Wise Owls Newsletter April 30, 2018

two owls on branch

Hello all! Our Artist in Residence, Okaindja came to our school today as he teaches us about African drumming, dancing and story telling. We will do this everyday this week. We will be performing for you this Friday at 8:00 AM as we also announce how much money we have raised by our reading efforts for the kids in Tanzania. It’s not too late! You can still donate a lump sum for this great charity and the kids earned it all by reading! At school, your children have read over 11 hours by themselves to help the kids in Tanzania! Now, how can you take what your child did (by reading) and help others across the world? What’s the next step to becoming a great person just like the one you studied?

Africa Bridge

Reading Challenge Project Reminder: Donations due May 2nd

(We want to announce how much we donated by our reading at our assembly this Friday. We will of course, continue to collect your donations after the assembly as well! Thank you!)

Students in Tanzania receiving the gift of new

desks thanks to the support of Stafford students.

This is the last week of our Reading Challenge. Read, Read, Read! Bring your donations to class by Wednesday, May 2nd (or let your teacher know by email the total amount you will be collecting).

Second graders will celebrate the efforts of everyone who participated with African drumming and dancing from 8:00-8:55 on Friday, May 4th. It will be a fun celebration. Parents are invited to see our performance. Don’t miss it!

Thank you for using your reading skills to help

the students at our new sister schools!
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Great People Hall of Fame

Great People Hall of Fame Invite!


When: Wednesday, April 25

Time: 8:05 AM-8:55 AM drop-in

Where: MPR

What: Please plan on coming to Stafford for an informal drop in to meet our Great People we have been learning about this Spring! Ms. Wise’s, Mrs. Amri’s and Ms. Hainley’s class will all be representing their great person.  Please be ready to ask good questions for the Great People, such as:

1.Why are they great?

2. How did they make a difference in the world?

3.  Tell me about your life!

*Attached are some ideas and props your child came up with for wearing/holding/carrying on Wednesday during the Great People Open House! Be creative!  You can always draw something out!  Have fun!


Wise Owls Newsletter April 9, 2018

Hello all!

Second graders will have the opportunity to participate in a special literacy program throughout the month of April and to learn to become a great person by helping others in need.

We call it the Read to Feed/Read to Build Reading Challenge Project. This program is designed to raise money to help support the students from our buddy schools in Tanzania. We began by reading a wonderful book called Beatrice’s Goat that tells the story of a little girl whose family receives the gift of a goat. The goat helps them earn enough money to feed her family and to send Beatrice to school, because school is not paid for in Tanzania. The non-profit organization, Africa Bridge, supplies this type of sustainable help in Tanzania to support needy and orphaned children through their cow and potato and avocado co-ops.


This reading challenge project is an extension of our Great People in History unit. We are very excited to know that we, too, can make a difference in people’s lives by making a difference in the life of just one child. We know that through our donations to Africa Bridge
•$50 pays for supplies for a child to attend primary school a year
•$50 pays for veterinary care to help keep livestock co-ops healthy
•$150 pays for fees and supplies to send a child to secondary school for a year
•$250 pays for 500 avocado saplings to begin orchards
•$500 pays for one family’s membership in a cow co-op
•$10,000 builds a classroom

New Classrooms at Pakati Primary School built by Stafford students support

Old Classrooms

Over 375 desks have been built through Stafford’s support

In second grade we decided we would use our reading skills to help support our friends at our sister schools, Pakati Primary, Katusyo Primary, and our newest sister school Ipyana Primary. We challenge ourselves to read more and will look for sponsors for our reading.

Over the past 10 years, together with the efforts of the third graders’ school-wide fund raiser, The Market Place, Stafford students have done great things. Thanks to their efforts

•More students are attending school
•Families have more food as a result of the animal cooperatives
•3 new classrooms have been built
•Over 375 new desks were donated
•Pakati Primary School built one toilet

Our Africa Bridge Kid’s Team will lead our opening assembled on April 6th to kick off our project this year. John Worcester from Africa Bridge will come to talk to us about the great things that are happening for the students in Tanzania, thanks to the continuing support of the students at Stafford School. We are excited to see what we do this year! We will be expanding our help to the Kisondela schools.


They need support sending students to school, help rebuilding classrooms and building more desks. We will be looking for sponsors for our reading challenge program starting today.

Llulwe School in the Kisondela Ward

Founder Barry Childs meeting with students

Let’s use our reading skills to make a difference

in the lives of our friends

in Tanzania!

Let’s do it!

How will you challenge yourself in your reading? More minutes a day? A new series? Books about children around the world?

Each sponsor for our reading challenge program sets a pledge amount for each book your child reads or unit of time he or she spends reading-a quarter or a dollar, or any desired amount, or may donate a set amount of money such as $25.00, $50.00 or whatever you and your family think you would like to donate to Africa Bridge.. Students will be able to track both time spent reading at school and time spent reading at home. Up to date reading logs will be of extra importance during this time! At the end of the program, children collect their pledges.

Read to Feed/Read to Build is an exciting adventure for children. Along the way, they learn many important lessons. They learn about different cultures around the world and learn the importance of using the earth’s resources wisely. They learn the value of self-reliance. Most importantly, they learn that they can be a great person and make a difference in the world!

We appreciate your encouragement and support of your child while he or she participates in this program. It will not require much time on your part, but will mean less fortunate children at Kisondela School will have hope for a better tomorrow. No gift is too small.

All donations to Africa Bridge are tax deductible. Please make checks payable to Africa Bridge.

To find out more about Africa Bridge, go to www.africabridge.org. Thank you for helping your child make a difference in the world!

Look for the brown manila envelope coming home on Tuesday so that you can help your child understand and support others in need around the world…all by reading! We can do this! Yay!


Angie Wise