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Kraxberger News

January 2014

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January 20th Martin Luther King Jr. Day


January 27th Inservice-Progress Reports

Dates to Remember

Jan 6--School Resumes Jan 8--School Board Meeting Jan 15--8th Gr Party Parent Planning Mtg Jan 20--No School-MLK Day Jan 24- Last Day Boys Intramural Basketball Jan 27--No School--Progress Reports Jan 28--Student of the Month Pizza Party Jan 31--Progress Reports mailed home Feb 3--Girls Intramural Basketball begins

Gladstone School Board Meeting

Wednesday, January 8th 6:30pm @ D.O. Board Room

6:30 p.m.


"Modeling Healthy Relationships"

Presented by: Kraxberger Middle School & Northwest Family Services

Healthy Communication Feeling confident as a parent Based on Active Parenting and

Love and Logic

WHEN: Thursdays, January 9, 16, 23, & 30 6:00-8:00 pm

WHERE: Kraxberger M.S. Library

WHAT: This is a Free 4-week class (Childcare provided)

SESSION TOPICS: Motivating your child to be responsible Gaining control through choices Enjoying your role as a parent Modeling good communication skills

Register online: Or call (503)546-6377

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Box Tops For Education


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Just a reminder that the box top contest ends on January 10th. Be sure to turn them into your Power Time Class. The class that turns in the most box tops by January 10th will get ice cream!!

Thank you for helping us raise money for our school!

Kraxberger 8th Grade Recognition Party

Upcoming Fundraiser


Date: Saturday, April 12th Tickets will be available in March. For more information, contact Amy Pe?a at Corn1823@.

The Chinese New Year is determined by the 2nd new moon after winter solstice. The Chinese celebrate by letting off firecrackers to scare away evil spirits.

In Portugal and Spain, the people pick and eat twelve grapes from a bunch just as the clock strikes twelve on New Year's Eve. This tradition is said to ensure twelve happy months in the coming year.

In many places the coming of the new year is celebrated by singing the traditional Scottish song "Auld Lang Syne". The translation is "old long ago".

In the U.S., the coming of the New Year is celebrated by dropping the gigantic crystal ball in Times Square in New York City. The ball came about as a result of a ban on fireworks. The first one in 1907, was an illuminated 700pound iron and wood ball adorned with 100 light bulbs. Today it is designed by Waterford Crystal, weighs 11,875 lbs., is 12 feet in diameter and is bedazzled with 2,668 Waterford crystals. Throughout the year visitors to Times Square write their New Year's wishes on pieces of official new year's eve confetti. At the end of the year, the wishes are collected and added to the one ton of confetti that showers the crowd gathered in Times Square.

The Jewish New Year is called Rosh Hashanah. In the Jewish new year celebration apples and honey are eaten to symbolize a sweet new year.

In Italy, people wear red underwear to bring good luck in the coming year.


In Brazil, where the lentil is believed to signify wealth, the first meal of the New Year is either lentil soup or lentils with rice.








In British Columbia, the traditional polar bear swim takes place. People of all ages don bathing suits and plunge into

Recognion Party. ALL 8th grade parents are in- the icy-cold water which surrounds Vancouver during the

vited to parcipate in the planning of this fun Winter.

event. The next meeng will be Wednesday, Jan- Many cultures believe that anything in the

uary 15th, at 6:30 in the Kraxberger library. For more informaon about how you can help,

shape of a ring symbolizes good luck, since it is indicative of "coming full circle" and thus completing the cycle of a year.

please contact Amy Corn1823@.


at For this reason, the Dutch often eat do-

nuts on New Year's Day to ensure good fortune for the coming year.

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Intramural Girls Basketball

Girls intramural basketball begins February 3rd. All 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls welcome! No experience necessary.

The season will be six weeks long with games or practices generally four afternoons a week. There are no intramural activities on Wednesdays. Practices and games run from 3:15 to 4:30. Students are responsible for their own transportation home.

All players must have a physical on file which will be good for two years. A district sports physical form, a registration form, and a $50 fee must be turned in to the office. Both forms are located in the office. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Southmayd at 503.655.3636.

Remember to


through the school zone.

The speed limit is 20 mph!

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Daily News

Is your child forgetting to let you know about up-coming daily or weekly events? Log on to our website for the Kraxberger Daily News. Go to:, click on the link on the left to Kraxberger Middle School, then click on News, and finally Daily News.

Phone Calls:

On a daily basis, many students use the school phones to call home. Please remind your student to leave you a message when they call. Often times parents will see that they have received a call from the school number and will call the office back. Because there are over 50 phones in the building, most of the time office staff won't know who called or why.

It would also be helpful if you listen to your messages before you call the school back. Chances are, you know way more than we do!

Backpack Buddy Program Food Drive

The Backpack Buddy Program provides children from John Wetten and Kraxberger schools with weekend meals during the school year. Local businesses, civic groups, churches, and individuals help collect kid-friendly nonperishable food. The children receive a bag of food to help support the makings of a meal for the family for a weekend. Donations are especially helpful for these families during the holidays.

Donation boxes are located in the main office of each school. Thank you for your continued donations! If you are interested in donating money or time, or if you have any questions about the program, please contact Angela Johnson, Volunteer Coordinator for the Gladstone School District, 503-656-6564.

Thank you for helping us to keep this worthwhile program alive in Gladstone!

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Kraxberger Middle School Student of the Month

Throughout the year, teachers will be selecting a Student of the Month to recognize positive behaviors that demonstrate safe, respectful and responsible contributions to our school community. These students will receive a certificate, be recognized at a special pizza party, and student names will appear in the monthly newsletter. The following students were selected Students of the Month for the month of:


Dylan Adolf Sophia Ameripour

Synquae Andrews Alfredo Ayala Andrea Ayala Paige Breuer Seth Brown Owen Burr Natasha Chub Steven Coenen (x2) Krysilynne Dietrich-Cofer

Chloe Durrin (x2) Angelica Dye

Carlos Dzib Lindsey Garcia-Lucas Justin Grob Alexandrea Gross Jose Gutierrez Gretta Harlan Josh Hoffman Melissa Ibarra Derek Johnson

Gabriel Jones Alex Lue

Thomason Martinez Emily McClary Tyler Meyers Sophia Miller Mikayla Minyard Bryan Mondragon Maggie Roberts Gali Rodriguez Christian Wenzel


Are you interested in receiving weekly updates on what's happening in the Gladstone School District? Would you like to have Kraxberger's monthly newsletter sent directly to your email as soon as it's available? You would receive emergency updates, etc., immediately sent to you electronically. Go to . Find "News Blast Sign Up" on the right side of the page. Click on "sign up", then choose the information you would like to receive. So simple! Please sign up now!


Teacher e-mail addresses are on the WLK website: Click on "Contact Us" and you will see a list of all staff members and their email addresses.

Kraxberger Middle School



6 Sloppy Joes with tater tots

7 Beef Taco with refried beans and Spanish rice




8 Cheese or Pepperoni Pizza

9 Spaghetti with meaty sauce and breadstick

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10 Chicken Sandwich with chips



BBQ Pork Riblet Sandwich with Cheeseburger with roasted po-

Vegetable soup


15 Homemade Macaroni and cheese with a roll

16 Raviolis in meat sauce with a breadstick

17 Teriyaki chicken with brown rice and stir fry veggies Fortune cookie


21 Surf & Turf (fish sticks and fries) Or chicken nuggets and fries

22 Beef stroganoff with pasta roll

23 Turkey gravy and mash potatoes with a roll

24 Corndog with tater tots


28 Gladstone Style homemade beef and bean enchilada

29 Hamburger with roasted potatoes

30 Breakfast for lunch Waffles, sausage and hash browns

31 Orange chicken with brown rice and stir fry veggies Fortune cookie

Everyday offering: Lunch Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich or Egg salad sandwich Turkey Ham/cheese or Turkey/cheese or Tuna salad sandwich 1% milk or Fat Free milk, Fresh Salad Bar

Menu is subject to change

Produce of the month: Potatoes

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