Sag Harbor School News, April 25

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Sag Harbor Elementary School
Peggy Lyman Hayes, former principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company who is now a master teacher at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, was a guest at Morning Program. She is the grandmother of one of our students. The connection was discovered when kindergarten teacher Nancy Remkus showed a dance from the DVD “Move It! expressive movements from classical music” and someone recognized her. Ms. Hayes spoke about how stories are told through dance and that music helps create a mood.

Art teacher Meg Mandell worked with student volunteers this week in two separate presentations at Morning Program. First, Ms. Mandell showed a clip of “Soft-Shoe Silhouettes” from the old PBS show, “The Electric Company.” In it, two people appear in silhouette, one making the initial sound of a word like sh, and the other the rest of the word, op, and then the two said the word in unison, “shop.” After the video clip some of our students then got on stage and did the same type of performance with words. This technique is called “chunking” and is utilized in our language arts program. In the next presentation, Ms. Mandell displayed cartoon drawings the third-graders had done, which depicted various feelings, or sentimientos, and asked the students to identify the emotion. They looked at the face, body language, and background and identified what the Spanish title meant.

Kindergarten registration for the 2013-14 school year has begun. Children who will be five years old by December 1, 2013, are eligible to attend. Registration must be completed in person with Kristen Doerr at Pierson High School. Registration hours are generally between 7 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., but call Ms. Doerr at (631) 735-5302, extension 456 to confirm. Registration packets are available in the main office at the Sag Harbor Elementary School or can be found on the school website at www.sagharborschools.org.

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