As part of the schoolwide theme, “Attitude of Gratitude,” Principal Matt Malone and Assistant Principal Donna Denon read the picture book, “Those Shoes,” which was written by Maribeth Boelts and illustrated by Noah Z. Jones. The story is about Jeremy, who wants a pair of shoes, the pair everyone at school seems to be wearing. But Jeremy’s grandma tells him they don’t have room for “want,” just “need,” and what Jeremy needs are new boots for winter. When Jeremy’s shoes fall apart at school, and the guidance counselor gives him a hand-me-down pair, the boy is more determined than ever to have those shoes, even a thrift-shop pair that are much too small. But sore feet aren’t much fun, and Jeremy comes to realize that the things he has—warm boots, a loving grandma, and the chance to help a friend—are worth more than the things he wants. After having the book read to them, all the students were given sheets to fill out where they could express what the book meant to them. From the responses given, it is clear that the children understand the importance of friendship, sharing, being grateful for what you have, and a loving family.
School nurse Margaret Pulkingham and the fifth-graders in Kim Sloane’s class made a presentation at Morning Program about staying healthy. Ms. Pulkingham talked about how germs are spread and that they need to be in significant number and have a susceptible host in order to spread. The students performed a rap about how to wash hands, which is one of the ways to prevent the spread of germs. Together with Ms. Pulkingham they wrote the rap and were accompanied by music teacher Gavin Lahann.
Red Ribbon Week, the national program that is committed to a drug-free America by teaching students how to make healthy choices, will span two weeks at Sag Harbor Elementary School. School counselor Michelle Grant has been running workshops for students in kindergarten through grade five about being healthy and making safe decisions and children have received red ribbons to wear as well as activities to do in school or at home. In helping students understand that making healthy decisions today ties us to a healthy future, students and adults who promise to make healthy choices will be asked to wear a tie to school on Wednesday, November 5.
There will be no school for students on Tuesday, November 4, for a Conference Day.
On Monday, November 10, Morning Program will be dedicated to local veterans with breakfast, songs, and a special tribute. School is closed on Tuesday, November 11, for Veterans Day.
The annual school Halloween parade will step off on Main Street at 1:45 p.m. on Friday, October 31.