Hi everybody! We are at a little over the second week of building our new playground. There is going to be a ribbon cutting at 5:15 at the back-to-school picnic.
(All pics taken on Friday, August 23rd )
WEEK TWO: BUILDING
So you can see that the workers made a path that connects to the lunchroom path and have started building the new playground where the old one was. Part of the new construction for the playground was building a merry-go-round and spider web ropes.(no spider web) There is still some work to do, but they have made good progress. If you read my first article, I wrote that Mr. Tracy worked to find an accessible playground. We are working very hard. The playground will be ready very soon. Check back soon for more updates!
You can see caution tape around the playground. The construction workers wrecked most of the playground. They kept the bird’s nest and the rock wall for some reason. I think they did that because they are going to build the playground up where the old one was. (I heard that they were going to build it down on the blacktop). I think that wrapped stuff you can see in the picture is the new playground parts.
I recently went to see a Broadway Play in New York called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. It is a multi-location play sequel to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I went on August 4th. The theater is called the Lyric Theater in Manhattan. You also can see this play in London, Melbourne, San Francisco, Hamburg, or Toronto. The playwright was Jack Thorne. The director was John Tiffany. J.K. Rowling helped write the original story. The Broadway version of the play donated 1,500 tickets to Lumos, a charity that J.K. Rowling founded to support children in orphanages.
This play has two parts, both about 2 hours and 40 mins with a 20 minute intermission each. You can see both parts in one day, or you can see Part One and then Part Two the next day. I saw both in one day. There was just enough time between parts to eat dinner if you choose to do it in one day. We ate at a sit-down burger place called 5 Napkin Burger. (I only got one napkin, but the food was delicious.)
The Lyric theater had a multi-million-dollar renovation so it could be more Harry-like. The carpet on the theater steps has the new Hogwarts logo (see below). The theater was more stylish, and the lobby was better suited to the play. There are three seating options: Balcony, Dress Circle and Orchestra. I sat in Dress Circle Center. (There isn’t an orchestra, all sounds and off stage talking are done via speakers.) I can’t tell you about the script/play because Rowling is encouraging everyone to #keepthesecrets. I won’t tell you much. You can buy the script book on Amazon, etc. I suggest reading the entire series before reading or seeing the play or else you will have spoilers.
This play is very thorough with all the special effects. It feels very magical! I really enjoyed the play itself, with the special effects and the dramatic/scary scenes. Some parts were pretty intense which might scare little kids. They recommended age on Ticketmaster for kids is 10 and up (you can still go.) It was quite a long time to sit, but it was definitely worth it. I highly recommend it.
Did you know that the PTO is giving WES a new secondary playground? One of our PTO presidents, Mrs. Pena, was nice to answer some questions all about it!
Why does the PTO want to replace the playground?
The PTO wants to replace the existing secondary playground because the playground is over 30 years old, the equipment is outdated, it’s not engaging for students, and it’s not accessible for students with physical disabilities.
How is the PTO raising the money for the new playground?
In addition to the $45,000 that the PTO has released for the new playground project, the PTO has launched a Playground Replacement Fundraising Campaign to raise the additional $20,000 needed to complete the project. Radnor Township School District will cover the cost of the playground installation.
There are several ways that the PTO plans to raise money for this campaign:
1) The Health and Wellness Committee published a cookbook comprised of favorite recipes from WES families and is donating proceeds from their cookbook sales to the playground campaign.
2) WES families and members of the community may purchase a spot on the Family Donor Recognition sign which will be displayed near the new playground.
3) A fun Parent Social was held on May 4th and was well-attended by WES parents. Ticket Sales, Silent Auction and Raffle proceeds were all dedicated to the campaign.
4) A “Sunday Funday” kids dance party will take place on May 19th at 118 North.
5) Students and families are invited to Get Air on May 21st (day off school). 20% of the tickets price will be donated to the playground campaign.
6) Last, but not least, individuals, families, and corporate sponsors can make a tax-deductible donation to the WES PTO”
When will the new playground be ready?
Construction of the new playground will take place over the coming summer, so the goal is to be ready for the start of the 2019-2010 school year!
Please tell us all about what the new playground will be like.
The playground will be moved to a new location next to the black top. This will allow greater accessibility for students in wheelchairs. The new playground is a state-of-the-art modular system whose components embody some of the newest innovations in modern design and physically challenging play. Come to the “Sunday Funday” at 118 North on May 19th and check out the playground design posters which will be on display for all to see!
How did the PTO get the design for the new playground?
Mr. Tracy worked closely with River Valley Landscapes to design a playground that would be fun and engaging for our students and that would be ADAAG (Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines) compliant. We are proud to share that our design is not only ADAAG compliant, but it will surpass several ADAAG conformance requirements!
Where does the equipment come from?
River Valley Recreation and Landscapes from Wrightsville, PA supplies Playcraft Playground Equipment and has worked closely with Mr. Tracy to design the new playground.
Whose idea was it to replace the playground?
The PTO Executive Board met with Mrs. Ferguson last summer (2018) to discuss ways that the PTO could support and enhance the experience of our WES students. The secondary playground was identified as an area that could be improved. A team of WES parents, Mrs. Ferguson, Mr. Tracy, and Mrs. Meehan have been instrumental in getting this project started and seeing it through to its completion.
Also, I, Ben Rickmond, would like to give a big thank you to Mrs. Ferguson, Mr. Tracy, the entire PTO, and Mrs. Meehan for all their hard work to help make this playground happen!
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Ever wanted to be a pirate? Well today is the day! It’s on Xbox and PC.
What can you do in this game? You can sell chests and defeat skeletons. You have a ship and you can set sail with your friends. You and your friends can try to become pirate legends!
And the one-year anniversary content is coming up! So, grab your controller and get started. Also, you can get weapon skins for your eye of reach, sailors blunderbuss and sailors pistol. There are skeletons forts where you can kill skeletons and to get the key to the vault you must defeat the skeleton captain.
You can buy outfits and you can buy paint for your ship. There are kraken and megalodon. You can also shoot people out of cannons.