Sag Harbor School News, November 13


Sag Harbor Elementary School

The school has organized several giving drives, collecting 161 pounds of leftover Halloween candy to send to the troops and VA hospitals, as well as warm jackets and coats for families who are supported by The Retreat. Now the school is collecting for a food drive, seeking non-perishable food items to distribute to local families in need at Thanksgiving time. To make sure that all the food groups are covered, we assigned each grade level a category of foods to bring. Kindergarten and third grade are bringing grains—cereal, pasta, rice, etc.; first and second grade, fruits and vegetables—canned, dried, juices, jelly, soup, etc.; and fourth and fifth grade, proteins and fats—nuts, oil, canned tuna, soup, etc. The school is also accepting donations of gift cards redeemable at local food markets for purchase of turkeys and fresh produce. The food drive will end on Friday, November 14.

Though November 21, the school is collecting gently used practical shoes, sneakers, flats, sandals, flip-flops, loafers—just no dress shoes or high heels—to go to the Jacaranda School for Orphans located in Malawi, Africa. That’s where science teacher Kryn Olson spent part of her summer this year teaching agriculture and art. While there, Ms. Olson noticed that a pair of shoes, no matter what their condition, was a prized possession for many of the students; she decided to collect shoes for them when the school year started. Last week at Morning Program, we Skyped with the Jaracunda School and its director, Marie DaSilva. Ms. DaSilva founded the school within her family house in 2002, turning the bedrooms, living room, pantry, even the garage, into classrooms. In October 2008, Marie was recognized as a Top Ten CNN Hero for her dedication to orphans in Malawi. Today, she shares her time between working at the school in Malawi and fundraising and speaking in schools and universities around the world. You can learn more about the school by visiting

The final Partners in Print workshop takes place on Thursday, November 13, at 6 p.m. The topic is The Reading-Writing Connection. Partners in Print is for pre-registered kindergartners or first-graders and their parents.

On Monday, Morning Program was dedicated to local veterans with breakfast, songs, and a special tribute to the 23 vets who attended. School counselor Michelle Grant created a video display and everyone sang Lee Greenwood’s “Proud to be an American.”

Parent-teacher conferences will take place on Monday, November 24, and Tuesday, November 25. Dismissal will be at 11:15 a.m. on both days. Registration for those days for SHAEP, the after school childcare program, must be received by Friday, November 21.

School will be closed from Wednesday, November 26, through Friday, November 28 for Thanksgiving recess.

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