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A Lunar New Year Celebration

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Did you know that dumplings are associated with wealth in the Chinese culture? Or that oranges represent luck, prosperity and a long life?

Students in the new Language Buddies Club held their first meeting at Wading River School to learn these and other facts. English as a new language teacher Ms. Jennifer Hoey coordinated activities for the participating students to learn about how Lunar New Year is celebrated. The students snacked on dumplings and oranges as part of Chinese tradition to bring good fortune in the new year. They made Chinese lanterns with three wishes for the new year and worked on making lucky cats and dragon crafts. Our Chinese students shared ways their own families celebrate.

“All involved had such a nice time,” District Director of Humanities Mrs. Nicole Waldbauer said.

Date Added: 2/3/2023

Fifth Graders Perform at Long Island String Festival

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Four students from Wading River School were selected to perform in the Intermediate Long Island String Festival on Jan. 22 at Northport High School. Working under the musical leadership of Mrs. Erin Fasano, the students are James Klein (cello), Ailie Korsakas (violin), Nate Lauckhardt (cello) and Faith McKiernan (viola). Bravo!

Date Added: 1/26/2023

Principal for a Day!

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Waking up on Friday morning, Wading River School student Ava Vargas was prepared for a busy day ahead.

The morning of Jan. 6 was not a typical school day for the fourth grader, with meetings scheduled with Superintendent of Schools Gerard Poole and other district officials as well as the school’s kitchen staff. She also had visits to the gymnasium, library and classrooms to be sure everything was in tip-top shape and running smoothly. These were just some of the items on her itinerary as part of her “Principal for a Day” role at the school. A student in Danielle Algiere and Allison Cowen’s class, Ava won the honor at this year’s Game Night and learned about all the responsibilities of being a principal, finding ways to serve and help others. 

Her agenda and action-packed day also included lunch out with Principal Louis Parrinello and three of her friends, where heaps of chocolate chip pancakes, sausages and milkshakes were part of the meal. Before the meal, while sitting at Parrinello’s office desk, Ava noted his colorful wall art and surmised that he must really like giraffes. She also shared her admiration for her school, this opportunity and her principal.

“He works really hard every day,” she said of her behind-the-scenes look at Parrinello’s skilled leadership, busy and flexible agenda and daily responsibilities. Parrinello in turn commended Ava for her leadership capabilities and encouraged her in future plans.

Date Added: 1/9/2023