Last fall, Two Coyotes Wilderness School launched a “365 Days of Nature for Kids” campaign to get kids out in nature year round, not just during the spring and summer, and recently announced its upcoming programs available to local kids, between ages 5 and 16.
Two Coyotes, a nonprofit organization located at 201 Huntingtown Road, is dedicated to nurture healthy, whole human beings through building self-awareness, community, and connecting people to nature.
As part of the “365 Days” campaign, Two Coyotes is expanding its Newtown fall programs to Granby and Killingworth and offering nature immersion opportunities for families and kids. All programs begin either in mid-September or mid-October.
Newtown parents and girls are invited to join Girl Scouts of America/Newtown Service Unit Managers Cat Fedorchek and Heather Smith for a Recruitment/Joining Night, where they can learn what fun activities and exciting events Girl Scouts provides for girls in Newtown. The event will be held at Castle Hill Farm, 25 Sugar Lane, on Wednesday, September 16. It will begin at 6:30 pm.
The Newtown Public Schools announced Tuesday afternoon that due to the higher temperatures, after-school activities on Tuesday, September 8, and Wednesday, September 9, and the school day on Wednesday, September 9, are being changed. On Tuesday, September 8, the district announced there would be modified after school athletic practices at Newtown High School with fall athletes asked to check with their coach for specific updates; Hawley Elementary School’s planned Open House is postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date; Middle Gate Elementary School’s Open House is postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date; Sandy Hook Elementary School’s Open House is postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date; Head O’ Meadow Elementary School’s Open House is still scheduled for Tuesday, September 8; and Education Connection programs are still operating in the afternoon as scheduled. For Wednesday, September 9, the district announced all schools will have normal openings, but some schools will have altered release times.
C.H. Booth Library is offering a series of creative writing sessions for young adults in grades 6-8. The first writing session, “The Fantastic,” will explore the genre of fantasy writing. Author and educator Aimee Pokwatka will return for the second time to lead the session. Her short stories have been published in a variety of magazines, and she has served as the editor of Salt Hill Journal and The Newtowner. Participants will create imaginary worlds and use elements of magic in their stories. The fantasy theme will serve as a guide to the basic craft of fiction. Each session will allow time for writing, sharing, and discussing stories in progress. Students will also have the opportunity to work on collaborative writing projects.
Newtown Parent Connection and Newtown Prevention Council will be hosting a Family Fun Night at Reed Intermediate School, 3 Trades Lane, on Friday, September 25, from 6 to 8 pm.
The fee for admission is $2 per person, and children under 2 are free. Tickets may be purchased online at newtownparentconnection.org or at Dr Baum’s office, at 23 Church Hill Road. Tickets will not be sold at the door.
The event is for the entire family and will offer a ziti and meatball entrée, salad, refreshments, and ice cream sundaes for dessert. For entertainment, there will be a DJ, a representative from Newtown Police Department, face painting, and a popcorn machine station. The evening will be dedicated to families dancing, playing games, and eating dinner without interruptions of any electronic devices.
Head O’ Meadow Elementary School has been named a National PTA School of Excellence for the 2015-17 school years. The National PTA’s School of Excellence is a program that supports and celebrates partnerships between PTAs and schools to enrich the educational experience and overall well-being for all students.
Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, announced a “neat celebration” during the Board of Education’s meeting on Tuesday, August 18. Reed Intermediate School students Mitchell Doherty, Tyler Hill, Maddie Hintze, Justin Peck, and Jillian Reilly were introduced to the board members for completing a science project during the 2014-15 academic year.
Throughout the summer, the C.H. Booth Library has been holding educational classes, called chbMakers, for the youth of Newtown. The final class of the season was recently hosted by C.H. Booth Library Young Adult Librarian Kim Weber. The chbMakers classes highlight different projects, and the classes held over the summer focused on a number of projects. According to Ms Weber, the final class focused on teaching the kids about circuitry through two activities: MaKey MaKey and Squishy Circuits.
The third annual Newtown Poetry Project celebration took place recently at the home of NPP co-founder Lea Attanasio. The garden party was held to celebrate the launch of "Hello World: The Newtown Poetry Project 2015," a collection of poetry generated last spring by second to sixth graders and their parents. Parents and students had the opportunity to read from their work during the event and enjoy seeing their fellow poets.