The Signature Project
By: Jackie K.
On May 11 Greenacres had an amazing visitor named Patrick Dunning. He came to our school and talked about a project that he’s doing called the Signature Project. He has been working on the Signature Project for 25 years and he thinks that it will take 10 more years to finish. The Signature Project is 171 squares that are going to be covered with signatures from all around the world with all types of people signing it. Over a million people have signed their name in the project already. There is a picture that he designed and that is the picture that all the signatures are going to make. The signature project is based on life said Patrick Dunning. On top of some signatures is something you would never realize. There is a giant hand that comes up if you flash a blacklight over it. There is also an image of Patrick Dunning when you flash an infrared light. The Signature Project is awesome and it was so nice for Patrick Dunning to come to our school to share what he is doing. Let’s give him a round of applause.
Here is his website that tells you more about the Signature Project.
Multi Cultural lunch
By Julia F. and Olivia R.
The Multicultural Luncheon is a lunch where people from different places around the world whose children go to Greenacres cook the food of their origin to serve to the for kids lunch. The kids get to to try different things from different countries which gives them a taste of each country. Just recently it has turned into a zero waste event for the school’s new composting program! They use compostable paper trays and compostable cutlery to enjoy the delicious food that the Greenacres moms prepared for us! Thanks to everyone who made or served a dish!
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Kids in Scarsdale and all over the world have developed a love for slime. Some of the 5th grade classes use slime in many ways such as focus tools, stress balls, and many more. Some people like stress balls because you don’t get sticky. The slime is put into a balloon and funneled inside. Then the balloon is tied and you have a stress ball.
To make slime you need glue, borax, and water. You mix them altogether and you have slime. Making slime is so popular that glue has been very scarce in Scarsdale! Rite Aid is out. Some kids say that they have to go to other towns or online shopping for glue. There have been many “slime companies” around Scarsdale, such as Slime.CO, Scarsdale Slime Guys, Squish and Slime, etc. So if your kid is looking for a new hobby. Buy him a gallon of glue, borax and let the fun begin!
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.