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    Friday, February 24, 2017
    NO ALPS Class today

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    Upper School Dress Down Day

    As the Upper School prepares for the show, “Music Man, Jr.,” they will  be allowed to wear dress down clothes.  There is a lot of movement, paint and dust, so I would rather they come with working clothes instead of ruining their dress clothes.
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    Assembly
    8:30 AM to 8:45 AM
    5th Grade Invention Convention
    8:45 AM to 10:00 AM
    Location: Rousmaniere Library
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    Saturday, February 25, 2017
    Scenic Workshop
    11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
    Location: Old Gym
    The workshop includes pizza lunch. Students and parents are welcome to come to all or part of the workshop. Bring paint chlothes and arrange for prompt pick up. Please join the fun and be ready to work! 
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    Sunday, February 26, 2017
    Scenic Workshop
    11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
    Location: Old Gym
    The workshop includes pizza lunch. Students and parents are welcome to come to all or part of the workshop. Bring paint chlothes and arrange for prompt pick up. Please join the fun and be ready to work! 
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    Monday, February 27, 2017
    3rd - 8th Grade Field Trip to "Hidden Figures"
    11:30 AM to 2:30 PM
    Location: AMC Loews Theater, Huntington
    Dress Code-School Dress Code

    Students and teachers in Grades 3-8 will be going to the AMC Loews theater in Huntington on Monday, February 27, for a screening of the film "Hidden Figures."  This movie presents an opportunity for our students to learn about the contributions of three talented scientists and to gain an understanding of the historical time period of the 1950’s and 1960’s.  We will use the movie as a vehicle for discussion and reflection as part of our celebration of Black History Month.
      
    The students will eat an early lunch at school on Monday, February 27, and then will take a bus to the theater to see the movie at 12pm.  (Grades 6-8 will have spent a full morning in rehearsal that day.)  The students will return to school by 2:30pm.
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    Student Faculty Basketball Game
    3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
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    Tuesday, February 28, 2017
    Upper School Dress Down Day

    As the Upper School prepares for the show, “Music Man, Jr.,” they will  be allowed to wear dress down clothes.  There is a lot of movement, paint and dust, so I would rather they come with working clothes instead of ruining their dress clothes. 
    Alex Carter 
    2nd Grade Field Trip to Queens College, Kupferberg Center
    10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
    Location: Queens College
    We will see a performance of the Chinese Acrobats to tie into our social studies study of China. 
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    In The Headlines
    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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    THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING OUR TOY DRIVE!
    We are so grateful to our generous community for all of the wonderful toy donations. Our Sixth Graders lead the way in encouraging everyone at school to participate. They decorated the tree as a welcoming backdrop, collected the toys from the drop boxes around school, and then packed up a dozen huge bags that were delivered today. The toys will be distributed to local families through E. Norwich-Oyster Bay Social Services. Thank you for helping spread the joy!

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    Special Persons' Visiting Day 2016
    This morning we welcomed grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends for Special Persons' Visiting Day.  The crowd was treated to songs from Pre-K and the Lower School Chorus, along with a weather report from the Kindergarten meteorologist, a welcome message from one of our Eighth Grades students, and a sneak peek at the new Admissions Video.  Following the assembly, students escorted their guests to their respective classrooms for the duration of the morning.  
    Thank you to everyone who joined us at East Woods this morning and Happy Thanksgiving to all.
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