Friday, January 27, 2017

MD SEE Period at Johnson Elementary

Seventh graders enjoyed reading to their Andrew Johnson reading buddies. 

Seventh and eighth graders read with pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and first grade classes for SEE periods this year. 
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The culminating reading activity was donating original storybooks written by Casady seventh grade English students.

Reading Buddies

Math Buddies

Freshman Brings Kindness Chain Reaction to the Upper Division

I did Rachel’s Challenge last year in the middle division and it was a huge success. 

I decided that we should continue it here. Rachel’s Challenge is a way that we, as a Casady family can show more kindness. 

Bullying is when someone uses superior strength or influence to intimidate another, typically to force them to do what they want. People who are bullies normally want power due to something happening in their private life. When witnessing bullying, outsiders and those being bullied, don’t take action because of fear. 

*Rachel’s Challenge is a coordinated effort to stop bullying without coming face to face with the bully. The two parents of Rachel Joy Scott have started Rachel’s Challenge to continue their daughter’s legacy. Rachel made an impact on many people’s lives at her own school and decided to turn violence and hate into acts of kindness and compassion. She made an effort to stand up for those who were bullied, those who were different and those who were new to her school. *She made the most impact though when the Columbine school shooting killed 12 students, including Rachel Scott, 1 teacher, and injured 24. After her death, many students that Rachel reached out to shared stories with the Scotts about the profound impact her simple acts of kindness had on their lives; even preventing one young man from taking his own life. 

*Police found journals, drawings, and essays all done by Rachel that have inspired people to be kind. One drawing being of Rachel’s hands with the words, “These hands belong to Rachel Joy Scott and will someday touch millions of hearts,” written inside. Now after finding all her empowering quotes and essays her parents have used them to change 23 million people’s lives. *Rachel once wrote, “I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion then it will start a chain reaction of the same. People will never know how far a little kindness can go.

” We are now going to watch a video that Rachel’s brother created for kindness week 2012. 

*Rachel’s desire to spread kindness have inspired people around the world to write down on strips of paper when someone is kind to them, or when they see kindness happening. Then they make it into a chain. So we are going to try creating our own chain. 

*Rachel had written down, five things she thought people needed to do to show kindness. They are: 

So starting today we will start our own chain reaction of kindness. *The strips of paper are in every building and when you see kindness happening write it down. Then put your slip in the pouch next to where you got it. 


*I can’t wait to see how kind Casady Upper Division can be.

Happy Chinese New Year 2017

The doodle — which features firecrackers, fried dumplings and traditional Chinese decorations — marks the turning of the Chinese zodiac from monkey to rooster. Each year of the Chinese zodiac is associated with both an animal and one of five elements. 2017 is the year of the fire rooster, which according to lore is "trustworthy, with a strong sense of timekeeping and responsibility."
Lunar New Year — which is sometimes called Chinese New Year even though it is celebrated across East Asia — falls on the first new moon between Jan. 21 and Feb. 20 each year, Google explains. It's a time for families to clean their houses, gather together and enjoy festive meals. And just like Christmas, it's also, notoriously, a time when older relatives bug singletons about why they don't have a boyfriend or girlfriend, young couples about when they're going to get married, and newly weds about why they don't hurry up and have a baby already.
Along with grandmotherly prodding, Lunar New Year is marked by firecrackers and lion dances, in which revelers don papier-mâché masks and flash silken tails to crashing cymbals. The din and the prominence of the color red were traditionally thought to scare off the nian, a mythical beast said to attack ancient villages every New Year’s Day.

January 12 – January 26
Millions homeward-bound, cleaning, shopping
Crazy busy
End of year company events; winding down of operations
January 27 (New Year's Eve)
Pasting red couplets, hanging red lanterns, the New Year reunion dinner, setting off firecrackers, giving red envelopes to kids, staying up late to watch CCTV’s New Year Gala
Better, but local transport can be busy
Most shops close by the afternoon
January 28 (New Year’s Day)
At midnight a barrage of fireworks and firecrackers like WW3, more firecrackers in the morning (before opening the door) and early evening (before dinner); giving kids red envelopes
No bank or government office is open. Only big shopping malls are open.
January 29 (Chinese New Year day 2)
Visiting friends or relatives, firecrackers for greeting guests and before dinner
Almost no bank or government office is open. Only big shopping malls are open.
January 30 (Chinese New Year day 3)
Visiting friends and relatives in the city or friends and family in nearby villages
Local travel and town and village buses are busy, but travel to other cities and domestic flights are ok.
Some banks and government offices are open, but business is limited and hours are much shorter. Only some big shopping malls are open.
January 31 and February 1 (Chinese New Year days 4 and 5)
The statutory holiday period is over. Some people will keep visiting friends and relatives; some will go back to work.
Very busy
Most banks and government offices will be open, but business is limited and hours are shorter. Most shops will be open.
February 2 (New Year day 7)
For some it’s the first day back at work.
Very busy
Some shops, companies, and offices will reopen on this day, because 6 is a lucky number in Chinese culture.
February 3–11 (New Year days 8–15)
Return travel; Lantern Festival is on month 1 day 15 (February 11)
Crazy busy
Some businesses may choose CNY day 8 (February 15) to reopen, as 8 is also a lucky number. The non-superstitious may reopen on day 7 (February 14).

YAC January Celebration of Birthdays



Roots of Service Quilt Patches Reflection -  Rachel's Challenge Project moving forward




Monday, January 23, 2017

Middle Division serves on 1/21/2017 honoring the MLK Day of Service

Pictures by Mrs. Titus
MD Service Club hosted an afternoon of service at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma on 1/21/2017.  Reflections forthcoming

Sugar and Mrs. Titus did an extra day of volunteering on Monday, January  19th to honor MLK Day of Service.  They usually volunteer on Fridays at Mercy Hospital. 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Happy MLK Day 2017

20th MLK Day 2017 Prayer Breakfast @ Respect Diversity Foundation Table

The audience woke up to the big band sounds of the MWC HS Bombers Band!  Breakfast was followed by an inspirational program of speakers and performers.  
"Twenty years ago a young police officer felt the need to do something to better race relations in the City of Midwest City. Mr. Thomas Jahn, began the first breakfast. The Dr. Martin Luther King J. Prayer Breakfast Committee strives to always rise to the occasion when representing every individual on this special day to search our souls, look and determine what each of us can do to make this world a better place for everyone. When you look at another person, view him as your on flesh and blood because really they are. That is the greatest way to begin weaving the "TAPESTRY OF UNITY." Vivian Henderson Woodward, Chair

 Making an afternoon ON SERVICE of a day off from school

Casady YAC hosted an afternoon at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
It was really amazing to help out the community and it was nice to do it with others.

3 Things to Remember

1. The new mural message.  It was a beautiful acknowledgment to MLK. It spoke to me.
2. The other school, Mercy. I made a lot of new friends
2. Efficiency as a school.  It was my first official volunteering and it was very amazing  I actually had a lot of fun tapping apple sauce together.  Mercy School and I would definitely come back again.

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Thank you to all who packed Food-4-Kids on MLK Day 2017

Mercy School Institute joined Casady YAC's MLK Day 2017 afternoon at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
Love to have the feeling of knowing I helped the needy, meeting new friends.  Love the environment.

3 things to remember
1. I made new friends. Nicole was really cool.  I am glad I got to talk to her.
2. Felt great "Feeding Families."
2. Casady is a great, kind, and loving school. Casady has really nice people.  

30 Casady and Mercy School Institute joined hands and packed 251cases or 1,728 backpacks, which is the equivalent of 4,873 meals from 1:30 to 4:00 pm at the Volunteer Center at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma on Monday, January 16, 2017, MLK Day 2017.  The Upper Division Service Club, YAC (Youth Active in the Community) organized the event.

MLK Day 2017 1:30-4:00 pm shift

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