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Foreign Language Fun

Vocabulary key to comprehension

It might be cold outside, but at Stewart School, the FLES (Foreign Language in Elementary School) students are just warming up. If you walked down the hallway of Stewart School recently, you’ve often heard them singing as well as practicing their foreign language skills.

Second-graders are learning numbers from 0 to 31 in Spanish. They are able to express their age and ask others how old they are as well. Soon, they will be able to solve simple math problems in Spanish, reinforcing place value skills in their second language, to connect with the regular second-grade classroom curriculum. Students have learned the months of the year, too, so they can eventually express the date of their birthdays.

Meanwhile, third-graders have been hard at work learning the body parts through a series of hands-on activities including “Simon Sez,” making flip books, and creating a spinning wheel with the body parts. After learning the parts of the face, they listened to Señora Gutierrez describe a silly face and then by using eye, nose, ear, mouth and teeth cut outs, created a face to match the sentences they heard. Next, they wrote their own silly face sentences and drew their “crazy creation.” Students also learned how to express which body part hurts, and have learned the song, “Me Duele la Cabeza.”

Fourth-grade FLES activities have focused on the house. In addition to learning the names of the rooms of the house and some furnishings, comparisons were made to the students’ homes and those in Spanish-speaking countries. As a culminating project, students wrote essays in Spanish describing their own homes.

Fifth-graders focused their learning on the topic of shopping. They learned the names of the various stores, and using the food vocabulary learned in fourth grade, they learned to describe the items they wanted to purchase in each store. They used the new vocabulary to write a paragraph about the various stores, and they described their favorite store. They also drew and colored pictures of themselves in a diorama of their favorite store. After each class completed its writing, students created a graph which illustrated the favorite store for their class. Finally, students worked in small groups to create a supermarket “sale” flyer in Spanish. They created a store name, translated over 20 items, used promotional wording, converted the prices to Euros, and included pictures of the items sold.

Antonietta Gutierrez is a FLES teacher at Stewart School.

News

Residents needed to run

The Garden City East Nominating Committee is seeking residents of the East who are interested in being interviewed for the positions of village mayor, village trustee and school board trustee. These positions are subject to election by all village residents. The village mayoral and trustee terms are for two years beginning on April 6, 2015 and the school board trustee term is for three years beginning on July 1, 2015.

Any resident of the East who is interested in being considered for one of these positions must submit a letter of intent and a resume. This submission should note the position being sought; include their name, contact information, a statement explaining their reason for interest in the position, a summary of their professional background and other qualifications, including, although not required, current or prior involvement in village or school board positions or initiatives.

Donald Barrick, Life’s WORC Board Chairman announced that Janet Koch has been hired as the new Executive Director of Life’s WORC, a Garden City-based 501(c) (3) not-for-profit corporation. Koch assumes this leadership responsibility as Peter Smergut retires after 20 years in this position. After a thorough and extensive executive search process, the Life’s WORC Board is confident Koch has the vision and skills consistent with the needs of the organization. She will assume her position as executive director on Monday, Nov. 3.


Sports

High School Jazz Class Added To Dance Conservatory

Dance Conservatory Director Felicia Lovaglio has decided to add a jazz class for students in 9th through 12th grades who are residents of the Incorporated Village of Garden City. This 55-minute class will be held on Saturdays at 4 p.m. beginning on Saturday, Nov. 8. The cost of this 20-week class will be $200. Preregistration is necessary by visiting the recreation and parks office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

Adult Dance Performance Group Now Registering

The recreation and parks department offers an adult dance group that works on jazz and contemporary moves and leads up to a performance in a Dance Company Showcase. Whether you are a beginner dance student or someone who danced as a child and would like to try again, this program will help you achieve your goals. Classes will be held on Saturday mornings beginning Saturday, Nov. 8. Each class is 55 minutes long and the session will run through May. The cost of this program will be $220.  

Reminder

With the fall sports season upon us, the department of recreation and parks would like to remind all residents that pets are not allowed in any neighborhood parks, Community Park, or St. Paul’s fields. Non compliance with this rule will result in the issuance of appearance tickets.

Register For The Online Registration Option

Garden City’s Department of Recreation and Parks will offer the option of online registration with credit card payment beginning with its winter programs in early December.

In order for a family to use the online registration option, the family will first need to visit the recreation and parks office at 108 Rockaway Ave. to verify residency and their family information and receive their password.  A list of instructions as to how to use the website will be included.


Calendar

 Murder, Madness & Poe

Thursday, October 30

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, November 3

Manhasset Comes To Garden City

Through November 25



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