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Learning Through Giving at Northeast

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Giving was the theme of the Holiday Family Learning Night at Northeast Elementary School on Dec. 12. Children participated in literacy and craft activities that benefitted others.

The event was open to Northeast’s pre-K and kindergarten students, as well as parents, guardians, siblings and other family members. After playing bingo with holiday symbols and sight words, children then rotated through various stations in the gymnasium. They made cards and hot chocolate packages for troops in Africa and also colored in a banner that read “Happy Holidays to our Heroes.” Additionally, the students wrapped presents for local families that the school has adopted for the holidays. 

“This is a night of giving in the season of giving,” said librarian Tina Smith. “All of the activities are about doing for others. At our school, we always talk about building good character.” 

Pastor Jeff Cole of Calvary Chapel of Hope in Amityville read “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” as children gathered around. That was followed by a visit from a special guest. Santa Claus arrived on a bicycle and took requests from eager girls and boys. At the stations, volunteers from the National Junior Honor Society at Edmund W. Miles Middle School assisted students with the activities. 

Halloween-Themed Learning at Northeast

Halloween-Themed Learning at Northeast photo
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Kindergartners at Northeast Elementary School participated in a variety of fun and educational activities to celebrate Halloween.

Each class decorated its own pumpkin. Many were designed to look like popular children’s characters including Cookie Monster and Winnie the Pooh, while others were based on books that support Reader’s Workshop. Some pumpkins featured the handprints of all the students in a class. 

There were several science activities related to Halloween, as children learned about the parts and lifecycle of a pumpkin. To support literacy instruction, children wrote short stories following Halloween-themed prompts such as “If I could fly like a bat, I would…” Other students worked on their math skills by making graphs based on different Halloween symbols. 
Monday, December 18, 2017