The East Garden is the gathering spot for students participating in the After School Program. It’s a beautiful, spacious spot for them to put down their backpacks, visit with classmates, make new friends, and just shake off the school day. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Ms. Abrams (Assistant Teacher in 2N) assists with the large group of students who gather, and on Tuesday and Thursdays, I have them all to myself.
After passing out snacks and water , we get to hear about their day; learn Four Square from some very competitive students; share in their favorite foods and some not-so-favorite foods; watch the older students teach the younger ones what they have learned; participate in some crazy dancing; and just enjoy each other in a relaxed atmosphere. On Fridays, we have a special treat; it’s usually Pirate Booty, but it breaks the monotony of the pretzel snack and brings the week to a nice end. Thanks to Mr. Fine, Mr. Latu, and Mr. Romulo, the snacks for your children are ready when your children arrive. In an effort not to add to the plastic waste, we are going to install water fountains in the East Garden. Our gathering spot is becoming quite the popular place to be.