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Winter Wonderland Kicks Off Holiday Celebrations


Dressed in their pajamas and holding their favorite stuffed animals, Bayville Primary School students celebrated the holiday season at the school’s annual Winter Wonderland on the evening of Dec. 7.

The children in kindergarten, first and second grade sat quietly in the school’s lobby as Assistant Principal Dorothy McManus, dressed as a reindeer, read “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Following story time, the students colored, wrote letters to Santa and ate snacks, including hot cocoa with marshmallows.

Families were asked to bring yarn to the event to donate to We Care Blankets, a non-profit organization that provides blankets for children undergoing chemotherapy. Each year, the Winter Wonderland collects for a different cause, always making sure the event serves as a community service project. 

Parents and teachers volunteered at the event to serve the snacks, help the children with their projects and clean up.

“This event is a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season with our school family,” said Ms. McManus. “The Winter Wonderland is not only fun, but the children feel an incredibly warm sense of community as everyone comes together outside of school hours to celebrate.”


Making Math Fun

Students Measuring

Students at Bayville Primary School are voluntarily staying after school to participate in a math club that is so much fun, they don’t realize they are learning. Crazy 8s, a program designed by the nonprofit Bedtime Math Foundation, provides children with an opportunity to participate in creative activities that require using math skills to complete. Bayville parent Anikó Nagy introduced the program to the school.

Run by two volunteer parents and Assistant Principal Dorothy McManus, the club allows students to see math in a different way than they see it in the classroom. Ms. McManus said they don’t even realize they are doing math. On one afternoon, students acted as human hands on a clock, learning to tell time. Another day, the club members joined in the gymnasium for the Toilet Paper Olympics, an activity in which they rotated to various stations that each used squares of toilet paper as measuring tools. For example, they measured their heads, their height and how far they could jump. On yet another afternoon, these young mathematicians built their own sling shots and measured how far they could sling a marshmallow. They used the floor tiles to measure the distance.

“The club members are having so much fun, learning new math skills and making new friends,” she explained. “The fifth-graders are learning leadership skills and the value of community service.”

The club has been a tremendous success, with almost 70 students participating over two days each week. Ms. McManus said a new session will begin soon so that more children can enjoy the experience. 


Thankful and Showing It

Students Dressed as Native Americans
Elementary school children across the district celebrated Thanksgiving with feasts, singing and messages of thanks.

At Locust Valley Intermediate School, third graders gave thanks for acts of kindness performed in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. The students were asked to write down these good deeds that were done by them or for them on a heart-shaped piece of paper. All of the hearts were then hung on a giant heart in the cafeteria for all to see during their annual Thanksgiving Feast. The students read a poem about kindness before staring their feast. Third-grade teacher Shari Zindman said, “We are thankful for all of the things we have done for each other.”

Ann MacArthur Primary School kindergarteners dressed as Pilgrims and Native Americans and performed songs for their families to kick off the Thanksgiving holiday. Following their performance, they joined together to enjoy soup that the students made in their classrooms earlier in the week. 

Bayville Primary School students enjoyed a school-wide Thanksgiving Feast which included traditional holiday foods such as turkey and cranberry sauce. These children also dressed in traditional costumes and had fun with Thanksgiving-themed coloring activities. High school student volunteers helped run the feast. The entire school also had a Thanksgiving sing later in the day, which included a special turkey dance. 

Fall Drama Was a Hit

Cast and Crew

High school thespians took to the stage to share pieces of wisdom with the audience as they performed the drama All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. The performance was impressive, leaving the audience laughing and nodding in agreement.

Based on a book of essays by Robert Fulghum, the show highlights lessons learned in kindergarten that are important to remember throughout life. The cast and crew created a professional-quality show, led by directors Allison Hungate Wood and Whitney Stone-Gillard.

Congratulations to the entire cast and crew on a fabulous performance. The spring musical March16-18 is sure to be a hit!