In coordination with National Princess Week, 1st and 2nd grade students participated in a Princess book club. Students read and responded to princess books and learned how to identify exemplary citizenship. As a culminating activity, students attended a Princess Day celebration on a Saturday morning. Real life beauty queen winner, Miss Sierra Leone NY 2011, Princess Tarawally, was the honorary guest speaker. She explained to the girls the four points of a princess’s crown: 1. service, 2. scholarship, 3. style and 4. success. Princess taught the girls how to carry themselves with grace, show kindness to others and to smile while under pressure. In addition, the girls had time to bond with their parents as they completed activities together. After lunch and princess cake, the P.S. 54 princesses were able to pose for pictures with Princess Tarawally.
Richard Morano from the Cornell Cooperative Extension came to P.S. 54 to deliver a nutrition workshop to parents and students during the school’s annual Family Night. Students approached the table and were able to handle and interact with the food on my plate. Parents were able to see appropriate portions and serving sizes for both adult’s and children’s plates. Parents asked questions and listened intently as Richard discussed daily eating habits, mixing and matching food groups and ways to incorporate a variety of fruits and vegetables into meals.
Six Lion King Essay winners participated in an afternoon of beauty and magic as they discovered the wonders of Broadway. Students were in awe of the height and cleanliness of midtown Manhattan as they came out of the subway. They walked for what seemed to them like hours without end. They were in disbelief at the number of people rushing around and the constant activity. At Times Square, one of the 5th graders ran up to hug Mickey Mouse, who was hustling to take pictures for a fee with an interested parties. the Lion King was an incredible journey filled with amazingly beautiful and colorful costumes. The songs and dances the actors did were impressive especially since two of the actors were children for half of the play. PS 54 scholars acted as if they were transported into another world. Broadway was unbelievable! Thank you Target for supporting culture and providing this wonderful opportunity for our students!!!
Kindergarten and 1st graders were very fortunate to have the Bronx Children’s Museum bus come on site for an interactive visit. Students learned about the Bronx River and environmental awareness as they participated in previsit lessons and were led through an amazing educational experience of learning about animals in their habitat that are a part of the the Bronx. Our little scholars braved 40 degree weather to go onto the bus and participate in a great learning experience. Then before leaving, they were made aware of how litter can damage and destroy the animals’ lives. PS 54 scholars are shaping up to become solid citizens that do not litter as they demonostrate compassion for all forms of life.
PS 54 scholars love the book fair. They came out in droves to purchase their lastest good reads. Children visited with their classes and came back several times on their own to get the lastest editions of sets and also find the newest publications from their favorite authors. At parent teacher conferences, parents showed their support by bringing in their children to select their own books. Student council member, Alisha distributed special free PTO gift baggies to parents at the book fair. The library media center was the place to be on parent teacher conference! Being a good reader is about consistency and dedicating time each day to develop the love. Read, read and read.