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William M. Kaegebein Elementary School
News Page 2015

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Kaegebein Playground Sign Dedication - December 2015

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    The final touch was placed on the new Kaegebein Playground on Thursday, December 10th. A new sign thanking all the donors was erected during the week and many teachers, school officials and members of the playground committee were on hand to show it off. The teachers were thanked for all their help in organizing fundraising events at the school such as PJ's & Popcorn, Dinner & a Show and Kick Off to Summer & Fall events. Special thanks went to the generous donation of $20,000, in memory of Richard and Shirley Gerspach by Paul and Pam Gerspach. Other key donators were:
Kaegebein Community Playground Committee
Friends & Family of Terry Swain
Kaegebein PTA
Leaping Beauty
Pinto Trucking Services
Campus Construction
Grand Island Lawn Mower Races
Dowd Battery Company
Taste of Grand Island
Village Inn
Dick & Jenny's
Island Deli
Say Cheese
Friends & Family of Leon Carr
Grand Island GreatScape
Brick Oven

Colonial Day at Kaegebein - November 2015

Mrs.Chadwick with student teacher David Erb and students.

Mrs. Susan Wolcott instructs the girls in cross stich.

    Mrs. Kathy Chadwick's 4th grade class at Kaegebein Elementary in Grand Island celebrated "Colonial Day" on Monday, November 23rd. This day is based on a class novel the students read called "Felicity Learns a Lesson". The girls prepare the dinner meal. They make applesauce, butter, and peel and mash potatoes. The boys learn lessons from hornbooks. The girls learn how to cross stitch and have a tea party. The boys learn about Colonial occupations and construct a sign to go with an occupation they are interested in. Both the boys and girls make soap, carve soap, write with a quill feather and ink, and stencil. All the boys and the girls enjoyed this authentic experience of colonial times.

Kaegebein Reflections' Program Winners - November 2015

The Kaegebein PTA is pleased to announce the winners of this years Reflections' program. "Reflections" is a national PTA creative arts competition established to promote the arts. This year's theme was "Let Your Imagination Fly". The Visual Arts - division winners are Wynonna Roberts and Carly Tilkin. They will be advancing to the regional PTA level competition. Honorable mention goes to Skye Dreher, Hailie Kirtz, Nicole Forsey, and Adrianna Marinacci.

Kaegebein Fire Truck Ride Winners - November 2015

From left: The students are: Samantha Grover, Joseph Ruminski, Gianni Anello, Cassidy Kurtzhalts.
Captain Jon Cinelli and Firefighter Nick Egloff.

From left: Brent Lesser, Aubrey Holler, Kailyn Ash and Gabby VeRost.
Chief Matt Osinski and Firefighter JoAnn Ciffa.

   Every year at the Grand Island Fire Company's Open House, school children are invited to enter a raffle to ride a firetruck to school. This year's Kaegebein lucky seven rode the fire truck on Thursday, October 22nd.

Kaegebein Playground Dedication & Construction - September 2015

Playground co-chairs Cyndy Montana & David Brand, Principal Mary Haggery and Superintendent Teresa Lawrence

Mary Cooke and Ray Billica helping out.

Mary Stewart Photos

    On Thursday, September 17th, Kaegebein School and the playground committee had a dedication ceremony to kick-off the construction of the playground. Many years of fundraising went into the project. Volunteers gathered on Friday and Saturday, September 18th & 19th to install the playground. The playground had to have some concrete repairs after installation and is due to be opened on Thursday, September 24th.

Kaegebein Playground Construction Update - September 2015

Mary Stewart Photo

   The Kaegebein Playground committee has updated its list of items needed for construction, Friday-Sunday, September 18-20th, beginning at 8:00 a.m. Contact David Brand (868-6540) or Sue Marston (982-7366).
Items Needed:
Paint suitable for metal swings
Paint remover and brushes for metal swings
10 Heavy Duty Wheelbarrels
Utility Knives
12 or more steel rakes
4 hoes
Cordless Drills with 3/16ths in 3/8th sockets
Deep well sockets 9/16th, 1/2 and 3/4
Wrenches 9/16ths, 1/2 and 3/4

First Day at Kaegebein Elementary - September 2015


Mary Stewart Photos

    The Grand Island Central School District began classes on Wednesday, September 2nd and our fab photographer Mary Stewart took photos at Kaegebein Elementary School. Everyone appeared to be happy to be back to the classroom for the 2015-2016 year.

Kaegebein Playground Construction Begins - September 2015

   The Kaegebein Playground committee has achieved its goal to build a new playground at the school. The funds to purchase the playground had been delivered to the school and the playground has been ordered. The community is asked to volunteer to build the playground on Friday-Sunday, September 18-20th, beginning at 8:00 a.m. Volunteers are also needed to help prepare or donate food for the workers. Contact David Brand (868-6540) or Sue Marston (982-7366).
Items needed:
(30) solid concrete blocks 4 x 8 x 16
(600 #) fast setting concrete mix
(5 yards) redimix concrete or (200) 80# bags
Paint suitable for metal swings
Wood Chips
Carafe of coffee or tea
Baked goods
Chips/Nuts/Fruit for snacking
Bottles of water
Paper goods for 30 people for three days

Kaegebein Courtyard Garden Project - July 2015

   This spring Kaegebein's fifth grade class began a long term courtyard project. The students helped to design an outdoor living learning lab in the new courtyard. The four fifth grade classes each worked on a different part of the project: designing a greenhouse, designing some raised beds for planting, determining what types of plants/bushes/trees would grow successfully in that space, and designing a butterfly garden. On June 18th 10 volunteers from Thermofisher Scientific, a biotechnology company located on Grand Island, came to help the students build the raised beds and fill them with soil. Thermofisher graciously donated the supplies to build the beds. Students also planted seeds and plants, and painted rocks that will be used to decorate in the courtyard. Fun was had by all and the students and volunteers did a fantastic job! There are three new raised beds, which have already been planted. Throughout the summer, teacher Mrs. Janet Gorfien will be sharing photos and updates for the Kaegebein Courtyard Project. Check the
website for updates, pictures and news of the courtyard garden project.

Parents as Reading Partners (PARP) Day at Kaegebein - May 2015

    Kaegebein Elementary School celebrated PARP Day on Wednesday, May 8th in all the classrooms. PARP is a program that asks parents to read with their children for at least fifteen minutes daily, stressing the fact that reading can be fun as well as informative. Learning to read is the single most important activity in a child's education. Studies show that children who read at home are better prepared to succeed in formal education. County Legislator Kevn Hardwick was invited as a guest reader.

Wooden Chair Decorating Fundraiser - May 2015

   The Kaegebein Playground Committee has come up with a fun, fundraiser to benefit the building of a new playground. They are asking local artists to donate their time decorating wooden chairs that will be auctioned off in June. The chairs require a $20 deposit fee and can be picked up at Kaegebein School, 1690 Love Road, from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. in the main office. The deadline for registering is May 15th. The chairs need to be completed and returned by June 12th and will be auctioned off at the "Kick Off to Summer" event on June 19th.

2015 Erie County Chorus and Orchestra Participants - March 2015

   Congratulations to 2015 Erie County Chorus and Orchestra Participants and Alternates from Kaegebein: Sophia Bobeck, Aurella Onesie, and Leah Dylag - Participants and Keira Seideland, Josh Henderson(not pictured) - Alternates.

Donated Looms Honor Marge Egan - March 2015

From left: Mary Ann Kull and Cathie Steffan with art teacher Alexann Incao, Principal Mary Haggerty, and students, Isabella, Hunter, Kim, and Jack with donated looms.

    Kaegebein School was the recipient of looms given by the Friends of the Weavers Guild of Buffalo and a plaque honoring former Kaegebein music teacher, Marge Egan.
    Marjorie "Marge" Egan, who passed away a year ago, was an inspiration to all those who knew her. Marge lived on Grand Island, and taught music in the Grand Island School District, retiring from Kaegebein School. She loved teaching. After retirement she found a way to continue sharing her great love of teaching and her knowledge with others. She developed a passion for fiber arts, particularly spinning and weaving. As a longtime member of the Weavers Guild of Buffalo, she spent many hours spinning and then knitting and weaving with her hand spun. She shared this talent with other members of the guild. Her radiant smile and gentle ways, especially with beginners, became legendary.
    Marge demonstrated spinning and weaving throughout Western New York and beyond, including the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village (formerly Amherst Museum), Sheep to Shawl at the New York State Fair, Hull House Museum, University of Buffalo Sustainable Living Project, and in many other small venues. Her main passion was to reach the children through demonstrations and always used a "hands-on" approach to make the information relevant to the student. Marge would adjust her approach to meet the student's needs. It is with this in mind, that the friends of Marge Egan are proud to present these looms and fibers for use by the children of Kaegebein School and the Grand Island School District so that her legacy will continue to inspire and educate students.

Kaegebein School Spelling Bee - February 2015

5th Grade from left: Mia Schiffmacher, Noah DeCourcey, Ethan Person, Kiersten Brown - alt.

4th Grade from left: Grace Vandermey, Skye Ramadan, Mia Moran, Wynonna Roberts - alt.

    Kaegebein Elementary had their annual PTA sponsored Spelling Bee for 4th and 5th Grade on February 9th. Each class in each grade level held their own in-class Spelling Bees and the top three from each class went on to the school wide Spelling Bee. The top three from each grade will go on to the Niagara Region PTA Spelling Bee March 21st at Newfane Middle School.