Students in schools across Central Falls recently participated in an Hour of Code event organized by the District. The Hour of Code is an international movement spanning across states and nations to promote computer science and coding skills for students of all ages. The Central Falls Hour of Code was a District-wide initiative involving computer science students from the high school and community volunteers who spent time in classrooms to support students and teachers to code together. It was a fun event for children and adults alike and inspired many students to take up coding in their free time. Below are the sites that students used if you would like to continue coding with them at home!
1st Grade - Kodable
2nd Grade - Lightbot
3rd Grade - Puppy Adventure
4th Grade - Minecraft
Congratulations to the amazing Ella Risk chess students on an awesome season so far! Vanessa Robbio started the season winning the novice trophy at the Central Falls Library Tournament in November. On Saturday, December 3rd, fourth grader, Twetzyann Miranda, won the second place trophy with two wins and a draw. Alex Solano came in third place with one win and three draws. Damien Baptista had two wins and a draw and Cristo Pabon had two draws and a win.
On a chilly Sunday morning in November, hundreds of runners from all over the state competed in the annual Girls on the Run 5K at Warwick City Park. Many girls from the Ella Risk team ran the race, and they were not alone. Each girl was assigned an adult running buddy to accompany them on the run and to encourage and support them to get to the finish line. Eleven of the running buddies were teachers and staff members from Ella Risk, and eight family and community members also ran, including the girls’ parents and siblings. Some girls ran with a family member and a member of the Ella Risk community! It was an inspiring event that showed the power of community and teamwork.
Led by coaches Kelly Flynn, Stephanie Zuba, and Cristin Vandergrift, fifteen girls from Ella Risk and Calcutt Middle School participated in this season’s Girls on the Run program. Girls on the Run is a nationwide program that works to support “positive emotional, social, mental, and physical development” for girls. Following each ten-week sessions in the fall and spring, Girls on the Run hosts a non-competitive 5K to celebrate the girls’ accomplishments and support them to finish a full race.
"I know, for me, sports was an important part of my life growing up. You learn about teamwork and giving the best of yourself. What I love about GOTR is that the girls not only learn about training for a race, they learn valuable life lessons. Running helps them learn about goal setting, limit pushing and becoming your best self. We also talk about important issues such as bullying, peer pressure and self esteem as we train for a 5k. Finishing the race, they know they can do anything they put their mind to!" said coach and Ella Risk fourth grade teacher, Kelly Flynn.
Fourth grader, Jannel Garcia said it best the day after the race when a boy in her class asked her who won: "It's not about that,” she replied. “It's about finishing the race!"
Ella Risk hosted Fall Reading Week from October 24th through October 28th. The week was packed full of activities, author visits, contests and prizes. Local authors Jamie Michalak (www.alisonpaulart.com) and Alison Paul (www.jamiemichalak.com) spoke with students about their experiences writing, illustrating, and publishing children’s books. Classrooms competed in a door and bookmark decorating contest, and older students were paired with younger students to partner read as book buddies throughout the course of the week. Ella Risk’s mascot, Buzzy the Bee, even made a guest appearance!