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Tuckahoe School

The school’s music students recently participated in the Hamptons Music Middle School Festival, which last Saturday culminated in a concert at Eastport-South Manor High School. The students, joined by more than 200 of the East End’s finest musicians in grades six through eight, rehearsed for three days to prepare for the event.

Thomas Beckman, Jake Marano, Mackenzie O’Brien, Caroline Rumph, Stephen Swiderski and Christian Westerhoff played in the select Festival Band. Gregory Nanos performed as a member of the Festival Chorus. Congratulations to Tuckahoe’s talented musicians.

Prekindergarten and kindergarten registration for residents of the district will be held this year on Thursday, February 26.

To be eligible for kindergarten, a child must have reached the age of five by December 1, 2009. To be eligible for prekindergarten, a child must have reached the age of four by December 1, 2009. Parents are required to bring a birth certificate, immunization records, a copy of their child’s latest physical, two proofs of residency—either a lease agreement if you are renting, or a current tax bill if you own your own home, will be accepted—along with two utility bills. In addition, New York state guidelines require that all pre-K students have a blood lead level test, a routine blood test that may have already been done by your child’s pediatrician.

Note: It is important that parents with children who are eligible for pre-K or kindergarten make every effort to register them on February 26. If you know of a neighbor or friend who lives in Tuckahoe and has a child eligible for these programs, please make them aware of this date. Call the school at 283-3550, ext. 301 or 302 for additional information and to schedule an appointment to register.

The Educational Foundation’s inaugural Golf Outing will be held rain or shine on Friday, April 24, at the Sebonack Golf Club. “Early Bird” registration will be held for Tuckahoe parents and residents prior to the general registration period. The cost per player is $600 and proceeds will benefit the foundation’s mission of promoting cultural and artistic opportunities for students, families and residents of the district. An official registration brochure is included in the December newsletter.

Bridgehampton School

On January 13, 10 students from grades seven and eight participated in a “Race to History Challenge” at Eastport South Manor Junior-Senior High School. Students competed against other schools in history trivia, answering questions from the seventh- and eighth-grade New York State social studies curriculum.

As part of their ongoing education about the environment, students in kindergarten through grade six decorated a “Tree for Wildlife.” The tree, donated by Agway in Bridgehampton, was decorated with student-made edible ornaments.

January students of the month are first-grader Alanah Johnson, second-grader Jonathan DeGroot, third-grader Paulina Bravo, fourth-grader Kevin Feliciano, and fifth-grader Harriet DeGroot.

Annette Rivera’s fourth-graders are studying the authors of their favorite books, which will culminate in a report and class presentation.

Helen Wolfe’s physics class is exploring electrostatics. Using a Van de Graaff generator, students are learning about how electrons work.

Southampton Intermediate School

On Wednesday, January 14, Morley Quatroche, of the Morley Agency in Southampton and the father of sixth-grader Emily Quatroche, visited the Academic Enrichment class to explain mortgages, appraisals, and insurance. He also spoke about the current crisis in the banking and loan industries in language that all could understand.

On February 9, Josh Pearl, an actor associated with “Actors A La Carte,” will be the featured guest speaker. Mr. Pearl, in preparation for the students’ trip to Broadway to see “Phantom of the Opera,” will read excerpts from Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel of the same name, from which the Broadway show was adapted. He will also conduct a mini acting workshop.

Southampton Elementary School

Fourth-grade student Julia Kepczynska won the school-level competition of the 21st annual National Geographic Bee. This academic competition, open to students in grades four through eight, is held every year in thousands of schools across the United States, in the five U.S. territories, and in Department of Defense Dependents Schools around the world.

Christian Oakley was the second-place winner and Olivia Bruyn placed third. The other finalists were Madelyn Elliston, Kirver Garcia, Melissa Martinez, Enola Mercer, Erin Morgani, Jack O’Brien, and Diana Oliver. The alternates were Bayron Alvarez, Simon Posada, Coco Ramgopal, Kyerrah Reddick, and Andrew Wesnofske. Enrichment teacher and school bee coordinator Cathy Musick helped the students prepare for the competition.

As school champion, Julia will take a written qualifying test that will be submitted to the National Geographic Society. Up to 100 of the top scorers in each state will be eligible to compete in statewide bees.

Southampton Prekindergarten

Registration for the 2009-2010 school year will be held on Wednesday, February 4, and Thursday, February 5, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the district office on Leland Lane. To be eligible, children must turn four years old by December 1, 2009 and be a resident of the Southampton School District. The program runs Monday through Friday and is half day, morning or afternoon. At the time of registration, you may indicate your session preference. However, classes are developed based on enrollment numbers and morning or afternoon cannot be guaranteed.

To register, parents or guardians must bring two original proofs of residency. These include a lease or tax bill, and one utility bill (not cellular phone bills). Parents or guardians must supply the child’s original birth certificate and/or passport and immunization records. Photo identification (such as driver’s license or passport) for the parent/guardian registering the child is also required. These original documents will be copied during registration and returned to you.

In addition, an application for enrollment must be completed and is available at the district office on Leland Lane. The program, which is part of the Southampton Public Schools, is located on the second floor of the First Presbyterian Church on Meeting House Lane. Call the pre-K office at 287-3306 for additional information.

Alligators and French fries were the topic of discussion at a sing-along hosted by the pre-K and the Peconic Teacher Center at the Southampton Elementary School on Friday, January 9.

Dr. Jean Feldman, an author and performer of many popular children’s songs, paid a visit to the school that brought students and parents out in droves, filling the school’s lunchroom.

While singing about some of their favorite food choices and wild animals, students were invited to motion along with Dr. Feldman. According to Donna Denon, the pre-K coordinator, the songs are ones that the students sing at the Winter Bake and Boogie.

The pre-K and the PTC also hosted a childhood conference on Saturday, January 10, at the Tuckahoe School, which was attended by 75 educators from the East End.

Our Lady of the Hamptons

Second-graders, led by their teachers, Peter Lynch and Jennifer Coyle, presented “Mother Goose Land” at class assembly. The entire class sang, danced and taught valuable lessons on truth through familiar nursery rhymes.

The 12th annual Bucks for Books Raffle will be held on February 6 at the Dinner Dance at East Wind. This raffle has a top prize of $15,000. Tickets for this event and additional raffle tickets are available at the school, call 283-9110.

The first event in celebration of Catholic Schools Week will be the traditional Family Pancake Breakfast this Sunday, January 25, from 8 a.m. to noon. A full pancake and sausage breakfast will be cooked by the OLH dads, and served by the members of the Class of 2010. Student guides will be available for building tours. Prospective students and their families are urged to attend.

Also in conjunction with Catholic Schools Week, local merchants and service personnel are invited to stop at the school on Wednesday, January 28, at 9:30 a.m. for a special welcome and coffee break.

Registration for the 2009-2010 school year will begin in mid-January. Space is available in the preschool program for three- and four-year-olds at St. Rosalie’s Parish center campus, as well as kindergarten through grade eight in Southampton. An informational packet and applications are available now. Interviews and tours will be scheduled upon inquiry. Openings in the kindergarten and the primary grades are at a premium.

The OLH Almost Three program at St. Rosalie’s Parish Center will open its second class beginning on Tuesday, February 3. This is a one-half day each week program for students who will be three years of age by December 1, 2009. Please call for details.

Stella Maris

This week, kindergarten students studied symmetry, making their own symmetrical structures out of blocks, pattern blocks, geoboards, and thistle blocks. They discovered what magnets attract by exploring various objects such as feathers, nails, corks, scissors and paper clips.

The children are becoming experts teaching their peers “how to” do things such as riding bikes and cooking their favorite recipes.

Fourth-graders are finished with their New York State English Language Arts tests. They began each test morning with a classroom breakfast of fruit and cereal, then did the best they could on the exams.

They are also putting their writing skills to good use with their new pen pals, senior citizens from the Bridgehampton Nutrition Center. This week, they are also preparing presentations for Catholic Schools Week, January 26 to January 30. The theme for the week is “Service” and the classroom theme is “Service to the Country.”

The sixth-graders are creating murals of service professionals and are working on author biographies and Martin Luther King Jr. essays.

Middle school science students are studying earthquakes, the solar system and maps.

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