A grand total of $1,450.00 was raised last week as students and staff in 3rd grade worked to build community and raise money in a "Penny Wars" fundraiser! Today, checks were presented to representatives from our school district's COCOA Packs program, and representatives raising money for the 12th Annual Logan’s Run & Walk for Autism: Moving from Awareness to Acceptance. We are so proud at the hard work by our 3rd grade students in their efforts to raise money and give back to our community!
Throughout the year, volunteers from our community have joined our classrooms to teach skills related to our social studies curriculum through a program called Junior Achievement.
Recently, third grade students in room 18 participated in this program. It was a great opportunity for students to learn about the community. A volunteer taught 5 lessons about zones within a city, goods and services, the importance of money and its role with taxes, the difference between needs and wants, and how to manage money. These
lessons are extremely engaging with hands-on activities to help students understand these important concepts that tie into our Social Studies curriculum. Thank you to all of our Junior Achievement volunteers for this wonderful experience!
Third Grade is participating in their annual “Pennies for C.O.C.O.A.” fundraiser. This exciting, plot-planning, 3rd grade activity demonstrates our C.O.C.O.A. principle of community. We will be donating all of the proceeds to two worthy, charitable, initiatives.
One of the worthy causes is our school district’s C.O.C.O.A. pack program. This program is not government funded and relies entirely on community volunteers and donations. Derry Township School District provides Cocoa Packs to 194 students in the district, and supplies families within our district with additional non-perishable food items for the weekend and throughout the summer. More information and volunteer coordination can be found on the district’s web site or by visiting www.cocoapacks.org.
The other cause that we’ll be collecting for is the 12th Annual Logan’s Run & Walk for Autism: Moving from Awareness to Acceptance. The walk takes place on City Island on April 22 and coincides with April being Autism Month. All the funds raised provide educational, social, and recreational opportunities for the local autism community. More information about this fundraising event to raise awareness for Autism can be found on this link: http://bit.ly/2017Logans5k. Many teachers support a team known as Team COCOA if you’d like to support this endeavor as well.
On Friday, April 7th, students from Mrs. Warren's and Miss Kenney’s classes took a break from PSSA testing in order to read to therapy animals from Caring Hearts Pet Therapy! Students practiced their reading skills by sharing a book of their choice with a furry listener. It was a pawsitively awesome experience, and we are so thankful for the volunteers and their pets for taking the time to visit!
The Derry Township School District (DTSD) will host an information meeting to discuss the exploration of full day kindergarten programming. The meeting will be held Thursday, March 30th from 6-7pm in the Large Group Instruction Room of the Hershey Early Childhood Center (450 Rear Homestead Road, Hershey). DTSD is in the process of gathering information to help evaluate if full day kindergarten would be a good fit for the district. The meeting is an opportunity for community members to provide their thoughts and ask questions.
While the weather outside the Elementary Building doesn't seem appropriate for crayfish, the third graders inside are enjoying learning about them as part of their 'Structures of Life' science unit. Working together in small groups , the students examined their crayfish to learn many important concepts about the crayfish, their habitat, and behavior . Do you know what crayfish do when something happens to them?
Last week students in grades K-5 celebrated Dr. Seuss and Read Across America Week. Fun activities were scheduled throughout the week including theme dress days, the "Green Eggs and Ham" food drive, and a school wide reading challenge. Students worked together to reach a reading goal for the week of 165,000 minutes read! The classes who accumulated the most minutes towards the goal won extra recess time. It was a fantastic week celebrating Read Across America!
Kindergarten registration is underway for the 2017-2018 school year. Parents and students visited the ECC March 1st, 2nd, and 3rd as part of our on-sight step in the registration process. Parents met with members of our registration team including our nurses, amazing administrative assistants, our tech team, and our registrar. Our incoming students got to play some fun games with our staff members! We thoroughly enjoyed getting to know our new friends and meeting their families. We are looking forward to our new friends joining our COCOA community in the fall!
Students in Mrs. Cin’s second grade class recently explored several engineering tasks. Students worked in teams to create a “wall run” with cardboard tubes to transport an object down the hallway. Constraints of the design included the requirements of moving a puff ball or bell a distance of 2 feet or more from the start and designing at least 2 turns in the wall mounted runway. Teams found that it was necessary to test their design along the way and re-build as necessary. Successful runs were greeted with squeals of delight. The second task required students to build a catapult from craft sticks and rubber bands. Students then worked on projecting puff balls for distance and accuracy. A favorite challenge was projecting the puff over top of Mrs. Cin!
With winter upon us, nothing helps boost your immune system to fight off sickness like citrus does! On February 15, 2017, our elementary school students got the opportunity to sample five different types of citrus fruits. Students tried, Honey Tangerines, Minneola Tangelos, Pink Grape Fruit, Ugli Fruit, and Blood Oranges. Students couldn’t get enough of the sweet, sour, and bitter tasting fruits. Many of our students even asking for seconds! Some of the favorites included the bold tasting Blood Oranges and the sweet Honey Tangerines! Chef Bill educated students on the benefits of citrus fruits and gave a description of each fruit. Students were amazed at how nature could produce such colorful fruits! A special thank you to the food service staff for helping cut and package the fruits and to the PTO for distributing the samples. We appreciate all your help!