The new 3D Afinia 800 printer that arrived at the C.H. Booth Library, Wednesday, August 26, is the library’s newest addition to a growing collection of items geared toward attracting patrons who view the library as a place for learning, as much as a space for reading. Purchased through funds generated at the April 2015 Library Board of Directors gala fashion show, this printer is the second 3D printer at the library for use by the public.
Members of the Newtown High School Marching Band & Guard participated in the Newtown Labor Day Parade on Monday, September 7, but the parade is just one of many events the students will participate in this coming season. “We have a show that has an Egyptain theme to it, and we have called it ‘Pharaoh’s Legacy,’” said Band Director Kurt Eckhardt. Each year, Mr Eckhardt said, when it is time to choose a show’s theme, he said he listens to a variety of music. Mr Eckhardt said the Marching Band & Guard’s show this year will involves “lots of imagery,” with ideas stemming from pyramids, pharaohs, and, maybe, mummies.
When Newtown Middle School technology education teacher Don Ramsey arrived at his summer vacation destination this summer, he had one agenda item: learn with moxie.
“I’m the type of person that likes to see new places and meet people I have never met before,“ said Mr Ramsey, roughly a week before school began for the 2015-16 school year. “And I had a particular interest in learning about Native Americans and their plight since that was an area I had never really learned about.”
He traveled July 7 to 11 and he chose his destination nearly “randomly.” He knew what he wanted to learn, and he had never seen the grasslands or prairies. He had also never been on a Native American reservation before.
A Community Forum titled “Parent Partnership: Influence, Inspire, and Ignite Teaching and Learning” has been scheduled by the Newtown Public Schools for Wednesday, September 16, at 7 pm at Newtown High School’s Lecture Hall. The event will be a one-hour community forum for all kindergarten through twelfth grade parents.
Last fall, Two Coyotes Wilderness School launched a “365 Days of Nature for Kids” campaign to get kids out in nature year round, not just during the spring and summer, and recently announced its upcoming programs available to local kids, between ages 5 and 16.
Two Coyotes, a nonprofit organization located at 201 Huntingtown Road, is dedicated to nurture healthy, whole human beings through building self-awareness, community, and connecting people to nature.
As part of the “365 Days” campaign, Two Coyotes is expanding its Newtown fall programs to Granby and Killingworth and offering nature immersion opportunities for families and kids. All programs begin either in mid-September or mid-October.
Newtown parents and girls are invited to join Girl Scouts of America/Newtown Service Unit Managers Cat Fedorchek and Heather Smith for a Recruitment/Joining Night, where they can learn what fun activities and exciting events Girl Scouts provides for girls in Newtown. The event will be held at Castle Hill Farm, 25 Sugar Lane, on Wednesday, September 16. It will begin at 6:30 pm.
The Newtown Public Schools announced Tuesday afternoon that due to the higher temperatures, after-school activities on Tuesday, September 8, and Wednesday, September 9, and the school day on Wednesday, September 9, are being changed. On Tuesday, September 8, the district announced there would be modified after school athletic practices at Newtown High School with fall athletes asked to check with their coach for specific updates; Hawley Elementary School’s planned Open House is postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date; Middle Gate Elementary School’s Open House is postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date; Sandy Hook Elementary School’s Open House is postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date; Head O’ Meadow Elementary School’s Open House is still scheduled for Tuesday, September 8; and Education Connection programs are still operating in the afternoon as scheduled. For Wednesday, September 9, the district announced all schools will have normal openings, but some schools will have altered release times.
C.H. Booth Library is offering a series of creative writing sessions for young adults in grades 6-8. The first writing session, “The Fantastic,” will explore the genre of fantasy writing. Author and educator Aimee Pokwatka will return for the second time to lead the session. Her short stories have been published in a variety of magazines, and she has served as the editor of Salt Hill Journal and The Newtowner. Participants will create imaginary worlds and use elements of magic in their stories. The fantasy theme will serve as a guide to the basic craft of fiction. Each session will allow time for writing, sharing, and discussing stories in progress. Students will also have the opportunity to work on collaborative writing projects.
Newtown Parent Connection and Newtown Prevention Council will be hosting a Family Fun Night at Reed Intermediate School, 3 Trades Lane, on Friday, September 25, from 6 to 8 pm.
The fee for admission is $2 per person, and children under 2 are free. Tickets may be purchased online at newtownparentconnection.org or at Dr Baum’s office, at 23 Church Hill Road. Tickets will not be sold at the door.
The event is for the entire family and will offer a ziti and meatball entrée, salad, refreshments, and ice cream sundaes for dessert. For entertainment, there will be a DJ, a representative from Newtown Police Department, face painting, and a popcorn machine station. The evening will be dedicated to families dancing, playing games, and eating dinner without interruptions of any electronic devices.