To kick off its annual Summer Reading program, C.H. Booth Library hired magician Scott Jameson to perform for children and their parents on Tuesday, June 23.
“We’ve had him before…he’s wonderful, he’s very intriguing, he’s very skilled. The kids loved him last year, so we’re having him back,” said Lana Bennison, the head of the children’s department at the library.
As students showed excitement, inching further toward the performer, Mr Jameson opened his performance by producing two umbrellas from seemingly nowhere during a scarf dance.
The start of summer camp for local children in the Newtown Parks & Recreation day camps at Dickinson Memorial Park and Treadwell Park was on June 22, the day after summer officially began.
Sara Edgerton and Trevor Ferraro are the site directors at Treadwell Park and Leah Pizighelli is the site director at Dickinson Park. All three site directors agreed that the first week of camp went well, saying that the highlight of the week was the combined field trip to Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury.
Two Coyotes Wilderness School is offering two nature-based theater camps, “Wild Theater” for ages 8 to 14, and “Magical Theater” for ages 5 to 7, later this month. In both camps the wilderness is the stage and students become part of the unfolding story of nature, according to the school. The two-weeklong Wild Theater summer camp runs from July 20 to July 31; the weeklong Magical Theater camp offers two sessions, Session I from July 20 to 24 and Session II from July 27 to 31. Each camp day runs from 9 am to 3 pm.
Two Coyotes Wilderness School offers kids aged 5 to 16 unique, ongoing, year-round outdoor programs, as well as summer camps. The school's philosophy is derived from the book Coyote's Guide to Connecting with Nature. The school’s Newtown programs are held at Sticks and Stones Farm, 201 Huntingtown Road.
Newtown Parks & Recreation has a lineup of camps, programs, and activities set for this summer, with some already underway. The camp options are available to various age groups. The day camp offered at Treadwell Park allows campgoers to swim in the pool, as well as take swim lessons that are included in the camp, according to the Newtown Parks & Recreation Department.
As part of its continuing celebration to commemorate its 25th anniversary year, Housatonic Valley Waldorf School hosted a St John’s Day Festival at its 1 Jacklin Road location on Saturday, June 13.
The event gathered alumni, current families, and former and current school community members for picnic dinners and a potluck desert.
While the school is celebrating its 25th year, it graduated its first class in 2002. Alumni from that class as well as the classes of '05, '06, '07, '10, '11, '13, and '15 classes attended the festival, which is traditionally a midsummer celebration, according to the school.
A poster, created by two Newtown High School graphics students, began promoting a new slogan for the Newtown Safe Schools Anonymous Tip Line near the end of the 2014-15 school year. The poster reads, “See it. Hear it. Report it. Prevent it,” “Newtown’s Safe Schools Anonymous Tip Line, 203-270-4670. If it’s an emergency or life-threatening, call 911.” While the poster and slogan are new, school district Director of Security Mark Pompano said the tip line began in 2014. After the events of 12/14, Mr Pompano said John Jay College of Criminal Justice offered and later provided a risk assessment for the district. A tip line and a campaign for the tip line were among the recommendations.
The Middle Gate Elementary School hosted its annual PTA-sponsored laser light show for the students to celebrate the end of the school year on Tuesday, June 16. The show was put on by Prismatic Magic, a countrywide laser light show that travels to schools.
After the school searched for members of its first elementary school class, from 30 years ago, three members joined together on Friday, June 5, at Fraser Woods Montessori School to open a time capsule from the 1984-85 school year.
“They were actually the first elementary school class of our school, and they created a time capsule that we are going to open today to see what is in it,” said Fraser Woods Montessori School Head of School Myriam Woods near the start of the event.
The three former Fraser Woods Montessori School students — Stephanie Dorenbosch, Becky Mazur, and Preston Meyer — stood side-by-side as they opened the time capsule.
Sandy Hook Elementary School students ventured with parents and Math/Science Specialist Kris Feda to the Victory Garden in Fairfield Hills on Wednesday, June 3, to plant and work on rows overseen by the school community.
Both Reed Intermediate School and Sandy Hook School have two rows at the Victory Garden. An after school group from Reed visits the garden weekly, when planting is seasonal, with Reed teacher Dawn Ford, who was also present to help the Sandy Hook School students on June 3.
The Sandy Hook School Victory Garden rows are maintained by the school’s community as a whole, but students volunteered to spend time working on June 3.
Reed Intermediate School students gathered at the Victory Garden in Fairfield Hills on Friday, June 12, to work as a group on two rows in the garden.
Both Reed and Sandy Hook Elementary School have two rows at the Victory Garden. Sandy Hook's rows are overseen by the school community, and Reed's Rise In Shine group ventures to the garden weekly, weather permitting, to work on its two rows.
Reed teachers Dawn Ford and John Sicbaldi advice the after school group.