Students in Mrs. Marques’ and Miss Colletto’s 2nd grade teamed up for the Design a House Challenge! The young scientists collaborated to choose materials and a design for a house that would stand up to the wind. By testing their designs, children learned which materials performed best and even extended their learning by performing a further challenge between the two strongest houses.
In October the JMP Self-Contained and LLD classes went to JPS to participate in Fall Field Day. The JPS students helped run the fun filled activities including: pumpkin toss, bowling, and soccer. The students were thrilled to receive medals after running in a race. A big thanks to Mrs. Bell and Mrs. Cadmus for organizing such a successful event!
Halloween has always been one of Mrs. Yurch’s favorite holidays. One of the things that she remembers very clearly about trick- or-treating when she was a child was holding her trick-or-treat bag in one hand and an empty milk carton in the other. The trick-or-treat bag was, of course, to collect candy, while the milk carton was for collecting pennies for UNICEF. UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund) is an organization that helps children in need throughout the world with health care, clean water, nutrition, education, and emergency relief. “As a kid, I was horrified that there could be children in the world who didn’t have food, clean water, or medicine to keep them healthy,” says Mrs. Yurch. So she decided to get her first grade class involved. “When I showed my students a video about the children who benefit from UNICEF, what the children saw made them feel really sad. “We teach them about caring and empathy, and it seemed to me that this would be a very real and meaningful way for them to make other children’s lives better.”
The children collected a total of $209.26, but more important than that, they all came back knowing that they made a difference in the world!