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A Busy October for the Wolfpack

Elementary News
Mrs. Wudtke and her 1st grade class have created a festive project for the month of October. Each student created their own Jack-O-Lanterns. The 1st and 2nd graders also participated and attended Ezrakeats the Snowy Day play at the Denver Performing Arts theatre. The student enjoyed this experience and hope to attend another play.
On October 20, the elementary students participated in their first quarterly AR party. The 3rd, 4th and 5th graders played Capture the Flag and enjoyed popsicles for their celebration while the 1st and 2nd graders played minute to Win It games.
 
FBLA Fall Leadership
Idalia FBLA officers and middle level students traveled NJC in Sterling, Colorado, to participate in workshops to further their knowledge in the FBLA/business world. Some of the workshops that were available were; In vs. Involved, Financial Fitne$$, Today is Your Day for an Awesome Resume, Banking on Success, and more. Each workshop focused on one main point of FBLA or just on how to better your career. Members also got a chance to meet and play FBLA Jeopardy with four state officers, including Megan Waitman, our State VP for District 3.  Fall leadership conference ended with a closing session by Patrick Grady. Everyone enjoyed their time at NJC and came back with lots of new business skills to bring to their chapter and community. 
 
FBLA Installation
The Idalia FBLA Installation Ceremony was held Monday, October 16, at 6:00 p.m. in the Idalia High School Cafeteria. The installing officer was Tyler Wiley from Akron, Colorado, FBLA State President. He read over the script with all expectations and responsibilities to each new member and officer. He then declared them as officers of the 2017-2018 Idalia FBLA Chapter. Breann Shaffer was declared President; her responsibilities are to preside over all meetings, represent the chapter at special functions, and show the qualities of a leader. Megan Waitman was declared Vice President; her responsibilities are to preside over meetings in the absence of the president, and assist the president. Brian Jimenez was declared Secretary and Reporter; his responsibilities are to prepare the local chapter Program of Work, prepare and read all minutes of meetings, prepare news release or articles for the local chapter of all FBLA activities, and submit articles to the national publications. Aubrey Richards was declared Treasurer; her responsibilities are to keep accurate, up-to-date financial records, and prepare treasurer’s report for each meeting. Installation ended with a delicious potluck dinner.
 
FBLA Canned Food Trick or Treat
On October 29 the Idalia FBLA Chapter split into 4 groups and went trick-or-treating for canned food. Groups dressed up in costumes and went around the community to collect canned food goods. Thank you for supporting the Idalia FBLA Chapter with all the donations! 
 
FFA News
Ms. Reece and her FFA students have had an extremely busy month. Eight students attended the MFE/ALD Conference in Colorado Springs. This was a leadership conference where the freshmen attended the MFE conference while the juniors and seniors attended the ALD conference. She also took eight students to the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis. They toured the Apple Orchard, Dairy, and Speedway. During the convention they will hear keynote speakers and visit a college business fair.
 
Financial Aid Night=Scholarships
On Thursday, October 12, students in 11th and 12th grades, along with their parents, were invited to our annual Financial Aid Night at the Idalia School Cafeteria.  This event was presented by Kellie Overturf from Morgan Community College in Wray.  For attending the presentation, scholarships from Continuing Education and a CD from Wray State Bank were given to the students to use toward their secondary education! The two, $250 Scholarships from Continuing Education went to Breann Shaffer and Brandon Kock.  The $200 CD from Wray State Bank went to Crystal Cordova.  Congratulations!  We greatly appreciate the support from Continuing Education and Wray State Bank.  Thank you! 
 
Gifted and Talented 
Mrs. Heath and Amber Soehner took the Gifted and Talented students to the GT STEM event in Limon. There were 16 students that attended this event. Theme for the event was World of the Waves.  Attendees used inferred cameras, designed bracelets from binary code, and built seismographs. Students from Idalia attending were Keilah Dickenson, Krista Wieser, Tate Towns, and Trent Hall.
 
Health & Wellness News
Idalia H&W Committee held their first cooking class on October 21. The parents enjoyed spending time with their kids and helping them make ranch dressing and yogurt dips. They all really enjoyed the ranch dressing, but the yogurt dip ended up being the most fun,  as the kids let their creativity run wild while creating different dips from a selection of fun ingredients. One yogurt dip even tasted exactly like peanut butter and jelly! It was so much fun and we hope hold another cooking class for the community in the future. 
 
Mouse Trap Race Cars
The physics class did a project making mousetrap race cars. They were judged on how far their car went and how fast the car went. We used the gym to test the cars and quickly found out that a few had malfunctions like, losing a wheel, going in reverse, or flipping backwards.  The races were rather entertaining as no one knew for sure exactly how their car would perform. The team of Crystal Cordova and Daniel Perez won in both distance and speed divisions. Their car traveled 14.7 meters traveling at 1.06 meters per second. 
Students Color the World with the Pulsera Project
Students of all ages flooded the classrooms by parchasen pulseras, as part of The Pulsera Project. / Estudiantes de todas las edades inundan las aulas por la compra de pulseras, como parte del Proyecto de la Pulsera.
 
The Pulsera Project is a nonprofit organization that works with artisans in Nicaragua and Guatemala to create sustainable fair-trade jobs.  The project partners with nearly 100 artists who create the colorful woven pulseras, (bracelets). / El Proyecto de la Pulsera es una organización sin fines de lucro que trabaja con artesanos en Nicaragua y Guatemala para crear empleos sostenibles de comercio justo.  El proyecto se asocia con casi 100 artistas que crean los colores pulseras tejidas.
 
Pulseras are sent to schools across the nation who volunteer to host a Pulsera Sale.  Schools raise money throughout the sales and then return the funds to support the families and communities of the artists.  The proceeds also fund scholarships, community programs, interest-free micro loans, support for youth shelters, sustainable energy initiatives, social enterprise programs, and many other projects that help sustain these Central American communities. / Pulseras son enviadas a escuelas en todo el país que voluntariamente para organizar una venta de la Pulsera.  Las escuelas recaudar dinero a través de las ventas y luego devolución los fondos para apoyar a las familias y comunidades de los artistas.  Las ganancias también financian programas comunitario, microcréditos sin intereses, becas, apoyo a albergues de juventud, iniciativas, de energía sostenible, programas de la empresa social, y muchos otros proyectos que ayudan a mantienen estas comunidades de América Central.
 
Students learned about the project through videos and presentations.  They were able to see “a day in the life” of students in Nicaragua and gain perspectives in entrepreneurship, service and social justice. / Los estudiantes aprendieron sobre el proyecto a través de vídeos y presentaciones.  Fueron capaces de ver un día en la vida de los estudiantes en Nicaragua y obtener perspectivas de emprendimiento y justicia social.
 
Students of all ages also turned to artists as they created their own pulsera designs to participate in the “Design your own pulsera” contest.  Votes were cast throughout the school and winners received a free pulsera of their choice. / Estudiantes de todas las edades también crean sus propios diseños de pulsera para participar en un concurso para diseñar una pulsera.  Votos fueron emitidos de las maestras de la escuela y los ganadores recibieron una pulsera gratis.
 
A big thank you to Whitney Richards and Kelli Kite for sponsoring and supporting the project.  Also, thank you to all the students who participated and parents who purchased pulseras! We raised $1500 to send back to the project! / Gracias a Whitney Richards y Kelli Kite para patrocinar y apoyar el proyecto.  Además gracias a todos los estudiantes que participaron y los padres que compraron pulseras.  ¡Recaudamos $1500 para enviar hacia el proyecto! 
 
Red Ribbon Week
To kick-off Red Ribbon Week 2017, Idalia High School students, along with students from Arickaree and Liberty will met at Liberty High School to hear Gabe Murfitt speak his C.L.E.A.R. message. Gabe is an inspiring speaker and author who challenges his audiences to live with courage in the face of life’s greatest challenges and adversities. Gabe was born with a disease which stunted his growth and the growth of his joints, standing a little over three-feet high and arms only three inches long, and left him with only 45% of his hearing. Gabe is young man with an amazing story, but he feels his story is not that different than yours. Although born with a unique body, Gabe Murfitt knows every person is a unique design of mind and body who each face their own trials.
 
Walk to School Day
Rainy weather on the 4th of October moved Idalia School’s participation in the National Walk-to-School Day to a sunny day, allowing a beautiful  morning walk for staff and students celebrating this national event. Over 100 kids participated in the brisk walk, allowing time for catching up and a little exercise to start the day. The next monthly “Ride-n-Stride” will be held (weather permitting) on November 9 when bicyclists will meet at the Homestead and walkers north of the Outback. Join us for this monthly event.

 

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