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200 Carroll Avenue, Mamaroneck, NY 10543

Michael Scarantino
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(914) 777-4602
mscarantino@ryeneck.org
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Young Writers Complete Personal Narrative Stories

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Third-graders, who have been studying about personal narratives, recently wrote stories from their own life experiences. The young writers drafted their personal narratives and brought their characters to life through actions, internal and external dialogue, and vivid descriptions. 

“We took the time and care to help our students discover and develop their writing identities and becoming familiar with the routines through their personal narrative pieces,” third-grade teacher Ann Cullagh said. 

The students first drafted their stories in a notebook as a way to explore different strategies before typing out their stories on a computer. They also learned about the efforts that go into the process of planning, writing and revising their stories. 

“The most important aspect of this unit has been helping students understand that writing is a recursive process and that their voice is important and needs to be heard,” Cullagh said. 
 

Fourth-Graders Master Circus Tricks

Fourth-Graders Master Circus Tricks photo
F.E. Bellows Elementary School fourth-graders learned to balance on stilts and juggle various objects when the O-Town Circus Academy visited their school from Nov. 13-16. 

Throughout the week, performers provided the students with a variety of engaging activities and helped them master their circus skills, which included juggling, plate spinning, diabolo manipulation, devil sticks, Chinese yo-yo, clowning and stilt walking. 

“Besides having fun, the students were learning through play and discovering on their own how to perform,” said physical education teacher Kristin Desio, who oversaw the program along with fellow teacher Bryan Iacovelli. 

The activities were designed to support the students’ physical fitness, balance and coordination and strengthen their gross and fine motor skills. In addition, the learning experience helped enhance their ability to collaborate with peers. 

At the end of the week, the students will demonstrate their newly acquired skills to parents, teachers and peers during a special circus performance, to be held on Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. at the middle and high school campus. 

The interactive workshops, which all students in third- through fifth-grade had the opportunity to participate in, were made possible thanks to the generous support of the PTSA. 
 

Bellows Students Share a Piece of Home With Troops

Bellows Students Share a Piece of Home With Troops photo

In honor of Veteran’s Day, all students at F.E. Bellows Elementary School participated in a service project to thank our troops overseas for their service and sacrifice to our country. The students crafted handmade cards and wrote letters as a way to express their appreciation and gratitude.

“It is the perfect way to kick off the upcoming holiday season by being kind,” Principal Michael Scarantino said.  

In addition to making the cards, the students filled and attached small bags of soil to the cards to make the soldiers feel close to home. Susan Combs, a fifth-grade teacher and team leader who spearheaded the project, said some soldiers carry them in their pockets and others keep them in their bunks. 

The letters and bags of soil were delivered to United for the Troops, a nonprofit organization that works to share acts of kindness and generosity to our armed forces, that will then distribute them to the brave men and women overseas. 

“It is a wonderful organization that helps so many soldiers who cannot be home during the holidays,” Combs said.  

 

Fifth-Graders Create Sugar Skulls

Fifth-Graders Create Sugar Skulls photo

F.E. Bellows Elementary School fifth-graders – who have been studying Latin American culture – recently completed their sugar skull art projects, which were inspired by the traditional Mexican holiday Day of the Dead (Dia de Los Muertos).

As part of the multicultural lesson in teachers Trisha Appel’s and Dara Goodman’s art classes, the students created sculptural relief works using proportion, design and decoration. They learned how to sculpt proportional sugar skulls out of clay, create drawings of a skeleton in motion and complete their works of art with decorative details and a colorful border.

“The students thought about the layout of their composition and tried to create a sense of movement within their work,” Appel said. “Some students even created a story about their skeleton figures. They had a lot of fun learning about Mexican art and culture while working on this project.”

The art project was designed to further enhance the fifth-graders’ understanding of the content. 

 

The Power of Positive Words at Rye Neck Schools

The Power of Positive Words at Rye Neck Schools photo

Kindergarten through 12th-grade students across the Rye Neck Schools participated in a variety of activities and engaged in meaningful conversations about cyberbullying, online communication, internet community and respect during Digital Citizenship Week from Oct. 15-19.

Having implemented a districtwide digital literacy curriculum this year, teachers and administrators used the platform to jumpstart their lessons and empower their students as the next generation of responsible digital citizens. In partnership with Common Sense Education, an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children thrive in a world of media and technology, the lessons focused on the power of positive words. 

“As a Google Reference District, we have chosen to incorporate technology into our classes and with that comes the responsibility to teach our students how to use it responsibly, as well,” Instructional Technology Coordinator Mary Lanza said. “We chose to focus on the power of positive words because the basis of our participation online, regardless of age, should revolve around respect and compassionate communication. What it takes to be a good citizen in real life are the same skills needed to be a good citizen online.” 

At Daniel Warren Elementary School, Principal Tara Goldberg introduced the idea of an internet community to all students during her morning announcement on Oct. 15. Throughout the week, librarian and media teacher Leigh Ann Kowalchick-Porphy and teacher Dara Goodman continued the conversation with students during their library and computer classes. Kindergartners and first-graders discussed what an internet community is and how we connect with people online, while second-graders discussed cyberbullying and how to be kind online. 

“Having these conversations now is sort of laying the foundation, the building blocks of what we want them to think and understand in the future,” Goldberg said. “We’re embedding the idea of being kind, thoughtful and intentional with what they’re putting out there, via texting or emails. They still want to be a good person and be kind.”

At F.E. Bellows Elementary School, all lessons connected to the schools’ theme of being a superhero as the students discussed the impact of positive words and what it means to be a good digital citizen. In addition, fourth-graders drew comic strips to illustrate how to stand up for someone who is being cyberbullied. 

At the middle school, students participated in mixed grade-level conversations with their English teachers and guidance counselors about being an upstander online. They linked their discussions to their summer reading book, “Bystander” by James Preller. Meanwhile, at the high school, freshmen and sophomores discussed the effect of their comments and relationships online, while juniors and seniors reflected on how online behavior can affect relationships and reputations. 

Lanza said the conversations during Digital Citizenship Week served as a great opportunity to encourage positive online behaviors.

“We believe this is a responsibility that falls on our entire community,” said Lanza, who added that parents received family resources to support what was being taught in the classroom, so they can continue the conversations at home. “How often do students in our high school discuss the same topic as children in Daniel Warren? We loved the idea of this being a conversation an entire family could have at home.”

For more information, visit www.commonsense.org/education/digital-citizenship



Third-Graders Discover ‘The Pathway to Peace’

Third-Graders Discover ‘The Pathway to Peace’ photo

F.E. Bellows Elementary School third-graders, who have been learning about surrealism, recently drew inspiration from their music classes and the works of Belgian artist René Magritte to create their own images of peace.

“Often, you can find similarities throughout Magritte’s work, such as using the sky in different parts of his paintings,” art teacher Trisha Appel said. “He also was known for including a dove in his work, which is the international symbol of peace.”

Their artworks were also inspired by a song, “The Pathway to Peace,” which the students wrote with music teacher Thomas Galgano. Besides painting, they collaged different papers to their work, including the sheet music of “The Pathway to Peace.”

“Our students were able to connect what they were learning about in music to their own works of art,” Appel added. 

Every third-graders’ work will be displayed in the auditorium for the winter music concert at F.E. Bellows in December.