Electric cellist and vocalist Jami Sieber spoke with Reed Intermediate School orchestra students during multiple periods at the school on Wednesday, October 14.
Ahead of the first presentation for students, the New Mexico resident explained she was touring New England and was staying in the area with Creative Music Center in Monroe owner Liz Reisman. Ms Sieber also gave a performance at Sound, center for music, creative arts, and mindfulness, at 31 Hawleyville Road, on Saturday, October 17. Ahead of that event, Ms Reisman connected online with Reed orchestra teacher Mardi Smith and set up the October 14 presentations for students.
Fraser Woods Montessori School hosted its annual Fall Family Festival on Saturday, October 17. The event was open to the community and it offered a children’s book fair, crafts, vendors, baked goods, games, face painting, and pony rides.
As part of the Fall Family Festival schedule of events, the school also sponsored its annual 5K Walk/Run on the Fairfield Hills campus earlier in the day. The 5K Walk/Run was open to school families and members of the public.
On Saturday, October 24, the Housatonic Valley Waldorf School will host its annual Fall Fair & Craft Market from 10 am to 3 pm, rain or shine.
The event will include performances of Rumpelstiltskin, at 11:30 am and 12:30 pm, by the school’s Puppetry Committee. There will also be family dancing led by Housatonic Valley Waldorf School’s traditional dance teacher Patricia Campbell at 1:30 pm, along with face painting, crafts, and activities. The event is open to the public and entry is free with small fees for crafts and activities.
The school district announced on Monday, October 19, that its next scheduled community forum is set for Wednesday, October 28, at 7 pm in Newtown High School’s Lecture Hall.
The one-hour discussion will focus on present practice pertaining to safety, security, discipline, and student transitions.
The design of the evening is interactive, with those in attendance expected to partner with administration to discuss the topics.
Glenn Nanavaty, president and treasurer of Newtown Scholarship Association, recently accepted a donation of $1,000 from Joe Hemingway, president of Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity, representing the funds for SHOP’s annual scholarship.
An online fundraising campaign on DonorsChoose.org, is still running to fund the purchase of Google Chromebooks for art student use at Newtown Middle School.
Art teacher Leigh Anne Coles started the campaign and announced it Thursday, October 8. The goal is to raise $814 for four Chromebooks. Until October 12 DonorsChoose matched donations, dollar for dollar, and the full project is raising funds through January 27.
As described on the project’s website, the Chromebooks will be used in a “student only” resource center, where students with or without personal technology can access the internet to research and develop inspiration for art designs.
Newtown Middle School students have one more working weekend before their creations for this year’s My Favorite Scarecrow Sculpture Contest go on view for the public on the front lawn of the school, 11 Queen Street. Scarecrow entries will be installed on the front lawn of NMS between the evening of Friday, October 23, and the morning of Saturday, October 24. Ballots for the contest will be available at NMS and printed in the October 23 print edition of The Newtown Bee. Voting will then begin on Saturday, October 24, with the public invited to visit the front lawn of the school, where students and parents will have ballots available. NMS teachers Kristen Ciarletto and Leigh Anne Coles, who are overseeing the contest this year, are hoping the public will be able to vote next weekend, while all entries are on view.
Thanks to Earth Force, Pootatuck Watershed Association, Kellogg Environmental Center, the Candlewood Valley chapter of Trout Unlimited, and General Motors, locally represented by Ingersoll Auto of Danbury and Chevrolet Northeast Regional Marketing, Reed Intermediate School students were greeted by volunteers and educators near Deep Brook on Thursday, October 8, the first of two days filled with studying the water and area for a GM Green project. Between the two days, the entire sixth grade completed activities, overseen by volunteers and teachers, near Deep Brook.
Newtown Middle School Art Enrichment students worked on Monday, October 12, to paint pumpkins for the upcoming Newtown Lions Club Great Pumpkin Race, set for Saturday, October 17, at Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street.
The pumpkins were donated and brought to the school by the Lions Club, and will be put on display during the event.
NMS art teachers Leigh Anne Coles and Kristen Ciarletto oversaw the students working after school to paint the pumpkins.
The Newtown High School Marching Band & Guard hosted the 19th Annual Joseph P. Grasso Music Festival on Saturday, October 10, at Blue & Gold Stadium.
“It was wonderful,” said Marching Band & Guard Parent Board President Michele Buzzi.
While the evening grew “a bit chilly,” Ms Buzzi said “a lot” of coffee and hot chocolate was sold during the event.