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NAAPID 2015 – “Help Create Our Masterpiece”

February 18th, 2015

photo 1.JPGNational 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)

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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.

YR Visual Delights

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.

UI Repertory Company dances for YR students

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.

Yankee Ridge Honors Veterans

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

Compost Q Performing for Yankee Ridge Students

December 8th, 2014

Yankee Ridge welcomed Compost Q, a music & dance collective, to the
school on 14 November 2014.  Compost Q presented an exciting, live
performance featuring 4 musicians and 2 dancers who improvise and
communicate with each other through their music and movement.  Compost
Q is Dorothy Martirano (violin), Erik Lund (trombone), Armand Beaudoin
(bass), Ricardo Flores (percussion), Kirstie Simson (dance), and Momar
Ndiaye (dance).

Here is some more information about Compost Q:
Compost Q: Improvisation-Composition-Dance
A music & dance collective of considerable depth and experience,
presenting active, rich, organic, and finished collaborations.
Together and independently, group members have spent their lives
committed to innovation and excellence in the areas of sound and
motion.  Our concerts unite improvisation and composition in a blend
that insures exciting, one-of-a-kind performances that have received
strong, positive responses from our audiences.  You can check out this
video of the group, made at our November 2011 concert at Roulette
Intermedium in New York City.     http://vimeo.com/19489025

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