Keeping up with Colonial

Click above to check out this month's edition of Keeping up with Colonial that features a special goodbye to Dr. Dusty Blakey! 

My Very Own Library

Thanks to United Way of Delaware, students at Eisenberg got to pick out five free books to take home. The program, at several schools in the district, inspires children to learn to love reading by giving children an opportunity to select books they like and to build a personal library at home. Teachers love to see the  joy on their students' faces when they pick their books!

Operation Hair Care

A partnership with Paul Mitchell the School-DE gave designated students from the district's elementary schools a chance to get free hair care service rendered by students at the cosmetology school. For most of the children it was their first visit to a salon, and they loved getting the makeovers. Meanwhile, students from William Penn got some hands-on instructions and a talk from instructors about the hair care industry. Community partnerships give our students access and opportunities!

Chill for a Bill 

Thanks to Student Advisor Matt Folke, students at Pleasantville raised $263 for United Way of Delaware. For the second year in a row, the kids donated $1 for an opportunity to just come to the gym, do some fitness activities, and chill out with their friends. What a great way to LIVE UNITED!

Community Concert Includes Colonial

Victory Christian Fellowship hosted a concert featuring international recording artist Adlan Cruz from Puerto Rico. Gunning Bedford students participated in a master class with him during the day and were invited to participate in the evening concert with Cruz and a professional orchestra. Several Colonial music teachers, Laurie Baily, Nicole Dinkins, and Boyd Holmes (retired)  were also a part of the orchestra. Also playing in the orchestra were teachers Michael Brelick and Jackie Higgins, with William Penn's music teacher Karla Bell singing in the choir with some of her students. Gunning Bedford's steel drum ensemble, led by teacher Christine Lewis also participated in this professional concert. What a great opportunity!

Happy Holidays from Leach!

Students from Leach delivered the gift bags they decorated and cookie jar mixes they made and sold to staff in the administration office. The micro-business proves these kids are capable of doing many things, including spreading holiday joy!

Special Olympics Delaware

William Penn played host to a basketball skills event for students from neighboring schools. Superintendent Dr. Dusty Blakey made his final welcome to all before retiring next month. Everyone is a winner when schools work together to help students!

Happy Holidays at New Castle Elementary

The annual holiday dinner at New Castle Elementary School for students, their families, and staff is always so, so, so much fun! Special thanks to Colonial's Nutrition Services Division for such a delicious meal.

Castle Hills has Reading Mentors!

Students from Castle Hills visited Colonial's Early Education Program so they could read stories to preschoolers. Sharing the love of reading sets a perfect example for the little ones.

Ho, Ho, Ho, Thanks for Giving!

Several local organizations and businesses made certain Colonial students received gifts for the holidays. Among them, Newark Elks Lodge 2281, Sallie Mae Company, and the New Castle County Chapter of Jack and Jill, Inc. The Colonial School District wishes to thank all for generously supporting our needy students.

Secretary of Education Pays a Visit

Delaware Secretary of Education, Susan Bunting, stopped by Wilmington Manor and Castle Hills Elementary Schools for brief tours. The secretary is a big supporter of Colonial, and always has praises for administrators, teachers, and staff for leading the way in education.

Snowball Dance

Leach students got to party with Santa, their teachers, staff, and relatives. Everyone had fun at the Snowball Dance!

Santa Flies to Leach!

Thanks to a Leach teacher with connections to the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City and Atlantic City International Airport Fire Department 24-1 IAFF Local S-18, Santa was able to visit Leach students. He landed in the parking lot, greeted students outside and then went inside to deliver gifts and well wishes. The kids had a great time  and the visit put everyone in the holiday spirit!

The Holiday Spirit is Everywhere!

Some people bought holiday gear, others made it...either way everyone enjoyed the spirit of the season!
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