Students, staff, administration and community members once again rallied together to provide Thanksgiving meals for 25 Springs families. With the generous donations of many, each of the 25 families received a box of food, a turkey, and a gift certificate to a local grocery store. The Community Outreach Committee led by Colleen McGowan of the Springs Teachers Association would like to thank everybody for all their support.
The Holiday Bazaar is back. This week the students shop for Christmas presents for their families in the commons room. All items range in price from a quarter to $10. The Holiday Bazaar is open from Wednesday to Friday (December 11 to 13) during the school day with additional Thursday evening hours from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Parents are welcome to shop.
Teachers had a chance to put on their learning caps during the month of November, and work with staff developers Coleen Cruz and Lauren Kolbeck from the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, located at Columbia University. Teachers observed Mrs. Kolbeck and Ms. Cruz work directly with the students on published texts and student writing. The teachers met afterward with the staff to discuss questions based on their observations and work on curriculum development.
The second film festival of the season featured second and fifth grade films. The student films this month were: “What Mom and Dad Say” by Taylor Atwell, Emma Tepan and Rihanna Pinos; “What’s The Best Part About …” by Tiffany Farez and Ashley Farez; “What Do You Do In A Thunderstorm” by Sophia Rodriquez; and “Movements” by Bella Tarbet, inspired by the recent animation workshop with the New York City Good School.
Four new members were added to the staff: two special education teachers, Crystal Reiner and Kimberly Belkin. Marion Flaherty is the new head bus driver in charge of the transportation department. Diana Zuchelli replaced retiring Lou Aiello as a special education chairperson. Principal Eric Casale noted, “All of our new staff are experienced in their respective fields and we are more than confident they will do an excellent job.”
Students from the Academic Enrichment Program are invited to a challenge. They will be performing a Shakespearean soliloquy from Hamlet or Macbeth. To be eligible the students must have won a thespian Shakespearean challenge in class. Congratulations to Jeremy Vizcaino and Caleb Wright who are the first students eligible for the theatrical dueling, scheduled for later in the school year.
Joan Branche and her class did a turkey trot around the school and the soccer fields to emphasize the importance of exercise and healthy eating habits. They may do a Santa trot if the weather cooperates.
This year the Student Council is hosting a toy drive to collect toys in cooperation with the U.S. Marine Corps. The elementary classroom that donates the most toys, will win a pizza party courtesy of the Student Council, led by Ray Wojtusiak.
As part of the VFW’s “Cookies for the Troops,” students wrote personal messages on index cards. Joan Branche’s students have displayed their cards and collected cards from students throughout the school to be distributed for the holidays.
On November 25, the Springs Seedlings hosted the first annual Thanksgiving Harvest Salad Lunch. The event marks the culmination of the eight week growing cycle of the lettuce planted by classes in the first, second and seventh grades and Project Most. Additional salad veggies such as mixed greens, carrots, and fennel were donated by Quail Hill Farms and Balsam Farms, and the salad dressing was made by second grade students in Project Most. The entire first and second grade enjoyed the salad bounty with the help of teachers Lisa Dragone, Ann Marie Diaz and Ilaine Bickley. They thanked John Foster’s classes, which grew the salad from seed to harvest.
The school’s volleyball team, coached by Ana Jacobs, started the season with a win. Carolina Ortega scored with her jump serve. Sophia Ledda, Alexis Vargas, Isabella Aguero and Maddie Schenck are veteran leaders on the team. Jacobs says, “Newcomers Claire Hopkins, Cecilia Blanchard, Mary McDonald and Nicole Realmuto are showing great control of their skills on the court.”