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Springs School Journalism Club News February 6, 2019

 

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, students in Ms. Havlik’s class enjoyed a “room transformation” with the theme, “In love with first grade.” Students will participate in activities in each subject that will be related to love and kindness.  E.L.L. teacher Mrs. Garsetti had her students get in the Valentine’s Day spirit by creating a bulletin board which showed how her students have their “hearts full.” The students created a construction paper heart and made sections to show all the things they love and are grateful for. Some of the things they love are soccer, family, dogs, video games, friends, and pizza. Mrs. Branche’s third grade class celebrated by students choosing a book they love and they explained why. The Inclusion Club hosted a Winter Formal last week in the school gym. Current students and special education alumni enjoyed a night of food, dancing, and fun! 


Students enjoyed an assembly recently that featured singer Jared Campbell. The singer and guitarist travels the country and spreads anti-bullying and self-confidence messages through his songs. Students enjoyed singing along and interacting throughout the show. 


Mrs.Dellapolla’s and Ms. Firemark’s third grade class celebrated Chinese New Year by eating noodles using chopsticks, and acting out traditional Chinese plays. Part of their study of China was learning about Chinese legends and the Chinese zodiac. Students talked about what foods they eat for Chinese New Year because each food is a symbol. They learned that long noodles are a symbol for long life. 


Please stop by Guild Hall through Saturday, February 24th to view the 27th Annual Student Art Show. Springs School students have their art on display along with others from east end schools.


 


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The Harlem Magic Masters comedy basketball team visited the school last week. They performed amazing tricks and even got some students involved. After their visit to Springs School, they performed at night at East Hampton High School. Students in P.E. have started the “Jumprope for Heart” fundraiser. In class, they are participating in a jumprope contest and asking for donations which will be given to the American Heart Association.

Mrs. Dellapolla and Ms. Firemark’s third grade class held an “Adjective Fashion Show,” where students took to the runway in outfits that they had to describe using five adjectives.

Seventh grade students in Mr. Osterweil’s English classes have been writing their letters to celebrities. They learn how to write formal letters, mail them, and hope to receive a response! Usually, students do receive letters back or autographed photos.

 The Functional Academics class has been  traveling weekly to Sam's Beverage Place to recycle cans and bottles and visit with their staff. “Steve, Gary, and Kurt are always so welcoming to our class,” said teacher Mrs. Lamonda. “We use the money collected from cans and bottles to buy chips for our class lunches.”

 

Letter to the Editor 

Dear Editor,


I am a student at Springs School and I am writing to tell you why I love Springs School. The teachers are really nice and they are really caring. Whenever someone makes a mistake doing their work, the teachers will come over and explain it to them in a way that the kids understand. Some of the teachers in the elementary school like to have fun with their lessons for example, one day in my class during a math lesson my teacher used Oreos as an example than let the person who was helping her eat it. The kids in Springs School are really nice and they help kids that are new and don't speak English. They will help that person translate things when they need to speak to the teachers. There are also great after-school programs at Springs School such as Project Most, Journalism Club, and Cyber Club. Kids that participate in these programs have a lot of fun. Each year, Springs School has a World’s Fair where families get a table and make food from their country and people would walk around and try the food and there are also performances. For example, last year there was an Ecuadorian performance and they started dancing to a song. I love Springs School!

- Victoreddy Diaz



 

Springs School Journalism Club News January 23, 2019


The third grade is holding their annual “Souper Bowl” food drive. Mrs. Branche asks students to bring in a can of soup and place it in either the “Patriots” or “Rams” box to make a prediction about who they think will win the Super Bowl. All soup cans will then be donated to the Springs Food Pantry. So far, the Patriots’ box is fuller! 

Second graders have been on a “jungle adventure” of reading and writing non-fiction. Teachers transformed their classrooms into amazing jungles filled with stuffed animals and hanging vines. “Tables became safari jeeps, children wore safari hats and wore animal expert ID passes around their necks,” explained Mrs. Dragone. Students researched animals found in the jungle to make informational pamphlets to share with each other. A wild good time was had by all!

Fourth graders are learning about social issues through their read-aloud, “Esperanza Rising.” The book is about a young girl who suffers a family tragedy, which upends her life and changes it for the worse. Students are learning how to react in times of adversity and that social issues affect all of us.

Fourth graders also recently visited the “Golden Eagle” art store where they were taught step by step how to paint landscapes, self-portraits, and pop art. 

The Lego League teams held a bake sale fundraiser for the Cancer Research Institute last week. The students raised nearly $900 from the snack sale! “What a great experience to show kids they can make a difference!” said Mrs. Mullarkey. Congratulations on a job well done!

Third grade students in the “STEAM” program have been making battery-operated robots. Fourth grade has been designing their own games using “Makey Makey,” a website where you can connect daily used objects to your Chromebook. They are also making a classroom on their Chromebooks, using “Scratch,” a program where you can make your own games with code. “It sounds simple but it is not,” explained student Ella Menu. “You have to draw characters, backgrounds, make buttons and so much more.” Fifth grade has been working with Tinkercat which is computer design program. They make a classroom with objects on the Chromebook. They are using Virtual Reality and then take a picture. STEAM teacher Mr. Hallman said, “Things take longer than they seem. There is a lot of parts to make something work!”

The school is still collecting Box Tops to help raise money for the PTA! When you bring in Box Tops from food cartons you have at home, the school collects them and sends them to General Mills, who will then send the school a check.  Our school earns 10 cents per box top collected and this money goes toward funding different PTA-sponsored activities throughout the school year. Last year, we earned $800, and our goal is to beat that this year! Box tops can be given to your child’s teacher.

The LEGO Robotics teams have their first qualifying competition this weekend and everyone is invited to help cheer them on. The event is at Huntington High School on Saturday, February 2nd from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm. In the competition, each team will have limited time to complete their “mission.” In honor of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, the mission this year involves space travel and the realities of potential off-planet living. The High School is located at 188 Oakwood Rd. in Huntington. We hope to see you there! 

The Suffolk County Dental Society, and residents and students of Stony Brook’s School of Dental Medicine are offering students a free dental checkup and exam along with free admission to the Riverhead Aquarium on Saturday, February 2nd from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 pm.  They are asking that you pre-register by calling (631) 883-4437 or email gkasssuffolk@gmail.com.


 

Springs School Journalism Club News January 10, 2019


Junior high students are getting ready to put on a musical in the springtime – this year’s production will be “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” Students auditioned before winter break and the roles were announced last week: Taylor Atwell will be playing Willy Wonka and Sophia Tucci will be playing Charlie.

Fourth graders recently learned about colonial times in Social Studies. Each classroom set up a “center” where all students took turns completing activities like building a home out of craft sticks, drawing a landscape, creating an old school-book, and learning about how kids in colonial times played and kept busy. In Writing Workshop, they’ve begun creating “informational books” all about this era and are busy researching and gathering facts.

Fourth graders enjoyed a Pajama Day recently where they even enjoyed hot chocolate donated by Bridgehampton Starbucks! A “Book Conversation” with hot chocolate was organized by teacher Mrs. McGrath, who asked Starbucks for the donation. “We had a book club with hot chocolate just like adults do with coffee,” she said. “Thanks to the Bridgehampton Starbucks for their donation!” 

The school is still collecting Box Tops to help raise money for the PTA! When you bring in Box Tops from food cartons you have at home, the school collects them and sends them to General Mills, who will then send the school a check.  Our school earns 10 cents per box top collected and this money goes toward funding different PTA-sponsored activities throughout the school year. Last year, we earned $800, and our goal is to beat that this year! Box tops can be given to your child’s teacher.

Junior High students had a “Game Show” pep rally last Friday. Students had the chance to participate in a trivia contest-game and compete in different challenges. The Game Show is an annual event and one that students always look forward to!

Also in junior high, students in health class recently learned how to prepare healthy snacks and also create natural remedies to combat colds and flu. The program is run by the Anna Lytton foundation and aims to teach students about health and wellness.

The eighth graders had a pancake breakfast fundraiser at the Springs fire department recently. They served over 175 pancakes and raised nearly $2,000! The money will go  



Springs School Journalism Club News January 3, 2019


Junior high students are getting ready to put on a musical in the springtime – this year’s production will be “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” Students auditioned before winter break and the roles will be announced next week!

Fourth graders recently learned about colonial times in Social Studies. Each classroom set up a “center” where all students took turns completing activities like building a home out of craft sticks, drawing a landscape, creating an old school-book, and learning about how kids in colonial times played and kept busy. 

Fourth graders also enjoyed a Pajama Day last week where they even enjoyed hot chocolate donated by Bridgehampton Starbucks! A “Book Conversation” with hot chocolate was organized by teacher Mrs. McGrath, who asked Starbucks for the donation. “We had a book club with hot chocolate just like adults do with coffee,” she said. “Thanks to the Bridgehampton Starbucks for their donation!” 

The school is still collecting Box Tops to help raise money for the PTA! When you bring in Box Tops from food cartons you have at home, the school collects them and sends them to General Mills, who will then send the school a check.  Our school earns 10 cents per box top collected and this money goes toward funding different PTA-sponsored activities throughout the school year. Last year, we earned $800, and our goal is to beat that this year! Box tops can be given to your child’s teacher.

Junior High students had a “Game Show” pep rally last Friday. Students had the chance to participate in a trivia contest-game and compete in different challenges. The Game Show is an annual event and one that students always look forward to!

 


 

Springs School Journalism Club News December 19, 2018

The holidays were in full swing last week at Springs School. On Friday’s Spirit Meet, the last  before winter break, seventh grader Luke Baron performed some holiday music on piano. It was Luke’s last day of school before moving to Pennsylvania. Spirit Meet also featured a holiday celebration with teachers walking a pretend runway in their finest ugly sweaters! 


Fifth graders celebrated finishing writing their “feature articles” in their Journalism unit by each class creating a “café” where students could pop into and hear other students reading their pieces. There was hot chocolate and donuts to celebrate.
Student Council members packed up toys for their Toys For Tots drive. To participate in a Pajama Day last week, junior high students were asked to bring in a new, unwrapped toy for the drive. With the help of East Hampton’s PBA, the toys will be donated to children in need.
School will be closed for winter recess and will reopen Wednesday, January 2nd.



 

 

Springs School Journalism Club News December 5, 2018

The annual fourth grade opera is being performed this week at East Hampton High School. Students explain that the opera, titled ”The Long Island Express,” is about the hurricane of 1938 and carries a message of the importance of working together and being kind. The opera is written, performed, and staged by students. This free production will be open to all on Wednesday, December 12th at 7:00 p.m. and Thursday, December 13th at 9:00 a.m. in the high school auditorium. “The 89 Time to Shine Opera Company has been hard at work to leave their mark on this beloved program,” said Ms. Lydon. It is the 22th year of the opera at Springs.



The school is excited to announce that they have THREE Lego League teams this year! Teammates will be working together to make Lego robots which they will then compete in competitions across Long Island. In addition to enhancing engineering and STEAM skills, Lego League is a program meant to get kids to make new friends, build teamwork, social skills, and just to have fun.


Junior high students who joined Cyber Club are enjoying their meetings every Friday afternoon. “Cyber Club is an after-school activity in which students can play cooperative and competitive multiplayer games in a social environment,” explains adviser Mr. Osterweil.

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