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Spring Fling Dance Party

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Kindergarten students at Verne W. Critz Elementary School celebrated the coming of spring through participation in a classroom Spring Fling Dance Party, held on March 19. The dance party was a culmination of a fun month of learning about the season and the celebration of Spirit Week.

During the class dance party, teachers Christine McMahon, Robin Montick, Sarah Rauch and Jacqueline Ward connected their classrooms through Google Classroom. The kindergartners were then able to dance to some of their favorite songs with friends and peers while remaining socially-distanced.

“This is the perfect way for the kindergarten students to connect with their friends and peers and to celebrate the coming of warmer weather,” teacher Jacqueline Ward said.

Prior to the dance party, the students learned about the season by reading books about spring and discussing how this season is different from others. During their spring Spirit Week, they wore funky hats for the “Hats off to You” theme, donned green clothing on Green Day and participated in fun educational activities related to the season. They also counted and marked the days to spring on the classroom calendar since the start of the month.

Verne Critz Students Snuggle Up and Read

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There is nothing children enjoy more than to put on their pajamas and snuggle up to listen to a good book before bedtime. Such was the case as Verne W. Critz Elementary School students attended three Google Classrooms where teachers volunteered to read their favorite books during the annual Snuggle Up and Read event held virtually on Feb. 4.

In the past, the Snuggle Up and Read event has been held in-person, with participating teachers decorating their classrooms to match the theme of their book selection. With the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual event had to be held virtually, but the excitement was still felt by participants who logged on.

The fun was facilitated by the following teachers: Tina Barone – “Why is an Orange Called an Orange,” Donielle Brower – “Finley Gets Moving,” Lynn Cullen – “Zathura,” Melissa Fels – “How I Became a Pirate,” Jennifer Hayhurst – “Edwina the Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct,” Megan Huber – “The Day the Crayons Quit,” Stacey Kevelos – “Ponyella,” Jennifer Petti – “Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise,” Sarah Rauch – “The Great Fuzz Frenzy,” Ashley Sagistano – “If You Give a Dog a Donut,” Shelley Tooker – “The Three Ninja Pigs,” Jackie Ward – “Press Here” and Danielle Wilcox – “Snowmen at Night.”
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