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The Muir Messenger | February 12, 2018

Hello Muir families,

It may seem a bit obvious, but it's winter and we need our kiddos bundled up! Thanks for sending your child to school dressed as warmly as possible on these frigid days. If you need extra hats, mittens or outerwear, check in with Ms. Betsy, Muir's social worker, at 663-8177. She has gear to both loan out or even donate to families in need. Also, if you have any items that your children have outgrown, please contact Ms. Betsy if you'd like to contribute them to her stash. Thanks for thinking of Muir! 

Have a great week and stay warm,

Kathleen Spencer, President,
Traci Janikowski & Scott Wildman, Co-Vice Presidents,
Lennie Marcott, Secretary,
Andrea Southgate, Treasurer, 


Tuesday, February 13, 6:30pm in Room 25. Childcare provided.


Friday, February 23. "Live at the Muir Apollo Theater." Black history program, 9:15-10:30am; classroom read-ins, 10:55-11:25am; adult-only luncheon 11:30am-12:30pm. All members of the Muir community are welcome to be a part of each classroom's read-in event, where adults will join students as they read books about and by African Americans. Please let your child's teacher know if you can make it.
The top two photos are from the recent 4K arts & crafts event, and the bottom two are from 1st grade's game night. Big thanks to the amazing Carlie Craig for coordinating both of them, and to Julia Peterson for her instrumental help on the 4K event!

This is your PTO!

Hi everyone. I am Vonnie Schoenleber and I am your yearbook editor. I have a son in Mrs. Keith’s 4th grade classroom and another son in 7th grade. This is my third year preparing the yearbook for John Muir and I love to see all of the projects the kids participate in.

What I do in my spare time? I like to sing, watch movies, play games, travel, try new restaurants, and make crafts – especially making my own cards.
What is a memory of your own elementary school days?  In elementary school I could not figure out why the coat hooks were so high up off of the ground for us little kids. When I was in high school I went back to visit the elementary school and I was surprised to see how low to the ground the hooks really were! We also had a huge playground and I loved being outside with all of my friends.
What do you love most about Muir? I appreciate how all of the teachers know the names of all of the kids at the school and how the community came together to raise money for the new playground equipment.  

*Check out Vonnie's kid-friendly recipe for strawberry angel food dessert, below. Yum. 

The Schoenleber Family's Strawberry Angel Food Dessert

Strawberries (thinly sliced) about 1-1/2 cups
Cool Whip (large container) 16oz (regular or low-fat)
1 angel food cake (round)
1 large package strawberry jello (regular or low-fat)
1.    Make the jello as directed on the box and put it in the refrigerator until it is about 2/3’s set.  May take up to 1 hour for this to happen.
2.    Break up the whole angel food cake into small pieces (break up with your hands)
Assembly:  (Once the jello is 2/3’s set and the angel food cake is in small pieces)
1.    Place ½ of the angel food cake pieces in the bottom of a 9x13 cake pan and spread them all around.
2.    Spread ½ of the jello all around the cake pieces making sure to put it along all of the edges as well.
3.    Spread half of strawberries on top of the cake and jello.
4.    Spread a layer of Cool Whip next.
5.    Place the rest of the angel food cake pieces over the Cool Whip.
6.    Spread the rest of the jello on top of cake pieces.
7.    Spread the rest of the strawberries on top of the jello.
8.    Place the dessert in the refrigerator and let it set completely (about 2 hours).
9.    Right before serving place a layer of Cool Whip on top. If you put the Cool Whip on top before step 8 it may turn your Cool Whip pink.
(Make sure to refrigerate any leftovers.)

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