A back-to-school picnic was held for Sandy Hook School students and family members during the evening on Thursday, August 28.
The event celebrated the start of the new school year just days before and offered an opportunity for school community members to mingle.
The event was held at Monroe’s Chalk Hill Middle School, where Sandy Hook School is housed, and by the start of the event, students were playing on the school’s playground while chairs, tents, and tables were being set up by parents.
Geralyn Hoerauf of Diversified Project Management told the Public Building and Site Commission (PB&S) at its meeting on Tuesday, August 12, the Phase 3 Site Work package for the Sandy Hook School building project has been approved by the state.
“The team went up to the state on Friday, August 8,” said Ms Hoerauf. “The state did approve the package. It did authorize us to go to bid for site improvements. [Consigli Construction] is working as we speak for the bid packages.”
The Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) this week conducted a public hearing on the wetlands protection aspects of the town’s proposal to construct a new Sandy Hook Elementary School at 12 Dickinson Drive to replace the school that the town demolished last year, following the December 2012 massacre there.
The July 9 hearing was sparsely attended, drawing four members of the public. None of those four people had any comments or questions on the construction proposal.
In two sessions, students at Sandy Hook Elementary School took part in their school’s Field Day, held on Thursday, June 12.
By the time the third and fourth grade students had made their way out to the back field at Monroe’s Chalk Hill Middle School, mud was forming. The younger grades participated in their Field Day later in the day.
That observation from architect Barry Svigals of Svigals + Partners came during an interview ahead of a community information meeting revealing the latest Sandy Hook School developments set for Thursday, June 5, after the print edition of The Newtown Bee went to press.
Author and illustrator Grace Lin visited Sandy Hook School on Tuesday, May 20, to speak with students and share some of her works.
During one presentation to Monroe preschool students, who attend school at Chalk Hill Middle School, where Sandy Hook School is also housed, and Sandy Hook School kindergarten students, Ms Lin read from her book The Ugly Vegetables.
Sandy Hook School students spoke with author and illustrator Tomie dePaola during two sessions on Friday, May 16, using Skype, an online communication program.
Mr dePaola spoke with the students from the comfort of his studio, where he said he completes all of his illustrations. Mr dePaola, according to his website tomie.com, has written and/or illustrated nearly 250 books, including Strega Nona, The Art Lesson, and Christmas Remembered.
Ahead of an expected June 5 town presentation on the plans for Sandy Hook Elementary School, representatives of Svigals + Partners unveiled some of the first renderings of the new building during a Public Building & Site and Board of Education joint meeting Wednesday, May 14.