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Salem Community Patriot 8 - December 23, 2010

School News North Salem

submitted by North Salem School The North Salem School would like to wish

everyone a Happy Holiday and a safe, healthy, and Happy New Year. School will be back in session on Monday, January 3. We will see you next year!


submitted by Barron School It’s the Most Wonderful time of the Year … in

first-grade music class, students are learning how to keep a steady beat and read rhythm patterns. They are also enjoying singing our many holiday songs.

In second grade, students are learning to read music notes on the music staff. This is a developmental skill that is reinforced in grades three and four in preparation for playing a band instrument in fifth grade. They have a new favorite song called “Scamper!” In third grade, students have been working with Miss Raku to learn about program music— musical pieces written with a story in mind. This is a nice way to introduce children how to listen to classical music. Miss Raku has enjoyed working with our third graders this first half of the year.

In fourth grade, students completed a very important unit learning how to read rhythmic notation. Students will use this skill when they play their recorders this winter. Students also studied the “Star-Spangled Banner” and “America the Beautiful.” Both pieces were studied for their historical significance to gain a better understanding of the lyrics when singing these very important songs. Fifth-graders are completing their classical composer unit with George Friderick Handel, who is best known for his “Hallelujiah Chorus” heard often during the winter holidays. They have studied Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, and Camille Saint Saens, “Danse Macabre.” In January, we welcome Debbie Ulbrich from the Krystal Ballroom in Salem, as fifth grade begins their Ballroom Dancing Artist in Residence Program. Student Council members joined Mrs. Moldoff,

Mr. Stewart, and Mr. DiNardo on Monday by caroling at the Northeast Rehab. Congratulations on a job well done. Finally, the students and staff at the Barron

would like to wish their Music Student Teacher, Miss Raku, good luck and best wishes as she graduates from Plymouth University and embarks on her music teaching career in Australia. In the library, Christmas, Hanukkah, and

Kwanzaa stories have been read to children throughout December. Kindergarten, first and second grade classes listened to ten different picture books during September and October. They then voted for their favorite book. The votes were tallied and sent to the Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library. The book receiving the most votes will be named as the winner of the New Hampshire Ladybug Picture Book Award. Following the vacation week, third, fourth and

fifth grade students will be working with reference sources such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, almanacs, and atlases to further their ability to find information. First and second graders will be learning the differences between fiction and non- fiction books. The annual Book Fair will be held during the week of February 7-11. Watch backpacks for a flyer to be sent home for parents’ review the week prior to that.


Academy Students Raise Money for St. Anne’s Food Pantry

North Salem would like to thank Mrs. Minkle and the members of the North Salem Fifth Grade Chorus, who were special guests at Salem High School’s Traditional Christmas Concert. They performed like true professionals! In addition, the entire Fifth Grade Chorus gave an outstanding performance for family, friends, and staff during the school’s annual winter concert. It was a treat to hear such great singing voices and such talent on the recorders! We thank everyone for joining us that special evening. Parents, relatives, and friends were invited to the North Salem School Fifth Grade Band Performance on Thursday, December 23, in the all-purpose room. A school-wide performance started immediately after the parent performance! The movie Toy Story 3 came to life at North Salem during our annual PTA Movie Night. Students were treated to popcorn and candy while they watched the movie in pajamas. A big thank- you to Linda Bellomo, Diane Pratt, and Barbara DeMinico for coordinating this fun evening event. Thank you to all the North Salem volunteers for making our annual holiday shopping extravaganza a success!

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.,

parents, students, and the general public had the opportunity to shop for some very unique and hand-crafted gifts for everyone on their shopping list! I bet there will be lots of excitement when opening presents this year! We’d also like to thank all the crafters and vendors who chose to participate in this event. Students caught showing the trait of “Respect” include: Nicholas Barbagallo, Robert Martiniello, Alex Prescott, Audra Daniels, Zoe Fraser, Alex Borghetti, Jack Glander, Ryan Moeckel, Anna Carbone, Chloe Leandro, Madison O’Hare, Jamal Labossiere, Ryan Allard, Will Pfeiffer, Rylee Spaulding, Luc Goodnow, Kylee LaCreta, Meredith Harvey, Billy Richart, Alessia Morganelli, Brynne Kolbert, Connor Moran, Craig Harris, Kelly Nolan, Anna Carbone, Sadie Orlando, Delaney Stone, Carly Saif, Emily Mahoney, Katherine Pfeiffer, Lauren Huyck, Jonah Ludwig, Caleb Federico-Dyer, Sydney Scanlan, Kali Bergeron, Damian Gigante, Austin Myrick, Justin Choquette, Tanner Tessier, Olivia Petersen, Branden Verge, Bridget Kelly, Dominic Grella, Dylan Shine, Sarah Rochdi, Sydney Chretien, William Wainwright, Ms. Kennedy’s Class, Anthony Bellomo, Zachary Burke, Liam Shpak, Chloe Stone, Alana Williams, Delaney Stone, Daylee Rivera, Sydney Scanlan, Katherine Pfeiffer, Jeremy Kight, Kevin Conneilly, Kristen Carney, Megan Phaneuf, Emily Mahoney, Timothy Spampinato, Brayden Ryan, and Ryan Greeley.

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submitted by Presentation of Mary Academy This year, Presentation of Mary Academy (PMA) in Methuen, MA, has several Charity and Community Outreach programs in place benefiting many charities in Methuen, Lawrence, and Haverhill, MA, as well as international reach to American soldiers overseas. In November, the students held their annual canned food drive for Thanksgiving to benefit a local food pantry. They collected hundreds of non-perishable items, which were distributed to local families through Lazarus House in Lawrence. PMA continued their community involvement with participation in both the City of Methuen Santa Parade and Festival of Trees. PMA is one of the founding participants in Methuen’s Festival of Trees. The school has a dedicated Festival of Trees Club that develops the theme each year. The process starts in early January, and the girls work all year to make all the ornaments for the tree. The Student Council is the organization, which has a float every year in the annual parade. The girls take great pride in supporting their “home town” of Methuen. December is a very busy month for PMA students. The annual food drive continues; this time to make Christmas Food Baskets distributed by the Methuen/Salem Rotary Clubs to families in need.

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submitted by Heather Wheeler, Hampstead Academy The students in the first and second grades participated in our second annual Holiday Store. Students did chores around their homes to earn money to purchase gifts for their family members. We raised $141 this year to donate to St. Anne’s Food Pantry to help those in need this holiday season. A special thank you to the “elves” that helped wrap these gifts.

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Also in December, the school’s Mother Rivier Club prepares the Annual Giving Tree. Each year, the school adopts local families and helps them celebrate Christmas. The tree is adorned with “ornaments,” each one representing a gift. The ornaments list an age, gender, and size of a piece of clothing, or a gift suggestion. Students or staff choose an ornament off the tree, buy the gift listed, wrap it, and return it to the tree labeled with the original ornament. The gifts are then distributed to the families a week before Christmas. In the New Year, the giving will continue with

more wonderful charitable events, including, making care packages for U.S. soldiers serving overseas in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Annual Valentine’s Day Dance at the Methuen Senior Center, and, new this year, an underwear and sock drive for local children. On February 3, all students will participate in the second annual “All School Day of Service,” and in March, there will be a spaghetti supper to support Haverhill and Lawrence food pantries sponsored by Catholic Charities.

Haigh School Hosts Fisher Cats/ Community Colleges Reading Challenge

Students from the Walter Haigh School in Salem welcomed the New Hampshire Fisher Cats to their multi-purpose room on Monday morning for a special presentation on the Fisher Cats Reading Challenge, presented by Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH). Thanks to the partnership with CCSNH, 217 Haigh students in grades K-5 will participate in the free school-based program designed to promote literacy and encourage students to increase their reading efforts outside of the classroom.

As part of the program, the Fisher Cats sent their mascot, Fungo, to the Haigh School to give a special presentation to the students. With the help of a Fisher Cats staff member, Fungo presented a challenge to each student. If they read five books outside of their normal curriculum, each student gets a pair of tickets to a Fisher Cats/CCSNH Reading Challenge Night scheduled in 2011. “It is great to see these young students and baseball fans further their extra curricular reading each year,” said Fisher Cats President Rick Brenner. “Literacy is such a vital tool in a child’s development and we are more than happy to help motivate students in our community to expand their educations.” “Reading skills are an essential part of

every educational and professional pathway,” said Shannon Reid, CCSNH Director of Communications. “We are pleased to bring this message to middle school audiences, and look forward to seeing more young readers at the ballpark this year.”

Students at Haigh will also be competing with other schools participating in the Fisher Cats/ CCSNH Reading Challenge, as the Fisher Cats have announced a new feature to the program this school year. Using a $5,000 donation from the Fisher Cats Foundation, the team will reward the school with the highest percentage of students that complete the Fisher Cats/CCSNH Reading Challenge with a $3,000 grand prize. The schools with the second and third highest percentage of students to complete the challenge will each receive $1,000 prizes. During the 2009-2010 school year, the Fisher Cats/CCSNH Reading Challenge saw an all-time

high in participation with over 21,000 students learning the importance of reading outside of the classroom, bringing the program’s total to over 65,000 participants since 2007. The Fisher Cats/CCSNH Reading Challenge

Fisher Cats’ mascot, Fungo, promotes extra-curricular reading to students at Haigh Elementary

is available free of charge to all schools in New Hampshire and Northern Massachusetts. To book a presentation by Fungo and the Fisher Cats, contact the Fisher Cats’ Kim Elefante at 641-2005. Fisher Cats/CCSNH Reading Challenge Nights

are on April 27 vs. New Britain, May 9 vs. Portland, May 29 vs. New Britain, June 7 vs. Bowie, and June 21 vs. Altoona. The Fisher Cats/CCSNH Reading Challenge is a part of the Fisher Cats year-round effort to contribute to the community. Since 2007, the Fisher Cats and the Fisher Cats Foundation have helped to generate over $1.6 million for 1,900 regional non-profit organizations by making donations, in-kind donations, and by hosting 482 fundraisers at the ballpark. In that time, the Fisher Cats Foundation has also awarded a total of $110,000 in scholarships to college-bound high school seniors.

PMA’s 50th Annual Cotillion de Noel

submitted by Presentation of Mary Academy, Methuen, MA

Presentation of March Academy (PMA) in Methuen, MA, held its 50th annual Cotillion de Noel on Saturday, November 27, at the Castleton in Windham.

PMA seniors and their parents arrived between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. for their formal portraits. Hors d’oeurves were served at 4:45. At 5:45, the 36 senior girls in attendance and their escorts lined up for the presentation. The presentations began at 6 p.m. Each girl entered the ballroom with her

and poise ready to begin anew to forge lives about which you only dream. May God be with you as you journey through the future.” Many honored guests were in attendance, including Sister Cecile Plasse, Provincial Superior of the Sisters of the Presentation; Sister Susan Frederick, President of Presentation of Mary Academy; and Mrs. Rose Maria Redman, Principal of Presentation of Mary Academy. The guests were introduced by Mrs. Nicki Tellier, Chairperson of the Cotillion de Noel 2010. Also in attendance was Cathy Gilbert-Bowe, a PMA graduate from

escort, met her parent(s), and together proceeded down the aisle toward the Vicar. The senior girl remained in the archway while her parent(s) continued to the podium to say a few words and present their daughter to the Vicar. The senior girl then shook hands with the Vicar and took her seat on the stage. The first three senior girls presented were Student Council President Sarah Saurman, Senior Class President Brooke Sheridan, and National Honor Society President Kara Watson. After the presentation of all the senior girls, the Vicar spoke to the senior girls and offered his blessing. Dinner and dancing followed. The Vicar for the evening representing the

Archdiocese of Boston for the Merrimack Region was the Very Reverend Arthur M. Coyle, VE. Father Coyle offered the following to the girls, “You are here to remember, to pray, and to think in hope about the future. You are here to thank God for your time together, for the friends you made, and all that you have learnt from teachers and each other. You are here also to pray for each other, for each one’s happiness, and success in the future … Always and everywhere, our God is a God of new beginnings. May He be with you this night and always as you celebrate the past

Funds for UNICEF

submitted by Heather Wheeler The Hampstead Academy Student Council raised over $1,100 for UNICEF this season!

the class of 1979 and the mother of Stephanie Mitrano, class of 2011, who was presented at this year’s Cotillion. Greta Asgeirsson, Principal Harpist, Thayer Symphony Orchestra provided music for the presentation, and “Ziggy” from Russ McQueen Entertainment provided the dancing. PMA is a private, non-profit, Catholic, co-ed college preparatory high school. The student body represents 30 local communities throughout Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. Since it began with 20 students in 1958, PMA has earned a reputation for providing high-quality and spiritual development within a close community. With a campus steeped in history and culture, PMA offers the perfect environment for their proven curriculum. The staff at PMA challenges students to excel, both in academics and in life. Our graduates hold positions of prominence in the academic arena, business world, and in their communities. An education at PMA is not simply about books and study; it is an adventure in learning and living, centered on respect, kindness, charity, and goodwill.

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