Perspectives 11-22-19

Save the Date and Volunteer for Next Family Event- Make It Take It

The Horace Mann Make It Take It event will be held Friday, December 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Horace Mann School cafeteria. Make It Take It is a fun, family-focused event that provides all of the supplies needed to create fabulous, handmade craft items. Imagine each table set up with all the pieces needed to complete a little project. Imagine a caring adult and/or child helping with the project. Whether there are litle hands or big, you can make lots of interesting crafts. They are perfect keepsakes or gifts for loved ones!  


But it can’t happen without YOU! The PTA needs volunteers for a shift, either 5:45-7:00pm or 6:45 to 8:30pm. You do NOT need to be a crafty person – just willing to help hand out supplies and assist kids as needed. Volunteer help is the only way to make it a success. Come work for part of the time and then enjoy making some crafts during the other half Please sign up here.


One reminder: children should be accompanied by an adult at this event -- no drop-offs. 
Horace Mann School Recognized as Apple Distinguished School

We are pleased to announce that we have been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2019–2022 for our growth and development with technology within one year. Our staff went from beginning use of technology with students to extensive and pervasive use with students. This use engages students and supports student learning.


Apple Distinguished Schools are centers of innovation, leadership, and educational excellence that use technology to inspire creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. They showcase innovative uses of technology in learning, teaching, and the school environment and have documented results of academic accomplishment.


“We are honored and humbled that we were recognized. We understand that we are on a journey to best support student learning and engagement through technology. Our staff is committed to growing and learning with the students, “stated Principal Jim Litwin.


The selection of Horace Mann School as an Apple Distinguished School highlights our success as an innovative and ​compelling learning environment that engages students and provides tangible evidence of academic accomplishment. Some highlights from last year include:

  • Staff members implemented Apple’s powerful Classroom app to manage student use and workflow with devices.
  • Kindergarten classrooms created a shape with the manipulative blocks, then took pictures of the shape and posted the assignment. Later they extended learning on patterns with a similar strategy.
  • In 1st grade, students created 10 Frames, Geoboards, and story problems in Keynote and using markup tools for early math instruction.
  • In 2nd grade, students were able to independently export their work into a movie file and share assignments on Seesaw. They learned the basics of coding through self-guided lessons on the iPad. Learning, creating, and sharing on the iPad was part of their daily routine. 
  • 3rd graders accumulated facts from presentations done by students throughout the school year, creating a learning journal in Pages. Students worked collaboratively to complete research projects and communicate their findings using Keynote.
  • 4th grade students used Notability & Schoology for Math Review and the Post-It Note app to organize thinking for research papers. Teachers developed a template to use with students for quick thinking and reorganizing ideas.
  • 5th graders utilized Pages for building resumes for a Junior Achievement project. They used Book Creator for a writing project on Personal Narratives. During author studies, students used Poplet to create graphic organizers and then used the interactive white board to present.
  • Students in multiple grade levels learned to use the Clips app to make a video with titles/captions, filters, and effects. Multiple grade levels and specialists used the iPads and apps to enrich class field trips. They were able to take notes and pictures, review learning, and make connections to other online resources like

STEAM Project Comes Home for K-2 Students

STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.  Ms. Bosch is creating special projects and activities for students to try at home. Not only do students get to try out a fun experiment, they can also share their work and their creativity and personality by posting their learning online.


Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade are taking home a project in a ziplock bag to make Tin Foil Boats.  It is called STEAM @ Home. The idea is to continue science learning at home with a science challenge.  There is the opportunity to communicate like a scientist and post a video on a Flipgrid site. All the details are provided in the package students bring home.


Gratitude or Thankfulness

Today our 3rd graders led us in an assembly on Thankfulness or Gratitude. Cicero said, "Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others." At the end of fall, as we reflect back on the previous year, thankfulness is a value that serves us well. It connects us with others in a deeper and more meaningful way. Who do we have to thank that perhaps we haven't expressed our gratitude to recently? The Buddha is credited with saying, "A noble person is mindful and thankful of the favours they receive from others." Let's take some time to think about and to help our children think about to whom we can express our gratitude! 


Fitness Testing Results Released

This past week, students in grades 4 and 5 received their Physical Education fitness test results. Students were tested in the areas of cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, and upper body strength. Scoring was both age and gender-specific, based on the Fitnessgram Test model. If you did not see the results, please email Mr. Castillo.


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Important School Dates Bookmark our school calendar and check it frequently. You can go to and click calendar or use the direct link,


Monday, November 25

  • 11:20-12:10pm Kdg Puppet Show in Gym
  • 12:10-1:00pm 1st Gr Puppet Show in Gym
  • 1:00-1:50pm 2nd Gr Puppet Show in Gym
  • 2:00-3:45pm EDL

Tuesday, November 26

  • 2:00-3:10pm Community Education classes

Wednesday, November 27

  • 2:00-3:45pm EDL

Thursday, November 28-Friday, November 29

  • No School- Thanksgiving Break

Monday, December 2

  • 2:00-3:45pm EDL

Tuesday, December 3

  • 1:00pm All School Celebration in the Gym
  • 2:00-3:10pm Community Education classes

Wednesday, December 4

  • 2:00-3:45pm EDL

Thursday, December 5

  • 2:00-3:10pm Community Education classes

Friday, December 6

  • 12:40-1:40pm 4th Grade Mini-Courses

Perspective submissions are due by 8:00am on Thursdays. Submissions after 8:00am will be included in the next edition.