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Verne W. Critz students put their best foot forward

Verne W. Critz students put their best foot forward photo
There was a sense of formality and excitement at Verne W. Critz Elementary School on Jan. 4 as students and faculty dressed for school in their best holiday attire to celebrate the New Year.
 
Principal Mandy Mazziotti said the annual event, called the New Year’s Ball, is an “opportunity for each student to put his or her best foot forward.”

In addition to wearing special holiday clothing, students wrote New Year’s resolutions in class and discussed how to set goals to accomplish them. The PTA treated the students to sparkling apple cider and cupcakes during lunchtime. During dismissal, the entire school community then engaged in celebratory dancing.   
 

Making the Perfect Gift at Verne W. Critz

Making the Perfect Gift at Verne W. Critz photo

Parents and caregivers gathered in kindergarten classrooms at Verne W. Critz to accompany their children in the making of special handcrafted holiday gifts. The day was a perfect opportunity to learn the value of giving to others.

The classrooms were set up by stations where students crafted a snowman ornament, designed a patterned necklace, counted out ingredients in a recipe for reindeer food and designed candle holders, holiday cards and holiday trees. While the students got to work making their gifts, they were encouraged to think about who the recipients of their gifts, made with love and kindness, would be.

Verne W. Critz Celebrates the Festival of Lights

Verne W. Critz Celebrates the Festival of Lights photo
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The delicious smell of latkes wafted through the halls of Verne W. Critz School as students learned about and celebrated the traditions of Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights.
 
Students in Heather Nolan’s and Jessica Richards’ kindergarten classes read Naomi Howland’s “Latkes, Latkes, Good to Eat,” prior to pairing up to play a game of dreidel. They also sang the dreidel song and learned about the lighting of the candles on a menorah and the significance of the Jewish holiday, which was held this year from Dec. 2-10. The students also had the opportunity to taste latkes, some for the very first time. 
 
Ashley Sagistano’s third-graders also learned to play the dreidel game and taste latkes. They were asked to write down whether they preferred their potato pancakes with sour cream or apple sauce and then recorded their preferences on a graph. 

Retired Verne W. Critz special education teacher Jackie Kramer visited first-graders in Shelley Tooker’s class where she read Sylvia A. Rouss’ “Sammy Spider’s First Hanukkah.” She taught the students about the customs and traditions of this beloved holiday and made the students latkes from her favorite recipe.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
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