As Middle Gate Elementary School students, faculty, and staff exited the school on Thursday, October 8, a number of volunteers for the day, including members of Newtown Hook & Ladder Co. #1, were preparing to take an aerial photo of the entire school community forming the words “Be Kind” and the shape of a heart.
The school community last came together for a large group photo in April of 2013. That year the word “Peace” was formed.
This year the school’s PTA and Principal Chris Geissler decided to create the words “Be Kind” and the shape of a heart. The words were inspired by Ben’s Bells, which is a nonprofit organization founded by Jeannette Maré of Tucson, Ariz., creating ceramic bead and bell wind chimes that are randomly distributed in places in need of healing and happiness.
Chris Schaefer and Zach Johnson, instructors from Steve DeMasco’s Shaolin Studios of Newtown, shared a presentation on martial arts with students at Children’s Adventure Center on Thursday, October 8.
Mr Schaefer explained at the start of the presentation that the most important thing when practicing kung-fu is to listen. He asked students to form a circle before he began demonstrating and walking the students through a number of moves.
As students advanced through different “levels” of the presentation, Mr Johnson went around the circle with a pool noodle and students practiced jumping over it.
Two Coyotes, a nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing healthy, whole human beings through building self-awareness, community, and connecting people to nature, has announced the expansion of its adult programs and is also offering free potlucks and contra dance events, including a dance event this Saturday, October 17. Events are being presented at Sticks and Stones Farm,201 Huntingtown Road.
Fraser Woods Montessori School has scheduled its annual Fall Family Festival for this Saturday, October 17, from 10 am until 2 pm.
The whole community is invited to attend the free event. Food, baked goods, games, a children’s book fair, crafts, and vendors will be available at the festival, along with pony rides, face painting, and crafts for children to do.
The National Circus Project’s Greg Milstein and Lou Beekhuizen shared a presentation with Sandy Hook Elementary School students on Friday, October 2.
Mr Milstein is the National Circus Project’s executive director and Ms Beekhuizen, also known as “Little Lou,” is its staff director.
“We are so happy to be back here again today,” Mr Milstein said near the start of the presentation, referring to a previous visit to the school.
Newtown Scholarship Association (NSA) recently announced this year’s lineup of continuing aid scholarship recipients. A total of $301,500 was awarded to 89 students who are in their sophomore, junior, or senior year of college.
In addition, 57 high school graduates were awarded $100,500 in June.
Due to the ever-rising costs of a college education, the NSA scholarships represent less than 15 percent of the unmet need for the recipients. The difference will become a huge burden of debt on the families and students, according to NSA.
Newtown Middle School’s Student Council is gearing up for its 2015 Student Council Food Drive. The group collects items each year for Women Involved in Newtown (WIN) and its annual Thanksgiving Baskets campaign. Other local schools also collect for the campaign. On Monday, September 28, the council members briefly discussed the upcoming collection, before another meeting on Monday, October 12, will really set the collection for the middle school. Items will be collected at NMS this year from October 16 to November 20. In addition to students being encouraged to bring items to their homeroom each morning during the collection period, the public can drop off donation items at the school’s main office weekdays. A collection bin will also be placed in the school’s lobby for family members to use.
The school district’s PTAs, PTSA, and Newtown Prevention Council are sponsoring a presentation by Scott Driscoll for local parents, "Empowering Smart Online Choices," on Tuesday, October 13, at Newtown Middle School.
"Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" was shown on a screen in Hawley Elementary School’s gymnasium on Friday, September 25, for the school’s Indoor Movie Night. Roughly 200 people signed up to attend the event, according to PTA President Kristen Bonacci. Just before the movie began, families were spread out in the gymnasium on blankets with dinner and snacks.