It was a lot of work, but we’re almost done! On Thursday, Feb 9 the chorus concert will take place in the morning for the school and for the parents in the evening. If there is a snow day we will have to change the date as snow is in the forecast. We’ve been working hard to learn all the songs. We will be singing songs together, and one grade at a time. We will be singing songs like “A-zing A-za” and “Old Carion Crow”. I hope you come to watch!
What will it be this month? This is the question that always goes around! Everyone is wondering what the next Book of the Month will be.
This month it is “Giraffes Can’t Dance” by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees. Every month there is a new book that every class at Greenacres reads. It usually teaches a life lesson. What do you think it will be in February?
These are some videos of the school’s orchestra concert led by Mr. Orengo. The fifth, fourth, and a few third graders performed. Watch and listen!
These are some videos of our school’s band concert led by Mr. Missett. The fifth grade, fourth grade and a few third graders performed. Watch and Listen!
There’s a new trend in Greenacres… Blogging! 3rd , 4th and 5th grade have started blogging about numerous things. They’re blogging about favorite TV shows, about books, and some just telling about themselves. Kids are also blogging about things they’re learning in school such as books they’re reading, science experiments and the phases of the moon. The kids can select different types of themes for their homepage as well.
Let’s hope this new trend stays around, because it seems that everyone loves it!
The Halloween Assembly
On October 31, 2016 our school, Greenacres, had a Halloween assembly that was performed by the fifth grade. They sang songs and read stories. They also played instruments. In the middle of a song the Greenacres Ghost ran across the gym. The Greenacres Ghost is a person in a ghost costume who comes to the assembly every year and only the fifth grade knows who it is. We think, every year the Greenacres Ghost Is a different person. Every year fifth grade gets to wear their halloween costumes. The Halloween assembly was really fun to watch. Now you can see what it was like.
Have you ever seen a one man band? Didn’t think so! But don’t worry, this man doesn’t have to play both his instruments at one time! The man in this one man band is named Guy Davis, and all of Scarsdale’s fourth grade went to Scarsdale High School to see him perform through the Lincoln Center Program. Guy Davis plays two instruments: The guitar, and the harmonica. His number one type of music to play is The Blues. Before long, everyone in the auditorium had tuned in to hear Guy Davis play his amazing music. He played four songs, one of which he wrote himself. Every time he finished a song, the crowd would erupt into cheers and applause. After about an hour and a half of hearing his jokes, his music, and his answers to our questions, it was time to get back on the bus. But it wasn’t surprising that everyone left still replaying his music in their mind.
Q. What age children did you meet?
A. They were 5th grade and Pre-K students.
Q. What was the most exciting part?
A. The most exciting part was seeing all the presents piled up in the room.
Q. How long was the car ride?
A. The car ride was about an hour and five minutes.
Q. How long were you there?
A. We were there for about an hour and a half.
The visit to PS. 1 was very exciting. It made me feel so happy to make someone else feel happy. I think it was a great experience and I learned a lot about other kids and not to be greedy about getting things because other people don’t have as much as we do.
By Dani B., Ayesha B. and Anna M.
This is the Greenacres Assembly. All the 5th graders wore their Halloween costumes, and sang songs. They tried really hard, and had really good results. They had the assembly in the gym. They song about 5~6 songs, and this is one of them.
When in doubt, read it out! Grades kindergarten through fifth grade at Greenacres were able to attend to our annual book fair. Students visited the fair with family or with with their class. Parents in the PTA helped by coming in and setting up the books. They also ran the fair. There was a range of genres and levels from fiction to cookbooks and adult readers. This year the book fair was open from November 7-10th, 2016. The classes went on different days depending on their schedule. Doesn’t it sound like fun?
By Anna M., and Ayesha B, and Danielle B.
By: Carolyn C, Sydney G, and Ellis G.
Courtney Shimel is the author of many interesting books. The kids books she has written are the Stella Batts series, Zantastic, her new series the Kindness Club, My So Called Family, Sincerely Agnes and Clarabelle, Positively, and last but not leas,t All The Things You Are. The Teens books she’s written are called, Edgewater, and The Survival List, (which is going to be out in 2018). During the author visit she told us how she came up with her ideas and the process she goes through when writing books. For example she talked about writing 1000 words every day. She might delete some the next day, but at least she got some writing done which could give her an idea and the process of making a new book. She also told us about the post-its of ideas she tapes on her walls. When she goes someplace and something happens that she wants to remember, she jots her idea on a post-it. Or if she thinks of a story about an idea she takes the post-it and starts to write a story. She also talked about her series The Kindness Club. Courtney is an amazing writer and author. You could find more about her on her website, www.courtneyshienmel.com.
On a spooky day…
The 5th graders rocked the house with some creepy tunes
Wow! I can personally tell you this concert was spook-tacular. The 5th grade performed for the whole school on October 31. We sang four haunting songs that are now stuck in everyone’s head. We sang songs and played instruments to the words of a book. The orchestra jazzed along to the snazzy tune, “Ghost in the Living Room”. To start off the concert, the 5th grade snuck out from their hiding places in awesome costumes.
From the point of view of a 5th grader
We worked hard to pull it together. Mrs. Blackhurst worked us 24/7 so the concert would be perfect. We recited poems from books that were Halloween themed. Our hiding places were rather stuffy, but it was fun. A kid showed up in a Donald Trump costume and Mrs. Blackhurst was pretty angry (no offense to Mrs.BLackhurst). I was Pichu and it rocked. Everyone had creative costumes and we had fun singing and playing instruments). We got to dance around and have fun. It was the best Halloween Concert yet!
By Kolbun G.
It all started on September 19th. The road to the school was packed with cars, caution tapes were hung up along the sidewalks, and traffic cones were lined up on parts of the road. It was a little creepy and students wondered what was going on. Teachers said to come inside and go right to the gym.
Once inside the gym we saw most of the school crammed up together in the tight space. Every single child that attended Greenacres was sitting down, and looking around in the darkness.
A branch had fallen on one of the electrical cables in front of the school on Huntington Ave. This caused much of the school to be blacked out.Con Ed trucks were out there, trying to fix the problem.The Con Ed had unhooked all the power so they could fix the problem, Greenacres was in the dark. Some kids had been hoping this was an excuse for a day off, but sadly, their wish had not come true. They went back to their classrooms and worked in the dark. Some teachers and students had flashlights, and workers were climbing on and off a big ladder to fix the cables.
Soon, the hall lights were bright again, and most classrooms were lit. Some classrooms still had no power though, like Mrs.Cooper’s fourth grade classroom.
The workers finally stepped down from their ladder and folded it up, a few moments after all the light was restored to the school around 10:30. That was a day to remember.
By Parth R. and Zoe G.