In addition to the bell that starts the school day, the sound of a train whistle called for Wantagh Elementary School kindergarten students to take a proverbial ride on the Polar Express. Polar Express Day relates to Chris Van Allsburg’s popular tale “The Polar Express” about an old-fashioned steam train that takes children to the North Pole for Santa’s departure.
Wantagh Elementary School kindergarten students rang in the Thanksgiving holiday on Nov. 15 with a vocal performance for parents and staff. Dressed as pilgrims, the students sang “Over the River and Through the Woods,” “The Turkey Ran Away,” “Turkey Dinner” and “I Ate Too Much” to the delight of the audience.
Golden doodle Mojo and his Pet Partners volunteer-owner Susan Benyo sat quietly in the Wantagh Elementary School library as kindergarten students each read a page of their favorite book to their canine reading buddy. Some of the students received an approving nuzzle with a cold wet nose, while others were happy to read and talk to the patient pooch about their story.
Dressed in homemade shirts reflecting their vision of Earth Day, Wantagh Elementary School first-grade students entertained parents and faculty with a concert to emphasize the importance of recycling on April 24. Under the direction of music teacher Beth Marinis, the students sang “The Recycle Rap,” “The Bag Lady” and “Going Green” and shared the rhythm patterns they have been learning in music classes. After the concert, they played their musical instruments made out of recycled materials.
In celebration of World Read Aloud Day on Feb. 1, first-graders in Jamie Lyn Celeste’s class at Wantagh Elementary paid a digital visit to Virginia author Sue Fliess. During the video and audio chat, Ms. Fliess read her soon to be released book “Mary Had a Little Lab,” the story of which is based on “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”
The sound of a train whistle could be heard throughout the kindergarten wing of Wantagh Elementary as students prepared to participate in activities related to Chris Van Allsburg’s popular tale “The Polar Express.” Upon blowing the whistle, Principal Dr. Randee Bonagura and Assistant Principal Jessica Zimmer punched each student’s ticket as they took a proverbial ride with their teachers throughout the school’s hallways while dressed in snuggly pajamas.
Science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics were infused into English language arts lessons at Wantagh Elementary School. Fifth-grade students in Traci Weiss’ class participated in a STEAM activity related to R.J. Palacio’s “Wonder” and a reading buddy activity with Patty Magaloff’s kindergarten students.