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4th Annual Rockin’Ham 5K to be held on April 7th!

The 4th annual Rockin’Ham 5K to benefit Central Elementary School will be held on Saturday, April 7th, beginning and ending at Central School, 50 School St Ext, Bellows Falls.  Runners and walkers of all abilities and speeds are invited to join us for this fun event!  Registration forms are available for CES students and the general public, or you may register online.  Pre-registration is encouraged, and all those registered by March 12th will receive a t-shirt!

A fantastic raffle will also be held on this date!  Raffle tickets can be purchased from any CES student or by contacting Central School at 463-4346.

A thermometer has been placed in the main hallway at Central School to track our fundraising.  Donations have already been received from the Savings Bank of Walpole, Silver Forest, Ted’s Shoe & Sport, and many other local organizations.  Keep track of our many sponsors by following our Facebook event page!

Biome in a Bag

By Kiley Bacon

Mrs.Kamel’s fourth grade class made Biome in a Baggie.  Biome in a Baggie is when you grow a plant inside a  bag.  The first step is to cut a plastic bottle and throw away the top of it. Then you put a hand full of pebbles into the bottom and add a hand full of soil.  Next you would dig a hole in the soil about as long as your fingernail and then put your seeds in the hole. Finally cover up the seeds and then put water in.

Blue Moon

By Benjamin Valentine

 

Have you seen a Blue Moon? Do you Know what a Blue Moon is? Blue Moons are not really blue!  They look blue because dust or smoke particles makes the moon look blue.  These moons are called Blue Moons because it is the second full moon in a month. This year Blue Moons will occur on January 31 and March 31.

Town Meeting Coming Soon!

by Damian Grover

What is town meeting?  According Wikipedia, “town meeting is a form of direct democratic rule used since the 17th century primarily in New England.”   Traditionally the 1st Tuesday in March is town meeting. It is where registered citizens and residents of the town go to a certain place to discuss town business and then to vote on the town’s budget by a voice vote of “yah or nay”.  Some town meetings are held in schools, public buildings, and in the case of Rockingham, the Opera House.  At many town meetings school budgets are also discussed and voted on by a voice vote. The election of the town’s public officials are done by an Australian ballot, which means voting on paper. Australian ballot voting happens at the designated polling place. In Rockingham the polling place is the Masonic Temple.

 

 

The History of the Olympics

By Madysin Howarth

The Olympics started with the Greek people.  The first Olympics took place in the 776 BC in  Olympia, Greece.  The first Olympics had only one event, it was running race. Other events were added like wrestling and chariot races in later years. The Greeks started the Olympics to celebrate the Greek god Zeus. Only young free Greek men were allowed to compete. Women were not able to compete and married woman we’re not even allowed to watch!  Women did not complete compete the  Olympics until 1900.   The first modern Olympics was in Athens, Greece in the 1896. The 2018 Winter Olympics starts on February 8 2018. Check it out!

President’s Day

by Kiley Bacon

Presidents day is federal holiday.  It is a day were Americans celebrate George Washington’s and Abraham Lincoln’s birthdays.  Some states celebrate President’s Day but some do not observe the third Monday tradition. Other states pay particular attention to Abraham Lincoln’s birthday which is February 12th.  According to some government sources Indiana observes Washington’s birthday in December, but his actual birthday is February 22nd.  Washington’s birthday was first celebrated as a holiday in the District of Columbia in 1880s, and was a Federal holiday in 1885.  Many times President’s Day falls during the February break for schools.  Presidents Day is a day where stores  start their sales.  This US Federal holiday is celebrated on the third Monday of February each year.

Do you know when Washington’s first terms as president was?  It was  from 1789 to 1793 and his second term was from 1793 to 1997. Before Washington became president he played important roles in the military leading the American Continental Army to victory over the British in 1783 at Yorktown, Virginia.  Washington face is carved into the Mount Rushmore, South Dakota along with Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and Theodore Roosevelt.   

Martin Luther King, Jr.

By Jamie Thibault

Have you heard of Martin Luther King, Jr.?  He was a very important African American who was born in 1929 in segregated Georgia.  His birth name was Michael King, Jr. but both he and his father later changed their name to Martin Luther.  He was an excellent student who skipped the 9th and 12th grade.  Martin entered college at the age at 15.  He studied sociology and divinity in college.

In 1953 Martin Luther King, Jr. married Coretta Scott.  They had four children  Their children’s names are:  Yolanda, Martin, Dexter, and Bernice. During this time he became very

involved in the fight for the rights of all people.  King’s first involvement with the Civil Rights Movement was in 1955  when he participated in the  Montgomery Bus Boycott.  In February 1959, he traveled to India to study Mahatma Gandhi’s non-violent way to fight for rights.  Martin Luther gave his famous “I have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963, and then in 1964 he was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.

On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. was tragically assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.  On November 2, 1983, President Reagan signed a bill declaring Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a Federal holiday.  Every year on the 3rd Monday in January all Americans celebrate and remember this famous African American.

 

1st Grade Singing

1st Grade Singing

By Noah Rohane

On Tuesday, January 8, 2018, Mrs. I’s first grade class and Mrs. Hearn’s first grade class went to the United Church to sing for members of the Bellows Falls Woman’s Club. The first grades started practicing with Mrs. D in the beginning of year for this performance.  Students sang five or six songs.  One the songs they sang was “Grandma’s Glasses.”  Jordyn said “I liked it, but I was nervous.”  All the students enjoyed this experience and the women were so impressed with how well the students sang.  After the performance the women served cookies to the students.

 

Third and Fourth Grade Skate into January

 

By Madysin Howarth

Once a week in January and February, third and fourth graders of CES will be learning to ice skate. The students will go in groups to the Vermont Academy Ice Rink.  Mr. Lawry started the program because he wanted kids to learn how to ice skate. There is a charge for the school to use VA’s rink, but there is no charge to individual students as Central’s PTO pays the fee for students’ the ice time.

 

Noah said, “Last year’s experience of skating at VA was fun!”   He is looking forward to going again this year and not using a crate.”  As a student in Mrs. Kamel’s class, I think you should start out with a crate if you are not ready to start skating by yourself.  Mr. Lawry is really good and patient helping the kids learn how to skate.

 

Some other schools use the rink as well as their hockey team, the Wildcats.

First Grade Takes A Day To Splash Off

By Damian Grover

First grade teachers and Mr. Lawry took both first grades to Edgar May Health & Recreation Center to learn how to swim on Friday afternoons in January. The swim program was set up by  Nurse Anita and Mr. Lawry.  Grants funds and Central’s PTO paid for the students to participate in the swim program.  Every student had a 1/2 hour swim lesson and then enjoyed 1 1/2 hours of supervised free swimming.  One of the students, Theresa, said, “At first I was too scared to do my swimming test, but I passed the test!”  When it first started one student named Brennan said “I want to do the swimming test but I’m still too scared because I don’t like deep end, I’m really nervous.”  This program is a fun way for kids to learn how to swim and be safe.