Our cafeteria was filled to capacity with the overflow seated in the auditorium and the decibel level was high. Yet no one minded because we were once again, one big happy family and it was all happy, excited chatter. Mrs. Shumny welcomed the Pre-kindergarteners, kindergarteners, first graders, second graders, third graders, fourth graders and their special persons to one of our first group events since COVID restrictions limited our activities. Father Ivan led us in prayer and grace, ending with the traditional Easter exclamation, “Christ is Risen” with all responding “Indeed He is Risen.” Prior to gathering in the cafeteria, our special person guests were able to visit the classrooms to see what goes on during an average day. Pre-K sang their circle time songs plus a class favorite, Tooty Ta. It was Octagon day in math which then turned into a turtle craft (made of octagons, of course).
Kindergarteners reviewed two-dimensional shapes, made a shape pizza, and built their own towers. First graders added tens and ones in math and then it was all about their special person. Each guest received a letter telling why they were so special and ended by students making a VIP booklet for which they had to ask and write fun facts about their special person.
Second grade math started with a favorite, one minute math. Then they went on to their regular math lesson and ended with the student and their guest working on a glyph. After lunch each special guest received a thank you letter which was written by their special second grader before their arrival.
Rainbows abounded in the third grade room. Students made a cloud with a rainbow streaming from it. However, the real excitement came from a math review game show called, “Are You Smarter Than Your Special Person?” Hmmm, wonder who won?
For fourth graders, it was back to business. They reviewed and took a quiz in math before stepping forward to the next topic, which is all about factors (multiplication). Mini-project booklets in math, language arts, and Holy Week were collected. Students were busy bees but the best part of the day was the pizza lunch and ice cream dessert.
In a way, it was really a regular, normal day at ACS. And we loved it because it has been so long since we have had such a great day of celebration with our families!