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Happy Halloween!

Posted by gchristie on November 12, 2012
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After Hurricane Sandy delayed our Halloween by more than a week, students were thrilled to finally celebrate! The annual parade of super-heroes, witches, goblins, and many more inventive costumes took place on the front circle on a bright, sunny morning against a background of snow!

Junior I Makes Fresh Soup

Posted by gchristie on November 08, 2012
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The Junior I students are enjoying the harvest time. The second year students made a big pot of fresh vegetable soup with the help of Derek’s mom, Roxanna, Sophia’s mom, Virginia, and William’s mom, Marjorie. They washed, peeled and chopped the vegetables, using all the parts of the plant – root, stem, flower, fruit, leaf, and seed. The students have been learning the function of the parts of the plant in their science lessons.

The second year students served the first year students their lovely soup. Everyone raved about how sweet fresh vegetables can be.

Junior II Meets their Reading Buddies

Posted by gchristie on November 08, 2012
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The Junior II level three students were thrilled to meet their Primary Reading Buddies.  Each student is assigned one or two primary third year students to read with each week.  The students develop nurturing and friendly relationships with the younger students. They received lessons on how to greet their younger friends, how to develop conversations using open-ended questions, and of course reinforcing the skills of developing readers. Each Primary Reading Buddy received a hand-made bookmark from their older buddy on their first visit.  The students of both ages were brimming with fun reading excitement!  We will keep you posted on their fun activities throughout the year.

Junior II Visits Ellis Island

Posted by gchristie on October 25, 2012
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The Junior II students visited Ellis Island and participated in their “Shore to Shore” educational program. This trip compliments their practical life and history studies. It was a beautiful, sunny day – perfect for a Ferry ride from Liberty Park to Ellis Island. Once on the island, they explored the exact room where immigrants first arrived and began experiencing a new life in America. There were stacks of real luggage that was left from long ago. Next, they had a presentation and tour of what the first immigrants experienced, such as medical and mental tests. The students had some hands-on activities where they were able to try to pack a trunk of items and tried out what the beds felt like in third class. The visit was capped off by a fun picnic lunch and recess games under the trees on Ellis Island. Finally, a ferry brought the class right by the Statue of Liberty, which was exciting for all! Some students found their relatives’ names on the wall, but many others said they cannot wait to go back with their families to this historical island.

Toddler Hot Lunches

Posted by gchristie on October 25, 2012
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The Toddler children shared a delicious hot lunch of vegetable soup prepared by their teachers. The special lunches are planned on Wednesdays throughout the year. Parents supply the menu ingredients and the teaches do the cooking.  It is a great opportunity to encourage children to try new things!