Reinhard Roundup

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Throughout the month of October, students and staff at Charles A. Reinhard Early Childhood Center participated in various engaging activities. On Oct. 23, students were treated to a PTA-sponsored pumpkin patch. During the seasonal event, each child chose a pumpkin to take home and decorate with their family.

Kindergarten students visited the Bellmore Fire Department to learn about fire safety. During their visits, the students learned about the importance of properly working smoke detectors and practicing fire drills at home. The field trips coincided with October as National Fire Prevention Month.

To encourage school spirit, the school held its annual spirit week. Throughout the week, students and teachers in each class participated in different theme days, ranging from School Colors Day and Pajama Day to Sports Day and Mustache Day.

 

Kindergarten Firehouse Visit

Pumpkin Patch

Spirit Week

Read, White and Blue

Shore Road students spent the week of Oct. 20 focusing on patriotic literature to follow along with their PARP theme, “Read, White and Blue.” During the week, students participated in various activities culminating in the creation of a living flag.

Counting Squares

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On Oct. 21, fifth-graders in Eric O'Brien's class explored the geometric patterns on a checkerboard as part of a mathematics lesson. “When asked how many squares were on the board, students quickly answered, ‘sixty-four’," said Mr. O’Brien.

Upon further examination, the students discovered that the checkerboard contained squares of all sizes, beyond the 64 they had initially observed. As they worked cooperatively, they counted squares and built patterns that led them to a final answer and more problems to ponder. The activity encouraged the students to apply their conceptual understanding and problem-solving skills, allowing them to gain a deep understanding of this mathematical concept.

Artful Expressions

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Shore Road sixth-graders welcomed author and illustrator Joyce Raimondo’s arts-in-education program “Express Yourself ” in recognition of National Bullying Prevention Month. According to Ms. Raimondo’s website, the program “creates empathy, respect and a sense of community by showing students how to embrace diversity of ideas in art and the opinions of their classmates.” Following a discussion on a variety of famous art pieces, including Edvard Munch’s “The Scream,” the students worked in groups of six to create posters that promote positive character attributes such as respect and kindness. The murals created during the program are on display around the building.

Reinforcing Core Values

Reinhard students learn the Core Values of Integrity, Respect, Dedication, Trust and Teamwork through fun and interactive performance at the annual pep rally.

Winthrop Students enVision Bright Future with iPads

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With the help of their new iPads, students from Winthrop Avenue were able to practice their math skills with enVision Math, a new program that helps children develop conceptual understanding through daily, problem-based interactive learning and step-by-step visual learning.

To prepare for their first mathematics unit test, students in Gina Foppiano’s and Kathleen Marks’ fourth-grade classes used their iPads to take a practice test using enVision. The results were instantly sent back to the students with feedback to help them hone their skills in specific areas.

The enVision program provides an engaging and immediate response to students and teachers and has the students hooked on learning mathematics.

Reading Around the World

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To kick off its PTA-sponsored Parents as Reading Partners program, Winthrop Avenue School welcomed author and illustrator Chris Soentpiet to discuss the process an author goes through when creating a story. During his visit, Mr. Soentpiet spoke to the students about his experiences as a published author and illustrator, including his use of models and photography to bring his illustrations to life.

PARP features four weeks of activities, both in school and at home, designed to encourage parents or other family members to become active reading partners with their child or family member. The theme for this year’s PARP is “Reading Around the World.” Each student was provided with a reading passport that they will use to log their reading minutes.
Friday, October 31, 2014