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Bringing A Classic Tale To Life

“Tell me and I’ll forget, show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.” This Chinese proverb supports the intention of the Reader’s Theatre program at Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School. Planning the reader’s theater is a collaboration between Roosevelt school literacy coach Kathleen Bartell and school librarian Roseann Davidson, who incorporate the work of the classroom and special subject teachers. In doing so, they seek  to bring to life a work of classic fiction while integrating music, art and technology. The timeless tale of the gingerbread cookie that unexpectedly springs to life was therefore an ideal choice for such an endeavor.

“Students learn best when learning is put into context,” said former Roosevelt School Principal Gina Faust.

Laura Tardugno was very pleased to see how her son’s participation in Reader’s Theatre has inspired him. “I’ve noticed him dancing around the house more and have seen him come out of his shell quite a bit.”

Just before the students would break for the holiday, parents and teachers gathered in the cafeteria to watch Mrs. Kolb’s second-graders perform a re-telling of the stories The Gingerbread Girl by Lisa Campbell Ernst and Gingerbread Baby by Jann Brett, two very different adaptations of the classic tale. The students re-enacted the stories, dressed in baker’s hats and aprons by reading their lines aloud. Each student had a line to read and was expected to follow along in the story while their classmates read their parts.

It is the intention of the Reader’s Theatre program to address the needs of the various learning styles of the students. This is done in part by incorporating reading, art and music as enrichment. A gingerbread house, decorated under the supervision of art teacher Stephanie Miley, provided the backdrop and music teacher, Meagan Finnerty, led the students in a musical performance of “Believe” from The Polar Express.

Faust had this to say of Reader’s Theatre: “It has grown to include writing, social studies, social issues and of course technology to encourage teamwork, build confidence, improve reading fluency and support artistic expression as well as motivate the reluctant reader.”

As Reader’s Theatre continues to evolve, a new component was added this year. The seniors from the Oyster Bay Life Enrichment Center were invited to attend an encore performance at the Roosevelt Elementary library. Following the show, the seniors made a holiday craft with the second-graders and both children and adults enjoyed a holiday sing-along, just the thing to get students, teachers and seniors in the spirit of the holidays.

News

The preliminary 2014-15 school budget was adopted at last Tuesday night’s Oyster Bay-East Norwich school board meeting. The proposed budget, which came in at a figure of $54,578,478, is a 2.01 percent difference from the 2013-14 final budget figure of $53,504,111. With a budget to budget change of $1,074,367, it is the lowest expenditure increase in the last 15 years. No programs were cut as a result of balancing this budget.

“The biggest change in budget numbers is in the area of salaries and wages with a budget to budget increase of $683,428,” said School Superintendent Dr. Laura Seinfeld.

Snouder’s Corner Drugstore is up for sale by Laffey Fine Homes. Patrick J. Valente, licensed associate broker said, “I just showed it yesterday morning to an interested buyer.” He said the asking price is $995,000, “just short of a million” and added, “everything’s negotiable today.”

Valente said, “It’s a great building, a town landmark and it does need work. It would be great for retail and maybe offices are a possibility. The heating plant is working and the taxes are a little under $40,000.”


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 



Columns

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