Throughout the day on Thursday, May 29, people stopped by Newtown High School to participate in the school’s Peer Leadership-hosted Bone Marrow Donor Registry Drive.
The event is an annual one for the group, and Peer Leadership co-advisor Vivian Sheen said people should “keep an eye out” for the group’s next drive.
The drive ran from 8 am until 2 pm and was open to the public. Ms Sheen said about 20 people registered during the drive.
A range of participating organizations and representatives gathered at booths inside Newtown High School’s gymnasium on Wednesday, May 21, for the school’s annual health fair.
From 9 am until 1 pm high school students could make their way through the different booths and fill out paperwork to enter into raffles, one for a bike and one for a FitBit activity tracker. This year’s health fair had the theme of summer fun, according to Newtown Public Schools District Health Coordinator and Co-Chair of the Newtown Prevention Council Judy Blanchard, who welcomed students at the first booth.
The wail of police sirens, radio announcements (in oddly young voices) to “Pull over and put your hands up!” and the honking of fire truck horns that carried out to Church Hill Road from behind Hawley School, Friday, May 30 was no cause for alarm. It was all part of the fun of Hawley School Field Day, with Officer McGowan of the Newtown Police Department and Hook &d Ladder Company volunteer fire fighters Daniel Tomascek and Tarren Horvath educating Newtown’s youngest citizens on the roles of Newtown emergency departments.
As a fundraiser for the group to create a professionally recorded CD, the Newtown High School Gold Jazz Band is set to host “Time To Talk ‘Bout Jazz” on Saturday, June 7. The evening of jazz and Mexican food will run from 6 to 9 pm, in the cafetorium of Newtown High School. Adult tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door; children’s tickets, for ages 5 and under, are $5.
The Children’s Adventure Center (CAC) is planning a “get to know us” event on Saturday, June 7, from 11 am to 1 pm, to showcase its spruced up playground, a bright Sunshine Room, and a new “Joy of Books” Library recently donated by The Rotary Club of Newtown. Board members and parents will be serving a free lunch consisting of children’s: pizza, salad and wraps, as well as ice cream and watermelon. CAC Director Judy Sims and professional staff will conduct tours and explain the early childhood experience offered at the center. Children and parents can also enjoy the center’s playground, including a wooden train playscape donated last summer by the CAC Parent Group, and children will be treated to pony rides courtesy of Glen Morris of Woodbury.
Newtown Middle School students have been rehearsing since February for a special musical production of 13, which is set for one performance on Friday, June 6, at 7 pm. Admission is free. Donations will be accepted, and given HealingNewtown. NMS students Talia Hankin and Cathy Hyeon are co-directing the show, and both said during a tech rehearsal on Monday, June 2, that the entire production is being overseen by students. As Talia explained, Gifted And Talented Education Students (GATES) are expected to complete independent projects each school year. Last year the girls said, they wrote their own play. When they discovered 13, they decided to try directing this year.
During Hawley Elementary School’s annual art show, held this year on Wednesday, May 14, works created by kindergarten through fourth grade students went on display and the school was opened for visiting students and family members.
“We made those!” one student said.
Down one hallway another student pointed and exclaimed, “There’s mine!”
For the first year, said Head O’ Meadow Elementary School art teacher Donna Perugini, her school’s annual art show included works created by kindergarten students, thanks to the addition of full-day kindergarten for the 2013-14 school year.
This year’s art show, held Wednesday, May 14, included a sampling of projects created throughout the school year from kindergarten to fourth grade students. The school was opened in the evening for the event, and artwork was on display along the perimeter of the school’s library/media center for families to peruse.
Sandy Hook School students spoke with author and illustrator Tomie dePaola during two sessions on Friday, May 16, using Skype, an online communication program.
Mr dePaola spoke with the students from the comfort of his studio, where he said he completes all of his illustrations. Mr dePaola, according to his website tomie.com, has written and/or illustrated nearly 250 books, including Strega Nona, The Art Lesson, and Christmas Remembered.
Sandy Hook library/media specialist Yvonne Cech led the students through the interview sessions.
A number of stations were set up in Middle Gate Elementary School’s gymnasium on Monday, May 19, for the school’s Differences Day.
The day has been held at the school before to highlight differences people may have from one another. The event has been an annual one at the school, typically hosted by the school’s RRD Club (Responsibility, Respect, Diversity).
This year fourth grade students at the school made their way through the stations set up for Differences Day in two sessions.
At one station students navigated through cones while wearing a blindfold and using a cane before attempting to write their names on a wall to sense what it would be like not to see. At another station students tested their fine motor skills by attempting to do certain tasks while using their nondominant hand. Another station had students try to use a wheel chair to again navigate between cones. At an allergy station students had food allergies explained to them and learned about EpiPens, an auto-injector used to treat anaphylaxis.