Kindergarten orientation ! 10:00AM 8/24
The Veteran's Memorial School students, faculty and staff celebrated the inauguration of our new Buddy Bench last Thursday, afternoon, June 9th. In attendance were Dr. Safier, Superintendent of Schools; Dr. Unobsky, Assistant Superintendent; students; parents; staff. Ms. Fulleron and Ms. Rowe addressed the crowd with lovely words, Mrs. McQuaid, our wonderful and very talented music teacher, let some students in song, while our staff band, made up of Mrs. McQuaid, Mr. Fusco, Ms. Theodoro, Coach and Ms. Carney performed "You've Got A Friend" by Carol King. The students then blew bubbles and watched in silence as they ascended to the sky. Even though the day was a blustery one, the ceremony was meaningful and bright and fun was had by all!
Thanks to the PTO, Curious Creatures came to the Veterans' School for our k-3rd graders. They had a great time. There was a skunk (who Ms. Rowe really took to.) a flying squirrel, a chinchilla and lots of snakes and spiders. The kids and teachers loved it!! (click on the picture file below!)
The Veterans' School was so excited to learn that it has reached Level 2 accountability status. This is a tribute to our hard working teachers, staff and students. They worked so hard on the PARCC exams. Next stop, Level 1.
Students and staff had an unexpected and healthy treat on October 26th as the Food Corps hosted an "Apple Crunch-off" in our auditorium. Mayor Theken joined us in crunching for an enjoyable presentation by our "Backyard Garden" friends as we learned about healthy eating and composting. Ms. Delisle got in on the action presenting our new WOW (word of the week) - compost! We all were able to participate in a major composting project when we threw our apple cores into large composting containers. Thank you to the Food Corps for bringing such a valuable, educational and fun experience to our students. And a special thanks to Meghan Stratton who lead the "Crunch-off" and furnished us with some awesome pictures!
Ghosts, goblins, princesses, athletes, superheros, storm troopers, minions and more paraded through the halls of Veterans' Memorial Friday afternoon during our annual Halloween parade. Staff and students alike participated in the fun as we collected in the courtyard with parents and families to share our creative costumes. A shark high-fived students as a fairy god-mother laughed with the kids. And we were lead by none other than the magnificent (and peace-loving) Merlin the Wizard with Batman at his side! Students then enjoyed another annual event at Veterans' Memorial, a viewing of "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" where students giggled and guffawed at the antics of Snoopy and the gang. Celebrating its 50th year next year, it brings many of us back to our childhood days. It was good to see the newest generation still enjoying the animated film. Fun was had by all, but it wasn't over yet! Our Vets' PTO generously hosted the Halloween Hop that evening in our Cafe where kids danced the night away!
Every Monday during our Monday morning meeting, we choose the Eagle Ticket winner for the week. To earn an Eagle Ticket, you must be recognized by a teacher or another adult in the building for showing one of these four traits:
1.) Ready to learn
2.) Moving on and letting it go
3.) Problem solving
4.) Caring for others
When a student wins the Eagle ticket, the whole class wins an extra recess or other fun activity for that week. This way the whole class is in it together. Building teamwork and creating empathy.
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