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Tuckahoe School

Prekindergarten and kindergarten registration for residents of the Tuckahoe Common School District will be held this year on Thursday, February 26.

To be eligible for kindergarten, a child must have reached the age of 5 by December 1, 2009. To be eligible for prekindergarten, a child must have reached the age of 4 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 or a current tax bill 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 in the district who has a child eligible for these programs, please make them aware of this date. Call the school at 283-3550, extension 301 or 302 for additional information and to schedule an appointment to register.

The Tuckahoe Common School District 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 the cultural and artistic opportunities for students, families and residents of our district. An official registration brochure is included in the December newsletter.

Our Lady of the Hamptons

The 12th annual Bucks for Books Raffle, which has a top prize of $15,000, will be held on February 6 at the Dinner Dance at East Wind. The number to call for reservations and additional raffle tickets is 283-9110.

The first event in celebration of Catholic Schools’ Week will be the traditional Family Pancake Breakfast on 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.

Registration for the 2009-2010 school year will begin in mid-January. Space is available in the preschool program for 3- and 4-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 3 years of age by December 1, 2009. Please call for details.

Bridgehampton School

On Sunday, January 4, the Bridgehampton PTO held a Pancake Breakfast to raise funds to help needy families with utility costs during the winter season.

On Tuesday, January 6, eighth-graders participated in a Challenge Day program with seventh- and eighth-grade students from Montauk. The program took place at the Veterans of Foreign Wars hall in Amagansett.

Students and teachers interacted in a variety of exercises that helped them get in touch with their feelings and connect to many issues in their lives. Bryzeida Perez, an eighth-grader said, “Our leaders, Ray Ray and Devan, were hilarious at times and taught us about feelings. It really made us ‘get real.’ We eventually shared our feelings and our stories within small groups of people.”

Angelica Uribe, another eighth-grader said, “I realized that people my age had almost the same problems as I did. Students had a chance to see that people were right behind you and to support you by making them cross the line.”

Sammy Vallejo shared, “It’s time to pop that balloon, express your feelings, let it all out and not be depressed.”

Jacob Hostetter experienced Challenge Day as a day full of “fun, sadness, laughter, crying and about sharing other people’s lives.” In summing up the event, Jacob said, “If you knew about Challenge Day, you would know that it was the best experience in getting to know each other better.”

Ms. Scaramucci’s kindergarten class began a winter theme by making snowmen and writing sentences that described what they were wearing. The children will be learning about the uses of verbs by naming things they can do in the winter season, and practicing sight words by playing snowman memory.

Ross Upper School

Spirit Week was celebrated from Monday, January 5, through Friday, January 9. The event was an opportunity for Ross students to rally and get “pumped up for our two biggest games which are Shelter Island and Pierson,” said Hannah Levy, a member of the Ross cheerleading team which performed at half time in both varsity games and in the pep rally on January 8. “People get really into it.”

Spirit Week included two important games for the varsity boys basketball team and several junior varsity boys and girls basketball games. Playing Shelter Island, a major rival, Ross varsity boys won 64-41 on December 6.

In advance of the varsity boys basketball game against Pierson, the Upper School student body filled the Great Hall on January 8 for the annual pep rally. The score was 45-30, Pierson.

Also in honor of Spirit Week, students dressed up in different outfits each day. Monday was Wacky Tacky Day, where students accessorized and overindulged in tacky clothing. Alumni also visited the school to meet with former teachers and classmates.

The 2009 Senior Projects, a showcase where each senior presents a topic which best reflects his or her passions and interests, are now being shown. Senior Project Performance Night, held on Friday, January 9, kicked off the series with Brazilian and modern dances by Paige Diner, jazz pieces by James Fabrizio and piano compositions by Evelyn Hoffman.

Paige choreographed two Brazilian/modern dance routines, using inspiration from her Winter Intersession trip last year to Bahia, Brazil, where she studied Afro-Brazilian music and dance. James played the saxophone to show the advancement of the jazz idiom from the 1920s through the 1950s. And Evelyn, who focused on the theme of seasonal change, based her piano pieces on time, freedom and moments spent with friends and family.

Seniors Charles Hoffman, Zachary McDowell and Lucas Suarez-Orozco planned to share their literary works in the high school library on Wednesday, January 14.

All the Senior Projects will be on display beginning Thursday, January 15, in the Ross Gallery and Senior Building and will remain on view through March 11.

Tenth-grade students Devon Leaver and Spencer Kuzon will join high school students from across the United States in participating in the inauguration of Barack Obama on January 20 in Washington, D.C.

From Saturday, January 17, to Wednesday, January 21, the young scholars will attend the Presidential Youth Inaugural Conference (PYIC). This five-day program provides students with a greater understanding of the electoral process and its history, as well as the traditions surrounding the inauguration. The program is sponsored by the Congressional Youth Leadership Council (CYLC).

Spencer and Devon are actively involved in many extracurricular activities at Ross. Their academic commitment resulted in each of them being nominated by teachers to attend the National Young Leaders State Conference, a four-day program that focuses on eight core leadership power tools. Devon attended last year; Spencer went last month.

Hayground School

Shakespeare and Company, has begun a month-long residency at the school. The students are learning the play, “Romeo and Juliet,” which they will perform at the Bay Street Theatre on January 29 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Both performances are open to the public and a $5 donation is suggested.

In addition to working with Hayground students, Shakespeare and Company will be running an open “Romeo and Juliet” workshop at Hayground for children age 6 and up. Space is limited to 20 participants. The fee for the workshop is $30. Contact Cheryl Buck at (631)537-7068 for more information.

Stella Maris

After the Christmas holidays, students learned about “Little Christmas,” the Epiphany, and how the Magi followed the star to find the baby Jesus and give him their presents.

This week, Kate Montaldo’s pre-K class learned about winter and the many changes it brings. The snow outside on the ground created the perfect setting as they read “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats. This was followed by a study in the Science Lab where they learned why snow melts.

They filled a jar with snow and each child hypothesized about whether the jar would be more full or less full after the snow melted into water. They drew their predictions and continued to check on the snow as it melted away.

Kindergarten students are studying the three states of matter, finding examples in the classroom, outside, and even in their lunch boxes. The children are working on sharing knowledge about topics they are expert in in individual “How To” books. The class is revising, editing, and working toward the finished products.

The class has joined the school community each Wednesday morning for weekly mass.

Grade two is studying the solar system this week. The students made a diagram showing how the orbit of the Earth causes the seasons and completed a picture of the phases of the moon using white crayons on dark paper.

The sixth-graders read “Tuck Everlasting” by Natalie Babbitt over the break and are now discussing, reviewing, testing and defining vocabulary from the book. For the month of January the students are engaging in a literacy and technology project. They are recording primary grade level books on iPods for the primary grade students and teachers to use in the classroom.

Southampton High School

Senior Jena Arnister has been selected by the Student Council as the Lions Girl Student of the Month for January. During her years at Southampton, she has been a member of the Spanish Club, varsity soccer, winter and spring track teams, Math Team, Outing Club, and Athletes Helping Athletes. Jena is also in the National and Spanish honor societies. She is the daughter of Duane and Annamaria Arnister of Water Mill and was also the Rotary Student of the Month in November.

Senior Esther Altomare has been chosen by the Student Council as the Rotary Student of the Month for January. She is a member of the Student Council, National Honor Society, and Foreign Language Honor Society. Esther has also participated in the Parish Collaborative, Outing Club, Natural Helpers, and Math Team. She is the daughter of Gail Altomare of Southampton and was also the Lions Girl of the Month in November.

Congratulations to Henrique Polido, Dan Rieger, Brianna Frasher, Davis King, Ana Halsey, and Peter Miller who were selected to attend the NYU-Polytechnic Principal’s Scholars Dinner Symposium on December 10. The group met and spoke with Dr. Charles Camarda, distinguished Engineer in Residence and NASA Astronaut who engaged the audience in a compelling discussion, “Return To Flight.”

Julia Pucci, a senior, has been selected to perform in the All-Eastern Honors Orchestra in Providence, Rhode Island in March. The All-Eastern Orchestra is one of several ensembles sponsored by the Music Educators National Conference. Students represent 11 northeastern states and the District of Columbia. Julia works under the direction of orchestra conductor Nancy Caine.

Sag Harbor Elementary School

“Magic Beyond Imagination!” last Sunday’s magic show sponsored by the Sag Harbor Parenting Center, was very successful, both as a fund-raiser and a “fun-raiser.”

The students in Marcia Collum’s second-grade class took part in the Legacy Project, a series of activities to help children understand and take part in the historic inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama. The project’s “Web of Dreams” is collecting messages from students for our next president. Each of Ms. Collum’s students has written and illustrated a letter telling President-elect Obama about his or her dreams for our country. They wrote about carpooling, saving endangered species, electric cars, building houses for people who don’t have any, and for peace and freedom in this world. This national project was led by educator and best-selling author Susan V. Bosak, who wrote “Dream: A Tale of Wonder, Wisdom and Wishes.”

Nina Landi’s kindergarten class has turned into “Conca Landi” as her students take part in an in-depth study of what it takes to run a pizza parlor. The children have been incorporating language arts and math into writing bills, making change, displaying price lists, counting toppings and taking orders. Although the pizzas that the two-student teams make in the classroom’s “oven” are pretend, the children went on a field trip on Monday to Conca d’Oro where they got to make real pizzas. They learned about making sauce, creating, kneading, and throwing the dough, assembling their own pies, baking them, and finally, eating their own creations.

School nurse Margaret Pulkingham made a PowerPoint presentation at Morning Program about the various modes of germ transmission—direct contact, indirect contact, droplet transmission, particle transmission, vector transmission, and food contamination. She talked about ways to prevent germ transmission, with hand washing being number one.

Jan Cosgrove’s third-grade class got the Healthy Question Award and there was a tie between George Kneeland and Kelly Hornung’s fifth-grade class and Deanna Lattanzio’s fifth-grade class for the most correct answers to “Name three ways that germs are spread.” Last week, alcohol-free hand sanitizing dispensers were placed in classrooms without sinks by our custodial staff.

This week’s fifth-grade announcers are Oona Baker and Christen Heine.

Third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students took the New York State English Language Arts Test last week.

School will be closed on Monday, January 19, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.

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