2018 - 2019 Braves Blog



Summer Math Camp                                                                                                                                August 13 - 19, 2018
The district's annual summer math camp was held earlier this month at Oaklyn Elementary.  Shikellamy surrounding district students spent the week exploring math and science through many fun activities.  This year's camp had a beach theme and the week ended with beach party.  

   




   

Welcome Back to School                                                                                                                                                                    September 4, 2018
Students in Miss Mace's class welcome each other back to school with these name paintings!




Third Grade Team Work                                                                                                                                                                            September 7, 2018
Students in Mrs. Chervanik's third grade class spent some time during the first week of school getting to know one another and practicing their team building skills.  Together the team had to position a rubberband around a cup and lift it to stack the cups on one another.  The students communicated and worked together to successfully complete the task!

  
Apple Nachos!?!?!?                                                                                                                                                                                                September 7, 2018
Ms. Leavens' class made their first snack of the year, Apple Nachos!  Students followed a visual recipe using apples, peanut butter, chocolate and butterscotch chips. Students really enjoyed eating their creation.  Afterwards, they practiced their sequencing skills by reviewing the steps of the recipe.   The students also expressed their opinions on whether they liked the apple nachos and if the recipe was easy to follow.  We can't wait to see what other exciting and delicious projects this year has to bring!


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Recess is Even More Fun!                                                                                                                                                                                September 10, 2018
Thank you to our awesome PTA for purchasing a recess cart and play items.  The cart makes it much easier to store balls, jump ropes and hula hoops that student use during recess.
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Brain Show!                                                                                                                                                                                                    September 27, 2018
Last week Oaklyn students tested their knowledge and dance skills!  The Brain Show, sponsored by the PTA is a game show type program that has students answering questions in a variety of subjects.  The students also have to remember dance moves to the different songs that are played throughout the program.  

  
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FIRE SAFETY                                                                                                                                                                                           October 10, 2018
In conjunction with Fire Safety Week, students at Oaklyn participated in a safety program sponsored by the city fire department.  Students watch a video about how  and spoke with fireman about how to safely respond to a fire in their home.  There were several apparatuses available for students to view.  The fireman explained some of the equipment they use when fighting fires or responding to an emergency situation.  Students were able to climb aboard and fire truck and received a pencil case with school supplies.  A great big thank you to our first responders!

  



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ENERGY PRESENTATIONS                                                                                                                                OCTOBER 12, 2018
PPL presented a "Think! Energy Bright Kids" program to all of second grade. Students participated in this interactive program to spark interest in the subject of energy efficiency. Students discussed sources of energy, the limits of the energy we have, as well as how they can conserve energy. A large component of the program is the take-home energy efficiency kit, which brings some of the lessons to life as well as providing the family with 4 LED bulbs.

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FALL FUN!                                                                                                                                                                                                                OCTOBER 22, 2018
Students in Mrs. Tilford's and Miss Mace's classes recently visited Ard's Farm.  Students were treated to a hayride, games and pumpkin picking.  Despite the brisk autumn air, the students and staff had a wonderful time.

  




NATIONAL BULLYING PREVENTION MONTH                                                                                                                                                  OCTOBER 24, 2018
During the month of October students at Oaklyn participated in various activities to raise awareness against bullying.  Student in the afterschool STEAM program created a bulletin board with message against bullying.  Students also recognized Unity Day by wearing orange to school.  Wear and share orange to show we are together against bullying and UNITED for kindness, acceptance an inclusion. This color  represents a powerful, visually compelling expression of solidarity,                                                                                                                                                                                      
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                                         HALLOWEEN FUN!                                                                                                                                                                                    
 






Veteran's Day                                                                                                                                                                                            November 12, 2011
Various activities took place throughout the building to recognize and honor those that serve our country.  Students in grades 2 and 3 presented their Veteran's Day musical program for the student body and the public.  Students in Mrs. Leavens' had a special visitor to tell them about his military service.  Earl Buckles came to visit the class and talk about his time in the Marine Corps. His wife, Vivian, is a paraprofessional in the classroom. The visit was a follow up to what the students learned in the classroom about our country's military.  The students prepared questions about Mr. Buckles experiences in advance.  Many asked about his uniform, medals and the countries he had visited.  Thank you to all veterans for protecting our freedom!


HOLIDAY WINDOW PAINTING                                                                                                                                                                  November 14, 2018
Selected students from all four elementary buildings recently spent the day spreading holiday cheer in downtown Sunbury.  Art teachers, Christina Landau and Ryan Albertson chose students to paint murals on the windows of downtown businesses.  The students spent the day painting and making new friends.

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COMPOUND WORD DAY                                                                                                                                    November 21, 2018
Second grade students held their annual Compound Word Day.  To show their understanding of compound words, students created T-shirts displaying names and pictures of their favorite compound words.  Each classroom had a special activity and students rotated through each room playing games, making crafts and simply having fun with compound words.  

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Student Precepts                                                                                                                                                December 28. 2018
What's a precept you ask?  Students in Mrs. Feese's 5th grade reading class expressed their creative wisdom in the form of a precept - a phrase or motto to live by.  This was a culminating activity of reading the book Wonder.  The precepts are displayed in the hallway for all to read and learn a lesson to live by.  We have some very insightful youngsters in our school!



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Books of Hope                                                                                                                                                    December 21, 2018
Students throughout the district spent several weeks collecting gently used children's books to donate to hospitals across the country.  Close to 13,000 books were collected by district students.  The students at Oaklyn collected a total of 3,851 books with Mrs. Grimm's homeroom collected 624 books.  Mrs. Grimm's homeroom was treated to a pizza party for being the top collecting class at Oaklyn.  The service project was conducted by Col. Walsh and the Shikellamy JROTC students. Great job Shikellamy!


Holiday Happenings                                                                                                                                            December 22, 2018
The halls and classrooms of Oaklyn were filled with holiday cheer during the last week before winter break.  Mr. Delucca lead the chorus through the halls playing his accordian and singing holiday corals.  The PTA hosted holiday parties and each student visited with Santa Claus.  Students were given an Oaklyn T-Shirt compliments of our awesome PTA.  The staff also got into the spirit by wearing their favorite holiday sweater.  Pictured below are some of our students playing creative games and activities.

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Beauty & Disaster!                                                                                                                                                    January 7, 2018
Last week, students in Mrs. Feese's fifth grade reading class completed activities on volcanoes.  The students read a Storyworks article titled "Beauty and Disaster".  This article was written by Jane Tarshis, the author of the I Survived series.  The article discussed a volcano that erupted in Hawaii last may.  The student furthered their learning of volcanoes by performing experiments to show the difference in how the lava erupts in different volcanoes.  Students are pictured here simulating lava eruption using water and a flour mixture.



   

Safety Program                                                                                                                                                        January 17, 2018
Students in grades K - 3 recently participated in our annual Office Phil Safety Program.  Office Phil combines humor and fun with safety messages.  Students learned ways to respond in different safety situations such as fires and strangers.  This program adds to our focus of being prepared for emergency situations.  We continually discuss the best way to respond during an emergency with all of our students.  Seen below are students that helped Office Phil send his safety messages.

  






Game Day                                                                                                                                                            February 7, 2019
As part of our School-wide positive behavior support program, students at Oaklyn were rewarded with bringing in and playing board games with their friends.  The program reinforces positive behaviors and rewards those students that meet building expectations.  Each marking period students earn letters from our program slogan to complete a word.  Each classroom that completes a word participates in a school-wide activity.  The slogan is "Braves are Respectful, Responsible and Safe.

Fifth grade students were rewarded a bit differently this marking period, thanks to the efforts of Mr. Zeigler.  Classes earning the reward were able to play wiffle ball with professional baseball player, Nick Dunn.  Nick is a Shikellamy and Oaklyn graduate that plays professional in the Cardinals organization.

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Bald Eagle Presentation                                                                                                                                February 10, 2019
Angie Hetzendorf, a Knoebels employee,  presented a bald eagle assembly to all second grades during the month of February. She allowed our students to ask questions and provided information and facts regarding the bald eagles that reside at Knoebels. The class played a game where several students were eagles, grabbing a tree and fish. However, in round two of the game, the numbers of bald eagles were increased and there were not enough resources for each eagle to have both adequate food and shelter (nesting). This activity strengthen the students understanding of the delicate balance of human and animals sharing similar space and resources.

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Nutrition Detectives!                                                                                                                            February 13, 2018
Nutritionists from Weis Markets recently presented a program on nutrition to all second grade students.  During the program. students were place in small groups and were tasked with solving a nutrition case. The case centered around a boy named George who did not have any energy.  The students investigated all the food groups and brainstormed some healthy meals that would energize George. The students also read nutrition labels to find the amount of sugar in various drinks and cereals having whole grain as the first ingredient.   The children loved the neon hats, clue pads, pencils and magnifying glasses!

  

Dictionary Donation                                                                                                                                        February 25, 2019
The Sunbury Rotary club donated dictionaries to all third grade students.  The object of the Rotary Dictionary Project is to provide third grade students a personal dictionary of their very own that will serve them at least through elementary and middle school. Rotary member, Sean Walshaw Wertz and members of the high school Interact Club visited the third grade classes to distribute the dictionaries and talk about service organizations.  The students practiced their dictionary skills by looking up the word "service" and reading the definition.  Mr. Walshaw Wertz then explained how the Rotary and Interact were service organizations.  Thank you Sunbury Rotary!

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The Danger of Tobacco                                                                                                                                        February 25, 2019
Evangelical Community Hospital presented a program on the dangers of tobacco to second grade students.  The presenters explained how smoking and tobacco use harms your body.  To emphasize the dangers, the students were shown two sets of lungs from a real pig.  One represented the lung of a smoker and the other a nonsmoker.  The presenter then demonstrated that the healthy lung inflated so much more with air than the unhealthy lung.
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B.U.G.S. Award                                                                                                                                                    February 26, 2019
The Sunbury Kiwanis Club and Representative Linda Schlegel Culver recognized third grade students for their academic achievements.  Bring Up your Grades is an award given after the second and third marking periods to students that improved at least one grade and do not lower in any other grades.  The award is to recognize students for their hard work in the classroom.  Students received a certificate from each organization, a pencil and pen to honor the accomplishments.


Read Across America                                                                                                                                                March 1, 2019
Students, faculty and staff at Oaklyn celebrated Dr. Suess' birthday with many activities centered on reading.  Members of the Priestley Forysthe Library read their favorite Dr Suess story.  There was even an appearance by the Cat in the Hat himself!  There were also many guest speakers throughout the day, including retired first grade teacher, Mrs. Diane Fasold.  Some of our younger students were treated to green eggs and ham while watching a Dr. Suess movie.  Teachers also got into the action by wearing shirts to celebrate the event.  The cafeteria bulletin board was decorated with a Dr. Suess theme by Savannah Corbin, a teacher in the after school program.

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PENNIES FOR PATIENTS                                                                                                                                    March 11, 2019  
Students, faculty and staff have been working hard to raise funds for the Leukemia Society's Pennies for Patients campaign.  Our efforts were kicked off with a week of theme dress days to encourage students to donate their loose change.  The dress days included Pajama for Pennies Day, Dazzling Dime Day, Crazy Quarter Day, Neon Nickel Day and Team Up Against Leukemia.    Students can also purchase a paper blood drop in memory or honor of someone with cancer.  The class collecting the most money will be rewarded with a pizza party.  The drive continues until March 21 and the school's goal is to raise $6000.  Currently a little over $4000 has been collected.
                                                                                                                                               
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Kids Heart Challenge                                                                                                                                        March 13, 2019
Oaklyn students recently participated in the American Heart Association's Kids for Heart Challenge.  Students performed a variety of activities during physical education class to promote the importance of exercise to having a healthy heart.  The students sought sponsors to provide donations.  Oaklyn students raised a total of $5,291.00 to benefit the AMA.  The event not only helped to raise awareness about heart healthy living but also supports lifesaving scientific research and critically needed education.  Hats off to Mr. Baney for organizing the event and to our school community for their generous donations!

It's a Boy!                                                                                                                                                              March 18, 2019
Students in Mrs. Kremer's class joined the interest of 14 million people to welcome April's newest calf.  Students have been reading about the event and celebrated the baby boy calf by making T-Shirts.  April has been an Internet sensation since giving birth live on a webcam two years ago.  



JUMP WITH JILL                                                                                                                                            April 3, 2019
Today our students view an exciting, energetic and educational program on healthy eating and fitness.  The Jump with Jill program, sponsored by Evangelical Hospital, combine music and dance to help our students understanding the importance of eating the right foods and exercising.  
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DANCE FEVER!                                                                                                                                            April 4, 2019
Oaklyn students showed off their moves at a school dance party to reward good behavior.  As part of our School Wide Positive Behavior Support program, students can earn a reward each marking for following building expectations.  The program is built upon rewarding positive behaviors.  Classrooms that earned each letter in the word RESPONSIBLE during the third marking period were eligible to attend the school wide event.  Students, teachers and staff had a great time!

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Oaklyn Spreads Kindness Like Confetti!                                                                                                            April 8, 2019
During the week of April 8, students, faculty and staff took part in Kindness Week.  Each day was dedicated to kind acts or gestures, in an effort to recognize that kindness matters.  Through giving High 5s, compliments or a simple smile, we placed our focus on being nice to one another.  Students also participated in Mix It Up day in the cafeteria, where students where asked to sit with someone different at lunch and learn something new about their new friend.  The faculty and staff purchased Kindness T-Shirts and plan to donate the proceeds to a worthy cause.

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State Float Parade                                                                                                                                                April 12, 2019
Students in Mrs. Grimm's 4th grade Social Studies class recently complete a project of building a float that displayed important and interesting facts about a state.  Students decorated covered shoe boxes with the information, like a parade float.  The students paraded through kindergarten and first grade classrooms showing the younger students their creations.  The project gave the students an opportunity to highlight what they learn about their state and creatively display the information.

     

PSSA Pep Assembly                                                                                                                                    April 12, 2019
Each year staff and students celebrate their hard work in the classroom and at the same time relieve some stress.  Each grade chose a Minute to Win It game and the teachers faced off against selected students.  Not only are the games fun, but they show our students that determination, hard work and staying calm are traits that will help to achieve goals.  The finale of the program was the debut of a music video made by faculty and students to encourage students to do their very best on the upcoming PSSA.  

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Students Learning in the Community                                                                                                        April 23, 2019
he students in Ms. Karen Leavens' Life Skills class (3rd-5th grade) were recently on a Community Based Training. They visited The Community Aide Store, Pizza Hut, and finished with a fun stop at Pelican's for some snowballs. The students were able to practice the following skills which they have been working on in the classroom throughout the year: making a budget and choosing how to spend your money, table manners, social skills, and appropriate conversation skills.

         

Can You Escape!                                                                                                                                             April 23, 2019
Students in Mrs. Feese's reading classes recently tested their investigative skills by working together to on an Escape Room.  The students recently finished reading the novel Hatchet.  Using their knowledge of irony, theme, conflict and plot each group deciphered clues to uncover a hidden code.  The students thought this was an awesome activity and had a great time racing to escape the room.



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Creepy Crawling Science                                                                                                                                        April 25, 2019

MacKenzie Zellers, a former Oaklyn student and current Bucknell University student recently organized an outreach neuroscience experience for our fifth grade students.  The goal of the event was to spark curiosity inThe students thought it would be really cool to do those activities with the local community, outside of Bucknell, in hopes of sharing their passion for neuroscience. 

MacKenzie and her classmates provided background information about  cells  and then actually worked with live neurons in cockroaches. Using the electricity in their phones which is the same electricity use in neurons, students were able to make the cockroach legs “dance” to the beat of a song. Lastly, they talked about the human brain and why smells are so interwoven with memories.

The Oaklyn students loved the activities and hope that this can be a yearly event!

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Our Wild Neighbors!                                                                                                                                                                                        May 8, 2019
Third grade students recently viewed a live animal presentation called "Wild Neighbors".  Jack Hubley, a master falconer introduced the students to animals that are very common and important to the ecology of our area.  Students learned about birds of prey, snakes,  and rodents.  The students' excitement was easily seen and heard throughout the presentation.  This experience, sponsored by the PTA goes along with their upcoming field trip to R.B. Winter State Park.

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ANNUAL SCIENCE FAIR                                                                                                                                                                                    MAY 15, 2019

Oaklyn held its annual Science Fair for 4th grade students.  The students in Mrs. Grimm's science classes have been learning about the scientific method throughout the school year.  Students apply these concepts by solving a scientific problem.  Students state a hypothesis, develop and carry out an experiment and draw conclusions from their data.  The students created a display of their work on a tri-fold board.  A big shout out to Mrs. Grimm, Mr. Mark Hoffman, PTA and the judges for their support of this event.  All students were awarded a participation ribbon and special awards were given to 1st - 3rd place.

 First Place - Lauryn Ross



Second Place - Emma Schreffler



Third Place - Sarah Bronowicz



Some other participants

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