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Foreign Language Fun

Vocabulary key to comprehension

It might be cold outside, but at Stewart School, the FLES (Foreign Language in Elementary School) students are just warming up. If you walked down the hallway of Stewart School recently, you’ve often heard them singing as well as practicing their foreign language skills.

Second-graders are learning numbers from 0 to 31 in Spanish. They are able to express their age and ask others how old they are as well. Soon, they will be able to solve simple math problems in Spanish, reinforcing place value skills in their second language, to connect with the regular second-grade classroom curriculum. Students have learned the months of the year, too, so they can eventually express the date of their birthdays.

Meanwhile, third-graders have been hard at work learning the body parts through a series of hands-on activities including “Simon Sez,” making flip books, and creating a spinning wheel with the body parts. After learning the parts of the face, they listened to Señora Gutierrez describe a silly face and then by using eye, nose, ear, mouth and teeth cut outs, created a face to match the sentences they heard. Next, they wrote their own silly face sentences and drew their “crazy creation.” Students also learned how to express which body part hurts, and have learned the song, “Me Duele la Cabeza.”

Fourth-grade FLES activities have focused on the house. In addition to learning the names of the rooms of the house and some furnishings, comparisons were made to the students’ homes and those in Spanish-speaking countries. As a culminating project, students wrote essays in Spanish describing their own homes.

Fifth-graders focused their learning on the topic of shopping. They learned the names of the various stores, and using the food vocabulary learned in fourth grade, they learned to describe the items they wanted to purchase in each store. They used the new vocabulary to write a paragraph about the various stores, and they described their favorite store. They also drew and colored pictures of themselves in a diorama of their favorite store. After each class completed its writing, students created a graph which illustrated the favorite store for their class. Finally, students worked in small groups to create a supermarket “sale” flyer in Spanish. They created a store name, translated over 20 items, used promotional wording, converted the prices to Euros, and included pictures of the items sold.

Antonietta Gutierrez is a FLES teacher at Stewart School.

News

April 19 fundraiser to be

held for baby with rare disease

Tom Onorato, the nephew and office manager of Dr. Joseph Onorato Garden City practice All Island Dermatology Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, recently celebrated the birth of a baby boy with his wife Melissa. Both were thrilled when Thomas Kevin Onorato came into the world on September 10, 2013. Despite being born five weeks early, baby Thomas managed to surprise his parents with his indomitable spirit and was sent home with a clean bill of health. A mere four days later began the fight for Thomas’ life.

Stewart Manor budget, mayor’s salary increase

At a time when municipalities are grappling with keeping expenditures down, the Village of Stewart Manor saw not only its 2014-15 operating budget increase, but its mayor’s salary. At a meeting of the board of trustees held on Monday, April, 8, Stewart Manor adopted a budget of $2,418,548.03, a 1.4 percent increase over the previous year. In addition, the board approved a raise of $1,000 for Mayor Gerard Tangredi, bringing his salary to $3,000. The salaries for trustees John Egan, M. Carole Schafenberg, and William Grogan are set at $2,000 each. Deputy Mayor Michael Onorato has declined his stipend.

Salaries and benefits make up 42 percent of the total budget. According to the state comptroller, it’s acceptable for that number to be as high as 65 percent. The total costs of salaries and benefits have actually decreased by around 5 percent from the previous year’s adopted budget.  


Sports

Easter Egg Hunt For Pre-K To Grade 5

The Garden City Recreation Department is once again sponsoring the annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19 at Community Park’s fields. This Year Three hunt will be held at 10 a.m. sharp with three age divisions: preschool to kindergarten, grades 1 and 2; and grades 3 to 5.

Special eggs will be stuffed and hidden for all divisions. Each hunt will also feature a grand prize (an Easter basket filled with goodies) which will go to the youngster who finds the egg marked “#1 Lucky Egg.” For further information about the hunt, please call the recreation department at 516-465-4075.

Commitment at Kellenberg

Garden City residents continue to excel while participating in the athletic program over at Uniondale’s Kellenberg Memorial High School.

Each season, coaches of Kellenberg sports pick one player from their squad who has demonstrated remarkable commitment to the team through their hard work at practice and in competition.

The Village of Garden City has a long history of residents who've excelled both on the academic and athletic side of the ledger at Kellenberg. This time around, seniors Kelly O’Donnell (varsity cheerleading), Stacy Madelmayer (varsity girls basketball) and Bryan Salecker (swimming and diving team) have all been awarded the Commitment Award for their outstanding efforts, devotion, hard work and commitment to their respective teams.


Calendar

Dinner & A Movie: In Transition 2.0

Thursday, April 17

School Budget Meeting

Wednesday, April 23

Judi Mark One-woman Show At Library

Thursday, April 24



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com