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Brighwood Bark - December 2002
Grrreat Place To Learn
of the Brightwood Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association, Alhambra
Council, First District of the California State PTA. Reach us on-line
at [email protected].
Card to be Delivered Dec. 19
Come see our
1st, 4th and 7th graders star in the holiday musical, "Santa, You've
Got Mail", being performed in the Brightwood cafetorium at 7 p.m., this
Thursday, December 19. Parents and family members are also welcome to
attend daytime performances at 9:30 a.m. on December 16, 17 and 18.
Stewart Ibrahim leads a cast of 18 actors and 18 stage crewmembers.
Hundreds of 1st, 4th and 7th graders will sing eight songs about the
December holidays. Show director and 7th grade teacher Barry Glick says,
"We have choreography, singing, dancingâ€¦the whole bit!" Students practiced
many hours, numerous days after school and even came in and practiced
on a school holiday.
tells the story of a stressed out postman who finds no joy in the bustling
holiday season until he discovers how each of his deliveries makes someone's
holiday celebration possible. Mr. Glick says, "It's really a tear-jerker
at the end."
Cheung, a professional actor, has volunteered as assistant director.
Parents Nick Ragus and Paul Hughson helped build the stage sets. Parent
Elaine Lee has worked hard as the show's stage manager. Teacher Kimberly
Geoghgan is the choreography director and teacher Tracy Kawasaki is
the technical director. Our 1st, 4th and 7th grade teachers have lead
their kids during hours of choir practice. They include: 1st grade teachers
Deserie Bradvica, Carol Makela, Janet Bennett, and Jenny Lin; 4th grade
teachers Suzanne Hanson, Melisa Lee, Gwen McLain, and Jane Lin; and
7th grade teachers Barry Glick, Tracy Kawasaki, and Judy Lyle.
Mr. Glick noted,
"We are really taking advantage of the risers, curtains and new wireless
microphones paid for by the PTA."
from the Monterey Park Post Office have been invited to the show and
will be recognized for their service. Mr. Glick said, "The show is dedicated
A letter from
PTA President Scott Hara
Teachers and Friends,
a busy month, especially at Brightwood! We are looking forward to the
Winter Program on Dec. 19, and teacher Barry Glick tells me the teachers,
parents and students are putting forth extra effort to make this a memorable
and fun show to watch. I recommend getting there early to get a seat.
The Talent Show
last February must have been a success because this year we have double
the number of students auditioning for the next show, meaning the Brightwood
student performances will really shine on Feb. 19. If you missed the
auditions last week, please speak to Mr. Glick this week to see if he
can grant an emergency audition.
In this issue
of the Bark, we pay tribute to a few Brightwood students who have been
recognized for their good work and talents. Contact us at [email protected]
about students noteworthy of recognition. WE WANT TO KNOW!
One major issue
has been on my mind. Our PTA has been diligently reserving funds for
school and cafetorium improvements assuming school construction would
soon occur. However, the planned construction has been delayed. So,
this January, I will be chairing a committee of interested parents and
teachers to evaluate our funds and rebudget them to benefit our students
NOW. If you are interested in participating or have suggestions, please
email me at [email protected]
or leave a message at the school office for Scott Hara, PTA President
and add your name, your child's name and grade, and contact information
so I can reach you.
should be for enrichment programs that benefit all of the students,
not just one grade. Programs that help parents or teachers work with
our children are also welcome.
Finally, I would
very much like to congratulate Ms. Colleen Underwood on her promotion
as our new principal and welcome our new assistant principal, Ms. Priscilla
May you all
have much to be thankful and happy about. Happy Holidays to everyone!
for Your Favorite Teacher
spend a lot of their own money on school, office and art supplies for
our children. A little elf (PTA Teacher Representative Barry Glick)
has told us that our Brightwood teachers have been very good "girls"
and "boys" this year and could really use some gift certificates from
stores like Staples or Office Depot. Thanks for helping our teachers
to help our kids!
Wins Role with Moscow Ballet
a cast member of the Moscow Ballet conducted a student assembly at Brightwood
and invited students to audition to perform locally with the group.
Sixth grader Michelle Nieman knew she wanted to try-out. The auditions
were for the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker performances on
November 9, at the Long Beach Convention Center Terrace Theatre - part
of the Ballet's tour of 75 U.S. cities this fall.
Los Angeles County students auditioned. Michelle was among the few to
be selected. Michelle said, "I was so excited when I was told I'd be
in the show!" After being cast as one of the "party kids", Michelle
rehearsed with the Moscow Ballet on about seven Sundays. Michelle thought
the regular cast members were "kind'a cool and sometimes funny." Michelle
said, "They fooled around just like us kids."
two performances with the Moscow Ballet were the culmination of this
"once in a life time experience." Michelle said, "They left me with
a wonderful memory to keep."
been studying and performing ballet and Chinese classical dance for
the past six years. Michelle attends dance classes about four days a
week, after she finishes her homework. Michelle says, "I'm learning
a lot. I'm learning new dances and working hard. It's fun." Michelle
even studied dance for a month in the summer of 2001 at the Performing
Arts University in Beijing. Locally, Michelle has performed in numerous
productions, including events at the Taiwanese consulate in Los Angeles
and the San Gabriel Civic Auditorium.
Nets New Books and Cash
By Joanie Luthi,
Book Fair Chairperson
Reading Roundup Book Fair was very successful. We took in a total of
$6,470.30 with a net profit of $1,793.15. Thank you to all of the teachers,
students and families for their support. Many families purchased requested
books for their children's classrooms. Scholastic Books provided $175
in book fair gift certificates, which were won by 11 students and parent
of the book fair is due to the dedication of our wonderful volunteers:
Hagar Benitez, Sing May Chen, Rosanna Chong-Allen, Lupe Garcia, Leticia
Gil, Peggy Gu, Donna Hihara, Katya Hochstrasser, Christine Hum, Quyen
Huynh, Pat Ichiriu, Jennifer Izuhara, Lynn Izuhara, Emily Jen, Martha
Jimenez, Cecilia Lee, Elaine Lee, De Liang Li, Julie Li, Perry Lim,
Sharon Lim, Susanna Louie, Betty Low-Chang, Ruja Meow, Sumiko Miyagi,
Belinda Montgomery, Melanie Paek, Mary Ann Ragus, Nida Ramirez, Alma
Rios, Jessica Rubin, Yaneli Ruiz, Lora Saiki, Margaret Sakakibara, Yuri
Sangen, Isabelle Sato, Suzette Shinba, Anna Shishmanian, Michiko Tanaka,
Yushan Tong, Kim Tusakul, Susanna Wan, Jian-Bao Xie, Lily Yan, Rowena
Yan, Lisa Yee, and Michelle Yip. If there is anyone who volunteered
and is not included on this list, please accept our gratitude for your
time and support.
Girl and Guy Celebrate Diversity
of sixth graders Kamryn Ikeda and Jeffrey Tom was selected from numerous
Alhambra School District student submissions for publication in the
District's 2002-2003 Multicultural Calendar. The calendar's theme "Celebrating
Our Diversity" was created to help students develop an awareness and
appreciation of cultural harmony and an understanding of our American
heritage. Each date on the calendar lists significant events and important
people from world and U.S. history. This is the 18th year the Alhambra
School District has published the Multicultural Calendar.
work illustrates the roles totem poles play in family and tribal life
among Native Americans of the Northwest. A family vacation to Alaska
gave Jeffrey the inspiration for his drawing. Jeffrey likes how totem
poles "tell stories and have many different animals and colors."
drawing features a patriotic potluck of foods Americans enjoy from many
different cultures. Kamryn said she likes to cook at home. "I drew the
foods I like to eat." Kamryn said, "It feels good to have your picture
in the calendar."