We were very pleased that close to 70 students participated in our summer reading challenge by completing all of the activities on their reading Bingo boards. These included reading to a pet or stuffed animal, reading under a tree and at the beach, and reading a recipe or the directions to a game. The children who participated were awarded a certificate, bookmark, Super Star Reader button, and a voucher to use at O-Yo Frozen Yogurt. We are very grateful to O-Yo for generously donating the vouchers and to the Hadley PTA for contributing a portion of the funds. Here is a photo of our summer readers:
Fourth Grade Student Leaders - Helping at Recess:
Mr. Knowles has started a new initiative this year. He is working with our fourth grade Student Leaders to promote a fun, safe, and inclusive recess for our first and second graders. All fourth grade students are participating. Each week, Mr. Knowles has lunch with a small group of fourth graders to discuss strategies for supporting our younger students while playing outdoors. Then he monitors their interactions with students and provides feedback. Some of the strategies include reminding students of Four Square rules, inviting students who may be playing alone to join an activity or game, and teaching the children how to play new games. Fourth grade students are enjoying their time helping our younger students and are doing a great job!
This month, Lieutenant Vousboukis and Firefighter Oxton from the Swampscott Fire Department gave a presentation to our third grade students on fire safety and prevention. Our first grade students just learned about fire safety when they visited the Fire Station for a tour and pizza lunch!
On Friday, October 26, we held our first all-school assembly of the year. Students had reviewed assembly expectations in their classrooms and did an excellent job of listening and participating! I read the story I Am Human by Susan Verde which focuses on the choices we can make to show kindness and empathy. Then we talked about ways in which students can be caring members of the Hadley community. The children had many great ideas which included helping a classmate if they drop something on the floor, asking a friend to join in a game during recess, and wishing a peer happy birthday to make them feel special. We closed the assembly by singing the Hadley School song, One Big Hadley Family. It is an adaptation of the song One Big Happy Family, which was a favorite song taught by Mrs. Gotlib. We are so happy that the joyful song she brought to our community continues on.