Bay­side El­e­men­tary School cel­e­brates Grand­par­ents Day

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KENT IS­LAND — The doors and walls at Bay­side El­e­men­tary School of the var­i­ous class­rooms were cov­ered with notes from stu­dents’ grand­par­ents and spe­cial friends on Thurs­day, Oct. 13, as the school cel­e­brated Grand­par­ents Day.

Grand­par­ents Day has been cel­e­brated na­tion­ally on the first Sun­day af­ter La­bor Day since 1978 and was held on Sept. 11 this year.

Bay­side El­e­men­tary School opened its doors to fam­ily mem­bers to at­tend class for part of the day and to be rec­og­nized for the time and work they have done as fam­ily mem­bers of the stu­dents.

In Mar­i­anna Wentz’s third grade class­room, stu­dents filled out a grand­par­ents themed cross­word puz­zle with their sig­nif­i­cant other and as a class went over the an­swers. Prior to com­plet­ing the puz­zle, Dane Arnold, the school’s guid­ance coun­selor, went over tat­tling ver­sus re­port­ing with the stu­dents. Arnold vis­its the class­room ev­ery other Thurs­day.

Stu­dents also com­pleted grand­par­ent-themed work­sheets. One work­sheet had stu­dents fig­ure out as many sen­tences they could form us­ing the words from an al­ready com­pleted sen­tence. Stu­dents in Wentz’ class also read “The Song and Dance Man” with their spe­cial friends.

Third graders and spe­cial friends in Jean Pen­tolino’s class, who had sub­sti­tute teacher Adair Richard­son guid­ing the dis­cus­sions, in­ter­viewed their grand­par­ent or spe­cial friend about what their school­ing. Stu­dents learned what their grand­par­ents fa­vorite sub­jects were, birth date and birth place. Stu­dents also asked their grand­par­ents to describe what they were like in el­e­men­tary school, what their fa­vorite movie and story as well as any ad­vice for they had for their grand­child.

Stu­dents in Sarah Downey’s class cre­ated col­lages from clip­pings of mag­a­zines spread through­out the class­room with their grand­par­ents show­ing fam­ily tra­di­tions. Some stu­dents spoke about go­ing fish­ing with their grand­par­ent, mak­ing cook­ies on the first day of school, and eat­ing crabs with the fam­ily on Sun­days.

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Bay­side El­e­men­tary School third grade teacher Mon­ica Mitchell, far left, talks with Diane and Mark Escherich, par­ents of Ja­cob Escherich, mid­dle right, dur­ing Grand­par­ents Day at the school on Thurs­day, Oct. 13. Fam­ily and friends were in­vited to celebrate in the class­room of their loved one.


Pey­ton McCreary, a Bay­side El­e­men­tary School third-grader, makes a col­lage with his grand­fa­ther Michael Kati­nas dur­ing Grand­par­ents Day on Thurs­day, Oct. 13.

Stu­dents are Bay­side El­e­men­tary School celebrate Grand­par­ents Day by mak­ing a col­lage with their “spe­cial friend” on Thurs­day, Oct. 13.

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