Throughout the summer, the C.H. Booth Library has been holding educational classes, called chbMakers, for the youth of Newtown. The final class of the season was recently hosted by C.H. Booth Library Young Adult Librarian Kim Weber. The chbMakers classes highlight different projects, and the classes held over the summer focused on a number of projects. According to Ms Weber, the final class focused on teaching the kids about circuitry through two activities: MaKey MaKey and Squishy Circuits.
The third annual Newtown Poetry Project celebration took place recently at the home of NPP co-founder Lea Attanasio. The garden party was held to celebrate the launch of "Hello World: The Newtown Poetry Project 2015," a collection of poetry generated last spring by second to sixth graders and their parents. Parents and students had the opportunity to read from their work during the event and enjoy seeing their fellow poets.
Marc Mero, a former WCW and WWE Wrestling Champion, will share a message of hope and inspiration with Newtown school district and community members at Newtown High School on September 9, at 7 pm.
The event will be held in the school’s auditorium, 12 Berkshire Road, Sandy Hook, and it is open to the public.
Mr Mero is also the founder of Champion of Choices — which has a mission to empower students to make healthy and positive choices that will lead to lifelong success, initiating personal and social change to make a difference in themselves and their communities.
Head O’ Meadow students were led off their buses to the school on Thursday, August 27, for the first day of the 2015-16 school year. Inside the school teachers and staff waited to greet the students, and near the entrance physical education teachers Steve Dreger and Alex Amaru shared high-fives with students. Mr Amaru, who is new to the school, welcomed the students with a special, “It’s my first day, too!” “Welcome back everybody!” Principal Barbara Gasparine said, smiling as students stepped off a bus.
Cub Scout Pack 270 Registration Night is scheduled for Thursday, September 3, at 7 pm, in the Middle Gate Elementary School gymnasium, 7 Cold Spring Road. All boys in first through fourth grades are welcome to join Pack 270, which is primarily composed of Middle Gate and Head O’ Meadow Elementary School students.
Make new friends, develop lifelong skills, and build confidence.
Parents are invited to drop in to talk to other Middle Gate or Head O’ Meadow parents and Cub Scouts, before making a decision to register.
Across the school district, kindergarteners boarded their buses for the first time ahead of the 2015-16 school year on Tuesday, August 25.
At Middle Gate Elementary School volunteers and teachers were already waiting as students stepped off the buses.
Some older students were also on hand to help guide the kindergarteners from their buses and into the school’s library, where kindergarten teachers Tanya LaBonia, Melissa Massett, Dori Parniawski, and Dorothy Schmidt were waiting to introduce themselves.
As students entered the library, the assembled kindergarteners began singing songs, led by the teachers, including “The Wheels On The Bus.”
Before her dancers displayed what they learned this summer during a recital on Friday, July 31, The Little Dance Company owner Maureen Capalbo oversaw the dancers on Thursday, July 30, the final day of dance camp for the summer.
The Little Dance Company specializes in teaching young children how to dance. Ms Capalbo has been teaching dance for the past 16 years.
Ms Capalbo’s summer dance camp was held for one week and was offered to children ages 4½ to 8 at the Teen Center.
Teachers and district staff kicked off the 2015-16 school year on Monday, August 24, at a convocation held at Newtown High School. Town board members and elected officials were also in attendance at the event, which highlighted teachers and district staff. “Welcome everyone,” said Board of Education Vice Chair Laura Roche near the start of the event.
The Board of Education approved a 25-cent increase for the district’s school lunch program during its meeting on August 18. Business Director Ron Bienkowski explained the school board would normally have made its decision to renew the district’s contract with Chartwells earlier in the year, but the state notified towns of provisions in some contracts with food providers that are not allowed by the Food and Drug Administration following an audit by the federal government. Following a July 20 directive, Mr Bienkowski said the district’s contract was changed to include “certain provisions that are acceptable to the state,” but new information from the state as of Monday, August 17, will require further amendments.
Helmeted tots on skateboards, sunglass bespectacled counselors, and campers bursting with energy congregated at the pavilion at Dickinson Park, Thursday, August 5, in anticipation of the annual year-end talent show. A friendly competition between the campers at Treadwell and Dickinson Parks, the kid-created songs, dances, and performances are a yearly tradition marking the end of the seven, one-week-long sessions for campers from age 4 to 11.
“You never know what you’ll see here,” said Parks and Recreation Assistant Director RoseAnn Reggiano. “It’s different every year, what the kids come up with. It’s no holds barred,” she laughed.