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In2Books Pen Pal Program Celebrates 5 Years

On June 2, over 400 students gathered in the Island Trees High School gymnasium to share their love of literacy through the In2Books pen pal program, now in its fifth successful year.

 

This year, Mrs. Marks was once again joined by her enthusiastic colleagues Mrs. Link, Mrs. Mitchell, Mrs. Egert, Mrs. Reens, Mrs. Kane, and Mrs. Durando to offer the In2Books program to all of their third grade students at Stokes Elementary. 

 

At the high school, Mrs. Christensen was joined by the equally enthusiastic Mrs. Chios, Mrs. Primrose, Mr. Kohl, and Mr. Wimmer and their outstanding high school juniors and seniors. 

 

In2Books is designed to promote literacy and positive academic exchanges through shared reading and writing experiences. After students in both schools were paired up and assigned a shared novel, they began by introducing themselves and writing about their reactions and predictions about their reading through a letter exchange. This provided a wonderful communication opportunity for the high school students, as they had to write for an elementary audience and take into account their pen pals’ background knowledge, vocabulary, and experience.

 

For the much-awaited visit, the excited 3rd graders journeyed to the high school to meet their pen pals, share conversation and laughter, and enjoy one another’s company. To see the gym filled with chatting pen pals sharing a cool bottle of water and a tasty snack is to witness a wonderfully authentic learning experience. We would like to give a special thanks to Mr. Roemer’s art students who designed beautiful, welcoming signs for our visiting friends from Stokes Elementary School.

 

With some potential ideas planned for next year (including In2Books Post Cards and a possible high school visit to Stokes), the program will continue to thrive as a result of the hard work of our devoted staff here at Island Trees.

 

— Submitted by Elizabeth Roemer, Administrator for Educational Programs, Literacy, and Staff Development


News

U.S. Air Force Veteran Mario Dell’aera, 80, of Levittown said he first volunteered for service in 1952, during the Korean War.

 

“They called volunteers ‘regulars,’” he said, reflecting back to when he first enlisted.

 

From 1952-1956, Dell’era called the Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nev. home. The base, he said, operated 24 hours, 7 days a week, training pilots to fly overseas into Korea.

Something about the warmth and sunshine of summer makes it the perfect season for lounging around. 

 

On July 26, the Levittown Community Council hosted its 17th annual Lazy Days of Summer Picnic at the East Village Green Park for families to take advantage of this season of relaxation and laidback fun free of charge.  

 

The DJ played Latin songs as children shook neon colored macarenas and followed the dance moves of a Zumba instructor. Other children enjoyed pony rides, shooting hoops, playing Can Jam and

Tug-of-War, petting farm animals, jumping in a bouncy castle, and fishing for plastic fish in a kiddie pool. 


Sports

Those looking to take swimming lessons and exercise classes at a nearby aquatic center can register for the fall 2014 session at Eisenhower Park, 1899 Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow.  

 

On Friday, Aug. 1 is the last chance for open registration. It begins at 8 a.m. for any remaining spots.  The availability of remaining classes will be made public the day before at 5 p.m.

 

On Monday, September 8 the first day of classes for the fall session begin.

 

Swim lessons will be offered for all levels: 

Eric Haslbauer of Levittown scored fourth overall in the 11th annual Heart & Sole 5 Kilometer Run held on the streets of Plainview on July 20. 

Haslbauer, 21, who has done  most of his running lately for Molloy College, crossed the finish line in 17 minutes, 53 seconds, earning him the second place award in the highly competitive 20-24 age group.

 

A near record field of 531 runners and walkers completed the run, only ten less than the record set last year. The Heart & Sole has clearly become an important summer road race in Nassau County.  The

Run benefits programs at Plainview and Syosset Hospitals.  Race management was handled by the Greater Long Island Running Club. 


Calendar

Erik's Reptile Edventures - July 30

Rich Vos At Governor's - August 1

Worship Without Walls - August 2 


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