March 17th, 2015
On Thursday, January 29, community leaders from all over the Urbana-Champaign area came to Yankee Ridge Elementary to Inspire a Child to Dream.
Patti Pattison, Community Involvement Coordinator with Yankee Ridge, wanted to find different community members to come talk with the YR students. We asked presenters from all walks of life to come and talk about how they worked to attain their personal dream, and why they enjoy doing what they do,” said Pattison. “Our goal is to expand the horizons of what a child thinks is possible.”
A number of community members, business owners, even a Yankee Ridge teacher answered the call and came out to speak with the students. From 9:00am until 2:30 pm, students in all grade levels learned about working at a museum, how to sew, even what it’s like to be 17 years old and opening up your own furniture store. Through out the day, presenters inspired the dreamers.
Yankee Ridge would like to thank the following presenters for taking the time to inspire our students to dream: Elaine C. Oldham, Fantasy Art – www.dreamlightgraphics.com; Holly Curia, Red Herring, chef and community organizer; Maggie Taylor, Yoga instructor; Nicole Bridges,Prosperity Garden; Rick Raven UI, UI Head Athletic Equipment Manager; Mike Namoff, This Is It Furniture; Scott Schwartz, Music Archivist; Director, Sousa Archives and Center for American Music; Marten Stromberg, Musician, Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Illinois; Caroline Szylowicz, Kolb-Proust Librarian, Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts, UI; Natalie K. Marquez, Marketing Coordinator &Director of Urbana’s Market at the Square; Susan Voskuil, Education Program Specialist, Museum of the Grand Prairie; Jim Nudera, UI Junior, Political Science, Football tight end; Michael Martin, University of Illinois Sophomore, Mechanical Engineer, Football long snapper; Dorothy Gable, Fabric crafter, Yankee Ridge staff member.
February 18th, 2015
National African American Parent Involvement Day (NAAPID) was celebrated nation-wide on Monday, February 9th, 2015. It was inspired by the Million Man March, and was created to encourage parents to practice the goals of NAAPID. These goals include promoting African American parent involvement in their child’s education; promoting and providing strategies for African American parents and students to take advantage of the educational process; identifying and developing partnership efforts between all areas of the community (businesses, schools, homes, etc.); and to establish an annual National African American Parent Involvement Day celebration on the second Monday in February. (taken in part from http://www.aaregistry.org/historic_events/view/naapid-day-family-bonding)
At Yankee Ridge, all families are invited to attend our NAAPID celebration. The activities are sponsored by the Yankee Ridge PTA and Title one, a federally funded program. The afternoon started with parents enjoying a pizza lunch with their children. After lunch, families worked on a craft together and as a community, built our masterpiece titled, “We are each unique, but together we are a masterpiece”. Parents and children each colored a handprint that represented their individual selves. Together, the handprints were collected and were arranged to create a flower- our own “work of art”. Pictured is the final masterpiece that is hanging in the hallway near the main office.
January 13th, 2015
Yankee Ridge students, staff, teachers and parents have worked hard in a number of different areas this semester and some of that work in different medias can be seen on the walls of the building. Class projects on geography, art, history, climate and culture are illustrated throughout the school. School-wide programs like CATCH and PBIS involve all the students working to improve healthy habits and promote positive student role models. Some of that work involves illustrating concepts such as types of food and behavior words. Classroom teachers, ASCCP staff and the PTA work to create interesting bulletin boards to
support learning and engagement.
Please enjoy some of Yankee Ridge School’s visual delights below.
January 12th, 2015
Prior to winter break, Yankee Ridge students enjoyed a presentation by the UI Repertory Company. Endalyn M. Taylor, Assistant Professor of Dance at University of Illinois, directs this group of students through a semester of rehearsal. The group then performs as part of school lecture demonstrations throughout Urbana/Champaign. Ms. Taylor and her students demonstrated different types of dance movement and then performed pieces in the various styles. Our Yankee Ridge students had a chance to practice some basic dance move and also asked a lot of great questions to the dancers and director at the end of the performance.
The pictures below are from the UI Repertory Company performances at Yankee Ridge, December 2014.
December 8th, 2014
Yankee Ridge honored Veterans on November 11th with an all school
assembly which featured presentations from all the classes. Students
displayed artwork they had completed in recognition of the day as well
as singing songs and giving presentations. Private Brandon Matteson
was the guest visitor. Classrooms also had individual activities and
visitors. During the all school assembly the classes presented the
• Video and Flag Ceremony of “A Grand Old Flag” — 1st Grade Students
• Veteran’s Day Play: Ms. Wingler’s class
• “Star Spangled Banner” — 5th Grade Students
• Pledge of Allegiance — Kindergarten Students
• Meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance — 2nd Grade Students
• Veteran’s Day Facts — 3rd Grade Students
• Thank You Letters to Veteran’s — 4th Grade Students
• Flag Folding Ceremony to “America the Beautiful” Video — Mr.
Franklin and 3rd Grade Students