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Parents, Students Read At Center Street School

Every year, Center Street Elementary School celebrates PARP (Parents As Reading Partners) week. The PTA organizes PARP week and its goal is to help parents inspire their children to become lifelong readers.

 

 “We want to help make reading fun at school and at home so our children will love reading,” said Christine Liu, PARP committee chair. 

 

PARP week kicked off at the Center Street School with an opening ceremony where students were introduced to their reading challenge through a wildly entertaining, full-costume dramatic performance by teachers and the principal. Next, there was a visit by Brian Pinkney, award-winning author and illustrator.

 

The PARP committee decided to implement a video game theme this year to tackle the challenge of children preferring screen time instead of book time. Instead of leveling up on games, PARP encouraged students to level up their reading. The PARP committee wrote a story line involving some popular video game characters, with a different twist.

 

When decorating the school, the committee integrated books and video game themes to captivate student minds and interest levels.  

 

Center Street was transformed to “CenterLand” for the week. The students were challenged to read each night in order to earn enough gold coins to unlock different “levels” and help free the fair Princess Speech (played by school librarian Mrs. Guarini), who was being held captive in the library by book-hating Mowser, (played by computer teacher Mr. DeCelie).

 

Parents were encouraged to read with their children at home by doing different bonus coin challenges. Every hallway of the school was filled with gold coins, with each representing 15 minutes that a student read. 

 

Principal Bierwiler and Mrs. Korder introduced new books and adventures to the students and Mowser. A wide range of books were featured in each skit to develop the story line.

 

By the end of the week, Mowser had a new appreciation for books and released Princess Speech. 

 

In conjunction with PARP, the school had its Library Sleepover. The children returned to school in the evening, wearing their pajamas, carrying their teddy bears, enjoying story time with their teachers.

 

While the children were at their sleepover, parents were encouraged to visit the PTA Book Fair as well as a presentation by Mr. Beirwiler and Mrs. Korder on “How to make reading more fun at home.”  Approximately 130 parents were in attendance for this presentation.

 

Other highlights of PARP week included a book drive. More than 1,000 new and gently used books were donated to First Book Long Island. A special “Drop Everything and Read” session took place during the week. Children brought in their favorite books and read with their class buddy during this special time. 

 

After all the children leveled up their reading, PARP week closed out with The Principal’s Challenge. The Rocky movie theme song blared through the gym as Mr. Bierwiler had to complete a challenging obstacle course starting with the rope climb.

 

Excitement filled the entire gym as the children cheered their principal past each obstacle. Mr. Bierwiler’s performance rocked the entire gym with laughter, cheers, and applause from beginning  to end. Each child went home with an age appropriate book courtesy of the Center Street PTA. 

 

— From the Center Street School


News

New Hyde Park Village trustee Donald Barbieri contends helicopters are still flying right over New Hyde Park and other residential parts of the north shore, harming citizens and the town with excessive and unlawful aircraft noise. In spite of what federal law says and in spite of what a federal court says, the noise levels are still an issue.

 

Barbieri drafted a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration, apprising the entity of New Hyde Park’s situation. The FAA did not return calls for comment.

Operation Main Street, a plan that would see a section of Jericho Turnpike in New Hyde Park revamped with traffic calming features and aesthetic updates, is finally in the home stretch, New Hyde Park village officials say. Village contractor J. Anthony Enterprises will be putting the finishing touches on the $1.46 million project this week.

 

“It’s all but finished,” trustee Donald Barbieri said. “Honestly, I feel good. It’s looking solid. It took forever to get it done. They’re going to put more benches in and plantings; striping the road.”

 

New Hyde Park’s department of public works will maintain the planters and medians installed for the project. Twenty-five potted plants were recently installed along the turnpike, officials stated. More than 10 benches will be available on the turnpike.


Sports

 Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Avenue in Williston Park recently received belt promotions after successfully completing a series of extensive exams.

 

“Our goal at Charles Water Karate & Fitness is to facilitate mental growth enabling our students to reach their highest potential as human beings,” says Charles Water, owner and director of the school.

“Our studio teaches students how to defend themselves responsibly while instilling self-confidence, self-discipline and respect for others.”

Runners and walkers from New Hyde Park are invited to join in the fun on one of the most unusual 5K courses on Long Island at the Saturday, Aug. 9 Sands Point Sprint.

 

 The run presents the Long Island running community with an opportunity to traverse a unique combination of paved paths and runner-friendly woodland trails at the Sands Point Preserve. 

 

The August 2013 edition of the Sands Point Sprint attracted 313 finishers, including top New Hyde Park finishers Michael Ringel, who scored first in the 11-14 age group and Dave Frisone, who earned first place honors in the 65-69 age group. Race organizers are looking for both Ringel and Frisone, and a host of other New Hyde Park runners, to be back next week.


Calendar

Literary Club - July 30

Boot Camp - August 2

Six Gun Concert - August 3 


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