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The Final Paw Print for 2018 / 2019

The staff of the Lincroft Paw Print presents its final newsletter for the 2018 / 2019 school year. Thank you, especially to Mr. Imbimbo, for supporting us every step of the way. Best of luck to our "senior" journalists in middle school!

Wishing everyone a safe and happy summer. See you in September.

TEDxYouth Event at Lincroft School!

On Monday, May 30, Lincroft School hosted Middletown's first-ever TEDx event in the Leopard's Den. Our own Max Oster organized and planned the whole event as his Genius Hour project. Max's theme, "Changing the Way We Think About School," had to be approved by TED. The goal of the TED (Technology, Entertainment & Design) organization is to spread ideas worth sharing.

Kids came from all different schools to talk about their ideas. One amazing 6-year-old boy, Cavanuagh Bell, spoke about his anti-bullying campaign. I spoke about how we collected supplies and donations for preemie babies. I wanted to help preemies because I was a preemie baby.

by Gabby Ribando


Fun Day 2019

Friday, May 31, was the day all the students looked forward to since the first day of school! It was Fun Day! All the games and activities were so much fun and competitive. Overall the yellow team won in the games.

To end their elementary years, the fifth graders played an awesome game of tug-of-war, and the other grades cheered them excitedly. First, the red team (Mrs. Frazee’s class) played against the blue team (Mrs.Alpaugh’s class.) Next, the green team (Mrs. McGraw’s class) played against the yellow team (Mrs. Dewolf’s class.) In the end, the green team won 1st place, the blue team 2nd place, the red team 3rd, and the yellow team was in 4th place. Overall all the fifth-grade classes had a blast!

The PTA parents volunteered to help through the day with lots of games. The dunk tank was one that the students looked forward to most. It was fun dunking the parents in the tank.

The games and events included:

Obstacle Course

Spartan Race

Under / Over

Scuba Race

Wheelbarrow Race

Running Relay Race

Potato Sack Race

Hippity Hop


Dunk Tank

Chicken Toss

Beanbag Toss


I interviewed a fifth-grade student in Mrs. Frazee’s class. Reilly Connolly loved Fun Day very much. Her favorite events were the tug-of-war and the dunk tank. Reilly said, “The tug-of-war was a lot of fun to work with my class." I also interviewed one of the parents who organized the Fun Day, Mrs. Deirdre Blasucci. She worked with Mrs. Angela Brzyski to put the event together. They love organizing it, and they’ve been doing it since 2016! They help buy things for games and repair them if broken. She said, “I think the hardest part now is organizing larger groups of volunteers and making sure we have space available for anyone that wants to come.” This year they had about 250 parents volunteer to help. “We also enjoy that it has become a school community effort to make the day possible,” said Mrs. Blasucci.

by Angeli Vargas Makrinos


5th Grade Field Trips

We, Madison Basil and Sydney Jones, are both 5th graders who went on the field trips to the Statue of Liberty and the Buehler Space and Science Center. We wrote partly of our own experiences and partly of other kids in our grade. We give credit to Mrs.Yeserski and all the journalism staff, the 5th grade interviewees: Brigid Leary, Nikki Finn, Andre Calzailla, and Reilly Connolly, and last but not least, the teachers and PTA who made it possible for the 5th graders to go on such great trips.

Buehler Challenger & Science Center

On this trip, kids pretended to be astronauts. They got fake jobs for the simulation and BLASTED OFF! We interviewed attendees to get the scoop:

Brigid Leary from Mrs.McGraw's class:

Q: Did you have fun on this trip?

A: Yes, I did.

Q: What was your job?

A: I was on the medical team.

Q: What was your favorite part?

A: My favorite part was doing all the tests for the medical team.

Q: What was the hardest part during the simulations?

A: The hardest part was figuring out where the medical team left off in Mission Control.

Q: What was the easiest part during the simulations?

A: The easiest part was doing the eye tests.

Q: If it was real life, would you think we can complete the mission?

A: If it was real, I think we could complete the mission, but it would be more difficult.

Nikki Finn from Mrs. McGraw's class:

Q: Did you like doing your job?

A: I liked doing my job in the spacecraft.

Q: What was your favorite part?

A: My favorite part was typing messages and giving them to other people to complete the mission.

Q: Did you have fun on this trip?

A: Yes.

Q: What team were you on?

A: I was on the data team.

Q: What was the easiest part of the mission?

A: The easiest part was delivering notes.

Q: What was the hardest part?

A: Typing and printing notes because there are so many.

Q: If this was real, do you think we could complete the mission?

A: I think if we all work together, we could complete the mission. Maybe. :)

Ellis Island & Statue of Liberty

On June 11, all fifth grade classes took a trip to Ellis Island. After a long bus ride to New York, we ferried over. Once we got to the museum, we explored the exhibits and blasted into history. After making lots of memories, we headed to the Statue of Liberty and climbed into the sky!

Before the trip, we interviewed kids to find out what they were expecting:

Andre Calzailla from Mrs. McGraw's class:

Q: What are you excited for?

A: I am excited to go to where my grandparents immigrated from Italy.

Q: Do you like traveling on boats?

A: I like traveling on boats.

Q: Have you even went to Ellis Island or the Statue of Liberty?

A: No, I've never seen or went to Ellis Island.

Q: Do you think you will get tired of climbing stairs?

A: I think I will get tired of climbing stairs to the top of the statue.

Q: What do you think will be your favorite part?

A: I think my favorite part will be the wall of names.

Q: Do you think you will have fun?

A: Yes.

5th grader Reilly Connolly from Mrs. Frazee's class:

Q: What are you excited for?

A: I am excited to climb the stairs and see the view.

Q: Do you like traveling on boats?

A: Yes. I am excited to ride the boat.

Q: Have you ever gone to Ellis Island or the Statue of Liberty?

A: No, I have not been to Ellis Island, but I have seen the Statue of Liberty.

Q: Do you think you will have fun?

A: I think I will have lots of fun, but I am not excited for the long bus ride.

by Madison Basil and Syndey Jones

At THREE Movies with Avery Velho!

Dumbo 2019

So, yeah it was a remake, and we all know how much "I love" remakes! But seriously, I am going to try to review this movie as a whole (not just as a remake) and see if it stands as a decent film. Long story short, IT DOES NOT!!! It was only 5 minutes in and I already detested this movie! Everything was so saturated in CGI that when I saw the dad I actually thought that he was a computer generated image. His face fell into the uncanny valley so much that I started choking on my water. It absolutely terrified me! As the movie went on, it didn't get any better. One of the things that kinda annoyed me is that they tried to add in this strong female character for the feminists but this is historically inaccurate (and yes I know that I said I wasn't going to compare it to the original but it is worth mentioning so whatever). The only two good things that happened to me during my viewing of this movie are 1) I swear that I heard one of the elephants sing, "Ayo," like Freddie Mercury (RIP 1946 to 1991), and 2) I learned that the cinema I went to sold milkshakes!

Rating- 4/10

Detective Pikachu

This movie oddly enough...was the best movie out of what I saw in theaters this spring. Everything was top notch from the acting, the CGI, and the plot line. Though a little confusing, it was endearing in its own way. In the beginning, we see two friends trying to catch a Cubone (which is actually really weird for most movies for kids because they all usually begin with characters being late for something---like Lilo and Stitch, Green Lantern, and Back to the Future) so that was different. I also liked how they added a plot twist between Pikachu and Tim's dad. Like Dumbo, they also added a strong female character but this time, they made sure that it fit into the plot. It is a critical hit to the video game curse (the idea that all movies from video games are poorly made) and I loved it. I totally recommend!

Rating- 9/10

Aladdin 2019

So, just like Dumbo, for this movie, I tried not to compare it to the original, even though it is one of the best animated movies of the 90s!!!! So as I was relaxing in my seat, enjoying my Milk Duds, there was the classic scene of Aladdin and Jasmine running through the marketplace...seems fine right? NO! Because our pal Guy Ritchie (the director) made sure that all the shots were rushed and fast paced which made me feel nauseous!!! Also, the set design, though great, felt like a Bollywood feature. This is weird because the original movie seems to be somewhere in the Middle East (perhaps Baghdad like the original 1940s film that inspired it) and that is like a 2000 mile difference. Jasmine's song was a little corny but Naomi Scott has an amazing voice, and Will Smith actually wasn't that bad, regardless of how the trailer looks!

Rating- 6/10

Winning a Goldfish at the Mother / Son Carnival

At the Mother / Son carnival (hosted Friday, June 7 behind Lincroft School) kids had the chance to play this game where they could win goldfish. How do you play? Well, there were ping pong balls and fishbowls. You had to bounce the ball on the table and get it in the fishbowl. You would then win a fish but the only bad thing is that goldfish die really fast.

There was also a bounce house course at the carnival. We ate hot dogs, pretzels, cotton candy, and ice pops. It was a lot of fun.

by Gerry Naughton & Brendan Yeserski

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: A Broadway Review

On June 1st my family and I headed towards the Lyric Theater in New York City. We were going to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway. This show is based on the book of the same title, written by British author J.K. Rowling. She has written seven Harry Potter books that were made into movies and this is the last book of the series. They decided not to make a movie, but a play instead.

The play has two parts. We watched both parts in one day, which was a bit long, but totally worth it. Part one was about two hours with a 15-minute break in the middle. Then there was a two-and-a-half hour break, which was enough time for the viewers to go out for a nice dinner. Part two was also about two hours with another 15-minute break between it.

In the play, Harry Potter’s son, Albus, is chosen to go to Slytherin. He is nothing like his father was in Hogwarts. Because of that and other things, Albus has a very complicated relationship with his father. At school, he becomes best friends with Scorpios Malfoi, who is Draco’s son, one of Harry’s nemeses. There are also rumors Scorpios's father is actually someone even worse.

Albus overhears a conversation in between his dad and the late Cedric Diggory’s father. He could see that Mr. Diggory was very upset that his son died while fighting Voldemort with Harry years ago. Albus then has the idea to use a time turner to go back in time and bring Cedric back. Together with Scorpios and Delphi (Mr. Diggory’s niece), they steal the ministry of the magic time turner, and go back in time to the first task of the Triwizard tournament, about 30 years ago. If they can cause Cedric to fail the first task he might not have a chance to win. If he doesn’t win, he wouldn’t go through the portal and Voldemort wouldn’t kill him. Instead, causing him to fail made him even more determined to win the second task! They leave Delphi behind and try to humiliate Cedric into failing the second task. They failed and ruined everything in the present time. It was up to Scorpius to save everyone now. He succeeded but then Harry, who was not very pleased with the friendship between his son and a Malfoi, decided to keep Scorpius away from Albus to protect him.

After a little while, they get back together again and realize that Delphi was actually evil and not related to the Diggorys at all. She had other plans entirely. It was up to the old crew, Harry, Ginny Weasley (now Harry Potter’s wife), Hermione, Ron and Draco to join forces with Albus and Scorpios to defeat Delphi. Delphi took them back in time to when Harry was almost killed as a baby because she needed to be there to execute her big plan.

Sorry, but I will not spoil the end. I’ll just say that love wins.

As you can see I loved the play. I haven’t seen many Broadway shows yet, but I think this is the best show I will ever get to see!


by Maria Sofia Vargas Makrinos

Green Meadows Farm Comes to Lincroft!

The petting zoo for the PTA's Family Fun Night took place Friday, May 31, behind our very own Lincroft Elementary School from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Green Meadows Farm brought all the animals.

Apparently, the goats were a big hit. There were also bunnies, ducks, llamas, fluffy birds, a baby cow, a turkey, a sheep, and a pony. Madison Basil said that a baby goat had fallen asleep in her lap. The people there were also giving out pony rides using the pony that was at the zoo. Kids said the pony rides were really fun. There were about 30 people there (including parents).

by Juia Maher

Kids Vs. Teachers Softball Game

On Friday, June 7, the 5th grade students played the teachers in a softball game at Lincroft Little League. The rest of the students sat in the bleachers and cheered.

Our favorite part was watching Mrs. Tardio stretch her arm out and make great plays in the field. Mr. Imbimbo got into a pickle between second and third base, and that was fun to watch! We all had so much fun.

by Gerry Naughton & Brendan Yeserski


The Benefits of Hard Work

5th graders are moving on to Thompson next year. One lesson I Iearned over the years is that hard work pays off. I know you might be thinking of a future goal that seems like a dream. Well, for one Broadway show, their dream did come true! This musical is Be More Chill, written by Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz. It originated right near us at Two River Theater in Red Bank. After showing here in 2015, the cast recorded an album of all the songs in the show. Their album made them so popular that it journeyed to Off-Broadway in 2018 and then debuted this year on Broadway! Joe Iconis was even nominated this year for a Tony for Best Original Score.

I called Two River to figure out some questions I had about Be More Chill. A special thanks to Kate, the Director of Education, for answering. I asked her what was so special about the show that made it move to Broadway? She responded that it can connect with teenagers all across the world and it brings a strong message that you are enough. My next question was, did she ever think they would make it to Broadway? Kate said no, not ever! She thought like most other shows it would run for a month then die down. They only had rehearsed for 4 weeks and performed in Red Bank for a month!

I was lucky enough to see the show last summer at the Signature Theater in New York and again on Broadway in April this year. I also have met many cast members including Lauren Marcus, Joe Iconis, Geroge Salazar and more, who are always so thankful to fans for their support.

I'd like to leave Lincroft School some advice. Follow your dreams, no matter how big or small they are. Never give up and always remember you are enough.

by Carolena Blasucci

Below is a photo of Carolena with cast member Lauren Marcus.

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