Since the last update the graffiti project has made a lot of progress. The third grade girls’ bathroom is ready to be painted. Mrs.Smeltzer has just received all of the paint. There is all the colors of the rainbow. Plus, the magnificent magenta and terrific teal that some of the 6th grade graffiti club members picked out. In addition Mrs.Gibardi is working with 5th and 6th grade students to get some sketches for what should be painted on the bathroom walls. Once all the sketches are in and the design is decided the painting will begin.
By: Grace I.
It's friday and you hear the third bell and then go off and you think to yourself “Yes, I can leave,” but then you remember you have Variety Show practice. That's what kids in the Variety Show have to do, stay at school longer, on FRIDAY. The Variety Show is an after school thing and there are several groups of four to seven people and each group is doing a comedy skit. Each group has done three skits but they will only do two of them at the actual show. The Variety Show is held by Ms. Hanson and Ms. McCurdy. The Variety Show will have a finale and it will include all of the groups working together to make one last funny skit. The Variety Show will be on March 18 . There are 5th and 6th graders in the Variety Show and they are all working together in groups but there are around eleven or twelve different groups. Each group's skit is only about a minute long. Each group's skit is completely different and unique in their own way. Even though each group has two skits each of their skits will not be together because when each skit from all the groups is presented it is randomized.
Students at Mansion love chocolate! But which one is the best? I asked them at lunch and here are the results (out of 34 students):
The all*star band has just started on wednesday, February 10. That day was their first practice together. The All*star band is a select band that every member tries out for. You have to get a certain score to get in. They have three songs so far. They are, The Star Spangled Banner, La Rejouissance, and a song From Phantom of the Opera.
You may have noticed that the 3rd grade girls bathroom is closed off. Many people have wondered why. Well, it’s for painting! Graffiti in the bathrooms has been a problem for a long time. To fix this, Mrs.Smeltzer had the idea of painting the bathroom walls. In November she realized that graffiti in the bathrooms was a huge problem, and it was just getting worse. She saw that she had two options, either spend a lot of time finding the students who did it and punish them, or find a creative solution that got the school excited. That’s when she got the idea for the mural project. So far, the scratches have been filled in, the walls have been sanded, the base coat of paint has been put on the walls, and the paint has arrived. Soon, the bathroom will look like new once more. Now, obviously, in spite of the progress that has been made, not all of the bathrooms will be painted this year, but Mrs.Smeltzer hopes that in the near future all of the bathrooms will be lively once again.
By: Skyler K.
It is January, and we all know it’s time for the annual Pajama Drive! Yes, the time of year we donate pajamas to children in need. We have had lots of success this year, and we have just recently been informed by Mrs. Falkouski that we have donated 63 pairs of pajamas! If you wanted to include Haviland, we got over 180 pairs in total! Very good work, students and teachers, and this year was quite successful!
In the past week Mrs.Smeltzer has made awards for being the best class that lineups in the morning and the best table at lunch. The lunch prize hasn’t happened yet because it was announced last Friday, but the lineup award had been presented to a few classes. When Mrs.Smeltzer says good lines she means lines that are quite and are in a straight line and when she means the best table she is basically saying the table that sits in their seat when they’re supposed to and that cleans their food off the ground. Some of the classes that got the lineup award such as Mrs.Kirby's class twice and Mrs.Englehart’s class has also got the lineup award. Maybe your class will win either the Lunch award next week or the lineup award.
Winter Festival Honors Band is a band that is made up of band students from many other towns, and the three band directors, Mrs. Bracy, Mrs. Mannion, and Mrs. Moore, think of it as a great way for people to connect. This year students from Mt. Ephraim, Brooklawn, and Audubon participated. This band’s concert was on January 16th this year. There were nine songs. Star Spangled Banner, Mount Rushmore, When the Band Comes Marchin’ In, Beethoven's Ninth, Beauty and the Beast, Surprise Symphony Variations, Pulaski Polka, the Wild Old west, and More Cowbell. Mrs.Moore (the conductor representing Audubon) said, “This band is for people who want an extra challenge”. That’s true because this band has nine songs to learn in a month! And they only get to play with each other two times. Mrs. Moore thinks of this band as very fun, and a great challenge for many reasons. Her favorite out of nine songs was the Pulaski Polka which is a polish folk son. Now, her favorite song to conduct (each band director conducted three songs) was More Cowbell which she thinks of as a very fun, upbeat song. So, this band is very fun, is a great challenge, and most importantly, it brings people together, and is a fun way to do it.
The Twelve Days of Grinchmas
How many good deeds can you do this Grinchmas? See if you can do as many nice things as possible during the 12 days of Grinchmas. Kind things make your heart grow three sizes - just like the Grinch!
Dec. 3: Smile and say hello to someone at school that you don’t know.
Dec. 4: Help your family decorate for the holidays.
Dec. 7: Play with someone at school who seems lonely.
Dec. 8: Do something nice for one of your parents without being asked.
Dec. 9: Read a story to someone younger than you or share a book with a friend.
Dec. 10: Give a toy you no longer use to someone in your family, a friend, or a charity (ask Mom or Dad first!)
Dec. 11: Write a thank you note or card to someone who has done something nice for you.
Dec. 15: Give someone at school a compliment today.
Dec. 16: Help your family make dinner or clean up dinner without being asked.
Dec. 17: Clean your room without being asked.
Dec. 18: Make your teacher a holiday card.
Dec. 21: Last chance - can you do something nice for someone at school? Hold the door, help someone out, or be kind to someone.
by Damian B.
Everyone is tired of bathroom graffiti. It is old and makes the bathrooms in our school an eyesore. Wouldn’t you like it to go away? Do you want to help? If so, drop by the office and sign up for the solution.
The bathroom graffiti club is dedicated to helping get rid of graffiti. First preventing graffiti, then protecting our bathrooms. The club’s overall goal is to paint a mural in each of the school’s bathrooms. This would cover up old graffiti and hopefully stop new graffiti from happening.
The next step in the plan is to figure out what to paint. Mrs. Smeltzer has stated that two boxes will put in the lunchroom (one for the girl’s bathroom and one for the boy’s bathroom) so that during lunch, you can write your idea on a slip of paper for what the mural should be and put it in the box for which bathroom it should be painted in. You can put your ideas in whichever bin you feel that idea should belongs. You can put in as many ideas as you want. This will happen on Monday the 21st and Tuesday the 22nd of December. Eventually, Mrs. Gabardi and Mrs. Smeltzer will review the ideas and decide what to paint. Then, the club would paint it!
Mrs. Smeltzer and Mrs. Gabardi have already met to discuss the mural and have also started gathering paint. They are super excited for this to happen!
So far, over 175 students have signed up for the club! Mrs. Smeltzer hopes even more do! So if you haven’t signed up already go down to the office right now and help us end graffiti for good.
Assemblies, Awards, Dances, Ceremonies and amazing students we always have something to celebrate at Mansion.