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  • NHS Band & Guard Preparing For Annual Grasso Festival

    Since midsummer, Newtown High School Marching Band and Color Guard members have been busy preparing for this year’s competitions and shows, including the upcoming annual home show, set for Saturday, October 5. Looking at the season, with rehearsals and competitions already scheduled, NHS Band Director Kurt Eckhardt said this week that he is “looking forward to seeing this band continue to grow.” The strongest senior class he has ever seen in his years of teaching graduated last year, Mr Eckhardt said. That left 40 open spots, but Mr Eckhardt said new band members filled the spaces perfectly...

  • Open House At The Little Red School House

    Newtown Historical Society will host its Annual Children’s Day at The Little Red School House on the grounds of Middle Gate School, 7 Cold Spring Road, on Sunday, October 6, from noon until 2 pm. Costumed docents will conduct “class” inside the schoolhouse for ages 5-10, and then recess activities will take place outside. Docents will teach and organize colonial games, such as Graces, Trundling a Hoop, Sack Races, and Tug of War. In the event of rain, class will still be held, but outside events will be cancelled.

  • Art With Heart: Chill & Spill Training Opportunity For Adults Who Work With Tweens & Teens

    Chill & Spill is a therapeutic curriculum and hands-on approach developed by Seattle-based Art with Heart that teaches creative expression as a tool to reach reluctant youth, as well as to engage groups. The program also helps youth increase self-awareness and manage difficult emotions; encouraged coping skills, as well as social and emotional learning (SEL); and provides a “heal the healer” opportunity for youth care professionals. Adults who directly deal with teens and would like to be trained in this creative way to aid in their mental health are invited to participate in a workshop being offered at Newtown Congregational Church. Sessions are planned for Friday, October 4, from 3 to 7 pm, and Saturday, October 5, from 8:30 until 5:30 pm.

  • A Kind Act Repeated: Students Plant Mums In Memory Of 12/14 Victims

    For her eighth birthday in April, then second grade St Rose of Lima School student Ryann Heim planted flowers with her class near a statue on the school’s grounds to honor the 26 people killed at Sandy Hook School on 12/14. It was the first time Ryann...

  • Academic Opening Celebration, With A Wish For Peace

    Fraser Woods Montessori School students and families gathered together with teachers and staff on Thursday, September 12, to celebrate the beginning of the school year. This year marks 12 years that the Fraser Woods Montessori School has held community gatherings to start the year with a w...

  • Sponsors Sought For NHS March Production Of ‘Peter Pan’

    Newtown High School’s March musical production may be months off, but NHS Choral Director Jane Matson has her sight set on the “second star to the right,” with hopes that sponsors can be found to cover costs. Ms Matson said sponsors are needed as soon as possible for the school’s planned production of Peter Pan, based on the story by the same name by J. M. Barrie. Ms Matson said she chose Peter Pan for its family friendly and uplifting tone. It is a good time, she says, to provide a show that is accessible for the whole family, like the high school’s 2011 production of Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat...

  • Children’s Author Audrey Penn Visits Newtown

    Award-winning children’s author Audrey Penn, creator of The Kissing Hand book series, visited Newtown for a pair of programs on Friday and Saturday, September 13 and 14. For her first stop, Ms Penn visited Sandy Hook School, currently housed in Monroe’s Chalk Hill Middle School, on Friday. She then visited C.H. Booth Library on Saturday. As Sandy Hook School Library Media Specialist Yvonne Cech wrote to parents in a handout, “Today, your child had the wonderful opportunity of meeting the author of the beloved classic children’s book The Kissing Hand, Audrey Penn!”

  • NHS Club Hosts First Day Of Kindness

    Residents of all ages were welcomed on Saturday, September 14, inside Newtown High School’s cafetorium for the NHS Kindness Club’s Day of Kindness. The event, organized by NHS Kindness Club advisor Lisa Sheridan, gathered Stars of Hope, Newtown...

  • PeaceJam Event Being Planned For Newtown Youth

    Everything is coming together, according to Sarah Clements, a Newtown High School student and Junior Newtown Action Alliance (Jr NAA) Chair for the Newtown PeaceJam, Transforming Tragedy event being planned for Sunday, October 6. It will be at Reed Intermediate School, 3 Trades Lane. Jr NAA is affiliated with Newtown Action Alliance, a grassroots organization created in the weeks after 12/14 to reverse gun violence through legislation and broader cultural change. According to the website set up for the event, “The Newtown Foundation, PeaceJam New England and the Jr Newtown Action Alliance have come together to offer Newtown Middle and High School students the opportunity to explore how one experience or event does not define who you are, or who you will become. Tragedy does not need to lead to despair. Instead, it can be transformed into the fuel for reaching toward new levels of positive change in your life and in your actions.”

  • Day Of Kindness Saturday At NHS

    On Saturday, September 14, the Newtown High School Kindness Club will host a Day of Kindness. The free event is aimed at local youth, but is open to residents of all ages. The Day of Kindness will run from noon to 4 pm at NHS’s cafetorium, 12 Berkshi...