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The Holiday Show at Kaegebein – Dec. 2010

    Mrs.Tricia McDonald's 4th grade class entertained students and parents on Wednesday, December 15th at "The Holiday Show". The play was about a young moose that had no idea what the holiday season was all about. Through hilarious songs and skits, other woodland animals told the moose about the different holidays of the season. These included Christmas, Kwanza, Hanukkah and how Christmas is celebrated in other countries. The play also included some of the standard holiday songs such as, "Deck the Halls"; “We Wish You a Merry Christmas" and "A Partridge in a Pear Tree". The costumes and dialogue were adorable, an A+ effort by all!

Colonial Days at Kaegebein – Nov. 2010

   The fourth grade students of Mrs. Kathy Chadwick took a step back in time on Tuesday, November 23rd. For many years, Mrs. Chadwick has held a Colonial Day right before Thanksgiving. The boys are always busy with studies and games, while the girls are cross stitching, knitting, and learning the art of table setting. The girls also make butter, peel potatoes and apples for the luncheon feast. Many parents were on hand to help with the feast and activities. Everyone was dressed in their best colonial attire.

2010 Reflection Competition – Nov. 2010


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    The Kaegebein PTA is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Reflections competition. Reflections is a National PTA competition to promote participation in the arts. The theme this year was “Together We Can”. Kaegebein’s winners who are moving on to regional PTA judging are:
Visual Arts:
Jack Dlugokinski, Brigitta Eichel, Lauren Chadwick
Hayley Falter, Seth Jackson, Marie Wagar
Ian Cioppa, Justin Archer, Connor Hill
Film Production:
Jessica Faso, Danniel Cleveland
Dance Choreography:
Caitlin Kleinschmidt, Morgan Proctor
Other Winners:
Frank Giogas, Anthony Homa

The following students received “Honorable Mention” Awards:
Taylor Kullerkupp		Easton Speer
Hardyal Singh			Joshua Vizzi
Tristan Chaffee			Rhianna Argiro
Alyson Czerwonka		Isabel Dicki

Alyssa Ruminski, Artist of the Month – Nov. 2010

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   The Art Department of the Grand Island School District is proud to announce that Alyssa Ruminski is the recipient of the K-12 “Artist of the Month Award” for November. Alyssa, a 5th grader at Kaegebein Elementary School, also participates in after school art club. Alyssa is encouraged by her parents and her older sister who she often shares with her what she learned in her art classes. Alyssa states, “I first knew I was good at art when my grandmother, who is an artist, gave me a sketchbook and I drew a seascape.”
   The art department applauds Alyssa’s hard work and dedication to the arts and wishes her continued success.

Kaegebein Playground Committee Expresses Appreciation - Nov. 2010

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   On behalf of the Kaegebein Playground Committee:
   Thank you to the members of the community for your generous contributions towards the 1st Annual Harvest Festival to benefit the Kaegebein Playground that took place on Saturday, October 23, 2010. There were over 20 Themed Scarecrows displayedand raffled in Kaegebein Elementary School's hallway as well as a Silent Auction. Both were an overall success. The many games offered attracted a large crowd of students in Café 1 & 2, Auditorium and the gymnasium. The larger attraction, the Dunk Tank, was well received by the overall attendees, even in the rain! Thank you to the many Grand Island pizzerias that assisted us with pizza donations and discounts! Food was hot and tasty and went fast, even the cotton candy and popcorn was a hit for many! Thank you to the many local farmers in Niagara County who donated pumpkins for our pumpkin painting!
   A special thank you to all of our Attendees, Supervisor Mr. McMahon, The GI Alumni Association, the Grand Island School District Superintendent, Administrators, Kaegebein Principal Mrs. Haggerty, teachers, staff and custodians for your help and support. Another special thank you for the community donations we received.
   If you are a business owner on Grand Island, please consider a position on our committee, yes your help is still needed. To our own playground committee members, for all the extra effort and hard work you have committed to continue to do! Our work has just begun to build a new playground for children in the Kaegebein community. The support you ALL showed us is now our motivation to work even harder to work and stay focused on the task at hand. With that said, look for more fund-raising events as we strive to build a better future for our community and children. Donations are welcome and may be made payable to “Kaegebein Playground” and sent to The Kaegebein Playground, Kaebebein Elementary School, 1690 Love Road, Grand Island, NY 14072.

Kaegebein Kids Ride Fire Truck – Oct. 2010

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   Six very excited Kaegebein students had the ride of a lifetime on Monday morning, October 18th. They were picked up from their house and brought to school on the Grand Island Fire Trucks. Their names were selected from a drawing for Fire Prevention Month. Pictured are: Gabe Kelly, Jeremiah Goss, Rebecca Agnello, Ashley Homa, Joey Novak and Madison Hughes. Firemen are O. Sortino, F. Englert, T.Dewey and D Portick. Thank you to the Grand Island Fire Company!!!

Kaegebein Wee Deliver Post Office! – Oct. 2010

Pictured are (Top row) Grace Federico, Brenna Stedman-Pate, Lauren Chadwick, Nick Carey, Conner Hutton, Christian Acosta;(middle row) Laura Schultz, Mirand Proctor, Eva Bobek, Nick Nowocien, Amber Graves; (bottom row) Tyler Knight, Laura McKenna, and Jenna Tavano. Missing from picture are Savanna Stoddard and Jerico Valera
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Hannah Ullrich, Emma Sickles, and Caitlyn Kleinschmidt

   Neither rain, nor snow... nothing can stop the Kaegebein Wee Deliver Post Office! Fourth and fifth grade students at Kaegebein faithfully face, cancel, sort and deliver letters, written by the students in grades 2-5, to every room in the school. Wee Deliver is officially sanctioned by the US Post Office, which provided the school with a mailbox. Students learn proper letter writing skills as they write to friends, teachers and staff. Two teams of students were chosen as Post Office employees - all listed above. Under the supervision of Mrs. Tricia McDonald, Ms. Deanna Schoenberg, Mrs. Patricia Ludwiczak and Mrs. Carol Pizur, these students faithfully carry out their duties to deliver the mail to Kaegebein School.
   To mail a letter at Kaegebein, students must address the envelope correctly, and that inclues a stamp! Luckily, Kaegebein stamps are free. The students recently held a contest to design the stamps which will be used all year and voted on their favorites. The winners for the stamp design contest are: Hannah, Ullrich, Emma Sickles, and Caitlyn Kleinschmidt.

Kaegebein's Summer Readers - 1,736 Books - Oct. 2010

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   Over the summer the students at Kaegebein Elementary School were put to a challenge to read eight books, and 217 students rose to the occasion, reading a grand total of 1,736 books! Those readers were celebrated at a Reading Celebration on September 29th and some of them are pictured above. The students were presented with a certificate, a pencil, and a free ice cream coupon for all their hard work. This celebration also kicked off the yearlong reading incentive where each student in the school must read 25 books. The students will individually, and as a class, work to read 100% of their books and will get the chance to earn cool prizes along the way. If you know a student from Kaegebein, ask them what they're reading because they are very excited and will be reading all over the place!

Kaegebein Community Playground Committee is Formed! - Aug. 2010

Committee Members are: Principal Mary Haggerty, Kim Cich, Jody Chadima, Susie Falter, Carolyn Konopski, Bernice Schorner, Town Councilman Dick Crawford, and Town Recreation Director Linda Tufillaro.
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   The new Kaegebein Community Playground Committee, a group of parents, teachers and community leaders who have come together to build a new playground for the Kaegebein Elementary School Community from the ground up, has been announced. The current playground was built nearly 20 years ago, and is not compliant with the needs of persons with disabilities. Several pieces of equipment have been removed due to damage or safety concerns. The committee's vision is to build a playground that can be enjoyed by families with children of all ages and abilities. It will provide a wide range of activities that will enhance the educational and recreational opportunities here in the Kaegebein Community.
   It will be a challenge to raise the $65,000 needed for the new playground and fundraisers are currently in the works for this two-year endeavor! How can you help? "We are looking for volunteers for fundraising and business owners to sit on the playground committee. We are hosting our first fund-raising event, The Harvest Festival, from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, October 23, 2010 at Kaegebein Elementary School where we will feature a Silent Auction," a spokesman said this week. "We are asking for YOUR donations, big or small to help in the effort!" she said. In addition to the silent auction, there will be family friendly activities for all ages, Dunk Tank, Minute to Win It, Hayride, Crafts, Cake Walk, and much more! Those interested in attending the next meeting or who would like more information on how to help, are asked to contact Kaegebein Elementary School at 773-8840 and ask for principal, Mary Haggerty. "Thank you in advance for your helping the committee to make a difference in our Kaegebein community playground for many years to come!"

Kaegebein Moving Up Day – June 2010

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   Kaegebein Elementary held its Moving Up Day in the Grand Island High School auditorium. Special awards were Erie County Music Awards, Presidential Award and the Kaegebein Gold "K". Legislator Kevin Hartwick presented awards to the following for their participation in the Erie County Band, Orchestra and Chorus.
Top row: Nick Rallo, Emma Schultz, Brandon Schoener, Marina Wittmann, Stephen Parisi and Julia Cousins
Bottom row: Sam Sommer, Kaitlynn Tuohy, James Franz and Heather Michki
President's Education Awards

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   The President's Education Awards Program is an important program developed to help principals recognize and honor those students who have achieved high academic goals by their hard work and dedication to learning. This year's winners are:
Top row: Sean Pufpaff, James Franz, Max Keller, Lindsay Proctor, Nick Rallo, Gabriella Gagliardi, Emma Schultz, Kayli Nelson
Middle row: Roman Cacciatore, Julia Diehl, Kristiana Morell, Jennalise Olson, Emily Prawel, Marina Wittmann, Brandon Schoener, Kristen Atkinson
Bottom row: Megan DiBernardino, Vincent Cancilla, Cameron Watt, Kaitlynn Tuohy, Alexa Mallare, Kelsey Harrigan, Jacob Spencer, Sarah Wellence

Kaegebein Gold K Winners – June 2010

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   The Gold "K" is awarded to a Kaegebein Elementary School fifth grade students who are well-rounded and have achieved much in their years at Kaegebein. The criteria are: Academic Excellence, Citizenship, Exemplary Behavior, and Leadership Qualities. This year's winners are: (Top row) Emily Prawel, Kayli Nelson, Lindsay Proctor, Sean McFarland, Kelly Schlifke, Roman Cacciatore; (Bottom ) Vincent Cancilla, Richard Hoover, Allie Hanlon, Kristiana Morell, Kaitlynn Tuohy, and Meghan Frisch.

Kaegebein Mini Relay For Life A Winner - May 2010


Left: Mrs. Cyndi Booker and class. Right: Mrs. Kathryn Fik walking with students and King.

   Kaegebein School held its fourth annual Mini Relay For Life on Friday, May 21, 2010. Opening ceremonies inform the students the importance of living a healthy lifestyle through diet, exercise, sun safety and being tobacco free. The students then go outside to make three laps around the relay "track". This year a special guest accompanied some lucky students. Retired Kaegebein teacher Mrs. Kathleen Fik and her dog King who visit most Fridays and read with students, enjoyed a walk around the track with students. The Kaegebein students have raised over $5500 so far this year in their fundraising efforts.

Jennalise Olson, Artist of the Month – April 2010

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   The Art Department of the Grand Island School System is proud to announce that Jennalise Olson is the recipient of the K-12 "Artist of the Month Award" for May. Jennalise, a 5th grader at Kaegebein Elementary School, also participates in art club. A true Renaissance girl, Jennalise plays the viola and writes poetry. She expresses her feelings through drawing and painting. Jennalise's family, friends, and art teacher encourage her to pursue her interests. The project that she is most proud of is her interpretation of Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night. She loved seeing the smiles on her parents' faces when she brought it home. The Art Department applauds Jennalise's hard work and dedication to the arts and wishes her continued success as she heads off to the middle school.

Kaegebein 2nd Graders Celebrate Earth Day – April 2010

Pictured are 2nd graders in Mrs. Pat Ludwiczak's class: Griffin Sykes, Samantha Hartman and Laura Link.
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   For the 14th straight year Kaegebein Kids have participated in the Earth Day grocery bag project in conjunction with Tops Market. The students learned about ecology and decorated paper grocery bags with messages to remind community members to reduce, reuse, recycle and think green. The students are very concerned with keeping their planet clean and safe. The bags are used on Earth Day for grocery purchases. This year’s bags bring the Kaegebein total to 7,000 since 1996.

Kaegebein Book Fair - March 2010

Classes pictured are those from Ms. Linda Zimmerman's 5th grade class along with Mrs. Suan Skrabacz's 5th grade class.
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   The Kaegebein Elementary School Book Fair was held March 31st and April 1st. The books were available to all the students Buy One Get One Free.

Kaegebein Play - March 2010

(left) Rhianna Argio, Joy VanderMey, Gia Dilimone, Laura Link, Kiana Bracero, Sulamita Zherebilov, Hannah Ullrich and Sara Wolcott - (right) Colin Bellinger, Philip Gentz, and Will Hoover
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   Good grammar was the focus at Kaegebein Elementary School this past week. The classes of Mrs. Kathy Andress and Mrs. Kathy Chadwick presented the play "The Pirates of Grammar Island." Student "pirates" went in search of the parts of speech, types of sentences, punctuation, synonyms, antonyms, capital letters, and subject-verb agreement. The cast included narrators, pirates, crewmen, sentences, punctuation pirates, adjective and adverb librarians, synonyms, an antonym, scouts, officials, the queen of pronouns, and pronouns. Students enjoyed participating in this production and learned about good grammar as well!

Erie County Orchestra, Band and Chorus – March 2010

Front row: Sam Sommer, Marina Wittman, Heather Michki, Juliana Cousins, Stephen Parisi; Back row: Kaitlynn Tuohy, Emma Schultz, James Franz, Nicholas Rallo, Brandon Schoener
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   Stephen Parisi, James Franz, Nicholas Rallo, Sam Sommer and Heather Michki all participated in this year's Erie County Orchestra, Band and Chorus n Saturday, March 13, 2010 in Kleinhans Music Hall. The children had an opportunity to rehearse and perform with over five hundred other students from all over Erie County. The children are selected from solo auditions held earlier in the school year. Congratulations to all the Kaegebein representatives and the alternatives.

First Place Destination Imagination Team – March 2010

Destination Imagination Team Flipping Pennies Members are Team members are: Nicholas Rallo, Sean Pufpaff, Max Keller, Sarah Wellence, Mary Valle, Alexis Studley, and Genna Baldassarre.
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(back left) Advisor Dana Santospirito, Sarah Wellence, Max Keller, Sean Pufpaff; (front) Genna Baldassarre, Alexis Studley Nick Rallo, Mary Valle
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   The Destination Imagination team Flipping Pennies from Kaegebein Elementary competed in the Western Regional Tournament on Saturday, March 13th at Erie Community College's south campus, winning first place. This year's team, lead by Miss Dana Santospirito, is a group of seven fifth graders who have been working since October to solve a theatrical-based challenge. The team had to present a solution to their challenge to a panel of judges at the tournament. They took home 1st place honors at the elementary level and have advanced to the New York State competition, which will take place on Saturday, April 17th in Binghamton, NY.

7th Graders Read to Elementary Students – March 2010

   On Wednesday, March 3, students at Kaegebein were treated to a visit by 30 of Ms. Molly Zogaria’s students from Connor Middle School. The seventh grade students read stories to the elementary students as part of Read Across America, an annual reading motivation and awareness program. The event was scheduled as close as possible to March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss, and the official Read Across America Day. In addition to having an enjoyable morning, the older students were able to practice their reading skill and share their favorite stories, while the younger students were motivated to read by the visitors. It was an enjoyable event for everyone.

Author Visits Kaegebein, Huth Road Elementary School – March 2010

   Kenn Nesbitt, the author of several books of poetry for children, entertained students at Kaegebein and Huth Road Elementary Schools on March 8th and 9th. In addition to giving students tips on writing their own poetry, Mr. Nesbitt held his audiences spellbound with rollicking versions of many of his own poems which abound with hilarious and silly situations. Kenn Nesbitt is also the creator of a popular children’s poetry website, Poetry4Kids.com. This “poetry playground” features poems, lessons, games, and other poetry-related activities.
   The visit was funded by the New York State Arts in Education Program and the Parent Teacher Associations of the two schools.

Kaegebein Helps Haiti – February 2010

(left) Schools Superintendent Robert Christmann, Principal Mary Haggerty, students Taylor Augustine, Cameron Watt, Laura McKenna and Kiana Bracero, and second grade teacher, Mrs. Eileen Mitchell. Students in the rigbt photo posed during "hat day."
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   The students and faculty at Kaegebein Elementary School have had a "Spare Change Campaign" to collect money to donate to the Haitian relief efforts through the Red Cross. A large jar was placed in the office and the children made a contribution of their own. They did extra chores, skipped a treat at lunch, saved change from purchases or made a contribution from their allowances. A "Hats for Haiti Day" was also held at Kaegebein School. Students and facutly donated a dollar for the privilege to wear a hat all day in school. The teachers and staff had a special dress down day. The grand total collected was $1738.40.

Valentines for VA Hospital – February 2010

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    ‘Bee’ Mine was the message on these beehive themed Valentines for veterans made by the Kaegebein Elementary School class of Mrs. Cartwright and Miss Santospirito. The canisters were decorated and filled with sweet treats for veterans currently in care at the VA Hospital, to show they are in the students’ thoughts. As Valentine’s Day approaches and thoughts turn to love, these students wanted to show appreciation for those who have so valiantly shown their love of our country.

Kaegebein's Patriotic Celebration – February 2010

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   On Friday, February 12, 2010, at 1:30pm Kaegebein Elementary School's second grade classes will be performing a Patriotic Celebration. The students will be honoring men and women who have served and sacrificed both in politics and the military to make our great nation what it is today. A special invitation is extended to the community members as well as former or current military men and women to join the children for an inspiring patriotic salute!

Kaegebein Reflections – January 2010

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   See "Reflections Winners"