Go Blue and Gold!!! On Friday, June 5th Mandalay celebrated their annual Field Day. The PTA decorated the outside of the building, it was an explosion of blue and gold! The boys and girls enjoyed various activities at each station, along with a DJ, ices and cotton candy at the culmination of the day (when the winning team was announced). Gold won!
In order to make sure everyone feels included at recess, Mandalay Elementary School has dedicated a Buddy Bench on the playground. Spearheaded by the student council and Principal Marie Pisicchio, the program encourages students who feel isolated or left out of the fun during recess to sit on the Buddy Bench. A volunteer “bench scooper” will then approach the student and help them to engage in playground activities.
This St. Patrick's Day was a fun and exciting one in Mrs. Evans' Kindergarten class. The children brought in potatoes and after reading Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato by Tomie de Paola, the potatoes were observed, compared, weighed and measured by the children. Upon returning from Gym, the class discovered they had received a surprise visit from a tricky leprechaun who had caused some mischief by flipping up the rug and mixing up the colored chairs at the tables. He was nice enough to leave the class a box of Lucky Charms on the back table before leaving in a trail of green glitter. Mrs. Evans used the Lucky Charms to teach a math lesson on sorting and graphing. The children enjoyed working on math skills while eating! The day concluded with a special St. Patrick's Day snack. It was a fun and lucky day for all!
Fifth-grade students at Mandalay Elementary School celebrated International Fiesta Day by learning countries, weather, animals, days of the week, food and body parts in French, Spanish and Italian. The eager students sang six songs to demonstrate their knowledge to parents, staff and administrators. The lessons and presentations culminated with an international feast of “delicioso” foods from around the world, provided by their families.
Kindergarteners and first graders at Mandalay were in full celebration mode during the 100th Day of School! Mrs. Kopp's class created gum ball machines with 100 pieces of gum, while Mrs. Schwartz' class created their own fashion designs to wear, and represent the 100th Day of School!
In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, third-grade students in Arlene Berman’s and Ann Sallustro’s classes put their knowledge of the First Amendment into practice to effect change in the school’s policy on outdoor recess during winter. Carrying posters and signs, the students staged a peaceful and respectful sit-in in front of the main office, calling on Principal Marie Pisicchio to amend the rules concerning the temperature cutoff to go outside.
Kindergarten classrooms at Wantagh Elementary School and first-grade classrooms at Mandalay Elementary School were abuzz with a variety of activities on two separate Polar Express Days. Dressed in pajamas, the students had their tickets punched, boarded the proverbial train and listened eagerly to the reading of Chris Van Allsburg’s popular tale “The Polar Express” about an old-fashioned steam train that takes children to the North Pole to see Santa off on his annual sleigh ride.
What could be more fun than singing a gingerbread song, and then building your own gingerbread house with icing and candy? The boys and girls in Mrs. Evans' class created sweet houses to enjoy with a special guest- they invited their mom/dad/grandmother to help out in the festivities. A wonderful treat to bring home for the holidays!