Las Sendas Elementary celebrates past, present and future
November 8, 2017
By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski
Las Sendas Elementary School celebrated its 20th anniversary in front of parents, city and school officials, and students.
The school, which opened in 1996 but was dedicated in 1997, held the party in conjunction with a Christopher Columbus flag ceremony.
“It worked out perfectly,” said Jennifer Berkshire, the school’s PTO president. “The theme of the flag ceremony is discovery, so it fit right in with the unveiling of the time capsule.”
The October event also featured a poetry and essay contest, and a Jurassic “adventure” on the front playground. A reptile expert entertained the kids. The student council opened the time capsule because having it at an assembly would have been challenging, Berkshire said.
The time capsule included school T-shirts and a water bottle; a newspaper from 2000; Pretty Flowers Barbie; tattoo necklace; and gifts from each grade level like an Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars action figure, Clifford books, Pokémon Game Boy and Beanie Babies.
To study the future, the school held a Tron dance party, with a DJ. The party ended with a barbecue lunch, before the kids left for early release.
“It was a lot of fun,” she said. “The participation was amazing. It was the largest crowd there for the flag ceremony. Usually the parents attend, but this was amazing.”
During the dedication, the fourth-grade student council read quotes from eight pillars in the courtyard that share character traits, like honesty and courage.
Teachers donned special T-shirts marking the anniversary.
“There was a good sense of community,” Berkshire said. “It showed who we are and what we are as a school—discovery, past, present and future.”