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16 - November 18, 2011 | Pelham - Windham News Penguin Players Perform Oliver Twist


by Robyn Hatch Born into poverty, Charles Dickens left school to work in a factory to support his family. His difficult early life led him to crusade for social justice. Oliver Twist is the story of an orphan, who is brought up in a


workhouse and then placed with an undertaker. After escaping and traveling to London, he meets the Artful Dodger, leader of a gang of pickpockets. Oliver is introduced to the criminal trainer, Fagan. Oliver Twist is the story of an unromantic portrayal of criminals - the cruel treatment of waif-children in London. This is an early example of a social novel drawing attention to contemporary evils. The Penguin Players in Pelham did an incredible job with this more advanced play, directed by Tory Daigle and music director, Lisa Lebel. The show’s producer was Janet Daigle. Anthony Bundock (Mr. Bumble) was awarded the Penguin Award. This award is voted by the cast to the actor from each production.


Seventh Grader Leads Fundraising Effort at St.


Patrick School During Breast Cancer Awareness Month


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by Robyn Hatch Photos, from top left, clockwise:


Te Pelham Penguin Players cast of Oliver Twist “Glorious Food”


Makeup time for Mr. Bumble played by Anthony Bundock


PES FIRST LEGO Team Advances to State Finals


graciously showed the kids how well maintained the PES cafeteria is. The team’s best scores were in hardware design because their robot was robust and efficient and demonstrated excellent design process. This was quite an accomplishment for such a young team. The Pantherbots 5G members include


submitted by Kerry Flaherty, St. Patrick School PTO The National Breast Cancer Foundation was the beneficiary of $236


raised in a recent fundraiser at St. Patrick School. Students and teachers donated $1 each to increase breast cancer awareness and, in lieu of school uniforms, members of the entire school community wore pink for one school day! The school’s student ministry, Together In Christ, Taking a Challenge


(“TIC TAC”), sponsored the fundraiser under the guidance of Mr. Brian Clark, fourth-grade teacher and the group’s advisor. However, Morgan Walsh, a seventh grade student, was the driving force behind the effort. About Morgan’s idea and initiative, Mr. Clark said, “She was a great ambassador for TIC TAC. I was impressed with how she approached the TIC TAC members. She did research on various charities, spoke with her parents, and decided she wanted to support the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Then she presented her proposal to TIC TAC. I was very proud of her.” The student ministry embraced the idea wholeheartedly. “At the end of the day,” Mr. Clark noted, “Morgan thanked everyone for their support over the PA system. It was a great experience for her.” St. Patrick School currently enrolls 183 students in kindergarten through eighth-grade. TIC TAC is open to students in grades 5 through 8. In order to participate, students must explain why they want to belong to the student ministry and how they will contribute. They are also required to obtain two character references from teachers at the school. TIC TAC meets monthly to plan and implement service projects.


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submitted by Cindy Brunelle On November 12, Pelham Elementary School’s FIRST LEGO League teams (FLL) competed at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) qualifier with 14 other teams. This year’s FLL competition challenge, titled Food Factor, was released September 2. Since then the Pantherbots 4G (fourth grade) and 5G (fifth grade) teams have been working hard to get ready. For competition they had to design, build and program a robot to complete missions for points. They also had to do a research project on food contamination and develop a solution. Judging was based on robot points from missions, knowledge of robot design, research performance, and teamwork/team spirit. Teams competing ranged from ages 9-14 and coaches and parents could not provide ideas for the teams, allowing the kids to do all the work and research. The Pantherbots 4G team members include Nathan Serrentino,


Jack MacLean, Dylan Hunt, Tyler Passamonte, Ben Plumley, George Michaud, and Jocelyn Correa. The 4G team investigated salad moving through the PES cafeteria and presented how flies can spread disease in food if allowed to land on it. Their presentation took the form of a game show. Rhonda Peckham


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Natalia Villanueva, Christopher Kelly, Jake DeSousa, Tyler Larson, and Reagan Brunelle. The 5G team chose lobster as their food and wrote a newscast skit to demonstrate how lobster can be contaminated by the bacteria Listeria Monocytogenes if is it is not packed correctly. They learned about proper care of lobster first hand at the Lobster Tail restaurant in Windham. They were one of the top six teams at the competition to advance to the state finals. The state finals will consist of 49 teams of top finishers from competitions held at different venues throughout the state. Jennifer Correa was the coach for


the fourth grade team, while Cindy Brunelle co-coached the fifth grade team.


Holly Doe, the Enrichment teacher at Pelham Elementary


School, mentored both teams, as well as taught the students programming skills. The teams were funded this year through a district Teacher Grant program and utilized kits donated from BAE Systems and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). The teams would like to extend gratitude to their mentors and sponsors for their time, support and continued interest in the program. Their generous donations of time and resources have inspired us in STEM education and built lifelong treasured memories.


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