Neil Armstrong, Cleopatra VII and Albert Einstein were some of the A-List individuals to attend Mandalay Elementary School’s annual White House Tea. Hosted by the fifth-grade classes, the proverbial tea was an opportunity for the Wantagh students to share their newly acquired knowledge of famous and important historical individuals, who made a difference in the world.
Students joined their parents and friends for a night of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics during the Mandalay Elementary School’s STEAM Night on April 24. During the evening, the grade K-5 students explored their skills at 15 various interactive and collaborative activities, including coding, the making of stomp rockets and windmills and working with NASA to save a lost spacecraft.
Mandalay’s motto for the month of February is to “Be kind to everyone, even yourself.” This theme was highlighted throughout the week of Feb. 12-16 as the students celebrated Kindness Week with a host of activities to drive home this important message. On Feb 12, the students attended a “Cultivating Kindness” assembly with motivational speaker Rich Specht, who explained how his son’s tragic accident was the impetus for spreading kindness.
Blue Star Mothers of America’s Chapter 12 visited Mandalay Elementary School students, who have been collecting Halloween candy and writing cards for veterans serving abroad. Patricia DelBello and Andrea Nordquest visited the school to personally thank members of the student council and adviser Angela Morgan for taking time to make the lives of military personnel deployed abroad a bit sweeter.
Mandalay kindergarten and first-grade students painted rocks to resemble unique and colorful fish after reading Linda Kranz’s “Only One You” about a fish who appears to look different. PTA parent Kim Sandoval noted that the custodial staff will display the rocks in front of the school for the community to see.
Inside a fish tank at Mandalay Elementary School are 500 tiny horseshoe crab eggs that are being observed and researched by academically talented Horizon’s program students.
Third-grade students in Arlene Berman’s and Ann Marie Sallustro’s classes at Mandalay are learning to adopt a growth mindset. This will assist them in positively changing and adapting their attitudes toward frustrations, school work, feelings and other personal challenges that may crop up during the school year.
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 5th. 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 the children each day while they are at school.
I look forward to a successful school year.