At Mary Robert’s Elementary, Mrs. Furman’s second grade class is reading stories about December being a time for giving. The students have made holiday/winter wreath to give to their parents. Each ribbon stands for a “thank you” for the MANY things they have done for them this year. Many of the wreaths have over 100 tied ribbons on them! That is A LOT of thank yous!!
Sweet sounds filled the hallways as Baker School’s 3rd Grade Chorus performed their annual concert. The chorus members are third graders who voluntarily give up their lunch recess once a week to practice. The show, under the direction of music teacher Kristin Dzuranin, was composed of songs celebrating the joys of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. The chorus sang such favorites as “Play the Dreidel Game,” “Habari Gani,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and “Silver Bells.” A highlight of the show occurred when chorus members entered the auditorium in the dark, carrying battery operated candles while singing “All on a Silent Night.” The chorus also visited the CareOne nursing home and performed to the delight of its residents. Mrs. Dzuranin is assisted by paraprofessional Karen Fisher who manages the sound system.
Baker School was delighted to welcome new author Greg Pizzoli for this year’s Author Day. Pizzoli has just begun his writing career and has already won the Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal for his first book, The Watermelon Seed. Pizzoli’s other books to date have received starred reviews from School Library Journal. Pizzoli’s signature character is Kroc, a watermelon-eating crocodile. To welcome Pizzoli, Baker students created or colored drawings of Kroc. These drawings were displayed all over the school. Greg was delighted and overwhelmed when the kindergarten classes arrived at his assemblies wearing Kroc hats! He shared sneak peeks of his upcoming books, discussed the writing process, and autographed over 200 books. The children were prepared for Pizzoli’s visit by School Library Media Specialist Ann Ferruggia. Pizzoli has a connection to Baker in that he is a former teacher of Baker Art Teacher Katie Paetzold. Kroc Mania sure did sweep through Baker School!
Holiday time is not the only time we should be thinking of giving…of reaching out to others…of helping those in need. The Moorestown Education Association and their community partners boldly remind us of this essential truth each month…with their First Friday Food for All campaign.
First Friday Food for All is a joint effort of a host of education and community organizations; including the Moorestown Township Public Schools, Moorestown Education Association, Sean Fischel Connect, MooreKids, Live Civilly and Shared Ground. As part of the campaign, students throughout the district are invited to bring in canned goods or other non-perishable items to their homeroom the first Friday of each month. These generous donations are placed in specially-designed Food for All bags, which are then sent to each of three food pantries in Moorestown – Ministerium/St. Matthew Church, First Baptist Church and Bethel Church. These vital pantries supply food every week to those in need, including many individuals who do not have families or other support.
Students and their families giving to a worthy cause…community organizations reaching out to others…food pantries helping those in need. It is a wonderful thing to see…and a wonderful time to see it. Not just at holiday time…but all year long.
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