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Books Build Bridges for Northwest Students

Books Build Bridges for Northwest Students photo
Third-graders made digital connections to celebrate their love of reading at Northwest Elementary School.

To mark World Read Aloud Day on Feb. 1, students in Lori Heavey’s class used their Chromebooks to read with children at other schools. Through Google Hangout, they participated in video chats with Melissa McCormack’s class at Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School and with a third-grade class at P.S. 193 in Queens. Children on each end of the connection selected books to share with their video pen pals.

Using Flipgrid, Ms. Heavey’s students recorded themselves reading aloud, and those videos were shared with a third-grade class in Uniondale. She said that students enjoyed the opportunity to read using a different medium.

VIDEO: Winter Wonderland


Northwest Elementary School held its Winter Wonderland family learning night with literacy, math and science activities. 

Learning in a Winter Wonderland

Learning in a Winter Wonderland photo

Just hours before a light snow coated the ground, students and their families gathered to celebrate winter at Northwest Elementary School.

The school hosted its annual Winter Wonderland family learning night on Jan. 17. Activities celebrated art, literacy, math, music and science. It began with a sing-along in the cafeteria led by first-grade teacher Margaret Brooks, followed by a group game of winter bingo. Principal Kathleen Hyland and Assistant Principal Sonia Rodrigo called out the numbers, and winners got to take home prizes.

In classrooms, children made snowmen crafts, rolled dice and added up the numbers inside of paper snowmen and listened to winter-themed stories. They also mixed ingredients to create their own snow. As they left, students got to choose from dozens of free books to take home.

Northwest Students Spread Joy to Seniors

Northwest Students Spread Joy to Seniors photo

With songs, crafts and games, students from Northwest Elementary School made the holidays a little brighter for seniors at Bristal Assisted Living in Amityville.

More than 40 children made the short trip down County Line Road on Dec. 17. Participants included first-graders from Margaret Brooks’ class and second-graders from Kerrin Faulkner and Jenny Smith’s class. Ms. Brooks accompanied students on the guitar as they began their set with “If You’re Happy and You Know it” before moving on to a slate of popular Christmas tunes.

During their hour stay, children and seniors did other activities together including playing bingo, balloon volleyball and gingerbread house crafts. Ms. Smith explained that the second-grade social studies curriculum focuses on communities, so her class does several community service activities throughout the year. This is the third year they have visited the Bristal.

“The students were so excited to come and spread some Christmas cheer to people right within their own community,” Ms. Smith said.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019