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Centre Avenue School

55 Centre Avenue, East Rockaway, NY 11518
Phone: 516 887-8300 Ext. 224

Principal: Sherry Ma

 

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All-Star Basketball at Centre Avenue

All-Star Basketball at Centre Avenue photo

Centre Avenue sixth-graders recently concluded their first All-Star Basketball Tournament. In total, there were eight teams that competed during recess to advance to the next round. On Nov. 15, the “Rockets” played against the “Knicks.” All teams showed great sportsmanship, integrity and teamwork. The Rockets won the finals, and each player received a custom-made basketball T-shirt generously donated by the PTA. In the coming weeks, Centre Avenue will run additional basketball tournaments in sixth grade and fifth grade.

Centre Students Celebrate Writing

Centre Students Celebrate Writing photo
Centre Avenue students in Ms. Kellie Higgins’ fourth-grade class recently finished a personal narrative. They persevered through the stages of the writing process to complete their first writing piece of the year, then had an opportunity to celebrate all their hard work with a publishing party. Principal Mrs. Sherry Ma joined in the celebration. 

Centre Avenue Students Flip and Dip Into Reading

Centre Avenue Students Flip and Dip Into Reading photo
Centre Avenue third-graders read books in a new and unusual way when their class had an opportunity to Flip and Dip Into Reading. According to teacher Jeannine Patane, students flip over their chairs for independent reading time, creating a cozy space, which makes reading more fun and keeps students engaged.

Day of the Dead at Centre Avenue

Day of the Dead at Centre Avenue photo

Dressed in traditional ethnic garb and makeup, Superintendent of Schools Lisa Ruiz taught Centre Avenue sixth-graders about El Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) as a precursor to the students sculpting sugar skulls in art class.

Mrs. Ruiz shared information about the history of the Day of the Dead, a holiday that remembers family members and friends who have passed on. Students learned about altars and the elements that are used to create them as part of the custom, including candles, marigolds, photos, sugar skulls, water, food and cut paper decorations, called “papel picado.” Mrs. Ruiz also explained to students that celebrations sometimes occur at graveyards, with family members gathering to share stories about their loved ones. The students enjoyed “pan de muerto,” a bread that is used as part of the Day of the Dead festivities, and were educated on “La Catrina,” a zinc etching by famous printmaker and illustrator Jose Guadalupe Posada. “La Catrina” represents the Day of the Dead and the Mexican people’s willingness to laugh at death itself. 

In addition to learning about the Day of the Dead, students learned about Mexican culture and folk art and the origin of this interesting holiday which is celebrated in Mexico, parts of Central America and also in some communities of the United States.

 

Centre Students Stand Together Against Bullying

Centre Students Stand Together Against Bullying photo

On Oct. 25, Student Council members at Centre Avenue took up the fight to stand against bullying in recognition of Unity Day.

The group encouraged the entire student body to wear orange to send a message of support, hope and unity, and to show that they are together against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion. They also created posters prior to the event to promote kindness. Student Council advisers Danielle Schaetzle and Ashley Tener showed the Student Council members an anti-bullying video and asked that they write a few words about why bullying should not be tolerated. 

Several Student Council members then delivered their remarks to students during their lunch period. All students then signed a pledge to promote kindness and to stand up against bullies.

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