4:00 PM WUT Executive Board Meeting
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!
Soon enough our elementary classrooms will be filling once again with children excited to begin a new school year. I am thrilled to lead Mandalay and join your close-knit family! My goal as the Principal of Mandalay is to ensure that our children are growing academically, socially and emotionally. One of my priorities for this school year is to create a personal connection with the children, learning their names as well as their likes and dislikes.
I am certainly no stranger to Wantagh School District. Many of you may recognize my familiar face, as I have served as the K-12 Supervisor of Mathematics for the last seven years. Throughout my career at Wantagh I have fostered relationships with staff members, families and children; becoming part of the culture of Wantagh. But equally important, I have a keen understanding of the demands associated with the Common Core Standards in Mathematics and English Language Arts.
As I embark upon my journey as your new principal I am filled with enthusiasm and devotion to your children and you. Your children receive the best education when parents and teachers work as a team. A parent’s enthusiasm, support and involvement coupled with a teacher's ability to teach in a developmentally meaningful way are what inspire children to do their best. Together we can achieve wonderful things. Beyond the classroom, the hard work of fundraising done by our Playground Committee, Legislators Dave Denenberg and Dennis Dunne and our community yielded the necessary funds for a new playground. Join us as we open our new playground to students and families at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on September 8th, 2014. Please mark your calendars! Thank you to the community and the committee for not only purchasing the playground, but also an electronic sign and working with a local landscaper for some curb appeal. The joy on the children’s faces will certainly make these efforts worthwhile.
As a parent myself, I know how fast time goes by - enjoy the last few days of summer creating memories with your families. I look forward to a successful school year. Please feel free to stop in and say hello to me throughout the year.
Mrs. Marie Pisicchio