Newtown Middle School students have one more working weekend before their creations for this year’s My Favorite Scarecrow Sculpture Contest go on view for the public on the front lawn of the school, 11 Queen Street. Scarecrow entries will be installed on the front lawn of NMS between the evening of Friday, October 23, and the morning of Saturday, October 24. Ballots for the contest will be available at NMS and printed in the October 23 print edition of The Newtown Bee. Voting will then begin on Saturday, October 24, with the public invited to visit the front lawn of the school, where students and parents will have ballots available. NMS teachers Kristen Ciarletto and Leigh Anne Coles, who are overseeing the contest this year, are hoping the public will be able to vote next weekend, while all entries are on view.
Thanks to Earth Force, Pootatuck Watershed Association, Kellogg Environmental Center, the Candlewood Valley chapter of Trout Unlimited, and General Motors, locally represented by Ingersoll Auto of Danbury and Chevrolet Northeast Regional Marketing, Reed Intermediate School students were greeted by volunteers and educators near Deep Brook on Thursday, October 8, the first of two days filled with studying the water and area for a GM Green project. Between the two days, the entire sixth grade completed activities, overseen by volunteers and teachers, near Deep Brook.
Newtown Middle School Art Enrichment students worked on Monday, October 12, to paint pumpkins for the upcoming Newtown Lions Club Great Pumpkin Race, set for Saturday, October 17, at Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street.
The pumpkins were donated and brought to the school by the Lions Club, and will be put on display during the event.
NMS art teachers Leigh Anne Coles and Kristen Ciarletto oversaw the students working after school to paint the pumpkins.
The Newtown High School Marching Band & Guard hosted the 19th Annual Joseph P. Grasso Music Festival on Saturday, October 10, at Blue & Gold Stadium.
“It was wonderful,” said Marching Band & Guard Parent Board President Michele Buzzi.
While the evening grew “a bit chilly,” Ms Buzzi said “a lot” of coffee and hot chocolate was sold during the event.
As Middle Gate Elementary School students, faculty, and staff exited the school on Thursday, October 8, a number of volunteers for the day, including members of Newtown Hook & Ladder Co. #1, were preparing to take an aerial photo of the entire school community forming the words “Be Kind” and the shape of a heart.
The school community last came together for a large group photo in April of 2013. That year the word “Peace” was formed.
This year the school’s PTA and Principal Chris Geissler decided to create the words “Be Kind” and the shape of a heart. The words were inspired by Ben’s Bells, which is a nonprofit organization founded by Jeannette Maré of Tucson, Ariz., creating ceramic bead and bell wind chimes that are randomly distributed in places in need of healing and happiness.
Chris Schaefer and Zach Johnson, instructors from Steve DeMasco’s Shaolin Studios of Newtown, shared a presentation on martial arts with students at Children’s Adventure Center on Thursday, October 8.
Mr Schaefer explained at the start of the presentation that the most important thing when practicing kung-fu is to listen. He asked students to form a circle before he began demonstrating and walking the students through a number of moves.
As students advanced through different “levels” of the presentation, Mr Johnson went around the circle with a pool noodle and students practiced jumping over it.
Two Coyotes, a nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing healthy, whole human beings through building self-awareness, community, and connecting people to nature, has announced the expansion of its adult programs and is also offering free potlucks and contra dance events, including a dance event this Saturday, October 17. Events are being presented at Sticks and Stones Farm,201 Huntingtown Road.
Fraser Woods Montessori School has scheduled its annual Fall Family Festival for this Saturday, October 17, from 10 am until 2 pm.
The whole community is invited to attend the free event. Food, baked goods, games, a children’s book fair, crafts, and vendors will be available at the festival, along with pony rides, face painting, and crafts for children to do.
The National Circus Project’s Greg Milstein and Lou Beekhuizen shared a presentation with Sandy Hook Elementary School students on Friday, October 2.
Mr Milstein is the National Circus Project’s executive director and Ms Beekhuizen, also known as “Little Lou,” is its staff director.
“We are so happy to be back here again today,” Mr Milstein said near the start of the presentation, referring to a previous visit to the school.
Newtown Scholarship Association (NSA) recently announced this year’s lineup of continuing aid scholarship recipients. A total of $301,500 was awarded to 89 students who are in their sophomore, junior, or senior year of college.
In addition, 57 high school graduates were awarded $100,500 in June.
Due to the ever-rising costs of a college education, the NSA scholarships represent less than 15 percent of the unmet need for the recipients. The difference will become a huge burden of debt on the families and students, according to NSA.