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Monday April 11, 2016 at 10:17am Age: 3 yrs
Category: Otisville Elementary


Otisville’s students are engaged in caring for each other, the community and the environment year round. As such, the end of each marking period is reason for celebration and a time for younger and older classes to buddy up and do some good. Activities vary from class to class around the month’s theme, but all themes center on the idea of making a positive difference. 


On Friday, April 8, Mrs. Frawley’s 2nd graders met their 5th grade buddies from Mrs. Lynn class to celebrate the end of the third marking period with a buddy read. Mrs. Amaretti's 1st graders made "friendship" bracelets with 5th grade buddies from Ms. Hagerty's class.

At the end of the first marking period in November, younger and older grades partnered to write cards to Veterans and created posters to promote the Minisink Cares Food Drive. In February, end of the second marking period celebrations included writing Valentine’s Day cards for seniors.


“This is a great opportunity to reinforce the altruistic spirit we try to inspire in our students all year long and to make connections with the values of our PBIS program,” Mrs. Frawley said. PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Supports) focuses on creating and sustaining a positive school environment to foster student character, safety, academic excellence and individual citizenship. The buddy system between younger and older grades also encourages role modeling and positive behavior.


“My students really look forward to reuniting with their older peers around these celebrations and activities. The first thing they want to know when another celebration is announced is, ‘Are we getting together with the 5th graders?’” Mrs. Frawley said.