Thanksgiving is a time to reflect upon gratitude, and spread kindness to those we care about. November is National Gratitude Month; the word “gratitude” is derived from the Latin word “gratia” which means gratefulness or thankfulness, and a way to acknowledge the good things in life. During the month of November, classrooms were busy sharing notes of thanks to Veterans and staff members spreading kindness and positive messages.
Throughout the CSH School District, each building was instrumental in helping so many in need this Thanksgiving season. There have been winter coat drives, and food drives for local charitable organizations with the help of student council/student government and various school clubs. Thank you to staff, students and community members for your generosity for those less fortunate. A special thanks to former Board of Education member, Ingrid Wright, for pick ups and deliveries to the Helping Hands Rescue Mission and coordinating these efforts along with Health Education teacher, Karen Uhl-Smith.
Turkey Trots are a great way to kick off the Thanksgiving holiday, by bringing friends and family together to walk, run or race while socializing and having fun. The West Side School Turkey Trot has enjoyed a long tradition, and this year the kids loved sharing the moment on their new “Walking Track.” Principal, Dr. John Barnes, kicked it off in a big way with music booming out on the fields, a decorative turkey-balloon finish line, and a little dancing to add to the high energy as each class took their turn at laps around their new “Walking Track.”
The kids always steal the show at every Board of Education meeting! In November, these West Side student council members made a presentation that was so professional, thorough, amusing and filled with enthusiasm - they were a tough act to follow! Board of Education President, Tara Belfi, was so impressed she asked them for tips on how they prepared to give such an outstanding and confident presentation.
This fall both elementary schools in Cold Spring Harbor School District were thrilled at the completion of their new Walking Tracks. Students and staff are taking advantage of the 1/4-mile loop for exercise, fresh air and conversation surrounded by nature. Even community members are making use of the tracks after school. Both tracks will soon have educational station installments for curriculum-based learning opportunities and outdoor student activities.
Cold Spring Harbor School District music educators and administration attended the annual “Honor Your Administrator’s Night” hosted by NMEA (Nassau Music Educators Association) on November 9 at The Milleridge Inn. The mission of the NMEA is to enrich school music programs by nurturing student musicianship and empowering members through collaboration and professional development.
DONATIONS gratefully appreciated! ALL school buildings are currently hosting collections for FOOD drives in time for Thanksgiving, and also COAT and Winter Gear drives for the upcoming season. Please look through your pantries and closets for donations to our local community food banks and charitable donation centers that help so many in need...thank you!
At West Side and Lloyd Harbor, the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory DNA Learning Center continues its partnership with the elementary schools with experiments taking place in the Science rooms and Creative Learning Labs (CLL). CSH Laboratory Educators, Brittany Johnson and Carrasco Gottlieb, handed out petri dishes and two different antibiotics (Ampicillin and Kanamycin) to explore how antibiotics work.