Jan 24th - Jan 24th, 2020 - PTO Meeting
7 p.m. - TR
Jan 24th - Jan 24th, 2020 - Movie Night
Jan 27th - Jan 27th, 2020 - BOE Regular Meeting
6:30 p.m. - Administration Building
1057. That’s the number of acts of kindness that Tinc Road students have done at home in the past six weeks. From giving compliments and helping with chores, to asking friends to play and taking out the trash without being asked, the good deeds spanned a wide range of activities.
The wave of kindness and consideration was sparked from a schoolwide initiative to emphasize the importance of generosity – a Tinc Road focus this year.
“We wanted students to be mindful of being kind in all the places they go, not just school,” said teacher Laura Iacampo, a member of the school’s character education committee.
Each class discussed the initiative and set a goal for a minimum number of kind deeds each student should complete. The kids kept track of their kind acts on personal tally sheets and included short descriptions of them. To keep them motivated and acknowledge positive behavior, several students and their acts of kindness were recognized each day on the school’s morning announcements.
While this initiative is coming to an end, the generosity is continuing with a winter wear drive organized by students Olivia Lisi and Stephanie McLaughlin. From now through January 31, the school is collecting socks, mittens, gloves, hats, and new or gently used blankets for Project Kind. The Rockaway-based organization provides aid to the homeless.
The focus on generosity and giving emerged from the school’s character education committee. Each year, the committee of staff members selects a character trait for the year and a book that serves to illustrate it. Last year’s theme was antibullying (exemplified with “Zero” by Kathryn Otoshi) and the 2017-18 theme was individuality (“Only One You” by Linda Kranz).
Catching escaped gingerbread men isn’t easy. That’s what kindergartners learned when the gingerbread man that each class had made disappeared after being cooked and removed from the cafeteria’s oven
Uh oh! What to do?
The students hung “Wanted” posters in the hallway to alert passersby to be on the lookout for lost cookies. But when dismissal time came, the gingerbread men were still at-large.
That evening at home, the students created box traps to capture their class’ gingerbread man who was lost somewhere in the school. The lures were set the next day. “Free Pie Inside” read a sign on one trap; another, with pennies taped to the outside, tempted with cold hard cash – a sure enticement for a gingerbread man who might have overspent this holiday season.
After the gingerbread men evaded the traps, the students searched the school. They discovered clues in various spots, eventually learning that their own class gingerbread man had found his way back to the classroom where he was born (from dough the teachers had brought in). He was one smart cookie, afterall.
The gingerbread man search paralleled stories that the students had read in class. These included the 150-year-old “The Gingerbread Man” and variations such as “The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School,” “The Gingerbread Girl,” and “The Ninjabread Man,” a modern, action-style take on the classic original.
“It’s a fun activity that’s been a Tinc Road kindergarten tradition for years, long before I started here,” said teacher Brittany VanHouten. “The kids get a chance to show off their creativity and sense of humor when building their traps.”
The hunt for the gingerbread men had a sweet ending for the hungry classes – unfortunately it was not so sweet for the gingerbread men themselves. But that’s the way the cookie crumbles.
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