If you work in an elementary building, you’ll agree that St. Patrick’s Day in a Kindergarten classroom is almost as exciting and magical as the Gingerbread Day! Our Kindergarten students created leprechaun traps at home and were so excited setting their traps before leaving their classrooms for recess/lunch. Upon returning, the students found a mess in their classroom, chairs knocked over, gold glitter or other leprechaun “clues” around, as well as a note from their small, sneaky little leprechaun friend. Today was truly a magical day for our Kindergarten student. They experienced true joy, laughter and happiness! I truly enjoyed watching the students’ reaction and sharing in their experience that will surely be a memory they’ll never forget! Not only did the sneaky leprechaun leave a mess in the Kindergarten classrooms, he also sprinkled IMAGINATION and HOPE ~ for a split second, our 5 and 6 year olds enjoyed a day without benchmarks, or assessments. The truly enjoyed the magic of believing and being an innocent, hopeful child!
In addition to the magic experienced in our Kindergarten classrooms, our school ran our annual Pennies for Patients fundraising campaign from March 1st-March 17th. All donations raised benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Since 1994, millions of dollars have been raised in pennies and other spare change by more than 10 million elementary, middle and high school students throughout the country.
In this year’s Pennies for Patients campaign at Kennedy School, students earned a “shamrock” paper cut-out to place on their classroom door each time they brought a box filled with coins. The classroom with the most “shamrocks” on their door would be recipients of a SHAMROCK SHAKE party on the Friday before Spring Break! Also, as an extra motivator for our students to participate in this fundraising campaign, we set a school-wide goal of $3,400 (an increase from what our school raised last year). We promised our students, if they were able to collectively raise at least $3,400, the principals would dye their hair green on St. Patrick’s Day!
As a school, I’m proud to announce that we raised $4,015.27 ~ exceeding our goal of $3,400! We are very proud of the generosity demonstrated by the children of Kennedy School!
I encourage everyone to see the world from a child’s perspective….it surely won’t disappoint!
In the midst of PARCC testing, and planning for the 2016-2017 school year, a principal can easily get bogged down with budgeting, staffing, scheduling and end-of-the-year preparations. It’s important to always spend time to experience the curiosity and wonder that accompanies learning experiences each day with our students! #KIDSDESERVEIT