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Theater: Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, Parts One and Two

By Ben Rickmond   

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. 

Thank you for reading and have a good school year! You can buy tickets @ https://www.harrypottertheplay.com  

Photo: Cursed Child Store.
Photo: Krome Body

Sources 

https://www.bustle.com/p/jk-rowling-explains-why-there-wont-be-any-more-stories-about-harry-potter-8900613

https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/HARRY-POTTER-AND-THE-CURSED-CHILD-Donates-1500-Tickets-to-Lumos-Gala-to-Help-Children-in-Need-20180921

https://www.hypable.com/harry-potter-book-9

https://www.harrypottertheplay.com

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/36475868/meet-the-harry-potter-fans-keeping-the-secrets-of-the-cursed-child

https://www.kromebody.com/products/harry-potter

https://www.todaytix.com/x/nyc/shows/institution/315-harry-potter-and-the-cursed-child

https://cursedchildstore.com/products/hogwarts-crest-cushion

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/312578030371754236/

WES IS GETTING A NEW PLAYGROUND!!!

By Ben Rickmond  

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! 

Please help us by donating in all sorts ways of ways listed above at https://www.rtsd.org/Page/22463 

Thank you, to all the families that paid, $75 to have their name on a sign at the new playground.   

Meet Mr. T with Will Clark

Meet Mr. T!

He is a para in the fifth grade.

He is a talented man with lots of acting skills.

He has many fans including the one, the only: me.

He has been performing for 11 years.

He has been working at WES for two years.

He has worked with the following actors; Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Laurence, Kevin Hart, Nicole Kidman, Brian Cranston, Chris Tucker and Michael B. Jordan.

His favorite part about working at WES is bringing smiles to kids’ faces.

Kids Heart Challenge at WES

By Leah Zhang

No, you don’t jump rope. You make money! Save lives! Yay! (Awkwardness)

We do Rope for Heart every year, & now it is called Kids Heart Challenge. (To NOT confuse kids, I think.)  It is to help people, save their lives. You can do it two ways: online or offline. (Or both.)  The due date was April 24. The start was March 12.

If you do it offline, then you would probably go around the neighborhood asking for donations. But first, you need, you NEED permission, & how to do it.  If someone asks you where the money goes, then you could tell them to the American Heart Association. But if you do it online, then you could e-mail people, which then if they agree, they would give you money.

I asked nine questions of Mr. Tracy about things that you may not know, (I forgot the last one) so I asked.

1. How does the money help?  The money goes to research, medicine, surgeries, health education across the country, Mr. Tracy said in our class, that it takes $50 just to train only one person how to do CPR.

2. Why are the gifts there?  A reward & something you work for to help people be a heart hero.

3. Let’s says that Danby Morrison was walking around her neighborhood asking for donations. She has 45 dollars online & 20 dollars around the neighborhood. Then she comes across someone who asks, “Where does the money go?” Then Danby has no idea what to do. Then she finally can say, “The money goes to medicine, research, health education across the country, & how to train people to do CPR.” And the lady then could give her 120 dollars!

4. Why do we do it? What is the point? It saves people. More happy people. No more days in the hospital.

5. Do people do it only for the gifts?  Unfortunately, yes. But Mr. Tracy says, “Don’t do it for the gifts! Do it to be heart heroes!”

6. If someone did it only for the gifts, would you take it away or not?  (The gifts away) No.

7. How long did you do it for? Mr. Tracy has done it for 13 years now.

8. & 9. What is your goal with money & people? (quote from Mr. Tracy)  “I don’t care about the money; I just care about how many heart heroes there are.”  The goal for people is 190 students.

So, that was the 9 questions, how you do it, and . . . . yeah.

Business Desk: SCHL v HMHC

An Analysis of the Business of Scholastic vs. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

By Ben Rickmond

Today, we are going to compare two of the biggest learning publishing companies.

Company Scholastic HMH
ANNUAL REVENUE (2018) $1,628,400,000 $1,322,417,000
CEO Richard Robinson John J. (Jack) Lynch Jr.
Founder(s) Maurice R. Robinson Henry Oscar Houghton, George Mifflin
TOTAL EMPLOYEES 9,700 (2014) 4,000
HEADQUARTERS New York, NY Boston, MA
STOCK PRICE 39.88 USD 0.00 (0.00%)

Apr 30, 4:00 PM EDT

7.13 USD 0.00 (0.00%)

Apr 30, 4:00 PM EDT

FUN FACT Did you know that Scholastic is in 90 percent of U.S. schools. Did you know that Houghton Mifflin Harcourt publishes our math program Math in Focus?

I am not surprised that Scholastic won by revenue.  They have all sorts of ways to make money.

Bibliography

Source: https://www.nasdaq.com/symbol/schl/financials?query=income-statement

Source:https://www.bizjournals.com/bizwomen/news/profiles-strategies/2014/11/6-things-you-didn-t-know-about-scholastic-the.html?page=all

Source:https://www.nasdaq.com/symbol/hmhc/financials?query=income-statement

Source:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scholastic_Corporation

Source:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Houghton_Mifflin_Harcourt

Fourth Grade Visits Eastern U’s Planetarium

By Connor Walsh

Pluto, planet or dwarf planet? Pluto became a dwarf planet in 2006.

Wayne Elementary’ s 4th grade classes went to Eastern University’s Planetarium to learn more about planets and stars in our cosmic neighborhood.

When we arrived at the Julia Fowler Planetarium, we sat down against cardboard walls and watched the show. When the presentation began, the dome room became dark. Dr. Bradstreet taught us cool constellations and facts about our solar system. Some of the cool facts were Saturn’s rings are made of dust and Jupiter’s has really bad storms. While we were learning the facts, it felt like we were in a spaceship going from planet to planet. When we were on Mars, we watched its two moons zoom by.

After the planetarium, we went to the twin telescopes and they were gigantic. We had to go up on a platform that was really tight, but when we got up there, it was worth it. It was worth it because Dr. Bradstreet opened up the sky dome. After the presentation, we got on the bus and for the rest of the day, the class was talking about the planetarium.

 

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For more information, check out https://www.eastern.edu/academics/college-arts-and-sciences/departments/astronomy-and-physics-department/history-bradstreet.   Dr. Bradstreet also created a curriculum book for teachers of astronomy who have the same planetarium system.   Cool stuff thanks WES 4th grade teachers!

Business Desk: Spotify VS Pandora!

By: Ben Rickmond 

Today we are comparing some of the best online music companies ever. 

Company Spotify  Pandora 
ANNUAL REVENUE  $6,012,000,000 (2018) 1,466,812 (2017) 
CEO Daniel Ek Roger J. Lynch 
Founder(s) Daniel Ek, Martin Lorentzon Jon Kraft; Tim Westergren 
TOTAL EMPLOYEES 4,165+ 2,200+ 
HEADQUARTERS Luxembourg City; (legal domicile); Stockholm, Sweden; (administrative headquarters) Oakland, California, U.S 
STOCK PRICE 142.55+2.49 (+1.78%) At close: April 2 4:02PM EDT 
FUN FACT Users spend an average of 17 hours listening to music on Spotify/  Sirus XM recently bought pandora for 3.5 billion with their stock 
BONUS!!!  Competitors  Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. CBS Corporation Central European Media Enterprises Ltd. Cumulus Media Inc. E.W. Scripps Company (The) Emmis Communications Corporation Entercom Communications Corp. Entravision Communications Corporation Fox Corporation Gray Television, Inc. Grupo Televisa S.A. Liberty Media Corporation Running out of room! View all competitors at this web site: https://www.nasdaq.com/symbol/spot/competitors Spotify Apple Music Amazon Music Google Play Tidal iheart media SoundCloud Sirius XM   

Also, I did a survey with my class and the tally was

Spotify : 16

Pandora: 3

Next Game: CBS VS NBC 

Bibliography 

Source: https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/P/financials?p=P 

Source: https://www.nasdaq.com/symbol/spot/financials?query=income-statement 

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spotify 

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pandora_Radio 

Source: https://www.marketing91.com/top-8-pandora-media-competitors/ 

Source: https://www.nasdaq.com/symbol/spot/competitors  

Source: https://muchneeded.com/spotify-statistics/ 

Gaming Scene: Sea of Thieves

By Luca Strid

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.

Thanks for taking your time to read this!

A Cupcake Throwdown by Lilah Kenny

Which one would you eat?   Plus, their recipes

By Lilah Kenny

Hey guys, are you ready for some CUPCAKES!!!!!

So, how this works you decide which one you would like better. I asked four people for their opinions and which one would win!  At the end I will put the Food Network link so you can make some yummy cupcakes!!

People I interviewed:

  1. Pilar Strid 6th Grade at Radnor Middle School
  2. Luca Strid 4th Grade in Mrs. Trolleys Class
  3. Jack Kenny 2nd Grade in Mrs. Sheilds Class
  4. My Dad

Would You Rather Have Root Beer Float Cupcakes or Sprouting-Carrot Chocolate Cupcakes?

Or Sprouting Carrot Cupcake Root Beer Float Cupcake

Pilar thought that she liked the carrot one better because it looked prettier and nicer.

Jack couldn’t decide at first, but he loves root beer floats, so he went with that one and the carrot maybe.

Luca went with Carrot because it looked and seemed tastier than the Root Beer Float Cupcakes.

My Dad said Root Beer Float of course and that he could use one right about now.

TIE BREAKER!

I asked my mom to do the tie breaker and she said she was thinking of doing root beer float but decided that the carrot one was cute and didn’t need icing!

SO…. SPROUTING CARROT WINS!

Would You Rather Kid Champagne Vanilla Cupcake or Mickey and Minnie Cupcakes?

Or

Pilar said Mickey and Minnie because they are super cool and cute.

Luca said Champagne BIG TIME because who doesn’t want a kid champagne cupcake

Jack said Champagne because it’s awesome.

My dad said Minnie and Mickey because he really didn’t like kid champagne

For the tie breaker my mom said Mickey and Minnie! So, Mickey and Minnie Wins!

Would You Rather Carrot Cake with swirled Frosting or Spice Cupcakes with Sugar Cranberries?

Or

Pilar said Cranberries because they look tastier and pretty.

Jack said Cranberries just because…?

Luca said Cranberries are the best.

My Dad said Carrot Cake because he loves Carrot cake.

There is no need for a tie breaker…

SPICE CUPCAKE WITH SUGAR CRANBERRIES WINS!!

Would You Rather Chocolate-Strawberry Cupcakes or Apple Pie Cupcakes?

Or

Pilar said Apple Pie because apple pie in a cupcake must be yummy!

Jack said Chocolate Strawberry because who doesn’t like Chocolate Strawberries.

Luca Said Chocolate Strawberry as well.

And My Dad said Apple pie

My mom for the tie breaker Said…………………….I Can’t Decide???

THAT MEANS……………..IT’S A TIE!!!!!!!!!!!

What is your favorite Cupcake???????!!!!!!!

Recipe Links:

Sprouting Carrot Chocolate Cupcakes:

https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/sprouting-carrot-chocolate-cupcakes-5126452

Root Beer Float Cupcakes:

Go to this website and #31 will be root beer float cupcakes!

https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/articles/50-cupcakes/50-cupcake-recipes

Kid Champagne Cupcakes:

Just remember to use kid champagne

https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/champagne-vanilla-cupcakes-3589726

Mickey and Minnie Cupcakes: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/mickey-and-minnie-cupcakes-3364795

Carrot Cake with Swirled Frosting:

Go on this website and on #39 is this recipe

https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/articles/50-cupcakes/50-cupcake-recipes

Spice Cupcakes with Sugar Cranberries: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/spice cupcakes-with-sugared-cranberries-3589747

Chocolate Strawberry Cupcakes: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/chocolate-strawberry-cupcakes-3589728

Apple Pie Cupcakes:

https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/apple-pie-cupcakes0-3589746

Thanks for Reading!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!😁😎😍

WES Sports: Girls Recess Basketball

By Will Clark

Hi.  I am Will Clark and I am referee for girls basketball.

Sometimes it is fun. I like the way that they pass and don’t hog the ball like the boys do.

So, I interviewed two girls that played, their names were Harper and Jane.

I asked them a few questions about how much they average a game.

“A solid two points,” said Harper.

“Four points,” said Jane.

I also asked them some other questions.

And to wrap it all up, I asked them who their favorite NBA or college basketball player is.

“Stephen Curry,” said Jane.

“Joel Embiid,” said Harper.

embiid

The teams are normally 4 vs 4.  There are more players every day and half don’t even play on teams out of school.

I have enjoyed being referee for girls’ recess basketball and I will continue because it is fun to watch.

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