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.
A mural designed and created by this year’s Summer Youth Employment Program students has been completed at Newtown High School.
The mural was completed by the end of the program’s six-week term. The program, which is provided by a grant through the Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board based in Waterbury, offers students who apply 20 hours of work a week for six weeks throughout the summer.
NHS teacher Janice Gabriel was the program’s supervisor this year and the mural was completed under the guidance of Connecticut certified teaching artist Debora Aldo. NHS art teacher Carol Skolas also worked with students on the project.
As the summer rolls to a close for campers across Newtown, Mary Ann Rudolph, the owner of Sunny Brook Farm, and Pat Gregory, the owner of Fox Ridge Farm, both agree that their horseback riding camps went very well.
“We had about 13 or 14 campers each week,” said Ms Gregory. “This is the most successful camp we’ve had in probably seven or eight years.”
“Riding is a privilege ladies, let’s look important while we do it,” Ms Gregory said to the three beginners she was teaching on Friday, July 31. “We’re trying to teach them how to steer right now.”
Harvest feast offerings made by the students, according to Ms Reilly, included chocolate sauce served with crepes, herbed bread, zucchini and apple bread, “stone soup,” salad, fruit smoothies, kale chips, and humus.
The school’s summer camp programs ran weekly this summer, during July and August. According to Ms Reilly, an older group of students visited Rocky Glen State Park to practice for Primitive Skills camp weeks. Ms Reilly also said she was grateful to Paul Kabusk, who allowed the younger campers to visit his neighboring property to study frogs.
Connecticut’s annual tax holiday — which applies to items $100 and under — runs Sunday, August 16, through Saturday, August 22. The Better Business Bureau has tips for consumers to take advantage of all possible savings.
On Wednesday, July 15, campers in High Touch High Tech’s weeklong Find Your Superpowers camp, offered through Newtown Parks & Recreation, became scientists under the guidance of camp co-directors Christopher Cellini and Christopher Stetson.
The camp was held at the Newtown Teen Center for children between the ages of 7 and 12. The campers took to making capes and magnetic racing cars at the Find Your Superpowers camp, run by High Touch High Tech, a hands-on science camp and education company.
Parents and students swarmed the halls of Head O’ Meadow School, Friday, July 31. Bright yellow “SMART” bags hung from their arms, piled high with works of art created during the final session of this summer’s Newtown Continuing Education SMART Camp. Summer, Music, and ART Camp runs for two, two-week sessions each summer, with hands-on activities that this summer included Jewelry Design, Great Clay, Mosaics, Fashion Design, Adventures in Painting, Fused Glass, Knitting, Icky Sticky Chemistry, and Theater& Performance Workshops.
As part of this year’s Summer Youth Employment Program students have been working to beautify Newtown High School throughout the program’s six-week term.
According to program supervisor and NHS teacher Janice Gabriel, the 13 youths in the program have been “great.”
Ms Gabriel, who is overseeing the program for the first time, said it is “changed up a bit” each year.
Sabrina’s Encore Productions (SEP), LLC, recently presented three productions at Edmond Town Hall.
The three Summer Series musical productions starred youth from Newtown, Brookfield, Monroe, Easton, Trumbull, Bethel, Danbury, and Ridgefield.
The elementary age troupe presented Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr on July 17 and July 18, at 3 pm; the middle school troupe presented Thoroughly Modern Millie July 17 and July 18; and the senior troupe presented Les Miserables, accompanied by a live, 17-piece professional orchestra, July 23 to July 26.
Les Miserables was performed for two full-house audiences.