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East Woods Begins 68th Year With New Head Of School

From the East Woods School

The muggy and slightly gray morning was no match for the 208 smiling faces that climbed the East Woods steps for the first day of the 2013 – 2014 school year. As the students were greeted by the new Head of East Woods School, Matthew H. Bradley, the excitement and energy of the day was palpable. From the 2-year-olds experiencing their first-ever day of school in the East Woods pre-nursery class, to the eighth-graders who have been there for a decade, the students were all eager to greet old friends and meet new ones. Parents were equally as enthusiastic for the academic year to begin. Cameras at the ready, parents documented the first day of school with a sense of pride and already a twinge of nostalgia.

The Opening Day Ceremony was marked by the traditional recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the singing of the school song. Both were introduced by Student Council President Morgan McCartan and Vice President Avery Bederman. Morgan and Avery then introduced Matt Bradley for his Opening Day remarks.  

Mr. Bradley first expressed his excitement that the 2013 – 2014 school year has arrived, and then he thanked the East Woods community for the warm welcome given to his wife Melinda, and their three children. Following in the words of the East Woods mission statement that this school is “…a nurturing community…” Mr. Bradley had everyone – students, faculty, staff and parents – turn to the people around them and introduce themselves with a smile and a handshake.  He then, accompanied by loud and enthusiastic applause, introduced all the members of the East Woods faculty and staff. With the Opening Day ceremony completed, the start of the school year is officially underway. The East Woods faculty, students and parents are looking forward to a wonderful year full of hands-on learning, fun with friends, and myriad opportunities.

East Woods School is an independent, co-educational pre-nursery through eighth grade school, including a full-day kindergarten program. East Woods School is located on 46-acres in Oyster Bay.

For additional information, please contact Amanda Laserson at 516-922-4400, or visit www.eastwoods.org.

News

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution.

Dr. Charles Schleien, chairman of the department of pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, said that although the enterovirus is still active, cases are dwindling on Long Island. According to Schleien, approximately 500 cases have been reported this season of enterovirus, at Cohen’s Children Medical Center, with two to six patients being admitted per day.

Matt Bentz, of Forest Hills, was the winner of the Oyster Festival Raffle that took place as the event ended at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. He had a choice between winning a 2015 Chrysler 200 three-year lease or $15,000 in cash. He chose the cash. He is the “Perfect Oyster Festival Raffle winner.”

Bentz is a computer systems administrator with Spa Creek Software, a company that writes software for other software developers, and has been to the festival numerous times over the years; in fact, next year he is hoping to sail here on his 24 ft. sailboat. He got it “reasonably” from a friend who was buying up.


Sports

The autumn varsity sports season is well on its way in Oyster Bay. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves. Several fine young athletes excelled right out of the gate and were chosen by the Oyster Bay Hight School coaches as Athletes of the Month for October 2014.

Cross Country Coach Kevin Cotter has athletes who consistently qualify for the states. Picking one to honor is a difficult task. Within this impressive group of talented athletes, one stands out: junior Alex Tosi, who recently broke the 17 minute barrier for a 5K course at Bethpage State park with a time of 16:52. This feat has not been accomplished since 2008.

5- and 6-year-old Peanuts

The Little Generals (Peanuts) stepped out into the cold Sunday morning ready to give the home crowd a show as they battled the Bellmore Braves, and that’s just what they did as the Generals beat the Braves 14-7. The teams battled to a first half tie as the Generals’ touchdown came on a 26-yard run by Kody Gehnrich, thanks to great blocks by John (Jack) Grace and Jack Symanski.

In the second half, where the Generals are usually at their best, the defense shut out the Braves as Rodney Hill, Jr. and Brandon Babel stepped in on the defense line to create a great push to allow Francesco Allocca to make eight tackles. The offense got a big boost with Allocca being allowed to play RB after playing QB the past two games, and boy did he respond behind great lead blocking from Luca Granito. Allocca carried the ball nine times for 60 yards and a TD coming on the last play of the game.


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Boys & Girls Club Gala

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25

Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Tuesday, October 28



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