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  • Newtown Schools Announce Winter Concert Dates

    Students in the Newtown Public School’s Music Department are tightening strings, tuning instruments, and readying vocal chords for soon-to-be performed Winter Concerts scheduled for each school. The following is a listing, released recently by the school district, of the 2013 Winter Concert dates. The concerts will begin this week with Hawley School's Third & Fourth Grade Concert, and continue through the first week of February, concluding with Reed School's Fifth Grade Band Concert on February 5. All concerts are free, and residents are welcome to join proud parents for the performances.

  • Newtown Connections In A Hawaiian Classroom

    Elizabeth O’Brien, a former Newtown resident who now lives and works in Hawaii, received an email from a co-worker on Tuesday, November 19. The co-worker had attended a conference over the previous weekend, and met Scarlett Lewis, the mother of 12/14 victim Jesse Lewis. Ms Lewis recently published a book, "Nurturing Healing Love: A Mother’s Journey of Hope & Forgiveness" based on an unexpected journey, inspired by a simple three-word message the had scrawled on their kitchen chalkboard shortly before he was killed. Ms O'Brien, who had planned to teaching her students about what happened in her former hometown, was "floored," she said, when she learned that Ms Lewis had agreed to visit her school to speak to students. The concept of choosing love, she said, has inspired her career.

  • Elementary Schools Win Healthier US School Awards

    Newtown’s four elementary schools recently earned national recognition through the HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC), as announced by Chartwells School Dining Services. According to Chartwells School Dining Services Resident Dietitian Jill Patterson, Middle Gate Elementary School, Head O’ Meadow Elementary School, Hawley Elementary School, and Sandy Hook Elementary School were recognized for working to support and improve the health of children and the community with the USDA HealthierUS School Bronze Level awards. As part of the effort, healthy items are featured on school menus and physical education and activity are emphasized. Those efforts are part of HUSSC...

  • Annual KLAP Walk for Dogs

    The Third Annual Kids Lend A Paw (KLAP) dog walk was held under clear skies Saturday, November 16, at Fairfield Hills. Reed intermediate School sixth grader Maddie Stites started the walk three years ago to raise money for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). The organization is near and dear to Maddie since the ASPCA rescued her family’s three dogs — Merry, Sunny, and Chloe...

  • NMS And Reed Interact Clubs To Sell Christmas Trees

    As a fundraiser for both the Newtown Middle School and Reed Intermediate School Interact Clubs, donated trees will be sold starting Saturday, December 7, for $40 each. According to NMS Interact Club Advisor Bruce Moulthrop, the fundraiser would not be possible without the generous donation of 100 trees — including balsam, white spruce, and blue spruce trees — from NMS science teacher Jason Adams, whose family has had a Newtown tree farm for generations. Due to Mr Adams’s grandfather’s age, he can no longer take care of the tree farm, according to Mr Moulthrop. “[Mr Adams] thought it would be nice to donate the trees to us so we could have a fundraiser,” Mr Moulthrop said...

  • Ingersoll Automotive Donates Laptops To NHS

    Since last year when Ingersoll Automotive of Danbury began a program designed to give back to the community during the holiday season, roughly 115 laptops have been donated to area high schools. On Monday, November 18, Todd Ingersoll, president of Ingersoll Automotive of Danbury, stopped by Newtown High School to donate ten laptops that will be used by students who otherwise would not have access to the technology...

  • NICE Announces Hosting Opportunities

    The Newtown International Center for Education (NICE) team is actively planning delegation visits for winter and spring of 2014. Students and educators from China, France, and Spain will visit Newtown this year, according to NICE, and the organization is seeking families interested in hosting a student and/or educator in their home during the delegates’ stay in Newtown. The Chinese delegation is scheduled to visit January 24 through February 22. The French delegation will visit in March, with dates to be announced. The Spanish delegation will visit between April 26 and May 6...

  • NHS To Try A ‘Morning Traffic Experiment’

    In a post to the high school blog, dumais.us/newtown/blog, Newtown High School Principal Charles Dumais announced a “Morning Traffic Experiment,” as the post was titled, early Tuesday, November 19. “Morning traffic at Newtown High School is replete with challenges — parents dropping off students, student drivers, buses, commuters accessing I-84, two traffic lights, and a traffic control officer who tries to coordinate it all. It has been suggested that, even with all of the challenges, traffic conditions might be smoother without a traffic control officer directing the flow of traffic on Route 34 at the high school entrance,” Mr Dumais wrote...

  • Fraser Woods Open House November 21

    Fraser Woods Montessori School will host its November open house for parents of prospective students from 10 am to 11:30 am on Thursday, November 21, at the school, 173 South Main Street.  Faculty, administrative staff, and the director of admissions ...

  • Veterans Day Assembly At St Rose Of Lima School

    St Rose of Lima School welcomed nine military veterans on Monday, November 11, for Veterans Day. As the gathered students waited for the assembly to begin, each student held a small flag. When the veterans walked through the Gathering Hall doors, a line of six students met to accompany them. “God Bless America” played as the students and veterans began their walk down the room’s middle aisle. All students respectfully rose from their seats, applauded the veterans as they passed, and then stood saluting until the song finished...