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Parents, Students Read At Center Street School

Every year, Center Street Elementary School celebrates PARP (Parents As Reading Partners) week. The PTA organizes PARP week and its goal is to help parents inspire their children to become lifelong readers.

 

 “We want to help make reading fun at school and at home so our children will love reading,” said Christine Liu, PARP committee chair. 

 

PARP week kicked off at the Center Street School with an opening ceremony where students were introduced to their reading challenge through a wildly entertaining, full-costume dramatic performance by teachers and the principal. Next, there was a visit by Brian Pinkney, award-winning author and illustrator.

 

The PARP committee decided to implement a video game theme this year to tackle the challenge of children preferring screen time instead of book time. Instead of leveling up on games, PARP encouraged students to level up their reading. The PARP committee wrote a story line involving some popular video game characters, with a different twist.

 

When decorating the school, the committee integrated books and video game themes to captivate student minds and interest levels.  

 

Center Street was transformed to “CenterLand” for the week. The students were challenged to read each night in order to earn enough gold coins to unlock different “levels” and help free the fair Princess Speech (played by school librarian Mrs. Guarini), who was being held captive in the library by book-hating Mowser, (played by computer teacher Mr. DeCelie).

 

Parents were encouraged to read with their children at home by doing different bonus coin challenges. Every hallway of the school was filled with gold coins, with each representing 15 minutes that a student read. 

 

Principal Bierwiler and Mrs. Korder introduced new books and adventures to the students and Mowser. A wide range of books were featured in each skit to develop the story line.

 

By the end of the week, Mowser had a new appreciation for books and released Princess Speech. 

 

In conjunction with PARP, the school had its Library Sleepover. The children returned to school in the evening, wearing their pajamas, carrying their teddy bears, enjoying story time with their teachers.

 

While the children were at their sleepover, parents were encouraged to visit the PTA Book Fair as well as a presentation by Mr. Beirwiler and Mrs. Korder on “How to make reading more fun at home.”  Approximately 130 parents were in attendance for this presentation.

 

Other highlights of PARP week included a book drive. More than 1,000 new and gently used books were donated to First Book Long Island. A special “Drop Everything and Read” session took place during the week. Children brought in their favorite books and read with their class buddy during this special time. 

 

After all the children leveled up their reading, PARP week closed out with The Principal’s Challenge. The Rocky movie theme song blared through the gym as Mr. Bierwiler had to complete a challenging obstacle course starting with the rope climb.

 

Excitement filled the entire gym as the children cheered their principal past each obstacle. Mr. Bierwiler’s performance rocked the entire gym with laughter, cheers, and applause from beginning  to end. Each child went home with an age appropriate book courtesy of the Center Street PTA. 

 

— From the Center Street School


News

Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.

Nassau County officials say Sewanhaka High School will receive a camera on Covert Avenue, which spans the eastern stretch of the property. Tulip Avenue runs in front of the high school and was also considered. Cameras could begin operation in September.

The Village of New Hyde Park finished its Operation Main Street project just in time, because the town’s eligibility for federal funds is shrinking, officials announced last week.

“The qualifications revolve around money,” trustee Donald Barbieri said. “Like how much income is being earned by people in the area. I guess as seniors move on, you can’t buy an [expensive home] and it changed the demographic, shrinking our eligible area.”


Sports

New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler and catcher Travis d’Arnaud brightened the day for some patients at Cohen Children’s Medical Center last week in New Hyde Park, posing for pictures and handing out gifts and autographs. The players hung out with the kids in the afternoon, playing video games and answering questions.

They also found the time to make the rounds, stopping by bedsides to spread some cheer. Mr. Met also joined the tour and was a big hit with the children, who peppered him with questions about everything from his four-fingered hand to the whereabouts of the missing Mrs. Met.

The Sewanhaka Indians football team has a season of change in store.

The Indians have moved up from Conference III to Conference II, due to an increase in enrollment, and are set to face teams that they have never seen before, according to head coach George Kasimatis.

“It is hard to gauge where we will be in this conference,” he said. “There is a lot of uncertainty as where we fit in.”


Calendar

Library Board Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Welcome Reception

Wednesday, Sept. 3

Herricks School Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



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