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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

GREAT assembly program- Story Pirates!

Today I attended the BEST in school assembly program/performance I have ever seen at Stark! It's called the Story Pirates and I highly recommend it to all PTOs. The ensemble comes to school and helps the audience create a story. The ensemble performs their story right then, kind of like an improv. They then instruct the kids to write their own personal stories in their classrooms. Stories are collected and sent to the Pirates. The next month, they come back to school and perform 5-8 of the kids' own stories. The program just ties in everything- creativity, literacy, collaboration, arts... They were so energetic and all the grades loved them. My favorite was a story that a 4th grader wrote where "Rock, Paper and Scissors" are real characters and battle it out in a boxing arena. "Rock" was a character based upon Rocky so it was even enjoyable for adults. There were teachers laughing so hard, their eyes were tearing! Part of the program also includes a parent/community night where the ensemble performs more of the kids' stories. They'll be coming back to Stark on May 13th at 6:30pm and all are welcome if you want to check it out. The website is http://storypirates.org/


Thanks to Cindy Grafstein and Wendy Lecker for coordinating tonight's CCJEF forum. It was an informative and passionate presentation!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Great ideas!

Calling all great ideas...

1 good fundraising idea: Clothing/Linen/Toy drive via http://www.clothingdrive.net/ People donate any men's, women's and children's clothing, shoes, accessories, blankets, sheets, curtains, towels, stuffed animals, action figures, purses, backpacks, baby toys, matchbox cars, etc. and the nonprofit gets 15 cents per pound. Westover did it in the Fall and raised a lot for their Nature's Classroom trip. We're doing it for Odyssey of the Mind, so I'll let you know!

CT Coalition for Justice in Education Funding Forum, Wednesday, April 27th 7:00-8:30 p.m.

What does it mean to have a quality education?
What does this decision mean for our children and our schools?

Come find out more and join the discussion...

Monday, March 23, 2009

Stamford Public Schools - PTO/PFO

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