A Whole New World

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Marion Street 5th Graders showed us “A Whole New World” with their magical production of Aladdin KIDS!  Directed by Mrs. Kara Boulay and Mrs. Kerry Stewart, with sets and scenery by Mrs. Patti Wierzbicki.  Students wowed the audience with their singing, dancing and acting, inviting the audience into the magical mysteries of the Cave of Wonders.  Stage Crew made sure the show went off without a hitch, adding their personal flare and expertise.  Student art decorated the walls of the gym to add to the “Arabian Nights” feel.  The Marion Street staff are so proud of the 5th grade Drama Club.

Marion Street Students Spread Love to Those in Need

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In honor of Valentine’s Day, students at Marion Street Elementary School recently decorated paper bags for homeless individuals in New York City which held donated travel sized toiletries that the school collected. The bags were distributed to those in need at the YES! Solutions, Inc. Valentine’s Winter Picnic-on-the-Street event on Feb. 9. The service organization helps those going through a difficult time in their lives. 

Coordinated by special education teacher Rachel Tiran, the service project allowed all students at Marion Street School to give back and spread love to others in need. Students created cards and decorated the paper bags, which served as goodie bags for the event. They colored images of hearts and included words of positivity to put a smile on someone else’s face. 

“It’s amazing,” said Ms. Tiran. “The best part about community service is teaching our kids how important it is to help others and to give back. To see the kids so excited about helping others and giving back is really rewarding.” 

In addition to the goodie bags, members of the Marion Street School community donated hats, gloves and scarves which were distributed during the event as well. 
 

Fourth-Graders Experience Native American Life

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Marion Street Elementary School fourth-graders furthered their knowledge on Native Americans with an in-house field trip, Journeys Into American Indian Territory on Jan. 29. Anthropologist and director Robert Vetter, along with presenter Patricia Shih spent the day with fourth grade classes educating students on Native Americans of New York and the Eastern Woodlands. 

Students participated in a moving museum in the school gymnasium where they looked at artifacts and walked through a longhouse model. They also played social and active games of the Algonquian and Iroquois people, listened to stories, created a Woodlands style clay pot and learned a traditional song and dance. The hand-on experience gave Marion Street students a better understanding of Native American culture and history. 
 

Marion Street Students Donate More than 3,000 Meals to Those in Need

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Marion Street Elementary School students participated in a Grinch for Good initiative last month, successfully collecting 3,650 pounds of food for Island Harvest, a food bank that serves the hungry across Long Island. The abundance of food donations will provide 3,042 meals for families in need.
 
Students across the nation participated in the Grinch for Good initiative by doing acts of kindness and donating to Feeding America, which Island Harvest is a member of. The initiative focused on growing students’ hearts and fostering a growth in civic responsibility. 

Christine Castellano and Michelle Puglisi’s fourth-grade class led the initiative, which was supported by the Marion Street Student Council. Students set class goals to bring in food and were supported by their families, neighbors and places of business. The initiative ran through the month of December and ended with a “Tape Your Principal to the Wall” assembly to celebrate the successful food drive.