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December 2017 Parent Power News

December 2017 Edition
Charlotte L. Matthew, Principal
Nichelle Logan Jones, A.P.
Patrice Joseph, A.P.
Principal’s Message
Our winter break is a good time to take advantage of all our great city has to offer. The more historical and cultural experiences our students have, the better students they will be!
Every year I include information in our PPN about Kwanzaa. Although Kwanzaa honors African heritage, in my opinion, its principals are traditions that should be followed by all cultures year round. Kwanzaa is observed from December 26th to January 1st.
I hope that all of our families have a fantastic holiday filled with joy, peace, hope and love. I continue to be blessed by my BFE family. Thank you for your continued love and support of me and our school. May this wonder filled season and the New Year hold the very best for you and your family.
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Kwanzaa celebrates the seven principles of Nguzo Saba (the seven principles of African Heritage). These seven principles comprise Kawaida, a Swahili term for tradition and reason. Each of the seven days of Kwanzaa is dedicated to one of the following principles, as follows:
*Umoja (Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
*Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and
speak for ourselves.
*Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility): To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers' and sisters' problems our problems, and to solve them together.
*Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.
*Nia (Purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
*Kuumba (Creativity): To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
*Imani (Faith): To believe with all our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.
Important Dates
December brings many exciting activities to BFE. This month our Student Council is sponsoring a toy drive for Children’s Hospital. Please donate one new unwrapped toy by December 13th. Plan to take the walking tour of City Park’s Celebration in the Oaks at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, 12/6 and see all of our marching units, cheerleaders, majorettes, dance and drill team and also our BFE school tree. Students taking pictures with Santa on 12/7 can wear their holiday attire! Even with the excitement of the upcoming holidays, our students must focus on second quarter exams December 11 – 15th. *When we return from the holidays on 1/8/18 we will be in countdown mode until our LEAP Testing for students in grades 3 - 8. Students should work online on Moby Max, IXL, and Kid/Teen Biz to keep their minds sharp.

Proud to be a New Orleans Public School!

Benjamin Franklin Elementary Mathematics and Science School
1116 Jefferson Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana 70115
Charlotte L. Matthew, Principal

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