Naturalization Ceremony at Beeman

Beeman Hosts the Naturalization Ceremony!

By Sara and Harper, 6th Grade Students

Beeman Elementary School in New Haven, Vermont hosted a naturalization ceremony for 26 immigrants from 18 countries (Australia, Belarus, Bhutan, Burundi, Canada, Chile, Congo, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Italy, Jamaica, Macedonia, Mexico, Myanmar, People’s Republic of China, United Kingdom, Vietnam) to become American citizens on April 12th, 2018. The 4-6 students created tulips out of paper, and the K-3 students made little butterflies that lined the gymnasium.

When the students and adults entered the gym, a band was playing in the background and everyone took to their seats. The colors were soon brought in, and everyone stood. A group (the chorus) from Mt. Abraham Union High School called “Sweet Transitions” performed the national anthem.

After the introduction of the guests, the immigrants were called up for an oath that basically said that the immigrants were giving up citizenship in their country and will always be loyal to the United States of America. The immigrants were now ready to become citizens. Called up by name, each citizen one by one received a certificate. The Beeman Student Council then gave the immigrants their hopes and dreams for them.

The Beeman chorus performed two songs, “These Green Mountains” and “Home” by Phillip Phillips. Afterwards, the whole school (K-6) sang two songs also, “Count On Me” by Bruno Mars and “This Land Is Your Land” which everyone was invited to sing along.

The colors then retire, and the ceremony is adjourned. There was a reception while the students cleaned up and served cake/refreshments. The students cannot wait for the next naturalization ceremony!

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A Poem by Jen H.

The tears dripping down their faces

Everyone clapping,

smiling, having fun

seeing their family member or members

Getting that piece of paper

saying they are now a American Citizen.

All of the kids singing to everyone,

singing from their heart.

Katy Farber Author Visit

Katy Farber, Vermont author and educator, visited the K-3 classes at Beeman to talk about her new book, Salamander Sky.  Her engaging book is about salamander migration during rainy April nights.  Katy brought with her a guest, Carol, from the Otter Creek Audubon Society who discussed her work helping salamanders and frogs cross dangerous roads during migration.

We owe tremendous thanks to Jenny Lyons from the Vermont Book Shop in Middlebury for organizing this amazing visit.  Thank you Katy, Carol, and Jenny!


Beeman Happenings!

Spring is finally here as the crocuses have popped up!  We have many upcoming events happening as the school year winds down!  On Wednesday April 12th at 1:00 PM in the gym, the Mega Team is again hosting the Naturalization Ceremony.  This is an incredible experience for our students to be able to witness the process of becoming a US Citizen. Please feel free to join us! This is a prestigious event and we would appreciate your child wearing their Sunday best!

April 14th the BEE Friends is hosting “Mom Prom” from 7 PM to 10 PM.  This is being held at the Tourterelle Restaurant!  Get out that old dress, put on some heels and join in the festivities! Cash bar, appetizers, door prizes, DJ Amanda Rock, awards for best dressed!  Tickets are $25.00.

April 19th Lifetouch Spring picture day.  You do not have to prepay!  Choose the backdrop you would like and when the pictures come in you then make your decision whether to keep them or return them to school!

Box Tops for Education has geared up!  The class that turns in the most boxtops wins an ice cream sundae party!  Not to worry, there is usually enough for all to enjoy!

BIG CHANGE ROUND-UP – Once again our students outdid themselves!  Beeman students raised $2436.69 for the Vermont Children’s Hospital!  Thank you so much to all our parents, grandparents, community members for their generous donations!

Something new this year… on the lookout for the order form for a “Beeman Yearbook”.  Ryan Cornellier has collaborated with Lifetouch to organize and create a thoughtful yearbook to celebrate this past school year memories! All orders must be in by April 20th.  BONUS….all 6th graders receive theirs free!

SPIRIT WEEK…April 16th through April 20th  stay tuned for more details!

Paintings for Puerto Rico – online auction is ongoing!  For more information on how to bid and win one of our students masterpieces, head on over to the website!

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