December Music Notes

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This past December, music students from Winthrop and Shore Road treated their classmates to musical performances in an effort to spread holiday cheer.

Additionally, in a time-honored tradition, Shore Road students in the select band, chorale and chamber ensemble spent many extra hours rehearsing to bring their annual show on the road to Nassau University Medical Center. The musicians performed for patients on the rehabilitation floor and in the main lobby of the hospital to spread holiday cheer to all.

Favorites included “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Jingle Bells” performed by the select band, “Let It Snow” and “Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree” sung by the chorale, and “Santa Baby” and “Jingle Bell Rock” performed by the chamber ensemble.

Collage Pays Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Students in Christopher Merz’s first-grade class and Eloise Eisenhardt’s second-grade class at Reinhard collaborated to study Doreen Rappaport’s book “Martin’s Big Words” and discuss the importance and impact of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s teachings.  

Each student was asked to select and decorate a word they felt expressed Dr. King’s ideas and beliefs. Students shared their words and understandings with their fellow classmates, and the two classes created a collage to celebrate Dr. King’s life.

All-County Musicians Named

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Members of the band, chorus and orchestra at Shore Road School were selected as All-County musicians and performed under noted conductors at a music festival held at LIU Post’s Tilles Center for the Performing Arts in January. The student-musicians were selected in recognition of their performances at the New York State School Music Association solo evaluation festivals held last spring.
    
The following Bellmore students were selected

Band
Aidan Grimes-alto sax
Christina McQuillan-clarinet
Christopher Prainito-alto sax
Olivia Sabino-trombone
Sophia Warren-clarinet
Ryan Zaslansky-bass clarinet

Chorus
Claire Levasseur- soprano
Gabrielle Levine- soprano
Jessica Sarubbi- soprano

Orchestra
Jake Arlia-violin
Ileane Barrera-violin
Sylvia Bergman-string bass
Bailey Croce-violin
Brigid Lamaze- viola
Jared Levine- string bass
Param Nagpal-violin
Katie O'Brien-string bass
Stamatia Papazis- viola
Andrew Ploscaru-string bass
Rachel Schleider-viola
Kenneth Seltman-Bass
Gabriella Tamargo-violin
Christopher Tonico-violin
Madison Yeh-violin

Understanding American Indians at Winthrop

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Fourth-graders at Winthrop took a trip through time on Jan. 8-9 to understand how American Indians lived many years ago.

Following a slide presentation in the auditorium, students enjoyed a museum of artifacts in the gym, complete with deerskin blankets, lacrosse sticks (which were invented by Indians) and other historical pieces. There was also an adventure in the library, where students experienced games, such as Ring & Pin and Bowl Dice. Sage Brantley, who was adopted into a Southern Cheyenne family, also shared stories with the children.

The fourth-graders also enjoyed various other workshops devoted to Iroquois government and clay to go along with a music and dance experience in the gym.

Journeys Into American Indian Territory was created because of the deeply meaningful experiences Robert Vetter had while conducting graduate anthropological fieldwork among Oklahoma’s Comanche and other tribes in the early 1980’s. He was “adopted” by several Indian people and felt personally transformed as a result of the life and teachings they shared with him.

Getting Ready for Middle School

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2015-2016 Universal Prekindergarten information now available

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CharACTer Matters

Fourth-grade students in the Character Drama Club at Winthrop performed the musical Character Matters for family and friends on Dec. 16. The play, which was directed by Mrs. Davis, Dr. Mitchell and Mrs. Falabella, showcased the District’s core values.

2015-2016 Transportation Application for Nonpublic Schools

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Saturday, January 31, 2015