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Restorative Practices Workshop Planned for January 7
A workshop on Restorative Practices will be held for parents and guardians of students in New Rochelle High School, Albert Leonard Middle School and Isaac E. Young Middle School at 6 p.m. Monday, January 7 in Room 207 at NRHS.

The plan for the workshop stemmed from the high level of interest in Restorative Practices expressed by community members who attended the Board of Education's Nov. 14 Town Hall meeting on the topic.

Parents and guardians who would like to attend the session are asked to register in advance. Register here or by calling your child's middle or high school.
Secondary School Principals Report on Accelerated Classes
The December 18 Board of Education meeting in the Linda E. Kelly Theater at New Rochelle High School featured a presentation on accelerated and advanced classes available to students in the secondary schools.

The presentation was offered by the principals of Isaac E. Young Middle School, Albert Leonard Middle School and New Rochelle High School. In the middle schools, advanced students are able to take high school courses such as Living Environment, Algebra and Geometry. More than 99 percent of eighth-graders who took high school Algebra last year passed the state Regents test in the subject.

New Rochelle High School offers more than 30 Advanced Placement courses and 13 college-level "dual enrollment" courses, Interim Principal Joseph Starvaggi said. The high school is expanding its advanced offerings in computer science, the intensive research AP Capstone program and mathematics offered through Syracuse University Project Advance.

The programs in all three schools are in line with the District's Strategic Roadmap. Objective D in the roadmap says the District will strive to make rigorous coursework accessible to all and to increase the percentages of students in accelerated courses.
Teachers and Students Game Earns Donations for Organizations
Is it really important who won the recent teachers-versus-students soccer game? (OK, it was the students.) The true winners were the organizations that received donations from the more than $1,000 raised by the 13th annual event through small admissions fees paid by participants and fans.

The game was organized by the Hispanic Culture Club and the New Rochelle High School varsity boys soccer team. The teams met in the NRHS gymnasium on Dec. 8.

"Having the soccer game allowed us to be able to donate to many different people that truly need it," said Hispanic Culture Club President Veronica Hernandez, a junior. "The money that we were able to donate can help people afford warmer clothes for the winter or bring toys to kids who do not know what it's like to receive presents this time of year."

Recipients were: the New Rochelle Youth Bureau Give a Gift program; the Casa Verde Home of Hope orphanage in Colombia; Una Sonrisa Para Cotija in Mexico; and support for children of immigrants from Venezuela traveling through Colombia.
Guidance Tip
Attention Juniors: Applerouth is extending its deadline for the upcoming ACT and SAT prep classes to Jan. 4, 2019. See flier for details.

The program is supported and subsidized by the New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence.
Sports Schedule
For upcoming New Rochelle athletic competitions, check out*

* This link connects to an outside website
Dates to Remember
Monday, December 24-Tuesday, January 1: Winter Recess

Wednesday, January 2: Spring Extended Day Registration begins

Thursday, January 3: Open House UPK/Magnet, Barnard, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, January 4: School Spirit Day, Davis

Friday, January 4: Shoreline Wrestling Competition, NRHS, 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 5: Senior HS Jazz Auditions, Hommocks Middle School, 9 a.m.

Saturday, January 5: Shoreline Wrestling Competition, NRHS, 9 a.m.

Monday, January 7: Restorative Practices Workshop, NRHS, 6 p.m.

Monday, January 7: PTA Meeting, Trinity, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, January 8: Board of Education Regular Meeting, Central Administration, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, January 9: PAVE 1 Vocal, NRHS, 7 p.m.

Thursday, January 10: Science Research Application Information Session, NRHS, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 10: PTA Meeting, Jefferson, 8:30 a.m.

Thursday, January 10: PTA Meeting, Barnard, 7 p.m.

Friday, January 11: Kermes, Columbus, 6 p.m.

Saturday, January 12: Chess Tournament, Webster
NRHS National Art Honor Society member Sanaz Sadeghi works with participants in the Hands Across Art program.
Art Honor Society Students Lead Children's Workshops at Huguenot Children's Library
The young ones who come by the Huguenot Children's Library on many Monday afternoons get to do more than browse for books thanks to volunteers from the New Rochelle High School National Art Honor Society.

That's when the NRHS school artists lead the "Hands Across Art" workshop in the basement of the brick building just across Huguenot Lake from their school. They guide the children in fashioning one-day projects, mostly seasonally themed, such as pop stick scarecrows, paper hearts and leaf hedgehogs.

"We're helping them expand their creativity," said Jasmine Lopez, president of the NRHS chapter of the National Art Honor Society (NAHS). "It's also a bonding activity."

On that day, students were creating snowmen. They started by drawing circles on the paper.

"Then we put cotton balls all over it," said Jonah Koshy, a third-grader at the George M. Davis Jr. Elementary School. "After that, we put on the arms."

The limbs were pip e cleaners. On the faces, many students chose the googly eyes over black paper circles. For Luke Koshy - Jonah's brother and a Davis first-grader - that was the best part.

"Making the eyes so he can see," he said.

The program is led by three student Library Program co-chairs - Lopez, Jordana Hernandez and Sanaz Sadeghi - with other NAHS members taking part as they like and with approval from faculty advisor Alexandra Brock. The three co-chairs have planned every project from October 2018 through April 2019. They run the class and mentor any other NAHS members that come volunteer. Some of the students are gaining experience with an eye toward a career in early childhood education.

"Many of the NAHS students were in this program when they were younger, and now are part of it," Brock said.

It is one of several community projects the NAHS students lead. Recently, they created seasons' greetings cards for Meals on Wheels recipients that were delivered as cheerful notes with the hot lunches.

The teaching activity generally draws eight to 10 students, but has had as many as 20 at once.
Love Committee, from left, Troy Millings, Kelly Hawkins, Patricia Thomas and Ivette Herrera, with Jillian Ritacco on the cell phone.
Trinity Love Committee Knows Everything You Do Matters
At Trinity Elementary School, the holiday season is the perfect time for the Love Committee to spring into action.

Not that this group of teachers waits for winter before spreading their message of appreciation for all. The committee was formed during a school book fair last February, when Physical Education teacher Troy Millings saw the need to make books available for all students, even those whose families could not easily afford them.

Soon, he was working with several other teachers - Ivette Herrera, Kelly Hawkins, Patricia Thomas and Jillian Ritacco.

They made books accessible to everyone in a subsequent sale, and they continued to spread random acts of kindness to colleagues and others to keep school spirit high. For Mother's Day, all female teachers received lollipop flowers. On Father's Day, it was construction paper bow ties with candy centers for the male teachers.

"If we love our students and we love what we do, we need to reach out," Millings said.

"The Love Committee has become part of the fabric of our school," said Principal Michael Hilderbrand.

Just this morning, the committee held a surprise breakfast for school monitors, the unsung heroes of the school, with carol singers, a photo booth and more. With the holidays arriving, they started an "Amazon Toy Drive" that brought in more than 100 wrapped presents - which was so many that they were able to donate 25 to a local church and to families that were affected by recent fires in New Rochelle.

"Whether it's Christmas or Hanukkah - whatever they celebrate - these kids need gifts," Hawkins said.

The committee's initiatives have also expanded, with outside organizations joining in.

"It has spread to the entire community. It's more than just Trinity," said Herrera.

At one point, the members may have been easy to identify with their distinctive Trinity blue T-shirts. But the shirts caught on, and now many others have them as well. On the front of the shirt is a paw with heart in the center. The back sports the words "Everything you do matters," something Hilderbrand is known for saying.

"It's now the school mantra," Millings said.
Jefferson students show off their new calming neck pillows, with Principal Kimmerly Nieves on right.
Volunteer New York! Provides Calming Neck Pillows
Students at Jefferson Elementary School received a calming gift on Wednesday when the organization Volunteer New York! donated 45 therapeutic neck pillows fashioned out of fluffy socks weighted with rice.

"I like it because you can take it anywhere, even on an airplane, and it will keep you calm," said fifth-grader Amira Bedell.

It was a thoughtful offering handmade by the organization's RISE job-readiness program with residents of Garito Manor, an independent living facility in New Rochelle. Each pillow is filled with two pounds of rice and can be microwaved for a warm neck comforter or lap band.

"They are calming and great for grounding," said school psychologist Dr. Michelle Memoli. "This helps our children re-focus and increase attention."
Alumni Join Choral Students
in NRHS WinterFest Tradition
It's a tradition in the New Rochelle High School WinterFest Choral Concert for alumni to return and join the students on stage in singing the climactic number, the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah. The song raised the roof last night in the Whitney M. Young Jr. Auditorium and capped two days of concerts - instrumental on Wednesday, choral last night. Over the two evenings, audiences enjoyed music celebrating the season's holidays and other joys. (And other songs and instrumental pieces that are just fun.)
"Our students are simply amazing," said Interim Superintendent Dr. Magda Parvey. "These concerts really showcase the diversity, the talent and the dedication that make the New Rochelle community so special."

Watch the performance of the Hallelujah Chorus, conducted by Choral Director Jeremy Barbaro with piano accompaniment by Co-Director David Jutt  here.