This Thanksgiving break, I was lucky enough to see the Lion King on Broadway. The musical was held at Minskoff Theater in New York City. The theater was packed with people!
The Lion King is about a young lion named Simba that will eventually become King of the Pride Lands. Simba faces a lot of challenges before he becomes King. Before the Lion King was on Broadway, it was an animated Disney movie. The Lion King’s opening night was on November 13, 1997. That was 24 years ago!
Once everyone was seated the theater went dark and quiet. Then Rafiki, the monkey appeared singing on stage. Then animals started walking down the aisles to Pride Rock on stage. I thought it was amazing how detailed and realistic the elephant, giraffe, and warthog looked. Some of the animals even moved liked real animals especially the baboons and hyenas. I loved the act when young Simba was singing I can’t wait to be king. That act was very loud and exciting.
One of my favorite scenes was the charge of the wildebeest stampede. I thought the special effects were so cool! If I had a choice to see the Lion King on Broadway or at the movie theater I would rather see it on Broadway. That’s why I recommend you to go see the Lion King on Broadway.
Ho ho ho merry Christmas! Are you ready for Christmas? My family has our whole house decorated (except the tree). One of our favorite things to do is listen or sing Christmas carols! Here are a top 5 of our favorites! (by the way they are random).
Let it snow let it snow let it snow was written by Sammy Cahn. It was written in Hollywood, California. However, LET IT SNOW has been played in June, July and August. I remember when I was little my brother and I would dance around the kitchen to this song a night before a snow storm hoping that it would snow.
Winter wonderland just gives you the Christmas cheer. With all the lyrics (which is written by Richard B. Smith), you can picture the winter wonderland in your mind. When I was little, I thought there really was a winter wonderland. The song makes you think of Christmas!
Happy Holiday is a song by Andy Williams. And it is also one of my favorites. I have listened to it so many times I have memorized every word. I can’t get that song out of my head! It a song great for kids because of the lyrics that tell the listeners about Santa (which every kid loves) and candy canes and Christmas trees. A true Christmas song.
“Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rock”! This song has been sung by many people, that’s why it’s a big hit! This song is new and old. Many singers have made other versions. I have made up dances and I have remembered it by heart. You can have some real Christmas fun with this song. Dance around your kitchen, put on performances with your family. Go have some fun and dance to Jingle Bell Rock
Santa Claus is coming to town. You better be good Santa’s coming. Don’t you want toys? I do! It’s the holiday season and Santa’s coming to eat cookies and give you presents. I remember when I was little, I danced to this song on Christmas Eve waiting for him to come when I wake up in the morning. This song was a childhood favorite with all the jingle bells in Christmas!
Here are some Christmas carols facts to learn
Christmas carols were very popular in Poland
There was a tradition of singing Christmas carols until till February 2th
And Christmas music started on December 1st on radio stations
Well I hope you have a Merry Christmas and go start dancing to Christmas carols! MERRY CHRISTMAS!
In November, fourth and fifth grade teachers announced to their classes that we would be doing a geography bee. For my class we had it at Social Studies time and each student was given five questions, including on states and continents.
Our teacher asked the questions while we sat on the carpet.
Some of the questions were easy and some were hard! An example of an easy question was “What continent is Australia on?” Most people knew Australia is the continent!
An example of a hard question was “What is the smallest of the Great Lakes?” Do you know? It’s actually Lake Ontario.
Whoever got the most out of the five questions won. If two kids got the same, highest number, they would compete in a tie-breaker the next day. The winner of the tie-breaker goes on to compete against the winners from other classes in the grade. The winner for fourth grade competes against the fifth grade winner for the championship.
It was fun for most people. When you didn’t know the answer, though, it was frustrating to lose.
Editor’s Note: Radnor participates in the official National Geographic Society Geographic Bee. Students in grades 4-8 are eligible. This year is the first year 4th and 5th graders were able to take part. RMS also takes part. In 2012, an RMS student won the state championship! To learn more about the Geographic bee, see https://www.nationalgeographic.org/bee
Before Thanksgiving, my family went to a high school cafeteria in Downingtown to help a charity called “The Lords Pantry.” We went around a set of tables picking a certain amount of Thanksgiving foods and putting them into baskets and delivering them to families in need. We made baskets for about 250 families. My Dad’s work supported this charity by giving some money because there were 10 people from that company who volunteered.
Do you want to give kindness? Here are some ways to give back:
Donate to the Ronald McDonald house. My Favorite charity!
The Menagerie is a great book series for people that like mythical animals and fantasy books. It follows Logan and Zoe through Xanadu, Wyoming, as they try to save the Menagerie. The Menagerie is a hidden place full of magical animals.
The first book is called The Menagerie. In this book, Logan and Zoe need to find six escaped griffin cubs, or the Menagerie will be shut down.
The second book is Dragon on Trial. The Menagerie’s golden goose is missing, and Logan and Zoe must investigate to find out what happened.
The last book is named Krakens and Lies. Logan and Zoe must work together to stop the Menagerie and its creatures from being exposed.
I definitely recommend these books. They are exciting and funny. The books are by Tui and Kari Sutherland. Tui Sutherland is also the author of the Wings of Fire series. All the books can be found at the WES library.
In fourth grade you have a choice to play a couple different orchestra instruments including: Violin, Viola, Cello, and Upright Bass.
In fifth grade you can play an orchestra instrument, a band instrument, or both!
Band instruments are: Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone, and Percussion.
A lot of students enjoy all the music at WES.
“Even though it’s hard to do both instruments (band and orchestra) it’s a lot of fun to be up on stage twice with my classmates,” said Luis Munoz, fifth grader.
Mr. Scinto is the band teacher; Ms. McDonnell is the orchestra teacher.
In fourth and fifth grade you are required to be in the chorus. Mrs. Fields is the chorus teacher and your music teacher. In chorus, the whole grade sings the songs Mrs. Fields gives you. You practice these songs in music class. When it gets closer to the concert, you will have whole grade practices with Mrs. Fields at I&E. The holiday concert is coming up December 21!
On November 11th, 2018, the 3rd annual WES Bee 5K took place at Wayne Elementary. The sun was out and the sky was clear, it was chilly but it wasn’t raining! At 8:45 AM the starting siren went off for the 1 mile fun run. 1 mile runners and walkers covered a course out on West Wayne and returning to WES. As runners came in from the 1 mile fun run, Mr. Tracy was calling out the names of many of the student finishers.
After all fun runner/walkers crossed the finish line, Mr. Tracy call up all 5K runners to the starting line. The race timer from Bryn Mawr Racing, who was my Dad Ryan Walsh, gave directions on where the course would go. After the directions and the National Anthem, the starting siren went off for the 5K. The course was 2 laps which would total 5 kilometers or 3.1 miles. There were many volunteers on the course who worked as race marshals. Mrs. Ferguson was at one of the key turns, cheering every single runner! After you crossed the Mill Dam bridge and one short little hill it was a straight away to the finish line. As you were going over the finish line many people were cheering you on.
After you finished the race you could look at your time and go get snack. Mr. Tracy announced the award winners at 10:00. They started with overall winners and then oldest people to the youngest people. The 1st Wayne Elementary school student was Curtis Conner who is in 5th grade. All of the award winners and a link to overall results can be found below. This race benefits WES and raised over $2,500.