What an incredibly fun and entertaining time at our Annual Fall Festival. This annual event brought our whole Draper community together to enjoy the games, food and festivities. Here are a couple of pictures showing the crowds and some of the characters in attendance. Bacon Man made his third appearance at the festival and was joined by a couple of his bodyguards and the other picture gives you a little perspective on the crowds that were enjoying the food, games and bounce houses. A big shout out to our FSO from all three campuses that organized this event and to all of those that participated.
During lunchtime today some of our students had the opportunity to go watch a demonstration from the sheep dog trainers that use the field in front of our school for their training A big thank you to Deb, Donna and Lou for spending some time with our students, here with Mrs. Stanford’s 2nd grade class.
Our annual Fall Festival is coming up this Friday and fortunately, Marianne Porter from our FSO was in the lobby this morning selling tickets, so I was able to get wristbands and meal vouchers for my students. Someone from our FSO will be in the lobby every morning this week selling tickets and wristbands. Don’t wait until Friday, get your wristbands now!
The 2017 Fall Festival will be a combined D1, D2, and D3 event! The Festival is scheduled for Friday, Sept 8th, from 6-9 pm, at the D2 campus. This year’s activities will include jumping castles and slides, laser tag and archery tag, pony rides, face painting, and carnival games. A wristband will cost $7 in advance and $8 at the door. Dinner will also be available to purchase for just $5. Proceeds will go to funding FSO sponsored activities, band, SBO, and drama. Tickets are now available ONLINE! Yep! It is super easy to get your tickets… go to apaevents.blogspot.com. Tickets will also be on sale Tues-Fri (Sept 5-8), before and after school, at D2. We still need helping hands for set up, games, parking, and clean up. Get a jump on your volunteer hours and sign up! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090a45abac23a1ff2-fall
Every week our students get the chance to “Show what you know” at our assemblies. These are opportunities for students in the various grades to share some of the poetry and songs that they learn in their classrooms. Showcasing the knowledge and content they are acquiring is a great way for students to share this with parents and students from other grades. Since we are sharing the indoor spaces with our secondary students, we decided to move these assemblies outside. This is the first time it has been done at our campus and the weather was fantastic for our first one with grades 4-6.
About 4 years ago, one of our 6th grade teachers starting wearing bow ties on Tuesdays. This one idea has transformed into a tradition that some of the male teachers have been participating in since that time. In addition to all the staff participating we also have been joined by some of our students. If you see many of our male staff wearing bow ties, then there is a likely probability that it is Tuesday!
Coming in from afternoon carpool, I was able to catch a ride with Dan Bazan, our Communications Director and parent of two students at American Prep. Our school was started by parents wanting to create the best school possible for their children. It is wonderful that many years later our staff are enjoying the opportunity to have their own children attend American Prep. Thanks for the ride and for participating in our carpool.
There is always a lot of activity at the school and here is a little “behind the scenes” work that is needed to make our school events happen. The wonderful and amazing FSO leaders from all of our Draper campuses along with our Facility Director, Philip Miner, met to plan for the Fall Festival happening on Friday, September 8th. This is an annual tradition at our campuses and is a great way to have some fun and meet the members of our school community.
Our first graders were visited by some of our local Draper Firefighters today. They were introduced to fire safety and information that can help them stay safe in their homes. Thank you to our Draper Firefighters for taking the time to talk with our students.
A crazy weather event happened today right as carpool was starting. A very strong localized rainstorm produced lots of heavy rain and some marble-sized hail! Students waited under the eaves for as long as possible before going to the carpool curbs at the tail end of the storm. Considering the weather delay and it still being only day #3, we completed the entire afternoon pick-up 5 minutes faster than yesterday!