October 2010 Calendar
Monday, October 4 - "F" Day
Tuesday, October 5 - "A"
Wednesday, October 6 - "B" Day
Thursday, October 7 - "C" Day
Friday, October 8 - "D" Day
10/4 First Full Day of Kindergarten;
Milk Programs begin;
School Clubs begin
10/6 4th Grade Orchestra Practice, 8 a.m.
10/7 5th Grade Orchestra Practice, Band Practice, 8
Breakfast, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Bliedens' Home at
10/11 SCHOOL CLOSED (Columbus Day)
10/15 4th Grade Orchestra Practice, 8 a.m.
10/18 5th Grade Orchestra Practice, Band Practice, 8 a.m.;
School Play registration opens online for Grades 1 - 5
10/19 American Boys Choir Concert in am for all Scarsdale
Graders at SMS; C.H.I.L.D. meeting, 7:30 p.m., NMPR
10/25 4th Grade Orchestra Practice, 8 a.m.;
Community Forum meeting with Board of Education,
- 8 p.m., followed by regularly scheduled BOE meeting,
10/26 5th Grade Orchestra Practice, Band Practice, 8 a.m.
10/29 Halloween Parade, 9:00 a.m., Front Circle
CLOSES AT NOON (Election Day)
11/3 PTA Meeting, 9:15 a.m., NMPR
11/5 School Play registration closes
11/11 SCHOOL CLOSED (Veterans Day)
11/13 Fall Benefit, 7:00 p.m., 42 in Ritz Carlton
Hotel, White Plains
11/18 Book Fair, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., 6 p.m.-8 p.m., NMPR
11/19 Book Fair, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., NMPR
11/24 SCHOOL CLOSES
AT NOON (Thanksgiving recess)
11/25 SCHOOL CLOSED
11/26 SCHOOL CLOSED
11/30 C.H.I.L.D. Meeting, 7:30 p.m., NMPR
Lunch Programs: Beginning on 10/4 (no
lunches on 1/2 days)
PTA President's Message
Dear Fox Meadow Families,
Well, we made it through September, with all the deadlines
and scheduling challenges. It's a hectic time but also exciting--
there's a brand new school year ahead, full of possibilities!
While we're only a month into school, we've already had
many terrific events, none of which would have been possible without
our wonderful PTA volunteers. I would like to express my
heartfelt thanks to the following chairs: Jane Fanning and Sharon Hoffman (yet
again!) for creating the school directory in time for Open House; Debbie Farfel for
running a very successful Membership drive; Susanne Vleck and Lisa Han for making
those great Kindergarten gifts; Sherry
Berkowitz for organizing another fabulous picnic (and
Principal Wilson for letting us use the gym when the weather didn't
cooperate); Jenn Love and Beth Zadek for
organizing a particularly scrumptious 5th Grade Bake Sale; Susan Edlitz, Sharon Lippmann
and Abby Hoffman
for an amazing clothing sale - FM:FABULOUS!; Mei Morin for the
incredible array of goodies at Open House; Amanda Jackson and Janine Blieden for
getting all of our smiling children photographed on Picture Day!
There are a few other committee chairs who, although their
work will continue all year long, have done a great deal of work
already and deserve special mention: Laura Koch and Stacey Greenberg
for Class Parents; Stephanie
Glaser, Emily Kronenberg and Jenn Solodar for
Learning to Look; Sara
Silverton, Janine Blieden and Aileen Burke for
Multicultural Committee; Suzanne
Glaser, Jenn Love, Margarita Meyer, Amy Song
and Beth Zadek
for Fifth Grade Activities; Alisa
Kohn and Diane
Baylor for After School Clubs; Dorothy Coco for
Lice Check; Suzanne
Glaser for Website; Erika Radin, Stacey Greenberg and Melissa Roth for
School Play and Margaret
Trimarchi, Yoko Katoh,
Hiroko Ota, Akemi Nakamura, Sloan Greenspan, Lee Maude
and Karen Bock
for the Obento, Pizza and Pasta lunch
programs. Of course, these chairs did not do it alone!
There were many volunteers who helped in numerous ways, large and
small. We really appreciate everyone's efforts.
Finally, special thanks to the PTA Board Members-- Stephanie Glaser, Kiki Hoffman,
Seema Jaggi, Alisa Kohn, Pam Rubin and Judy Stanley-- who
take on so many jobs, many behind-the-scenes, that few people know how
hard they're working. I would also like to recognize the
super-human efforts of Diane
Baylor, Seema Jaggi and Suzanne Glaser for putting our
Membership, PTA Volunteer, After School Clubs, and Lice & Lunch
forms, registrations and payment ONLINE! This was a Herculean
task that not only will make our lives as parents more convenient, but
also will contribute to a greener future for our children. Look
for more paperless-PTA to come!
There are many exciting events coming up this month -
check out this issue's calendar. And look for your invitations to
our annual Fox Meadow Fall Benefit (formerly Ways & Means) in the
mail soon. I look forward to seeing you all at 42, Top of the
Ritz on November 13 for a festive evening of "Eating, Drinking & Bidding"!
From the Principal's Desk
"Plus ça change, plus c'est la même
I hope you have had a chance to look at the photo display
at the main entrance to the school. As you may recall, the
entrance used to contain "The Hall of Presidents" dedicated
in 1976. After a year of looking at all of our dead presidents
and a few living ones, I asked myself and several of our teachers if
there might be a more welcoming display at our front door. For
those of you who are passionate about
presidential history, fear not! They will return every Presidents
Day in a new location.
The images you see are a combination of contemporary
photographs paired loosely with photographs from the 1934 book, Willingly to School, by
Fox Meadow principal Claire Zyve. There
are also several quotations including the following pair:
"The modern public school has an atmosphere teeming
with vitality and life . . . . Children are not conforming to a
standardized pattern. They are not being shaped into a uniform
mold . . . . Why make the questioning child wait till graduate
student days in college to start personal researches, when the world is
so full of things to learn from, to learn about, if children only get
Claire Zyve, Fox Meadow
"The goals are not new, nor is
the learning that follows from them . . . . However, our
graduates will need not only to employ the best of traditional
scholarship, but also to discover new knowledge and find new solutions
. . . . The core curriculum for the future includes a coordinated
focus on critical and original thinking; efforts to develop students'
capacity to apply knowledge to problems with no clear answers."
Michael V. McGill, Scarsdale Superintendent, 2009
Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose? Does the well-known
French saying apply? On the surface, yes, but I would like to
propose a slightly less glib approach. The similarities between
the old and new photographs are striking. A sound elementary
education has always been about discovery and about learning by
doing. Great schools have always put community first and have
found ways to have children, even at a young age, be builders of that
community. So maybe what we are calling innovation today is not
But innovation does not have to be entirely original to be
important. Exploring in a garden, writing a letter, playing in
the season's first snow, and discovering what lives in a pond are
always important. Each generation of children and each generation
of teachers will discover the curriculum and the wonders it holds for
the first time. It is, in fact, the sense of wonder and the sense
of newness that drives the heart of both the 20th and 21st century curriculum.
Seventy years ago, when Claire Zyve wrote her
book, we called this a "progressive" education. As the
20th century closed, and most of today's Fox Meadow teachers were just
beginning their careers, this child-centered, hands-on approach to
learning was joined by other forces in education, namely a push to
standardize specific skills in mathematics and literacy as well as a
push to measure those skills through testing.
Standards and tests have showed us the importance of
accountability, and they do tell a story. But at the same time,
there is as much evidence of learning in these pictures as there is in
a paper and pencil test. These pictures and those like them on
our teachers' web pages tell a story that we must never lose sight of.
The challenge of today's Fox Meadow then, is
to strike the right balance between old and new. We do have to
find better ways to communicate our goals and to measure our progress,
but we must also leave room for discovery, creativity and wonder.
So it is with these ideas in mind that I propose a new
theme for the main entrance to our school. Like all good
entryways, ours should both tell a story and extend an
invitation. Our story should be one that both looks forward to
the future and looks back to our past. We should invite all who
enter our school to look forward with wonder and to meet all of the
challenges that the future holds. At the same time, we should
invite all who enter to learn that everything we do is built on a past
where others have discovered, invented, and achieved. It is
therefore an awareness of the past and the future that should be the
goal of everyone who comes to Fox Meadow. I looked for one
perfect quotation to close, but instead I found two. Both are by
20th Century thinkers, who I am confident never met in life. I
hope you will enjoy seeing them together at Fox Meadow.
"In this bright future you can't forget your
"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for
tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning."
Principal Duncan Wilson's previous messages can be found in the "Principal's Corner"
under "School Information" on the Fox Meadow Elementary
Thank You for Photo Day!
Another successful photo day at
Thank you so much to Dorothy Coco, Monique
Greenberg, Lauren Yang-Guo, Emma Hayter and Sarah Baigent
for making the day run so smoothly.
Photographs will be returned before Thanksgiving and re-shoot day will
follow shortly afterwards (you will be informed of the date nearer the
time). Anyone absent or unhappy with their pictures are welcome for a re-shoot. Any questions,
please contact Amanda Jackson or Janine Blieden, Photo Day Co-Chairs.
Lunch Makers, Rejoice! Lunch and Milk Programs
Start this Week
Lunch and Milk Programs start on Monday, October 4, 2010
and are served to children who ordered* them on full school days
as listed below; lunches and milk are not served on half days.
& Fridays: SuperStar Lunches (superstarlunches.com)
Please tell your kids the good news and on the appropriate day(s)
remind them what you ordered for them. For example: on Monday,
"2 slices of pizza and white milk", or on Wednesday, "California roll
obento and chocolate
milk". Lunch and milk distribution go much more smoothly if
the kids know what they're supposed to get. Thank you!
*You can click here to verify that your child's
lunch order was received and processed or visit the PTA website and
click on "Lice and Lunch Orders Update". NOTE:
The Order Update is arranged by purchaser's last name, but lunches
will be served by the child's
After School Clubs Begin This Week
The Fall 2010 After
School Clubs Session begins on
Monday, October 4, 2010
Last week, all students were notified of their club assignment by
e-mail to the address provided during the PayPal checkout
process. Contact Peter McKenna at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you have any club-related questions.
All club lists are FINAL. Absolutely no refunds will be issued to
students who withdraw from their assigned club after October 2nd.
Refunds currently due to students out from lottery, lunchtime chess
registrants, club changes, etc., will be processed this week and issued
directly to your credit card. We appreciate your patience in this
must have your emergency contact information before clubs begin.
If you have not completed the on-line PTA
electronic membership form, please do so NOW!
- Remind your
2nd-5th grade children of their club assignment and club location
(see Club Grid).
Only Kindergarteners and First Graders will be escorted to their
club by chaperones.
- Notify Peter
McKenna if your child will be absent from clubs.
- No food is
allowed in club classrooms.
is promptly at 4:10 PM. Enter the building
through the door in the teachers' parking lot.
We are currently planning for the Winter/Spring
semester. Your feedback is always appreciated. We welcome
new club ideas and current club reviews. Contact
Enjoy the semester!
Fifth Grade Keyboarding
all Fifth Grade Keyboarders:
Classes begin this week on Tuesday, October 5th for Section 1
and on Wednesday, October 6th for Section 2. All classes
meet from 8:00-8:45 a.m.
in the computer room at the back of the library.
The full schedule is posted on the Fifth Grade Keyboarding page on the FM After School Clubs website.
Please remember that on days when your regularly scheduled class falls
on Day C, the class will be on Thursday instead to avoid conflicting
with Orchestra or Band practice.
Should you have any questions, please contact Sheila Tancredi at
721-2720 or Peter McKenna, Club Administrator, at email@example.com.
join us for the Annual Multicultural Breakfast on
October 7, 2010
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
The Blieden Home
51 Paddington Road
Hosted by the FM PTA Multicultural Committee and the
Blieden Family, the Multicultural Breakfast is a wonderful -- and
delicious -- opportunity to meet other parents from our diverse Fox Meadow School
community. Come for the whole hour, or just pop in for a quick bite.
Bring a breakfast dish from your (or your favorite) country or culture,
or just bring yourself. There will be delectable food to sample,
old and new friends to meet and great conversation.
Please RSVP to Sara Silverton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is Classical Cafe?
The Classical Cafe is an opportunity for students who are
studying a music instrument or voice with a teacher or who are taking
dance instruction to perform for their peers during lunchtime.
Students are screened for readiness and then assigned a date for their
performance. Parents will be invited to attend the
performance if their child is performing. Tablecloths,
centerpieces, performer posters, and servers set the tone for
the audience as well as the performers. The Cafe will be held
monthly, and performances will be videotaped and played in the hallway
during the week following each Cafe performance.
Classical Cafe Screening
14, 2010 for students whose last names begin with A-M
October 15, 2010 for
students whose last names begin with N-Z
Lunchtime in Mrs. Laman's music room
If the child is
performing in a group then choose either date
Students interested in performing in the Classical Cafe this year
will need to perform for the music teachers on October 14 or
October 15 in Mrs. Laman's music room from
12-1 p.m. Students may bring their lunch. Beginning levels
are welcome! Please know that this is NOT an audition, but an
opportunity for us to consider the child's level of preparation
regardless of their skill level. Students are allowed to
change their musical selection or dance prior to their scheduled
Additional screening dates will be scheduled in the spring.
For more information, please see Mrs. Laman's teacher page.
Fox Meadow Fall Benefit
is slated for
Saturday, November 13, 2010,
at "42" at
the top of the Ritz Carlton Hotel in White Plains
We're gearing up to make this year's event more than just a
fundraiser for the Fox Meadow PTA, but also an evening to
remember. In order for this benefit to be successful, we need
your help in securing goods and services to be donated to our silent
auction. All items will have a terrific sign with the
name of the vendor and the item description with the value, a
minimum bid and a minimum raise. This information will also be
entered into our auction catalogue.
Thank you in advance for your support.
Please contact: Julie
Rosenblatt, Fall Benefit Co-Chair, regarding your donation and
bring all your silent auction items to 12 Fox Meadow Road on or before
than Monday, October
Save the Dates for the School Play Casting, Rehearsals,
The first annual Fox Meadow Play starring all budding 1st through 5th
grade actors and actresses will take place on Saturday, February 5, 2011.
This year's production will be Peter Pan.
Casting for 3rd through 5th grade students will take place on Wednesday, December 15, 2010,
immediately after school. First and 2nd
graders need not attend the casting call as they are eligible only
for chorus parts.
Rehearsals will take place at school from Monday, January 24, 2011 through
Friday, February 4, 2011 from 3:15 until 5:45 p.m. every day after
school. First and 2nd graders will only attend
rehearsals until 4:15 during the first week and will attend the entire
time during the second week. After school clubs are NOT scheduled
to occur on casting day or during the weeks of rehearsals.
Registration will be on-line from October 18, 2010 through November 5, 2010.
The fee for participation will be $170 per student. Additional
information will be posted on the Fox Meadow PTA website soon.
Invitation for Community Comment on Third Year
As part of the ongoing evaluation of professional
performance, the School District
annually publishes the names of professional staff eligible for
tenure. Any parent wishing to comment on a teacher's performance
is invited to provide communication to Joan Weber, Assistant
Superintendent for Personnel and Administrative Services,
Brewster Road, Scarsdale,
Written comments from parents should be received by February 1, 2011.
As per Board/STA teacher contract, comments will be shared with the teacher.
The following staff members at Fox Meadow are up for
tenure this year:
Nutrition & Food Safety Committee's Tip of the
Month: Candy, Candy Everywhere!
Halloween is around the corner, which usually means lots
of candy to give and receive. This year we thought we'd take a
walk through the candy and chocolate aisles and give a few links to
some fun homemade treats you can make.
The Candy Aisle
The USDA suggests eating sweets sparingly, particularly
since they are full of sugar, fat and not much else. Buying the
mini-sized packs is the way to go and help minimize portions.
Some other things to think about are allergies, specifically
nuts. Choose candy that is nut-free, making sure that it has not
been manufactured on machines that may contain nuts as well.
Let's not forget about the teeth. Super gooey gummies, caramel
and taffy are very tough to brush off.
Many candy labels claim candy is fat free, which makes
sense since sugar is naturally free of fat -- but they should still be
eaten in moderation. Here are some comparisons of common candies
- Twizzlers (4 pieces): 160 calories, 19
- Gummi Bears (10 pieces): 87
calories, 13 grams sugar
- Candy Corn (8 pieces): 140
calories, 28 grams sugar
- Starburst (8 pieces): 160
calories, 23 grams sugar
The Chocolate Aisle
Unlike candy, chocolate does contain sugar AND fat.
Look for "fun sizes" to keep portions in check. Here is
a comparison of a few common chocolates:
- 3 Musketeers Bar: 260
calories, 8 grams total fat and 5 grams saturated fat
- 3 Musketeers Mini Bars (3
fun-sized bars): 190 calories, 6 grams total fat, 4 grams
- York Peppermint Patty (1
piece): 140 calories, 2.5 grams total fat, 1.5 grams saturated fat
- Plain M&Ms (1.69-ounce
pack): 240 calories, 10 grams total fat, 6 grams saturated fat
For a homemade Halloween treat try some of these ghostly
recipes for under 250 calories per serving:
Please send comments, suggestions, or recipes to the Nutrition and Food
Safety Committee Co-Chairs:
Kira Almeida MS, RD/CDN, CDE (email@example.com)
Toby Amidor MS, RD/CDN (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Children's Activities at the Scarsdale Public Library: Wag
us at the Scarsdale
Library for the
opportunity to read your favorite tale to a
furry, four-footed friend.
Story-loving dogs will be available on the
following Saturdays at 3:00 p.m.:
October 9, 2010
November 6, 2010
December 11, 2010
This program is open to independent readers of all ages
who would like to practice reading aloud. Registration is
required and each child will be allotted ten minutes with a dog.
Volunteer dogs and their people are all certified and registered
through The Good Dog Foundation.
Finney Children's Room
54 Olmsted Road
School Board Nominating Committee (SBNC) Seeks
Would you like to have input in Scarsdale Board of Education policy,
but are unable to devote the substantial amount of time a position on
the School Board demands? Consider running for election to be a member of the
non-partisan committee that selects the candidates to run for Scarsdale's
The School Board Nominating Committee, which meets several
Sunday afternoons between January and March, is the group that
identifies, proposes, and nominates qualified candidates to run for the
school board. The SBNC consists of 30 voting members, representing
each of the five elementary school neighborhoods. Each member is
elected to serve a three-year term, elections being held in
January. The goal is to identify and nominate the best candidates
to serve on the Scarsdale Board of Education.
We are looking for volunteers to run in this year's
election. This is your opportunity to serve your community and
have important input in selecting those individuals who have ultimate
responsibility for policy decisions that directly impact our schools.
education is highly valued in Scarsdale.
To maintain that tradition, consider seeking a position on the School
Board Nominating Committee.
Interested in joining? Need more information? Visit www.scarsdalesbnc.com,
complete a biographical form on-line on or before November 11, 2010,
and submit a candidate petition with ten signatures to SBNC Administrative
Committee, P.O. Box H172,
For additional details
about the school board nominating process, please contact the SBNC
Administrative Committee's chairperson, Stephen Fridakis
P.O. Box H172
Monthly Updates and Weekly E-Blasts
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for the monthly Update or to Pam Rubin at firstname.lastname@example.org
for the weekly e-blast (or to both of us if you're not sure). See
the Update and Weekly
Deadlines on the PTA homepage for additional information.
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