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Continuing its celebration of its 25th year, Housatonic Valley Waldorf School unveiled a new painting, created by a teacher at the school, during its annual Michaelmas festival on Wednesday, September 24.
Emily Remensperger was commissioned to create the painting for the school by a 25th anniversary committee. According to the school’s website, “This gorgeous watercolor depicts four of our most beloved festivals: Michaelmas, Martinmas, Advent, and May Fair.”
The annual Michaelmas Festival honors St Michael, a mythical dragon-slayer who bears a mighty iron sword. St Michael’s legend, according to the school, symbolizes the autumnal resurgence of human strength, willpower, and striving to overcome the inner dragons of laziness, greed, doubt, fear of the future, and forgetfulness.
Before entering school at Head O’ Meadow Elementary School on Tuesday, September 30, students first had to make their way through a protest.
Head O’ Meadow Library/Media Specialist Bev Bjorklund explained that before the event, students at the Boggs Hill Road school had read The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt in class, and the staged protest was held as a celebration of that reading experience.
Activities at the school have also been focused on the book, with grade levels completing different tasks. The fourth grade students, for example, wrote letters to crayons explaining why they do not want them to quit.
The School Counseling office at Newtown High School is sponsoring an evening presentation called “Financing College” on Wednesday, October 8, starting at 7 pm. The program will be conducted by Charles Wareham, a financial advisor with Valark Financial Services in Hartford. According to a release from NHS, the presentation will not be a sales presentation, but will offer “high value information that will benefit you.”
Newtown High School junior Ashley Gong has been selected to be one of this year’s five National Student Poetry Ambassadors. Ashley has known about her achievement since July, but had to keep it a secret until it was announced. That announcement came during a visit to Washington, D.C., September 17-20, during which First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a reading, which was the first event the five National Student Poetry Ambassadors took part in, kicking off their year as ambassadors. The National Student Poets Program is the nation’s highest honor for teen poets presenting original work. The five young poets were appointed by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers to showcase the essential role of writing and the arts in academic and personal success.
The entire school community and invited guests gathered outside St Rose of Lima School on Friday, September 26, to celebrate the opening of the school’s new solar-powered outdoor classroom kiosk.
Just over two years before the ceremony, James Walsh, chairman a parish committee working on the project, spoke during an August 2012 Board of Selectman meeting. He told the board that General Motors had offered to partner in developing the sustainable solar canopy pilot, and that the standalone structure would serve as a satellite classroom designed to teach students about environmental sustainability, as well as generating solar power that will help lower the electric usage at the school. The project also included learning gardens.
When picking up his daughter from summer camp one day this past summer, Fraser Woods Montessori School parent Ryan Knaggs had an idea.
There was a circle of stumps, up a small but slightly steep trail and beneath trees on the school’s property, and the students were using the stumps as chairs while listening to school teacher and summer camp instructor Christine Mitchell.
It occurred to Mr Knaggs that with a little “natural work” the space could be transformed.
Between Tuesday, September 9, and Wednesday, September 10, seventh grade students in three clusters had the opportunity to visit C.H. Booth Library.
According to Language Arts teacher Kristin Norden, the students left from Newtown Middle School to visit the library by 7:30 each day, and workshops centered around having the students familiarize themselves with using the library’s resources, like research tools, downloading eBooks, and applying for interlibrary loans.
Students and school faculty and staff began to assemble on the lawn behind Fraser Woods Montessori School just before 11 am on Friday, September 19, to continue a worldwide acknowledgement of this year’s International Day of Peace.
Before the younger grades were brought outside, middle school-aged students began forming a large circle, holding flags with “World Peace” written on them.
The event is a tradition at the school ant at Montessori schools around the world.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 308 and its Ladies Auxiliary recently announced that the Patriot’s Pen Essay Competition is open for local students through Friday, October 29. The program was started in 1947, and the national program provides students in sixth through eighth grade the opportunity to express democratic ideas and principles. This year’s theme is “Why I Appreciate America’s Veterans.” Essays will be read by three local residents, who will be reading essays and judging on knowledge, theme and clarity, without knowing the names of any of the authors. The Newtown VFW Post-sponsored winner will go on to compete for the VFW District 1 title, and will have a chance to continue to a national title.