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Sag Harbor Elementary March 19, 2009

Posted on 20 March 2009

At Morning Program the guest on “I Love This Town,” hosted by kindergarten teacher Nina Landi and teaching assistant Paula Krzyzewski, was Emma Walton Hamilton, author, freelance editor, arts educator and theater professional. Ms. Walton Hamilton talked about the importance of reading, no matter what genre. Her latest book is “Raising Bookworms: Getting Kids Reading for Pleasure and Empowerment.” She told the students she loves to write every day and that reading and writing contributes to success later on. When asked about her preferences, such as chocolate or vanilla, Ms. Walton Hamilton was pretty quick on her feet with clever answers—when asked ocean or bay, she said, “Both,” Coke or Pepsi? “Tea.”  Miley Cyrus or the Jonas Brothers? “The Beatles.” 

Nancy Stevens-Smith’s second graders gave an oral presentation at Morning Program about firsts in African American history. Forming a human timeline, each student spoke about a prominent African American figure from history, the arts, sports, business and literature, ranging from Phillis Wheatley, Jesse Owens, Bessie Coleman, Rebecca Lee all the way to Barack Obama, the first African American President of the United States.

Music teachers David Fox and Nancy Remkus played a duet of traditional American songs, such as “Camptown Racetrack,” “Blue Tail Fly” and “When the Saints Go Marching In” on banjo and guitar at Morning Program. 

Pierson junior Kyla Kudlak came to Morning Program and played a Bach Invention as well as the Beatles’ “Little Help from My Friends” on the piano. She also talked to the students about how much she enjoys playing the piano and that putting forth hard work and perseverance is worth the effort.

Parent Todd Bennett played the bagpipes at Morning Program on St. Patrick’s Day and showed the students how the bagpipes make their sounds. Mr. Bennett serves on the Southampton Town Police Force and is a member of the Eastern Long Island Police Pipes and Drums.

There was an orientation for parents of incoming Kindergartners on Wednesday, March 18. This was an opportunity for parents to meet the teachers, see the classrooms, and learn about the program. Children who turn five by December 1 are eligible for kindergarten next year.

This week’s fifth grade announcers are Abigayle Holder and Courtney Kinsella.

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