2017 - 2018 Braves Blog

Math Camp                                                                                                                                        August 14, 2017
Shikellamy held it's annual Math Camp for area students last month.  A record 135 students attended the week long camp this year.  The theme of this year's camp was Think Like a Scientist.  Students performed various scientific experiments that incorporated math concepts.  Seen below are a few of our student scientists in action!


Brag Tag Parade!                                                                                                                                    September 8, 2017
Students in Mrs. Tilford's class proudly parade the halls displaying their brag tags.  These tags are given by Mrs. Tilford to students that following classroom expectations and practice good manners.  Each Friday, students walk the halls showing off their tags!


Boy Scout Presentation                                                                                                                                     September 21, 2017
Our Oaklyn boys recently learned about the Boy Scout organization.  Evie Bartholomew, met with all boys to talk about some of the fun and exciting activities the Boy Scouts has to offer.  She also explained how often the boys meet and the different locations offered throughout the area.

Fall Fundraiser Kickoff Assemby                                                                                                                       September 22, 2017
Our PTA kicked off their fall fundraising efforts with a program for the students.  Students are selling Cherrydale items and Otis Spunkmeyer Cookies.  A representative from the company explained how to sell the items safely and the prizes that could be earned.  Prizes are awarded based on the number of items sold.  Students were especially excited to work toward a limo lunch!  Orders can be made online or by turning in an order form to the office.  The last day to turn in orders is October 16.  Below, teachers and students played Minute to Win It in which they had to get a cookie in their mouth from their forehead without using their hands.  Mr. Zeigler was the winner!


PP&L Energy Conservation Program                                                                                                            October 2, 2017
Representatives from PP&L recently presented an energy conservation program to students in second grade.  Students were given helpful hints to save on electricity and water consumption.  Each student received an Energy Efficiency Education kit containing fluorescent lightbulbs, shower heads and a night light.


Kindergarten Problem Solvers                                                                                                                        October 6, 2017
Students in Mrs. Vovakes class spent some time working together to solve a problem.  Using a variety of materials students were asked to build a home for a Lego figurine.  The students worked collaboratively constructing their home using such things as paper cups, popsicle sticks, clothes pins, straws and yarn.  When construction was complete, all students did a museum walk to view their classmates' project.  Some of their ideas included a castle, complete with flags and cup towers.

Fire Prevention Week                                                                                                                                     October 11, 2017
The Sunbury Fire Department visited Oaklyn to teach our students about fire safety.  Students learned about the different apparatuses and equipment of the fire departments.  Students watched a video how to react to a fire in their home.  A local fireman dressed in full gear answered student questions and showed them how their suit protects them when fighting fires.  The fire department provided each students with a pencil case of school supplies.  


Girl Scout STEM Program                                                                                                                               October 18, 2017         Girls in grades 1 - 5 were provided the opportunity to learn more about the Girl Scouts and conduct STEM activities during recess.  Once a week, Casey Miller, a representative from the Girl Scouts meets with interested girls during their recess to perform science, technology, engineering and math activities.  Close to fifty girls are participating in this program which is being held during the month of October.  Pictured below, first grade students attempt to build a sturdy tower using only straws and tape.

Jumping Beans!!!!                                                                                                                                        October 24, 2017
Students in Mrs. Phillips' second grade class strengthened their problem solving skills by performing an experiment with jumping beans.  The students recently learned about the scientific method, a process used to solve scientific problems.  By applying the steps of the scientific method, students determined whether temperature affected how much a jumping bean jumps. The students held the jumping beans in their hands for 5 minutes and recorded the number of jumps.  Then students placed the jumping bean on an ice cubes for the same amount of time and recorded the jumps.


On the second day, students formed a hypothesis of how far the jumping beans would move in one hour.  Students plotted the distances and found that one jumping bean moved 14 inches!


Unity Day                                                                                                                                                October 25, 2017
October is bullying prevention month and various activities have taken place in our classrooms and throughout the building to make students and staff more aware of bullying.  On October 25, our school participated in Unity Day by wearing orange to show that we are together against bullying - United for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.  Below are some pictures of our students showing their true colors!


Huey Helps our Readers                                                                                                                                               October 27, 2017
A furry visitor has been helping students at Oaklyn with their reading skills.  Huey, a therapy dog owned by our reading specialist Heidi Kremer and a high school exploratory student Abby Walter has been visiting our school to help our students build confidence in reading.  Studies have shown that therapy dogs can help students stay more focused and be more expressive when reading.  Pictured below are some of our students reading to Huey as he listens intently!

Halloween Festivities at Oaklyn                                                                                                                                   October 31, 2017
Students and staff participated in our annual Halloween activities.  A costume parade was held so parents and friends could view the many ghouls and goblins at school that day.  The PTA hosted parties in each classroom where students received festive treats and played many games and activities.


Chromebook Technology Enters the Elementary Buildings                                                                                    November 1, 2107
This school year the elementary computer labs were fitted with Chromebooks.  These devices look like a laptop and operate using Google applications.  Additionally, there are 2 Chromebook carts for mobile use and each 2nd and 3rd grade teacher has two Chromebooks in their classroom.  Pictured below are first grade students strengthening their math and reading skills using Reading Eggs and Math Seeds applications.


Rainy Day STEM Activities                                                                                                                                                                    November 6, 2017
Students in Mrs. Brown's second grade class make the best out of rainy days, by conducting STEM experiments.  The students below test their knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math, all while having fun!


 Veteran's Day Activities                                                                                                                                                                                November 8, 2017
Students at Oaklyn honored our veterans with a musical program.  Mr. Delucca and students in grades 2 & 3 presented patriotic musical selections and readings to the student body and the general public.  Veterans in attendance were asked to rise as the students sang and read letters thanking them for their service.  Fifth grade students, Laney Clark and Myla Hovatter signed the Star Spangled Banner as our students and guest sang along.


School Wide Dance Party                                                                                                                                                                                    November 10, 2017
Students at Oaklyn were rewarded with a dance party and frozen treat for practicing positive behaviors.  Since the beginning of the school year, students were rewarded for positive behaviors by their teachers.  When a class was complimented for their behavior they earned a letter in the word "Braves".  All classrooms that completed the word earned the school wide reward.  Next marking period students will be working toward earning letters in the word respectful.  Thank you to our PTA for providing the treats to our students.


Thanksgiving Feasts                                                                                                                                                                                          November 22, 2017
Students in grades 1 participated in an authentic Thanksgiving feast.  Parents donated traditional meal items and helped to serve students.  Students wore pilgram and Native American customs as they shared a meal with their classmates.
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Compound Word Day                                                                                                                                                                                           November 22, 2017
Second grade students participated in their annual Compound Word Day before the Thanksgiving break.  Students showed their understanding of compound words by creating T-shirts with the names and pictures of compound words.  Students also played various games to strengthen their skill in producing and recognizing compound words.

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Dictionary Donation                                                                                                                                                                                        November 22, 2017
The Sunbury Rotary Club recently donated a dictionary to all district students in grade 3.  Shawn Walshaw-Wertz, President of the Rotary visited the four elementary buildings handing out dictionaries to students.  Students are permitted to keep the dictionaries for home or school use.  The district would like to thank the Rotary for their generosity and continued support in educating our youth.

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PTA Santa Shop                                                                                                                                                                                        December 11, 2017
Oaklyn students were given the opportunity to do their Christmas shopping at school.  Our PTA booked several local vendors to provided crafts, jewelry and other trinkets for students to purchase.  Students made shopping lists with their parents and browsed the goods making their purchases.  Members of the HS National Honor Society helped some of our younger students shop and check items off of their list.

Decorative Stockings                                                                                                                                                                                    December 13, 2017
Students in Mr. Pratt's first grade class got in the holiday spirit by decorating Christmas stockings.  Students were provided a variety of craft items, from tinsel to bells to use in decorating their stocking.  Several parent volunteers joined in to help the students with their creations.  The stockings are displayed on Mr. Pratt's fireplace display outside his classroom.


Soil Studies                                                                                                                                                                                            December 12, 2017
The Northumberland County Conservation District recently helped our second grade students understand the composition of soil.   The students participated in an activity in which they created model of soil layers using pudding, Oreo Cookies, and sprinkles.  The best part of the activity was being able to eat their model!


Holiday Music Program                                                                                                                                                                                       December 13, 2017
Students in grades 4 & 5 presented "A December to Remember" to family and friends.  The program, directed by music teacher Frank Delucca involved singing, dancing and comical dialogue.  Laney Clark and Myla Hovatter showed their sign language skills by signing some of the songs for the audience.  Isaiah Gittens stole the show with a solo presentation.  Also, Mr. Delucca stepped away from conducting to play his accordion as the students sang along.  



Officer Phil                                                                                                                                                                                                        December 18, 2017
Students in grades K - 3 learned a variety of safety rules and precautions from Office Phil.  The program taught students about safety in the home and in the community.  Officer Phil brought along some of his puppet friends, like Alley E. Cat to send the message to students.

Limo Lunch!                                                                                                                                                                                                            January 11, 2018
Several students at Oaklyn were recently rewarded for being the top sellers in the PTA Fall Fundraiser.  Students were treated like stars with a limo ride to Domino's where they were treated to lunch.  We would like to thank our PTA, parents and school community for supporting our fundraising efforts!


Forts and Flashlights                                                                                                                                                                                 January 12, 2018
Students in Mrs. Brown's second grade class earned a special reward for positive behavior.  The students earned all the letters of the word "Respectful" by receiving compliments for following our school wide positive behavior expectations.  The students draped blankets over their desks to create forts and read their favorite books by flashlight.


Winter STEM Challenge                                                                                                                                                                        January 26, 2018
Kindergarten students in Mrs. Vovakes' class recently tested their Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematic skills.  The students were given everyday objects like popsicle sticks and straws and challenged to make a shovel to hold a "cotton ball" snowball.


Frozen Ice Spheres                                                                                                                                                                                    January 26, 2018 
Our kindergarten students recently had some science fun during our recent winter cold snap.  Students filled balloons with water and set them outside to freeze.  Using salt and ice the students created colorful frozen spheres which were displayed on the playground until the warm weather melted them away.  Kudos to Mrs. Vovakes for showing our young students that science can be an exciting learning experience!

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Magic of Science Program                                                                                                                                                                        January 29, 2018
We continue with our science theme by highlighting our PTA sponsored assemby, Magic of Science.  Students in grades K - 5 watched in excitement as experiments and demonstration in Chemistry, Mathematics, Optical Illusions and Pressure were performed.  The program showed our students that what they thought might be magic was actually science.  Thank you to the PTA for bringing this program to our school!

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Children's Book Author Returns to Oaklyn                                                                                                                                                February 1, 2108
Jocelyn Schlegel, a former Oaklyn student and Shikellamy graduate return to our school to read her published children's book, We Are One Under the Sea.  Jocelyn read her book to each grade and answer questions from students about the process of writing a book.  Jocelyn described how she developed her first ideas, edited the story and worked with an artist to illustrate the book,  The story centers around Sanders the shark and Riley the remora becoming friends and accepting each other for their differences.  The students were also given an opportunity to purchase a book with a personal message written by the author.  Congratulations Jocelyn and thank you for sharing your experience with our students.

New Marque at Oaklyn                                                                                                                                                                            February 1, 2018
This past summer, a storm brought down some of the characteristic oak trees at Oaklyn and damage the school marque.  Construction was recently finalized on a new marque that illuminates the school name and informs the public of upcoming school events.

School Wide Positive Behavior MP2 Reward                                                                                                                                        February 2, 2108
For the past two years, Oaklyn faculty, staff and students have been implementing a School Wide Positive Behavior program.  The program centers around a set of behavior expectations that are taught to students.  Students are then rewarded for following the positive behavior expectations.  Each classroom tracks expected behavior in their own unique way.  Each marking period students work to earn the letters of a word from our positive behavior slogan - Braves are Safe, Responsible and Respectful.  During the second marking period each class worked to earn the letters of the word "Responsible".  Classroom completing the word were rewarded with a movie, popcorn and drink.  Approximately 78% of our classrooms earned the reward for marking period 2.  Thank you for our fabulous PTA for supporting our program by providing the snacks.  A special thank you to Mrs. Sprenkel and Mrs. Reich for popping the popcorn!

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Pennies for Patients                                                                                                                                                                                    February 5, 2018
Students at Oaklyn are currently participating in the Leukemia Society's Pennies for Patients fundraiser.  Student were provided collection boxes to donate spare change.  In an effort to generate excitement and increase our collections, the school held a theme dress week.  Teachers and staff dress in pajamas on Penny Day, neon colors for Nickel Day, crazy hats and socks for Quarter day and team jerseys for Team Up against leukemia day.  At the end of the collection period the classrooms with the highest totals will be treated to a pizza party.  Thank you Mrs. Bradigan, our school nurse for coordinating this event.  Check back at a later date to see the grand total that Oaklyn will donate to the Leukemia Society.

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Happy Valentines' Day                                                                                                                                                     February 9, 2018
Oaklyn students celebrated Valentines' Day a little early this year.  PTA members and room parents organized parties for the students.  Students enjoyed plenty of sweetheart treats, gams and activities.

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Jump Report for Heart                                                                                                                                                                                        February 15, 2018
Students at Oaklyn are participating in the American Heart Association's Jump Rope For Heart program during their physical education classes.  Student participate in a variety of activities from jumping rope to shooting basketballs.  The program not only allows are students to participate in a service project, but also shows them the importance of physical activity to having a healthy heart.  Mr. Baney, physical education teacher supervises this activity.
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B.U.G.S Awards                                                                                                                                                                                                    February 20, 2018
Each year the Kiwanis Club recognizes students in third grade that pull up their grades.  Parents and visitors were invited to watch the students receive the B.U.G.S. Award.  Students received certificates, a pencil and a pin.  Representative Lynda Schelgel Culver was also on hand to congratulate the students and challenge all students to bring up at least on grade during the third marking period.  If the challenge is met, she will treat the students to an ice cream and pizza party.

Read Across America                                                                                                                                                                                               March 2, 2018
Teachers, staff and student at Oaklyn celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday with a variety of fun, educational activities.  There were guest readers, green eggs and ham, games, and a visit from the Cat in the Hat himself.  We would like to thank the Priestley library and Kiwanis Club for helping make the day a success.

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