LHS Key Club Shares Safety Tips With Kindergartners

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This past Halloween, Principal Ellen Postman at the Lynbrook Kindergarten Center invited members of the Lynbrook High School Key Club with their advisor Dr. Benedict Tieniber, to speak with kindergarten classes. This is an annual Halloween event for the Key Club who aim to give back to the community. About 20 members visited the school to teach the young students about the importance of Halloween safety and stranger danger. Great job, Key Club! 

Kindergartners Discover the Spirit of Diwali

Throughout the school year, kindergarten students in Kim Fitzsimmons and Michelle Reagan’s class at the Lynbrook Kindergarten Center are embracing the cultures of their peers. Leading up to the Hindu holiday Diwali, students learned about Diwali through literature and the traditions it entails. The class created diyas (festive candle holders) which are lit on Diwali to signify goodness and created Rangoli designs to bring good luck upon the classes of the Kindergarten Center on Nov. 5.  

With the guidance of Fitzsimmons, each student received two different colored pieces of air dry clay and molded it into their own diya. The activity was not only a hands-on celebration of Diwali, but also a lesson on the five senses. The students spoke about how the clay felt as they transformed it into a diya and placed a fake candle in the center. The students put their creativity to the test as they incorporated different colored beads and foil confetti into their diya. 

With Diwali music playing in the background, the class showcased their Diwali dance at their tables and continued their celebration with Rangoli designs. Students worked together on a black piece of paper to color in the different Rangoli designs with chalk. The class then placed their designs outside each classroom in the building, just as Rangoli designs are placed at the entrances of homes to bring prosperity and good luck during Diwali. 

In addition to activities, Fitzsimmons’ class incorporates the different cultures and holidays into the math curriculum with word problems and into the students’ writing and reading workshops, fitting into the theme of learning around the world. The Diwali celebration also furthered the students’ understanding of the word respect, the Kindergarten Center’s October character trait of the month. 

“They are excited to learn about each other’s cultures,” said Fitzsimmons. “Together, we are making world connections.” 

Leading the Way to Healthy Habits

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Reinforcing the importance of living a healthy lifestyle, kindergarten students at the Lynbrook Kindergarten Center learned about the benefits of exercise, eating right, dental hygiene and more with the help of 28 Molloy College nursing students on Oct. 18. Senior nursing students enrolled in the Community Health course, visit the Kindergarten Center each year to educate on health and wellness. 

Kindergarten classes visited the school gymnasium throughout the day in which they rotated stations and heard from the nursing students. With colorful display boards and different items to reinforce health concepts, the kindergartners learned how to properly brush their teeth, what healthy foods are, how to cross the street safely, a variety of exercise moves and more. They also answered questions and received worksheets and stickers for their participation in the stations.

Molloy College nursing faculty members Elaine Burger, Lynnelle Glenn, Elizabeth Perez, Irene Rush and Joy Scharfman were on hand to support their students, along with Kindergarten Center Principal Ellen Postman and the kindergarten teachers who walked around with their classes. 

“The nursing students are presenting health education topics such as hand washing, care of the teeth, bullying, street safety and healthy eating to teach the kindergarten children and get them off to a good start,” said Molloy nursing professor Elaine Burger. “Healthcare is now really in the community.”