The Garden Club is now affiliated with the 4H. The club has
around 50 members and is directed by Mr. Gardner, Mr. Snider, and
Ms. Engstrom. Club days include a meeting with the students along
with work in the school garden. Brittany explained that the
meetings discuss things like “decomposing, planting, learning
about soil, and scientific topics like ecosystems.”
Did you hear about Ms. Rinaldi’s surprise on October 1st? She
received a nice surprise — $1,000 in classroom supplies as part
of Office Max’s national “A Day Made Better” program. Mrs.
Mondzak, who has taught for 25 years, thought she was bringing
her students onto the blacktop in compliance with our monthly
fire drill. Once all the students were assembled outside, Dr.
Eister announced that Ms. Rinaldi had been selected to receive a
van-full of items such as pens, pencils, camera, label maker,
jump drive, index cards, files, and much much more.
This year’s annual softball game between the sixth graders and
Golden Empire staff was attended by some very special
people. Family and friends of Mr. Ferreter, our beloved
teacher of 25 years who passed away last year, were there to
observe and participate in pre-game activities honoring Mr.
Ferreter. Dr. Eister introduced several students who shared how
Mr. Ferreter had touched their lives and Mrs. Ferreter spoke to
the students about how they could continue his legacy by
“stepping up to the plate” in all that they do in life.
In 2009, Golden Empire Elementary won the National Excellence in
Urban Education Award. As a result, Golden Empire students,
parents, teachers, and our principal were interviewed for a book
that was published this year. The book, Teaching Practices
The holiday season is coming, and as a special service, your
school is sponsoring a December Gift Shoppe! Your child will have
the chance to shop for high quality, inexpensive gifts for family
and friends in a safe, supervised setting.
December Gift Shop will be set up in your child’s school and will
be run by PTO volunteers. Over 120 different gifts will be
available ranging from $.25 – $12.50. Over 75% of these presents
will be $4.00 or less.