Friday, January 27, 2017

MD SEE Period at Johnson Elementary

Seventh graders enjoyed reading to their Andrew Johnson reading buddies. 

Seventh and eighth graders read with pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and first grade classes for SEE periods this year. 
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The culminating reading activity was donating original storybooks written by Casady seventh grade English students.

Reading Buddies

Math Buddies

Freshman Brings Kindness Chain Reaction to the Upper Division

I did Rachel’s Challenge last year in the middle division and it was a huge success. 

I decided that we should continue it here. Rachel’s Challenge is a way that we, as a Casady family can show more kindness. 

Bullying is when someone uses superior strength or influence to intimidate another, typically to force them to do what they want. People who are bullies normally want power due to something happening in their private life. When witnessing bullying, outsiders and those being bullied, don’t take action because of fear. 

*Rachel’s Challenge is a coordinated effort to stop bullying without coming face to face with the bully. The two parents of Rachel Joy Scott have started Rachel’s Challenge to continue their daughter’s legacy. Rachel made an impact on many people’s lives at her own school and decided to turn violence and hate into acts of kindness and compassion. She made an effort to stand up for those who were bullied, those who were different and those who were new to her school. *She made the most impact though when the Columbine school shooting killed 12 students, including Rachel Scott, 1 teacher, and injured 24. After her death, many students that Rachel reached out to shared stories with the Scotts about the profound impact her simple acts of kindness had on their lives; even preventing one young man from taking his own life. 

*Police found journals, drawings, and essays all done by Rachel that have inspired people to be kind. One drawing being of Rachel’s hands with the words, “These hands belong to Rachel Joy Scott and will someday touch millions of hearts,” written inside. Now after finding all her empowering quotes and essays her parents have used them to change 23 million people’s lives. *Rachel once wrote, “I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion then it will start a chain reaction of the same. People will never know how far a little kindness can go.

” We are now going to watch a video that Rachel’s brother created for kindness week 2012. 

*Rachel’s desire to spread kindness have inspired people around the world to write down on strips of paper when someone is kind to them, or when they see kindness happening. Then they make it into a chain. So we are going to try creating our own chain. 

*Rachel had written down, five things she thought people needed to do to show kindness. They are: 

So starting today we will start our own chain reaction of kindness. *The strips of paper are in every building and when you see kindness happening write it down. Then put your slip in the pouch next to where you got it. 


*I can’t wait to see how kind Casady Upper Division can be.

Happy Chinese New Year 2017

The doodle — which features firecrackers, fried dumplings and traditional Chinese decorations — marks the turning of the Chinese zodiac from monkey to rooster. Each year of the Chinese zodiac is associated with both an animal and one of five elements. 2017 is the year of the fire rooster, which according to lore is "trustworthy, with a strong sense of timekeeping and responsibility."
Lunar New Year — which is sometimes called Chinese New Year even though it is celebrated across East Asia — falls on the first new moon between Jan. 21 and Feb. 20 each year, Google explains. It's a time for families to clean their houses, gather together and enjoy festive meals. And just like Christmas, it's also, notoriously, a time when older relatives bug singletons about why they don't have a boyfriend or girlfriend, young couples about when they're going to get married, and newly weds about why they don't hurry up and have a baby already.
Along with grandmotherly prodding, Lunar New Year is marked by firecrackers and lion dances, in which revelers don papier-mâché masks and flash silken tails to crashing cymbals. The din and the prominence of the color red were traditionally thought to scare off the nian, a mythical beast said to attack ancient villages every New Year’s Day.

January 12 – January 26
Millions homeward-bound, cleaning, shopping
Crazy busy
End of year company events; winding down of operations
January 27 (New Year's Eve)
Pasting red couplets, hanging red lanterns, the New Year reunion dinner, setting off firecrackers, giving red envelopes to kids, staying up late to watch CCTV’s New Year Gala
Better, but local transport can be busy
Most shops close by the afternoon
January 28 (New Year’s Day)
At midnight a barrage of fireworks and firecrackers like WW3, more firecrackers in the morning (before opening the door) and early evening (before dinner); giving kids red envelopes
No bank or government office is open. Only big shopping malls are open.
January 29 (Chinese New Year day 2)
Visiting friends or relatives, firecrackers for greeting guests and before dinner
Almost no bank or government office is open. Only big shopping malls are open.
January 30 (Chinese New Year day 3)
Visiting friends and relatives in the city or friends and family in nearby villages
Local travel and town and village buses are busy, but travel to other cities and domestic flights are ok.
Some banks and government offices are open, but business is limited and hours are much shorter. Only some big shopping malls are open.
January 31 and February 1 (Chinese New Year days 4 and 5)
The statutory holiday period is over. Some people will keep visiting friends and relatives; some will go back to work.
Very busy
Most banks and government offices will be open, but business is limited and hours are shorter. Most shops will be open.
February 2 (New Year day 7)
For some it’s the first day back at work.
Very busy
Some shops, companies, and offices will reopen on this day, because 6 is a lucky number in Chinese culture.
February 3–11 (New Year days 8–15)
Return travel; Lantern Festival is on month 1 day 15 (February 11)
Crazy busy
Some businesses may choose CNY day 8 (February 15) to reopen, as 8 is also a lucky number. The non-superstitious may reopen on day 7 (February 14).

YAC January Celebration of Birthdays



Roots of Service Quilt Patches Reflection -  Rachel's Challenge Project moving forward




YAC Meeting, Monday, 1/30/2017 7:30 am

Suggested Agenda
Breakfast Granola Bars and muffins from Sam's.  Next week we will bring chips for MiAngila

Activity: Hands to uplift youth from poverty.  On parking lot.  The meeting started late due to late arrivals.  

Isaiah needs all interested YAC members to : Go to and sign-up to volunteer before the 30 spots are taken by other Cyclones and STUCO!

I.  Announcements
- Thank you to all who helped Caitlyn G with her Cleats for Kids Drive!
- Thank you to all who attended the YAC birthday celebration last Tuesday.
- Thank you to all who have been helping with the Gratitude Quilt.  We will continue quit making this week during Activities and the double.  Help us when you have time. Get service hours Learn a skill.

1. Winter clothing collection for Centennial High School continues this week.  Please bring your gently used winter coats, hats, gloves to the basket by the Giving Tree.  Mariam and Safra will contact Karoline L. and see where she is on this drive, meanwhile, YAC members are encouraged to bring winter clothing to the Giving Tree at Harper and place it in the wicker basket by the tree.

2. Go to and sign-up to volunteer with Isaiah, Miranda, and MiAngila thanking donors such as Mr. Rainbolt for their generosity which helps Casady provide the funding not covered by tuition.  As a non-profit, Casady has to fund raise every year part of its operating budget.  Isaiah promote this during the meeting encouraging YAC members to sign-up.

3. Mr. Rainbolt will have lunch at Casady Wing with YAC and Cyclone Servant leadership on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. Lunch and Activities.  If you signed-up before, please confirmed your attendance by placing your initials in the whiteboard sign-up giant post-it note.   Expected Attendance:
Freshmen:      Saadia N. Jacob B. Malavika R. Aaron P. Ahmed, Ellie T. (6)
Sophomores:  Sahanya B., Katherine S., Ellie G., Anna B. (4)
Juniors:           Safra S. Mariam S. Luke A. (3)
Seniors:          MiAngila G., Jack R., Johnny L., Calvin T., Jake U., Josh B.,       HOSTS:  Miranda T., Isaiah L. (8)
If you want to attend, add your name! Saadia and Aaron are making a PP.  Please send them pictures of your projects.  Malavika is working on a grateful quilt for Mr. Rainbolt.  If you want to help, come during Music, Activities or the Double to help, get service hours, and learn a skill.
Adults: Meet Mr. Rainbolt at noon at the Wing conference room.  
From the greater OKC Community: Joan K. (Respect Diversity Foundation)
From Casady School: Casady Cares Team: Mr. Sheldon, Coach Bonfiglio, Coach T., Father Marlin, Father Blizzard, Father Youmans, Mr. Evan Walter, Dr. Wesley Fryer, Mr. Kelley, Dr. Sara Price, Mrs. Small, Mrs. Clay


1. World Interfaith Harmony Week: February 1-7.  Play the Compassion Games, Survival of the Kindness.  You receive a daily mission via e-mail.  Sign up as an individual or as a team at Mrs. Clay brought this advocacy experience to the attention of YAC.  Encourage YAC to participate as a team-YAC Peace Team-4-WIHW.  To keep Rachel's challenge in the forefront, an announcement will be done about this week in combination with being caught doing an act of kindness  Maybe somebody will catch you and place your name in the "Chain Reaction of Kindness"

2. National Foreign Language Week:  March 5-11: UCO Japanese students @ Harper and at MD International Club. Possible speaker during Music, Activities and Double  "Tea time with change dreamers: Don Quijote and Cervantes"  On Parking lot

3. National Volunteer Week: Presidential Awards, Chapel Speaker, Celebration Activity:  Mrs. Clay. Possible High tea celebration at Records!?  On Parking lot

4. 2016-2017 Fedex, Strategic Planning: Safra and Mariam  On Parking lot

5. Miranda's project 
 On Parking Lot

III. Project Updates

1. Feedback on MLK Day 2017: On parking lot.  Update: The picture of the afternoon MLK Day volunteer group made the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma newsletter

2. Track for Johnson Elementary: Aaron asked to helpers to write grants and proposals to get the $30,000 he will need to refurbish the track to make it wheelchair accessible. 

3. Roots of Service Quilts: Malavika,Sahanya was not able to attend the meeting, but her design of the Grateful Quilt for Mr. Rainbolt is almost finished.  Sahanya, Cooper, and Mason are strating the quilt they will take to the National Service-Learning Conference as part of their showcase, if they get selected.  The applied to showcase their projects last week.   

4. Rachel's Kindness  Challenge: Cooper and Nicole A Chain reaction of kindness will connect to the World Interfaith Harmony Games, February 1-7.  Then Nicole J will bring her kindness lollipops(which Mrs. Clay will purchase at Sam's, during RAK Week (February 12-18).  Nicole requested $30 from S-L P for supplies and lollipops.  She also would like to continue the WARM Project making fleece blankets for Positive Tomorrows or the Homeless Alliance.  The blankets need to be ready on the National Random Acts of Kindness Day, Friday, February 17, 2017.

5. Mentoring Projects:
-Stanley Hupfeld Academy: Eric
On parking lot

-Best Buddies Will visit Special Care February 7, 2017 during the double: Zac did not attend the meeting, but is working with Special Care and Coaches to set up a first visit to Special Care
-Boys and Girls Club: YAC Monthly Buddies Sahanya stated after the meeting, because we did not get to this item of the agenda, that she wants YAC to go to Boys and Girls Club again on Friday, February 24th.  She will make a sign-up at the wall of the YAC community room.

6. Showcase at National Service Learning Conference: March 22-25th Sahanya, Cooper and Mason attending.  They finished their application to showcase last week. Upon their return, they will demonstrate learning to YAC and at chapel. Check S-L Program PP for the showcase here

7. Homeless Alliance: Perfect Pair  Ellie will provide date (Late April, during National Volunteer Week being considered.  On parking lot

8. Global Youth Service Days Project:  April 21-23, 2017. Established in 1988, Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) celebrates and mobilizes the millions of young people who improve their communities through service.  Caring Hands-Hands on Poverty: Project started last week.  Please make hands, decorate them  Use a hold puncher to get ribbon through and hang them at the Giving Tree.  The Bezos Foundation will provide $1.90 per hand sent in to Save the Children who in turn will empower youth in Nicaragua and Indonesia to rise into a life they dream for themselves. On Prking lot

IV.  Items from the floor  all items on parking lot

1. Youth LEAD OKC- Day at the Oklahoma National Memorial and Museum

-Cultural Tapestry Oklahoma Standard: An Oklahoma Cultural Tapestry Day at the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum.  The goal of the Youth LEAD experience is: To inform people of Oklahoma Teens' cultural diversity and break cultural divisions through listening   Memories of the retreat at
Targeted Audience: 8th graders originally, but now is 9th grade teens because the museum has received a grant to bring teens to the museum free of charge, including money for transportation.  Target date: February or early April.  YLOKCasady met on Friday 1/27/2017 at 1:10 to follow-up with museum.  

2. Youth LEAD online TIDE Conference;  Mrs. Clay  Memorial Weekend, Emerson College, Boston

3 YMCA Youth in Government  Luke

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Tuesday, January 25, Activities, YAC celebration and projects

YAC Birthdays Celebration




Roots of Service Quilt Patches Reflection -  Rachel's Challenge  and Youth Uplift Caring Hands Projects