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Honoring Veterans

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Second-graders at Ann MacArthur Primary School honored veterans for their service to our country with a beautiful Celebration of Gratitude held at Locust Valley Intermediate School on Nov. 9. Dressed in red, white and blue, the children sang patriotic songs and recognized special veterans from near and far.
 
Students with family members that are veterans recognized those special men and women with a red poppy and introduced them to the audience. A few veterans were recognized, but could not attend.
 
Ann MacArthur Primary School teachers worked diligently to make sure the children were prepared for this special tribute to our veterans. The children worked just as hard and it showed through their perfect performances.
 
The following veterans were honored during the Celebration of Gratitude:
 
Richard Bathie, United States Army (father of Assistant Principal Amy Watson); Collin Fried, United States Army (cousin of Charlotte Lewicki); George Gregory, United States Army (grandfather of Christopher Velsor); Greg Hach, United States Air Force (father of Savannah Hach); Donald Hansen, United States Navy (grandfather of Josie Hansen); Joseph Lombardi, United States Air Force (great uncle of Keira McHugh); John Marcantonio, United States Army (grandfather of Mia Marcantonio); Thomas McKeon, United States Army and Nicole McKeon, United States Army (parents of Kimberly McKeon); Robert Seldomridge, United States Marine Corps (grandfather of Aidan Habermehl); Harry Stein, United States Air Force (grandfather of Blake Bertnsson); Trevor Tebaldi, United States Army and Navy (uncle of Naomi Smith); Chris Valentine, United States Army (uncle of Thomas Simon).
  

Pumpkins Used For More Than Pie at AMP

Counting pumpkin seeds
Measuring a pumpkin
Measuring a pumpkin
Measuring a pumpkin
Counting pumpkin seeds
Counting pumpkin seeds
Counting pumpkin seeds
Counting pumpkin seeds
Counting pumpkin seeds
Counting pumpkin seeds
Most people think pumpkins are for carving, painting or making pies, but teachers at Ann MacArthur Primary School think pumpkins are perfect for Halloween math lessons.

Students in each of the school’s second-grade classes were split into groups and given pumpkins of varying sizes. Using the skills they learned in recent math lessons, they worked together to measure the fruit’s circumference, height and weight. They also predicted how many seeds they would find inside each pumpkin.

Scooping the seeds out, their math skills came in handy as they counted by tens and hundreds to determine if their predictions were correct.

Second-grade teacher Amanda McCarthy said her students enjoyed the Halloween themed lesson. “The students are always so excited about Halloween. This pumpkin math lesson gave the children the opportunity to participate in a hands-on activity that incorporates their love of Halloween and the skills they learned in our math unit.”

Dental Health Day

Students and Principal pose with the dentist
Second-graders at Ann MacArthur Primary School may not mind visiting the dentist after learning the benefits that come from taking care of your teeth. An entertaining and animated presentation by Dr. Laura C. Sotomayor reinforced the importance of brushing, flossing, eating healthy foods and visiting the dentist for regular checkups. 

Dr. Sotomayor started her presentation by sharing a photo of herself when she was a student at Ann MacArthur Primary School. The children were amazed and immediately drawn to what this friendly doctor had to say. An orthodontist in Locust Valley, Dr. Sotomayor explained that she first learned to be a dentist before specializing in orthodontics. Her presentation included a plaque “monster” that could be kept away by brushing twice daily for two minutes and learning to floss. 

When students asked questions about their teeth falling out, she assured them this was normal and healthy. She added that if a baby tooth had a cavity, they would get a second chance with the adult tooth that replaced it. Dr. Sotomayer provided dental gift bags for all the children.

Locust Valley Elementary School Principal Dr. Sophia Gary said that the curriculum includes lessons on hygiene, and having Dr. Sotomayor visit to reinforce these classroom lessons helps keep the students engaged. “The students will remember the important tips she provided for keeping their teeth healthy,” she said.