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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

Some people deserve a long obituary: in a way, it is a tribute to the number of people’s lives they have touched, so for Dottie Brandt, it is a given. A long line of mourners stretched down the street from the Francis P. DeVine Funeral Home, in Oyster Bay, where Dorothy R. Brandt, known to everyone as “Dottie,” was laid to rest, soon after her death on Friday, Sept. 12.

Dottie was a beautiful woman that age couldn’t change. When your warmth, spirit and love come from the inside, it keeps the outside looking bright and fresh. Dottie was always smiling, full of energy and always willing to help people.

The music was rocking and everybody was dancing on Friday, Oct. 3 in the St. Dominic High School gymnasium as the school hosted its Fall Ball dance. The event included gregarious kids from St. Dominic’s dancing and socializing with 20 disadvantaged children from St. Christopher-Ottilie Family of Services in Sea Cliff.

“St. Dom’s is very active with St. Christopher-Ottilie during the school year,” said Janice Seaman, who was the party coordinator and one of many volunteers at the dance, which ran from 7 to 10 p.m. “This was the first time, though, that St. Dom’s invited the kids from St. Christopher-Ottilie to their school for a dance and it is a great way to bring some normalcy into these children’s lives and show them what a school function is like.”


Sports

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.

The Diane Whipple Foundation with the cooperation of Manhasset PAL, Manhasset School District and St. Mary’s High School Athletic program has announced a premier College Division I Women’s Lacrosse Scrimmage day on Saturday, Oct. 18.

Competing in this great event will be Columbia, Fairfield, Michigan, Sacred Heart, Stonybrook, UCONN, UMASS, and USC.


Calendar

That’s a Smash!

Wednesday, Oct. 15

East Woods Open House

Friday, Oct. 17

 Oyster Festival

Weekend, Oct. 18, 19



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