We at Buchanan found a few ways to give back during this Thanksgiving season. Our 5th graders gave to their fellow bobcats by presenting their Native American projects. Students and staff learned the importance of various tribes. The displays and demonstrations in costume made learning meaningful. The Beta Club wrapped up their food drive. A total of 996 pounds were donated to the Great Baton Rouge Food Bank! Lastly, we send our thanks to Aaron Young and his crew with Clients First Realty. They donated 50 turkeys with canned goods and came to the school this Tuesday before Thanksgiving to distribute them to our Bobcat families. We look forward to his partnership again soon. This is what the holiday season is all about and we wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving.
Our Bobcat students are busy even outside of school. Check out these students and their recent accomplishments that make us proud to brag:
Adam from our 5th grade participated in a spelling bee hosted by First Quarter Community Squadron. Guess what??? He placed FIRST!!! That's right, 1st place! This awesome feat was no surprise to us, as he was last year's school spelling bee 1st place winner and then 2nd place overall at the state regional bee!
Mrs. St. Julien, Assistant Principal, was able to attend this year's Deepawali ceremony at Southern University. Many of our own Buchanan students were part of the presentations and performances. The photo below on the right shows 5th grader Aadya S. singing beautifully with her mother. Many thanks to Dr. Trivedi for always inviting the Buchanan staff and educating the staff and students on the significance of this beautiful Indian tradition. Deepawali or Deewali has its origin is Sanskrit meaning row of lamps/lights. The celebration of the festival of light signifies the victory of light over darkness and the victory of good over evil. Sangamam is a Sanskrit word which refers to amalgamation, joining, or bringing together of people, cultures, or things.
Lillian Qian put her math skills to the test and it payed off! She placed 4th in this year's Louisiana Elementary Math Olimpiad! She gives her best in class each day but in this competition she took grit and quick problem solving to the next level!
Our teachers created Spook-Tackular Math & Science Stations for our students and parents. It was a huge success! The students created chemical reactions, lego math and STEM activities!
This week we celebrated Red Ribbon & Anti-Bullying week. The students dressed up in different ways each day to show their pledge of staying drug free and no bullying. On Tuesday, October 29th, we held an assembly where ICARE Prevention Specialist, Dr. Thornton, spoke to students about the meaning of red ribbon week and provided strategies students can use to prevent and how to react to bullying. Our talented drama students read essays about how bullying affects students and why it should not be present. The talented drama students also performed 3 skits. Our choir, Buchanan Musical Sensations performed a song about being polite to one another. Then the McKinley High School Cheerleaders performed for our students. It was a very memorable and good learning experience for our bobcats.
Our 1st Annual Glow Party was a huge success!! The students enjoyed lighting up the gym with their glow sticks, glow bracelets, glow necklaces, etc... We even had an awesome DJ!
Our very own Pre-Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Davis, was recognized at last week's school board meeting. She spoke on the work done and impact in her classroom of BRAC's (Baton Rouge Area Chamber) Leadership Class Candidate Dorothy Kemp. Ms. Kemp spoke of her passion for early literacy and love for the students. Ms. Kemp and other participants meet with the class monthly to share a story and complete a fun activity with them. Many thanks to Taylor Blanchard of VIPS (Volunteers in Public Schools) for coordinating this meaningful and impactful partnership! Zella of Mrs. Davis' class was also there to support!
It was a pleasure to have Supt. Warren Drake visit Buchanan. He visited our Writing Lab and several classrooms. He also answered many questions posed by the students.
Our friends from LSU's Community & University Partnerships department were here bright and early to kick-off the Literacy Lagniappe Program. They met our students as they arrived, handed out bookmarks, and motivated everyone to read. They also explained the incentives that can be earned from attaining AR (Accelerated Reader) points: LSU mechanical pencils, Raising Canes coupons, water bottles, bracelets, drawstring bags, and even free dress days! Most students have already started taking AR quizzes and are on their way to earning these prizes. To celebrate the end of year goals we look forward to the BIG prizes that can be earned at our Literacy Lagniappe prize give-away. Many thanks to our Literacy Lagniappe lead, Lauren Toomey, graduate student of LSU, and her crew for coming out this morning. Brandon Smith, director of the department, also showed up with his continued support. They work hard in keeping our students excited about reaching new reading goals and growing as life-long readers!
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We hope to see you tonight, Wednesday, August 28th at 5:30 for our Open House. Principal Britten will open up with a overview for all parents in the gym. Then join your child's teacher in the classroom for their presentation. Tables will be set up in the gym for T-Shirt orders (today is the last day for 1st orders), samples for our Poppin' Popcorn fundraiser, Kids Orchestra, and PTO. Come see what we have in store for the 2019-2020 school year and why it is already our #BestYearEver!