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‘World Map Days’ Tradition Continues

The Second Grade World Map days recently took place at East Woods School; World Map Days are a wonderful tradition at East Woods that celebrate the many cultures of the world.

Over the course of these two unique, hands-on days, the second-graders explored the seven continents and the world map. On day one, students— and their very dedicated parents —were divided into seven continent groups and given a list of noteworthy landmarks to research, build and place on a giant three-dimensional world map covering the floor of the Old Gym. On the second day, the students dressed in costumes that represented their continent.

The World Map Days culminated in a song-and-dance presentation by the students of all they had learned. The parents, family members and fellow students in attendance not only enjoyed the rhyming verses, but learned quite a bit, too.

“This two-day event is a great example of the ways in which the school educates the whole child,” says Amanda Laserson, director of admissions, marketing and communications at East Woods. “The fun and out-of-the-box approach to the topic demonstrates our interdisciplinary and hands-on method of educating our students, and the concluding musical presentation demonstrates the East Woods focus on teaching the creative arts as well as confidence and poise in front of a large group.”

Laserson added, “The second-grade teachers Lauren Domaradzki and Francine Wood did a tremendous job coordinating the entire two-day event.”

East Woods School is an independent, co-educational pre-nursery through eighth grade school, including a full-day kindergarten program and is located on 46-acres in Oyster Bay.

News

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.

Driving rain and an early start time did not deter 600 people who arrived at Crest Hollow Country Club recently to celebrate the Women’s Fund of Long Island’s 20th year and to honor four exceptional women.

The breakfast started with a meet and greet and a chance to showcase Women’s Fund contest winner Patti Hogarty, designer of “Women as Bamboo.” Inspired by her neighbor’s bamboo, she entered the contest drawing a design of the bamboo, which Ambalu Jewelers of Roslyn then turned into various pendants of which 40-percent of the profits would go to WFLI. Hogarty wrote a short essay comparing women to bamboo in that they are strong and can weather difficult storms, yet remain graceful and continue to grow sending out new shoots.


Sports

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.

In the history of Oyster Bay High School athletics, no one has ever won a Girls’ Tennis New York State Championship. Celeste Matute and Courtney Kowalsky became the first when they won the 2014 New York State Doubles Championship in Latham on Nov. 3. What makes this tremendous achievement even more remarkable is that Matute is a junior and Kowalsky is a sophomore.

The girls, who are usually singles players, teamed up to take on the very best players in Nassau County and New York State. They won all 10 matches in the section XIII and NYSPHSAA tournaments and left Latham as the 2014 New York State doubles champions.


Calendar

Annual Turkey Trot

Thursday, Nov. 27

Turkey Detox Workshop

Friday, Nov. 28

East Norwich Holiday

Sunday, Nov. 30



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