The Elementary students conduct their own pizza business. They offer pizza lunch on Fridays to all full-day students and staff. They are responsible for promoting sales, collecting and counting the proceeds, and distributing the pizza and drinks.
The students are largely responsible for the day-to-day management of their classroom. They hold weekly jobs as a chef, sous-chef, botanist, zoologist, housekeeping, custodian, librarian, and supply manager providing snacks, caring for plants and animals, and caring for the classroom environment.
Various Field Trips are held throughout the year pertaining to activities in the classroom. During the 2007-2008 school year, the students experienced the Lenape Village at Churchville Nature Center as part of their study of Native Americans. This Spring they will be visiting a Giant Supermarket as part of their Nutrition Unit as well as attending a Peter and The Wolf in New Jersey as part of their preparation for their Arts in Education Partnership in April.
Goal Setting Conferences
Each student is involved in setting his or her own educational goals. Twice during the school year, the student, his or her parents and the Elementary Directress work together to develop their educational goals.
There are several garden areas on school grounds that the Elementary students plant and tend. Each year, students plant a vegetable garden. In the fall, they harvest the vegetables and use them in preparing their Thanksgiving feast. They also established and continue to tend a natural habitat area and an herb garden. During the fall of 2005 they planted flower bulbs that the school received under a grant from the National Gardening Association.
Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF
Our Elementary students raised over $160 by Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF. They reached their goal to raise enough money to vaccinate 100 children against polio for life.