Cahill’s Library and Media Specialist Renee O’Donnell says her students love to come in and unwind with a good puzzle. She finds that many of her students will wander over to the puzzle stations to help get away from the distractions of the day, to reset, and then recharge.
O’Donnell adds that once a puzzle is finished she can very visibly see these completers beaming with pride over their accomplishment. O’Donnell will often glue the finished puzzles and hang them in a frame. O’Donnell says the library will happily accept donations of new or gently used puzzles, with no missing pieces to help keep the excitement going.
St. Patrick’s Day is a great day to teach children about the Irish. Celebrated annually on March 17, children at Cahill Elementary School learned all about shamrocks, leprechauns, and colorful rainbows, but they also learned how being different is what makes each one of us so special.
Students in Jamie Temple's Grade 2 class at Cahill Elementary School were treated to a surprise guest during the Pick a Reading Partner (PARP) Challenge. Freelance Artist and Cartoonist Mike La Peruta was invited to his daughter's classroom to help demonstrate how to draw SpongeBob SquarePants, a student favorite.
The Polar Express was the book du jour on December 19 at Cahill Elementary School!
Teaching about different holidays around the world is important because it promotes inclusion, gives our students exposure to new vocabulary and experiences, and helps build their social skills.
Putting together a jigsaw puzzle is not only a great brain exercise, but it also has numerous health benefits such as helping to regulate mood, reduce stress, and increase self-confidence.