STEM Program Set to Start

Stem students working together to complete a task.

During a STEM activity, students use a hands-on approach to figuring out how to complete a task using materials and a set of guidelines.

On Thursday, April 5, students began their journey through Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) at Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center.

For nine weeks, the students will be exploring pushes and pulls while manipulating materials to accomplish each task. Through the STEM process, students will plan, execute, change or modify, and write about their completed project. Each week, students will bring home their finished product to show their families and explain the materials they used to be successful and why.

Each session will last one hour, and our STEM teachers have sent home information with additional information regarding the program.

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The Stars Aligned For The Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center

The stars in the night sky are captivating. They are intriguing. They are fascinating. And the students at Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center experienced a starry night and so much more. On February 22 and February 23, Ms. Denise Vacca brought the universe to school via a portable planetarium.

Students gazed into outer space and learned about planets, stars, and constellations. From their enthusiasm, it seemed as though the constellation, Leo the Lion was a fan favorite. He had an amazing resemblance to a friendly lion the students all know as Langley the Lion!

The planetarium served as a fantastic culminating activity to the school’s Earth Science curriculum, and the students were excited to respond to questions and share their knowledge about the planets and stars during Ms. Vacca’s presentation.

What an out of this world experience!

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Zero The Hero Has Been Located

The Secret Agents from Miss Daveler’s Classroom saved the 100th Day of School!

The excited students could not wait to accept their missions. The anticipation was building as the 100th Day of School approached. The students received a ransom note from Devious Agent 99 that he had Zero the Hero. The future of Zero was left in the hands of some special secret agents.

There were multiple missions where the reward for completion was a clue. The missions all included counting, writing, or using the number 100. After all of the clues were collected, they put the clues together and a message was revealed: “Zero the Hero is where you like to play.” The agents found their subject on the playground! The 100th Day of School was saved for all!

Students do activities for the 100th day

Secret agents complete missions to get clues to find Zero the Hero.

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Kindergartners Show Their Kindness

The week of January 22 to the 26 Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center joined schools throughout the country and across the globe by participating in the Great Kindness Challenge Week. We had a kindness assembly, heard about kindness on the announcements, participated in kindness dance parties, and did our best to practice kindness every day!

Students from the Kindergarten Center were asked to share their ideas about kindness and how being kind makes others feel. Mrs. Kourtney Phillips, Guidance Counselor, videotaped all of the advice and kind words that our students shared. The video was shown to the entire school at our January Spirit Day!

Our Kindness video:

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Kindergarten Center Goes Sub Zero!

On Monday January 22, kindergarten students bundled up in their warmest outfits, carried their suitcases full of extra warm layers, and boarded a flight to the Antarctic. Flight 409 to Antarctica departed with a full crew and passenger list. The in-flight movie was, Antarctic Antics, and the snack was goldfish.

The library of Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center was transformed into an airport including a security gate where passengers had to enter and be scanned for zippers, belt buckles, and buttons. Upon arriving at the frozen south pole, Mrs. Jane Henry announced on the intercom that, even though it is summer, it is a frigid -22 degrees. Passengers were advised to bundle up prior to exiting the aircraft. Students prepared for the cold, and with binoculars in hand, took an expedition through the wild icy continent.

Students walked through an imaginary security gate.

Lines at the MDLKC Security Gate were crowded for Flight 409 to Antarctica.

Students walked through an imaginary security gate.

Students were excited to board the flight to Antarctica!

To prepare for this amazing trip, the students spent a students learning about the life and activities of the Antarctic. The hallways of the Kindergarten Center were transformed into a frozen tundra complete with icebergs and animals that call the Antarctic home.

Students watch a musical about Antarctica.

Students enjoyed the in flight movie on the trip to Antarctica.

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A Magical Reunion for the Holiday

The Polar Express and Pajama Day festivities are always a huge holiday hit at the Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center. This year, the holiday magic didn’t stop there. The morning went as usual with all of the students watching the movie on a huge, homemade screen in the library. But you could feel a little extra excitement throughout the school.

Ronaldo Marcelo returns home on holiday leave from the army.

Jaylah hugs her big brother, Ronaldo, when he surprised her at school.

Principal Mrs. April Reynolds began to introduce the second part of the day. Her introduction was pointed and the suspense grew for the staff. Mrs. Reynolds asked the students if they have anyone in their family they miss during the holidays. As one can imagine in a Kindergarten Center, there was no shortage of responses. After a few students volunteered their responses, Mrs. Reynolds asked Jaylah, a student in Mrs. Murphy’s class, if she was missing anyone special this holiday season. Jaylah replied, “My brother.” That is when the staff and students started chanting his name, Ronaldo, and he magically walked through the door to an overjoyed Jaylah running toward him. Ronaldo Marcelo, a 2017 graduate of Kennett High School, had returned home on his first leave since graduating in June and enlisting in the United States Army.

There was not a dry adult eye in the building. The Kennett Consolidated School District prides itself on being a family and this emotional reunion is just one example of community.

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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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