5th Grade Reading Olympics

BY: Toby Kelsall

Hello everybody! The WES Buzz journalist, Toby interviewed Mrs.Dahlstrom, our school librarian about our 5th grade Reading Olympics program at WES. Fourth graders, you will have a chance to do this next year, but here is some info now!

How long has WES had Reading Olympics? Reading Olympics started in Delaware County 12 years ago. The surrounding counties had it for much longer. WES was the first elementary school in Radnor to have a team, 11 years ago.  Since that time, many WES teachers have been volunteer coaches: Ms. B, Mrs. Burhop, Mrs. Coppola, Mrs. Dahlstrom, Mrs. Goldberg and Mrs. Shuda. 

 Is Reading Olympics hard? No. The only thing you must do is READ!  and once a month you have a meeting at 8:00 am to talk about the books.  

How do I get started with Reading Olympics?  You fill out an application and return it to Mrs. Dahlstrom.  It costs $30 to join, but scholarships are available. 

How many books do I have to read? Generally, there are 45 books on the reading list. This year there are 43 books on the reading list. Students who join reading Olympics agree to read at least five books from the list during the year. There have been years when some WES students read ALL the books. 

What if I want to be with my friend, will you put me with them?  Teams are formed by asking each participant to list two friends that they would like to be on the same team with.  Students generally are on the same team with at least one of their friends.  What a great opportunity to get to know some other fifth graders! 

Do I have to go to every single event?  There are Reading Olympic team meetings every month.  We start the meeting with great snacks provided by parents.  Then we play a fun game.  After the game, we talk about favorite books and recommend books to other kids.  While you don’t have to attend every event, you will want to because they are really fun and it is a great opportunity to meet new kids. 

Are there stages for the club and the competition? In the beginning, students read any book from the list.  After we form teams, students need to be more strategic with what they read so that each team has read every book on the list at least once. 

What happens when you are at a competition?  At the competition, each team will be be asked 20 questions in three different rounds.  Each team gets a total of 50 of more points, each team will get a blue ribbon.  If the score is 40-49 points, they get a red ribbon.  If they score 30-39 points, they will get a white ribbon.  The real prize is participating in Reading Olympics comes from reading some great literature that you might not have discovered without the list.   

I Joined reading Olympics because I like reading books my favorite book is Capture the Flag because I like adventure and fiction. I totally recommend reading Olympics If you love reading

10 Books You Should Read

By Reece Brown

                                           

Green =Kindergarten, Yellow = 1st grade, Purple = 2nd grade, 

Red = 3rd grade, Blue = 4th and 5th grade

  1. The Day the Crayons Quit   By: Drew Daywalt 

2. Ramona The Pest  By: Judy Blume 

3. Stellaluna   By: Janell Cannon

4. Sarah, Plain and Tall    By: Sarah McLachlan

5. Dory Fantasmagory   By: Abby Hanlon

6. Third Grade Angels    By: Jerry Spinelli

7. The Year of Billy Miller  By: Kevin Henkes

8. Harry Potter   By: J.K. Rowling

 9. Keeper of The Lost Cities  By: Shannon Messenger

10. Where the Red Fern Grows   By: Wilson Rawls

Hope you found this list helpful! Stay tuned for more next week!

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Have You Spotted A Spotted Lantern Fly?

By Maddie Flynn                         

Spotted lantern flies are currently invading Pennsylvania and a bunch of other nearby places too. The South Asian spotted lantern flies feed on the sap of trees and plants. When these creatures come across a tree or plant with sap on it, they get attracted to that tree. While eating the sap, they also leave behind tracks of poop that attract a mold that kills that tree or plant.

So, people are wondering what to do if they see a spotted lantern fly. This is from the Pennsylvania state website: “Kill it, smash it… just get rid of it.”

So, what are people at WES saying about spotted lantern flies?

Nancy Wible, 4th grade: “We must kill them quickly. The sooner the better!!!”

Julia Silverman 5th grade: “I hate all spotted lantern flies and I kill them all the time.”

Stella Baker, 4th grade: “I kill it! I kick the spot on the tree or ground where the lantern fly is.”

Will Clark 5th grade: “They’re disgusting!”

So, that’s what people at WES think about the invasive species, Spotted Lantern Flies.

New Playground Progress: Week Two

BY Ben Rickmond 

Hi everybody! We are at a little over the second week of building our new playground. There is going to be a ribbon cutting at 5:15 at the back-to-school picnic.  

(All pics taken on Friday, August 23rd )

WEEK TWO: BUILDING 

So you can see that the workers made a path that connects to the lunchroom path and have started building the new playground where the old one was. Part of the new construction for the playground was building a merry-go-round and spider web ropes.(no spider web) There is still some work to do, but they have made good progress.  If you read my first article, I wrote that Mr. Tracy worked to find an accessible playground. We are working very hard. The playground will be ready very soon. Check back soon for more updates!

Thank you PTO For making this possible!

New Playground Progress! Week One

New Playground Progress! 

By: Ben Rickmond 

Hi everybody! The work on the new playground has started just early this week! If you would like more information on the new playground please see my past article: @https://thewesbuzz.com/2019/05/13/wes-is-getting-a-new-playground-yay-itsabout-time/ titled “WES Is Getting A New Playground”. I am going to give you weekly updates and photos on the new secondary playground.  

WEEK ONE: DESTRUCTION (AUGUST 16, 2019) 

You can see caution tape around the playground. The construction workers wrecked most of the playground. They kept the bird’s nest and the rock wall for some reason. I think they did that because they are going to build the playground up where the old one was. (I heard that they were going to build it down on the blacktop). I think that wrapped stuff you can see in the picture is the new playground parts. 

Thank You and I will post more updates next week! 

View all pics @ https://wp.me/p9jce0-iI 

WES IS GETTING A NEW PLAYGROUND!!!

By Ben Rickmond  

Did you know that the PTO is giving WES a new secondary playground? One of our PTO presidents, Mrs. Pena, was nice to answer some questions all about it!  

Why does the PTO want to replace the playground? 

 
The PTO wants to replace the existing secondary playground because the playground is over 30 years old, the equipment is outdated, it’s not engaging for students, and it’s not accessible for students with physical disabilities.    

 
How is the PTO raising the money for the new playground? 

 
In addition to the $45,000 that the PTO has released for the new playground project, the PTO has launched a Playground Replacement Fundraising Campaign to raise the additional $20,000 needed to complete the project.  Radnor Township School District will cover the cost of the playground installation. 

There are several ways that the PTO plans to raise money for this campaign:  

1)  The Health and Wellness Committee published a cookbook comprised of favorite recipes from WES families and is donating proceeds from their cookbook sales to the playground campaign.     

2)  WES families and members of the community may purchase a spot on the Family Donor Recognition sign which will be displayed near the new playground.    

3)  A fun Parent Social was held on May 4th and was well-attended by WES parents.  Ticket Sales, Silent Auction and Raffle proceeds were all dedicated to the campaign.      

4)  A “Sunday Funday” kids dance party will take place on May 19th at 118 North.    

5)  Students and families are invited to Get Air on May 21st (day off school).  20% of the tickets price will be donated to the playground campaign.    

6)  Last, but not least, individuals, families, and corporate sponsors can make a tax-deductible donation to the WES PTO” 

 
When will the new playground be ready? 

 
Construction of the new playground will take place over the coming summer, so the goal is to be ready for the start of the 2019-2010 school year! 

 
Please tell us all about what the new playground will be like. 

  
The playground will be moved to a new location next to the black top.  This will allow greater accessibility for students in wheelchairs.  The new playground is a state-of-the-art modular system whose components embody some of the newest innovations in modern design and physically challenging play.  Come to the “Sunday Funday” at 118 North on May 19th and check out the playground design posters which will be on display for all to see! 

 
How did the PTO get the design for the new playground? 

 
Mr. Tracy worked closely with River Valley Landscapes to design a playground that would be fun and engaging for our students and that would be ADAAG (Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines) compliant.  We are proud to share that our design is not only ADAAG compliant, but it will surpass several ADAAG conformance requirements! 

 
Where does the equipment come from? 

River Valley Recreation and Landscapes from Wrightsville, PA supplies Playcraft Playground Equipment and has worked closely with Mr. Tracy to design the new playground.
 
Whose idea was it to replace the playground? 

The PTO Executive Board met with Mrs. Ferguson last summer (2018) to discuss ways that the PTO could support and enhance the experience of our WES students.  The secondary playground was identified as an area that could be improved.  A team of WES parents, Mrs. Ferguson, Mr. Tracy, and Mrs. Meehan have been instrumental in getting this project started and seeing it through to its completion.

Also, I, Ben Rickmond, would like to give a big thank you to Mrs. Ferguson, Mr. Tracy, the entire PTO, and Mrs. Meehan for all their hard work to help make this playground happen! 

Please help us by donating in all sorts ways of ways listed above at https://www.rtsd.org/Page/22463 

Thank you, to all the families that paid, $75 to have their name on a sign at the new playground.   

Kids Heart Challenge at WES

By Leah Zhang

No, you don’t jump rope. You make money! Save lives! Yay! (Awkwardness)

We do Rope for Heart every year, & now it is called Kids Heart Challenge. (To NOT confuse kids, I think.)  It is to help people, save their lives. You can do it two ways: online or offline. (Or both.)  The due date was April 24. The start was March 12.

If you do it offline, then you would probably go around the neighborhood asking for donations. But first, you need, you NEED permission, & how to do it.  If someone asks you where the money goes, then you could tell them to the American Heart Association. But if you do it online, then you could e-mail people, which then if they agree, they would give you money.

I asked nine questions of Mr. Tracy about things that you may not know, (I forgot the last one) so I asked.

1. How does the money help?  The money goes to research, medicine, surgeries, health education across the country, Mr. Tracy said in our class, that it takes $50 just to train only one person how to do CPR.

2. Why are the gifts there?  A reward & something you work for to help people be a heart hero.

3. Let’s says that Danby Morrison was walking around her neighborhood asking for donations. She has 45 dollars online & 20 dollars around the neighborhood. Then she comes across someone who asks, “Where does the money go?” Then Danby has no idea what to do. Then she finally can say, “The money goes to medicine, research, health education across the country, & how to train people to do CPR.” And the lady then could give her 120 dollars!

4. Why do we do it? What is the point? It saves people. More happy people. No more days in the hospital.

5. Do people do it only for the gifts?  Unfortunately, yes. But Mr. Tracy says, “Don’t do it for the gifts! Do it to be heart heroes!”

6. If someone did it only for the gifts, would you take it away or not?  (The gifts away) No.

7. How long did you do it for? Mr. Tracy has done it for 13 years now.

8. & 9. What is your goal with money & people? (quote from Mr. Tracy)  “I don’t care about the money; I just care about how many heart heroes there are.”  The goal for people is 190 students.

So, that was the 9 questions, how you do it, and . . . . yeah.

Fourth Grade Visits Eastern U’s Planetarium

By Connor Walsh

Pluto, planet or dwarf planet? Pluto became a dwarf planet in 2006.

Wayne Elementary’ s 4th grade classes went to Eastern University’s Planetarium to learn more about planets and stars in our cosmic neighborhood.

When we arrived at the Julia Fowler Planetarium, we sat down against cardboard walls and watched the show. When the presentation began, the dome room became dark. Dr. Bradstreet taught us cool constellations and facts about our solar system. Some of the cool facts were Saturn’s rings are made of dust and Jupiter’s has really bad storms. While we were learning the facts, it felt like we were in a spaceship going from planet to planet. When we were on Mars, we watched its two moons zoom by.

After the planetarium, we went to the twin telescopes and they were gigantic. We had to go up on a platform that was really tight, but when we got up there, it was worth it. It was worth it because Dr. Bradstreet opened up the sky dome. After the presentation, we got on the bus and for the rest of the day, the class was talking about the planetarium.

 

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For more information, check out https://www.eastern.edu/academics/college-arts-and-sciences/departments/astronomy-and-physics-department/history-bradstreet.   Dr. Bradstreet also created a curriculum book for teachers of astronomy who have the same planetarium system.   Cool stuff thanks WES 4th grade teachers!

WES Sports: Girls Recess Basketball

By Will Clark

Hi.  I am Will Clark and I am referee for girls basketball.

Sometimes it is fun. I like the way that they pass and don’t hog the ball like the boys do.

So, I interviewed two girls that played, their names were Harper and Jane.

I asked them a few questions about how much they average a game.

“A solid two points,” said Harper.

“Four points,” said Jane.

I also asked them some other questions.

And to wrap it all up, I asked them who their favorite NBA or college basketball player is.

“Stephen Curry,” said Jane.

“Joel Embiid,” said Harper.

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The teams are normally 4 vs 4.  There are more players every day and half don’t even play on teams out of school.

I have enjoyed being referee for girls’ recess basketball and I will continue because it is fun to watch.