Cedar Mountain hosts 'Fun Day'

Vernon. Kindergarteners and first graders promote peace and love.

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  • PHOTOS BY VERA OLINSKI The Cedar Mountain First Grade classes, teachers and volunteers pose in a heart shape.

  • Students create huge bubbles.

  • Teams play noodle ball.

  • Fluffy balls fly high in the air as First Graders work together with the parachute.

  • Students unfreeze each other in tag.

  • SCA President Denise Clarke leads students in the conga line.

Cedar Mountain Primary School presented “Fun Day,” May 21, for Kindergarten classes, and May 22, for the first graders.

During an aerial picture taken from the roof of the school, the kindergarten classes formed a peace sign on one day, and the First Grade formed a heart on the other.

SCA President Denise Clarke explained, the photos represented “peace and love.”

Encouraging statements could be heard on the first-grade photo day, “Nobody move,” and the students cheered, “Cheese! Fun Day!” with each class wearing their own different colored t-shirts.

Next year’s SCA President Megan Minter explained the SCA helped Gym Teacher Michele Gonnelli by asking parents to volunteer and provide supplies.

Clarke said because it was Law Enforcement Week, they also had a banner, where the Kindergarten students signed one half, and the First Grade signed the other half.

Vernon Councilman Patrick Curreri attended the first-grade event.

Gonnelli said they had ten stations for the students to experience: enormous bubbles, parachute, obstacle course, water brigade race, sponge toss, noodle ball, tag, music station, dance station, and chalk drawings, with Art Teacher Denise Docherty. Additionally, she said, two groups of Glen Meadow students volunteered to help, and Scott Berge’s Advanced P.E. Class ran the stations, which “was really special this year,” and stayed with their assigned class the whole time for both days.

Principal Rosemary Gebhardt said Fun Day brought all of Gonnelli’s physical education curriculum together.

“It’s like the final exam — the best final exam anyone can ever have. Show us what you’ve learned,” she said.

The students can play hard together, fair, and nice, she added, follow directions, hop, skip, jump, dribble, pass, and use fine motor coordination.

Clarke played music at what she called “The Dance Party Station,” where students followed her in a conga line and Hoki Poki – jumping and dancing around.

At the Noodle Ball Station — girls played against the boys on teams as students cried, “Get it! Get it!” [a big beach ball]

Red noodles tagged students, who froze and formed planks at the tag station, until they were released by someone else crawling underneath them.

At the music station, Music Teacher Michael Moschella played traditional Folk Song Dance games, with the children singing, “If you want a partner, please pick me,” while walking around in a circle. The students quickly found a partner, and the last person became the winner.

Moschella told the students, “It is a very quick game. The loser is the winner. I love this game!”

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