Bay­side El­e­men­tary School cel­e­brates Grand­par­ents Day

The Star Democrat - - LIFE -

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

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

Bay­side El­e­men­tary School opened its doors to fam­ily mem­bers to at­tend class for part of the day and to be rec­og­nized as part of the stu­dents’ fam­ily.

In Mar­i­anna Wentz’s third-grade class­room, stu­dents filled out a grand- par­ent-themed cross­word puz­zle with their fam­ily mem­bers and, as a class went over the an­swers. Stu­dents also com­pleted grand­par­ent-themed work­sheets. One work­sheet asked stu­dents to fig­ure out how many sen­tences they could form us­ing the words from an al­ready com­pleted sen­tence.

Third-grade stu­dents and their fam­ily mem­bers in Jean Pen­tolino’s class, who had sub­sti­tute teacher Adair Richard­son guid­ing the dis­cus­sions, in­ter­viewed their grand­par­ent or fam­ily mem­ber about their school­ing and up­bring­ing. Stu­dents learned what their grand­par­ents’ fa­vorite aca­demic sub­jects were, when and where they were born, what they were like in el­e­men­tary school, what their fa­vorite movie and story was, as well as what ad­vice they had for their grand­child.

Stu­dents in Sarah Downey’s class cre­ated col­lages with their grand­par­ents and fam­ily mem­bers from clip­pings of mag­a­zines, which helped to vi­sulize fam­ily tra­di­tions. Ad­di­tion­ally, stu­dents told sto­ries about their fam­ily mem­bers, in­clud­ing sto­ries about go­ing fish­ing with grand­par­ents, mak­ing cook­ies and eat­ing crabs with fam­ily.

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Lawanda Green vis­its Ma­lik Collins dur­ing Grand­par­ents Day at Bay­side El­e­men­tary School Thurs­day, Oct. 13.

Tony Sheffield em­braces grand­son Char­lie Du­rant dur­ing Bay­side El­e­men­tary School’s Grand­par­ents Day cel­e­bra­tion Thurs­day, Oct. 13.

Bay­side El­e­men­tary School sub­sti­tute teacher Adair Richard­son, far right, talks with stu­dents and grand­par­ents in Jean Pen­tolino’s third-grade class dur­ing Grand­par­ents Day on Oct. 13.

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