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Roosevelt Welcomes New Principal

There is an old saying that someone has “hit the ground running” when they show energy, enthusiasm and make a real difference on day one of beginning a new job.  Well, Tami McElwee is already off and running as the new principal of Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School before she has even hit the ground.

McElwee’s first day as the new principal is Wednesday, Feb. 12; however, she met with her faculty well ahead of time and took part in the second-grade Science Fun Night in January. She comes with a positive energy and a smile that lights up the room.  McElwee has worked with Interim Principal. Bonnie Epstein to make the transition seamless.

While saying hello to McElwee, the Oyster Bay community must bid farewell to Epstein, who served as Interim Principal for two months.  The community owes Epstein a debt of gratitude for taking care of the youngest students with kindness, caring and compassion.

McElwee comes to Oyster Bay from the Great Neck School District where she was the literacy coordinator since 2011.

Tami McElwee attended Manhattanville College where she earned a bachelor of the arts degree in English and master’s in teaching and elementary education.  She also studied educational leadership at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

Before working for the Great Neck School District, she served as Literacy Coach for Grades K-6 across the Valley Stream School District and as the Literacy Coach for the Central Islip School District. She spent two years as a Primary Regional Trainer for BOCES and an additional four years as the literacy coordinator in the Harborfields School District. Before entering the field of education, she was the staff developer for the Mondo Publishing Company.

McElwee lives in Bethpage with her husband, Craig, and three children, Nick, Brady and Shaelyn. She enjoys having family nearby, with her in-laws living in Bethpage and her parents close by in Lindenhurst.

When not working, McElwee loves to read. She also enjoys Irish Step Dance and running. Last November, McElwee ran her first 5k for charity to benefit the “Run for the Warriors” in Lindenhurst.  She is also involved in Police Athletic League (PAL) baseball and football.

When asked what it is that made her decide to come work in Oyster Bay, McElwee said, “When the opportunity arose, I felt many connections to the OBEN School District.  As a literacy coordinator for the Great Neck School District, my involvement in Teachers College had afforded me the opportunity to study literacy practices in a TC Coaching group with the OBEN literacy coaches. Through this coaching group, I had the opportunity to visit the Theodore Roosevelt School and study the successes within the building.

“Living in Bethpage, a similarly small and tight-knit community, I also feel a connection to Oyster Bay’s small community and its partnership with the schools.  As a parent of three children, the parent community’s desire to have an affordable yet quality education resonates with me,” she continued.  

“I feel honored to serve a community with such a rich tradition and history of providing outstanding educational opportunities for children,” said McElwee.

News

This holiday season, Oyster Bay will once again be home to unique, homemade, scrumptious confections from The Chocolate Lady, in the form of a mobile chocolate boutique set up at Buckingham Variety Store on Audrey Avenue. She arrived on Sunday and plans on staying throughout the holidays, and possibly longer.

“I have been developing this concept for the last year and a half and am excited to be coming home to Oyster Bay for this year’s holiday launch,” says Lee Perrotta, aka The Chocolate Lady, who had her shop across the street from Buckingham’s for about five years before she was forced to shut her doors on Christmas Eve in 2012 due to excessive water damage at the rental space.

The Raise The Roof Concert, held at Christ Church on Nov. 9, was an intergenerational event to benefit the Life Enrichment Center of Oyster Bay’s seniors.

Board member Suzanne Paolucci explained the center’s wish to get iPods for the seniors as a source of musical therapy. She brought the idea to the center from a talk by social worker Dan Cohen, the founder of Music & Memory. He has produced a film, Alive Inside, that tells the story of music as being restorative. Music is like therapy for the elderly, in particular for those with dementia, as it has been shown to awaken memories of happier times in life, when energy and enthusiasm were boundless.


Sports

Long Island Lutheran High School senior Samantha Horton of Oyster Bay signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Siena College and compete on the Girls Division I Lacrosse Team in the goaltender position next year. Samantha will be receiving a full athletic scholarship. Horton is pictured with her family.

On the weekend of Nov. 8, the Oyster Bay High School Boys and Girls Cross Country teams traveled to the State University of New York at Canton just a few miles from the Canadian border to compete in the New York State Cross Country Championships.

Alex Tosi became the first Bayman since Joe Jazwinski and Justin Nakrin (2008) to become All-State, placing 16th with a time of 16:53. Most runners ran about 20 seconds slower than their Bethpage times because of the muddy conditions on the course. Tosi’s time was basically equivalent to his best Bethpage time, as he powered through the toughest parts of the race. He led the Baymen to a seventh place finish in the Class C race, an improvement from their 11th place finish last year, which ties the highest place at the New York State Championships of a Baymen team since 2009.


Calendar

Annual Turkey Trot

Thursday, Nov. 27

Turkey Detox Workshop

Friday, Nov. 28

East Norwich Holiday

Sunday, Nov. 30



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