Kidsday: Intramural ice skating

Brooke Schnittman, our Jericho Middle School math and science teacher, helps run intramural ice skating.

She has had much experience, and has been ice skating since she was a little girl. Her mom taught her, and from then on, she developed a love and passion for ice skating. She runs the intramural program with Laura Diehl.

It is usually held right after school at Iceworks in Syosset. A school bus gets us there. Up to 40 kids bring money to rent skates. Usually in the beginning of the intramural, a lot of the kids don't have that much experience ice skating. So helpers assist the kids in putting on their ice skates, and then guide them onto the ice and hold their hand while they are gaining their balance. Within 30 minutes, they usually are able to skate alone. This intramural is from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

If you ask me, it is an experience worth trying. Ms. Schnittman has run it for four years and plans to run it until she stops working here. Hopefully that won't be for a while.


Introducing 'Warrior Cats'

You don't have to like cats to love this book series. Let me introduce "Warrior Cats," a series written by four people who all go under the pen name Erin Hunter. The series is about four clans of cats: ThunderClan, WindClan, RiverClan and ShadowClan.

Each clan has a talent that no other clan has. Members of ThunderClan are good hunters. WindClan cats are fast runners and are great at catching rabbits. RiverClan cats are good swimmers and eat fish. The ShadowClan excels at hunting in shadows and darkness.

The clans live in the wild and are rivals. The only time the clans are at peace is at Gatherings, which happen every full moon. At a Gathering, the clans come to the island and have conversations. The clan leaders sit in a tree and give status reports about their clan, such as new warriors, if a cat has died, how much prey is in the territory, etc.

By the way, if you don't like blood and gore, don't read this series, because wounds and fights are very detailed -- so detailed that you can see a clear image in your head.

I recommend this series for kids 10 and older. The cats will appeal to girls, and the fight scenes will appear to boys. Goodbye, and may StarClan light your path! For more, go to warriorcats.com.

--Kidsday Reporter Lauren Koenig


The calming art of tai chi

Tai chi is relaxing. The martial art looks like a slow-motion sword fight.

Tai chi is not just movement, it is a way to calm the mind and the body. It is not just moving a wooden or steel sword, it's a form of relaxation. This was my first time doing it, so it was a little hard and frustrating, but I kept trying.

My dad helped me because he has done this before. We did it for at least an hour.

--Kidsday Reporter Josh Calvanico-Weinstein

CLASS OF THE WEEK: Maureen Clemente and Jeanne O'Brien's sixth-grade class, JERICHO MIDDLE SCHOOL

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