December 20, 2006

School Days

Springs School

Springs is beginning a new year of Boxtops for Education collection. Boxtops will be sent to each classroom and students will put money they collected in the box. Each month, a name from the box will be drawn for a small prize from the PTA. There will be one winner per class, per month.

The fifth grade girls in Mrs. Cleary's class held a bake sale to raise money to send to St. Jude's Children Hospital. The girls made $220 all together.

Jim Byenes from the Make-a-Wish Foundation will be meeting with the Friends of Rachel Committee (F.O.R). He will do an overview of the program because in January and February the committee will be selling stars to raise money so that a wish can be fulfilled.

Students in the third grade classes of Ann Marie Schuppe's, Danielle Hamilton and Nicole Politi, opted not to give and get gifts at their holiday parties. The classes are raising money for Toys For Tots. Not to be outdone, the second grade classes of Karen McKee, Mary Ellen Farrell and Beth Scammell are busy doing all the chores around their homes to raise money for Heifer International to buy a cow for a needy family as a food source and bartering item. Children are not allowed to just get the money; they must earn it around their homes.

The Film Festival is coming up! This means students are going to be putting together films on different subjects. There are going to be four films shown in the first phase in January at Spirit Meet.

First grade students Ace Albertini and Daniel McDonough, known artists in their classroom, led their class in a "How to Draw a Dragon" session inspired by the book/movie Eragon. The dragons will be turned into puppets and an original performance will be viewed at a later date.

The Junior High Band received a second place trophy for their spirit, hard work and dedication at the East Hampton Santa Parade held December 9. The band and chorus students have also been working hard for an upcoming performance on January 4.

On December 13, Steve Biasetti, of the T.E.R.N group, gave Irene Tully, Tracey Frazier and Christine Cleary's fifth grade classes a lesson about the earth. He made a model of a huge glacier and different minerals made out of ice cream and cookies. He even let the kids eat it!

Teacher Marjorie Colon and her class are making "SPG" key chains. There are three very crafty designs. They all have the letters "SPG" on them. You can buy them at the Springs School Store for $3.

East Hampton School

On December 3, at Ashawagh Hall in Springs, the East Hampton High School Orchestra performed at the 17th annual "Lights of Love" tree lighting fundraiser, sponsored by the Springs Village Improvement Society. The orchestra, led by guest conductor Mr. Jonathan Howe, played traditional holiday favorites for an enthusiastic crowd. This event, a community tradition for many years, helps raise money to support a college scholarship for a deserving student from Springs.

Wainscott School

Author and photographer Mr. Ken Robbins visited the Wainscott School students on December 5. Mr. Robbins discussed how he creates his photos and writes his books and explained the steps necessary to get a book written and published. The students asked Mr. Robbins questions they had prepared ahead of time and presented him with a gift basket of appreciation.

The Wainscott School Board will meet today at the Wainscott Chapel at 7:30 p.m. The Holiday Show will be presented by the students tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the Wainscott Chapel.

Sag Harbor Elementary

The Giving Mitten Line has been completed. Bag loads of gifts for local families have been collected in order to brighten the holiday season. Thanks to the generosity of our school family, this program was successful again this year.

Mary Ellen LeClerc's second grade class did a presentation of The Gingerbread Man at Morning Program. Several of Spanish teacher Rafaela Messinger's students performed Cascabel, or Jingle Bells.

The first, second and third grades performed their holiday shows at Morning Program, singing songs and doing readings. Family members and friends have attended and enjoyed watching the performances.

School will be closed for Winter Recess until January 2.

Stella Maris School

In a school year that has featured many academic highlights, last week Stella Maris was all about basketball. The school christened its new gym with four home games, which include three big wins.

The boys and girls' fifth and sixth grade teams opened the season with back to back games, with the girls soundly defeating Our Lady of the Hamptons 28-20 and the boys' team losing a hard fought battle against Eastport.

The girls' middle school team played their home opener against Prince of Peace and emerged victorious with a score of 28-22. The third and fourth grade girls' team opened their season against Center Moriches and won, 38-20.

On November 27, Sag Harbor native Lisa Field was elected Chairperson of the Stella Maris Regional School Board, succeeding Monsignor Peter Libasi of Saint Therese Catholic Church in Montauk. Earlier this month, the Monsignor was named Man of the Year by the Montauk Chamber of Commerce.

Mrs. Field also serves on the board of Cora Maria in Sag Harbor and is the owner of the Sag Harbor Variety Store. Along with an optimistic outlook for the future of Stella Maris, she brings her many years of business and management skills to her new post. For more information please call Principal Ms. Jane Peters at 725-2525.

CDCH Preschool

The holiday spirit is in full swing at the CDCH Preschool. The celebrations of Chanukah, Christmas and Kwanzaa have made it festive and lots of fun.

The wonderful staff at Gurney's Inn and Spa in Montauk created a holiday wonderland for the children, families and staff of the CDCH Preschool last Thursday.

In all, it was a magical afternoon and once again everyone at Gurney's outdid themselves. On behalf of all the children and staff: thank you, thank you, thank you!

CDCH Charter School

Ms. Linda Rozzi, Superintendent and five staff members from the Tuckahoe school presented an excellent workshop entitled "One School's Story . . . A Public School Transformed" to the faculty of the CDCH Charter School last Thursday. The Tuckahoe team presented the various directions they have implemented to transform their school into a literacy environment that supports children in developing a love of reading.

Also on Thursday, Ms. Meghan Scuteri's sixth grade class built a "museum" to highlight all of their work while studying Mesopotamia.

The kindergarten learned just how important their teeth were this week, by learning how to keep them clean and performing a science experiment illustrating the powerful, negative effects sugar has on dental health.

More than 14 unique acts performed at the CDCH Charter School's Holiday Talent Show last Friday. Talent ranged from ballet, to karate, to an inspiring performance of Beethoven's "Fur Elise" by third grader Joshua Elio.

Bridgehampton School

Students in Pre-K through grade 12 recently performed in a winter concert last Wednesday. It was a great way to get the audience into the holiday spirit.

Today, the Instrumental Caroling Group will hold a few concerts throughout Bridgehampton for its annual mini-tour. The students will sing for the Senior Nutrition Center during their holiday luncheon.

Tomorrow, the Vocal Caroling group will try to brighten up the day for patients and their families at Southampton Hospital. The group will sing in the lobby of the hospital.

Several students have been selected by the Hampton Music Educators Association to take part in January performances. Brenden Hemby, Caanan Campbell and Mikele Stanfield will take part in the Middle School Chorus. Ciena Quinn, Allison Koral and Bianca Moloney have been chosen to play with the World Drumming Ensemble and Anika Hochstedler and Jessica Perez will play with the Middle School Concert Band.

Ms. Stepanian and Mr. Meyer took the seventh grade French class to Pierre's restaurant on Tuesday. Students used vocabulary and phrases in French and also sampled some of Pierre's authentic French pastry.

Tuckahoe School

Tuckahoe School is proud to announce the following students who participated on sports teams this year: eighth grade girls' volleyball — Lily Bennett; seventh grade girls' volleyball — Marissa Epley, Selena Parnon; eighth grade boys' basketball — Colin Buoniello, Steven Camacho; seventh grade boys' basketball — Donovan Trent; and Junior Varsity girls' basketball — Nicole McGuinness and Leandra McGuinness.

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