October 01, 2008

Sag Harbor Elementary

As part of this year's theme, "All Aboard: Cruising with Character!" third grade teacher Bethany Deyermond introduced 'citizen' as a vocabulary word. She made a PowerPoint presentation, utilizing Google Earth to show how we are citizens in many ways. First of Planet Earth, then zooming in further to the United States, to New York, then Sag Harbor, and finally Sag Harbor Elementary School. Ms. Deyermond talked about being a good citizen of all these areas, and included things such as being considerate of other peoples' feelings, following school rules and taking care of the school building and personal property.

This year our fifth graders are making the announcements at Morning Program. The students have taken on the responsibility of letting our school community know of any important changes to the day's schedule and any other news that is important to know. Last week Wilver Garcia-Juarez and Christopher Ritter took the microphone and this current week is being covered by Sam Kessler and Billy Stuckart. The names of future announcers will be posted weekly in the upcoming school news.

Last June our students were encouraged to run and to keep a log of the miles they ran during the summer. Twenty-seven children accepted that challenge and their names were announced at Morning Program. The number of miles they ran ranged from six to 65 and will be added in to the miles total for their class when the Miler's Club numbers are tallied. The students are Alexi Andrea, Steve Arkinson, Oona Baker, Soeun Bang, Mackenzie Benbenek, Eve Bishop, Yanni Bitis, Sophia Bitis, Emma Brown, Joseph Carlozzi, Graham DiLorenzo, Jake Esposito, Connor Flanagan, Christen Heine, Kate Kamerman, Patrick Lucyk, Will Martin, Liam MacWhinnie, Milo Munshin, Steve Musnicki, Christopher Ritter, Benjamin Schoenfeld, Danielle Schoenfeld, Shannon Sloane, and Sam Warne.

Science teacher Kryn Olson introduced Carol Crasson, Education and Program Director of the South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center, at Morning Program. Ms. Crasson and Ken Dorph made a PowerPoint presentation about kettle ponds and other natural phenomena of the Long Pond Greenbelt. They talked about various species found in this area and brought in a salamander as one example of many interesting things to be found at the Museum.

We were visited at Morning Program by Susann Farrell, the Children's Librarian at John Jermain Memorial Library. She introduced the children to the services available at the library and invited everyone who hasn't already done so, to get a library card.

The Sag Harbor Parenting Center is sponsoring a Movie Night on Pierson Hill on Friday with a showing of Bee Movie. This event was postponed from a previous time that got rained out. "Gate" opens at 6:45 and the movie will begin at 7:15. This is a fun event for families and one more way for our school community to celebrate the beginning of another year together.

Tuckahoe School

On September 16, the student body gathered to celebrate its summer readers. Certificates were awarded to all of our students who completed summer reading projects. Each child was able to enter raffle drawings for exciting prizes that were donated by local businesses. It was a wonderful event that celebrated the hard work and efforts of our students. We are very proud of each of them!

The Tuckahoe Reading Department and faculty wish to thank the following local businesses for their support of our Summer Reading Initiative: Atlantis Marine World & Aquarium, BookHampton, Hildreth's Department Store, CMEE – Children's Museum of the East End, F. Schneider Contracting, Maggie Moos, Mesineski and Sons Excavating, Paul's Italian Restaurant, Skidmore's Sports and Styles, Squires and Pierson, Stevenson's Toy Shop, Studio 3 Dance Center, Sunrise to Sunset, The Parrish Art Museum, United Artists Southampton Theater and Willie Nillie East. We greatly appreciate the donations they gave to our students and the enthusiasm they helped to generate toward reading! Their belief in our students and reading program helps to make Tuckahoe the wonderful school that it is!

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Tuckahoe very soon! This year it will be held on Monday, October 20 through Friday, October 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the school gymnasium.

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