First Graders from Miss Helsel’s Room came to visit Mrs. Sachs’ Kindergarteners and played with “Loose Parts”. Loose Parts are ordinary objects that the children use to construct a variety of creations with daily! This develops their creative thinking and allows every child to play with something that interests him/her! The First Graders had fun and are excited to incorporate this play into their day!
Fifth graders participated in our annual “Get Wrapped up in a Book” activity which challenges students to select and read a book they might not otherwise have discovered in the library. In preparation for this activity, more than 130 library books were wrapped by our fabulous library volunteer “elves”. Brief summaries of the books helped the students to make their selections. The students enjoyed the element of surprise and are looking forward to reading their books over winter break!
Third grade mathematicians are really getting into their work as they learn about perimeter and area as they build rectangles to scale. Students in Mrs. Snyder’s math class are developing an understanding of how area and perimeter are related and how to determine each measurement. The square foot tiles on the floor are a perfect place to model the math concepts!
Congratulations to 2nd grade teachers, Kristen Ober and Andrea Morrison, on successfully completing the National Board Certification process and becoming Nationally Board Certified teachers.
The certification process requires that teachers demonstrate standards-based evidence of the positive effect they have on student learning. They must exhibit a deep understanding of their students, content knowledge, use of data and assessments and teaching practice. They must also show that they participate in learning communities and provide evidence of ongoing reflection and continuous learning.
The COCOA Council have been sharing out a message with their K-3 elementary peers of "Be KIND." This student-led group of 5th graders with awesome leadership qualities meet bi-weekly and discuss ways to build a strong school community and support our COCOA Principles. So far the outreach has been mainly in the 4th and 5th grades, with topics of bullying awareness and red ribbon. Our building themes for November and December are “Pay-it Forward” and “Inclusion.” They wanted to bring these themes to kindergarten-3rd grade classrooms by reading a book on kindness and sharing their insight with them. They also used a short slide show that they created. These themes connect into the shirts that they have seen staff wearing “be kind” and World Kindness Day on November 13th.
Students from in the elementary school enjoyed a visit from the Caring Hearts Pet Therapy teams! Caring Hearts Pet Therapy is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization which involves the positive interaction of registered therapy pets with adults and children with guidance from experienced volunteer pet handlers. Students practiced their reading skills by sharing a book of their choice with a furry listener. Everyone had a great time, and we are so thankful for the volunteers and their pets for taking the time to visit!
Four third grade classes wanted to honor the Veterans attending the annual breakfast on November 9th at Hershey High School. Mrs. Briotte’s, Mrs. Alexander’s, Mrs. H. Miller’s, and Mrs. McCarthy’s classes created cards to be shared with the veterans to thank them for their service.
Thank you to all who participated in the Red Ribbon Door Decorating contest. We had 49 participants for our second annual contest. This year, each class will receive a Participation award certificate (ECC) or TROJAN HEAD (2‐5) for participating.
Congratulations to the following winners…
HONORABLE MENTION in each grade level goes to…
Kindergarten ECC Room 10 – Mrs. McGarvey’s class “TRAVEL WITH US…WE ARE TOADILY AGAINST DRUGS”
Grade 1 ECC Room 16 – Miss Hell’s class Front ‐ “OH THE PLACE WE’LL GO… WHEN WE CHASE OUR DREAMS” Back – “FOOTPRINTS WORTH FOLLOWING”
Grade 2 Room 34 – Mrs. Miller’s class“DON’T LET DRUGS HAUNT YOUR LIFE”
Grade 3 Room 12 – Mrs. Briotte’s class “WE WON’T LET DRUGS CATCH US”
Grade 4 Room 45 – Mrs. Prestidge’s class “LIFE IS A JOURNEY. TRAVEL DRUG FREE”
5 th grade Room 57 – Mrs. Willis’ class “DON’T LET DRUGS CAST A SPELL ON YOU” (Harry Potter)
**7 th , 8 th and 9 th place receive a $1.00 snack coupon for the cafeteria for each student
**5th, and 6th place winners will be receiving a free Duck Donut coupon for each student
**3rd and 4 th place winners will be receiving a Red Ribbon compass with keychain
**2nd place winners will be receiving Red Ribbon water bottles for each student
**1st place winner will be taking a journey to Hershey Rec’s COCOA castle for recess and for a pizza lunch.
9th place Kindergarten ECC Room 13 Mr. Greene’s class “WE WON’T GET CAUGHT BY UNHEALTHY CHOICES”
8th place 1st grade ECC Room 8 Ms. Coomb’s class “WE CHOOSE TO BEE DRUG FREE HAVE YOU HEARD THE BUZZ”
7th place Math Intervention Room 37B Mrs. Peiffer’s Room “YOU CAN COUNT ON US TO BE DRUG FREE”
6th place 3rd grade Room 11 Mrs. Alexander’s class “DRUGS WON’T STOP US FROM ACHIEVING OUR GOALS”
5th place Kindergarten ECC Room 14 Mrs. Clark’s class “LOOK WHOOO’S PLEDGING TO BE DRUG FREE”
4th place 5th grade Room 58
Mrs. Westervelt’s class “DON’T GET CAUGHT IN THE WEB OF DRUGS”
3rd place 5TH Grade Mrs Gawel’s outside door
COCOA Council - “DON’T GET WRAPPED UP IN DRUGS”
2nd place Kindergarten ECC Room 11 Mrs. Bohn’s class “WE WOULD RATHER EAT BUGS THAN DO DRUGS”
Congratulations to our 1stplace winner 1st grade ECC Room 15 Ms. Lambert’s room “MAKE OUR PLACE A DRUG FREE SPACE”
The Elementary Library now has Scholastic News. This informational and engaging magazine keeps kids current while making learning fun! 4th and 5th grade students can now enjoy reading and discussing the latest issues during their book selection times.
Mrs. McCarthy's third grade students were challenged to build a new house for the 3 Little Pigs (they were tired of their old home). They had to design and engineer the home so it would withstand the Big Bad Wolf (which in our classroom was a powerful fan). The students worked for the month designing and redesigning their homes and came up with some really interesting creations. At the end of the month we brought in the Big Bad Wolf to test and see how sturdy the structures were. They had a great time and made some amazing creations.