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Teachers Take On the Harlem Wizards

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On Monday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.), at the North Middle School Gym (77 Polo Rd.), Great Neck Public School teachers and administrators from North Middle, Baker, Kennedy, Lakeville, and Saddle Rock will compete against the Harlem Wizards in a fun-filled evening of basketball. The Harlem Wizards, founded in 1962 by Sports Promoter Howie Davis, has been likened to a "Broadway show on the basketball court." With accompanying themed music and their own MC, the Wizards are a team of six talented players with "electronic" personalities. They feature tricks, dunks, comedy, and dancing. Come for a night of laughs and great entertainment. Tickets, purchased online, are $13 for students, and $17 for adults. They may be purchased at https://harlemwizards.thundertix.com/events/98441 until 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 22, the night before the game. (There is a $.99 per ticket online processing fee.) Tickets, at the door, are $18 for students, and $20 for adults. Event organizers remind parents that this is not a drop-off event. Students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. In the days before the game, a Harlem Wizard player will speak with students in each of the participating schools, to explain the upcoming event. At press time, players from North Middle School include: Principal Gerald Cozine, Assistant Principals Jennifer Andersen and Nancy Gunning, and Teachers John Amato, Zachary Boyt, Aimee Feifer, Eric Friedman, Jeffrey Jablonowski, Danielle Larson, Cara McCormack, Lauren Neckin, Brendan Nelson, Michael Noberto, Stefanie Oddo, Savannah Puca, Cinthia Serowik, Michelle Sicurella, Christine Sposito, and Rachael Weissman. Teachers playing from Baker School will be: Anne Alexandrou, David Cheng, Kristin Eberhardt, and Lindsey Glad. Kennedy School staff who will be playing against the Wizards include: Principal Ronald Gimondo and Assistant Principal Kathleen Murray, and Teachers Daniel DiSalvo, Lauren Heck, and Roger Telsey. Referees, both from North Middle, will be Teacher Fredric Axelrod and Parent Michael Smolens. Team Coach will be North Middle Parent Steven Cronin. The basketball event will primarily benefit the fundraising efforts of the North Middle Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and also the efforts of the elementary schools. Event organizers include North Middle's PTO, Shared Decision Making Committee, and Student Council Organization. For more information, contact the North Middle PTO at nmsptapay@gmail.com.

 

Kindergarten Registration for 2017-18

The Great Neck Public Schools Office of Registration and Attendance reminds all resident parents and guardians that enrollment for kindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 17, and run schooldays through Friday, Jan. 27, from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Registration will be held at the Office of Registration and Attendance, Phipps Administration Building, 345 Lakeville Road. It is not necessary to bring your child. All children who will attend public or private school kindergarten in September 2017 must be registered. In order to be eligible to enroll, children must have been born between Dec. 2, 2011, and Dec. 1, 2012. If a kindergarten registration packet has not been received in the mail, it may be picked up at the Office of Registration and Attendance, or the registration forms can be downloaded from the district Web site at greatneck.k12.ny.us. Please bring the following information to registration: (1) Proof of district residency (deed, current tax bill, or closing statement if ownership; current signed lease or current rent receipts, if rental). (2) Three pieces of current, official mail. Online mail is not acceptable. (3) Child's original birth certificate. (4) Parent or guardian valid photo ID. (5) Parental control papers (if applicable). (6) Immunization certificate signed and stamped by a physician or other authorized health agency. For more information about kindergarten registration, contact the Registration Office at (516) 441-4080, or e-mail residency@greatneck.k12.ny.us.

 

UPK Registration

Enrollment for the Great Neck Public Schools Universal Prekindergarten Program (UPK) remains open for the 2017-18 school year. This program is offered to all Great Neck School District residents at no cost. To be enrolled, children must be 4 years old by Dec. 1, 2017. The UPK program is located primarily at the Parkville School, 10 Campbell St., New Hyde Park. There are morning and afternoon sessions. Bus transportation is provided to and from the Parkville location. In compliance with the New York State Education Department, some students can attend the Great Neck Community School, the collaborative agency, at 225 Schenck Ave., Great Neck. The school district does not provide transportation for this location. Enrollment for UPK is held at the Phipps Administration Building, 345 Lakeville Rd., Great Neck. Call the Registrar's Office at (516) 441-4080 for information and to obtain a registration packet. Additional information can be accessed on the district Web site at greatneck.k12.ny.us--Parkville School logo in the scroll near the top of the screen.

 

GNPS Community Ed Winter Session

The Great Neck Public Schools Community Education Winter semester has begun! Warm up to a flurry of activity. Enjoy, learn, experience from our wide selection of courses, trips, and special events. Classes take place at the Cumberland Adult Center, 30 Cumberland Ave. (one block south of Northern Blvd., off of Lakeville Rd.). To register, phone our office at (516) 441-4949, or visit our web site at greatneck.k12.ny.us--click on the Community Ed icon. If you haven't received our Fall/Winter printed catalog, please call and we will be happy to send one right out to you.

Groundhog Day - Our latest theater trip is Groundhog Day, with lunch at Remi, on Wednesday, May 31. In the past, we have had an overwhelming response to our theater trips and we anticipate tickets for Groundhog Day to go fast. This musical opens on Broadway this spring from a sold-out run in London. Our recent theater offerings have included War Paint, Dear Evan Hansen, The Glass Menagerie, Oslo, and Hello Dolly! Due to timing constraints, theater trips are advertised through e-mail, and not in our print catalog. Please be sure that we have your e-mail address to be in the know about new and upcoming events. You can also be waitlisted for any sold out trips.

Day Trips - We have the best day trips around! These include: "Holland!" at the Philadelphia Flower Show (Saturday, March 11); Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (Thursday, April 20); Newark, City Tour, Houses of Worship, and Branch Brook Park (Sunday, April 23); Chelsea Art Galleries and lunch (Tuesday, May 2); An Adventure in the East Village, walking tour and dinner at Hisae's (Wednesday, May 3); Woolworth Building, tour and lunch (Sunday, May 7); Caramoor Estate, recital and house tour (Wednesday, May 24); and Madava Farms (in Dutchess County), home of Crown Maple Syrup (Thursday, June 8).

Special Events - "That's Amore at Il Bacco"--Canasta enthusiasts will have great fun with an afternoon of card play and a delicious Italian lunch (Wednesday, Feb. 15); and the "Art and Beauty of Egg Decoration" (Saturday, March 25)--learn how to do egg embellishment just in time for spring.

Sports, Fitness & Dance - Enjoy classes in: ballet, cardio fitness, classical dance (Duncan Technique), hand-weight training, Latin-style aerobics, line dance, low-impact aerobics, meditation, modern dance, movement for those with Parkinson's, Pilates, seated exercise, tai chi, yoga, and Zumba.

Fine Arts & Fine Crafts - Classes include: "Channeling Van Gogh," "Collage, Drawing/Painting: Anything Goes," "Independent Workshop for Figure Drawing," "Jewelry Making," "Painting," "Pastels," "Pottery on the Wheel," "Hand Building," "Printmaking," "Stone Sculpture," and "Watercolor."

English Language & Literature - Experience these classes: "Joy of Reading Book Monthly Book Group," "Poetry Writing Workshop," "Write Your Heart Out," and "Writers' Workshop."

Foreign Languages - We offer Chinese for travelers, French, Hebrew, Italian, and Spanish, at varied levels.

Games - Enjoy playing Bridge, Canasta, and Mah Jongg, for beginner and advanced levels.

Humanities - A potpourri of classes are offered: "Current Events," "Italy: City by City," "Some History You Ought to Know," and" Talking Baseball."

Music & Performing Arts - Enjoy "Singing for Fun," participate in the Cumberland Singers, and learn how to play the piano.

Personal Classes for Adults - "Communicate To Be Heard," "College Scholarships," "Dating Essentials," "Defensive Driving for Insurance and Point Reduction," "Elder Law, Life Transitions, Maximizing Social Security," "REAP" (Retired, Energetic, Active People), and "Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning."

Classes for Children & Teens - "Chinese Language" for children, and "ACT and SAT/PSAT Preparation," for teens.