They call it Transition Day. It’s the longtime tradition that celebrates a turning point in the lives of Fair Haven students.
On June 9, the third grade class bid a fond farewell to Viola L. Sickles School and prepared for their next journey as incoming fourth graders at Knollwood.
The heralded ride from Sickles to Knollwood School, via bicycles or the big red trolley, commemorates the new paths these students will take as they continue their education.
Transition Day 2017 began with a song-filled Parent Show organized by Sickles School Vocal Music Teacher Vince Mottern and the third grade staff. After the show, students and their families headed to nearby McCarter Park, where many an elementary school recess was spent, to have a picnic.
Then it was time for the symbolic ride to Knollwood School. Teachers and their students in first and second grades lined the sidewalk in front of Sickles School as the third graders departed. Community members with balloons and posters cheered as the group, led by Fair Haven Police officers, school administrators, Knollwood School peer leaders and a motorcycle-riding Security Officer Frank Litriello, made its way along the route.
At Knollwood, the incoming fourth graders were welcomed with a musical performance by the glee club, band, and orchestra and a presentation about Knollwood school student life.
They also got an official welcome from Knollwood School Principal Amy Romano.
“We have so many fine opportunities for you to learn and grow here,” said Romano. “We are going to have a spectacular five years together.”
Romano then surprised her incoming students by giving them their first homework assignment.
“As Dr. Seuss said, sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory,” Romano told the group. “Your homework assignment is to be sure to always live in the moment, and to enjoy each moment of this special day. Then I want you to think about what your favorite moment from today was, and share it with your family at dinner tonight.”
Transition Day concluded with a tour of the school as well as instructional workshops.
— Edited press release from the Fair Haven School District