In addition to learning core academic skills, Mandalay students have been brushing up their manners with the Manners of the Month program. During this yearlong program, students focused on one key “manner” per month including choosing words carefully, saying thank you and sorry, watching their tone of voice, demonstrating patience, complementing peers, greeting others and saying excuse me.
Mandalay students were eager to try their hands in a number of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics workshops as they partnered with parents during the school’s inaugural STEAM Night. During the event, each student was enrolled in two creative and challenging activities, which emphasized the district’s instructional approach to guide students in dialogue, critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration and inquiry.
The Mandalay PTA held its Special Events Day on April 22. Because this annual event fell on Earth Day, the activities were mostly geared toward celebrating the earth. In addition to wearing green and blue clothing, the students colored and designed footprints for a school mural and reflected on how their footprint will leave a mark on earth.
Even though Punxsutawney Phil failed to see his shadow on Groundhog Day, administrators and teachers from the district’s three elementary schools happened to see the shadows of 32 enthusiastic high school students, who followed mentors throughout the school day.
A cold day in January could not stop the enthusiasm of Mandalay first grade students during Cheryl Schwartz and Hope Rubinstein’s lesson on making vanilla ice cream. This activity applied principles learned about measurements, as well as the differences between a liquid, solid and gas.
New York State Assemblyman Dave McDonough visited Mandalay Elementary School’s student council members, who collected new and gently used coats for the Coats for Kids Campaign. Mr. McDonough thanked the students for their efforts and explained that their donations will help a young girl or boy keep warm during the cold winter months. He also presented the student council with an Assembly citation for taking part in this important campaign and for helping others less fortunate.
Students and staff at Mandalay and Forest Lake elementary schools dressed in hockey jerseys and donned blue and orange to welcome four members of the New York Islanders hockey team. On Islanders Day each year, schools are chosen to receive a visit from the players, who speak about teamwork, motivation, a healthy lifestyle and the key to academic success. The players also take the time to sign autographs.
Summertime seems to move faster than we would hope for, and before you know it I will be greeting all of the Mandalay children back to school on September 1st. The start of a school year marks new beginnings, and memories to be made. I am pleased to know each child’s name that is returning to Mandalay, and eager to learn about our incoming kindergartners and new students to the district. One of the greatest joys of my job is gaining a small glimpse of your child/children each day while they are at school.
This summer I promised my son I would teach him how to ride his bicycle, without the training wheels. I began to think back on just how shaky my daughter (now 8 years old) felt when I slowly let go of her shirt- it made me think of school, and how the two experiences are related to each other. A shaky child learning to ride a bike for the first time needs both support and freedom. With that thought, please continue to support your child/children both academically and emotionally, yet give them the freedom to blossom into young men/women. The staff at Mandalay is your partner in ensuring the success of your child/children. In the end, the shaky child will always gain confidence.
We will continue to prepare your child/children with a rich curriculum, and embed opportunities for him/her to think critically, as well as enjoy just being a child!
I look forward to a successful school year.