Brown Bag Seminar #7:
Zoo Keeping & Animal Training
On February 28th, first and third graders were treated to a Brown Bag Seminar about zoo animal care and training. WES parent and former animal trainer for the Pittsburgh Zoo, Mrs. Veatch, shared photos of her experiences caring for animals such as baby gorillas and lions. She also taught students several techniques she used for training sea lions at the zoo. The two sessions, one for first grade and the other for third, were attended by 120 students! We thank Mrs. Veatch for another great seminar!
Brown Bag Seminar #6:
On February 14th, Kindergarten students learned about three real tests scientists use to determine toy safety. The first, the drop test. Toys are dropped to see if they break into little pieces. The second, a "force test" is used to determine whether toys can be pulled apart into little pieces. The third, a "choking test," compares toys or pieces of toys to the opening of a toilet paper tube. If the pieces can fit through, they are a potential choking hazard. During this very practical Brown Bag Seminar, children tested some of their favorite toys--and were glad to find that most are very safe. Many thanks to our presenter, Mrs. Williams, WES parent and former Good Housekeeping magazine product tester, for a fabulous session!
Student Council Toy Drive
Recognizing that children appreciate toys all year around, not just during the holidays, the WES student council collected two pick-up trucks full of new toys for the John Thiessen Children's Foundation. Mr. Thiessen visited the Student Council to share his story and the Wantagh-based foundation's mission.
5th Grade Famous People Day
The culmination to a biographical research unit, Mrs. Weiss's 5th grade class presented speeches as their subjects. Family members braved the snow to share these wonderful projects with the the class and learned about a wide variety of admirable historical figures. Mrs. Parent's 5th grade class has completed this project as well.
100th Day of School
Students celebrated the 100th day of school with a variety of math-related activities. Counting, jumping, and building--students, teachers, and parent volunteers enjoyed this mathematical day!
PTA Cupcake Dance
One of the most beloved of the WES traditions, the PTA Cupcake Dance, was a tremendous success! On February 11th, students, teachers, and their families enjoyed an evening of dancing, crafts, and--of course--cupcakes!
March is a Great Month
to Read a Biography!
Our Elementary Librarians will be continuing their focus on biographical reading this month!