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Pumpkins Help Bronxville Elementary School Kindergartners with Math, Science, and Language Skills PDF Print Email

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Contributed by Michael Ganci, Syntax for The Bronxville School

Oct. 30, 2019:  As part of Bronxville Elementary School’s annual fall tradition, kindergartners picked pumpkins from a pumpkin patch on school grounds and brought them to their classrooms to closely examine and study them. They participated in hands-on activities that were designed to introduce them to different math, science, and language arts concepts. 

“This is a favorite activity of the kindergarteners because they select their own pumpkins,” kindergarten teacher Janissa Wiles said.

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During the language arts lessons, the students built upon their language skills by describing and drawing their pumpkins and participating in fiction and nonfiction reading and writing activities. They also employed math skills to examine their pumpkins, including sorting them, measuring their weight, height, and circumference, and recognizing their shape. Over the next month in their science classes with teacher Stephanie Kennedy, the students will test their pumpkins to learn if they float or sink in water and will dissect the pumpkins to learn about their components. 

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“My favorite pumpkin activity is when the students share a surprised, happy shrill as they discover if the pumpkins sink or float,” kindergarten teacher Diane Murphy said. 

At the end of the lessons, the students take home a pumpkin study book, featuring photographs, drawings, and writings from their classroom activities. The pumpkins were purchased for each kindergartner by the PTA, and the pumpkin patch was made possible thanks to the help of parent volunteers who set up, decorated, and ran the event.

 

Pictured: Bronxville Elementary School kindergartners picked their perfect pumpkins before bringing them to their classrooms to closely examine and study them.

Photos courtesy of the Bronxville Union Free School District


Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

 



 
Bronxville High School Fall Play is November 1st and 2nd: Link to Tickets PDF Print Email

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Oct. 23, 2019:  The Bronxvile High School fall play is next weekend, November 1st and 2nd.  

The play, written by Mary Zimmerman is "The Secret in the Wings."  In this play, a babysitter reads to a child from a book of fairytales and each of the tales come to life on stage.  These are tales written by the Grimm Brothers and range from the fantastical to the dark.

The play will be in the Bronxville High School Auditorium.  Showtimes are as follows:

Friday, November 1st, 7 PM

Saturday, November 2nd, 2  PM and 7 PM

Click here to purchase tickets


Photo by D. Fenner


 

 
OSilas Art Studio to offer Art Workshops on Bronxville Elementary School Conference Days PDF Print Email

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By Lisa Rao, Program Director, OSilas Art Studio

Oct. 23, 2019:  If you are looking for a creative and fun activity for your student on Bronxville Elementary School Parent-Teacher Conference Half-Days, send them to a class at the OSilas Art Studio.  The Studio has created a new series of project-based workshops.

Creative Crafts for Conference Days is a series of one-off workshops offered on the three Bronxville Elementary School Conference Days this fall. Each session will focus on a different seasonal project. Students will leave class with their finished pieces after each session.

Friday, October 25: Creative Crafts!  Fall & Halloween Fun

Tuesday, October 29Creative Crafts!  A spooky Halloween craft

Tuesday, November 5:  Creative Crafts!  A surprise Thanksgiving project

All classes meet in the Art Studio at Concordia College and materials are included. There are two classes on each date: 

Grades 1st - 3rd - 12:30-2:00pm

Grades 3rd- 5th – 2:00-3:30pm

Tuition is $30 for a single session or $75 for all three sessions. The Art faculty of the OSilas Art Studio will teach the classes. Please contact Lisa Rao at 914-337-9300 x2433 or  CLOAKING  to register. Class size is limited.

Photo courtesy OSilas Art Studio



Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

 

 
The Next Chapter for Womrath Bookshop: Meet the Bishops PDF Print Email

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By Susan Miele

Oct. 16, 2019:  While some people look forward to winding down as they near retirement age, Morin and Barbara Bishop don’t seem destined for that lifestyle just yet. Instead, they purchased Womrath Bookshop.

Womrath has been a Bronxville fixture for some 80 years, with the Sgarlatas at the helm for nearly half of them. They wanted to see the store sustained in the right hands. “It’s a vocation,” Gene said. He and Wanda stayed on for six weeks following the store’s sale to help train the Bishops for success, providing guidance in every aspect of the business, including purchasing. Even before the sale was finalized, Morin shadowed Gene for a month.

“We’re profoundly grateful to Gene and Wanda for getting us started here and making sure we know what they’re doing,” Morin said. “We’re really, really grateful.”

The Bishops have no retail background, but both husband and wife have worked in publishing for nearly as long as the Sgarlatas operated Womrath. Barbara is a graphic designer, and Morin is a writer and entrepreneur.  Morin's career includes six years as a writer/reporter at Sports Illustrated, twelve years running his own custom publishing company (Bishop Books), seven years as Editorial Director of a custom publishing company, and most recently President, editorial director, and co-owner of an editorial services firm, specializing in the creation of editorial content for books, magazines, digital communication, and custom publications.

The Bishops have great respect for the store’s heritage and are confident they are inheriting an established entity in a community peppered with bibliophiles. “We’re also grateful to Gene and Wanda for the tremendous work they’ve done over the last 35 years in developing a really faithful clientele. I’ve had more great conversations about great books in the last month than I’ve had in the last decade,” Morin noted.

A few changes are in the works, though these aren’t likely to be objectionable, even to longtime Womrath devotees. The changes will include improved in-store signage to highlight various genres, a customer seating area (and possibly self-serve coffee), and warmer lighting. The Bishops also plan to host frequent in-store events, including author readings and book discussions. Store hours will likely expand, with the opening time at 10:00 am and closing time, perhaps 7:00 pm. And, in keeping with the times, an expanded social media presence is planned. 

The inventory, however, is not changing. “Gene was a master. I sat at the feet of a master and learned how to order from him--arguably the most important task,” Morin noted.  Morin also loves to discuss books, a quality of the Sgarlatas’ that helped them earn a loyal customer following. Moreover, Kathy, who assisted the Sgarlatas for some 30 years, is also staying on and will be a great resource for continuity and know-how.

Morin’s father was a pastor in Rye. Barbara sees common ground, noting that Morin's new role at Womrath will enable him to connect with the community via books --almost like a retail pastor.

“This is where we live. The idea of contributing to it and strengthening it appeals.”

Pictured:  Morin and Barbara Bishop

Photo by A. Warner


 
A Fun Local Story For Downton Abbey Fans PDF Print Email

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Oct. 16, 2019: Downton Abbey fans will appreciate this story.

A couple of week ago, one of MyhometownBronxville's photographers was enjoying a night out at the movies seeing Downton Abbey when she saw the three women pictured above dressed in period attire. They, too, are big fans of Downton Abbey and had just seen the movie. She asked to take their picture and learned that one of the women is Lourdes Guerrero, wife of Angelo Di Rosa, the owner of Scalini Osteria in Bronxville.

After the three friends attended the movie, they dined at Scalini, at a table set with dishes, glasses, flowers, candles, and place cards that reflected the Downton Abbey era.

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They had a delicious meal that concluded with a panna cotta dessert, a jello-like dessert right out of the Downtown Abbey era.  Throughout the meal, they also played Downton Abbey trivia.

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It was such a fun and creative way to be immersed in Downton Abbey!


Pictured at top: "Lady" Lyuba Bloch, "Duchess" Luchy Camacho and "Lady" Lourdes Guerrero

Photo by A. Warner

All other photos provided by Lourdes Guerrero






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