Source: The Independent

by Kitty Merrill

December 03, 2008

Ross School

Three Ross High School students performed for the Holiday Gathering at the Longhouse Reserve this weekend. Ninth-grader WuQing Hipsh and eleventh-grader Patricia Milligan each played solos on the violin. Tenth-grader Shanna Polley sang and played the guitar for a song she composed entitled "Northern Walls." She also sang the Joni Mitchell song "River," accompanying herself with the dulcimer.

Ross eleventh-grader Joseph Saunders has drawings in "America," a group show at the Silas Marder Gallery in Bridgehampton. Joseph is showing a series of miniature portraits, taken from a book of photographs of 19th century criminals. This is Joe's first gallery exhibition; his whole series of drawings sold out opening night. The exhibition remains on view through January 12.

Tuckahoe School

Tuckahoe school is proud to announce the following students participating on sports teams this year: eighth grade girls’ volleyball – Hannah Pell; seventhth grade girls’ volleyball – Daniella Gonzalez; eighth grade boys’ basketball – Sebastian Antonio, James Patrikis, Devon Trent; seventh grade boys’ basketball – Christopher Bautista. Our Annual PTO Gingerbread House Family Fun Night will be held this year on Friday, December 12. Our PTO held its annual Thanksgiving Feast for all students on Monday, November 24. The feast was enjoyed by all! We would like to thank all the mother and fathers who prepared and served the meals to the entire Tuckahoe student body. Tuckahoe students were all encouraged to bring in a canned good or nonperishable item. All items were donated to Human Resources of the Hamptons in order to replenish the local food pantry. Overall, Tuckahoe sent over six large boxes of items! Thank you Tuckahoe students for your generosity to our local community!

Stella Maris Regional School

Kindergarten was busy last week with turkey songs and Thanksgiving projects. The students talked about how animals adapt to weather, particularly polar bears. They sorted and counted turkey feathers in math and wrote about family traditions in writing workshop.

Second grade had a lesson on the First Thanksgiving and learned about the importance of corn as a crop for the Native Americans and the pilgrims. This led to a unit of study about the products that are made from corn today. The children tasted corn products including their favorite, corn syrup. They learned that popcorn is a type of corn, and they learned how and why it pops. The students did popcorn spelling, popcorn math, and an experiment to measure the weight of popped and unpopped kernels. At the end of the unit they made many bowls of popcorn and simply enjoyed.

Third grade started off the week by writing papers on what the students are most thankful for, and by reading poems with a Thanksgiving theme. The whole school celebrated the weekly Mass with true Thanksgiving spirit, taking away the message that all should turn Thanksgiving into "Thanks-living" by celebrating and being grateful for all that is good everyday. Afterwards, the whole school celebrated with a Thanksgiving feast together, including turkey, stuffing, and yams galore. Thank you to all the parents who helped make the celebration possible.

The middle school students brought in foods from their heritage cookbooks. This was a part of their math projects dealing with fractions. Fourth grade has been honing academic skills while helping the UN send rice to help feed the poor. The web site,, encourages learning and rewards the students with grains of rice. The class is happy to say that they are averaging several thousand grains a day.

The fifth grade is halfway through its journey through Africa with reading The White Giraffe, a book about a young girl living a new life on a game reserve in southern Africa. The fifth grade is also completing book reports on Newberry Award-winning books which will be displayed in the school for the month of December.

Stella Maris holds its annual Christmas and Holiday Gift Fair December 13, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Attractions also include pictures with Santa, free gift-wrapping and a “Coffee Café.” All local artists, craftsmen and businesses are invited to be a part of the fair. Call Kelly Bailey at (631) 806-5375 for details.

Sag Harbor Elementary School

The students in all four fifth grade classes were able to presented a check to the Food Pantry for over $2000 from the sale of last year’s Second Grade Cookbook, another successful service learning project.

This week’s fifth grade Morning Program announcers are Denise Garcia-Torres, Emma McMahon and Fallon O’Brien.

On Sunday in the Pierson gymnasium the Parenting Center is presenting More Fun and Fitness. This is our third indoor field day and it’s happening because over 75 people came out when we did this last December and then came again when we held it this March. Everyone who came had a great time playing and laughing together. This time it’s a fundraiser for the Parenting Center, with a $10 suggested donation so that we can keep sponsoring our trips, events and workshops, but we want you there either way. We’ve added dodgeball to make it more inviting for any parents and kids that might have stayed out of the other games.

Our annual ‘Giving Tree’ starts Monday. We collect gift items for local families in need. Guidance counselor Michelle Grant will announce the details at a future Morning Program.

Our Winter Concert will be held on Thursday, December 11 at 7 p.m. in the elementary school gymnasium. Come hear our choruses sing and our band, orchestra, and guitar club members play holiday and winter favorites. integrate a social studies unit with this month’s theme of caring. While studying economics and learning about supply and demand and assembly line production, the fifth graders made, bagged, and sold trail mix to benefit the Sag Harbor Food Pantry. They made $306 and presented it to volunteer and old Sag Harbor Elementary School family friend Evelyn Ramunno, who came to Morning Program to accept their donation on behalf of the Food Pantry.