Spring is spectacular at Langley Elementary! Langley students now have beautiful raised beds full of growing food to enrich their FoodPrints lessons.
During a typical FoodPrints class, kids receive a short lesson from their FoodPrints teacher and engage in a hands-on food-preparation activity, followed by a tasting! After the snack, the FoodPrints teacher takes the students outside to the school garden for another hands-on lesson on growing food.
Ms. Murphy's Kindergarten class was in for a treat on Thursday: Author Linda Sue Park did a reading of her book "Bee-bim Bop!," a story about Korea's favorite dish and one family's experience enjoying it together.
Linda Sue Park guided the kids through the reading, encouraging them to help with some of the words, especially the name of the beloved Korean dish: bee-bim bop, which they never failed to shout in unison. "Ms. Murphy," she exclaimed, "you didn't tell me your students were such good readers!" The children beamed with pride.
After learning a fast, fun Korean game and receiving signed copies of their very own, you'd think the kids had just eaten a batch of cupcakes - they were bouncing with delight.
Thank you, Linda Sue Park, for the thrill and the books! And thank you, An Open Book Foundation, for arranging this special event for our Kindergarteners.
Ms. Park's visit was made possible by FoodPrints' partnership with An Open Book Foundation. A week later, the children had the chance to create and taste bee-bim bop during their FoodPrints class.
Today was the final day of our spirit week "I Have a Destiny," and kids were encouraged to reflect on all they had learned and to think about their dreams and future careers. As part of today's activities, there were two discussion panels empowering 4th and 5th graders with interest in technology, science and medicine. Dr. Shelley Brown (Biomedical Engineer and ordained minister) and Keshia Ashe ( AAAS fellow at the National Science Foundation) talked with girls while Dr. Joseph Bunivel (an engineer with the Department of Defense) talked with boys.
Langley children served as a living museum Thursday, dressing as, and teaching others about prominent African Americans. All week, students have been learning about and celebrating African American history and culture through hands-on experiences and special guests.
Black History Month Spirit Week at Langley was in full swing today with gallery walks through the cafeteria and interpreters on hand to teach students about African Americans who contributed to our country in important ways. Kids participated in crafts and had snacks to celebrate the occasion.
Langley Elementary continued its celebration of Black History Month Tuesday with visits from special guests and hands-on learning activities for children. Today's events honored the legacy and contributions of historically black colleges and universities as well as black fraternities and sororities. There were class room readings, panel discussions and recess time with the Bowie State football team (CIAA champions).
Langley students gathered on Monday to hear positive messages of empowerment, learn traditional protest songs and call-and-response chants, and to form an understanding of how and why people march. The rally culminated with the opportunity for children to march around the outside of the school for unity and social justice.
Hello Tiger Families,
We are starting a Little Free Library (LFL) to be located next to the nurse's office on the first floor. The LFL will consist of a small book shelf and sign. Students and families will be invited to take and leave books as they please. No check out. No due dates. You don't even have to bring the book back that you borrowed. The goal is to get as many books circulating among students as possible. There are a couple ways you can support this effort.
1. Donate a bookshelf. We are looking for a donated bookshelf in good condition (needn't be fancy) that will fit in the space provided. I believe that anything around 3.5 feet tall and maybe about 3 feet wide would work. If you have a bookshelf to donate (or have a neighbor or friend who has one), let me know! It all begins with a shelf.
2. Volunteer to be a steward. Let's share responsibility in making sure the books remain orderly. This means stopping by periodically to organize the shelves and make sure they're free of trash. I plan to breeze by routinely when I pick up my son, but I would love some help. Anyone who passes by is invited to help clean up the library - no need to be a formal steward. But if one or two folks could volunteer to more intentionally help organize the shelf periodically, that would be fantastic. AP Jennings will also keep an eye out as it is near her office. Together we can keep it looking nice at all times.
3. Bring in your books. Do you have books your child has outgrown or is no longer interested in? Does your neighbor or friend have old books their child has outgrown? Once we have the shelf set up (I will email this list), we invite you to bring your books in to share. And, while you're there, pick up a new book to take home. The school will also be donating some of their old books to put on the shelf.
4. Help us spread the word. Once the book shelf is up, we want to make sure the word gets out. If any of the committees are sending home written materials to parents, I would love to include a blurb about the LFL. Also, if you are hosting an event and there is some way to advertise the LFL (a quick announcement or some fliers at a table), I would appreciate it. If you have opportunities I would appreciate you letting me know! The more we can get the word out, the more families will partake in the exchange.
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