What we are doing in East Williston, NY...
Northside School is focusing on kindness. The 3rd grade presented the musical play "The Unity Tree" in which a kitten and a puppy teach their older compatriots to be friends. For the holiday season K-4 read the book the Gift of Nothing and learned that the best gift is friendship. They also read Kindness to Share from A to Z which shows them great ways to be a friend. Students will be working on a project to help the earthquake victims in Haiti. Posted 1/2010
Nobel Peace Prize Lesson Last month K-4 students at Northside School in East Williston NY learned about the Nobel Peace Prize. After hearing the book When I Grow Up I Will Win the Nobel Peace Prize by Isabel Pin read aloud, students talked about what they could do to make the world more peaceful. Posted 11/2009
The Golden Rule In December students at Northside School heard the book The Golden Rule by Ilene Cooper. They are practicing caring for each other using ideas from the book. The PTO purchased a copy of this book for every classroom through their mini-grant fund. This activity was part of the school-wide theme Inspire Kindness. When students asked teachers what they could do to help the victims of the tsunami, the committee Northside cares was established. Students have had a UNICEF penny collection for the tsunami victims, collected clothing for the victims of Katrina, and shoes for Nicaragua. posted 11/2009
In September, for International Peace Day September 21, 2009, Willets Road Middle School students made pinwheels for peace. This project was started by the art teachers. Students and teachers wrote words of peace and drew images on cardstock and then folded them into pinwheels. These were then put on display in front of the school where their messages of peace blew out to the community. Other activities included a human peace sign, class discussions on what is the meaning of peace, and how to promote peace in school and at home. Students also made a peace banner and hung peace signs from the ceiling.