Measures for Measuring
Students learned about a variety of metric and customary (English) units of measurement when the Scotia-Glenville Traveling Museum brought its “Measures for Measuring” program to the 3rd grade on February 26 and 28. With help from Museum presenter Brian Mulligan, their teachers, and parent volunteers, students experimented with over forty different measuring devices to learn about length, mass/weight, volume, time, temperature, money, area and perimeter. MED’s 3rd grade teachers set up this in-house field trip to kick off their section on measurement.
Students Learn About Healthy Teeth and Gums
Dental hygienist Evelyn Russo paid a visit to 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms on February 25 to talk about how sugary foods can damage teeth, and stress the importance of brushing and flossing. “You want to take good care of your permanent teeth so when you get older you still have them,” she said, demonstrating proper techniques on a kangaroo friend. Following Russo’s visit, a licensed dentist and hygienist returned to MED in early March to provide dental exams, cleanings, and other preventative dentistry for students. The visits were made possible through Columbia Memorial Hospital’s school-based mobile dental services.
The holiday spirit was strong on Friday, December 20th, the day before the winter holiday break, when MED held our traditional sing-along in the school cafeteria. Led by MED music teacher Mrs. Brownell, students and staff joined together to sing some of their favorite holiday classics and enjoy the school-wide festive atmosphere before heading home for the two week vacation.
Third Grade Collects PJs for Children in Need
The third grade collected PJs for The Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive, sponsored by Scholastic Books. Altogether, students brought in 22 pairs of new PJs that will go to children in need this December. This annual charitable drive is in partnership with The Pajama Program, a nonprofit organization that provides pajamas and books to children living in shelters, foster care, group homes and orphanages. For every pair of pajamas that MED families donated, Scholastic matched it by donating a brand new book.
Fifth Graders Raise Funds for UNICEF
For more than a quarter of a century, Chatham fifth graders have participated in the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF program. Students collected funds for the world children's charity from Halloween through November. Prior to this activity, students learned background information about UNICEF and the United Nations as part of a class lesson on human rights. This year, over forty students participated and $850 was raised to help children in need all over the world.
Third Grader's Essay Featured on CBS6 Evening News
CBS6 anchor and reporter Jerry Gretztinger visited Mrs. Mulica’s third grade class to film one of Jerry's "Take A Break" segments about student Ednel Knapp and an essay he wrote as part of a class assignment. Mrs. Mulica had asked her students to write about what they liked best about their home. When Mrs. Mulica read what Ednel, who once lived in an Haitian orphanage, had to say she knew it was something special. She shared Ednel’s essay with Jerry Gretzinger, who agreed and paid the class a visit on December 4th to interview Ednel, Mrs. Mulica, and Ednel’s adoptive parents, Daniel and Anne Knapp of Ghent. Read Ednel's essay and view video clip...
Class Project Combines Math, Nutrition, and Exercise with Holiday Giving
Some third and fourth grade classes took a hike to the grocery store to do some shopping for local families in need. Along with the holiday spirit of giving, the field trip combined healthy habits like exercise and proper nutrition with math and money skills. The students collected a total of $250, developed nutritious shopping lists, and purchased nonperishable food items while staying within budget. All the groceries were then divided up and delivered to both the Chatham Food Pantry and the Ghent Food Pantry. Miss Feller’s and Miss Gotham’s fourth grade classes (co-taught with Miss Emma), and Mrs. Rossi and Mrs. Fleck’s co-taught third grade class participated.