A traditional Rose Ceremony marked the start of the 25th academic year at Housatonic Valley Waldorf School on Wednesday, September 3.
During the ceremony eighth grade students act as mentors for first grade students and present the first graders with a rose for the first day of school.
Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra spoke during this year’s ceremony and delivered a proclamation from the town for the school.
Housatonic Valley Waldorf School Pedagogical Resource teacher Marleen De Grande welcomed all in attendance at the event, reminding everyone it was the school’s silver anniversary year.
Cub Scout Pack 170 of Sandy Hook is set to host an Ice Cream Social/Pack Registration event on Monday, September 15, at Newtown Middle School, 11 Queen Street, from 6:45 until 8 pm. The event will be an opportunity for parents and kids to enjoy treats and learn more about the year-round opportunities Cub Scouts provides. In addition to registering new Scouts, current Scouts will be able to reregister for the 2014-15 Scout year.
On Thursday, September 18, at 7 pm, Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, will be facilitating an hour conversation focusing on the following question: What must take place for your son/daughter to have their absolute best school year?
The Parent Community Forum will be held in Newtown High School’s Lecture Hall.
The conversation will include curriculum, instruction, safety, parent partnership, and school communication, according to the district.
Newtown Parent Connection and the Newtown Prevention Council are set to offer the annual Make Mealtime Matter — Family Fun Night on Friday, September 26, from 6 pm to 8 pm at Reed Intermediate School.
The event is an effort by both prevention groups to promote communication and endorse family mealtime as an effective way to reduce youth substance abuse and other risky behaviors. Research by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University consistently finds that the more often children eat dinner with their families, the less likely they are to smoke, drink, or use illegal drugs, according to a release for the event.
Area teens and young adults are invited to a free “Hands On Banking: Money Skills You Will Need For Life” presentation by Wells Fargo Bank on Tuesday, September 30, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, at C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street. This program was originally scheduled for September 17.
Entries for the “New Stories for Newtown: Words and Images” contest are due by October 31, and, according C.H. Booth Library staff and committee members, more entries are being sought.
New Stories for Newtown began last year when Ross MacDonald, a Newtown resident and children’s author and illustrator, suggested the idea to C.H. Booth Library Children’s Librarian Lana Bennison.
For the second year, authors and illustrators visited Newtown and local schools for the New Stories for Newtown program this June. Activities and presentations were offered on Saturday, June 7, at Reed Intermediate School, and authors and illustrators also visited schools for individual presentations on Friday, June 6.
Area teens and young adults are invited to a free “Hands On Banking: Money Skills You Will Need For Life” presentation by Wells Fargo Bank on Tuesday, September 30, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, at C.H. Booth Library. The program had originally been scheduled for September 17.
A back-to-school picnic was held for Sandy Hook School students and family members during the evening on Thursday, August 28.
The event celebrated the start of the new school year just days before and offered an opportunity for school community members to mingle.
The Shelton High School Class of 1981 invites members of the Newtown community to attend the second annual fundraiser event in memory of Jesse McCord Lewis, son of fellow graduate Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, who was lost on 12/14. The event will be held at The Stone Barn, 175 Shelton Road (Route 110) in Monroe, on Saturday, October 25, from 7 to 11 pm. The evening will will include appetizers, buffet dinner, dessert, and cash bar, auction items and prizes, and live entertainment by Lost Rebel. All proceeds will benefit The Jesse Lewis Memorial Scholarship, being awarded annually to a graduating senior at Shelton High School.
As teachers headed back to school in Newtown this year they are better equipped to respond to specific students in need after participating in the first phase of Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) training sponsored by The Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation, Inc.