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First-Graders Focus On Saving Endangered Animals

The year-long study of the Animal Kingdom in the first grade at East Woods School allowed the students to learn and accomplish more than most would think a class of 6- and 7-year-olds could do. Learn the difference between vertebrates and invertebrates? They did. (Learn how to spell vertebrates and invertebrates? They did.) Dissect various underwater creatures in the East Woods Lower School Science lab? They did. Select an endangered animal, research that animal, write a report in PowerPoint and present their findings in front of the entire school? They did, and they did it with confidence.

On a Friday morning this spring, the hard – and fun – work of this class was in evidence as the first grade took to the stage. Singing songs they learned in music class and wearing headpieces they created in the likeness of their endangered animal, the first grade impressed the audience of students, faculty and parents with their knowledge and poise. The students stood comfortably and confidently on stage, reading their reports and class-created acrostic poems aloud, proud of what they had learned and proud to be sharing it.

A wonderful example of the interdisciplinary approach to education at East Woods, the study of the Animal Kingdom, with a focus on endangered animals, exposed these children to science, reading, writing, research, art, music and even community service. The class raised money for the Nature Conservancy’s Adopt-A-Reef and Adopt-An-Acre programs through recycling plastic and cans. They presented their $1,366.78 check to Joseph Jannsen, from the Nature Conservancy, during another special assembly. This is enough money to save 27 acres of rainforest and coral reefs.  The students also raised money through selling raffle tickets to win one of two collaborative art pieces they created.

These students will not soon forget the Bactrian Camel, the Green Peafowl, the Okapi, or any of the animals they and their fellow classmates studied.  In addition, there is sure to be a long-lasting effect on how these students think about and care for our planet. Special thanks is given to the enthusiastic dedication of first grade teachers Christina Maass and Kate Aquilino.

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

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News

If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, and many of them were in costume, a new addition to the popular champagne party. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date Daphne, a 3-month-old long haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.

An expert’s tips on bringing the

best of your garden into your home

Right now, Oyster Bay is in bloom. From the well-tended gardens of Planting Fields to unmowed patches near the Shu Swamp preserve, flowers are not just beautify our community, they also are calling out to us to bring them inside our homes to add color and fragrance. You don’t hear them? Trust me, the flowers in your garden are even calling you by name.

But don’t just stuff a bouquet in a vase. Make them look as good and last as long as possible. To find out how to do that, as well as how to improve your backyard flora, I asked Scott Lucas, the greenhouse supervisor of Old Westbury Gardens for some advice. He invited to join him in his cutting garden.


Sports

Kevin Mercier, 39, of Oyster Bay, led a large contingent of local runners in the Lynne, Gartner, Dunne & Covello Sands Point Sprint 5 Kilometer Run, held on the grounds of Nassau County’s Sands Point Preserve on Saturday morning, Aug. 9. Mercier was the 18th finisher overall and third in the 35-39 age group with a time of  21 minutes, 7 seconds.

Other local runners winning awards at the Sands Point Preserve were Nicholas Cuddy of Oyster Bay, who earned first place honors in the Clydesdale Weight Division with a time of 25:53, Joanne Gallo of Oyster Bay, who  took home the first place award in the women’s 65-69 age group with a time of 28:11, and Anja Hermann of Oyster Bay, third place woman in the 20-24 age group, who finished in 28:47.

Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay will once again be the site of the Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24.

The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at  Roosevelt  Park.


Calendar

Bayville Car Show

Friday, Aug. 22

Junior Triathlon

Sunday, Aug. 24

Historic Church Service And Tour

Sunday, Aug. 24



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