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Bridges fundraiser at TaylorTaylor donated $285.34 to the Bridges to Independence Homeless Shelter. Second grade student Nohelani Jones organized her friends with the help of the reading specialist Dr. Sharon Gaston to collect Coins for a Cause.


On Mon, Nov. 20, eighth graders at Jefferson engaged in Career Day, attending several sessions hosted by a wide range of professionals, from pediatricians to police officers to military weapon designers. They followed up this experience by touring several area colleges on Tue, Nov. 21.


Movie Night at DrewGiving back is a year round practice. During the holiday season, Drew plans unique and traditional ways to help families celebrate. On Dec. 1, Drew hosted Movie Night. This Friday event was a unique twofold opportunity. First, the movie was free. As parents prepare to celebrate the holiday season, budget friendly activities are essential. Additionally, movie night was a fundraiser for Montessori Model United Nations (MMUN). Attendees were encouraged to enjoy the free movie and purchase snacks.The money collected will help fund the 2018 MMUN trip. On Dec. 16 the PTA will sponsor a toy drive. Parents are asked to bring toys to the office before and on the day of the event. Donated food will also be provided. Finally, the PTA will sponsor a grocery gift card drive. Collected cards will be distributed to as many families as possible.


YHS TheaterOn Nov. 28, Yorktown Theatre hosted middle school theatre students from Swanson and Williamsburg for a fun and activity-filled day of theater games, improv and creativity activities. The middle schoolers began their visit by working with the Theater III/IV students to create dramatic pieces together to share with the group, which included movement, sound and dialogue. During the next class period, theatre arts teacher Carol Cadby conducted a workshop of exercises with the middle school students, with assistance from several Yorktown students. Activities during this session included human knot, key game, and other fun acting games. The visiting students also got a tour of the facility, and ate lunch (complete with cake provided by TAP, the theatre booster organization) with the Yorktown students while playing improv games. For the grand finale, Theatre II students gave the middle school students a taste of what directing a scene is like and provided a time for questions and answers about the Yorktown Theatre program.


ASFS RoboticsIn November, the Arlington Science Focus Lego robotics team, led by Investigation Station teacher Stephanie Lin, competed in a First Lego League regional tournament in Washington, DC. The 10 students in grades 4 and 5 worked hard to prepare for the tournament, and they represented the school well! The judges were so impressed with the team’s research project that they awarded them first place in research.


Career CenterThe first annual I’m Determined Conference was held on Nov. 21 at the Career Center. Students from across the region led this conference. Many of these students were from the Career Center PEP program. Student leaders, who learned and implemented self-determination skills, created a power team called The Order of Self-Determination. There were about 60 participants plus staff members in attendance. Throughout the conference, everyone engaged in a variety of  learning opportunities . PEP’s Aaron Herrera was the Keynote Speaker and shared his own experiences about being an active member of I’m Determined while he was a student at Wakefield.


Botanical Gardens‘‘Tis the Season,” to head to Botanical Gardens. Stratford students visited the US Botanical Gardens earlier this month. The Botanical Gardens is decorated for the holidays. Everything from flowers to trains have been placed out.


Students and staff have been busy coding this week as they participate in the global Hour of Code event. Check out some of the highlights.