Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Doodle for Google Entries

The window to submit this year's doodles for the Doodle for Google contest has passed. I had more entries this year than in any other. Seven of our students spent a lot of time and effort creating doodles on the theme of "If I could travel in time, I'd visit..."
All of the entries have been submitted to Google, and once the state finalists have been chosen, the public will be invited to vote on the entries from May 7 to May 10, 2012. The national winner will be announced on May 17. Good luck to all of our entrants.
I scanned each entrant's doodle, and they will be on display in the school soon. Here is a sneak peak of the wonderful doodles submitted.

by Joyce
by Nicole

by Charlotte

by Jackie

by Lillian

by Sara J

by Sarah S

Please leave some positive comments for our talented students.
Thanks, Mrs. Stanley

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Students Rebuild - Cranes for Japan Project

Last March there was a devastating hurricane and tsunami in Japan that "ravaged Japan, taking thousands of lives, and destroying coastal communities." (quotation taken from a newsletter from
A fund-raising call went out to the world asking students to help with the healing by folding and sending cranes to the organization. The Bezos Family Foundation pledged $200,000 if they received 100,000 cranes. The response to the plea was momentous, and well over a million cranes from all 50 states and over 38 countries were received, and over $500,00 was raised.
At our school Emma Bogush and Maddie Baker led the effort, and in a short period of time, students at our school made and sent in over 300 cranes.

It has been nearly a year, and I got a wonderful newsletter from They provided an update on the reconstruction progress in Japan as well as a wonderful video showcasing the art installations that have been created with the million cranes received. Enjoy.

There are many ways for our students to get involved and help out others. I suggest you check out the website at for more details.