: vproom31
(User name: rdcurry
by Mr. Curry
New School Mascot
School Song is
now "I Love You"
show the universal love
of our students for popular children's television star Barney, our
student council voted to change our school mascot from the Vinci Park
Explorers to the Vinci Park Purple Dinosaurs. Because of class
reduction, primary classes abound and the lower grade
representatives, who outnumber the 5th grade reps 28 to 4, voted
overwhelmingly for the change.
now on, after the morning flag salute, the pledge leader will lead the
entire school in singing the new school song, "I Love You, You Love
Me". Fifth grade teachers have been asked to report any 5th
graders who either refuse to sing or who sing improper lyrics.
Penny Pitch and Count-A-Thon Fundraisers
All Vinci Park
Parents are invited to join the Home and School Club for our 31st
fundraising event of the year. The event, at which parents can
win high fashion items from Crate and Barrel and Nordstroms by
pitching pennies, will also feature our customary cuisine, hot dogs,
nachos, and cotton candy.
That will be followed the next day by the Math Count-a-thon. For
every number that a child counts to, those who pledge will have to pay
a minimum of $0.25 per number. In practice, Room 31 students
and Thien C. have both gotten up to 29,345,786,453,234,001 before
collapsing in exhaustion.
As usual, we thank Mrs. Herring, Mrs.
Gibbs, Mr. Mensinger and Ms. Nowak on spearheading yet another
fundraiser to help fund things that the district, due to state funding
shortfalls, can't provide our students with otherwise. It also
helps pay for the 56 field trips that our class has taken this year
(including the 20 fun trips to the school production room to watch Mr.
Curry print out homework sheets and tests).
Modernization Update: Phase 47
Now that all our
students in the 3 inside pods are all in newly modernized classrooms,
we will be starting construction on the just approved Arnold
Scwarzenaggar Physical Fitness Facility. Funded by the state with
the money saved by not fully funding the state schools , the five
story structure will be built on the blacktop recently covered by
portable classrooms as well as 80% of the school's field. The
field was deemed as not usable due to deferred maintenance.
Although the facility may eventually be available for use by students,
outside political donors and outside "fee-based" programs will have
priority. Mrs Izant was less than enthusiastic as she attended
the groundbreaking ceremony along with the governor (above photo).
The district still hopes to eventually upgrade the 5th grade permanent
portables. Those rooms need for workers to change the air filters
and connect the rooms for cable
for basic television transmission, but that will have to wait for the
next round of modernizations.
Schwarzennegar Rec Center will lave an olympic sized swimming pool ,
full gym and a weight lifting center. The governor, a former body
builder and Mr. Olympia, was once the Chairman of President
Reagan's Council for Physical Fitness.
Mr. Curry will be leaving Vinci Park
he needs a change of pace, Mr.
Curry will be transfering from Vinci Park Elementary next year to teach
6th grade Language Arts/Social Studies at Piedmont Middle
School. He says he eventually would like to move up one grade
level each year. Mr. Curry, who has taught here at Vinci Park for
6 years, stated that he would like to broaden his experience and teach
a different group of students.
In an unrelated event, upon hearing the news, all 31 students from Room
31, many of whom also had Mr. Curry as their teacher in 4th grade, have
suddenly filed transfer requests for next year so as to attend Morrill
Middle rather than Piedmont Middle School.
5th Grader Makes
Huge Stock Market Mistake
A 5th grade student didn't listen carefully and he invested a real
$100,000 in the Stock Market Game
Student groups were told to research
stocks and then invest an imaginary
$100,000 to manage. A student, who like many students doesn't
listen carefully enough to Mr. Curry's instructions, instead invested
the money their parents had obtained as a new mortgage for their
house. We will find out on April 8th, just how much they earned
or lost in
by Synopsis) Coming April 21st
A pair of
overachieving 5th grade students have proposed building a real nuclear
reactor for the 2nd Annual Vinci Park Science-O-Rama (sponsored by
Synopsis). They were inspired by our class celebration of Albert
Einstein's birthday on March 14th. Instead of simply doing a
report or powerpoint on Einstein, they decided to actually test some of
his physics theories and test them as their Science-O-Rama (sponsored
by Synopsis) project. Mr Curry felt himself agolw
with pride and/or anticipation of their demonstration at the
Science-O-Rama (sponsored by Synopsis)
decides to Hire New
Delayed Hockey Season
Vinci Park students have been drafted by the San Jose
Sharks, including the first ever women in NHL history. They will be the
youngest rookies in NHL history as well. These players first came
to the attention of the San Jose Sharks while passing a hockey puck
back and forth to each other on the cement floor of the HP Pavillion
while on a Reading Is Cool Field trip.
We can all see them play locally at the HP Pavilion.
Walden West Outdoor School Fundraising
Pop sale every day 8:15-2:50.
We hope not to impact the learning process too much. We will have
to ask that the teachers leave class occassionally to help the 3 parent
volunteers who are now full-time otter-pop sellers. Proceeds will go
towards our Science Camp Funds. Ever since the county has raised
the fee for camp, we have been working hard to make it possible for
every student to go. Special thanks to Mrs. Edith Caldera for
going everywhere from Gilroy to Iceland in search of frozen goody
donations. Her next stop will be the Haagan Daas factory, by
request of the 5th grade teachers who are very particular in their
choices of frozen desserts for their own appetites. Mrs. Izant is
also checking with the local 7-11 stores to see if they can arrange a
Vinci Park Slurpee Night. That would mean that for every $1.99
slurpee bought, we would earn 3 cents. If we were to get 100
people to buy slurpees that day, we could earn up to $3.00! More
details will be announced soon.
April, we have been asked to take part in BizWorld's new program,
Concert to be at
San Jose Center for the Performing Arts
Our students warm up along with new Vinci
Park Advanced Strings performer Yo Yo Ma
Mr. Anthenian, Mr. Villegas and
Miss Amador have announced a change in location for our Spring
Concert on February 9th was at Piedmont Middle School, which was not
nearly big enough for our students and their extended families.
Therefore, the Spring Concert, scheduled for early June, will be at the
Center for the Performing Arts. However, our nusic students will
have to share the stage with a guy named Yo Yo Ma (pictured above in
rehersals). We sure hope he can keep up with our advanced strings
Events March-June 2005
Spring Parent Teacher
GATE BioSITE II trip 1:30-5:30 (GATE only)
1 Spring Break
Friday April 1 April Fool's Day
Park Open House/ Science-O-Rama
Camp at Walden West
Park Olympics including Marathon to Palo Alro and back
<> Wed June
Field Trip to Saturn /7th planet (Chaperones are needed)
June 9 Class
Picnic/Last Day of School
June 18 Teachers begin
preparing for next year
part of the 5th grade Science curriculum, all 5th grade students are
to attend Science camp at
West. For this year, we will be
going in late April. We will have parent meetings to explain the
costs, fundraising opportunities and other details on February 16th.
Park's 5th graders take part in an Eco-Action project to help clean up
our community. Our classes have taken part in the "Adopt-A-Creek"
program of the Santa Clara County Water District. Each class will
make 2-3 clean-up visits to Upper Penitencia Creek, just a few blocks
our school. Our first cleanup will be on Friday, September 17,
2004 from 10AM - 12 Noon.
We will once again team with a Lockheed Martin Space Systems volunteer
engineer, Mr. Bernie Lin, to do science experiments and to help set up
our annual Star Party.
We will once again have the annual science fair this Spring and
will enter individual projects. The Science-O-Rama will be on April
21st at the
school's Open House.
class will once again take part in the Reading Is Cool program to
students to read. Last year we gave out some neat Sharks prizes
we even got to go to the Shark Tank!
Park students in Room 31 will be getting weekly copies of both the San
Jose Mercury News and the San Francisco Chronicle to keep up on current
events and we will follow the stock market as part of the Chronicle's
Stock Market Game program. We
both newspapers for their support for education.
Some of the Things we Have Done
of the School Year...So Far
First Day of School...only 180 days to go!
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Activities / Photo links
Exploring the Unknown
Tech Museum Trip
we went to the Tech Museum
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