Last Friday the kindergarten teachers and children celebrated the end of the school year with a medley of songs presented to their parents and other members of their families. With much enthusiasm and accompanying body movements they described themselves as “Rockin Redbirds” and used the alphabet to tell just how ready they were for first grade. Of course, the parents and eveyone there loved it all. And, why not? It was a very happy event. In the photo above are Mrs. Blums’s and Mrs. Neilson’s classes.
On Friday, fourth graders in Ms. Usignol’s class visited their first grade buddies in Ms. Timmons’s class to hear their”buddy” read aloud their animal project. Spread around the room, the children sat in twos, the fourth graders listening attentively and the first graders reading animatedly, after all it was their writing. Following the reading and discussion session, the children enjoyed refreshments. This activity was a culmination of a buddy program between the two classes that extended throughout the year. It began with a Buddies Book with photos of the pairs and a list of their favorite colors and what they liked to do and eat. On other occasions, the buddies got together to do arts and crafts, play games on the playground, and share their various class projects. They even celebrated the holidays together.
The intent of the progect was to encourage the older children to care for the younger ones, to be their friends and to practice what that meant. When asked what they liked about having a buddy, here’s what some of the first graders said. . ..She is one of my best friends in school (Sophie); He likes me a lot (Tyler); When we read together, he helps me when I don’t know a word (Maddox); I like it when he reads a book to me (Balewa) and She likes when I read to her (Xurey) Congratulations to both classes and their teachers on a very successful program.
Little Prince Hamlet, an original musical presentation, performed by NES’s Fourth Grade Chorus and directed by Mr. Paul Sulyok, music teacher and resident theater genius, was a spectacular success. Performed four times by two different fourth grade choruses, it received thunderous applause each time. It was funny and fun, clever and charming, a delight to behold.
An extraordinary array of talent was on display. In a variety of quick moving arrangements including ensembles, quartets, and solos, the children sang, danced, acted, and even told jokes. The orignal score written by Mr. Sulyok blended Shakespeare’s Hamlet with tales by Hans Christian Anderson and showcased our childen’s beautiful voices. Especially notable were the children’s enthusiasm and amazing poise. Clearly, they loved what they were doing and the audience loved being part of it.
Congratulations to our fourth graders and Kudos Galore to Mr. Sulyok.
Recently, we were notified that our school was #1 in New Jersey in the Scholastic Read for the World Record Challenge and #19 out of 1664 schools worldwide that competed in this event. Congratulations to our student readers and a big thank you to everyone involved, especially our coordinators Kimee Moore, Library Media Specialist, and Sue Downs, Reading Specialist.
This is the second year that NES has taken part in the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, a program sponsored by Scholastic Publishing to counteract the “summer slide” (the decline in a student’s reading level over the summer due to lack of reading.) In the Challenge, schools around the world compete to see which one can read the most minutes. Students log the minutes they read onto a website which then keeps a school, class, and student total for the length of the challenge. The program begins in May and ends the first of September.
For this summer’s competition, we plan to tie “math” to reading and aim higher than ever – our goal is 1,000,000 minutes and we will be collecting pennies for each minute read. The students will get to see what a million looks like and at the end of the competition the money will be donated to the Allentown Library. Ttere will be prizes for the top readers and if we make the top 20, five of our teachers have volunteered to be “dunked” in a dunk tank – and who will dunk the volunteers, the top readers of course!
Applications for Courtesy Subscription Bus Service for 2013-2014 are due no later than Friday, June 7. Reminders with application forms were sent home yesterday, (June 5th), in the backpacks. You can also register for this service and pay the required deposit online at www.mypaymentsplus.com. The Transportation Department cannot guarantee that a seat will be available for every child, but will do its best to assign seats to all applications received by June 7th.
Good News! Ms. Kelly Huggins, Principal of NES, gave birth to a beautiful (we already saw her picture) baby girl on Friday, May 31, 2013. Her name is Maeve Catherine. The students were excited about the news and the choice of the baby’s name because Ms. Huggins had told them the three names that she and her husband were considering. Congratualations to the Huggins family and welcome Maeve Catherine from everyone at NES.