What Treat Will Ruben Eat?

Teaching young students about not sharing food after teaching them to share everything else can be difficult sometimes. Allergies are much more common and due to the severity of some food allergies schools must be diligent.

Author and Kennett Consolidated School District parent, Mr. John Aranton, Jr., has been a huge help to the staff at Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center with his educational, entertaining story about a raccoon named Ruben. Each year, Mr. Aranton, shares his story through a children’s book he authored after dealing with allergies himself. The book tells the story of a raccoon named Ruben who is embarrassed about his allergies but comes to find out his friends are more accepting than he had anticipated.

This year’s kindergarten students were a great audience and they proved it by answering questions about the story and about allergies themselves. Mr. Aranton hands out either a sticker of Ruben or a bookmark for questions answered correctly. The students were engaged and have a much better understanding of why we shouldn’t share food and to ask questions prior to spending time with friends outside of school.

This is the book authored by a KCSD parent to help students learn about allergies. Written by John Aranton Jr.
Students win bookmarks or stickers. Students stand with Mr. Aranton for a photo celebrating their correct answers during the presentation.
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December is a Month for Generosity

Each year during the holidays, students are selected to receive a little north pole magic. December is also the month we learn and speak about generosity during our Mindful Monday lessons.

The staff at Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center takes this effort very seriously. Full of kindness, compassion, and generosity, staff pulls wish lists off of a Christmas tree in the faculty room. Each tag is labeled with the age and wishes of an unsuspecting child from the local area. The items listed are prepared only with an age and their desires.

Within a day or two of the tags being placed on the tree, the bottom of tree becomes a holding area for wishes coming true. Parents are contacted and the gifts are delivered just in time for Christmas morning.

It is our hope and wish that our entire Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center Family has a wonderful holiday spent with family and friends.

Staff helps bring holiday cheer to local families. A picture of gifts from staff members to students.
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Kindergarten Students Earn a Ride on the Polar Express!

In November, Principal Mrs. April Reynolds gave the students of Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center a goal. Their goal was to bring in 600 cans of non-perishable items to donate to the Ronald McDonald House. Their prize – a pajama day and a whole school showing of “The Polar Express!”

All month long, Nurse Kelly Hostetler and Mrs. Jane Henry collected, counted, and kept track of how many items were donated. The totals were announced on the intercom so that students could hear their progress.

Nurse Kelly and Mrs. Henry are proud to announce that the students not only met their goal, but they more than doubled it! To date, the amount collected is 1,145. With a few more days to donate, we couldn’t prouder of our students as they make a difference in the lives of others.

One of our school rules is “Take care of others.” Our students are truly living out the words they recite every morning.

Kindergarten students collect can goods for Ronald McDonald House Nurse Kelly and Mrs. Henry display all of the donated items collected in November and December.
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