Winter Wonderland Warms Spirits and Sharpens Young Minds

Northwest Elementary School in Amityville once again opened its doors to students and their parents for their annual Winter Wonderland, an evening designed to allow young children and their families to enjoy winter-themed games while sharpening their minds.

The evening started with a sing-a-long led by teachers Margaret Brooks and Mackenzie Jones (Ms. Brook’s daughter Megan, an Amityville graduate and former All-State musician, also lent her talents). Parents and students enjoyed singing festive songs before participating in various winter-themed, age-appropriate literacy and math activities.

Some of the activities included a winter read-a-loud, Smartboard activities, Brain Pop videos, a “Five Little Snowmen Poem,” “Mr. Snowman Mad Libs,” “Snowman Addition and Winter Addition,” “Snowman Subtraction,” “January Syllable Sort,” “Mitten Animal Sort,” “ABC Sort,” and “Writing Winter Sentences.” Additionally, every student in attendance created a “Chill Out" penguin thermometer and received a goodie bag which included an age appropriate book, pencil and a snack.  

“The faculty and staff worked very hard to create this educational and fun night for our students,” said Northwest social worker Debra Lee, who helped to coordinate Winter Wonderland.

Northwest Elementary School Principal Dr. Shirley Martin and Assistant Principal Vincent Todisco would like to thank all of the families for supporting the event. Special thanks to COMPASS and Amityville Parent Teacher Coalition for donating funds for the event, as well as the Edmund W. Miles Middle School National Junior Honor Society students and Amityville Memorial High School Interact students, who volunteered their time to help set up the activities.