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.
The Newtown High School World Language Department has announced a need for host families for NHS Chinese guest teacher Amanda Zhang.
Ms Zhang will need a new host family starting January 1, according to NHS World Language Department Chair Paula Greenfield.
Ms Zhang shared a brief description of herself that includes she has been married for eight years and has a 6-year-old daughter. She enjoys listening to music, watching movies, and traveling. She has been teaching for 11 years.
Some of the local schools held food drives recently to collect items for Women Involved in Newtown’s (WIN) Thanksgiving Baskets campaign. WIN volunteers collected donations from the schools on Friday, November 21.
Middle Gate Elementary School collected enough items to help 22 families, according to the school, and 400 additional items were collected during the school’s annual Turkey Trot, organized by Laura Cooper. According to the school, each class at Middle Gate adopted a family this year.
Sandy Hook Elementary School collected 37 cartons filled with food thanks to its annual Turkey Trot event, organized by Jackie Loyd, according to the school.
The Newtown Public Schools will be closed Wednesday, November 26, due to anticipated weather.
The school disctrict announced the decision Tuesday on its website, www.newtown.k12.ct.us, sharing that all Newtown Public Schools will be closed for Wednesday.