The first graders have been reading the book Cupcakes, and they decided to make some cupcakes too!
For two marvelous weeks in November and December, Troy Wunderle brought his super fantastic, high energy circus tricks and talents to Central School, and everyone got to join in the fun! At every PE class and at special sessions scheduled throughout the two weeks, students tried out the circus equipment and learned about balance, eye-hand coordination, and always being brave!
On the evening of Thursday, December 8th, the entire CES community performed an amazing circus extravaganza for the community. It was held at the Bellows Falls Union High School gymnasium, and it began with a circus parade of students wearing their circus hats made in Art class with Mrs. Cohun! Then the circus acts began! There were silly dogs, a crazy Red Light/Green Light game, feather balancers, jugglers, stilts walkers, pogo stickers, and much, much more! Even the teachers tried to do a trick! The grand finale involved every student in a school-wide pyramid!
The following day, in one final session with Troy, students got to try out any circus equipment they wanted. Then the circus residency ended with an amazing performance by Troy, during which he even admitted that he was afraid of heights….as he was putting on his 8 foot tall stilts! He proceeded to walk over the fourth graders!
Everyone at CES sends a grateful THANK YOU to the PTO for sponsoring Troy’s residency, to Mr. Lawry for helping in every way with the circus fun, and to Troy Wunderle himself for always being brave and….making it just a little harder!!
The first graders and their families enjoyed a potluck Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, November 17th, in the CES gymnasium to celebrate Thanksgiving. The first graders performed some songs and poems. Avery reported that the first graders had practiced for the event in the Music Room, and her favorite part was the play. Caitlyn and Emily loved the turkey with gravy, and Duke especially like the poem. Griffin enjoyed everything about the event!
by Emma K.
On Tuesday, November 8th, Central School had a mock election in the fourth grade classroom. CES students lined up at the door to get marked off on the voter checklist, then they were escorted to a voting booth by a fourth grade assistant where they marked their choice and then placed their ballot in the ballot box. In the afternoon, Mrs. Kane’s class opened the absentee ballots, sorted the ballots, and counted the votes. 144 students voted, and 53 staff members voted. Hillary Clinton received 151 votes, and Donald Trump received 41 votes. There were four write-in votes, and one spoiled ballot. Hillary Clinton won the mock election by 110 votes.
On Wednesday, November 2, our second Walk-to-School was held. Students met at the Rockingham Recreation Center to walk to Central School. There were 57 total walkers! The class with the highest percentage of walkers was Mrs. I’s first grade with six out of eleven students walking, so they won the Golden Shoe Award. In second place was Mrs. Green’s class with 8 out of 15 students walking, and in third place was Mrs. Kane’s class with 8 out of 18 students walking.
The third and fourth graders walked to the Bellows Falls Community Bike Project at their new location on the corner of Atkinson and Henry Streets on the mornings of October 13th and 14th. Mr. Lawry arranged the visits as part of his curriculum about bike care and riding. The students learned more about bikes and bike tools. When asked what was the most interesting bike at the shop, Emma K answered, “The old bike with the big and small wheel.” Ferris thought the most interesting tool at the bike shop was the chain tool.
In a Halloween surprise, Mr. Lawry dressed up in old-fashioned clothes and used the old-fashioned bike in the CES Halloween parade!!
In Mrs. Kane’s class, fourth graders are reading the book Wonder this fall to help them become better people as a class. The book Wonder is about a boy named August who has a really badly deformed face. He is 10 years old and has had 27 surgeries. The book is a fiction story. The theme of the book is that it doesn’t matter what a person looks like on the outside, because the person could be really sweet and nice on the inside.
The fourth graders are also participating in a “Choose Kind” challenge sponsored by Wonder author R.J. Palacio. They are reporting acts of kindness they see from another fourth grader and placing a marble in a kindness jar for each kind act. When the marble jar is full, they will send a photo of it to R.J. Palacio and be entered to win a donation to a charity of their choice. “Every little act of kindness counts,” said Gracie. Sara added, “It has helped people be more kind.” Even teachers are noticing random acts of kindness. “I think it is a great way for kids to see with their eyes how important it is to be kind to each other,” said Mrs. Massucco. The goal is to help people be kind, whether they are in fourth grade or not!
Members of the Gassetts Grange visited Central School on Wednesday, October 26th, to present dictionaries to the third graders. They spoke about the Grange and about many of the features of the dictionaries. Then each student received a dictionary. The third graders will keep the dictionaries at school to use throughout the year, and then they will be able to take their dictionaries home at the end of the year!
Mr. Ken Lawrence won the Humphrey Trivia Contest held Monday, October 24th, during Monday Morning Meeting! Fourth graders Ferris and Sophia hosted the event in the Central School gym.
Mr.Ken prepared for the Humphrey Trivia Contest by reading the whole book over on Saturday!! He felt nervous before it started because he was scared that he wouldn’t win and would get the questions wrong. When he won, he was really excited and was glad that he studied. Mr.Ken gave his prize of carrots to the kitchen for all of the Central kids.
Mr. Ken talks to no one at night when everybody leaves, but he has visited Humphrey a few times in the library. He also says that he is not afraid when he’s all alone in the school because he gets used to it. He said it would be nice to have a school pet, but he wouldn’t know what animal it would be. Mr. Ken loves his job except for the black marks and muddy floors. And he enjoys reading if it is a good book he likes.
But do you know what Mr. Ken doesn’t do? He does not balance his broom on his finger and do little dances like Aldo, the janitor from the book The World According to Humphrey.
And that is basically half of what you need to know about Mr. Ken!
Central School students and staff collected food and personal care items for Our Place and then, on the afternoon of October 24th, CES students hiked to Our Place to deliver the food. Nurse Anita organized the Hike for Hunger, and she said, “The hope is to build a greater sense of community as we help our neighbors, to foster a feeling of individual pride, and to have fun while walking for our own health and wellness.”