3.8.13 Brief

Dear West Side Families,

Although February was a quiet month for us, we were able to enjoy two great events.

Daddy and Me was a wonderful evening filled with games, Bingo, dinner and raffle prizes! A great time was had by all!
Our Talent Show was quite possibly the BEST show I have ever had the honor to attend. From the MC’s to the acts and the stage crew, this was the most excellent evening! Hats off to all of the parents, students and spectators who made this event possible! WOW!!!
Please remember to join us at our PTG Meeting on Tuesday, March 12. Fern Chase will be presenting on curriculum and Helen Crosson will be speaking about new and upcoming Library events. We will be presenting By-Law Revisions for your approval as well.
Please keep in mind that WS is responsible for nominating the CPC Chairperson for next year and we are also in need of three parent representatives. To volunteer or to nominate someone for consideration, please contact me.
See you on Tuesday!
WSS Daddy and Me was a great success! We had over 100 participants! Dads and kids were treated to a delicious pasta dinner and had lots of fun!  We had many bingo prize winners and the kids had a ball with their dads during dodge ball and playing horse!  We had some lucky dads and kids win wonderful raffle prizes as well.  Thank you to all of our High School and Jr. High School  volunteers. Thanks to our Parent volunteers; Sheila Acker, Nicole Boutis, Cat Bauer, Lorena Munyak and Melissa Marasciullo.  A special thank you to Mrs. Shammah, Mrs. Reichbach, Mr. Simon, Mr. Toscano, Mr. Trotter and Mr. Martin.
Mara Arneja
We would like to congratulate all the kids for an amazing 2013 West Side Talent Show.
West Side Kids Rock!
How ‘bout  those MC’s, Sammy Genser, Noah Weiss and Alex Aronow, they blew us all away!
We would like to thank the student volunteers, Annabel Beder, William Blumin, Alex Cover, Luke Lynch, Helena Miller, Thomas Milana, Ben and Sam Reichbach, Andrew and Maddy Richmond, Emma and JP Rush, Imaan Siddiqui, and Olivia Story.
Also, thanks to our very talented adult stage crew and production team Sheila Acker, Kerri Albers, Nicole Boutis, Grace Cover , Kim Drexler, Jack Genser, Kimberly Lynch, Mary McGowan, Harlee Richmond, Wendy Rodgers, Joseph Samuel, Doreen Touhy, and Amir Weiss.
The sound never sounded so good, thanks to Vinny Samuel.
And special thanks to our wonderful teacher’s aides Audrey Balzano, Nancy Fastuca, Linda Letica, Maryellen Olsen, and Doris Sposato.
A huge thank you to Mr. Simon and the office staff for your enthusiasm and support.
The PTG organized a delicious Ice Cream Social right after the show which was amazing.
AND finally …to our Xtremely talented West Side Kids…. You made us very proud!!
DVD’s will be sent to the kids as soon as they are ready, via their backpacks.
The best show yet!!  Now… let’s start practicing for next year 😉
Randi Weiss and Jenn Genser!
The Boys and Girls Varsity Lacrosse teams are pleased to present The 6th Annual “Stick With Us” Spring Fundraiser on Saturday, March 9th at 7:00 PM in the PAC.  This year’s event will be a talent show featuring singing, dancing, music, comedy and more!  Performances by players, coaches and some surprise guests!  All proceeds will support the teams’ upcoming spring trips.  Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased from any player or at the door.  Raffle tickets with great prizes also available — contact players to purchase.  Thank you for your support.
Please join us this Monday, March 11th, 10am at the Cold Spring Harbor Library as we welcome Dr. Connie Russo, an expert in the Response to Intervention Plan.  Response to Intervention combines consistent screening, progress monitoring and plan adjustment to help each child get the education he/she needs, the way he/she needs it.  It is NOT Special Education – it is all the steps parents and schools take BEFORE classification.  Please go to this website to read more.  http://www.rti4success.org/
The Cold Spring Harbor Jr/Sr High School Citizen Faculty Association invites you to
The 13th Annual CFA Literary Luncheon Wednesday, March 13, 2013 • 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
(sneak preview of raffles at 11:00 am with champagne punch)
1 South Woods Road, Woodbury, New York The Mansion at the Woodlands
See attached flyer LitLunchInvite-Banner for more details and to purchase tickets
 The CPC hosts a luncheon for the staff at the District Offices every year.  This year Dianne Breitstone has agreed to chair the event. If you would like to make a dish or help serve or clean up, please  contact Genevieve Cimino, CPC President at jmas1@optonline.net or Helen Daly, CPC VP at suedonym12@aol.com. This year’s Luncheon will be held on March 20. Please see the attached letter. Thanks!
Monday was our fourth and final HIHI Sandwich-Making event held by the 5th and 6th grade.  Thank you to the DiScala, Lynch, Arneja, Schulsinger, Shammah, Silbowitz, Haegeland, Nagel, Schneider, Donaldson, Emanuel, Margolis, Striano, and Rodgers families for donating supplies.  Thank you to Allie, Dayna and Lianne Emanuel, Alexandra and Paige Lynch, Neena and Vijay Arneja, Fiona Haegeland, Blake Nagel, Katie Marasciullo, Daniel Margolis, and Matthew Marino for participating.  Thanks to CSHHS students Cameron Haas and Kristina Carmi for helping, serving as role models, and delivering our sandwiches.  And finally, a huge thank you to Melissa Marasciullo for running the event.
Another large delivery from West Side’s Food Pantry to the Tri Community Youth Agency in Huntington Station was made this week.  The hearty collection of food and drink was greatly appreciated by the Tri-CYA staff and children.  Please keep donations coming, particularly those that can be used as a healthy after school snack.  Thank you for your generosity.
Coming this month…A personalized care package to the US Military in Qatar through a West Side family member & C.O.L.E.’s Foundation Kids Unite To Fight Pediatric Cancer – student letter writing campaign during recess.  Details to follow shortly.
If you would like to volunteer to help with any of our programs or have ideas for ways in which the West Side Community can help, please contact Dana Lynch
Yearbook needs your pictures…all school events, all grades….Halloween, book fair, geography bee, etc. We would like to include as many events as possible.
***6TH GRADE PARENTS…we need pictures of our graduates from 2nd thru 6th to put in the ‘Look Back’ section. We are working very hard to bring are children a special memento but we need your help.  Please take a couple of minutes to help us out.
Here are the directions for community upload:
If it is your first time on the site you will need to create an account using the access code: CJKXFJ
  You will create an account by simply entering your name, email and a password.  Once you create an account you will be able to log on anytime with the username and password you set up.
To upload a picture click on the blue button that says Upload Image. This will bring you to a new page that will allow you to browse your computer and upload the pictures. You can upload up to 5 pictures at a time. Here are some requirements for the photos:
·   The length of the file name should not exceed 25 characters.
·   Name your file using characters and/or numbers.
·   Upload up to 5 files at a time.
·   Each file size should not exceed 10 MB.
·   Do not use *, &, ‘, or other special characters when naming files.
·   Files must be in a .jpeg format.
·   Resolution should be 300 dpi or higher
Once you upload the files it will bring you to step 2 where you can enter a keyword and description for each picture.
It’s that time of year again! Start your training!  The WS Run this year is SUNDAY, APRIL 28th. Be a part of a wonderful, fun school event.   Support your school by being a Business or Family Sponsor.  Forms were sent home in children’s folders, and can also be found in the weekly notes and on the PTG website.  Deadline for the business sponsor forms is April 4th.
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