Friday, October 29, 2010

The Duke Ellington School Celebrates Halloween!

Have you ever heard a scary story? Well, on Friday, October 29th, Ms. Lennon, our librarian, read a short story called 'Where Is My Toe?', from a book entitled 'Scary Stories To Tell In the Dark' by Alvin Schwartz. PS4 celebrated Halloween by having celebrations all over the school. Even the teachers got in the Halloween spirit by dressing up! Ms. Lennon and Mr. Diaz (Kindergarten teacher) both dressed as doctors and Ms. Baez-Torres (1st grade teacher) dressed as a witch. Boys and girls in lower grades celebrated Halloween in their classrooms and students from grades 3, 4, and 5 assembled in the gym for story telling, a costume parade, and a dance performance. Once students were in the Halloween spirit and saw all of the costumes, the costume contest began and the winners were announced:

1st Place-Devon C. (Class 501); Zombie
2nd Place-Yasmin P. (Class 420); 18th Century Princess
3rd Place-Dazaeth M. (Class 481); Werewolf with a Mohawk

"It was a difficult decision", said Ms. Martin, Assistant Principal and Costume Contest Judge, "there were so many great costumes". After the contest, Turn 2 Foundation's choreographer, Jona Biddle (known to his students as Mr. B), introduced his PS4 Dance Team. They danced to Michael Jackson's Thriller. The twelve members of the dance team not only gave an excellent performance, but were dressed in costume! Ms. Martin gave students a few safety tips. "Boys and girls, if you are going Trick-or-Treating this Sunday, do not go out alone. Go with an adult and be safe". Although many children carry around bags of candy, each Halloween, 5th grade members of our Honor Society were trick-or-treating for UNICEF. Go to for more information.