Sag Harbor Elementary School

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The annual Songwriter’s Festival concluded this week at Morning Program. Students in each class had written a song together using their imagination and creativity as well as collaboration and cooperation skills to select topics, lyrics and music. Some of the titles of this year’s songs were “Peanuts,” “Doggy Idol,” “Spy Puppies,” “Chicken Noodle Soup” and “Memories through the Years.”

The fifth-graders are preparing for the annual “Wax Museum.” This year’s theme is “We’re Living History.” Each fifth-grader has selected a prominent person in history or current events to portray, researched their subject, written a report on his or her life and accomplishments, painted a backdrop depicting that person’s life and times, and will dress in costume for the museum.

“We’re Living History” will take place on Friday, April 18, with three separate viewing times: 9:30 to 10:10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m., and 1:40 to 2:20 p.m. Family, friends and members of the community, even those with no particular ties to the school or any of the students, are invited to attend.

“A Walk in the Park” sponsored by the Parenting Center and the Southampton Trails Preservation Society, took place this past Sunday. More than fifty children and adults met at the grandstand in Mashashimuet Park and, led by Tony Garro from the Southampton Trails Preservation Society, walked some of the trails behind the park at the north end of the Long Pond Greenbelt. Although it was a bit chilly, those who took part learned about the history and geography of the area and had fun at the same time.

Speech teachers Anita Grille and Julia Esposito introduced National Poetry Week at Morning Program on Monday, talking about the joy of reading and writing poems and asking the students what they know about poetry. Ms. Grille read “A Poem in My Pocket,” and launched a school-wide activity for the week. The children were asked to carry a poem in their pockets this week, either a favorite of theirs or one they had written themselves and for the next few days they might be tapped on the shoulder and asked to produce their poem. If they do so, it’s possible they could read the poem at Morning Program on Friday, April 11.

Anyone who missed the March 18 orientation for parents of next year’s kindergartners and has a child eligible for kindergarten next fall (residents of Sag Harbor who will be 5 years of age by December 1, 2008, and have the required immunizations) should contact the elementary school office at 725-5301. Kindergarten screenings will take place in May and student visitation day will be held on June 13. Only children who are already registered and have been screened will be assigned a teacher for visitation day. Registration packets may be picked up in the main office of the elementary school.

The elementary school PTA is holding another Family Movie Night on Friday, April 11, in the elementary school gymnasium. The feature will be the original “Wizard of Oz.” Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and the movie starts at 7. Popcorn and water will be available for purchase. Children may bring a pillow or blanket, wear pajamas if they’d like, and must be accompanied by an adult.

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