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Bayville Intermediate News

Coming Together to Create Success

More than 130 people attended the district’s Bilingual Nights, an event that brings the community together and offers support to Spanish-speaking families to make them feel more comfortable being part of their children’s school lives.
The two-night event was organized and moderated by teaching assistant Cyndy Ergen, who translates documents into Spanish for the school district and communicates with Spanish-speaking families on behalf of the schools. Held at Bayville Primary School on March 13 and at Locust Valley Intermediate School on March 14, this year’s turnout was far greater than those held in the past four years.
“As word gets out about how helpful these programs are, more Spanish-speaking families want to attend,” Ms. Ergen said. She explained that the information offered helps parents understand the support available in the schools for them and for their children. “We explain how to use the website and how to translate the website into Spanish, who to call with various questions and who is in charge of different departments.”
Administrators representing areas such as special education, curriculum and health education spoke to the attendees, with Ms. Ergen translating their presentations into Spanish as they spoke.
Representatives from the local libraries provided information on their services, and various businesses donated items such as bags, reusable water bottles, toothbrushes and keychains.
“These presentations prove that bringing the community together is beneficial for everyone,” Ms. Ergen said. “The families are very thankful that we want to help them become more involved in their children’s education.”

As Henry Ford once said about teamwork, “Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success.”

Rocking Socks For Awareness

Bayville Intermediate School students and staff rocked colorful socks in honor of World Down Syndrome Day on March 21. People around the world raised awareness of Down syndrome by wearing colorful socks or three socks to represent the unique traits of those with Down syndrome.

The date of March 21 (3/21) was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication of the 21st chromosome which leads to Down syndrome.

Cultural Celebration Reinforces Curriculum

A girl paints Japanese letters.

Creating flower art, learning to use chopsticks and crafting origami reinforced what third-graders at Bayville Intermediate School learned during a unit on Japanese culture. Celebrating the culture of Japan with traditional Japanese activities was a fun and creative opportunity to reinforce the lessons taught in class.

Activities also included haiku, Sudoku puzzles and making dragon puppets. Parents attended the cultural celebration and assisted their children with the activities. Mock sushi made from crispy cereal and fruit rollups helped children experience eating with chopsticks.

Experiencing actual aspects of Japanese culture was exciting and informative for everyone.

Transported Back to Colonial Times

A boys and girl make candles.

Candle making and yarn weaving were among the activities that fourth-graders at Bayville Intermediate School tried during Colonial Day. The curriculum includes learning about colonial times and, therefore, replicating activities done during that era helps reinforce the lessons learned in class.

Parent volunteers helped the day to run smoothly by leading various activities. They helped children dip wicks into colored wax to make candles and instructed them in how to weave yarn. In another demonstration, volunteers outlined students’ heads using flashlights to replicate the silhouette portraits of the time because cameras had not yet been invented. Other activities included writing in calligraphy and making butter from scratch.

Author Offers Writing Inspiration

Visiting author poses with students and teachers.
Author Joe McGee stood in front of Bayville Elementary School students and asked them to close their eyes and imagine a yellow room with a table and a red tablecloth and a cage with a fuzzy, white bunny.
“I just created an image in all of your heads,” Mr. McGee said. “That is the magic of storytelling.” He told the auditorium full of students that storytellers are like magicians. “We take words and create characters, and it’s like magic.”
Mr. McGee visited Bayville Primary and Intermediate Schools for Author’s Day, sponsored by the Bayville PTA in coordination with the schools’ librarians Paige Coppola and Stefanie Lipsey.
Ms. Lipsey said that having an author visit and talk to the children about writing encourages them to write more. “They see firsthand how writing can be fun, and they learn tricks of the trade that they can use in the classroom,” she said.
“My goal is for each of you to use your imagination,” Mr. McGee said. He went on to explain that ideas come from observing, daydreaming, being curious, reading, playing, listening and asking “What if?” He said asking questions and finding the answers helps in writing amazing stories. “Anything you want to do, you can absolutely do it,” he said.
After sharing details on how he became a writer, including that he started writing his own stories in fourth grade, Mr. McGee read his book, “Peanut Butter & Aliens.” 

Many thanks to the Bayville PTA for bringing this special guest to Bayville Elementary Schools!