La Paz Intermediate has a wonderful tradition of celebrating the birthdays of the Esperanza Special Education School's students throughout the school year.
Each month, a group of our Birthday Club students will visit their campus next door for a celebration. La Paz students will leave campus at 12:16 p.m. (the beginning of tutorial) and return at 1:15 p.m. (during lunch).
Esperanza students look forward to this day all month long. The La Paz students pass out birthday pennants and let that month's birthday student choose a gift from the birthday basket. After singing the "Happy Birthday Esperanza" song, all of the students participate in a very energetic dance party. La Paz and Esperanza students leave the party exhausted and smiling, anticipating next month's return. In addition to Birthday Club, students will be chosen to attend Esperanza's annual Olympic Day where they cheer on the athletes.
Since so many La Paz students join Birthday Club, students will get to go on a rotating basis. When their name appears on the monthly list, it will be their responsibility to have an additional written permission form signed by all of their teachers. The list will be posted and the form will be available one week prior to the Birthday Club day each month and students will need to turn it in when they attend.
If the teacher permission slip is not turned in they will not be allowed to participate on the day of the event. Students will be missing their usual lunch time on this day and may want to bring a sack lunch.
To maintain the privilege of participating in this club, grades and citizenship must meet their parents' and teachers' standards.
If your student needs a place after school to work on homework, study for tests, and get some tutoring, then this is the club for them! The club is offered in 4 week increments and will take place from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for the entire school year. In addition, Mr. Bettino will act as a liaison for your student if teachers have specific questions or would like a student to attain specific goals.
- Americans use 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour! Most of them are thrown away!
- Recycling plastic saves twice as much energy as burning it in an incinerator.
- Only around 27% of plastic bottles are recycled.
- 13.3% of plastic packaging was recycled in 2008.
- Ever heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? It's twice the size of Texas and is floating somewhere between San Francisco and Hawaii. It's also 80 percent plastic, and weighs in at 3.5 million tons.
- A survey was done and 9 out of 10 people surveyed said they would recycle more if it was easier.
- Find a big blue plastic bottle recycling can in the quad. There are seven recycling cans in the quad.
- Please pour out any water left in the bottle into the bucket next to the recycling can.
- Then place plastic bottle and only the bottle into big blue recycling can. Please do not place your trash in the recycling cans.
- Early release to snack for all students if only plastic bottles are placed in all seven recycling cans after the first week. Another early release to snack for all students if only plastic bottles are placed in all seven recycling cans after the third week. Continue early release to snack monthly for recycling plastic bottles.
- Students will earn LaPazitivies for recycling their plastic bottles.