Mr. Naventi was eating some flan
Not realizing everything was going to plan
There was a knock on the door
It was a ravenous wild boar!
“Oh no!” Mr. Naventi cried, slamming the door with a crash
He opened the outside window, and contracted a rash
He fell to the ground, itching and scratching
Accidentally crushing some eggs that were hatching
Mr. Naventi ran away
And away and away
Until finally, he ran into a large pile of hay
Mr. Naventi looked round, seeing only a small barn
He went closer to the barn, and then realized the whole thing was made of yarn
Mr. Naventi was sad
The barn was only yarn!
This made him mad
Then he saw his long lost Dad!
“Son, I have a job for you
You must get my missing blue shoe”
Ok, by golly I will!
And with that, Mr. Naventi began climbing up a nearby hill….
To Be Continued...?
Feb. 11 Make a New Friend Day
Feb. 12 National Plum Pudding Day
Feb. 13 Tortellini Day
Feb. 14...really? Valentine's Day
Feb.15 Presidents' Day and Random Act of Kindness Day
Feb.19 Tug of War Day
Feb. 20 Love your Pet Day
Feb. 21 National Sticky Bun Day !!!!
Feb. 22 Walk the Dog Day
Feb. 23 Dog Biscuit Day
Feb. 24 Tortilla Chip Day
Feb. 25 Mardi Gras and Clam Chowder Day
Feb. 26 Ash Wednesday and Pistachio Day
Feb. 27 Polar Bear Day
Feb. 28 Chocolate Souffle Day
After The Holocaust
The articles “The Holocaust Part II” and “How Did Survivors Rebuild Their Lives” both describe what life was like for the Jewish people after World War II. The wounds of the Holocaust were slow to heal. The Jewish people had to leave their homes, their families, and they lost absolutely everything. Even though the Jewish people were released from the Concentration Camps, at least when they were held captive they had food, water, and shelter. When they finally returned home they had nothing. Life for the Jewish people was difficult after the Holocaust.
One way life after the Holocaust was difficult for the Jewish people, was the stress of searching for missing family members. Finding their remaining families and relatives was the number one priority for the Jewish people. The process of finding their families could take years. Some survivors were never reunited with their families. Six million Jewish people were tourtured and persecuted during the Holocaust simply for their beliefs. Jewish people lost husbands, wives, children, fathers, mothers, brothers, and sisters to the cruel intentions of the Nazis. Many survivors were so worried about their families that they had no time to care for themselves. They put all needs aside, such as food, water, and shelter. The Jewish people were already sick and starving from being held captive, and putting their essential needs aside, was not for the best. Not only were the Jewish survivors struggling on the outside, they were also struggling on the inside. The Jewish hearts were broken without their families. Families were everything to them before the war, and when they were deported to the concentration camps, their families were all they had left. Many of the survivors could only think about where their family was and how they could reunite once again. To this day, the Jewish community continues their search.
Another way life was difficult after the Holocaust for the Jewish people, was the process of returning home. Many towns and communities rejected the survivors and treated them like filth. The non-Jewish citizens living in countries around the world did not accept the Jewish people back into their communities. The non-Jewish citizens didn’t accept the Jewish survivors because of their different religious beliefs, and some people were scared of those differences. During the Holocaust many Jewish survivors’ homes were destroyed. With the absence of family and shelter, some of them had nowhere left to go. Many Jewish survivors no longer had passports, papers, or permits. They had lost their nationality, their official name, and they had no country to return home too. Countless survivors had to work illegally and travel with a false passport. For some it could take up to twenty years to obtain their nationality and become a recognized member of society once again.
A third way that life after the Holocaust was difficult for the Jewish people was that they had lost everything. For the Jewish people, life would never be the same. They had no money to provide for the family. They lost clothing, jewelry, health, furniture, education and jobs. Employers distanced themselves from the Jewish community before the Holocaust and did not reach out to them afterwards. They had to rebuild their broken lives. Before the war, young Jewish children got abandoned by their peers and classmates. They soon weren’t even allowed to attend school. The Jewish people faced discrimanation from neighbors, friends, and entire communities. When the Nazis invaded, Jewish people were ripped from their houses and everything in their homes were destroyed. They were then moved to old and rundown parts of the city, called ghettos. The ghettos were extremely crowded and unsanitary. Starvation, shortages of food, and lack of heat in winter led to frequent outbreaks of epidemics such as dysentery and typhus. The Jewish people lost many things during the Holocaust, but there was one thing that affected them most, they lost their dignity.
Life for the Jewish people was difficult after the Holocaust. The wounds of the war were slow to heal. The Jewish people had to leave their homes, their families, they lost absolutely everything. After the war the Jewish people had to reunite with their families, find a a place to call home, and completely rebuild their lives from nothing. The defeat of Germany did not bring instant freedom. Nor did it bring happiness. The Jewish people faced many challenges and difficulties, but they never gave up.
Students and teachers enjoyed the show. Can't wait for next year when they come back!!
Thanks to Mrs. Malone-Smith for the pictures!
The Cookie Thief
One day I was baking some cookies. I took them out of the oven and put them on a cooling tray.
While the cookies were cooling on the counter, I went to my room to read. When I came out, the cookies were gone!
I took out my magnifying glass and looked at the ground. I saw footprints! They were small so I went to my son Henry’s room, expecting to see him eating cookies, but he was just dribbling a ball. So I took out my magnifying glass again and followed the tracks out the door. When I got outside, I saw a robber climbing onto an elephant, and he had a bag of cookies in his hand!
I got in the car and chased him all the way to the museum. There, he got off the elephant and ran to the doors. The doors were locked because it was Christmas, so he broke the glass on the door to get inside.
He left the bag of cookies on the elephant, so I climbed up a ladder, got the cookies, put them in my car and called 911.
The police cars showed up just as the robber came out of the museum holding a gold Sheriff’s badge and a gold goblet encrusted with gems. The robber was arrested, and I went home.
When I got home my husband Nathaniel was cooking beans for dinner. Maddie, Sonja, and Henry were wrapping presents. “Please pass the scissors. I need to cut some wrapping paper for Oma and Opa’s present” said Maddie. Later, we had dinner with my brother's family. Then for dessert we had cookies.
I almost forgot to tell you, during dinner I got a phone call. It was the police. Apparently, there was a reward for catching that robber, so we scheduled a time for me to pick it up. The reward was $100.00! It was a very merry Christmas.
Author’s note: The family in this story is based on my family. The main character is my mom, her husband is my dad, and their kids are my sister, my brother, and me.
On December 13th Monument Valley held a whole school protest concerning climate change. Three 6th grade students demanded action for their lives, the future, and the planet. They promised the crowd that they would not give up, and they would continue their fight no matter what.
They have kept their word. They are currently working on getting rid of cafeteria Fruit 20 plastic water bottles, getting rid of the plastic fruit and veggie containers in the cafeteria, get a more-that-just-paper recycling bin, and get a composter.
If you are interested in joining the school fight for the healing of the planet, fifth and sixth graders are meeting every Wednesday during fifth and sixth grade lunch and recess.
Theresienstadt by Stella, Gr. 6 ELA
The article “Friedl Dicker-Brandeis and the Children of Theresienstadt” tells the story of how a famous Jewish artist and teacher battled the brutalities of Theresienstadt with art. In 1942 Friedl Dicker-Brandeis was forced to leave her life behind and pack a small bag of her possessions to take with her to Theresienstadt. Most people packed clothing, valuables, photo albums and other necessities. Friedl was different, she packed a small amount clothes and stuffed the rest of her suitcase with art supplies. Her purpose was not only to have enough for herself, but to share and teach the hundreds of fearful children she expected to meet there. Friedl Dicker-Brandeis immensely affected the lives of the children at Theresienstadt.
One way that Friedl Dicker-Brandeis affected the lives of the children at the concentration camp was, by giving them art the children’s minds were distracted from the horrors of captivity. When the children painted they could let their imaginations run wild and jump into a world of creation rather than their current world of destruction. The concentration camps traumatized the children, they were ripped from their homes, families, and were sent to live in overcrowded houses. With art the children were able to run away from harsh times and run towards happiness, imagination, and most of all, hope. When the children painted they could forget the cruelty, starvation, and beatings, and just be children. They desperately needed hope, and Friedl was ready to help.
Another way that Friedl affected the lives of the children was by giving them a positive outlook on their rough situation. Painting gave them something to look forward to, it brought them joy. Friedl taught the children many different styles of art, such as painting, paper weaving, and watercolor. At the Theresienstadt all of the Jewish children wore the same clothes, ate the same food, slept in the same room, had the same day, and were called by a number. So, every time a child painted a picture Friedl told he or she to write his or her name, age, and date so that the children didn’t feel like objects or things. Writing their names gave them an identity and told them that they were just as human as any non-Jewish person.
Friedl not only taught children art, but hope, imagination, happiness, and to never give up. Friedl Dicker-Brandeis immensely affected the lives of the children at Theresienstadt.
Japanese Internment Camps
Norman MIneta v.s. Hana Brady
Norman Mineta’s experience as a prisoner at the Heart Mountain Internment Camp was very different than Hana Brady’s experience as a prisoner at Theresienstadt.
One way that Norman Mineta’s experience at Heart Mountain was very different from Hana Brady’s experience at Theresienstadt was by the way that the prisoners were treated. During World War II Hana was sent to a concentration camp called Theresienstadt. Theresienstadt was a camp that had intentions to hurt and weaken the Jewish people, so the could be sent to death camps to be murdered. Norman was sent to an internment camp called Heart Mountain. Heart Mountain was made to contain, but not harm, Japanese-Americans during World War II.
Before the war, Hana and her family lived in Nove Mesto, Hana and her brother George went to school, their mother and father owned a general store, and the Brady family lived perfectly happy lives. Until one day, soldiers came to take Hana’s mother away, and soon after, soldiers came for Hana’s father. Then the day came for the two siblings to be deported to Theresienstadt. Upon their arrival they were separated into two cabins, the girls and the boys. Hana lived at Theresienstadt feeling sad and very alone. She had no home, little food, and most importantly no family. Hana’s life at Theresienstadt was miserable. Hana faced many brutalities at Theresienstadt, she watched people being beaten, overworked, starved, and all around her people were dying every day.
On May 29, 1942 Norman and his family were taken to Heart Mountain internment camp, when he and his family got there they all stayed together and lived in one apartment for the duration of the war. Norman was treated kindly, well fed, and could go to school. He and his family led fairly contented lives at Heart Mountain. Norman and Hana’s experiences were very different.
Another way that Norman Mineta’s experience at Heart Mountain was very different from Hana Brady’s experience at Theresienstadt was by the amount of freedom they were allowed. At Theresienstadt Hana was not allowed an education, so in the attic of her sleeping quarters secret painting, drawing, and educational classes were held right under the Nazi’s noeses. The Nazi’s were very strict and rude towards the Jewish people, they would call them names, treat them less than human, and destroy the Jewish people’s lives. The concentration camps were always over crowded, in terrible condition, and if you were caught trying to escape, you would be shot or deported to a death camp. Hana had to stay locked up all day with no fresh air and crammed into a room filled with her roommates. Hana had almost no freedom at all.
At Heart Mountain, Norman had far more freedom, he was allowed to go to school like normal, hang out with his friends, and was treated kindly by the soldiers. One time Norman went sledding with friend and they accidentally slid under the fence and was simply scolded by a soldier and brought back inside the camp. It was really just like any other community but surrounded by barbed wire. The Japanese-Americans could go about their lives not worrying if they were going to be killed the next day, if they would be separated from their families, or if they were going to starve. Norman had a lot more freedom than Hana did.
Norman Mineta’s experience as a prisoner at the Heart Mountain Internment Camp was very different than Hana Brady’s experience as a prisoner at Theresienstadt.
From Ms. Cormier's Gr. 6 ELA class....Harmony E
In the article ̈Friedl Dicker-Brandeis and the Children of Theresienstadt ̈ is a story about an artist named Friedl Dicker-Brandeis and how she helped hundreds of Jewish children while they were imprisoned in a concentration camp. She along the side of other artists, and teachers helped encourage the children to create, forget about their surroundings, and give them hope. Friedl affected the lives of the children at Theresienstadt in many positive ways.
One way Friedl affected the lives of the children is that she helped them to forget about their terrible surroundings. For example the text states “ Friedl decided to use art to help the children deal with their feelings of loss, sorrow, fear, and uncertainty.” also “ They allowed the children to forget about the sad and horrible truth.” This shows even though Friedl was in the same conditions as the children she still sacrificed so much of her time to teaching the children and helped them open their imagination more and more. She helped them to forget about the bad times and create new happy thoughts and feelings through art work. Friedl helped them cope with their feelings by teaching them Techniques and letting their imaginations and memories take over.
Another way Friedl helped the children at Theresienstadt is she gave them a legacy. For example Friedl had the kids put their name and age on any piece of art work they created. Before Friedl left Theresienstadt to go to Auschwitz, she hid the paintings in a suitcase to be found after the war. After they were found most of the paintings were put into museums. This shows that Friedl contributed to the Jewish children being noticed, and not forgotten about. Now since the artwork has names and ages on them the children are thought of as children who went through horrible things, and not just another victim of the Hollocasut. Because the art was preserved so well and tells a story, it is used as a teaching tool for teachers all across the world.
Friedl Dicker-Brandeis truly impacted and greatly affected the lives of the children who suffered in Theresienstadt.
The monster that lived in a bog
That slimy old creature looked like a frog
Made of nothing but sticks and some mud
With little bits of crud
What is the age of this creature we see
Most say one hundred and three
For this monster of muck
Is as big as a truck
But have nothing to fear
For the monster comes only once a year
To search the streets for a friend
And we wonder if we are the real monsters in the end