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March 13th, 2019
From Mrs. Rowley       
As we enter the season of Lent, we focus on prayer, fasting and alms-giving. Last week in the Wednesday folder you received the Catholic Relief Services rice bowl. This is to collect loose change to be used for those in need around the world. Everyone in the family can contribute. Each classroom also has a rice bowl. At the end of Lent these will be turned in. In addition, I have attached here a Lenten calendar with prayers and activities to focus Lenten activities.  May you have a blessed Lenten season.
School News 
Kindergarten Happenings
More fun in Kindergarten this past week. Dr. Seuss reading and cookies to match, what a catch! Also, the children enjoyed doing buddy math.
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Community Corner 
Technology Fridays in March
Join the PRC for an exciting series of technology workshops learning_enter_key.jpg presented by FCPS Assistive Technology Services. Check
From the Health Clinic
Mrs. Maureen Earner
Why Are the Mouth and Teeth Important?

Every time we smile, frown, talk, or eat, we use our mouths and teeth. Our mouths and teeth let us make different facial expressions, form words, eat, drink, and begin the process of digestion.

The mouth is essential for speech. With the lips and tongue, teeth help form words by controlling airflow out of the mouth. The tongue strikes the teeth or the roof of the mouth as some sounds are made.

When we eat, our teeth tear, cut, and grind food in preparation for swallowing. The tongue helps push food to the teeth, and allows us to taste the food we eat.

What Do the Parts of the Mouth Do?

The mouth is lined with moist mucous membranes. The membrane-covered roof of the mouth is called the palate:

⦁    The front part consists of a bony portion called the hard palate. The hard palate divides the mouth and the nasal cavity above.
⦁    The fleshy rear part is called the soft palate. The soft palate forms a curtain between the mouth and the throat, or pharynx, to the rear. When we swallow, the soft palate closes off the nasal passages from the throat to prevent food from entering the nose.

The soft palate contains the uvula, the dangling flesh at the back of the mouth. The tonsils are on either side of the uvula and look like twin pillars holding up the opening to the throat, or pharynx (FAR-inks).

A bundle of muscles extends from the floor of the mouth to form the tongue. The top of the tongue is covered with tiny bumps called papillae. These contain tiny pores that are our taste buds. Four main kinds of taste buds are found on the tongue - they sense sweet, salty, sour, and bitter tastes.
During chewing, salivary glands in the walls and floor of the mouth secrete saliva, which moistens the food and helps break it down even more. Saliva makes it easier to chew and swallow foods (especially dry foods), and contains enzymes that help begin the digestion of foods.

Once food is a soft, moist mass, it's pushed to the back of the mouth and the throat to be swallowed.
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From the Editor

Please make sure to read the Buzz every week. There's a lot of great things in it. Also, turn in your submissions! Submissions are due by Mondays by 5pm. I accept submissions from teachers, staff, and parents. If you know of something interesting going on in our community, or want to give a shout out to someone at the school, I'd love to add it to the Buzz. I especially love pictures. Please contact Mrs. Rowley to make sure that we have permission to publish pictures of every student in the picture. Pictures need to be less than 5 MB. Thanks so much! 
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Ana-Maria Cordoba Scholarship Fund 


PTO Meeting Dates
Next Meeting:
March 20th
Important Tidbits
Important Dates
(All events and important dates can be found on our website's Google Calendar!)
Thur 3/14:
 - Band Rehearsal
 - Coder Kids 3:30-4:30pm
Fri  3/15:
 - Sign Language Club 3:15-4:30pm

Mon 3/18: 
 - Dress Down Day $1
 - Chess Club 3:15 to 4:30pm
 - Kolbe Kids 3:15-4pm
 - Strings 3:15-4:15pm

Wed 3/20:
 - Poetry Writing Club 3:15-4:15pm 
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