Message from the Principal December 2013, Issue 1

Crossroads Elementary
10453 Klein Road
Gulfport, MS 39503
Message from the Principal
December 2013, Issue 1
Written by Maisie Carey and Daniel Drody
Welcome to the first edition of the CROC Bytes monthly
newsletter! Mrs. Williams is the principal of Crossroads
Elementary School and knew she wanted to be a principal after
having the opportunity to teach and serve as a lead teacher.
When asked her favorite part about being a principal, she
responded, “having the opportunity to interact with children daily,
to visit classrooms, to see active teaching and learning, and
leading by example.” Mrs. Williams’ favorite subject when she was
a child was Reading. She stated, “I still absolutely love reading.”
She wants to encourage everyone to read!!
Dates to Remember
Kindergarten’s Thanksgiving Feast
Written by Rajanae Fairley and Paul Williams
Kindergaruen stwdents and teachers celebrated Thanksgixing on Friday,
Noxember 22nd by haxing a feast and dressing as Pilgrims and Indians. They
learned abovt how life today is different from life hvndreds of years ago. The
stwdents enjoyed a traditional meal with exura treats svch as rice crispy treats,
cvpcakes, and frwit. Ms. Hargroxe, a teacher assistant, stated that “dinner
teaches the stwdents abovt the celebration of Thanksgixing” with a hands-on
approach. The children, parents, and teachers enjoyed their celebration xerz
December 1-7—National
Hand-Washing Awareness
Week (see Nurse’s
newsletter for more
December 5th—2nd and
3rd grade Spelling Bee
December 6th—4th thru
6th grade Spelling Bee
December 10th—K-3
Christmas program 6 pm
December 12th—4-6
Christmas Program 6 pm
December 18th-20th—9
Weeks Exams
December 20th—60% day
December 23rd —January
6th Christmas Break
January 7th—Students
return to school
January 7th—NWEA
Testing begins
Rainbow Loom Bracelets
Written by: Carson Webb and Aubrey Olds
Crazy loom bracelets are sweeping the CRE students and staff! Crazy-loom bracelets come in many
different patterns such as fishtail, single, starburst, and many more. Each bracelet is different for
every student in CRE! The bracelets help students express their individuality with color and
pattern. The bracelets are a good way to express yourself so choose or make one that expresses
you for who you are!
2013-2014 Crossroads Elementary School
Reading Fair
All Reading Fair projects are due by Wednesday, December 4! Please make sure you attach the
student identification handout to the back of the board. Storyboards will be judged on Friday,
December 6. Good luck to all students entering the Reading Fair!
It's That Time Again! Scholastic Book Fair
The Scholastic Book Fair will be at Crossroads Elementary beginning Monday, December 9 and
ending on Friday, December 13. Students will be allowed to make purchases during their
scheduled library time. Additional shopping time will be allowed on Friday, December 13.
Students will receive a flyer advertising the types of items available during Library this
week. We will also have a Teacher's Wish List display where you can make purchases for your
child's classroom! You are welcome to come and shop with or for your child. We need you to
help make this Book Fair a success!
Mrs. William participated in
a principal’s challenge to
read to every classroom on
November 13, 2013.
Pickle Day
Written by Ariel Haddon and Courtney Vick
Last pickle day, we raised money for our
sixth grade activities. We hung out with
our friends. It was a blast! We helped
the teachers by doing some orders. We
are looking forward to the next pickle
day, so bring your money!
Written by Micheala Adams and Nydia Goodwin
CRE is really excited about one of our new
additions this year!
That new addition is the
Art Teacher, Ms. August.
She loves being the
art teacher at CRE, and she has always
wanted to be a teacher or a judge.
She used
to play both with her siblings when she was
She finds being an art teacher a
challenge because she is trying things she has
never done.
Ms. August told us that she found
she “is creative in ways she didn’t know.”
has something big planned for the months of
December and January, so students be ready!!
We at CRE are very glad to have Ms. August
join our staff this year and look forward to
the great things to come in ART.
**ALLEN BEVERAGES hosted a celebration party at
their facilities on November 14th to recognize
the winners of the WLOX - Color the Coast Red,
White and Blue and give away prizes.
The winners from Crossroads were:
Grayson Nicolaisen 1ST place (2nd grade)
Ilana Sharp 2ND place (2nd grade)
Kiana Tanner 2ND place (5th grade)
Anaya Vaugh 3RD place (5th grade)
**Beta Club is sponsoring a Food Drive from
November 18th to December 10th. The class
that collects the most non-perishable items will
receive a pizza party at lunch on December
**Congratulations to all the participants of the
ACE (Academic Competition for Excellence) on
Saturday, November 16, 2013. They
represented CRE very well in this competition.
The 2013-2014 ACE Team is from 5th Grade:
Christopher Williams, Amareeon Carter, Anaya
Vaughn, Sade Holloway, Kahlil Thomas Ward,
Zimyria Boler, and 6th Grade: Maisie Cary,
Dustin Cottrell, Isjah Cooper, Ja’lah Tenner,
Daniel Drody, and Rejanae Fairley. The team
sponsors this year are Ms. Natasha Mays and
Mrs. Jerri Turan. We would like to thank the
team for the hard work they put in the last two
months preparing for the competition. We look
forward to next year’s competition.
Congratulations ACE Team!!!