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Sponsors, students, and parents come together in Newark for 5th grade celebration

The long-anticipated and fun-filled annual PTA 5th Grade Celebration was held during the afternoon June 11th at Kelley School.

PTA sponsors this event each year for the graduating class as a way of saying ‘thank you’ for being such good role models for younger Kelley School students.

“It is always a bittersweet event for our parent volunteers, as they know it will be the last one that their kids will have at the school,” PTA President Michele DeYulio said noting PTA volunteers make it special by decorating the lunchroom, two 5th grade hallways and the outside parking lot for the event.

“It is a great way to interact and catch up with friends that are in other classrooms, relax, and have some fun with the teachers and staff at school” DeYulio said.

After fifth graders ate lunch June 11th, they enjoyed freezy pops outside, played kickball or other games; signed a class banner & other friends’ t-shirts and soaked their teachers in the “Royal Flush.”

DeYulio said the PTA has had the “Royal Flush” for the past three years and it continues to be a “highlight of the event!”

“Each year we try to add a little more to the afternoon, as we gain more insight as to what works and what doesn’t . . . and this has definitely become a staple in the activities for the day,” she continued. “Special thanks to Mrs. Chamberlain, Mrs. Botelho, Mrs. Valone, Mrs. Carr, Ms. Stoughton, Mr. Hamelinck, Mrs. Greene and Miss. Bambury for participating in the “Royal Flush” and being so willing to get drenched for the students’ amusement.”

The PTA purchased t-shirts and permanent markers for every student so they could sign each other’s shirt as a memento of the day and the year together.

The 5th Grade Banner will be taken to the Middle School at the end of this school year and it will be posted in a hallway to greet the incoming 6th graders in the fall.

At the end of Celebration June 11th, fifth graders got to make their own yummy sundaes inside the Kelley cafeteria. Toppings included whipped cream, cherries, syrups, caramel, gummy bears, M&Ms, crushed cookies, sprinkles and more. The ice cream was generously donated by Mr. Coolee’s Ice Cream Shop on Route 31.

Other PTA volunteers who made the event so memorable included Micky Sergeant, Harmon Ranney, Jain Vargas, Doreen Schommer and Juli Scharett.