Middle Gate Elementary School’s PTA’s 2nd Annual Snowflake Festival was underway with people milling between vendors, shopping for used ornaments, and children participating in crafts and events in the school’s cafeteria by noon on Saturday, December 6. The event ran from 10 am to 3 pm and included vendors, crafters, raffles, treats, baked goods, and the used ornament sale. Guest vendors for the event included A Bead of Roses, Newtown MediSpa, and Ben’s Bells Newtown.
With their final presentations due to be given over the course of three evenings in January, students in this semester’s Newtown High School Junior/Senior Project course practiced for their upcoming presentations.
The Junior/Senior Project Program at NHS is designed to enable students to build on existing strengths and to provide an opportunity for further study not available in the traditional classroom. The program provides motivated and responsible high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to explore a subject/career that they are passionate about and develop a career-oriented relationship with a community professional as a mentor in the student’s area of chosen interest.
Students in this semester’s Junior/Senior Project course worked on a range of different projects.
Before the Thursday, December 4, evening Winter Concert performance by Sandy Hook School’s fourth grade students kicked off at Newtown High School, the students rehearsed earlier in the day.
Standing on different rows of risers inside NHS’s auditorium, the fourth graders listened as Sandy Hook School music teacher Maryrose Kristopik gave them advice or praised them for their efforts. The students rehearsed the songs they would sing that evening and practiced entering the auditorium from the high school’s chorus room, where they would gather before the main event that evening.
After performing during a school assembly on Monday, December 1, Hawley Elementary School third and fourth grade students ventured to Reed Intermediate School on Tuesday, December 2, for their final rehearsal before the school’s December 3 concert for friends and family.
“My goal was to create a fun, upbeat, and warming winter concert that blended traditional winter songs with some new ones,” said Hawley music teacher Brian Kowalsky on Tuesday.
Newtown Continuing Education announced it has limited openings available in the following classes. Contact Newtown Continuing Education at 203-426-1787 for further information or to express interest in a program.
Further information is also available at newtowncontinuinged.org.
Fraser Woods Montessori School Head of School Myriam Woods welcomed her entire school community to a gathering on Tuesday, November 25, to celebrate Thanksgiving.
The assembly included a reading of a Native American poem “The Four Elements” by students, sharing the history of Thanksgiving, students performing the story of Stone Soup, and each grade level offering things for which they are thankful.
Hawley Elementary School kindergarten teacher Deborah Pond smiled with pride when she explained how well her students recently handled having an incubator with chicken eggs in it in the classroom. The eggs and the incubator were given to the class by Judit DeStefano, a mother of one of the students in the class.
The school district has released the 2014-15 Winter Performance Schedule for concerts and events for each of the public schools.
According to Director of Music and Newtown High School’s Fine Arts Department Chair Michelle Hiscavich, the concerts are free and members of the public are welcome to attend.
Hawley Elementary School’s third and fourth grade chorus is slated to hold its concert on December 3 at Reed Intermediate School at 7 pm; snow date December 4.