The puma Press May 2018 Edition

Arts Day

By: Gianna B. and Leyna J.

Have you heard about Asa Packer's Art's Day? It's one of the best days of the year! On this day in May, artists with all different talents come to our school to do amazing activities with us. Students were able to do many things including paint, cut glass, dance, do martial arts, color, and play music! Before all the individual artists' sessions, the "Asa-Metricals" band, our school's own band made up of many talented staff members, performed for us! They played many great hits.

This year, students could apply to work with the Art's Day committee to create signs, assist artists, and help Ms. Esposito, Mrs. Neiman, and Mrs. Liscko prepare for the big day. A HUGE thank you to them and to all the volunteers who made Art's Day an awesome time for everyone!

UpComing Events

School's Closed - Election Day On Tuesday, May 15th 2018
Patio Party - See information below!

Earth Day

By: Leyna J.

This year, Earth Day was celebrated at Asa on Friday, April 20th. Students at Asa, in 3rd-5th grade celebrated by participating in fun activities all day! The teachers had different science experiments and crafts for the students to do, like recreating a storm, cleaning an oil spill, and designing Earths with paper. Gianna B. says her favorite part of Earth Day was planting sunflowers with Mrs. Scomillio, and Addison G. “liked that even the ones that weren’t experiments had a lesson about taking care of the Earth”. Students from Liberty High School even came back to Asa to help clean up around our school and assist with our activities. Celebrating Earth Day was amazing!

2nd grade Heroes

Ms. Esposito runs the Boston Marathon

By: Brady F. and Addison G.

Ms. Esposito took her puma to Boston!

Asa's very own art teacher, Ms. Esposito, ran in the Boston Marathon on April 18th. All of us are so proud of her!!! We asked her a few questions about the race.

Q: How did she prepare?

A: She began training right after Thanksgiving. Her highest mileage week was 48 miles!

Q: Did she have a trainer?

A: She did not have a trainer, but she used programs and online resources. She also asked many other people who had run the Marathon before.

Q: What was her favorite part?

A: Her favorite part was just qualifying to be in the race and experiencing it with the other runners. She was also very excited to see her family cheering at mile 24.

Q: Does she think she will run it again?

A: She is planning to go again next year and is already qualified. Her friends who also like to run are qualifying and planning to join her.

Asa Packer is so proud of you, Ms. Esposito!!!!

Career Day

By: Ella S. and Addison G.

Every year you can hear kids talking all over the whole school, looking forward to career day. This is when students' family members volunteer their time to come into our classrooms to share what they do at their job each day. It is a great time to learn about different jobs that people have and to think about what you can become when you grow up. There were many people who came, with a variety of different careers, like nurses, a pilot, engineers, professors, and a guitar maker. Thank you so much to everyone who came to our school to present for career day and Mrs. Lyons for organizing!

Asa's Got Talent

By: Mckinzie L.

Asa’s talent show was amazing this year! We enjoyed all the acts. Way to go students!!

Flutophone Concert

By: Rebecca D. and Nurbanu C.

The flutophone concert was on April 27th, 2018. It is performed by all of the second graders every year. The second graders worked very hard and put on a great show. Awesome job second grade and Mrs. Rhode!

PSSA Wrap Up

By: Mckinzie L., Nurbanu C. and Rebecca D.

To finish up the PSSA, we had a disco dance party! Many 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders got chosen as winners of prizes like books, posters, and pencils from the PSSA raffle tickets. The students who took the PSSAs had Kindergarten, 1st or 2nd grade buddy classes who wrote them good luck notes with small gifts. Each testing day there was a theme of clothing to wear. Our favorite was the Hawaiian theme. We got to wear lei necklaces. Everyone is proud of how hard the 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders worked!

P. E. with Mrs. Davis


Drama Club

By: Lillie N. and Addison W.

4th and 5th graders performed their drama club play on April 19, 2018. They had a great time performing Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter, a play based on Rumpelstiltskin and his daughter written by Mrs. Peters. The set design team painted backdrops and made props, and stage crew helped with microphones, music, and lights. The play was a great success after many hours of hard work and practicing. Every student had a great time while performing and all of the other students and parents at Asa Packer enjoyed the performance. Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter contained about sixteen scenes. On May 10th, the cast, set design, and stage crew celebrated their hard work during a cast party by watching their performance!

Primary Program

By: Blake J. and Brady F.

The Primary Program’s show, Freddy the Frog and the Mighty Meter Gnome, was on May 9th! The students in the club had been very working hard for this day. They practiced every Wednesday since the winter to perform the 7 songs. Miss Truchan is so proud of each and every 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grader in the show. We hope you were able to see their awesome performance.

Guidance Goings

From Ms. Birster

The end of the year is fast approaching! Summertime is a great time for family time! Take time to talk to your children and listen to what they are interested in and what they enjoy! Try to schedule downtime for them in the summer! Utilize the Bethlehem Area Public Library! There is a lot of cool stuff going on there!

As always if you should have academic or social concerns about your child, please reach out to me either at abirster@basdschools.org or 610-865-0660. You may not know this, but your child can also reach out me personally here at school. I have a small mailbox located outside the library entrance and students can put notes in for me to read!

On May 2, 2018, we welcomed our incoming Kindergarten class on Kindergarten Welcoming Day! We are excited to have the class of 2031 join us in the fall!

There are lots of field trips coming up. Please make sure to sign the permission slips, dress appropriately and wear sunblock!

I hope you all have opportunity to enjoy Spring! Thank you for the opportunity to work with your children everyday!

Game Night

By: Ella S. and Addison G.

Game night was a fun night when families, friends, and fun were all together in one place! Families came and brought a game for everyone to play. Teachers also provided games like Twister and Headbandz! Mrs. Foster was kind enough to make delicious homemade popcorn for everybody! Thank you, Mrs. Foster!! Jonah M., in first grade, said his favorite part was being able to see his friends. Abby S., a fifth grader, said she loves how fun and enjoyable Game Night is. It was very fun - a real success!

Leader in Me Habit 4 and 5

Cheering them off to Special Olympics and Paula the Puma with 83 April flowers!

By: Nurbanu C. and Rebecca D.

Habit 4: Think Win-WIn

The fourth habit is Think - Win - Win. This means everyone can win, and you try and find a way that everyone is happy with. For example, when you are having fun with what you are doing, you win! If you and your family are playing a board game and you don’t win, but you had fun - that's win-win! Another example is if you are working in a group at school and you all want to read the story, you could decide to take turns so that everyone can read the story! That is what Think - Win - Win means.

habit 5: Seek first to understand, then be understood

The fifth habit is Seek First To Understand, Then To Be Understood. It means you should listen before you talk. For example, you should be listening to your teacher giving directions before you ask any questions about the activity. One way you could do this at home is to listen when your parents are talking and don’t talk over them. That is what Seek First To Understand, Then To Be Understood means.

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