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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

Matt Bentz, of Forest Hills, was the winner of the Oyster Festival Raffle that took place as the event ended at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. He had a choice between winning a 2015 Chrysler 200 three-year lease or $15,000 in cash. He chose the cash. He is the “Perfect Oyster Festival Raffle winner.”

Bentz is a computer systems administrator with Spa Creek Software, a company that writes software for other software developers, and has been to the festival numerous times over the years; in fact, next year he is hoping to sail here on his 24 ft. sailboat. He got it “reasonably” from a friend who was buying up.

Richie Cannata may be best known for his song credits but his name will become a part of history this week. Cannata, a 28-year resident and business owner of Glen Cove, will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 23 at The Paramount in Huntington.

As a member of the Billy Joel Band, the saxophone player was propelled to fame in 1975 when he joined the band and played on songs including “New York State of Mind” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.”


Sports

The autumn varsity sports season is well on its way in Oyster Bay. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves. Several fine young athletes excelled right out of the gate and were chosen by the Oyster Bay Hight School coaches as Athletes of the Month for October 2014.

Cross Country Coach Kevin Cotter has athletes who consistently qualify for the states. Picking one to honor is a difficult task. Within this impressive group of talented athletes, one stands out: junior Alex Tosi, who recently broke the 17 minute barrier for a 5K course at Bethpage State park with a time of 16:52. This feat has not been accomplished since 2008.

5- and 6-year-old Peanuts

The Little Generals (Peanuts) stepped out into the cold Sunday morning ready to give the home crowd a show as they battled the Bellmore Braves, and that’s just what they did as the Generals beat the Braves 14-7. The teams battled to a first half tie as the Generals’ touchdown came on a 26-yard run by Kody Gehnrich, thanks to great blocks by John (Jack) Grace and Jack Symanski.

In the second half, where the Generals are usually at their best, the defense shut out the Braves as Rodney Hill, Jr. and Brandon Babel stepped in on the defense line to create a great push to allow Francesco Allocca to make eight tackles. The offense got a big boost with Allocca being allowed to play RB after playing QB the past two games, and boy did he respond behind great lead blocking from Luca Granito. Allocca carried the ball nine times for 60 yards and a TD coming on the last play of the game.


Calendar

Boys & Girls Club Gala

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25

Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Tuesday, October 28



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