“Have you filled a bucket today?” That’s the question students at Roosevelt Elementary School were recently asked. Carol McCloud’s book, Have You Filled a Bucket Today? introduces the idea that everyone carries around an invisible bucket that holds all of their good feelings and good thoughts about themselves.
Each of us has the power to fill up another person’s bucket through kind actions and the use of kind words. When we fill someone’s bucket it fills our bucket, too. It feels good to be kind and caring to others. School social worker, Dr. Carole Brown, and school psychologist, Tracy Vieweg, were invited into each classroom to read the story to the students.
People of the Oyster Bay East Norwich Community often see Tom Gould at many events with camera in hand. Throughout the course of the school year, Gould takes thousands of photographs. During the holiday concerts last year, Gould captured a moment in the fourth-grade concert as Lou Costidis was conducting a candlelit chorus with his arms reaching for the stars. Gould labeled the photo “The Joy of Music” and submitted it to the New York School Public Relations Association (NYSPRA). The photo was recognized with their highest award of “Excellence.”
Monica Lester, contest coordinator for the 2014 NYSPRA Communications Awards and communications specialist for the Capital Region BOCES said, “Of more than 330 entries, judged by communications professionals around the country, about one-third received awards.”
This past school year, eighth-grade students at Oyster Bay High School and students at the James H. Vernon School got a little help finding an answer to the question: “What do you want to do when you grow up?” More than 50 professionals, including several parents of OBEN students, participated in the annual event, which is jointly sponsored by the high school and Project LEARNS (a partnership between the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District, the Oyster Bay Chamber of Commerce, and the Oyster Bay Main Street Association).
On Tuesday, Sept. 2, the faculty and staff got together in the Oyster Bay High School Performing Arts Center to celebrate the new school year that lay ahead. Superintendent Dr. Laura Seinfeld set a positive tone for the months ahead and brought an enthusiasm and excitement that was unanimously well received.
First, students Brian Gallagher, Erica Haguisan, Mia DiMeo, Isabel Ramirez and Michael Jorge-Rivera performed a special musical version of the Pledge of Allegiance arranged by Tom Sugar, followed by a group of singing second-graders for a musical selection, “America, of Thee I Sing.”
The main topic at the Oyster Bay School Board meeting last Tuesday night concerned the expansion of the high school’s band and chorus rooms and the parking situation on the east side of the high school.
Architects from Burton, Behrendt and Smith presented options for expanding the two music rooms, addressing the parking situation and adding air conditioning to the high school’s cafeteria and auditorium.
Beautiful sunny skies on Sept. 3 welcomed both new and returning students to Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf (DEC) and Mill Neck Manor Early Childhood Center (ECC). The school year kicked off with 149 students enrolled in the DEC and 83 children starting classes at the ECC.
The “Endless Summer Party” was a huge success, with more than 100 members and their families attending. This event was held on Wednesday, Aug. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. to celebrate the closing of summer with a bang. It was a special night as club members and their guests enjoyed a 17-foot water slide, a bounce house, a face paint and temporary tattoo station, and yummy Sno Kones to fight off the summer heat. Members also had fun climbing on the playground and playing sports on the turf. Teen Keystone and Torch Club members volunteered their time at the event and also by baking yummy treats to sell at the event.
Summer camp is well under way, fun is being had, and memories being made at the Boys & Girls Club of Oyster Bay-East Norwich.
The kindergarten through third-grade group has had a variety of exciting activities to do during their days spent on-site at the clubhouse. So far campers have participated in “Talent Show Day,” where they all jumped at the chance to show off their special skills to fellow campers. Whether it was a comedy routine, a dance performance, or someone singing their very own song, campers and staff alike were extremely entertained.
The annual East Woods Spring Fair weekend was kicked-off with a spectacular dinner dance and auction held on the waterfront at the Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club on Centre Island on Friday, May 16.
The storm of the previous night gave way to radiant sunshine and smiling faces all around as the celebration and fun continued on Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19 at the East Woods Spring Fair. No small fair, the Spring Fair boasted plenty of rides for children of every age. The Ferris Wheel, Giant Slide, Scat, Dizzy Dragons, Starship, Sizzler, Merry Go Round and Bumper Cars were among the favorites.
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.
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