St. Joseph’s is the June Class of KidsPost


Marie Altemus’s second-grade class at St. Joseph’s Regional Catholic School in Beltsville, Maryland. (Marie Altemus)
June 5

Marie Altemus’s second-grade class at St. Joseph’s Regional Catholic School in Beltsville is the June Class of KidsPost. Her 15 students enjoy playing soccer and board games. When considering the world’s problems, one student offered advice that could help just about any situation. (For more about that, keep reading.)

This is the last Class of KidsPost for the school year, but we will highlight 10 more classes next year. We may change some of the questions that we ask those groups, so teachers should wait until August to download the online form. Thanks to all of the teachers and students who participated this year!

Favorite author: There was a three-way tie, with Dr. Seuss sharing the honors with “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” author Jeff Kinney and Mary Pope Osborne of the “Magic Treehouse” books.

Favorite food to have on your birthday: The kids would request chicken wings, hamburgers, cotton candy and the traditional cake and ice cream. Yum!

Favorite game: These second-graders like old favorites Bingo and Sorry, along with a math game played in class called Around the World.

Favorite field trip: Last fall’s trip to the Smithsonian’s Discovery Theater to see a puppet show was the most popular. The puppets, including a worm named Ooey Gooey, performed classic fairy tales.

Favorite TV show: The favorites are the comedy “Sam & Cat,” “Pokemon” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”

Favorite professional sport or youth sport: The largest number of kids favor professional football, but they don’t agree on the team. There were Redskins, Steelers and Ravens fans in the class. The runner-up was soccer, with half a dozen fans of a team on the other side of the ocean: Manchester United. Soccer won hands down as the favorite youth sport.

Favorite Web site: The kids favored PBS Kids and Fun Brain, which features math and reading games in addition to traditional games such as tic-tac-toe.

Favorite club: St. Joseph’s games club was the kids’ favorite. The club members gather twice a week to play board and card games and learn new strategies, Altemus said.

What do you want to be when you grow up? There are future veterinarians, singers, dancers, artists, professional athletes and even a would-be president of the United States. Wow!

Biggest problem in the world, and what can kids do to solve it: The problems mentioned included crime, pollution, bullying and homelessness. One student suggested that “people should respect one another and follow the golden rule — treat others the way you want to be treated.” True indeed.

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