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October 2014 sCHOOL Newsletter

ACCPA Elementary

African-Centered College Preparatory Academy

Upcoming EventsMonth of October

Oct. 3rd Fun Friday

Oct. 6th Haircuts and Hair braiding begins every first Monday

Oct. 10th End of 1st quarter

Oct. 14th SAC Meeting

Oct. 16th Parent Teacher Conference

Oct. 23rd LINCs Lights On Program

Oct.24th Math Contest

Oct. 30th Ancestors Day

Month of November

Nov. 13th SAC Meeting 6-7 p.m.

Nov. 14th Umoja Feast

Nov. 20th Picture Day

Nov. 24th Prepare Kwanzaa Doors

6410 Swope Parkway

Kansas City, Mo 64132

Phone: 816-418-1175

Volume 2, Issue 3

Message from the PrincipalClaire Thornton-Poke

The AncestorsRemembering those on whose shoulders we stand

Through the celebration of Marcus Garvey and our ancestors, during the month of October, we are given the opportunity to honor the trailblazers whose shoulders we stand on today. As we reflect on the many contributions, famous Africans and African Americans have made across our country and the world, we also must not forget those in our families who have been our heroes and sheroes. We remember our relatives who marched, prayed and fought for the rights we have today.

This is why we will be recognizing Marcus Garvey and others, both known and unknown, throughout this month at AC Prep School. As a staff we understand that the journey we now take would not be possible without the courage and sacrifices made by so many who relentlessly fought and prayed for justice in their churches, quality education in our schools and for peace and jobs in our communities. While some of these individuals have passed, others are still alive today serving their communities and promoting justice. As we continue to reap the harvest they sowed, the least we can do is share the stories of these extraordinary men and women so that their contributions will have their proper reference in our nations history and in our own personal studies. Their impact on us individually, this nation and the world are immeasurable.

This month we will be reflecting on and appreciating the many people on whose shoulders we stand. Their lives and contributions have eased our path. We've been the beneficiary of the hard work, achievements, scrimping and saving, sacrifices, inventions, services, risk-taking, genius and generosity of all who've come before us, and those who are here with us now.

With every event comes an opportunity to mine it for gold. Used well, whatever happens helps us learn, grow and evolve. We appreciate each opportunity. We stand on the shoulders of our ancestors, the ones who have passed on, with reverence, respect and gratitude.

There is an Afrikan saying that states, I Am because You Are. Alone, we do nothing. Alone, we've created nothing. Alone, we've accomplished


nothing. To all who have helped us, been diligent for us, inspired us, stood for us, and shown us a better way, we appreciate you and say, "Thank You!"

No matter where you are in the world, taking time to reflect on and remembering those on whose shoulders you stand, is a good investment of time and energy. You don't need a special holiday to celebrate and honor all of the good, wonderful people who have lifted you. Honor those on whose shoulders you stand - those who have come before you and paved your path in significant and subtle ways. It is our sincere hope that all will join us this month in honoring those who made our journey today possible.

Marcus Garveyan inspirational figure for civil rights activists

Garvey was a Jamaican-born black nationalist who created a 'Back to Africa' movement in the United States. He became an inspirational figure for later civil rights activists.

Marcus Garvey was born in St Ann's Bay, Jamaica on 17 August 1887, the youngest of 11 children. He inherited a keen interest in books from his father, a mason and made full use of the extensive family library. At the age of 14 he left school and became a printer's apprentice where he led a strike for higher wages. From 1910 to 1912, Garvey travelled in South and Central America and also visited London.

He returned to Jamaica in 1914 and founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA). In 1916, Garvey moved to Harlem in New York where UNIA thrived. By now a formidable public speaker, Garvey spoke across America. He urged African-Americans to be proud of their race and return to Africa, their ancestral homeland and attracted thousands of supporters.

To facilitate the return to Africa that he advocated, in 1919 Garvey founded the Black Star Line, to provide transportation to Africa, and the Negro Factories Corporation to encourage black economic independence. Garvey also unsuccessfully tried to persuade the government of Liberia in West Africa to grant land on which black people from America could settle.

In 1922, Garvey was arrested for mail fraud in connection with the sale of stock in the Black Star Line, which had now failed. Although there were irregularities connected to the business, the prosecution was probably politically motivated, as Garvey's activities had attracted considerable government attention. Garvey was sent to prison and later deported to Jamaica. In 1935, he moved permanently to London where he died on 10 June 1940. In 1964, his body was returned to Jamaica where he was declared the country's first national hero.

There are many other Ancestors that contributed to the cause as well as coonsidered heroes. A few consist of:

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - widely considered the most influential leader of the American civil rights movement. He fought to overturn Jim Crow segregation laws and eliminate social and economic differences between blacks and whites.

George Washington Carver who was offered a horticultural position by Booker T. Washington at the Tuskegee Institute and went on to discovering countless uses for the peanut and other important crops.

Ida B. Wells was an African-American journalist and activist who led an anti-lynching crusade in the United States in the 1890s.

Upcoming EventsWhats Happening at AC Prep ElementarySchool Improvement Advisory Committee (SIAC)

The Before and After-school program will be having their Lights On Celebration on Monday, Oct. 28th, 2014 at 5:00.

Please come out and support our Scholars and they put on a special presentation for you.

The LINC choir, Boys II Men, Sister Girls, LINC drummers, all the scholars in LINC, and special guests will be performing at this event.

Invite your family, friends, loved ones, and everybody! This is an event that you dont want to miss!

For more information, please contact Mrs. Newsome or Ms. Camille at 816-418-1207

Whats it going to take for Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) to regain full accreditation? Whats it going to take for your school to regain/sustain full accreditation? How can we retain and attract students? In order to answer these questions and more, School Improvement Advisory Committees (SIACs) will begin work in Fall 2014 to address strategies for each KCPS school and the district as a whole. Each school's SIAC will include representatives from school staff, parents and the community. Each KCPS school is now seeking parents interested in serving on the SIAC. The committee will meet monthly through the end of the school year.

KCPS staff, students, parents & partners will be visiting neighborhoods Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 10 a.m. 2 p.m., to share the great things happening in KCPS schools! For more information visit kcpublicschools.org/rise.

Scholar Lead Conferences


Parents, We encourage you to come out or send a representative to come and experience our Scholars leading the Parent/Teachers Conference. It is important that we stay active in out childrens education, so they can have the support that they really need to succeed. Conferences are Thursday, October 13th, 2014.

Dads Breakfast

We would like to thank all of the Fathers, Uncles, Grand Dads, and Step Dads who came out to our Dads breakfast. This was a huge as well as a succesful event. We look forward to double the size at our next event in January.

AC Prep is on the rise!Building off the blocks of our past

School Contests

Step Pyramid Contest Winners

Class Winners

1st Place




3rd Place Tie

3rd Grade/5th Grade


Dayse / Golson

2nd Place

5th Grade



Classes were judged on how well they could collaborate as a team to build a Step Pyramid. The purpose (Nia) of the project was to encourage Professors and Scholars to use the Nguzo Saba in the lessons that we teach.

What we were looking for was:

Creativity (Kuumba) thinking outside the box

Teamwork- (Ujima and Umoja) the whole class to be involved.

The classes that showed and displayed the best work received a popcorn


3rd Place



2nd Place



1st Place





These Scholars are our Individual winners of the Step Pyramid Contest. The Scholars have shown excellent self-determination.

ACCPA Elementary Ancestors Day Essay Contest