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Art in the Time of Quarantine

(Picture above by Calvin Barratt, grade 3, and Dean Barratt, pre-k)

By Henry DiZefalo

As most of you know, my mom, Mrs. DiZefalo, is the art teacher at BBES. 

Since we’ve been home doing virtual learning, she started making YouTube videos for her classes. Even though we are not at school, Mrs. DiZefalo is still coming up with art lessons and kids are turning them in.

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Coronavirus Empties School

By Henry DiZefalo

Photo by Jared Jimenez Ramos

This spring break, my family was supposed to go to Disney World. Instead, the highlight of my spring break was that my dad made chocolate chip cookies. 

As of this writing, we have been social-distancing for seven weeks to prevent the spread of coronavirus, a new respiratory virus that has spread across the globe, infecting millions of people. Schools and businesses have been closed, and residents ordered to stay home. When we do go out, we are supposed to wear masks and stay six feet apart. 

We learned on Monday that we will not be returning to school at all this year by order of Governor Phil Murphy. Read more

VR is a Reality

By Max Gast 

Fads come and go, but VR is still here. And now, in this time of quarantine, it is bigger than ever.

A virtual reality headset (or VR) is a device that has two lenses that play the same picture, one for the left eye and one for the right, to project a virtual world you can interact in with two hand controllers.

 In March 2016 The Oculus Rift was launched. Ever since the commercial launch of the Vive and Rift, VR has advanced more than ever, which is a good thing since before, in the gaming industry, VR was just a synonym for a commercial flop. Examples are the Nintendo Virtual Boy in 1995 and Sega’s VR project that was dropped around the initial release, the Sega VR. Read more

Watch the BBES Morning Show Here!

School news, trends, science experiments, interviews, and bloopers are some of the highlights of this year’s hottest new show: The BBES Morning Show.

Created by a group of seventh-grade students in G&T, the videos are between two and a half and six minutes long. The students — Nora Bonnell, Brandon Juarez, Dyllon Varcadipane, and Amelia Maffet — developed the content, filmed the shows, and then edited the videos using the online app Wevideo.

Thanks to G&T teacher Miss Bialek for sharing this awesome work with The Tides!

Episode 1 (November 2019) –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ib3jJyHa9XE&t=10s

Episode 2 (December 2019) –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5UooK3jITw&t=49s

Episode 3 (February 2020) –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4kjxLPo7Xk

Episode 4 — Teacher Takeover — (April 2020) –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfxlhkqYN0U

 

 

 

Mrs. Ferwerda Crosses the Line (The Finish Line)

By Aubrey Maher, staff writer

There were six miles left in the race when the first drop of rain fell. Then another and another, but Julie Ferwerda thought of her kids and just kept pushing. 

Mrs. Ferwerda, the speech teacher at Bradley Beach Elementary School, completed the Atlantic City Marathon on Sunday, October 20 in two hours and 10 minutes. Mrs. Ferwerda, who was then 37, reached the finish line of the 26.2-mile race with her four children, her husband, and her mom cheering her on.   

 “I feel really proud that I could complete it and believe in myself that I can mentally and physically push through my boundaries and fears,” Mrs. Ferwerda said. 

The hardest part was trying to figure out when and how to do it with four young kids, she explained. Her daughter, Mackenzie, is 8. Her son Abram is 6, and her twin sons, William and Jude, are 4. “I was able to train three times a week at 5 a.m. Most of my runs started in the dark before the kids woke up!”  Read more

Kids vs. Zombies: A Review of The Last Kids on Earth

By Max Gast, staff writer

The Last Kids on Earth is one of the favorite books I’ve read in the not-graphic-novel side of children’s books. It has everything a children’s book should have: It’s funny, it has an action-packed story and the illustrations are excellent.

It is a series of books actually. They come out every year. The author, Max Brallier, had the perfect idea of a modern-day zombie apocalypse. Douglas Holgate also is a really good artist and no one could illustrate Jack, Quint, Dirk, and June better in my opinion. I like the style that Douglas Holgate uses. It’s like a mix between realistic and cartoony. I also really like the plot that sets up the next four books and more to come. I don’t really know if Max Brallier intended to make his book a series. Even if he didn’t, I probably would still like the first book a lot — series or not.

Basically, there is this 13-year-old kid called Jack Sullivan who has survived the last few weeks in this zombie apocalypse. The book begins at a CVS pharmacy where Jack has to find an eyeglass repair kit with those small screwdrivers. He needs a small screwdriver to fix his walkie-talkie (which he calls a walkie). He needs to fix it so he can get in touch with his best friend Quint. Jack doesn’t really get to know anyone because he is an orphan. 

But then, a zombie apocalypse strikes. The first book doesn’t tell you why the zombie apocalypse strikes. Here are some of the challenges he has to overcome: getting through two dozers, trying to find someone, and meeting up with a terrifying enemy.  

I like this book a lot and while reading it I really got into the story but sometimes the book throws a lot at you at once. For that reason, I might take down my initial rating just a notch. That doesn’t mean the plot is confusing though. Once you get through all of it you start to realize what is going on. One question of mine that didn’t get answered though is how the zombie apocalypse started. I’m sure that will be answered in the second book, though, and I’m not going to spoil anything, but there are these people that come from another dimension that I predict will tell you how the zombie apocalypse started. 

So right now I’m going to give my rating. I would give the book an 8.5 out of 10.  The only reason I knocked it down a bit, is like I said earlier, SOMETIMES. Only sometimes will the book throw a lot at you. Nonetheless, I think Max Brallier is a great author and I would personally like to read a few more of his books. One thing I’d really want is a graphic novel by Douglas Holgate. I think it would be a pretty good book.

Overall, The Last Kids on Earth is an awesome book. In my opinion, you should read it.

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6 Siege: A Video Game Review

By Dylan Katz, staff writer

Do you like intense first-person shooters with tons of strategies? Well, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6 Siege is for you. The game is about you playing counter-terrorists or terrorists as you defend a bomb, hostage, and secure an area. You play with five people on your team defending those objectives or eliminate the enemy team. As every round goes by, the tension grows bigger as your team may be losing and its match point and you have to clutch up a 1 v 5.

The game is adapted from a book — a thriller by Tom Clancy called Rainbow Six.

There are ways to go about the game. You could live on the edge and rush objectives, or camp in a corner waiting for the action to sprout. That’s the best part of Rainbow is that you can play however you want to if you have a good team and operators. The name of the game is to be either the best on your team with the most kills to brag that your MVP or take it slow and steady and get 1-2 kills. As a warning, you can team kill someone. This means you can shoot and kill your teammates for the round. Read more

2020 Election: The Tea

By Sherlyn Osorio, news editor

With less than a year to go before the next presidential election, a lot of candidates are working hard to become the new face of America and capture the attention, money, and votes of the American public. Here at Bradley Beach Elementary School, students are curious about what exactly is going on with the race.

 “There are a lot of new people, especially that dude with the really long name. I really like him,” said Henry Lleyva, an eighth-grader. 

Henry was talking about Pete Buttigieg ( pronounced boot-edge-edge). He is running to become the Democratic nominee for the 2020 presidential election. Whoever wins the Democratic party nomination (during a series of primary elections between February and June) will have the opportunity to run against President Donald Trump, who is seeking a second term. (More about that later).

According to a recent Quinnipiac University Poll, the four current frontrunners are former vice president Joe  Biden, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Senator Bernie Sanders. (A poll is a survey of a sample of people who answer questions, sometimes over the telephone.) Read more

From The Fifth Grade Chef: A Quick and Easy After-School Recipe

By Aubrey Maher, staff writer

When you get home from a long day of school, you want to eat a big plate of food. Most of the time when you get home, there is not an adult. Usually, when there is not an adult home you tend to go for the chips. That is not such a good idea. They are not healthy and some contain chemicals like sodium bisulfate, a substance that is also put in toilet cleaners! Now those chips don’t sound so yummy!

In this series of articles, I will give you some quick and healthy after-school alternatives designed for kids who are allowed to cook. If you do not have much experience in the kitchen you should always have adult supervision.   

Rice and Beans

The ingredients that you will need are:

  • white rice (pre-made – 2 cups)
  • black beans (canned – 10 ounces)
  • salsa  (you can use any kind of salsa – 1/2 cup)
  • onion powder (1 teaspoon)
  • garlic powder ( 1 tablespoon)  
  • vegetable stock (¼ cup) 
  • vegetable oil (2 tablespoons)                 

                                                                                                                

Put the oil in your pan and put it on medium heat. Then add vegetable stock, onion, and garlic powder while stirring. When it starts to bubble, add salsa and set with a lid for two minutes. Next, add the beans and mix for two minutes. Make rice according to the directions. Add in and mix.  After you mix, let cool. Now you can eat! Enjoy!

Joker: A Review

By Henry DiZefalo, staff writer

“All my life I thought I was a tragedy. Now I know I’m a comedy.” 

Joker was by far one of the best movies I’ve ever seen. Joaquin Phoenix did an amazing performance. He lost 52 pounds for the role.  Another famous actor who had a big role was Robert De Niro as Murray Franklin. This movie was the first of its kind and was not a remake. It’s about how Arthur Franklin became the criminal mastermind, the Joker, Batman’s arch-nemesis. It shows how his life in Gotham City affected the way he treated other people. Arthur found out things about his childhood that changed him forever and made him evil. 

I liked how it showed how he had such a sad life and how he wasn’t really that bad of a person. He was really just misunderstood. He became a villain because he was mad about a lot of things. I didn’t like that it was so violent because in some scenes it was overly graphic. I saw the movie with my grandpa and he loved it but agreed with me it was too violent. 

I would recommend it to kids who are mature enough to understand the plot. It was rated R. I would give this movie 5 stars because it had a great plot twist at the end and it was the best performance of the Joker I’ve ever seen.

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