Students throughout the district celebrated Red Ribbon Week with various events and activities. Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco, drug and violence prevention awareness campaign that is celebrated annually in school districts across the United States. At Floral Park-Bellerose School, students expressed their unity in being “crazy” about being drug free by wearing crazy socks or crazy hair.
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Class 1E at the Floral Park-Bellerose School enjoys reading with a partner for flip-flop reading once a week. During this time, the children get to read with each other and also provide support for one another. Also, if you get "caught" tracking while reading you get a sticker which could then lead to a prize. The activity teaches students that not only is reading fun, but very rewarding, too.
Fifth grade students at the John Lewis Child’s School were treated to a visit from The Queens Botanical Garden and Nature Nick’s Animal Adventure as part of the Grow With Me program through the Hance Family Foundation. The Hance Family Foundation provides outdoor educational activities for fifth graders each year throughout the community, to honor the Hance girls – Emma, Alyson and Katie – who were killed in a car accident in 2009. The Grow with Me program is in honor of Emma Hance, who loved the outdoors, and aims to educate the students about animals and our environment.
The Irrigation Project at the Floral Park-Bellerose School is on schedule to be completed for use by spring. The district took the initiative to begin the irrigation project in advance of the season and is awaiting approval from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The three- to six-month approval process was timed to coincide with the change of season, and we are on track to have the system operable as planned. We will be keeping you informed throughout the process of all of our facilities improvement projects.
Fourth-grade classes at Floral Park-Bellerose School attended an in-school workshop called Journeys into American Indian Territory. The presentation included discussions, videos, games, a small museum of artifacts and Native American songs and dances. At the end of the day students created small clay ducks of their own utilizing some of the symbols they learned throughout the program. Students were active participants in games Native Americans played in the past, were able to see the clothing they wore and weapons they used, as well as view a replica of a dwelling used by some of the tribes in the United States. The fourth-grade curriculum focuses on the role the Native Americans had on New York and this interactive workshop served as a unique hands-on experience for the students.
Sixth-grade students in Barbara Dooley’s class at John Lewis Childs School met for the first time with their kindergarten buddies. Each sixth-grader paired up with one or two kindergartners to talk with them and answer any questions they may have about the school. Throughout the year, the buddies plan to participate in activities and read together, as well as assist with class assignments.
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