Students are Encouraged to Be Silent No More
On February 19, 2014, nineteen Forrestdale students portrayed the different sides of bullying in a program titled, “Silent No More.” Sponsored by the PTO, Mrs. Crow worked with Grade 8 student volunteers to put together this memorable performance for all students in Grades 6 – 8. These students relayed the message of how bullying can impact a person that is the target of such, along with the perspective of a bystander. The goal of the program is to make students think about whether or not they have been a bystander, and observed a bullying act. The students hope to inspire their peers with this message to be “Silent No More” as a bystander and really step up to make a difference, speak up to help someone, and stand up for what they know is right. Audience members were moved by this poignant portrayal and debriefed with the performers in their homerooms afterwards in order to dialogue about their take away from the program and their interpretation of the message. We thank the PTO and Mrs. Rogers for their generosity and assistance in bringing this worthwhile experience to Forrestdale.
Geography Bee Champ Crowned
The annual National Geographic Bee was held on January 16th. After 7 rounds of intense questioning, the field was narrowed down to two finalists. Grade 8 student Ryan Hurst emerged as the winner. Questions at all levels addressed the subject of geography in its broadest sense, and some questions required knowledge of place-names and of location of cultural and physical features. The distribution and patterns of languages, religions, economic activities, populations and political systems was also covered. Ryan has completed a 70 question placement test and is waiting to hear back from the National Geographic Society to see if he will take part in the state competition in the Spring.
Students Engaged with Improv Performers at PTO Assembly Program
The Rumson PTO treated students in Grades K – 8 to a fun-filled assembly program on January 17, 2014. Students laughed, clapped, and participated themselves in a unique opportunity that encouraged them to think outside the box. The Freestyle Repertory Theatre’s Improv Performers brought to our students a program entitled, “TheatreSports,” a series of ever-changing, improvised theatre games, created from student suggestions and played with student volunteers. Through demonstration and participation, “TheatreSports” showed our students that using language creatively, building upon the ideas of others and working as a team is fun. We thank our generous PTO for this belly-laughing experience!
Students Participate in Annual Spelling Bee
The annual Spelling Bee held on January 10, 2014, proved to be a nail-biter with three students spelling their way into the final round. After over an hour-long competition, Grade 7 student, Bennett Stankovits, was victorious. Bennett will move on to the Monmouth County Spelling Bee Finals at Monmouth University on March 17, 2014. Students in all grades 4-8 participated in the classroom Spelling Bee in their ELA classes. Finalists from each ELA class participated in the school-wide Spelling Bee in front of their peers and parents. Congratulations to all students who participated!
Students Show PRIDE at School Wide Assembly
On January 8, 2014, all Gr 4 – 8 students and staff members gathered together in the Auditorium to reflect upon their community, academic, and other extraordinary achievements. Students were recognized for having PRIDE throughout our school community in conjunction with our character education program.
Paw Print Press-Issue 1 (2013-2014) (pdf)
The first issue of the Paw Print Press has been published by the Newspaper Club. Please click the "More" link to read the issue.
Ball in the House Rocks with FD Students
The Forrestdale Senior Choir, under the direction of Mrs. Leutz, participated in a workshop session and performance with the acclaimed a-cappella group Ball in the House on October 10, 2013. This PTO-sponsored event was a huge success and allowed our students to showcase their talents alongside the group that has been seen on America’s Got Talent and The Today Show! Students practiced for over a month in order to prepare their two musical numbers (without any accompanying instruments or background music) and performed for the student body during an assembly and in the evening for family and friends. The five-member vocal band Ball in the House shared with our audience and students a wide range of their influences, from classic R&B to pop, hip-hop and gospel, and explained how they make their music come alive with just their voices.
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