March 2010 Calendar
3/1 Band and Orchestra Practice, 8
3/2 Math Olympiad Practice, lunchtime, Mr. Besancon's room
5th Grade Study Hall, lunchtime;
Interdependence Institute Event, 7:30 p.m., SHS
3/4 Rescheduled 2nd and 3rd Grade Parent Coffee with
Wilson, 9 a.m., OMPR;
5th Grade Study Hall, lunchtime
3/5 Last day to register for spring
Harlem Wizards Game,
7:30 p.m., SHS
3/8 Classical Cafe for 1st Grade audience
3/9 Band and Orchestra Practice, 8 a.m.;
Math Olympiad Contest,
lunchtime, Mr. Besancon's room #65;
5th Grade Study Hall, lunchtime
3/10 SCHOOL CLOSES AT NOON FOR K-2 (K-2 Conferences)
3/11 4th and 5th Grade Study Hall, lunchtime;
Colonial Fair Informational Meeting for Fourth Grade Parents,
7:30 p.m., NMPR
3/16 SCHOOL CLOSES AT NOON FOR K-2 (K-2 Conferences);
and 5th Grade Study Hall, lunchtime
3/17 Band and Orchestra Practice, 8 a.m.;
Annual Heritage Luncheon
and Parent/Teacher Book
3/18 SCHOOL CLOSES AT NOON FOR K-2 (K-2 Conferences);
4th and 5th Grade Study Hall,
3/19 SHS Drama Club Event, 7:30 p.m., SHS
3/20 Young Writers' Workshop, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., SMS;
SHS Drama Club
Event, 7:30 p.m., SHS
3/23 4th and 5th Grade Study Hall, lunchtime;
Meeting, 7:30 p.m., NMPR
3/25 Band and Orchestra Practice, 8 a.m.;
Last Session of
4th and 5th Grade Study Hall, lunchtime
3/26 SCHOOL CLOSES AT 3 p.m. (Spring Recess)
4/5 School Reopens
4/9 Band and Orchestra Practice, 8 a.m.
4/12 Classical Cafe for 2nd Grade audience
4/14 Lice Check;
Appreciation Luncheon, 11:45 a.m., Gym
4/19 Band and Orchestra Practice, 8 a.m.
4/21 PTA Meeting (elections), 7:30 p.m., NMPR
4/23 SCHOOL CLOSES AT NOON
4/25 International Fair, 12-4 p.m., SHS
4/27 Band and Orchestra Practice, 8 a.m.;
Orientation, 8:30 a.m., NMPR
4/29 Fourth Grade Colonial Fair
Lunch Programs: (do not occur on 1/2 days)
A Special Message
It is my privilege, on behalf of the PTA, to express my
gratitude to our teachers at Fox Meadow and across the district for
their financial sacrifice directly affecting the next two years' school
budgets. This extraordinarily rare act shows their dedication to
their students, colleagues and school community and will help maintain Scarsdale's
superior education. During these difficult financial times, Scarsdale
residents will see an appreciably lower than anticipated tax increase
due to the teachers' exceptional contribution.
PTA President's Message
Dear Fox Meadow Families,
I hope everyone enjoyed the snow day and has been able to dig themselves
I would like to thank the chairs of two of our committees: Jody
Brody, Julie Gerstenblatt and Pam Rubin of Book Fair and Lisa Beck and
Mimi Beaven of Environment, for working together to create the
wonderful Book Swap. This was a great event that promoted both
reading and "green" practices and was lots of fun!
If you haven't marked it on your calendar already, please save-the-date
for the March 17th Heritage Luncheon/Parent-Teacher Book Discussion
hosted by the Multicultural Committee and the PTA. This event
will include great food and interesting discussions about Growing Up
Global by Homa Sabet Tavanger. Look for an electronic RSVP form
As the year progresses or we have bad weather, we sometimes get lax
about traffic and parking rules. Please remember, to obey all
street signs, have children exit the car curbside only in the circle
(if they assistance from you, please park on the street), do not back
up in the circle and do not park too close to the corners or in front of
handicapped accessible portions of the sidewalk. (The police have
been ticketing repeatedly!) Your efforts will ensure the safety
off all our students.
From the Principal's
Wilson's previous messages can be found in the "Principal's Corner"
under "School Information" on the Fox Meadow Elementary
Registration for Spring Afterschool
Registration for Spring Afterschool Clubs will
take place Monday, March 1, 2010 through Friday, March 5, 2010.
Information and registration forms are available on the PTA website.
For additional questions, please e-mail Peter McKenna at
Colonial American Fair
The Colonial American Fair, presented by
Hands on History, is coming to Fox Meadow on Thursday, April 29,
The Informational Meeting for all fourth grade parents will be on
Thursday, March 11, 2010, 7:30 p.m., NMPR
4th Grade students will participate in activities common
to daily life in 18th century America. For the
Fair, students and families are asked to:
Create your own Eighteenth
Century costume to wear on the day of the fair.
Contribute a homemade side
dish to the Colonial Pot Luck Dinner or bring in an assigned store bought
Parents are invited to volunteer on the day of the fair
Group Leaders to guide
students on the day of the Fair,
Activity Leaders to present
simple activities, or
Concentrated Workshops take place
in fourth grade classrooms:
Activity Stations take place
Toys and Games
Visit with George Washington
child will participate in every activity and workshop.
Questions contact Jenn Love, Susan
Miller or Diane Rolfe
Annual Heritage Luncheon and Parent/Teacher Book
The PTA Board and
cordially invite you to our
Annual Heritage Luncheon and Parent/Teacher Book Discussion
17, 2010 at 11:45 a.m.
in the New Multipurpose Room
This year's book
Growing Up Global - Raising Children to Be At Home in the World
by Homa Sabet Tavangar
"Growing up Global offers fascinating ideas for giving
young people opportunities to become truly global citizens.
Learning about the customs and culture of others around the globe
enriches our lives so much and can only lead to better understanding
and cooperation for generations to come." Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE,
Founder, The Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace
"Growing up Global is for every family on the planet, bar
none. Tavangar's stellar ideas for deepening children's understanding
of-and comfort with-every culture is a must in today's increasingly
borderless world. But Tavangar's tips aren't just about imbuing
children with the multicultural competence they need to succeed in
today's cultural blender; unwittingly or not, she's also provided a
road map for connecting more deeply and joyfully with our kids as we
uncover the world's smorgasbord of art, movies, books, games, sports,
foods, religions (and dispel antiquated stereotypes) on our journey to
discovery. This book is a two for one".
Donna Jackson Nakazawa, author, Does Anybody Else Look Like Me: A
Parent's Guide to Raising Multiracial Children
of the book are available, in limited numbers, through the PTA for $12
To purchase a copy, visit the Forms section of the FM
PTA website, where you may either:
Order online using your PayPal account or credit card
(after clicking the "Pay Now" button, click
to pay with credit card); or
Fill out the Parent Book Order Form and drop your check
made out to "Fox Meadow PTA" in the
Please note this change in your directory:
The new home phone number for Robert Almeida (4W), Alexander Almeida (1L),
Max Almeida (KH) and parents Kira and Bob Almeida is:
Fox Meadow is now able
to accept payments electronically (credit card and PayPal) for many of
the things your committee intends to sell (think tickets, t-shirts, and
more). If you are a committee chair and plan on selling items
this spring, please contact Christine
Bensche ASAP to help set up your on-line payment form.
Staff Appreciation Luncheon: Save the Date
RSVP Forms will be sent home soon. If you have questions
or are interested in volunteering, please contact Amy
Nutrition & Food Safety Committee's Tip of the
Month: Fruit & Veggie Week (3/15-3/19)
The week of March 15th, Fox Meadow will be
celebrating "Fruit & Vegetable Week" in honor of National
Nutrition Month. We would like to encourage kids to bring a fruit
and veggie to school everyday that week. Whether it is in their
snack or lunch bag, some yummy ideas are listed below. Your child
may not love all of them but chances are that together you can find
some that they like.
Raw Snow or Sugar snap peas
Raw String beans
Raw Zucchini/Yellow Squash slices
Sweet Pepper strips
Prep & Packing Tips
Lemon juice - squeeze over fruits that brown when cut up like apples
Dips - a
dip always makes fruits and veggies more fun. Some ideas are
vanilla yogurt, lite cream cheese/salad dressing, hummus or any nut
Plastic Containers - use for
"delicate" or sliced fruits that smush easily like berries,
melon balls and pears.
Slicing and Dicing - some kids love variety so
the more shapes you make the better.
Blanching - by
placing some veggies in boiling water for just a few minutes, it can
alter their taste to make it more kid friendly. Snap peas, string
beans and broccoli and cauliflower all blanch well.
Fun Fact -
Kids are usually more accepting of veggies in their raw (or blanched)
form. Try to serve as a snack or just before dinner when kids are
at their hungriest.
It! - The
week before Fruit & Veggie Week, a log will be sent home so your
child can jot down the fruits and veggies they eat each day.
Participation is optional but encouraged.
Please send comments, suggestions, or recipes to committee co-chairs:
Kira Almeida MS, RD/CDN, CDE (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Toby Amidor MS, RD/CDN (email@example.com)
Interdependence Institute Event
Interdependence Institute, the Scarsdale Teachers Institute, and the
Middle School and High School PTAs invite you to hear internationally
acclaimed journalists and authors
Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn
their New York Times bestseller
March 2, 2010, 7:30 p.m., SHS Auditorium
of their book will be available for purchase.
This event is being held as part of the year-long
celebration of the
Anniversary of the Scarsdale Schools and in honor of the District's
dedication to preparing students for an interdependent world.
SHS Senior Class sponsors: the Harlem
Wizards playing teachers from all of the District's schools
Friday, March 5, 2010, 7:30 p.m., SHS Gyms 3 and 4
Advanced Tickets: $12 for students, $15 for adults
At The Gate: $15 students, $18 adults
To purchase tickets in advance, visit harlemwizards.com.
The event has sold out the past few years so buy your tickets
early. There will be refreshments and snacks for purchase and an
autograph session featuring the Harlem Wizards after the game.
Scarsdale High School
Drama Club Event
Drama Club Presents:
A Modern Adaptation of Shakespeare's
A Midsummers Night's Dream
March 19, 2010 and Saturday, March 20, 2010,
p.m., SHS Auditorium
Tickets: $10 students and seniors, $15 adults
Young Writers' Workshop
Writers' Workshop (3rd through 5th Graders)
Saturday, March 20,
2010, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., SMS
No walk-in registrations will be accepted for this
event. For more information, please visit the YWW website or
contact the Fox Meadow YWW Liaison, Pamela Rubin by telephone at
914-723-8137 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
C.H.I.L.D. Meeting: Save the Date
next C.H.I.L.D. will be on March 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the New
Multipurpose Room on a topic to be announced soon.
Shaila Setty, Chair, Scarsdale CHILD
Sue Adams, Vice Chair, Scarsdale CHILD
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For more information about C.H.I.L.D., please visit our website at www.scarsdalechild.org or e-mail Shaila
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International Fair: Save the Date
District-wide International Fair will be on Sunday, April 25, 2010,
from 12-4 p.m. at SHS
The aim of the event is to expose the students and families in the area
to the full range of cultures within Scarsdale. All money raised
will go to Haiti.
It will be a big event, and will rely almost solely on parents and
volunteers from all the participating schools. If you can help in
any way, it would be much appreciated.
Some ways in which you can help are as follows:
- Host a stall that represents a
- Join an existing team that is
currently representing a country
- Sponsor a country stall (to help
defray the cost of certain expenses such as the cost of
entertainment, or food).
- Provide entertainment by way
of dance or other cultural performances
- Become a volunteer at
If you'd like to
take part, or have any questions, please contact Sarah Silverton or Janine Blieden.
Scarsdale Adult School Spring/Summer Program
for the Scarsdale Adult School Spring/Summer Program is now open!
Over 50 new classes covering all areas of interest are included in the
new catalog now posted on ScarsdaleAdultSchool.org.
Our faculty roster includes familiar faces from your neighborhood and
school. Highlights of classes taught by Scarsdalians include:
· An Italian Journey from Correggio to Tiepolo:
16th - 18th Century Master Drawings - An Art History
with Linda Wolk Simon
· Book Talk with Harriet Sobol
· Reading Shakespeare Aloud with Frances Gilmore
· Hatha Yoga, Iyengar Style with Nancy Kardon
· Mat Pilates with Gina DeMasi
· Body Sculpting with Jeannine Palermo
· The Towel Workout with Lisa Avellino
· Mountain Biking 101 with Jason Cairo
· Winning the Weight Loss Game with Karen Reznik Dolins
· Strategies for Re-Entering the Workforce with Sabrina
· What Are You Waiting For? Take Action on the Next
Your Life with Michelle Friedman
· Auto Maintenance and Safe Driving Techniques with Al
· The Art of Collage with Sheila Fane
· The Best of Baking with Seth Greenberg
· Chocolate Tasting with Margaret Smith
· The Family Kitchen with Mimi Beaven
· One-Pot Meals with America Gonzalez
· Computer Basics for the Volunteer, Event Planner or
Busy Parent with Paul Spindel
The Scarsdale Adult School offers something for everyone! For
more information, call 723-2325.
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