School Violence Awareness Week
October 21, 2017
Students and staff members wore orange on Unity Day to ‘UNITE AGAINST BULLYING.’ On October 23rd, the students from room 131 revisited the story “Please, Mr. Panda” to engage students in age appropriate conversations about manners and kindness. Afterwards, the students practiced saying “Please”, “Thank You” and “Your Welcome” by sharing a panda bear.
Week of Respect
We began our celebration by inviting students to decorate a leaf with a kind message for a friend. Mr. Del Risco, the art teacher assisted with this activity throughout the week. Another activity included a guest reader in every classroom. Mrs. Okpych, our school’s Learning Consultant read the story ‘Have you filled a bucket today?’ and Mrs. Beaty, our school Social Worker read the story ‘Hands Are Not for Hitting.’ Both stories teach our young learners about doing nice things for our others and respecting one another. On October 8th., Fireman Muñoz discussed fire prevention safety during a Fire Prevention Assembly. He engaged the students in role playing scenarios to teach them what to do in case of a fire. Several other firemen shared important tips on the special gear they wear and the different compartments of a fire truck. Upon returning to the classrooms, the students discussed firemen as community helpers. Other activities included a ‘Word of the Day’ such as “Excuse Me”, “Please”, “Thank you” and “Your Welcome.” We ended our week-long celebration by coming together in a sing along. The students sang ‘The More We Get Together’ and ‘Skidamarink’ led by our Music teacher Mr. Kukla. During this gathering Mrs. Rodriguez, our school principal presented Ms. Sader with the Harmony Educator Award. ‘The award is given in recognition of their exemplary achievements in promoting diversity in both their schools and communities. Recipients have courageously demonstrated a passion and commitment to inspiring and educating our youth to be leaders for social justice and change.’
School #51 CHEERS for the Police Unity Tour
On the afternoon of May 9th. the School 51 family came together to cheer and thank law enforcement officers and veterans for their service by waving American flags and blue banners as they rode by dressed in blue in large crowds of bicycles and motorcycles during the Police Unity Tour. Teachers helped children understand this tribute by discussing the job of a soldier and law enforcement who work to keep us safe and protect our country. Throughout the lesson, students worked together to create banners, thank you cards, noise makers and American flags to pay tribute to all the men and women in all branches of law enforcement and the military both active and veterans.
Building Super Powers
Our school celebrated Week of the Young Child on April 8th -12th with an array of activities to honor our young learners. This is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) which celebrates early learning, young children, their teachers and families. On Wednesday April 10th., teachers read character building stories and then discussed their super power. Each child wore a cape and a headband with a word that best described their super hero power such as kind, helpful, friendly, honest, etc.
Thomas Jefferson Arts Academy Dance Performance
Students from the Thomas Jefferson Arts Academy dance program performed for our students on March 21, 2019. The dancers encouraged character building in a fun and interactive way through music and movement. They addressed and encouraged empathy, sportsmanship and leadership through music, song and dance.
The students in room 134 and 138 have been introduced to “Book Buddies” during Kindness Week. Every friend who plans to read a story in the classroom library can choose to read to a friend or stuffed animal that we call a Book Buddy. This shows the students a new way that they can share with their friends, both real and stuffed, every day.
February 11, 2019
Throughout Kindness Week, the students in room 134 and 138 discussed the importance of being kind to everyone they meet. The students made cards for their friends and family that explained why they love and care about them.
Pennies for Patients
The students in room 134 and 138 are excited to raise money to fight Leukemia and Lymphoma. They are collecting pennies to donate to children fighting blood cancer. Our super friends will help to fight this battle throughout the month of February and will continue to learn the importance of helping others in need through many service learning projects.
Teachers implement intentional teaching strategies to help children understand their feelings and help them express them appropriately. Teachers provide students many opportunities throughout the day to help them understand their feelings utilizing age appropriate activities. They utilize books and an array of materials to engage children in learning new vocabulary that helps young learners develop empathy for others and create self-awareness.
Emotion Tiles, Emotion Better Builders, Privacy Cube, Emotion Pillows and Books
Let's Dig In!
Donald Stewart School 51 is proud to have received a grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders through a “2018 Moving Union County Forward-Union County Plant a Seed Initiative Program”. On June 4th, 10 Earth Boxes were installed in our new garden where we will be growing various types of vegetables and herbs. Through this program, our students will have hands-on lessons about planting, gardening, and harvesting produce which will educate them on the importance of eating healthy, caring for the Earth, and helping others. Our school will be donating 30 percent of what we grow to help our local soup kitchen and the members in our community. We are excited to embark on this project which we hope will keep growing in upcoming years.
Multicultural Month Celebration
On May 24th., School #51 held their “Promising Practice Award” winning Multicultural Fashion Show/Song Fest event. This celebration of the school community’s diversity is one of the most anticipated events of the school year. They invited students’ families and community members to come and watch as the students walk down a red carpet and sing multicultural songs while dressed in clothing that is representative of their families’ culture and ethnicity. A special thank you is extended to the students and their families for making this year’s Multicultural Fashion Show/Song Fest another successful event. Additional activities leading up to this event included learning about different facts about other countries such as languages, music, traditional foods and clothing.
Let’s Bloom Together
Donald Stewart ECC School No. 51 is continuously promoting character education through the exposure of meaningful age appropriate programs. The Beautification Project is sponsored by our PTO and offered by Let’s Bloom Together. Marigold Mike presented the gardening program to our students on May 11th. and provided over 300 flowers to our school to beautify our community, which can be seen in our Reading Garden and by our school entrance. In his own words, “We introduce this lesson with what it means to be part of a COMMUNITY. Then similar to the FLOWER PLANTING EVENT, the children will be introduced to and learn how to care for spring flowers like Marigolds, Impatiens and Zinnia's” (2018). During the week of May 14th., the students planted the plants left by Marigold Mike and the Let’s Bloom Together enrichment program in the front of our school and in our school garden. In addition to helping students make the connection between nature and learning, the students were proud of working together to beautify the school.
Character Education Super Power!
As a National School of Character and Promising Practice Award recipient, it is our mission to infuse character education in our daily routine and in our events for our school community. Our staff wanted to create a special activity during The Week of the Young Child to not only celebrate and honor our students, but also to showcase their understanding and implementation of Character Education. In the days leading up to our event, teachers discussed words that align with Character Education such as respect, kindness, helpfulness, honesty, empathy, etc. The children were read books and role played to further their understanding of how these words build and enhance their Character Education. The students then chose which word best described their Character Education Super Power and drew pictures depicting how they apply their Super Power in their lives. Throughout the day on April 11th., our students wore their Super Hero capes with their Character Education Super Power banners and enjoyed putting their super powers to use throughout the day. Our students and staff had a blast and we cannot wait to celebrate again next year!
Pennies for Patients
During the month of February 2018, the students at School No. 51 took part in making a positive impact in the lives of blood cancer patients by raising funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s, Pennies for Patients Program. Students learned lessons on the immeasurable impact of helping others and service learning as they worked on a variety of everyday mathematical concepts.
Cards for our brave soldiers
Teachers at Donald Stewart Early Childhood Center School No. 51 incorporate lessons on caring for others and emphasizing acts of kindness throughout the school year. During the week of January 8th., the teachers highlighted the bravery and the sacrifice our troops make to keep our country safe. As a result, the students created Thank You cards for our brave men and women in the military. Over 300 cards will be shipped overseas to arrive just in time for Valentine’s Day. The Moving New Jersey Forward Foundation along with Union County Freeholder Sergio Granados, Elizabeth Councilman Manny Grova and Elizabeth Board of Education President Maria Carvalho will coordinate the care package. As a National School of Character, School No. 51 infuses lessons on supporting and recognizing service men and women to aid in character building.
Helping our community means we care
As a National School of Character, we infuse character education learning activities throughout the school year to teach the students how they can become caring individuals by doing caring things for others. Our PTO family aids in this learning by sponsoring several collections and fundraisers. During the month of November, the PTO sponsored a Thanksgiving ‘Food for 500’ food drive. Donations of canned goods and non-perishable food items were collected and donated to the First Baptist Church Soup Kitchen in Elizabeth. Together with the help of our generous parents and staff members, we surpassed our goal of 500 food items. During December 1st – December 15th the PTO also sponsored their annual Coat and Jacket Drive. New and gently used coats and jackets were donated by the students and later donated to the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless. Teachers created lessons on carrying out acts of kindness including lessons that emphasized how acts of kindness provide support and can help their community.
Letter for Liam
Mrs. Kokoszka and Mrs. Torres in Room 124 learned about a boy from Rahway named Liam Donovan whom is suffering from a rare illness. His birthday is in May and he loves getting correspondence! In keeping with our school motto Friends Care, Friends Share, Mrs. Kokoszka shared the story with her students and encouraged them to make cards to help cheer up Liam. Students were very receptive and excited to do something nice for someone else! We hope our cards bring a smile to Liam's face!
Light It Up Blue Parade
Week of The Young Child
April 24th – April 28th
The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating learning, young children, their teachers and families. Students and staff members wore blue in recognition of Autism Awareness Month and participated in the Light It Up Blue Parade to demonstrate their support and acceptance for individuals with autism. Students waved glow sticks as they sang a variety of songs led by our Music teacher Mrs. Santoro. Our school mascot, Tian-Tian also took part in the event. (Please visit our School-Wide Events link to view more pictures and information regarding this week long celebration.)
April is Autism Awareness Month
April is Autism Awareness month. We began our celebration by wearing Autism Awareness bracelets provided by Mrs. Burnett-Williams, Mrs. Gallardo and Mrs. Gomez teachers at School #51. The students also displayed large puzzle pieces with their illustratoins to complete the following statement;"I am Special because.." Their work was proudly displayed on the garden window for everyone to enjoy. This was one of several activities the students worked on throughout the month to show their support and acceptance of individuals with autism. Other activities included our Special Olympics Unified Games Day.
Sharing and Caring with Books
During Read Across America Week, February 27th - March 3rd, the teachers Mrs. LeFever and Mrs. Wilkes visited each classroom to read a story with the children. They read Llama Llama Time to Share by Anna Dewdney and Should I Share My Ice Cream? by Mo Willems. The books were chosen to incorporate our school motto, “Friends Care, Friends Share!” and to spread the message that working together we can accomplish more.
Ms. Sader & Mrs. Faltas
Building friendships using Buddy Badges
During greeting time in Ms. Sader's class, the students are invited to pick a friend's symbol out of the mystery bag. Throughout the day, he/she would be their buddy during work time. They are encouraged to look after each other and offer each other help when needed. During recall time, the buddies come together to talk about their time together. This activity is practiced daily and helps increase friendship skills. March 2017
"Get Well Soon!"
On February 6th., students from Ms. Sader's class came together to create get well cards for a fellow classmate's mom after she had mentioned that her mom was not feeling well. As a result, students worked collaboratively to send personal messages of love and friendship to her. The student later delivered those kind messages of love to her mom.
Reading Under the Stars
During the week of February 27 to March 3, 2017 the students from Donald Stewart Center for Early Childhood Education School #51celebrated “Read Across America Week”. During this nationwide event, students participated in numerous school-wide events and activities that were designed to promote literacy among young children. In honor of this event the school commemorated some of Dr. Seuss’ wonderful books by creating birthday cards, wearing silly hats and socks and eating green eggs and ham for breakfast. In addition, the school’s multipurpose room was transformed into a stargazing extravaganza for Reading Under the Stars. Books were read using flashlights as shooting stars flew over the students’ heads. This event was an opportunity to gather the parents, students and teachers in an environment which fosters a love of reading.
Pennies for Patients
Our school participates in a charitable fundraiser to educate our students on supporting people in need. Pennies for Patients is a fundraiser which is part of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s School and Youth Programs. It will run throughout the month of February. This program raises funds for lifesaving treatments and cures for blood cancer patients. During a three-week period, the students will collect spare change to support the organization’ s mission — to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma and to improve the quality of life for patients and their families. Throughout the activity, students discuss the importance of helping others, helping the sick and caring for others as we continue to instill our school motto “Friends Care Friends Share.” The students also work on math concepts as they count and sort their donations. The impact our students’ participation will have on so many lives is significant, but their own sense of service and philanthropy is immeasurable.
2016 National School of Character
As indicated by “Character.org” Donald Steward Early Childhood Center School No. 51 was recognized as a 2016 National School of Character in May 2016. “National Schools of Character are schools, early childhood through high school that have demonstrated through a rigorous evaluation process that character development has had a positive impact on academics, student behavior, and school climate." The school principal, Mrs. Rodriguez as well the Assistant Superintendent Linda Seniszyn, teachers and parents were guests at this years’ award ceremony at Rider University, where they received a banner for their recognition as State School of Character and then presented with a plaque for their National award. School #51 aspires to lead by example as they serve as role models for other schools.
Escuela Nacional de Carácter 2016
Como indicado por “Character.org” la Escuela de Educación Pre-escolar Donald Stewart No. 51 fué reconocida como una Escuela Nacional de Carácter en mayo del 2016. “Escuelas Nacionales de Carácter son escuelas desde primera infancia hasta la escuela secundaria que han demostrado a través de un proceso de evaluación rigoroso el desarollo del carácter positivo en el comportamiento academico y clima escolar." La directora de la escuela Sra. Rodriguez, la Superintendente Auxiliar, Linda Seniszyn, profesores y padres fueron invitados a la ceremonia de premios de este año en la Universidad Rider, donde recibieron una bandera para su reconocimiento como Escuela Estatal de Carácter y luego recibieron una placa por su premio Nacional. La Escuela #51 aspira a liderar con el ejemplo, ya que sirve de modelo para otras escuelas.
Donald Stewart Center for Early Childhood Education has been named a
“New Jersey School of Character”
“Character education is an educational movement that supports the social, emotional and ethical development of students. It is the proactive effort by schools, districts, communities, and states to help students develop important core ethical (recognizing what’s right) and performance (doing what’s right) values such as caring, honesty, diligence, fairness, fortitude, responsibility, grit, creativity, critical thinking and respect for self and others.” Our school has proven worthy of this award as we exemplify core values that promote a positive learning atmosphere. Our school motto of “Friends Care, Friends Share,” is infused throughout our curriculum and everyday activities. We are delighted to share this distinction with you and the entire school community. Thank you for sharing in our success. For more information please visit the links below.
Donald Stewart Centro de Educación Infantil ha sido nombrada una escuela de
“New Jersey School of Character”
"La educación del carácter es un movimiento educativo que apoya el desarrollo social, emocional y ético de los estudiantes. Es el esfuerzo proactivo por las escuelas, distritos, comunidades, y los estados para ayudar a los estudiantes a desarrollar importante núcleo ético (reconociendo lo que es correcto) y el rendimiento (hacer lo que es correcto), la honestidad, la diligencia, la equidad, la fortaleza, la responsabilidad, la creatividad, el pensamiento crítico y el respeto por uno mismo y los demás ". Nuestra escuela ha demostrado ser merecedor de este premio, ya que ejemplifican los valores fundamentales que promueven un ambiente de aprendizaje positivo. Nuestro lema de la escuela de “Friends Care, Friends Share", o en español “Los amigos se cuidan, los amigos comparten” se infunde en todo nuestro plan de estudios y las actividades cotidianas. Estamos encantados de compartir esta distinción con usted y toda la comunidad escolar. Gracias por compartir en nuestro éxito.
2016 National Promising Practice Award
Donald Stewart has been selected as a 2016 Promising Practice by Character.org in May 2016 for its dedication in celebrating diversity during Multicultural Week. During this celebration, School #51 recognizes and celebrates their diverse school community by embracing different cultures through hands-on activities planned by their Multicultural Committee. Activities include “Travels Around the World” which invites students to tour the different countries featured on the hallway bulletin boards learning important facts about each country. Students are also treated to different foods during mealtimes throughout the week prepared by the kitchen staff. Parents bring in music from their countries and the students listen to the cd’s throughout the day and are encouraged to try different dances from around the world. The music teacher includes new songs from different countries and explains how music is enjoyable from every part of the world. The art teacher focuses on artwork made by different artists from different countries throughout the week. During show and tell the students showcase artifacts, pictures, maps and other items with significant cultural importance. They culminate the activity with a grand display of ethnic costumes during a Multicultural Fashion Show. During this event, students and staff come together to put on a lively Fashion Show for parents, district representatives, and community members. This celebration teaches the students to respect and appreciate all the cultures that make up their diverse learning community by admiring, cheering and participating with everyone. The school has embedded their embrace for diversity throughout the school and year round as they display their school motto “Friends Care Friends Share” in five different languages along with their school mascot, Tian – Tian the panda. Congratulations to School #51 for making lifelong connections.
2016 Premio Nacional de Práctica Prometedora
La Escuela Donald Stewart No. 51 ha sido seleccionada con el reconocimiento de Práctica Prometedora 2016 por Character.org por su dedicación en la celebración en la Semana Multicultural. Durante esta celebración , la Escuela No. 51 reconoce y celebra la diversidad de su comunidad escolar adoptando diferentes culturas a través de actividades prácticas planeadas por su Comité Multicultural. Las actividades incluyen “Viaje por el Mundo”, que invita a los estudiantes a recorrer diferentes países que aparencen en los tablones de anuncios en los pasillos de la escuela con información y hechos importantes acerca de cada país representado. Los estudiantes también disfrutan de diferentes alimentos durante el almuerzo multicultural a lo largo de la semana que es preparado por el personal de la cocina. Los padres envian música de sus países y los estudiantes escuchan las canciones durante el día escolar y se les enseña los diferentes bailes de cada pais. El maestro de música incluye nuevas canciones de diferentes países y explica cómo la música es disfrutada en diferentes naciones. El maestro de arte se concentra en explicar a los estudiantes como obras de arte son echas por artistas de diferentes países a lo largo de la semana multicultural. Durante “Demostrar y Decir” se exhiben artefactos, fotos y mapas de diferentes naciones y se explica su importancia cultural. La celebración culmina con un gran Desfile de Trajes Típicos durante una presentación cultural de modas. En este evento, los estudiantes y el personal se unen para poner un desfile de moda que es presentado a los padres, representantes del distrito escolar y miembros de la comunidad. Esta celebración enseña a los estudiantes a respetar y apreciar todas las culturas representadas en la comunidad escolar y su diversidad. La escuela ha incorporado su diversidad a travez de todo el año escolar mientra incluye su lema, “Los amigos comparten, los amigos se cuidan” en cinco idiomas diferentes, junto con la mascota de la escuela, Tian-Tian el panda. Felicitaciones a la Escuela No. 51 por hacer conexiones educacionales para toda la vida.
PANDA PRIDE PARADE
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Lessons and Activities
Mrs. Estrada & Mrs. Osnayo Room 122
During small group time, the students in room 122 read the story The Kissing Hand written by Audrey Penn. Throughout the reading the students discussed the characters, setting, problem and its solution as well as the sequence of events. The children later drew a picture about the different events and their favorite part of the story. Throughout the day, they continued to discuss the different ways they help and make their friends feel happy when they are sad as well as how much they love their moms.
Durante el tiempo de grupo pequeño, leímos la historia Un Beso en mi Mano, escrita por Audrey Penn. Durante la lectura discutimos acerca de los personajes, el setting ( dónde se desarrolla la historia), el problema y la solución al mismo, así como la sequencia de la historia. Luego los niños realizaron un dibujo acerca de los diferentes eventos en la misma que más les llamó la atención. Después ellos hicieron alusión al describir sus trabajos de cómo ayudar o hacer sentir feliz a sus amigos cuando se sientan tristes, así como de el amor por sus mamás.
Mrs. Torres & Mrs. Santana Room 151
During small group time read aloud, we read the story The Very Grouchy Ladybug. The children asked and answered many open ended questions about sharing and caring including what they like to share the most. At the end, the children wrote/described their answers.
Durante la actividad de lectura, leímos el libro La mariquita malhumorada. Durante la lectura, los niños hicieron/ contestaron preguntas abiertas acerca de cuidarse y compartir incluyendo lo que a ellos les gusta compartir. Al final, los niños escribieron/describieron sus contestaciones.
Mrs. Kokoszka & Mrs. Torres Room 124
We did it! Our school was named a ‘New Jersey School of Character’! We have dedicated the bulletin boards in the front of our school to display our proud accomplishment. Our bulletin boards reflect messages of our school motto ‘Friends care, Friends share’. We hope to inspire all who enter our school building to follow our lead and share in our core values.
Lo hicimos! Nuestra escuela ha sido nombrada una escuela de ‘New Jersey School of Character’. Hemos dedicados los boletínes en la entrada de la escuela para demostrar lo que hemos realizado. Los boletínes reflejan nuestro tema de la escuela de ‘Friends care, Friends share’, o en español ‘Los amigos se cuidan, los amigos comparten’. Esperamos inspirar a todos los que visitan nuestra escuela a que sigan nuestros pasos y compartan nuestros valores fundamentales.
Mrs. Wilkes & Mrs. Santiago Room 125
The children read books such as 'I Can Help' and 'I Can Share 'that reinforces our school motto "Friends Care Friends Share". We talked about the importance of helping people and being kind to others. The children then drew pictures of themselves helping someone in the classroom or at home. The parents and teachers also provided pictures of the students performing acts of kindness.
?Los niños leyeron libros como 'Yo puedo ayudar ' y ' Yo puedo compartir ' que refuerza nuestro tema escolar "Los Amigos cuidan, Los amigos comparten". Tambien hablamos de la importancia de ayudar a las personas y ser amable con otros. Los niños entonces hicieron dibujos de ellos mismos ayudando a alguien en el aula o en casa. Los padres y los profesores también tomaron fotografías de los estudiantes demostrando actos amables.?
Mrs. Aleixo & Mrs. Delgado Room 128
Our class read the book, "In My Heart", written by Jo Witek. A book about feelings. Throughout the readings, the students made connections between the message of the book and our school motto, “Friends Care – Friends Share”. For example, a student drew her heart and stated she was mad and wanted to explode because her best friend didn’t want to let her play in the house area. She said, “We all have to share like the panda does.”
Nuestra clase leyó el libro, “En mi corazón”, escrito por Jo Witek. Un libro a cerca de sentimientos. El libro fue leído a los estudiantes varias veces. En cada lectura, los estudiantes hicieron conexiones entre el mensaje del libro y nuestra frase de la escuela, “Amigos se quieren y amigos comparten.” Por ejemplo, uno de los estudiantes dibujo que su corazón estaba molesto y quería explotar porque su mejor amiga no quería dejarla jugar en el área de la casa. Ella dijo, “Nosotros todos tenemos que compartir, como lo hace el osito panda.”
Ms. Sader & Mrs. Jardim Room 131
After reading the book “The Day It Rained Hearts,” the students discussed how the main character, Cornelius Augusta catches falling hearts and how each heart is special in its own way. During small group time, they were invited to create a card for someone special. They decorated their card and discussed why they chose that special friend. Throughout the activity we discussed and role played sharing and turn-taking to practice being good friends and working cooperatively and discussed why friends care and friends should share.
Después de leer el libro “El día que llueve corazónes”, mantuvimos una conversación con los estudiantes sobre como la protagonista principal de la historia, Cornelius Augusta encuentra los corazónes cayendo y como cada uno de ellos es especial para ella. Durante el tiempo de grupo pequeño en la clase les invitamos a crear una carta dirijida a una persona especial, la cual fue decorada a su gusto e inmaginación. En esta actividad discutimos sobre como trabajar cooperativamente en la clase y sobre todo como los amigos se cuidan y comparten.
Mrs. LeFever & Mrs. Belit Room 134
During Small Group Read Aloud the children read “Our Big Home, An Earth Poem” by Linda Glaser. We talked about how Friends Care, Friends Share is a perfect way to keep the world a happy place to live in. The children decorated pictures of themselves and then we filled in a heart saying how we could take care of our world.
Durante el tiempo de lectura en grupos pequeños, los estudiantes leyeron el libro “Our Big Home, An Earth Poem” por Linda Glaser. Después, hablamos de cómo cuidando de los amigos y compartiendo con ellos es una manera perfecta para mantener al mundo un lugar feliz para vivir. Los estudiantes decoraron fotos de ellos y luego las usaron para rellenar un corazón que dice cómo podemos cuidar de nuestro mundo.