Fall is for Field Hockey

By Nancy Wible

Many kids at Wayne Elementary play soccer in the fall, but did you know that lots of girls play field hockey in southeastern Pennsylvania? On my field hockey team, we play against teams with girls from other schools in a recreational field hockey league. My FastFlicks team is named Crush and a lot of girls from WES are on it.

The field hockey field and positions look a lot like soccer. The objective of the game is the same as soccer too: move the ball up the field and shoot it into a goal. Unlike in soccer, though, field hockey players move the ball up the field by hitting it with a stick, not their feet. A field hockey stick looks like a cane, except one side is rounded and the other side is flat. The ball is round, small, and hard, and players dribble, pass, or shoot it with their sticks. Players can only use the flat side to hit the ball; if they hit it with the curved side, they commit a penalty and the other team gets the ball. Because players can only hit the ball with the flat side of the stick, it helps to go to the right ride of the field or even just on the side. This helps because the right is your strong side. For FastFlicks we play “Nine a side,” which means that there are nine people on each team playing on the field:  three forwards that try to score, three midfielders that play offense and defense, and three defenders whose job is to stop the other team from scoring.

One of the best chances to score in field hockey comes on penalty corners.  Corners will appear when you are on defense and the ball touches your foot in the circle or you hit the ball past the end line on purpose. The end line is the line that the goal is on, if you hit the ball past the end line it becomes out of bounds, and the circle is a half-circle that surrounds the goal. On an offensive corner, five players set up to score, the inserter passes the ball to a teammate who is standing on the line of the circle. That person who receives the ball either shoots or passes it to another teammate around the circle. Those other players sprint to get open for pass or rush the goal to get a rebound.  On defense, four players defend the goal on a corner. Everyone on a defensive corner stands in the goal to start, but they each have a different role to play after the offense inserts the ball: the fly, trail, and post. The fly runs to defend the player. The two trails run to the sides of the fly to intercept passes, and the post stands near the goal line to stop the shot (hopefully).

In the FastFlicks League, we play games at General Wayne Elementary School in Malvern each Saturday on the grass. Every week we play a team. There are nine teams in our division, and each week we play a different team. At games you’ll spot refs, parents, and coaches along with us the, players. I play in the 4th grade division. Only 4th graders play in this division, but next year when I’m in 5th grade I will play with 6th graders too. I’ll also play on turf fields at Eastern University.

Field Hockey recreation leagues are all around us because the National Headquarters of Field Hockey is at Spooky Nook in Lancaster, which is only two hours away. The U.S.A. women’s field hockey team can be spotted playing there. I watched them play a game against Belgium, and the US women won in a shootout. At that game, I got to watch a stroke, which is like a penalty kick in soccer except the player must push the ball toward the goal with her stick.  I got a T-shirt and even got on TV at that game.

College games are also super fun to watch. Earlier this month I went to College Park, Maryland, to watch the Iowa Hawkeyes play the Maryland Terrapins. Both teams had a lot of corners, but Maryland won 3-0. Another game I went to was UConn at Villanova. There are lots of college teams in this area that you could go to watch, too, from Villanova and Saint Joe’s on the main line to Drexel, Penn, Temple, and LaSalle in the city. The top 10 rankings are: 1 North Carolina, 2 Maryland, 3 UConn, 4 Duke, 5 Virginia, 6 Louisville 7 Virginia, 8 Iowa, 8 Princeton, 10 Syracuse as of October 21st, 2019. You can check to see the rankings and see other information on this website:


10 Books You Should Read

By Reece Brown


Green =Kindergarten, Yellow = 1st grade, Purple = 2nd grade, 

Red = 3rd grade, Blue = 4th and 5th grade

  1. The Day the Crayons Quit   By: Drew Daywalt 

2. Ramona The Pest  By: Judy Blume 

3. Stellaluna   By: Janell Cannon

4. Sarah, Plain and Tall    By: Sarah McLachlan

5. Dory Fantasmagory   By: Abby Hanlon

6. Third Grade Angels    By: Jerry Spinelli

7. The Year of Billy Miller  By: Kevin Henkes

8. Harry Potter   By: J.K. Rowling

 9. Keeper of The Lost Cities  By: Shannon Messenger

10. Where the Red Fern Grows   By: Wilson Rawls

Hope you found this list helpful! Stay tuned for more next week!


Have You Spotted A Spotted Lantern Fly?

By Maddie Flynn                         

Spotted lantern flies are currently invading Pennsylvania and a bunch of other nearby places too. The South Asian spotted lantern flies feed on the sap of trees and plants. When these creatures come across a tree or plant with sap on it, they get attracted to that tree. While eating the sap, they also leave behind tracks of poop that attract a mold that kills that tree or plant.

So, people are wondering what to do if they see a spotted lantern fly. This is from the Pennsylvania state website: “Kill it, smash it… just get rid of it.”

So, what are people at WES saying about spotted lantern flies?

Nancy Wible, 4th grade: “We must kill them quickly. The sooner the better!!!”

Julia Silverman 5th grade: “I hate all spotted lantern flies and I kill them all the time.”

Stella Baker, 4th grade: “I kill it! I kick the spot on the tree or ground where the lantern fly is.”

Will Clark 5th grade: “They’re disgusting!”

So, that’s what people at WES think about the invasive species, Spotted Lantern Flies.

American Independence Debate: A One Act Play

The war between the Patriots and Loyalists: Episode 1

By Will Clark

Narrator: A long time ago in this very galaxy and world, in our country, there was a war of ideas from different continents…


Loyalist: He thinks that the American patriots are wrong.

Patriot: He thinks that the British loyalists are wrong.

Scene: A tavern, somewhere in Virginia, about 1765.

L: How could people think that the colonists can govern themselves?

P: What are you talking about?

L: I’m talking about how the British should have a rule over the colonies and that you “patriots”  should stop acting like big babies.

P: We’re the babies? We don’t follow people to new colonies because we fear losing people for our own colony. 

L: We’re not scared, the British are more powerful then you will ever be.

P: What do you mean? You don’t know if we’re powerful. You have not let us prove ourselves.

L: If you are so powerful, then why can’t you even beat our Parliament?

P: Because you guys are taxing us so much that we can’t even afford things like a newspaper! You know why we can’t buy that. Because you tax us so much!

**catches breath**

L: Geez, calm down.

P: How can I be calm when all you do is tax us to pay for your foolish wars? Yeah, I am going there, and maybe you guys should take a parla-

**catches breath**

-MINT because you are drinking so much tea your breath might be a torture device by itself!

* *laughs**

L: I think your being a bit unrealistic. The king has the right to tax as much as he wants. You are just too poor to buy anything. 

P: And we don’t have par-la-la-lament, or whatever, anymore because we are awesome,  and we will have a government that represents THE PEOPLE!

And by the we have way too much money [ whispers ] if 20 cents is a lot.

L: Stop bashing our government. Everyone knows it is way better than yours!

P: Right. People who imprison people because they have their own opinions and wish to express them…that is not a government!

L: Guess what? I’m a rich landowner and what I say goes.

P: And I am a lawyer. A darn good one. You can’t tax us without representation! I am going to repeal this Stamp Act. And my name is Patrick Henry.

** bows and waves **

Source: Colonial Williamsburg.

Summer ’19 Adventure: Alligator Farm

By Julia Silverman

Over the summer my family and I went to the St. Augustine Alligator Farm in Florida and experienced a behind the scenes tour. We saw a lot of things there including a Komodo dragon, a kingsnake, and lots of crocodilians including crocodiles, alligators, caiman, and gharials.

We saw a famous alligator named Chance the Snapper! He was caught in a Chicago park this summer. We also got to watch them feed the alligators. It was cool how the alligators responded to their names and rose out of the water to get the food. We also saw albino alligators and baby Galapagos tortoises! There were also other animals like birds, monkeys and even sloths.

The Alligator farm has all 24 species of crocodilians living there! If you go there, you could zipline over the alligators or rock climb over snakes or take a treetop course of the farm! Also, you can go to fun shows featuring animals! At the shows you can see all sorts of animals.

Also, there is the option to do a fossil dig or get a picture with a snake or baby alligator.  My brother and I enjoyed holding the animals. I always wanted to hold a snake! I had a lot of fun on the behind the scenes tour and I would recommend it. The alligator farm is open 7 days a week from 9:00 am-6:00 pm.

Petting a Turtle
Albino Alligator
The author, Julia, and her brother.

Company Spotlights in Wayne: Main Point Books

By Ben Rickmond 

The WES Buzz is starting to feature some locally-owned, businesses in downtown Wayne. Our first article will be our local bookstore Main Point Books. We are lucky to have a local book store. You can find this book-filled place at 116 N. Wayne Ave a few doors down from Christopher’s. I was lucky enough to ask some questions to the owner, Cathy Fiebach. 

Q:  How long has this business been going?  

A: Main Point Books has been in business for 6 years. We were in Bryn Mawr for three years and moved to Wayne three years ago. 

Q: What is your favorite book?  

A: I have a lot of trouble picking my favorite book because, I always hope that the next book I read is going to be the best book yet. That said, books that I have great memories of include From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler by E. L Konigsburg, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle, Beloved by Toni Morrison and Circe by Madeline Miller. 

Q: What do you like most about running a store? 

A: I love owning a bookstore. One of the best things is when I help someone pick a book and they come back to tell me how much that they loved it. 

Q: When is the most busy day/time in your store?  

A: The busiest time of day varies by the time of year but we are particularly busy on Saturday nights. 

Q: Do you get more kids or adults? Why?  

A: We probably get more adults but since we moved to Wayne the number of kids and families has increased dramatically. I am planning on re-doing my basement which will double my space to make a much larger children’s section.  

Q: What books are the best selling?  

A: At the moment some of our bestselling books include, The Dutch House by Anne Patchett, The Testaments by Margaret Atwood, Circe by Madeline Miller, The Dogman Series by Dave Pilkey, Guts by Raina Telgeimeir, Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell and The Mother Bruce Series by Bryan T. Higgins. 

Make sure to check out www.mainpointbooks.com for book findings and more! Thank you for reading! 

New Playground Progress: Week Two

BY Ben Rickmond 

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 )


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!

Thank you PTO For making this possible!

New Playground Progress! Week One

New Playground Progress! 

By: Ben Rickmond 

Hi everybody! The work on the new playground has started just early this week! If you would like more information on the new playground please see my past article: @https://thewesbuzz.com/2019/05/13/wes-is-getting-a-new-playground-yay-itsabout-time/ titled “WES Is Getting A New Playground”. I am going to give you weekly updates and photos on the new secondary playground.  


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. 

Thank You and I will post more updates next week! 

View all pics @ https://wp.me/p9jce0-iI 

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.
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