Ms. James and Mrs. Caggiano would like to give you an update of a project their first grade class is currently working on.
1. We started a social media campaign to end bullying. It is called, "Choose your words like you choose your clothes." People spend such a long time in the morning picking out their clothes, and in the blink of an eye can say hurtful, damaging words to others using Facebook, twitter, snapchat etc. Check out our pledge video! (This all began from a social media website we use called Edmodo.)
2.We created a pledge website for people to take our pledge.
3. Today, we are raising money to begin a scholarship fund that supports students who have been bullied or stood up for bullying. We want to share a message that they are not alone, and while they may feel that way, so many people are fighting the long battle on their side. We believe that every human being that comes to this planet has the right to be themselves. Our hopes are to change the consciousness by opening the dialogue and educating our youth.
Visitors to the building will immediately notice the bright atmosphere and positive feeling tone that the building exudes. Children's work is found throughout the building in lively colorful displays. The building reflects the energy and productivity of our young learners.
We were happy to have combined our morning and afternoon classes for a fun and magical trip to the Staten Island Zoo. We began our adventure with the Farm Animals which included sheep, horses, mules, goats, and chickens who walked along with us. Peacocks graced us with their colorful plumes. Next we ventured into the snake and reptile exhibit which held the children in complete suspense. There was an excellent interactive activity here where the children were able to hear the sounds of different snakes and reptiles in their natural habitat. We then passed into the aquarium where the fish were being fed. The children were very interested in the strange appearance of the puffer fish which they wanted to learn more about.
After a short picnic lunch which our class mothers were kind enough to oversee, we were off to see the Big Cats which included two leopards and a lynx. Other attractions which caught the children's attention were the owls, red pandas, emus, llamas, foxes, and prairie dogs. Just before leaving, the children were particularly touched by the kangaroos whose young were sheepishly peeping out of their Mom's pouches. We learned that young kangaroos are called "joeys".
The children could not help but share many of their fun zoo experiences on the ride home. The bus was humming all the way!!!
Miss Markowitz, Mrs. Battagliola, and Miss Corrado's class had a fun day at Green Meadow Farm in Hazlet. All the children had a hands on experience when they got to pet goats, pigs, horses, donkeys, ducks, and rabbits. They even got to milk a cow named Daisy. It was a fun and educational day for all!