It’s hard to say goodbye, but all good things must come to an end. Weeks eight and nine at the Boys & Girls Club’s summer camp are an exciting way to close out the “School’s Out” Summer Recreation Program.
During this past week, campers in the K-3 subgroup enjoyed several fun-filled activities including trips to Tobay Park, Chuck E. Cheese, and Long Island Laser Bounce. The annual Luau was enjoyed by all, especially those who did the limbo stick. The trips and events for the upcoming week include, Active Kidz, Bingo, and Ellwood Cinemas.
The Rotary Club of Oyster Bay presented the annual Tom Reardon Scholarship of $1,500 to Caroline Dupré, a St. Dominic High School graduate. Rotary co-presidents Judy Wasilchuk and Bev Zembko made the presentation at the Rotary luncheon at Jack Halyard’s on Wednesday, June 12.
Richard Kirikian, president of the Board of Trustees at Portledge School in Locust Valley, has announced five new members to the Board of Trustees:
Claude Bahnik, ‘90 is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Mill-Max Mfg. Corp. in Oyster Bay, maker of machine components. Bahnik is an alumnus of Portledge, and he and his family have been Portledge patrons for many years.
Open registration for the Boys & Girls Club of Oyster Bay-East Norwich’s Before and After School Programs is in progress. These programs are open to all children enrolled in the OB-EN School District. Registration packets will be available at the Boys & Girls Clubhouse at One Pine Hollow Road, Oyster Bay. Registration is by mail and is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Spaces are limited so don’t delay.
The registrants of the Before School Program, grades K-6, enjoy a light, healthy breakfast and participate in fun, age-appropriate activities before the start of each school day. The program begins at 7 a.m., and transportation is provided to Roosevelt and Vernon schools.
As part of the East Woods fourth grade curriculum, the students went on four field trips to various Long Island destinations … and one field trip came to them. Although the weather didn’t always cooperate (Hurricane Sandy, chilly temperatures), and the destinations weren’t always open as scheduled (Fire Island Lighthouse, Sagamore Hill), the fourth grade students and teachers persevered and enjoyed exploring the history and beauty of Long Island.
The various trips and lessons learned were documented throughout the year by the students and culminated in a wonderful re-telling of their adventures. At the one-room Nassakeag Schoolhouse in Stony Brook the children traveled back in time and experienced life as students in the late 1800s.
All around Nassau County, students are winding up the school year, and often their high school career, with the formal event of the season. It was much the same for the students in the autistic program at the Brookville Center for Children’s Services, though this year’s prom was a first.
The residence program administered by the center educates kids with autism up until age 21, according to Beth Hudson, the senior director at the school. There are 25 students between the Lido Beach and Glen Cove houses, said Amy Keegan, assistant director of community resources at the center.
Sunday, June 23, was a perfect day in Oyster Bay. It was 85 degrees under bright blue skies. You couldn’t have asked for better conditions to celebrate the commencement of the Class of 2013. At the stroke of noon, Matthew Sisia raised his baton and the Oyster Bay High School combined Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble struck the familiar chords of Edward Elgar’s venerable classic, “Pomp and Circumstance.”
The crowd was soon surrounded by a sea of purple and white robes as the graduates marched out the doors of the high school led by the Honorary Marshals from the Class of 2014, Cindy Hom, Aubri Juhasz, Rebecca Layne, Claudia Mastrogiacomo and Halsey Quinn.
Portledge School hosted its 38th Commencement Exercises on Friday, June 14. Family and friends gathered on the Gimbel Lawn under a tent to share this joyous occasion. The Class of 2013 graduated 39 students, several of whom have been at the school since early childhood.
The morning festivities began with the processional led by the Board of Trustees and the honored members of the Class of 2013. Music was performed by Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Upper School Concert Band, under the direction of Patricia Baehr. Neil Nalanuthala ’13 (Glen Cove) and Anna Ticker ’13 (Brookville) sang America the Beautiful.
With the Taste of the Town still a warm glow of recent memory, the PTSA is already putting the funds raised to good use.
On June 5, the PTSA sponsored the UNITE Arrive Alive Tour to come to Oyster Bay High School. When students came to school that morning they were greeted with a car parked right outside the main entrance to the high school. Students were invited to sit in the car as a simulator approximated driving. Students were then given a cell phone and asked to text a message. Other students could watch a screen and see how erratic and dangerous driving becomes when drivers attempt to compose a seemingly simple text.
Recently, the Self-Advocates group from Mill Neck Services, Inc. (MNS) participated in a kick-off event at this year’s Self-Advocates’ Open House. Held at the regional office of the Long Island Developmental Disabilities Service Organization (LIDDSO) in Hauppauge, the event was packed with over 100 advocates and support staff. After being introduced, the MNS participants chatted with other self-advocates about their experiences, including a presentation about deaf culture.
Among the topics the group discussed, with the assistance of a PowerPoint slide show, were how language and communication access are crucial, ways to approach a deaf person, and the importance of the words used in identifying people who are deaf and hard of hearing. The MNS self-advocates wrapped up their presentation with a mini lesson teaching the ASL (American Sign Language) alphabet and the numbers 1 through 10.
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