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    Tuesday, May 23, 2017
    8th Grade Holocaust Museum trip
    8:30 AM to 2:30 PM
    Location: 100 Crescent Beach Road, Glen Cove
    The museum presents a detailed and comprehensive chronicle of the Holocaust, and utilizes multimedia displays, artifacts, archival footage, testimonies from local Survivors and Liberators, and encompasses a special gallery for changing exhibits.
     
     
    We offer a contextualized history to explain the 1930s increase of intolerance, the reduction of human rights, and the lack of intervention that enabled the persecution and mass murder of millions of Jews and others, including people with disabilities, Roma and Sinti (Gypsies), Jehovah’s Witnesses, Gays, and Polish intelligentsia.
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    Lacrosse - Varsity Boys
    RESCHEDULED
    3:30 PM
    Away
    Location: Green Vale School
    Lacrosse - Varsity Boys
    Baseball - Junior Varsity Boys
    3:30 PM
    Away
    Location: Green Vale School
    Baseball - Junior Varsity Boys vs Green Vale School
    Baseball - Varsity Boys
    3:30 PM
    Away
    Location: Green Vale School
    Baseball - Varsity Boys vs Green Vale School
    Lacrosse - Junior Varsity Boys
    3:30 PM
    Away
    Location: Green Vale School
    Lacrosse - Junior Varsity Boys vs Green Vale School
    Wednesday, May 24, 2017
    4th Grade trip to the WaterFront Center
    9:15 AM to 11:45 AM
    Location: Oyster Bay
    Students will collect different types of sea weeds, identify them and then press them on to sheets of paper to take home. 
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    Lacrosse - Varsity Boys
    3:15 PM
    Home
    Location: Playing Fields - Upper Field - 1
    Lacrosse - Varsity Boys vs Green Vale School
    2nd Grade World Map Dinner
    5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
    Location: Old Gym
    Students and their parents will assemble the World Map for their presentation on Friday.
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    Thursday, May 25, 2017
    3rd and 4th Grade trip to The Adventure Park at Long Island
    8:30 AM to 2:30 PM
    Location: The Adventure Park at Long Island-Wheatley Heights
    A fun day challenging ourselves on ropes courses and ziplines in the trees.

    Dress Code-sneakers must be worn! Girls-leggings and a t-shirt. Shorts must have bike shorts underneath. Boys-Sweatpants and a t-shirt
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    2nd Grade World Map Performance
    9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
    Lacrosse - Junior Varsity Boys
    CANCELED
    3:30 PM
    Home
    Location: Playing Fields - Upper Field - 2
    Lacrosse - Junior Varsity Boys vs Portledge School
    Softball - Junior Varsity Girls
    3:30 PM
    Home
    Location: Playing Fields - Lower Field - 1
    Softball - Junior Varsity Girls vs Green Vale School
    Baseball - Varsity Boys
    3:45 PM
    Away
    Location: Buckley Country Day School
    Baseball - Varsity Boys vs Buckley Country Day School
    Friday, May 26, 2017
    Buddy Classes-Memorial Day Activity
    8:15 AM to 9:00 AM
    Summer Work Meeting for Parents
    9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
    Location: The Rousmaniere Library
    Gen Marvin and Alex Carter will explain the recommendations and requirements for summer work in Lower School and Upper School. Laura Sacco will model and explain how to effectively use parental control settings on Apple products to help parents manage content and electronic usage for kids. 
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    6th Grade Chess Movie afternoon
    12:30 PM to 4:30 PM
    Location: Upper School History Room
    6th Grade Chess event including the movie "Brooklyn Castle."  Students will have lunch of pizza, garlic knots and soda. 
    After the movie is completed, we will have a brief discussion of the movie, then we will do what the class seems to love the most, having a fabulous time playing chess. Pick up time will be 4:30. 
    Brooklyn Castle, Friday May 26th
     
    In an inner-city public school in Brooklyn, New York where an after-school chess program, having both dedicated educators and a supportive community, has triumphed over deep budget cuts to build the most winning junior high school chess team in the country,[1] and the first middle school team to win the United States Chess Federation's national high school championship. The film follows five of the school's chess team members for one year, and documents their challenges and triumphs both on and off the chessboard.
    Amidst financial crises and unprecedented public school budget cuts, Brooklyn Castle takes an intimate look at the challenges and triumphs facing members of a junior high school's champion chess team.
    Katie Dellamaggiore’s inspiring documentary covers two years in the history of the school chess team, during which one team member, Rochelle Ballantyn, approaches her dream of becoming the first female African-American grandmaster in U.S history. During the same years, the team is under a constant threat of losing its budget in state financial cutbacks.
    There is no cinematic way to show a chess game, unless you have a very expert audience. Photographing, for example, a devastating move that results in checkmate means nothing unless you’ve lived through all the moves that led to that moment. But you can photograph eyes and smiles, and the pride on parents’ faces. And Rochelle’s glow as she’s presented with the title of master, and the four-year college scholarship awarded by the same tournament.
    Brooklyn's I.S. 318 junior high school fits one inner-city stereotype--a majority of its students come from below-the-poverty-line families. All other expectations, as shown in the new documentary Brooklyn Castle, should be checked at the door. Beginning in 2000, under the tutelage of chess teacher and coach Elizabeth Spiegel and assistant principal and chess coordinator John Galvin, I.S. 318 expanded its small chess program and began competing in national tournaments. For those keeping score, the results have been stunning: more than 30 national chess titles, including, in 2012, the U.S. High School National Championship, a first for a junior high.
     
     
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    In The Headlines
    East Woods Eighth Graders Visit Chicago
    On Monday morning, the EWS Eighth Grade took to the skies for a three day trip to Chicago.  Their adventures have included a trip to Navy Pier, a ride on the Sea Dog Boat Tour,  visits to the Willis Tower Skydeck, The Shedd Aquarium, The  Adler Planetarium, and The Field Museum.  Last night they also attended the Cubs/Phillies game.  Today is their last day in They Windy City and they are sure to bring back wonderful tales of their journey.  
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    East Woods Annual Dinner Dance and Auction
    On Friday, March 10th, East Woods School celebrated its annual Dinner Dance and Auction at the Paramount in Huntington.  The evening was chaired by East Woods parents John and Katie Amato, Cary and Willow Goodwin, and Caleigh and Kinglsey Toye. EWS Alums Alex Hogg and Duncan Lindsay played in the Founders Room for cocktail hour and then guests moved upstairs for dinner, dancing, and the live auction.  This year’s live auction prizes included tickets to the 2018 Grammys, a private viewing of the NY Rangers closed practice, and tickets and airfare to the 2017 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.  The highlight of the evening was a private concert preformed by Andy Grammer.  Andy Grammer played a number of his hits and closed out his set with “Good to be Alive”.   The party kept going with a DJ spinning dance hits that kept the crowd up and dancing until the party ended. 
     
    Thank you to all who helped to make the evening a success.  A special thank you to our Dinner Dance Chairs as well as, Dana Bratti, Beth Godsell, and Diana Salsone (Auction Chairs); Jonathan Leonard (Auctioneer); Charlotte Saliou (Journal); Susan and Tony Viscuso (Printing); Alex Whelehan and Kim Leonard (Marketing); Melissa Cedrone (Accounting); and Amy Forman and Mike de’Venau.

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    East Woods Board of Trustees Appoint Laura Kang Next Head of School
    January 18, 2017
     
     
    Dear Parents, Faculty and Friends,
     
    We are pleased to announce that Laura Kang, the current Head of Mizzentop Day School in Pawling, New York, has accepted the invitation of the Board of Trustees to be the next Head of East Woods School effective July 1, 2017.
     
    Beginning in September, the Search Committee, worked with our search consultants from Educators’ Collaborative, and reviewed the credentials of candidates from all parts of the country and abroad.  Following preliminary confidential interviews three of these applicants were then invited to visit the school, where they met at length with the Search Advisory Committee (representing faculty, parents, and past-parents/alumni) and with the full Search Committee as well as with students, parents, faculty and the administration team in various forums.  The community provided valuable feedback to the Search Committee on each candidate as part of the process.  The active participation and feedback demonstrates the commitment of this community to East Woods.
     
    Following these visits, the Search Committee evaluated all of the feedback received from the community and voted unanimously to recommend the appointment of Laura Kang as the next Head of School to the full Board of Trustees.  At a meeting on January 16th, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to accept the recommendation of the Search Committee.
     
    Laura Kang has spent thirty-four years in education. In addition to her current position, she has served as Head of Eagle Cove/Gibson Island Country School in Pasadena, Maryland.  Prior to that she was a teacher, Assistant Head and then Head of the Middle School at the Severn School from 1986-2008.  She began her career at Cynthia Warner School in Takoma Park, Maryland, where she served as an English teacher and Dean of Students from 1982-86.  She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Kansas and a Master’s degree in Education from Loyola College.  Laura is the mother of twins, Maya and Parker, age 15, who reside with their father and attend ninth grade near Annapolis, Maryland.
     
    We are confident that Laura’s warmth, breadth of experience, and intimate knowledge of Nursery-8thgrade education uniquely positions her to serve as East Woods’ next Head of School.  Laura commented, “I’m thrilled to have been chosen to lead East Woods School.  The incredible array of talents, skills, energies, hearts and minds within the East Woods community together constitute a powerful force that will propel us into the next decade and beyond.”
     
    I would like to especially thank Kristin Dennehy for chairing the Search Committee and the other members of the Committee, Doug Arthur, Dana Bratti, Jennifer Casey, Cynthia Hemley and Kevin Mercier, who devoted countless hours and great care to the search process to ensure its successful outcome.  I would like to thank the faculty, staff, students, parents, past-parents and alumni that participated in the search process and provided valuable feedback to the Search Committee.  And finally, I would also like to thank our current Head of School, Matt Bradley, for his assistance in the search process and his leadership of our school through a time of renewed focus on curriculum, character, and community - the hallmarks of the East Woods mission.
     
    The selection of the Head of School is one of the greatest responsibilities of trusteeship, and all of us in the East Woods family can be proud not only that Laura has accepted the appointment, but also that the scope of the search was so extensive and the qualities of the interested candidates so outstanding.  We are delighted with the outcome and look forward to welcoming Laura to our community.
     
    Sincerely,
    Brian G. Sweeney
    President, Board of Trustees

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    East Woods' Viewing of SCREENAGERS is Open to the Community
    Please join us at East Woods on February 8th at 7PM for a viewing of SCREENAGERS followed by a panel discussion of the film. This viewing is open to the public. More details and an RSVP link will be available shortly.

    SCREENAGERS probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director's own, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.

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    Cookies and Stories at the Head of School's House
    Kindergarten and Fourth grade Buddy Classes joined together for Cookies and Stories at the Head of School's house today. This East Woods holiday tradition is enjoyed by all of the students who visit the Head of School's home over a two day period for a holiday story and homemade cookies! 
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    EWS Geometry Students Escape the Room
    Earlier this month Mrs. Werblin took her eighth grade geometry class to Can You Escape in Mineola. The students were required to use logical thinking to escape the subway room that they were locked in for 60 minutes. They were successful and they had a great time!
     

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