2019 - 2020 Braves Blog

Shikellamy Summer Math Camp                                                                                                                        August 12, 2019
Over 100 students from Shikellamy and surrounding schools participated in a math camp.  The theme of this year's camp was "Let's Go Camping".  The camp provided activities in math and science for students in grades K - 4.  Pictured below are many of the students having fun learning how the subjects of math and science are related. 
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Kindergarten Orientation                                                                                                                          August 22, 2019
Welcome class of 2023!  Oaklyn kindergarten teachers recently welcomed incoming students and parents during an open house.  Teachers explain classroom expectations and answered questions of parents.  The students met their teachers and saw their classroom and classmates for the first time.  The students were also taken on a bus ride where they talked about bus safety rules.  The Oaklyn PTA and community organizations, such as the Boys Scouts were available inform parents of activities and ways that they can become involved.




Scavenger Hunt                                                                                                                                                September 3, 2019
Students in Ms. Brown's second grade class went on a scavenger hunt this week.  The class searched for clues throughout the building.  While on the hunt, the students visited important areas of the school.  After finding clue in areas such as the main office, nurse's office and cafeteria the student used their skills to uncover a hidden welcome back to school message.

 Friday Funday!                                                                                                                                September 6, 2019
Students in Mrs. Leavens' class had their first Friday cooking lesson this past week.  Students follow a recipe and measure ingredients to make a tasty snack.  This week students made Back To School Smores from peanut butter, chocolate chips, fluff and graham crackers.  Pictured below are students enjoying their creation!


Is It Living or Nonliving?                                                                                                                          September 6, 2019  
Mrs. Phillips' second grade class recently learned about living and nonliving things.  The students walked around the school campus searching for evidence of living things.  They collected leaves, acorns, feathers and concluded that these things are classified as living.  Some of the nonliving things the students collected included rocks and sticks.

Eagle Scout Project                                                                                                                                         September 9, 2019
Liam Boyer, son of 4th grade teacher Frank Boyer recently completed his Eagle Scout project at Oaklyn Elementary School.  Liam constructed two "Buddy Benches" that have been placed on our playground.  He also constructed raised planting boxes and a work cart.  Mrs. Leavens plans to use the planters to grow flowers and vegetables with the students in the Life Skills class.


"Second" Activities                                                                                                                                    September 5,2019
Students in Mrs. Zeigler's second grade class celebrated their second day of second grade with a creative writing activity.  Students were asked to draw a shark by starting with the number two.  Pictured below are the students creations.

Most Popular Skittle!                                                                                                                                September 13, 2019
Students in Ms. Troutman's class put their knowledge of the scientific method to the test.  After learning about the steps of the scientific method, the students set out to determine the most common color in a Skittles packet.  Working together the students formed a hypothesis, collected data and formed a conclusion.  The most popular Skittle color was found to be yellow with red coming in second.  The best part was getting to eat the Skittles at the end of the activity!

Constitution Day                                                                                                                                      September 16, 2019
First grade students in Mrs. DePhillips' class celebrated Constitution Day earlier this week.  The students learned that the Constitution is a set of rules created by the government.  They also learned about the three branches of the government that is set up to be sure that the rules are followed fairly.  The students decorated a pretzel to represent the three branches.

Second Grade Swimming Lessons                                                                                                                  September 19, 2019
Second grade students across the district are participating in swim lessons at the Sunbury YMCA.  The program, sponsored by the Spreading Antlers, provides 8 lessons to include both dry and pool activities.  The Spreading Antlers also provides each student with a swim bag and towel.  Pictured below are students from Mrs. Phillips' class during their first lesson.

Feeling Wheels                                                                                                                                               September 23, 2019
School counselor, Mr. Hoffman visits each classroom several times throughout the school year, presenting social and emotional lessons to students.  In a recent lesson with first grade, Mr. Hoffman discussed the importance of recognizing and expressing one's feelings.  The students created "Feeling Wheels" which displayed many feelings the students may experience.

Mad Scientists                                                                                                                                            October 3, 2019
Mrs. Landau's 5th grade art students became mad scientists, creating their own predator or prey animals in conjunction with science class.  The students cut out and re-assembled body parts of different animals.  They also created names and habitats for their new creature.


Stop & Think                                                                                                                                           October 3, 2019
Mrs. Phillips' second grade class worked on "Stop and Think" during our "Too Good For Drugs" lesson. Kids were encouraged to stop and think about the consequences of the choices they make. Some have good consequences and some have bad consequences. We sang a song and made motions to go with it! The kids played a "Stop and Think" game with a friend. Each player would read the question on the card..such as "You are alone and your head hurts. Stop and think. Should you take a pill? Yes/No" The children answered each question and moved the appropriate spaces for the Yes/No response. 


FIRE SAFETY WEEK                                                                                                                                 October 10, 2019
Several fire and emergency personnel from Sunbury and surrounding areas visited our school to discuss fire safety with our students.  The students watch a short video that stressed getting out of your home safely in the event of a fire.  The firemen stressed the importance of knowing two exits from your home and never returning back into the home to retrieve personal belongings or pets.  The students then ventured outside to get a close up look at fire and emergency vehicles.  The first responders explained the different tools used to bring down a fire or to help victims of automobile accidents.  Oaklyn thanks all of your local volunteer firefighters for helping us learn about fire safety.


HOW TO CARVE A PUMPKIN                                                                                                                           October 10, 2019
Second grade students in Mrs. Zeigler's class found a creative way to learn how to use sequencing in their writing. After carving a pumpkin, the students wrote an essay describing each step.  Students practiced using transition words such as first, then and last.

 Kindergarten STEM                                                                                                                                  October 11, 2019
On Friday, kindergarten students discussed that buildings are constructed with frames, just like our bodies are constructed with bones.

Following the discussion, students participated in a Stem challenge to see who could build the tallest tower out of Q-tips.  The students used problem solving skills and a lot of patience to complete this task!

Pictured is Jacob Grimm, working on his Q-tip tower construction.  Jacob's tower was tied for the tallest in our class, measuring 2 1/2 inches tall.

Brain Show                                                                                                                          October 15, 2019
Staff and students showed off their brains and dance moves at the annual Brain Show.  The PTA funded program, tests the students' knowledge on trivia questions.  Each team must also remember a variety of dance moves to pop songs in order to earn any points.  Pictured below are staff and students having a great time at this year's Brain Show.


Students Learn About Energy                                                                                            October 18, 2019
Second grade students learned about energy through a PP&L presentation.  Students learned about renewable and nonrenewable resources and ways to conserve energy.  The students also experienced how electricity is produced, by participating in a human conductor experiment.  Each student received a box of energy conservation items. such a UV light bulbs and stickers reminding to turn off lights.

Sink or Float                                                                                                                    October 17, 2019
Ms. Leavens' class has been studying all things pumpkin during the month of October. Today the class had to break up into small groups and do some pumpkin investigating. Each group had a different kind of pumpkin that they had to observe and record the pumpkin's size, height, color, and surface texture. Lastly they had to predict whether or not they believed it would sink or float in water. After all of their observations were recorded and reported back to the class, each group got to test their guesses as to whether the pumpkins would sink or float in a bowl of water. Each of the group's pumpkins floated in the bowls of water.

PA Art Projects                                                                                                                                                    October 22, 2019
Mrs. Landau's art students have been connecting art with socials studies. Throughout the year, students will learn about art around the world.   The first country we study is the United States. Students focused on PA Dutch Heritage and created their own Hex Signs.


HALLOWEEN FUN!                                                                                                                                              October 31, 2019
Ghost and goblins, princesses and clowns roamed the hallways of Oaklyn on Halloween.  The weather held off, allowing us to have our annual parade outside to show off the creative and scary costumes of our students and staff.  Halloween parties followed with students enjoying treats and many fall activities.  Thank you to our PTA and parents for all their help!


Rotary Dictionary Program                                                                                                                                   November 1, 2019
Third grade students across the district, in fact across the world received a dictionary from the Rotary organization.  The dictionaries were distributed by members of the Shikellamy HS Interact Club, under the direction of Kayla Kaminskie.  All third grades students were provided with a dictionary for use in school or at home.  The students also completed a few activities to learn their way around using a dictionary.


Rock, Paper, Scissors Wars                                                                                                                                November 14, 2019
Throughout the passed week, students at Oaklyn participated in a school wide positive behavior reward.  Each marking period, students strive to meet behavioral expectations as a class.  If earned, the class is rewarded with some type of fun activity or treat.  The classes were rewarded with an extra recess in which they played a variety of games based off the game Rock, Paper, Scissors.  Below are students in Mrs. Phillips' class enjoying their class reward.



Title I Family Fun Night                                                                                                                                 November 14, 2019
Last week, elementary students and families were invited to attend the Title I Family Night.  Title I is a federally funded program that provides resources for Reading instruction.  The theme of this year's event centered around dinosaurs.  Students participated in a variety of activities such as a dinosaur dig, creating a dinosaur mask and a diorama of a dinosaurs environment.  The most exciting part of the evening was the arrival of Lucy the dinosaurs.  Students were able to have pictures taken with Lucy, as the dinosaur danced and trotted around the gymnasium.  Lastly, our families were treated to pizza and every student received a book.  A big thank you to the TItle I staff for organizing such a fantastic event!

Thanksgiving Feast                                                                                                                                               November 22, 2019
Students in Mrs. Leavens' Life Skills class hosted a Thanksgiving feast.  On a recent community based training trip the students purchased all the needed ingredients for traditional dishes.  The students also help in preparing the food, making place mats and inviting guest.  Special Education Director, Stephanie Michaels and Mrs. Farronato joined the students and staff of the classroom at the meal.



Thanksgiving Fun!                                                                                                                                            November 27, 2019
Oaklyn 5th grade students held an authentic Thanksgiving feast today.  Students gathered together to feast on foods that were served at the original Thanksgiving.  Some of the items on the menu were bear,venison, squirrel, rabbit, eel, pheasant, crab, scallops and butternut squash.  Garrett Brown and his friends were excited to try new foods and loved the squirrel the best.  Each class also expressed what they were thankful for with their classmates.  Ms. Kiepke also showed her appreciation for the students by giving each a personal note of gratitude.  Thank you to the 5th grade teachers and parents that prepared the food.  Happy Thanksgiving!



First grade students spent their morning making Thanksgiving crafts.  The students rotated through each classroom making different holiday crafts.  Students turkey feathered headbands and pilgrims.


Scholastic Pajama Drive                                                                                                                                 December 3, 2019
Oaklyn students, faculty and staff recently participated in the Scholastic Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive.  The idea behind this initiative is that every child deserves a good night's rest and that we could help children facing uncertainty by providing cozy pajamas and a good bedtime story.  At the end of the drive, the pajamas are donated to a local agency.  In addition, Scholastic donates a book for every pair of pajamas collected.  The Oaklyn community collected 105 pair of pajamas that were donated to Haven Ministries in Sunbury.  We would like to thank second grade teacher, Ms. Brown for bringing this community service project to our school.  

Buddy the Elf vs. Students                                                                                                                                        December 13, 2019
Students in Ms. Treadway's classroom recently held a Gingerbread House competition with their classroom Buddy the Elf.  The students arrived in their classroom to find that Buddy built a Gingerbread House, so they set out to build their own.  



Energy & Ecosystems                                                                                                                                        January 6, 2020
Fifth grade students in Ms. Olson's science classes completed projects on food chains, food webs and energy pyramids.  The students created a model to show their understanding of how energy moves through an ecosystem.  The students chose their materials to show how the energy passes from the producers, to the consumers and eventually the decomposers.

Aquifers and Wells                                                                                                                                                  February 7, 2020
Students in Ms. Olson's 5th grade science classes demonstrated their knowledge of aquifers and wells.  The students created a model of an aquifer to determine how to locate the best area to drill for a well.  They then used this information to determine the best place to drill for a well in a town.

100th Day!                                                                                                                                                    February 11, 2020
Student throughout the building celebrated the 100th day of school with many activities including games, crafts and special treats.



Our Hearts Go Boom, Boom, Boom!                                                                                                            February 13, 2020
Second graders learned how hard their hearts work all day every day! Students learned what the human heart looks like and how to take their pulse.  They compared their resting heart rate to their heart rate after physical activity.  Finally, they wrote a valentine to their hearts, thanking them for all the hard work. 


B.U.G.S. Award                                                                                                                                                February 19,2020
Third grade students that maintained A's in all subjects or improved a grade from the first to second marking period were recognized at our B.U.G.S. program.  This program is sponsored by the Kiwanis to encourage students to work hard and improve their grades.  Representative Lynda Schlegel Culver's office also recognized the students with a certicificate.

Read Across America                                                                                                                                February 24, 2020
Many activities to encourage and celebrate reading took place throughout our building.  The Priestley Forsythe Library sponsored a visit from the Cat in the Hat.  Teachers planned activities and treated students to green eggs and ham.  Lastly, many guest speakers visited classrooms to read to our students.


How We Spend Our Days

Parents have been sharing pictures of their children making the best of their time at home.  Some play outside, while some are budding artists, scientists and chefs.  One positive to look at this is that life has slowed down a bit and kids are getting to be kids!  




National Siblings Day                                                                            

I received these pictures of the Beagle twins from their mom.  Thought it was appropriate to post to recognize the bond of all siblings!


More siblings celebrating National Unicorn Day!

The Ross siblings sharing how they spend their day learning and having fun at home!




Aurdrey and Evelyn enjoying the outdoors and showing their OAKLYN Pride!



Ben and his brother incubating eggs and drawing pictures!


And the learning still goes on.........................

Grant's Solar System Model

Cami and Rosalie writing letters!

Wyatt reading Hatchet!

Camping with Jacob and Carl!


A Little Cooking, Baking, Gardening and Fishing!


Where In the World is Mr. and Mrs. Chervanik
Mrs. Chervanik has created a fun and awesome activity for her students.  She posts a picture of a place that she visited with her husband.  Students use research and clues to figure out the location.  Grant Ross sent the document below showing that he too is a traveler!

Earth Day Fun

Jack Pita did his part for the environment by picking up roadside trash.  Jack waw very careful and was sure to wear gloves.  Great job Jack!

Adalyn and Lillyana Kase do their part by cleaning up their neighborhood.  Great job girls!

Josiah and Emma have fun with Mrs. Leavens' scavenger hunt!


Jacob and Carl doing some school work and hanging out!




Scott and JT help build their new pool!


Grant Completes Another Where in the World is Mr. & Mrs. Chervanik

Stella and DaNel Regow Vegetables!  Great Job Girls!

Where in the World are Mr. and Mrs. Chervanik - Part 3

By Reagan, Grant and Gunner

Where In the World Is Mr. and Mrs. Chervanik Part 4
by Gunner and Grant

Grant's Week #5
Grant's Week #6

Grant's Week #7

Great Job Landon for Completing Xtra Math During the Closure!