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PTO wants to replace the existing secondary playground because the playground is over 30 years old, the equipment is outdated, it’s not engaging for students, and it’s not accessible for students with physical disabilities.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.   

All About Ms. Tract

By Lilah Kenny

Ms. Tract is one of the great aides at this school. She is kind and caring, and super sweet!  Because she cares about us and if you don’t believe me by now then you should learn some more about Ms. TRACT!

· Favorite Color: Minty Green

· Favorite Pet: Her dog, Karl

· Favorite thing to do in the summer: Go to the beach

· If she could do another job what it would be: Helping cheer up sick kids in hospitals.

· Who is your best friend at Wayne?  Mr. Towle and Mr.White

· Why do you like Wayne Elementary School? Everyone is extremely nice.

· What’s your favorite animal? Whales!

· What do you do in your free time?  Play with Karl!

So, what do you think of Ms. Tract?

I love her and I think she is a great aid. And when you get in fifth grade ,you will love her too. Well I better end now, or I would be talking about how amazing Ms. Tract is for an hour.  Bye!

The author Lilah Kenny with Ms. Tract. Unfortunately, Karl is not pictured. 🙂

All About Ms. Tran

By Lilah Kenny!

Hey Guys. I’m Back and I am talking about how awesome Ms. Tran is!

Ms. Tran was in fifth grade with Isiah Taylor and now she is in kindergarten. We fifth graders in Mr. Rocca’s class miss her so much!

So, my other Rocca friend Sophie Brecher and I are going to ask her questions of her life to tell you how amazing she is!

· Why do you like Wayne?  There are such nice people here.

· If you could do any other job, what would it be?  Cooking.

· What is your favorite color?  Pink.

· What is your favorite animal?  Dogs.

· What is your favorite thing to do in the summer?  Be with my daughters.

· Who is your best friend at Wayne?  I love everybody

· What do you do in your free time?  Cook!

Ms. Tran’s story:

Ms. Tran came here from Vietnam during the Vietnam War.  Now she is an aide at Wayne Elementary School, and she is the manager of her own restaurant in Bryn Mawr! And she has two daughters! And Ms. Tran is loving and nice so when you give her a wave in the hall make sure to smile!

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.

Meet Mrs. Pena, Para and WES Mom

By Zeke Williams

Mrs. Pena is a paraprofessional here at WES but did you know she has been at WES in several other roles even before this year?

Mrs. Pena has four children, all of whom are or were students at WES. Her oldest son, Mikey, is now a freshman at Episcopal Academy, but he started as a kindergartener here in 2009! Her daughter, Lola, graduated from WES last year and is a 6th grader at RMS. She also has Roman in 3rd grade and Cruz in kindergarten.

She said, “I have also felt so fortunate that my children have had the most amazing teachers at WES.”

Mrs. Pena is also on the PTO. She loves being able to be around dedicated parents, teachers and staff, helping the PTO committee chairs do their jobs and make a positive impact for the WES community.

As a para, she works with the fourth grade team. To be a teacher, she has a degree in Early Childhood, Elementary and Special Education, and a teaching certificate in Elementary and Special Education in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Before she had kids and became a teacher, she played field hockey at Temple University!

In addition to all she does at WES, she also teaches first grade prep at St. Katharine of Siena church on Midland Avenue.

Mrs. Pena’s favorite part about teaching is being able to work with students she loves seeing many familiar faces in the halls each day at WES.

Outside of school, she likes to play sports.  She plays field hockey at Merion Cricket Club and she works out at Tribe Mainline.

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.

 

Cover - Volume 2

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!

Hewlett-Packard VS. International Business Machines

                               It happens that Hp and IBM are both acronyms. If you didn’t know, Ibm is one of the first computer hardware company. Hp makes computers and printers.

Company HP IBM
ANNUAL REVENUE (2018) $58,472,000,000 $79,591,000,000
CEO Dion Weisler Ginni Rometty
Founder David Packard, Bill Hewlett Charles Ranlett Flint
TOTAL EMPLOYEES 55,000 366,600
HEADQUARTERS Palo Alto, CA Armonk, NY
STOCK PRICE 19.99 USD −0.010 (0.050%) Closed: Mar 20, 4:11 PM EDT   IBM (NYSE) $139.60 -0.89 (-0.63%)
Mar 20, 4:01 PM EDT
FUN FACT The Company Name Was Decided on A Coin Toss (Click here for more info.)   IBM helped land Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon after the development their System/360 mainframe which allowed for new levels of compatibility.  
Bonus!! Section Stock Competitors: Apple Inc.Cray IncDell Technologies Inc.Fitbit, Inc.Hewlett Packard Enterprise CompanyHP IncHuami CorporationInternational Business Machines CorporationNICE Ltd Omnicell, Inc.One Stop Systems, Inc.Socket Mobile, Inc Apple Inc.Cray IncDell Technologies Inc.Fitbit, Inc.Hewlett Packard Enterprise CompanyHP Inc.Huami CorporationNICE LtdOmnicell, Inc.One Stop Systems, Inc.Socket Mobile, Inc.

 

I was not surprised that HP won. IBM is kind of old. Because it was created over a century ago.

 Next Game: Twitter VS Facebook

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Bibliography

Source: https://fmsblog.azurewebsites.net/5-facts-you-might-not-know-about-hp/

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

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

Source: https://www.c2kit.co.za/fun-facts-about-ibm/

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

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

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/ 

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