It’s Elementary by Brandy Blanton

Fair Elementary’s Reading Fair was held on Tuesday, October 23rd. Students who participated were required to read a book and create a story board about the book that they read. The story board had to include the 10 elements of the story. Students could also decorate their story board with pictures or drawings that would represent the book that they read. These story boards were judged using a rubric that is set by the Mississippi State Department of Education. All first place winners will go to the district reading fair competition that will be held on November 30th at Louisville Elementary School. The Reading Fair Winners are as follows:

• Division A – Kindergarten 1st Place – Kamryn Eiland 2nd Place – LaDarriel Eiland 3rd Place – Vontavius Triplett • Division B – First Grade 1st Place – Jamarica Walker 2nd Place – Ja’Nai Hunt 3rd Place – Caden Thompkins • Division C – Second Grade 1st Place – Mayson Smith 2nd Place – Dawanta Johnson 3rd Place – Tierra Byrd • Division D – Third Grade 1st Place – Nicholas Jackson 2nd Place – Zakaya Thompson 3rd Place – Hayli Bates • Division M – Family Division 1st Place – Lainee Smith 2nd Place – Riley Walton 3rd Place – Austin Moore

We observed Red Ribbon Week at Fair October 25th -31st. Red Ribbon Week is the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention program. Our students pledged to remain drug-free while participating in some fun awareness activities. Tuesday was “Sock It To Drug Day”. Students and staff wore their craziest socks. Wednesday was “Tie Down Drugs Day”, and students and staff wore their silliest ties. Thursday was “Wild About Being Drug-Free Day”. Students and staff wore funny wigs or their wildest hairstyles imaginable. Friday was “Wear Red Day”, and students and staff wore red shirts to observe Red Ribbon Week! This week allowed the students and staff to participate in fun activities as well as learn about the importance of being Drug- Free! Teachers and students worked hard to decorate their doors with drug-free themes. The winners of the doors are as follows: Pre- K – Mrs. Blackwell’s class; Kindergarten – Mrs. Stalcup’s class; First grade – Mrs. Dempsey’s class; Second grade – Mrs. McKenzie’s class; and Third grade – Mrs. Chamblee’s class. Thank you to all of the classes who participated; you all did a great job!

Also during Red Ribbon Week, Mrs. Leigh Lampkin from Mississippi Tobacco Free Coalition came to some of Fair’s classes to initiate the RAT (Reject All Tobacco) Program. Mrs. Lampkin will meet monthly with these students to educate them on tobacco and the dangers of tobacco use. Through programs like RAT, the Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi is working to ensure our youth are able to avoid the dangers of tobacco use. They also work to help current tobacco users to kick their addiction. These programs help save thousands of lives in Mississippi, while saving taxpayers millions of dollars on treatment of tobacco related diseases.

Mr. Goldbeck and his Meoldy Makers group recently attended a concert at Thalia Mara Hall in Jackson, MS. The performance was called “Mississippi Sings.” “Mississippi Sings” is a concert that introduces Mississippi students (K-8) to great Mississippi musicians, to different music genres, and gives them an opportunity to sing together as a large concert group. Some of the featured guests were the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, The Bluegrass Appeal Band, an on- stage children’s choir, and Gail Jabour- Composer of Mississippi, My Home. This year’s program focused on “Blues, Bluegrass and More- Mississippi Sights and Sounds.”

Dates to Remember: • October 29th thru November 2nd – Fair Elementary’s Book Fair. • November 5th thru 9th – National Book Week. • November 9th – Kindergarteners will be going on a field trip to the Pumpkin Patch. • Thanksgiving Holiday – the week of the 19th – 23rd.