Sag Harbor School News, May 2


Sag Harbor Elementary School
At a recent Morning Program, physical education teacher Hank Katz awarded certificates and T-shirts to the newest members of the Milers Club: Julianna Arrieta, Aniela Bedini, Isabelle Caplin, Annie Farnam, Amelie Feldstein, Chad Federico, Justin Gardner, Ashton Giruzzi, Stephanie Gordillo and Lily Perello. These students consistently do more than the requisite daily two-lap run or walk around our fitness trail.

Under the direction of music teacher and band director Lisa Rice, some of fourth grade girls played the song “Bill Grogan’s Goat” at Morning Program. They first played it together, then as a round. The audience was invited to sing along to words projected on the screen and played again as a round. The students were Lee Browning and Gaylin Davey on clarinet and Anne Browning and Eve Marsden on alto saxophone.

The school-wide theme of Reading Rocks includes learning together about the who, what, why, when and where of reading. Art teacher Meg Mandell made a presentation at Morning Program about “reading” a painting. Using PowerPoint, Ms. Mandell showed famous paintings such as Van Gogh’s Starry Night and da Vinci’s Mona Lisa to illustrate the wide variety of art styles. She mentioned how elements such as technique, brushstroke, color, light, perspective, form, subject matter and composition express a range of emotions and have different effects on the viewer.

Maryellen LeClerc’s second grade class made a presentation titled “Reasons for the Seasons” at Morning Program, drawing on what they learned in several subject areas. They displayed the Kid Pix illustrations of each month of the year they had done in computer class with teacher Jonathan Schwartz and explained how the Earth revolving around the sun affects the seasons, which they learned about in science class with teacher Kryn Olson. They also sang the song, “I Just Called to Say I Love You,” which they had rehearsed with music teacher Gavin Lahann. During the chorus the students held up all kinds of phones, from the antique candlestick phone to cell phones, they had made in art class with teacher Meg Mandell. Student Finn Goodale wrote a narrative to introduce the different segments of their presentation and read it along with her classmates Sawyer Davey, Axel Fernandez and Gavin Gilbride.

School nurse Margaret Pulkingham gave a refresher on the “food plate,” which replaces the food pyramid. She also gave another way to think about foods, putting them in three categories: Go Foods, eat these anytime like fresh fruits and vegetables; Slow Foods, foods to eat sometimes, like white breads; and Whoa Foods, foods to stop and think about before you make a decide to eat them, like candy bars (think of them as occasional special treats). Students Max Gomolka and Finn Goodale helped Ms. Pulkingham with the presentation.

Kindergarten registration for the 2013-14 school year is under way. 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 you should call Ms. Doerr at (631) 735-5302, extension 456 to make sure she is available. Registration packets are available in the main office at the Sag Harbor Elementary School or may be found on the school website at

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