During the month of October, the students and staff of Newell ES celebrated two very special weeks; Week of Respect and Peace Week.
The Week of Respect afforded our students the opportunity to learn more about respect and the various ways to show respect towards others. Some teachers incorporated the Week of Respect into their daily lessons by way of posting a special morning message. These messages focused on the meaning of respect and specific examples of how we can be respectful. In addition to the morning messages, some teachers also chose to read, The Sneetches and/or The Zax both by Dr. Seuss. These stories highlighted respect and the idea of being a friend who “includes” others and does not “exclude” others. Both stories focused the student’s attention on three important messages:
· Peace is getting along.
· Treat people the way you want to be treated.
· What you cultivate will grow.
Meaningful class discussions were held surrounding the important messages and students had a chance to share ways to include all children.
Peace Week, also known at the district level as School Violence Awareness Week took place this past week. As the term ‘violence’ is one that is a bit difficult to discuss or explain to many of our younger students, we chose to emphasize peace, the opposite of violence. Such topics as conflict resolution, student diversity and building tolerance were discussed with the students.
By celebrating and highlighting these two important themes, our hope is that children learned more about the importance of respect and acceptance. I believe through the class activities and discussions that we accomplished our goal!
Hello to all and welcome to my very first blog, Huggins’ Highlights! The purpose of my blog is to keep parents informed of the many special events and activities that take place at Newell Elementary School. My hope is to highlight one event/activity per week. The first event that I have selected to highlight is our Walk-a-Thon which occurred yesterday (Thursday, October 6th). Please read on to find out more about this special event and take a glance at the pictures at the end of the highlights.
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Newell Elementary School Walk-a-Thon
On Thursday, October 6th all of the Newell Elementary School students participated in our annual PTA Walk-a-Thon. This event was an opportunity for students to get up, get moving, and get going by walking their little feet off to raise funds to support our PTA programs and our local Allentown Food Pantry. I am happy to report that the weather cooperated with us and all students enjoyed this walk outside with the sun shining down on them!
As you know, the PTA works very hard to provide the elementary school with meaningful student assembly programs that directly connect with our school curriculum. In addition, the PTA also funds special programs like Meet the Artists and Meet the Author which allows students the opportunity to learn more about the arts and how to become a published author. These opportunities truly enhance the children’s educational experiences.
I want to thank Mr. Nemeth, one of our physical education instructors, the PTA for all of their support with this event, and the parent volunteers who came out to lend a hand. The Walk-a-Thon was a huge success and I believe we raised a substantial amount of funds. I also want to thank the parents and the sponsors who supported our students with this event by offering pledge donations.
I am truly looking forward to meeting with the student who earned Principal for a Day! I have a fun-filled day planned. Stay tuned to hear about the day.
Enjoy some pictures from our Walk-a-Thon!