Newtown Continuing Education has launched the 24th year of its SMART camp.
The Summer, Music, and Art camp is held at Head O’Meadow School and offers a variety of different classes for children from kindergarten to sixth grade.
“A program with that kind of longevity tells you that the children are having a good time, and the parents are happy. So here we are, 24 years later,” said Stephanie Schwartz, the program's site supervisor.
According to Ms Schwartz, there are 92 students enrolled in the current session. The camp is open to children from in and around Newtown, but the students are primarily from Newtown. Classes meet from 8:30 am until 1 pm, five days a week for two weeks. Every student attends the same three classes of his or her choice for the two weeks of the program.
The C.H. Booth Library held its first Cupcake Wars event on Wednesday, July 8. The event was inspired by the popular Food Network television show of the same name, according to Young Adult Librarian Kim Weber. However, the idea came from other libraries in the area. “Libraries love to borrow good ideas from other libraries,” said Ms Weber. Four long tables were set up for the day with paper plates, frosting, and other materials for decorating cupcakes. About five to eight children sat at each table, all facing the middle of the room.
Fraser Woods Montessori School students and math teacher Zach Brown released trout into a stream at Dickinson Memorial Park on Friday, June 19.
According to Mr Brown, the trout arrived as eggs at the school in October, and students at Fraser Woods Montessori School oversaw the trout’s growth. Middle school students at the school did water testing activities, among other things, and the younger students also participated in activities with the trout.
Mr Brown estimated that 44 trout were released into the stream at Dickinson Memorial Park.
Campers at Two Coyotes Wilderness School’s Woodland Arts summer camp took part in crafts and activities on Wednesday, July 1, at the school’s Newtown location, at Sticks and Stones Farm on Huntingtown Road. Two Coyotes’ Woodland Arts camp provides explorers ages 5 to 13 with a resourceful approach to nature, using what the woods have to offer to create an endless variety of tools and art, according to lead mentor Ross Fredell.
With campers working to build catapults on Tuesday, July 7, Newtown Continuing Education Design It, Build It, Launch It camp instructor Rick Lowry said the first two-week session was starting off well.
The first session began on Monday, July 6, and runs through July 17. A second two-week sessions is slated from July 20 to 31, and enrollment is still open for the second session.
"It's fun, really fun," said camper Jett Lyons, as he worked on his catapult on Tuesday.
Sabrina’s Encore Productions (SEP), LLC, announced its Summer Series musical productions lineup, with performances starting July 17.
The three scheduled musical productions will star youth from Newtown, Brookfield, Monroe, Easton, Trumbull, Bethel, Danbury, and Ridgefield. Each production will be presented live on the stage at Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street.
The elementary age troupe will perform Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr, Friday, July 17, at 5 pm, and Saturday, July 18, at 3 pm.
Sabrina’s Encore Productions (SEP), LLC, a local private performing arts school, has nine graduating student members who will mark their final production with SEP later this month.
The nine graduating members will take to the stage and work behind the scenes when in SEP’s production of Les Miserables opens on Thursday, July 23, at Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street, and runs through Sunday, July 26. Performances are set for 7:30 pm Thursday through Saturday, and 5 pm on Sunday. Performers will be accompanied by a 17-piece professional orchestra.
Members of FUN (Families United in Newtown) gathered at Dickinson Memorial Park on Sunday, June 14, for the group’s final meeting of the 2014-15 school year.
The event was held as a celebration of the end of the academic year and of the group’s graduating high school senior members.
The event included music provided by DJ Mattchez, Matthew Fitzgerald, food, a bounce house, a cake, water balloons, and activities for the gathered eventgoers. Families with children of special needs were invited and child care was provided by Newtown High School National Honors Society members and student volunteers.
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.