7:00 PM Mandalay PTA Bingo
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Mandalay PTA Applebee's Pancake Breakfast
9:30 AM Mandalay PTA Meeting
4:00 PM WUT Executive Board Meeting
4:15 PM WESA Meeting
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!
First graders in Mrs. Schwartz’ class combined literature, math and social studies curricula with the beginning of Hanukkah.
Mandalay students ran off some pent-up energy prior to the Thanksgiving holiday with participation in the annual Turkey Trot, sponsored by the PTA. The students participated in physical education activities including gobble, gobble, cook me (duck, duck, goose), the pumpkin relay (over/under relay race), hot turkey (hot potato) and pass the corn. The favorite activity was the actual Turkey Trot around the gymnasium.
On November 24th all children attended an one hour assembly sponsored by the PTA discussing bullying. Mr. Tom discussed the types of bullies, behaviors associated with bullying, where bullying takes place, and the victim and bystander. Children were taught to take action and stay SAFE which stands for Stand tall and speak up, Ask for help, Figure out your options/choices, End it calmly by remaining cool. Also the children were encouraged to be a HERO which stands for Help out, Empathize/encourage, Report, Open commincation. Mr. Tom was engaging and allowed the children to play a game show, boys verses girls, to quiz them on their knowledge of bullying.
The Mandalay staff dressed as characters from the Wizard of Oz on Halloween! The children voted on Mrs. Pisicchio's costume, and Dorothy won. There was a yellow brick road and songs from the Wizard of Oz playing throughout the halls in the morning. The children all looked spectacular in their costumes!
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