Friday, December 19, 2014

Holiday Celebration!!

Hard to believe 2014 has almost come to an end.  But what can be better than saying farewell to 2014 with peers and friends.  UE students performed a Holiday Play, enjoyed a story with Mr. Zech, an hour of bowling & pizza lunch today.
We thank all Upper El families for your continuous love, support & generosity.  We also wish to thank our Room Mom Ms. Amy and her team for coordinating the activities during the school year.

Season's Greeting!!
See you in 2015....







Thursday, December 18, 2014

Get Well Soon Alex!!

As our classmate Alex (4th grader) is recovering from his surgery at the Children's Hospital, we send our good wishes for his speedy recovery & Holiday Greetings to Alex & his family!! We miss you and look forward to see you back in the new year!

On the positive side, during his stay at Children's, Alex met with UAB Football Players; Quarterback Blake Sims (pictured below), Austin Shepherd, and Kenyan Drake, and received a signed ball from them.  Now how cool is that!!

Exploring the Explorers

This quarter the fifth graders studied and researched various explorers with great accomplishments.  Their voyages established new trade routes and produced better world maps.  These were Explorers from England, Holland, and France, who wanted to find a Northwest Passage, a shortcut from Europe to Asia through North America. 

Students learned about and researched famous explorers such as Christopher Columbus, Juan Ponce de Leon, Hernan Cortes, Jacques Cartier, Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, Henry Hudson and Robert de La Salle, and presented role plays depicting their accomplishments and  struggles during their journeys.

A face-to-face interview with famous explorer Christopher Columbus

Explorer Hernan Cortes with the Aztec empire

Explorer Ponce de Leon in search of "fountain of youth"

Explorer Henry Hudson talking about his journey during a talk show

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Hour of Code

The Upper Elementary students join the tens of millions of students in 180+ countries by taking part in The Hour of Code global movement.

The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics.  Hosted by, the grassroots campaign goal is for tens of millions of students to try an Hour of Code during December 8-14, 2014, in celebration of Computer Science Education Week.  According to, every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path.

Congratulations to the following students who have achieved a completion certificate by participating in the "Hour of Code" this week:

Fourth Grade:
Shifa Jalali
Naren Jetty
Pranav Goli
Pooja Soni
Savitri Sasse
Ethan Lee
Margaux Richards
Ragav Bhaskar

Fifth Grade:
Khushi Valliani
William Poe
Carson Hicks
Aleah Ward
Goodman Murphy-Smith

Sixth Grade:
Jordyn Hudson
Caleb Phillips

Newsletter: Friday, December 12th, 2014

Friday, December 5, 2014

Middle School Holiday Shop

This week students had an opportunity to create a shopping wish list and make purchases from the Middle School Holiday Shop with the help of Middle School students.  All the money raised from the holiday shop will benefit Middle school students towards their upcoming field trip.  December 8th (Monday) is the final day to make purchases from the Holiday shop.  
Happy Shopping!   


Newsletter: December 5th, 2014