News & Events

Some planned activities and events to look forward to this coming month are as described.

Special Activities:

Kids Care ClubKids Care Club. It is important to teach earth awareness, green ways and social consciousness to the children. After all, they are the future! Throughout the months of April and May, our Kids Care Club will be running several Reduce, Reuse, Recycle & Care About Others awareness programs. Some ideas generated by the children for this activity are to make a milk jug bird feeder, put together a Help the Animals fair, and creating an Earth Friendly Clean Up kit, to name a few. Information about these activities will be posted in the WASC room as well as the Go Green page. If you would like to share some ideas or donate any supplies to these worthy programs, we welcome that input and together we can make the world a better place.

WALK with WASCWalking Club. Experts agree that physical activity is one of the cornerstones for good health, and walking is one of the easiest ways to be physically active. All you need is a good pair of shoes, and you can do it almost anywhere and at any time. There are several health benefits of walking, such as reducing your risk of certain medical conditions (such as high blood pressure and heart disease), reducing depression, and helping you sleep better. Every Monday, Wednesday & Friday, from 3:30 PM to 4:00 PM, the WASC Walking Club will trek a different route with various exercise stations throughout the course of the walk. Each participating child is given the opportunity to lead in an exercise itinerary of their choice involving 10-12 repetitions. Our goal is to cumulatively walk 26.2 miles before the end of the school year. We will track our collective progress and post the results.

Wally the Green Monstah!Opening Day. Red Sox Opening Day is our traditional kick-off party to the baseball season. There are chips and soda, games and raffles all day long. You don't have to be a Red Sox fan to enjoy this day, but as we all know our beloved hometown heroes are the best. The first pitch is thrown from the mound at Fenway Park on Friday, April 13th, 2012 at 2:05 PM. So grab a seat and enjoy the game. In the case of inclement home field weather conditions and postponement of the live game, alternative baseball themed activities will be offered. Play Ball!

WASC CarnivalWASC Carnival. Get ready for the annual WASC Carnival which will be rolling into town on Tuesday, April 24th, 2012. This day is filled with food, fun, games and prizes. There are as many as twenty to twenty-five games available. Each child plays their tokens at the games of their choice and redeems their winning tickets for prizes. If they win, they receive prize tickets which can be traded in at the end of the day for some unique prizes. Some of our famous games are Bean Bag Toss, Darts, Giant BINGO, Hula Hoop Dance Contest, Mini Golf, Plinko, 21 and Under the Sea. Don't forget about the Snack Bar – loaded with all the favorites, like bubble gum, fun-dip, kettle corn, popcorn, and pretzels, just to name a few.

NATIONAL POETRY MONTH:

National Poetry MonthNational Poetry Month. Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools and poets around the country band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of businesses and non-profit organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events.

National Poetry Month is made possible, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts; by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency; by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; and by the National Council of Teachers of English and the American Booksellers Association.

Visit poets.org to find a Poem or Poet of interest to you, or go to the National Poetry Month website to view National Poetry Month events throughout the country to participate in – any time of the year.

SUGGESTED READING:

Clementine"Clementine". This exciting book, written by Sara Pennypacker, is well written and engaging. It is about an imaginative little girl, named Clementine, who gets herself into situations that teach lessons about responsibility, friendship, and family. This book chronicles Clementine's adventures of a disastrous week.

This book will give you great laughs, and has its sad parts. But at the same time, it's perfect for any young child. A wide age range will enjoy this book and enjoy reading it aloud, from the emergent Kindergartner reader up to third graders.

Families can talk about how and why Clementine's good intentions lead her to the principal's office. Does she feel misunderstood? Is she frustrated with others around her who are frustrated with her? Parents can discuss the relationship between Margaret and Clementine. What was the reason for their disagreement and how did they arrive at forgiving each other? Parents can also point out Clementine's way of understanding what's happening around her through the process of sketching.