It was a beary special day as Baker School kindergarteners and their parents celebrated the annual Teddy Bear picnic. The picnic is a long – standing Baker tradition. Each year teachers read and study the story of Corduroy by Don Freeman to their students. Then, the children, with the help of parents, sew and stuff a Corduroy- like Teddy bear. The bears, parents, and children are invited to a picnic during the last week of school. Many fun activities, such as making cereal necklaces, getting Buddy bear tattoos, blowing bubbles, and enjoying snacks, round out the event. These bears become treasured remembrances of kindergarten at Baker. Baker’s kindergarten team consists of teachers Syreeta Lee, Sharon Kulik, and Susan Kuzy.
Students in Mrs. Fi Jazi’s class at Baker School were pen pals with the 26 th Marine Expeditionary Unit. The children wrote letters expressing their support for our soldiers and asked many questions. They were thrilled to receive replies and pictures from the soldiers. This relationship helped the children polish up their writing skills and learn about our Marines.
Mrs. Conner’s student, Annabelle Jin, won first place in the 5th grade division in The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History George Washington Letter Writing Contest for this school year. Annabelle will receive $100, and the UES will receive a copy of the book, American History: An Introduction.
First graders at Baker School serenaded their moms at the annual Mother’s day concert. Children sang nine songs, including the “ Baker School Song,” “ A Song of Thanks and Love,” “ You Are My Sunshine,” and “Mom, You’re the Best. “ Highlights of the concert were the recitation of a Mother’s Day poem and the action song favorite,” Mother Gooney Bird. “ The finale , Barry Manilow’s touching “I Am Your Child,” brought down the house as every mom reached for a tissue. The first graders were instructed by music teacher Mrs. Kristin Dzuranin. The first grade team at Baker is comprised of Mrs. Mary Jean Klatte, Mrs. Sherry Burns, Mrs. Katie Cunnane, and Ms. Amanda Casario.