Read all about it…….everyone wants to be a reading ambassador. Congratulations to P.S. 54’s first full fledged reading ambassador, Gjonzef Pllumaj, a 4th grader and an avid reader. He is pictured below in his special sweatshirt commemorating his favorite president’s birthday, Lincoln. More will soon follow suit as teachers are popularizing reading ambassador status. Ms. Lopez and Ms. Luther are reading, reading, reading furiously to become the first teaching reading ambassador. What student or staff member will challenge them?
Monday, February 25, 2013 marked the 100th day of school. Children were so excited to celebrate the landmark number and their learning in various ways. Boys in 1st and 5th grade dressed up like what they would look like if they were 100 years old.
Students also made and colored 100 paper dolls learning in the library.
Students practiced 100 acts of kindness by each student brainstorming what random act of kindness they would put into play for the day. They then wrote their act of kindness on a paper heart and shared it with the class. All hearts are on display on the main entrance staircase.
But the activity that had children rushing to get into the library was listening to the 100 Days of School read aloud and then counting 100 small food items like popcorn, marshmallows, cereal, sunflower seeds, cookies, chocolate chips, pretzels, nuts into their baggies in sets of 10. Students counted and counted and recounted to ensure they had 100 exactly. But the counting was only half the fun as many children couldn’t wait to eat their homemade trail mix.
Congratulation to P.S. 54! We are now officially a Fuel to Play School. The Fuel to Play grant will provide $2,000 for the school to purchase athletic equipment and different foods to provide a variety of taste tests and different breakfast options to the students.Thanks to the student council for investing time and effort in spreading the word about healthy eating, physical activity and lifestyles.
February 13 was Purplicious Day at P.S. 54. Students throughout the school wore purple and came into the library to hear Purplicious, Victoria Kann’s book read aloud. Children put on their critical thinking caps and discussed how the main character dealt with bullies and asserting her individuality. Children identified ways they can squash bullying and also how they can express their feelings and help others who are at the mercy of a bully. Students collaborated and came to the agreement that it only takes one leader to show others that bullying is wrong. If one person starts to stand up to a bully, that gives others courage to follow and do the right thing. The highlight of Purplicious Day was the special education classes and the parent assocation surprising Principal Pardo with a purple birthday cake. It was truly a Purplicious Day!!!
Chinese New Year was February 10, 2013. Three days of library classes celebrated Chinese New Years in the library media center. Students listened to a read aloud about Chinese customs, traditions and beliefs. They colored, cut and made lai see (pronounced lai see), red envelops used to gift money to young children or unmarried females for good luck and prosperity for the new year. The amount of money is always even as that is a sign of good luck. In addition, students made paper lanterns similar to the ones made by Chinese in order to light in and bring in the new year. According to Chinese tradition,there must be thousands of colorful paper lanterns on the 15th day of celebration and when the moon is at its’ fullest and brightest. Lastly, students practiced saying”Kung Hay Fat Choy” or Happy New Year as they bowed three times.
P.S. 54 participated in its first National Digital Learning Day. Kindergartners, 1st graders and 5th graders read eBooks on an iTouch and mini iPad. 5th grade students in Ms. Lopez’s class collaborated on Google Drive and recorded videos of their thought process and thinking. A few 2nd graders from Ms. Muller’s, Ms. Synan and Ms. Halliday’s classes created comics discussing community characteristics in a technology club. But the highlight of the day was Ms. Halliday’s writing celebration.Ms. Halliday does not have technology in her room and warmly welcomed the opportunity to incorporate it into her teaching day. 5th grader, Miguel digitally recorded these presentations. Ms. Halliday and her students presented their landform projects to fellow classmates and parents using an elmo projector. Way to go class 2-507!!!!
January 29 marked Amelia Bedelia’s 50th birthday. Most of Fordham Bedford Academy’s students had never heard of the fictional character before. As the morning announcers announced the special birthday news, students came up throughout the day and asked if Amelia Bedelia was coming in for an author visit. I quickly explained she was a book character and in true librarian form, I dressed up as Amelia Bedelia. For three days, 1st and 2nd graders celebrated by listening to read alouds, pinning the pie on Amelia’s hands, making their own Amelia Bedelia hats and of course by eating her famous homemade goods on tablecloths with Amelia’s handprints all over them. There is nothing like hands on learning in order to internalize the character and have a better sense of her character traits. The kids had a ball, should I say a good time.