Springs School News, October 30

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As reported by the Journalism Club

Students in third to sixth grade meet every Wednesday as part of the Journalism Club to report the news of the school.

The fourth grade opera company, 76 Pick Up Sticks, journeyed to the Lincoln Center on October 27 to see “Aida,” thanks to the support of the PTA. The students got a preview of a professional opera production as they work on their own product, an opera the students wrote this year, based on life in Springs in 1914. Their opera will be performed at Guild Hall on January 14, coordinated by Sue Ellen O’Connor and Colleen McGowan.

The PTA is sponsoring its annual book fair and is offering an incentive for parents to volunteer: classes who have parents who volunteer may draw a prize from the Treasure Chest. All classes will spend time this week perusing the latest children’s books. The PTA sponsored the junior high Halloween dance October 24 with prizes for the top three costumes.

Dr. Bach and Dr. Grazina of East End Orthodontics are sponsoring a candy buy-back with a donation of one dollar a pound with the candy sent to the troops overseas. The school that collects the most candy receives a $350 bonus; the contest ends November 7. Students are also writing thank you notes to the soldiers to be sent with the candy.

On Wednesday, October 22, Laura Bellmont and Emily Brink from The Good School in New York City visited Sue Ellen O’Connor and her students who are working on advanced stop-motion animations. Natasha Chavez, Luke Tarbet, Corrina Castillo, Bella Tarbet, Jamie Grant and Alyssa Brabant participated and hope to train other young animators.

With the “science guy” Sean Knight, third-graders are studying the structure of bean plants by growing them hydroponically in the classroom. They are learning about animals through studying crayfish, including their behavioral and structural adaptations. One crayfish laid 200 eggs. Third-graders will also be harvesting the bean seeds for future grades to continue the life cycle process.

Kindergartners spent Friday pumpkin and apple picking at Milk Pail in Water Mill. Students picked their own pumpkins and apples, and took a tractor ride.

Stacy McCally organized Red Ribbon Week with the theme “Say No to Drugs and Say Yes to Sports,” earlier in the month, with Jodie Hallman’s first grade winning the ribbon-decorating contest, earning a pizza party. Officer Kim led a making healthy choices assembly for kindergarten through third grade students.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) also spoke to the junior high students.

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