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Website articles are written by Central School Fourth Graders. Previous articles can be accessed from the older post link on the bottom left.

3rd and 4th Grades Visit Community Bike Project

rsz_img_5035by Chloe and Mya

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!!

Fourth Graders Choose Kind

dsc05288jpgBy Annalese

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.

by Lailah

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!

Gassetts Grange Gives Dictionaries to Third Graders

rsz_14589576_657853037708288_2443323557434545262_oBy Dillan

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 Wins Humphrey Trivia Contest!

rsz_img_4889By Nevaeh and Skylar

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!

Hike for Hunger!

rsz_2015-10-11_090641by Ariana

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.”

Hide-and-Seek Humphrey!

Humphrey and his cage in the CES library!

Humphrey back in the library where he belongs!

By Emma K.

At CES, students and teachers are on the second week of reading The World According to Humphrey, and that friendly hamster is getting into some trouble.

On Thursday, October 13th, Humphrey got into his hamster ball and rolled himself into Mr. Lawry’s soccer ball cart, thinking he was a soccer ball! Mrs. Hearne’s class brought him back to his rightful home in the library with Mrs. Spurlock.

On Friday, October 15th, Humphrey was hanging out with Mr. Sully in his front pocket. A couple of fourth grade girls from Mrs. Kamel’s class returned him on Friday.

Keep your eyes open for Humphrey, everyone!

KinderRoo is Back!!

By Riley and Emma M.rsz_1img_4625

KinderRoo is back! She is here at Central School to help teach kindergarten their letters.

Naughty KinderRoo has been coming to Central School for fifteen years. Mrs. Rawling is “excited’’ and Mrs. Pickering is ’’a little concerned’’ to have KinderRoo back.  Brady thinks KinderRoo is going to leave oatmeal on the floor, and Molly thinks KinderRoo will put glue on the floor!

All the kindergarteners are a little worried and excited at the same time to see KinderRoo back again!

Fire Safety and Prevention

dsc05093jpgBy Robert and Dillan

Central School students marked Fire Prevention Week on October 13th with a visit from Bellows Falls Fire Chief Steve Cenate and firefighter Jon Bebey.  Firefighter Bebey put on his firefighting gear to show the students how quickly he could put on all that heavy clothing and equipment!  The students watched a video which showed them how smoke moves, how to prevent fires, and how to get safely away from a fire.

85 Walkers Participate in October Walk-to-School!

img_4683jpgBy Justin

The first Walk-to-School for 2016-17 was held on Wednesday, October 5th. Eighty-five CES students gathered at Hetty Green Park at 7:25 AM to walk to school!  Mrs. Kane’s class had the highest percentage of students walking with 67%, so they won the Golden Shoe Award.  img_4706jpgIn second place was Mrs. Pickering’s class with 63%, and both third grade classes tied for third place with 60% of their students walking. The next Walk-to-School will be on Wednesday, November 6th at the Rec Center.

The World According to Humphrey

Humphrey and his cage in the CES library!

Humphrey and his cage in the CES library!

By Emma K.

On October 3rd, everyone will get a copy of this year’s book for the One School One Book program! The book is called The World According to Humphrey.

Students and their families will start reading the book on October 3rd and will continue for three weeks. The teachers will read to their students each day, but students will need to read with their families at home in order to know the trivia answers each morning!  Staff and students will also be doing a lot of extra Humphrey things on Monday Morning Meetings.

“This is a adorable book about a delightful and wise hamster that kids will love reading with their families,” Mrs. Durand said.

Fourth grader Abbie N. will be reading ahead and planning the trivia questions with Mrs. Spurlock.

The World According to Humphrey is a very funny, heartwarming, and cute book that everyone will love,” Mrs. Spurlock said.

“We hope that everyone will enjoy reading about Humphrey!” said Mrs. Durand.