News for the Week of February 11th, 2013

The Principled Academy

  Weekly News
February 11, 2013
Message from the co-founder of 
The Principled Academy:
Why we are proud of our school:
“The core mission of the school is character education and academic excellence.  Students develop good habits such as respect, responsibility, empathy, fairness and compassion. Through methods of social and emotional learning, students learn awareness of their emotions and, through self-control, how to express emotions in a socially responsible manner.  The culture of the school is one of love and care, especially modeled by the teachers and staff.  Parents are honored as the child’s first teachers and as invaluable partners in the educational process.  Service activities in the community are a central part of student education.  Moral excellence, then, is the foundation of academic excellence.  The Principled Academy offers a content-rich curriculum to complement the focus on character education.”
Dr. Mose Durst
Co-Founder of The Principled Academy
7th and 8th Grade History and English Teacher
Presidents’ Day:  School will be closed in honor of Presidents’ Day on Monday, Feb. 18th.
Sojourner Truth

Black History Month: Students in all grades are studying and honoring the lives and accomplishments of famous African-Americans, past and present.

Our in-school Book Fair begins on Thursday, Feb. 14, but you can begin your book shopping now at the Online Book Fair.  Visit the Book Fair Homepage by clicking here  and click on the Shop Now

button.  Check out the homepage for book fair details, new Scholastic books, author videos and more. Online shopping is available

until Feb. 28.  The theme this year is “Story Laboratory: Reading Gives You Super Powers.”

Join us at the Family Event on Friday, Feb. 15 starting with a potluck (bring a main dish/side dish for 10-12) at 6 p.m. followed by activities and the Book Fair from 6:45 – 8 p.m.  There will be a bake sale upstairs, so please do not bring desserts for the pot luck.
The Book Fair will be open before school, at lunch, and after school Thursday – Thursday, 2/14 – 21/2013. Volunteers are still needed; please sign up by clicking here.
We are also celebrating school spirit week with themes that support the book fair theme.
Valentine’s Free Dress Day!   
This Thursday on February 14th,
All students are invited to dress in shades of red, pink, and white to celebrate friends and family.
Let’s get excited about Reading and Learning!
The 2013 Spirit Week at The Principled Academy begins this Friday, February 15th:
Students are invited to wear dress centered on the themes of the day!
If students do not want to participate in the daily themes, they should wear the school uniform.
Friday, 2/15:  Radioactive Day – wear neon/bright colors.
Monday: Presidents’ Day, 2/18:
School is closed.

Tuesday, 2/19:  Super Reading Genes Day – wear blue jeans and fun t-shirts(no offensive words or pictures).

Wednesday, 2/20:  Reading Reaction -Drop Everything And Read – wear PJ’s and bring a favorite pillow or blanket, and your favorite books to read the day away.
Thursday, 2/21:  Weird Science & Computer Geek Day – dress like Einstein, your favorite techie, or super-smart person.
Friday, 2/22:  Class theme/color day (to be announced).
You and a friend are warmly invited to 
The Principled Academy 
Fourth Annual Friend Raising Breakfast
when:Tuesday, February 26, 8:30-9:30 am
where: San Leandro Main Library, Dave Karp Room, 300 Estudillo Ave., San Leandro. 
Click here for details. 
If you are not available for the morning event?
Join us at the evening Friend Raising Dessert and Coffee.
when: Friday, March 1, 7:15 – 8:15 p.m. 
where: at The Principled Academy
childcare available on request
Come and enjoy delicious food, meet some of our outstanding students, and hear some heart-warming stories about how young lives are transformed at The Principled Academy.

During the Program you will have an opportunity to support the school, but there is no obligation to do so. As much as anything, we want to share about the great mission of the school with the greater community.

Reserve your spot at either of these events today!
RSVP to Nancy at or (510) 351-6400.
The Principled Academy receives community recognition: The East Bay Women’s Network, a

EBWN award 2-2013
Mrs. Seher (3rd from right) accepting the EBWN award.

dynamic group of women entrepreneurs and business owners, awarded a grant of $500 to The Principled Academy on February 6.  They collect money each month in a raffle, and once a year award grants to support East Bay nonprofits which transform lives.  Head of School Kristina Seher, and parents Che’rie Barnes and Makiko Watanabe were at the celebratory meeting.  Thank you, EBWN, for your generous support!

Field Trips this week: 
Monday, 2/11:  5th and 6th grade to Lawrence Hall of Science
Friday, 2/15:  4th grade to the Oakland Museum
Tuesday, 2/19: 5th and 6th grade volunteers at Alameda County Community Food Bank
Next Bake Sale:  Friday, Feb. 22, 12 noon.
T-shirt logoWe have some brand new Principled Academy t-shirts and sweatshirts in youth sizes available for purchase from the school office.   T-shirts are $15 each and sweatshirts are $25 each.

Clubs! New Gymnastics session: please submit payment.Pumpkin Patch Preschool 2010

Club schedules and descriptions as well as sign-up sheets are here.



Hot dogEvery Wednesday: 
Please click here  for the online ordering and payment form. You can also order by printing the PDF order form here.
Mark Your Calendars:
Friday, March 8:  Teacher Work Day. School Holiday for K – 8 classes.  Preschool held as usual.
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, March 13 – 15:  Half Day Classes for 1st – 8th grades;Parent Teacher Conferences for parents of Preschool – 8th grades.  Daycare will be available until 6:15 p.m.  Preschool and Kindergarten will be held as usual.
Friday, March 29:  Easter Egg Hunt – 11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
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