May 10, 2013
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A Virtual Field Trip with Emily the Marine Biologist
Two weeks ago, students in the 2nd grade took a virtual trip to the Great Lakes Aquarium! Using our distance learning technology with the assistance of Mr. Weissbach, the 2nd grade was able to meet, talk to, and learn from a marine biologist named Emily. Emily taught the class all about the important, historical and interesting fish, the sturgeon. Students learned about the anatomy and behavior of this fascinating creature. They acted out its body parts and were able to visualize the size of these animals, which can range from 5 to 9 feet. Students took a dive into the 40,000-gallon fish tank, getting up close and personal with the sturgeon. They were able to see its odd sucker mouth and its barbles that look like a beard, but are used for locating food. Way to go 2nd grade!
PreK3s and Eric Carle
To compliment their study of Eric Carle in the classroom, the PreK 3s enjoyed some Eric Carle stories in the library. One group heard The Grouchy Ladybug, a story about a ladybug that wants to fight all different animals until he gets a little scared of their sizes. The other group heard The Very Busy Spider, a story about a spider that won't play with all of the farm animals because she is too busy making her web. Following the illustrations in the book and using yarn, the PreK 3s created their own spider web.
All School Art Show 2013
On Tuesday May 7th, 2013, Harbor hosted a reception for the “All School Art Show” at the Stony Brook Cancer Center where work was on display for the week. Students in grades Pre-k 4s to 8th created the art that was excitedly shared with the patients, doctors and employees who use the building each day.
Everyone who viewed the show had wonderful things to say about the obvious hard work and creativity the students put into making each drawing, painting, collage and sculpture. Mrs. Grass couldn't be prouder!
A huge thank you to Ms. Tarnok for helping organize the art show, as well as work with the children to create some of the work that was on display.
This Time, It was the Fourth Grade’s Turn
Last week, in science, the 4th grade took a virtual field trip to the Great Lakes Aquarium just like the 2nd grade did the week before. While the 2nd grade learned about the sturgeon, the 4th graders learned about a very important topic, invasive species. An invasive species is any living thing that comes to a new area and reproduces over and over, impacting the native species of the region. On Long Island, we have several invasive plants and animals including bamboo, Asian shore crabs, long-horned beetles, and the black pine. At the aquarium, students learned about the invasive lamprey. They dove into the tank and saw a real lamprey up close! The lamprey has a circular sucking mouth and is known as the vampire of the sea because it sucks on larger fish for its meal. Unfortunately, this invasive aquatic animal is leading to the death of too many fish, including those that are harvested for human consumption. Students learned that we can do a big part in helping stop invasive species by making sure boats, bodies and things are clean, drained and dry. Thank you, Emily - for the great virtual class!
The Art Show
Today was the opening of an amazing art exhibit, “The Annual HCDS Art Show.” For this week, and this week only, you can witness some of the greatest works of art known to man, at the Stony Brook Cancer Center. Whether it is printmaking, splatter painting like the famous artist Pollack, or drawing with scissors like the famous artist Henri Mattise, Harbor's got it! Media include: ink, fabric, pottery, wooden (derby cars) mixed media collage, and more! Come see the HCDS Art Show!
"It is too hard to choose a favorite," said 5th grader Micaela Ciambrone. Don't miss out on this great oppurtunity to see works including: "Swishy Nishy" by Russel Korn, "Polka Dot Crazy Cake" by Micaela Ciambrone, and "Cute Lady Bug" by Emma Hickerson.
--Emily Della Pietra, Sixth Grade
Harbor Wish List
HCDS's faculty and students are grateful for your donations! The School wishes to thank the many thoughtful and generous members of the community who have stepped up to help Harbor be the best that it can be by securing items and services for the school. As the students would say... you're the best! Thank you!
Our current list includes...
-Snow Blower -Contact Ken Wilken
-Carpet for the third floor -See John Cissel
-Banners for the gym/gym offices -Contact Debbie Decker
-Tree and shrub trimming & pruning -See Ken Wilken
-Grooming and planting along North Country Rd. -See Ken Wilken
-Weeders - Why not stop and pull a few as you move in and around Tulip Knoll?
-New or used golf cart for Athletics and Plant Operations- see John
-Perennials for terrace garden -Contact Ken Wilken
-Long garden hose(qty. 4) -Contact Ken Wilken
-Hose carriers(qty. 2) -Contact Ken Wilken
-Wood for a deck to go around our Koi pond -Contact Ken Wilken
Mr. Softee is on his way.
He's stocking the truck with the most delicious ice cream you could imagine. There will be other alternatives for anyone unable to have any ice cream. The PA is going to have Mr. Softee pay a visit to Harbor on
May 24, 2013
between 11:00am and 1:00pm approximately.
Thank you to everyone for making the Spring Benefit a huge success!!!
Family Fun Night
May 31, 2013
Sports Arena Smithtown
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hosted by 6th Grade
We all have either heard about, watched on TV, or maybe even gone to the Olympics.
Now you do not need to be a bystander dreaming about being apart of history.
YOU CAN BE A PART OF IT.
Make sure you SAVE THE DATE, and start preparing for the best demonstration of sports excellence anywhere on earth.
Everyone's a winner.
Join the Parents' Association for 2013-2014
The Parents’ Association is looking for a few good people just like you!!! Whether you can be a class parent, join one of our committees, share your great ideas at a Parents’ Association meeting, or serve in another way, WE WANT YOU!!!!!!!
Join us for the 2013-2014 School Year. Interested? See the Organizational Chart CLICK HERE and the list of Committees and Descriptions CLICK HEREfor your review.
Please fill out the Open Position form CLICK HERE if you are interested in becoming a Committee Chairperson.
Consider becoming a Class Parent for next year CLICK HERE. Please return all forms to Ms. Jo Ann. If you have any questions or comments, please contact me at:email@example.com.
Parents' Association Coordinator