Friday, December 17

FRIDAY FOLDER mable campus december 17

Blackboard Update
The new Blackboard Library Pages for use at home and at school are exciting new educational tools that make learning more fun and accessible! 

Here is a short list of the many features available to our families:
•    Two library sites: Kidzone for students in preschool through the 4th grade and Teenzone for students in grades 5 - 8.  The links are very similar but are age appropriate.
•    Our youngest students can experience the fun of learning with educational videos, age-appropriate digital and print books that are read to them, and wonderful educational games and activities.
•    Access to our Library Researcher - students can now check online to see what books are available in their school library.  They will eventually be able to put books on hold from home.  As if that were not enough, students and parents will also be able to access book descriptions and book reviews online!
•    Research sites including BrainPop, dictionary, thesaurus, Pebble Go Science, Discovery Education, Gale and safe research sites.
•    Research tools for students that will help them with writing bibliographies, organizing a research paper, links to search engines, printable tools and links to local public libraries.
•    Hundreds of digital and video books including links to apps for Kindle and Nook!
•    Links to all the Renaissance Learning Products, such as Home Connect and AR Bookfind, as well as parent guides to AR and AM.
•    Many links to student-oriented current events and periodicals as well as many links to children's authors.
•    Last, but definitely not least, links to hundreds of educational games and activities.
We encourage you to log on to Blackboard ( and check out Kidzone and/or Teenzone today!

Article contributor: Sandee Harmon, AH Librarian

Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Two weeks ago, Hogwarts enthusiasts around the world donned cloaks and beards as they ventured into the world of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The long awaited finale proved to be worthy of fans expectations and was praised by critics. Unlike the past movies in the series, the final chapter lacked a sense of security, happiness, and innocence that typically accompanies a magical world full of wonder and surprises.

The majority of the movie portrays Harry, Ron, and Hermione fleeing the Death Eaters in seemingly endless forests. In this sense, the film does not do justice to Rowling's work. Additionally, there are only a few scenes that reveal the parallelism to the novel and the overall goal of the piece.

Though David Yates, the director, created a clear and vivid description of the struggles and life of Harry Potter, the fact that the movie was split in two was disappointing. The movie was prolonged at many nonessential moments, and those of necessity passed at the swish of a wand.

The longevity of the trio's journey through the wilderness could have easily been abridged, and important parts such as the destroying of the horcrux, the wizard battles, and the showing of the Dark Lord could have been enhanced to satisfy the plot and create a faster paced film.

Nevertheless, Radcliffe, Grint, and Watson, proved to shine in every moment of the film and the movie proved to be a success. The dramatic ending kept fans on the edge of their seats anticipating the foreboding conclusion.

Article contributor: Milan Mistry, journalism student

To read more exciting articles from our 8th grade journalism class, click here to view the latest edition of the MJHHeadline.

In Spanish class, the students have been learning a Spanish version of "Jingle Bells." If you would like to join the fun, here is a link to sing along, and the words are below.  We wish you a safe and memorable holiday. Enjoy!

Ha llegado Navidad,
la familia alegre está,
celebrando nochebuena
en la paz del santo hogar (2x)

Cascabel, cascabel,
lindo cascabel
con sus notas de alegría
va anunciado él. (2x)

Article contributor: Yadira Gonzalez, Spanish teacher

LUNCHBOX january menu, mable
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SCHOOL NEWS fairmont's holiday generosity makes headlines

Monday, December 20th - Friday, December 31st
NO SCHOOL - Winter Break
Happy Holidays!

Monday, January 3rd
School Reconvenes

Accepting Applications for the 2011-12 School Year

Friday, January 7th
Citron Kindergarten Tree Planting
9:30 am
Mable Campus

Tuesday, January 11th
1st Grade Information Night
Prospective families are welcome!
5:30 Refreshments
6:00 - 7:00 Presentation
Mable Campus Library
(Childcare provided - ages 4 and up)

Thursday, January 20th
Junior High Information Night
Prospective parents and students are welcome!
6:00 Refreshments
6:30 - 7:30 Presentation for parents; Social activities for students
Mable Campus Library

Saturday, January 22th
Free Assessment for Prospective Students (Grades 1 - 8)
9:30 am - 12 noon
Mable Campus Library
Please call (714) 563-4050, ext. 1110, for a reservation.

Contributed by Karen, Mable Campus

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