Rocks & Gems: An Exploration

By Julia Silverman & Leah Zhang  

Today we will show you five rocks, Amethyst, Obsidian, Green Fluorite, Yellow Tiger’s Eye, & Moonstone. So basically, we will take a poll, asking you which ones do you like the best? Then we will interview five people, asking them why they chose that rock/gem. We will also add a facts page, & we’ll also show you the results.  😉  

Let’s talk facts about the rocks & gems.

First up is Amethyst.  

Amethyst is a type of quartz. Amethyst is also the birthstone of February, the official gemstone of Wednesday & the 6th & 7 tenth wedding anniversary. You can usually find them in Brazil & Uruguay.  

Obsidian, yes, in Minecraft, but wait. There’s more. Obsidian ONLY forms near volcanoes. Seventy percent of Obsidian rock is silica. The best Obsidian is formed underground near a volcanic vent because those rocks will have limited impurities. You can usually find them in North Carolina & the eastern part of Virginia.  

Green Fluorite is also called Fluorspar, made-up of a mineral called calcium & fluoride also known as calcium fluoride. Fluorite is colorless, only colored because it has various impurities, usually found worldwide but especially China & South Africa.  

Yellow Tiger Eye is a Planetary stone for Gemini (May 21-June 20) & the official gem for the ninth wedding anniversary. It is also a member of the Chatoyant family, and Chatoyancy is a changeable silky luster when light reflects on it, within the thin parallel, fibrous bands. This effect is because of the fibrous structure of the material.  It’s often found in India.  

Finally, we have Moonstone! Moonstone comes in many different colors: white, grey, green, pink, blue, purple, orange, brown, and yellow. It is a sodium potassium aluminum silicate of the feldspar group, displaying a pearly & opalescent Schiller. You could also call it Hecatolite, found in Europe’s southern Alps.  

            Results: 

As you can see Amethyst was first, Green Fluorite was second, Obsidian was third, and Moonstone and the Tiger Eye tied for fourth and fifth. 

Interviews: 

We interviewed 5 people that voted. Here’s what they said: 

Mrs. Morrison chose green fluorite because she says: “It reminds me of the ocean.” (Deep green color)  

Samantha chose Moonstone because she says:” It reminds me of the Moon, which has always been a symbol of peace.”  (Shiny pearly white with a hint of grayish pearly color.) 

Nancy chose ameythst because she says: “It’s pretty and cool” 

Will chose obsidian because he says: “I like it because it’s in Minecraft” (a shiny black) 

Leah chose tiger eye because she says: “I liked the stringy-umbrae affect.” (brown-yellow umbrae)  

Pictures: 

Amethyst
Obsidian
Moonstone
Tiger’s Eye
Fluroite

Cool Facebook INFO

BY:Ben Rickmond 

Hello WES! We are going to do a spotlight on Facebook, the popular social media company. 

Facebook was made by a group of friends at Harvard in 2004. Andrew McCollumMark ZuckerbergDustin MoskovitzChris HughesEduardo Saverin. Mark Zuckerberg made a website called “Facemash.” This website allowed users to objectify fellow students by comparing photos of their faces and selecting who they deemed as the most popular. Mark got in huge trouble from the college admin and barely escaped expulsion from Harvard. He and his buddies got together and started planning for what would become… Facebook.

So, what does Facebook do anyway? Well, on Facebook you can post photos, start chats, connect with people and get followers. Businesses use Facebook to advertise and show products on the web. Facebook IS engineered to be addictive. Our WES BUZZ leader (click here for more info) said a friend of hers in Silicon Valley, (click Here) that was one of the first Facebook employees said they were working to make Facebook an app where users “could not put it down.”

Facebook does have a bad reputation for cyberbullying and inappropriate content. You do have to be 13 and have a valid e-mail address. Common sense media says that the suggested age is 15 yrs. Facebook is a very good way to connect, but the ads will target you and there is questionable content. This company is a good example of a small idea that can turn into something huge! 

Current Stock Price:  

FB (NASDAQ) 

190.84+0.42 (+0.22%)  

At close: November 8 4:00PM EST   

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Facebook

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/facebook-when-started-how-mark-zuckerberg-history-harvard-eduardo-saverin-a8505151.html

https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/fb/

https://www.lifewire.com/what-is-facebook-3486391

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/website-reviews/facebook

https://www.theverge.com/interface/2019/11/8/20953623/facebook-leaked-court-documents-nbc-paranoia-switcharoo

5th Grade Reading Olympics

BY: Toby Kelsall

Hello everybody! The WES Buzz journalist, Toby interviewed Mrs.Dahlstrom, our school librarian about our 5th grade Reading Olympics program at WES. Fourth graders, you will have a chance to do this next year, but here is some info now!

How long has WES had Reading Olympics? Reading Olympics started in Delaware County 12 years ago. The surrounding counties had it for much longer. WES was the first elementary school in Radnor to have a team, 11 years ago.  Since that time, many WES teachers have been volunteer coaches: Ms. B, Mrs. Burhop, Mrs. Coppola, Mrs. Dahlstrom, Mrs. Goldberg and Mrs. Shuda. 

 Is Reading Olympics hard? No. The only thing you must do is READ!  and once a month you have a meeting at 8:00 am to talk about the books.  

How do I get started with Reading Olympics?  You fill out an application and return it to Mrs. Dahlstrom.  It costs $30 to join, but scholarships are available. 

How many books do I have to read? Generally, there are 45 books on the reading list. This year there are 43 books on the reading list. Students who join reading Olympics agree to read at least five books from the list during the year. There have been years when some WES students read ALL the books. 

What if I want to be with my friend, will you put me with them?  Teams are formed by asking each participant to list two friends that they would like to be on the same team with.  Students generally are on the same team with at least one of their friends.  What a great opportunity to get to know some other fifth graders! 

Do I have to go to every single event?  There are Reading Olympic team meetings every month.  We start the meeting with great snacks provided by parents.  Then we play a fun game.  After the game, we talk about favorite books and recommend books to other kids.  While you don’t have to attend every event, you will want to because they are really fun and it is a great opportunity to meet new kids. 

Are there stages for the club and the competition? In the beginning, students read any book from the list.  After we form teams, students need to be more strategic with what they read so that each team has read every book on the list at least once. 

What happens when you are at a competition?  At the competition, each team will be be asked 20 questions in three different rounds.  Each team gets a total of 50 of more points, each team will get a blue ribbon.  If the score is 40-49 points, they get a red ribbon.  If they score 30-39 points, they will get a white ribbon.  The real prize is participating in Reading Olympics comes from reading some great literature that you might not have discovered without the list.   

I Joined reading Olympics because I like reading books my favorite book is Capture the Flag because I like adventure and fiction. I totally recommend reading Olympics If you love reading

Who Are Your Ancestors?

By Matt Demopolos and Anand Palshikar

Who are the people who make up you?

What are the genes that had what it took to survive?

What awesome things did they do?

And how do all of these things make up you?

Those are the interesting stories people want to hear, so here they are. Anyway, lets jump into the action.

Anand’s ancestor cut a guy’s head off with a sword because he didn’t want to pay taxes and then he hid in a tree.

Did anything interesting like that happen to you?

William W. Davies, another one of Anand’s ancestors, started a cult that tragically ended when his sons, who he claimed were Jesus and The Holy Spirit, died and the prophet, Davies, couldn’t bring them back to life.

Our friend Will Lambert’s ancestor was a General in the Civil War.

Matthew Demopolos’  great grandfather’s name sounds like Thanos but is actually Panos.

And we took a poll on 4th grade playground. Most people said they were from Europe.

These are the interesting stories that make up those people so we encourage you to find out about your family history also.

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:

https://www.ncaa.com/rankings/fieldhockey/d1/ncaa-field-hockey-rpi.

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!

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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…

Characters:

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! 

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