September 27, 2006

School Days

Sag Harbor Elementary School

To further our understanding of our nation, we spent some time this week at Morning Program learning about the geography, symbols and people of the United States. Every child in the school has his or her own U.S. map for decorating and adding details to throughout the school year. As a school, we are also excited about a large U.S. map that is hanging in our hallway. Over the summer vacation, families sent us postcards as they traveled throughout the country. We are challenging students to match the postcards to their location on the large map.

Our fourth and fifth graders visited Atlantis Marine World last week. This exciting field trip is always a wonderful extension of our school's science curriculum. The children not only had the opportunity to tour the amazing aquarium, but boarded a "floating classroom" and learned about the Peconic Bay estuary system.

Last Thursday many parents attended our Curriculum Night. Parents met with teachers and discussed the courses of study the children will be working on throughout the year. We thank all who attended this important evening.

This week our fourth and fifth grade students participated in our annual Project Adventure program at Camp Quinipet on Shelter Island. The students were involved in challenging activities that encourage cooperation, risk-taking and stronger interpersonal relationships, which the children will draw from throughout the school year. In observance of Yom Kippur there will be no school October 2.

CDCH School

It has been a week filled with anticipation as the children and the faculty at the CDCH Preschool prepare for the annual "Back to School Night" scheduled for tomorrow. The classroom walls are filling up with bright and colorful work created by our talented young artists! In each class the children are continuing to get to know one another and their teachers.

Danielle Christiansen's Elephant class had a great time figuring out everyone's eye color and then charting it on a graph. The class also measured, mixed and tasted different kinds of pudding, they graphed the results and found out who liked what best. It made for a very tasty math lesson!

Jessica Hetman's Giraffe class explored apples in a variety of interesting ways. They cut apples in half to find the star in the center, tasted red, green and yellow apples to decide which they preferred, (graphing the results, of course!). Then they used the remaining apples to make apple prints.

Karen Schroeder's Lion class made cow puppets and then acted out a dramatic play as their cows put on a puppet show. The mooing could be heard echoing in the halls as everyone joined in the fun.

Michelle Lusty's Tiger class made "I See" books learning all about their sense of sight. The children chose pictures of their favorite things and put them all together to create a wonderful keepsake book. They enjoyed "reading" their books to one another. The children were delighted to realize they were authors and illustrators!

CDCH continues to have weekly parent support group meetings on Friday between 2:30 and 3:30 with childcare provided.

Tuckahoe School

Students in Mrs. Nicole Fischette's pre-kindergarten class have become the authors of individual "All About Me" books. Each student filled their book pages with information about their homes, families, personalities and their favorite ways to use their five senses. Congratulations to each new author and illustrator on a job well done!

Get a jump on your holiday shopping! Come to our 3rd Annual Craft and Gift Sale at Tuckahoe School. This year it will be held on Saturday, November 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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