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Park Avenue Elementary Celebrates “Spring into Reading”

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Park Avenue Elementary school held a schoolwide “Spring Into Reading” Day on Friday, April 14. Administrators and distinguished community members took part in read-alouds in classrooms and students dressed as characters from their favorite books. It was a wonderful day filled with many smiling faces.

Thanks to all the guest readers including Park Avenue Assistant Principal Elsy Gonzalez, JFK Assistant Principal Colleen Moore, PCHS Principal Luke Sotherdan, Edison Assistant Principal Erica Fuller, PCMS Assistant Principal Christina Rascona, Director of Human Resources Ivan Tolentino, Director of Special Education Tatiana Memoli, Director of Bilingual Education Valerie Lakestream, Port Chester Trustee Phil Dorazio, former teacher Ruth Ann Cosgrove, PCPD Sergeant Mike Giandurco and many more.

Date Added: 4/19/2023

Artist, Naturalist Visits PC Elementary Schools

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Christina Baal, a bird artist, writer and naturalist, visited Port Chester elementary schools to teach students about bird adaptations. Baal’s dream is to meet and paint 10,000 different species of birds. She showed students photographs of different birds and stuffed animals that replicated the birds so that they could describe the different species. Third and fourth graders were given different tools to try to eat the simulated food to identify the type of bird they were imitating.

Special thanks to K-5 STEM/Math Instructional Support Specialist Gina Depperman and science teacher Rose Pueraro for coordinating the event for our elementary students.
“Having Christina Baal visit our school district was a great experience for both the students and the teachers!” Depperman said. “It was nice to see the students so engaged in the lesson and excited to learn about birds using authentic materials to simulate their natural habitat.”

“The whole school was buzzing with the events that were happening in the science room,” Pueraro said. “The classes who were not involved were all wondering when Christina was coming back to have a science adventure lesson with them.”

Date Added: 3/31/2023