Elementary Family Humanities Night
District elementary school families were invited to a Humanities Night at Maple Hill on November 14, and had the opportunity to participate in fun activities and learn the importance of continuing humanities studies at home.
Over 150 parents and scholars filled several classrooms around the school where teachers gave lessons on storytelling and inferencing skills, in both Spanish and English.
Our K-2 scholars expanded their imagination with a read-aloud of “Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me” by Eric Carle. The story is about a young girl who wishes to play with the moon, so her father places a ladder on a mountain to get it. The scholars learned all about the phases of the moon, and then crafted a scene from the book with their families.
Our scholars in grades 3-5 enjoyed a read-aloud of “Wilma Unlimited,” by Kathleen Krull. It is the true story of Wilma Rudolph, who won three Olympic gold medals in track and field after overcoming childhood polio disease. Teachers then encouraged the scholars to set an achievable goal of their own and decorate their gold medal. Some kids were determined to read more books, others wanted to increase their flexibility, and then there was one who wanted to “become a dragon.” We certainly have ambitious scholars!
In the cafeteria, parents and scholars were treated to refreshments and information on the Parent Portal, Special Services, the Bilingual, ENL, and World Languages Programs, and the resources found at Thrall Library in Middletown.
The scholars also had the chance to have fun in the Maple Hill Library with a variety of toys like hula hoops, balls, and puzzles, in addition to take-home toys like Play-Doh, bendable and stretchable tubes, popping fidget toys, and make-your-own sensory bottles.
Families also took home piles of free books that were available in the cafeteria and hallways. Thank you to all that participated in our Elementary Family Humanities Night and to all that took the survey to help inform an even better event in the future.
Here is a link to more photos from the evening.