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Sachem Students Visit Atria Hertlin Place

Sachem Students Visit Atria Hertlin Place photo

Waverly Avenue Elementary School’s fifth-grade select chorus spread the holiday spirit in the Sachem community recently as they visited Atria Hertlin Place, an independent living facility in Lake Ronkonkoma. Lead by music teacher Bonnie Businksi, the students sang holiday songs to the facility’s residents. Following the chorus performance, the students enjoyed conversation with those in attendance.

Sachem Elementary Schools Spread Holiday Cheer

Sachem Elementary Schools Spread Holiday Cheer photo

During the holiday season, elementary schools throughout Sachem Central School District have held delightful musical holiday programs for family members and fellow students to enjoy.

At Waverly Elementary School, kindergarten students presented their holiday program in which they sang several songs to an audience composed of their families and peers. Students preformed songs such as “Jingle Bells,” “It’s a Small World,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “The Dreidel Song.” Waverly Elementary Principal John Ruggero participated in the performance, narrating the popular holiday book “The Night Before Christmas” in between the songs. 

Guided by music teacher Bonnie Businski, the students prepared for several weeks, memorizing each song and the hand motions that accompanied them. 

Waverly Elementary Pledges for Peace

Waverly Elementary Pledges for Peace photo

Students across grade levels at Waverly Elementary School recently attended a special assembly promoting peace throughout their school community and beyond. They helped to plant seeds of kindness as they wrapped daffodil bulbs in peace pledges that were planted in front of the school.

As part of the character education curriculum, each student at Waverly Elementary School was asked to write an essay on what peace means to them. Then, during the assembly, several students were selected to read their essays to fellow classmates, allowing the students to reflect on the ideas of their peers. 

Continuing the connection to promoting peace throughout Waverly, the students organized a fundraiser to benefit the nonprofit organization The Team Jesse Foundation, which provides education and support to families of fallen soldiers in honor of SSG Jesse Williams. The students sold Team Jesse bracelets and raised $400, which they presented during the assembly to the parents of Kevin Mincio, founder of The Team Jesse Foundation.

To conclude the event, all students wrote pledges on how they can make Waverly Elementary a better place. They then walked outside the school to plant daffodil bulbs that will bloom beautiful flowers in spring, reminding each student of their promises to promote peace.