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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

The Raise The Roof Concert, held at Christ Church on Nov. 9, was an intergenerational event to benefit the Life Enrichment Center of Oyster Bay’s seniors.

Board member Suzanne Paolucci explained the center’s wish to get iPods for the seniors as a source of musical therapy. She brought the idea to the center from a talk by social worker Dan Cohen, the founder of Music & Memory. He has produced a film, Alive Inside, that tells the story of music as being restorative. Music is like therapy for the elderly, in particular for those with dementia, as it has been shown to awaken memories of happier times in life, when energy and enthusiasm were boundless.

Driving rain and an early start time did not deter 600 people who arrived at Crest Hollow Country Club recently to celebrate the Women’s Fund of Long Island’s 20th year and to honor four exceptional women.

The breakfast started with a meet and greet and a chance to showcase Women’s Fund contest winner Patti Hogarty, designer of “Women as Bamboo.” Inspired by her neighbor’s bamboo, she entered the contest drawing a design of the bamboo, which Ambalu Jewelers of Roslyn then turned into various pendants of which 40-percent of the profits would go to WFLI. Hogarty wrote a short essay comparing women to bamboo in that they are strong and can weather difficult storms, yet remain graceful and continue to grow sending out new shoots.


Sports

On the weekend of Nov. 8, the Oyster Bay High School Boys and Girls Cross Country teams traveled to the State University of New York at Canton just a few miles from the Canadian border to compete in the New York State Cross Country Championships.

Alex Tosi became the first Bayman since Joe Jazwinski and Justin Nakrin (2008) to become All-State, placing 16th with a time of 16:53. Most runners ran about 20 seconds slower than their Bethpage times because of the muddy conditions on the course. Tosi’s time was basically equivalent to his best Bethpage time, as he powered through the toughest parts of the race. He led the Baymen to a seventh place finish in the Class C race, an improvement from their 11th place finish last year, which ties the highest place at the New York State Championships of a Baymen team since 2009.

In the history of Oyster Bay High School athletics, no one has ever won a Girls’ Tennis New York State Championship. Celeste Matute and Courtney Kowalsky became the first when they won the 2014 New York State Doubles Championship in Latham on Nov. 3. What makes this tremendous achievement even more remarkable is that Matute is a junior and Kowalsky is a sophomore.

The girls, who are usually singles players, teamed up to take on the very best players in Nassau County and New York State. They won all 10 matches in the section XIII and NYSPHSAA tournaments and left Latham as the 2014 New York State doubles champions.


Calendar

Annual Turkey Trot

Thursday, Nov. 27

Turkey Detox Workshop

Friday, Nov. 28

East Norwich Holiday

Sunday, Nov. 30



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