Parents can never be sure how their children will react to their first day of kindergarten. Some children hop on the bus without hesitation, and maybe slow down long enough to give a wave to their anxious parents before starting a new adventure with future friends. Others will cling, or cry, or worse, making the first day difficult for everyone involved. A five-day, ten-hour program being offered this month by Newtown Youth & Family Services (NYFS) hopes to make that big transition much smoother for parents and children alike. Safety Town will be offered at NYFS during the weeks of July 21–25 and July 28–August 1. It will meet Monday through Friday, 9 to 11 am each day. Safety Town was developed in 1964 as a national program to teach young children important lessons on traffic, fire, water, bus, and bicycle safety, awareness of medicine and poison, and awareness of strangers. But it has an added benefit.
Sabrina’s Encore Productions announced Summer Follies 2014, starring the youth of Newtown and neighboring towns, will be held at Edmond Town Hall’s Theater July 25 and July 26. More than 75 cast members will bring to life numbers from 12 Broadway hits, including A Chorus Line, Matilda, Les Miserables, Mary Poppins, and Newsies. For tickets and further information visit sabrinasencoreproductions.com.
“You’re going to hear me say two things, ‘Watch the tail,’ and ‘You’re working yarn,’” said Nicole Christensen to her Knitting Camp students. The Knitting Camp for kids ages 7 to 12 is just one of the many Newtown Parks and Recreation summer programs. The camp ran from Monday, June 23, to Friday, June 27. Kids who took the camp picked out their own color yarn, learned how to put stitches on their needles, and were taught how to cast on.
Just a few days before they cheered for the end of the school year, Middle Gate Elementary School students spent the day cheering for each other during the annual daylong day in the sun that is Field Day. Having been postponed from a rainy June 13, all of the school’s students and most faculty members instead spent a sunny Monday, June 16, outdoors at the Cold Spring Road school. At least ten activity stations were set up in the playground and field areas behind the school, and students were able to participate at each one. The Buddy Walker Relay was not only a challenge for pairs of students against other teams, but also a study in coordination.
Following an executive session on Monday, June 30, the Board of Education announced the unanimous selection of James Ross as Newtown Middle School’s new assistant principal. Mr Ross, who has been teaching seventh and eighth grade math at NMS since 2008, was welcomed by school board Chair Debbie Leidlein and applause from the audience after the unanimous vote. CABE Student Leadership Award winners, the Newtown High School Odyssey of the Mind team and General Electric team member Joni Capoccitti were also honored.
Sandy Hook School parents, teachers, and students said “Thank You BERRY Much, Monroe!” at the 40th Annual Monroe Strawberry Festival, held June 14 and 15 on the Monroe Green.
The annual event is hosted by the Monroe Congregational Church.
As a way to say “Thank you” to the Monroe community for its enormous generosity, the Sandy Hook School PTA hosted a tent where kids of all ages could paint a small terracotta pot to look like a strawberry. Inside each pot a small zinnia or marigold plant was placed, along with a wooden stick that read “SHS says thank you!”
With the money raised by the sale of 100 trees in the holiday season, the Newtown Middle School and Reed Intermediate School Interact Clubs are set to donate $125 to each of 20 foundations in memory of the children who lost their lives 12/14.
As NMS Interact Club advisor Bruce Moulthrop wrote in a letter to family members of the Interact Club members, the two clubs encourage students to become active members of the community through service and volunteerism. Each year, Mr Moulthrop explained, “the clubs choose various projects and activities that either provide a community service or raise money for a charitable cause.”
The Newtown High School Class of 1984’s 30th Reunion event has been set for Saturday, July 19, at Michael’s at The Grove, 42 Vail Road, in Bethel.
Classmates, friends, faculty at NHS at the time are invited to attend.
Tickets are on sale for $62 per person, and include a buffet dinner, dessert, DJ, and dancing in a casual summer party atmosphere, according to an announcement.
Seventh grade students at St Rose of Lima School were waiting at each station of the school’s Field Day on Monday, June 16.
It is tradition at the school for the seventh graders to oversee the stations. New to this year’s field day were basketball and hockey stations, where participating students lined up to take their turns scoring.
Across the field, at the school students also tested their aim by running to meet a moving soccer ball and kick it into the net.
Nearly a month after participating and earning the top title in their category at the Connecticut Student Innovation Expo in Hartford, Newtown High School Connecticut Innovation Academy (CTIA) students were still excited about the product they created this school year. This was the second year in a row that NHS students earned top recognition at the expo. Last year’s class placed first in Outstanding Web Design, Outstanding Expo Booth, Outstanding Presentation, and Overall Mobile Application Development. In addition, last year’s team tied for first in the Design Document/ White Paper category.