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Students Bid Farewell To Principal At Hoe Down

Students and staff at Theodore Roosevelt Elementary provided a fitting send-off for beloved Principal Gina Faust during their Parents as Reading Partners (P.A.R.P.) celebration. While donning cowboy hats, boots and scarves, students danced during a school-wide hoe down.

 

The P.A.R.P. events are designed to encourage students and families to read at home. Each year, students are challenged to read with a partner at home for at least 15 minutes for five nights. When students reach their school-wide goal for logged reading hours they make an unusual demand on their principal. One year, Faust served lunch in the cafeteria; last year she sang a pop song to the school; and this year she was asked to dance the funky cowboy. While Faust thought she would be doing it with only a small group of students, she was in for a surprise when it was revealed that the whole school had learned the dance and would be performing for her as well.

 

The hoe-down was the culminating event for a week’s worth of activities. Parent volunteers kicked off the event by visiting classrooms, providing cowboy themed snacks and assisting with a boot making craft. Pre-K students were asked to make a ranch scene with a graham cracker barn and a cheese stick fence with animal crackers grazing in the field.

 

Meanwhile, a school-wide drama unfolded as Faust, whose picture was posted in the lobby on a wanted poster, would pop into classrooms as a renegade cowboy pleading to students not to reveal her whereabouts as the staff would be looking for her. What might a principal with a passion for reading be wanted for? Why, overdue library books of course. 

 

As they bid happy trails to a principal who has so successfully inspired them to read, work hard and enjoy every minute of their elementary school experience, Faust had one last message for her students: “Keep Reading.”

News

Movie lovers once again have a chance to see first-run films in the theater without having to travel far. Glen Cove Cinemas re-opened last week, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and free films offered to celebrate the occasion.

“Thanks to all of the support we have here and all of you, Glen Cove is once again open for business,” said Mayor Reginald Spinello at the ceremony, held outside the theater on Thursday, April 10. “This is going to be so good for Glen Cove and the surrounding communities.”

“I didn’t know I needed my own Teddy Bear,” said a woman after the first annual Teddy’s Taste of the West dinner and fundraiser at Canterbury Ales on March 19.

Members were given an authentic Teddy Bear as a surprise gift at the end of the evening. As they say, membership has its privileges and that includes a June 11 event when Ken Burns will come to share a preview of his new film on three Roosevelts. Burns’ film explores the political and family ties between President Theodore Roosevelt, President Franklin Roosevelt and his wife, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, a Roosevelt in her own right.  


Sports

Muttontown resident and Kellenberg freshman Ceara Ann Conroy has been named an All-League athlete for Girls Winter Track. The title of All-League is awarded to athletes based on a vote of all the coaches in the NSCHSAA League. All of the Girls Winter Track coaches in the league vote based on the athletes performance during the season, and Conroy’s outstanding performance has earned her the title of All League this year.

The Girls Varsity Lacrosse program at Oyster Bay High School is just in its second year and already it is making a difference. Senior defender Danielle Maggi has committed to play Division III lacrosse at Albright College.

Last year Maggi was recognized as the “Most Improved Player,” and this year she is being recruited to play in college.

Maggi said, “We did very well in our first varsity season last year (12-2). This year we are 100 percent going for the conference. I’m excited we finally have a varsity team.”


Calendar

LI Sound Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Saturday, April 19

Annual Egg-stravaganza

Saturday, April 19

Palliative Care

Wednesday, April 23 



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