Fraser Woods Montessori School students, parents, faculty, and staff gathered together to celebrate this year’s International Day of Peace, recognized on September 21.
The gathering continued a worldwide acknowledgement of the United Nation’s peace day.
The school community gathered into a circle and held hands to sing, “Light a Candle for Peace,” an annual tradition.
Middle Gate Elementary School music teacher Tina Jones was recognized during the Board of Education’s meeting on Tuesday, September 15, during the board’s Celebration of Excellence portion of the meeting.
Mrs Jones was selected by the district as the 2015-16 Newtown Public School Teacher of the Year, and the district announced the honor in June.
The Board of Education has a practice of highlighting accomplishment in the district during its Celebration of Excellence portion of meetings.
Sandy Hook Promise, a national, nonprofit organization based in Newtown, and dedicated to preventing gun violence, is offering a free “Say Something” program to schools and organizations in support of National Say Something Week, October 19 to 23.
According to a press release from Sandy Hook Promise, “When it comes to acts of violence, including suicide and threats to others, most are communicated in some way before the incident occurs. In fact, in four out of five school shootings, the attacker told people of his/her plans ahead of time, and 70 percent of people who die by suicide told someone of their intention, or gave some type of warning or indication.
The Newtown PTAs and PTSA are scheduled to host an informational forum of Board of Education candidates running for election in November. The event is set for Wednesday, October 14, from 7 to 8 pm, in the Lecture Hall at Newtown High School. The forum participants will be Republican Andrew Clure, Republican David Freedman, and Democrat Rebekah Harriman-Stites. A brief statement will be read on behalf of candidate Democrat John Vouros, who is unable to attend.
Cub Scout Pack 170 is inviting all boys entering first to fourth grade and their siblings to an ice cream social event on Monday, September 28, at Reed Intermediate School, 3 Trades Lane, from 6:45 pm to 8 pm.
The event is an opportunity for parents and kids to enjoy some treats and learn more about the year-round activities and development opportunities that Cub Scouts provides.
The event is being hosted for recruitment and registration.
The Newtown High School Marching Band & Guard took first place in its division at a competition at Norwalk’s Brien McMahon High School on Saturday, September 19.
The Marching Nighthawks band and guard performed this season’s program, “Pharaoh's Legacy,” taking top honors in Best Music and Best Overall Effect.
Competition judges comments described the performance as “well paced” and “well staged.” Judges also remarked that Newtown’s band is “very, very well trained” with “strong percussion” and “a nice brass sound.”
Newtown Continuing Education announced it has limited openings available in some of its upcoming classes. Topics include a four-course class on "Raising Your Positivity," a four-session class on healthy cooking, one-time programs on designing jewelry, cancer prevention, and basic investing. There is also a day trip planned to three New York food attractions.
The Avielle Foundation — a nonprofit seeking to prevent violence and build empathy by facilitating brain health research, education and policy, and by fostering community engagement, education, and responsibility— has scheduled a launch for its Spark Program, to take place on Saturday, , October 3. The Newtown community is invited to the event, which will begin at 4 pm and will be held at Edmond Town Hall. The program will feature a screening of Disney- Pixar’s animated movie "Inside Out."
The Newtown High School Marching Band & Guard is set to host its annual 100 Family Tag Sale this Saturday, September 26, in the high school cafeteria, 12 Berkshire Road, from 9 am until 2 pm.
Goods available will include office partitions and work stations, filing cabinets, bunk beds and more furniture options, electronics, yard and power tools, house wares, sporting goods, holiday decorations, clothing, books, toys, and bikes.
All items are priced to sell, and all proceeds from the event will benefit the NHS Marching Band & Guard.