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Kaegebein Students Receive Books From RIF - 2004

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   The students of Kaegebein were treated to a new book by the Kaegebein PTA and the New York State RIF program on Friday, January 9, 2004. 'Reading Is Fundamental' is the nations oldest and largest non-profit childrens literacy program. Each year the students are invited to pick a book from hundreds supplied. Second grade teacher Kathy Fik is shown above with her students.

Kaegebein Students Give To The Needy - Dec. 2003

Kaegebein second grade students collected $400 to help needy families during the holiday season, and made sachets for nursing home residents. Shown front (left) are Samantha Bartolotta and Molly Smith; second row, Yiannis Papavramidis, Emily Kernin, David Madigan and Jenell Duxbury.
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   Kaegebein second graders worked hard to make sure everyone had a happy holiday this year. The children raised $400 for the News Neediest Fund by doing chores at home, and turning their “paychecks” over to the class fund. Some of the jobs they did included folding laundry, taking out the garbage, helping their parents, watching younger siblings, loading the dishwasher, feeding pets, cleaning, shoveling snow, making beds, and even donating money left by the tooth fairy. In addition to raising money, the youngsters also studded fresh oranges with cloves for sachets to give to the residents at Riverwood Health Care Center on Grand Island Blvd.

Kaegebein Students Sing At Day Care Center - Dec. 2003

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   The 4th and 5th graders at Kaegebein Elementary School, under the direction of Renee Michki, presented a holiday concert to the children of Woods Creek Child Care Center. The children sang several holiday selections before an appreciative audience of little ones. The photo on the right shows Santa visiting the children at Woods Creek.

Asian Art At Kaegebein - December 2003

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   Kaegebein Elementary School students and art teacher Alexann Incao are continuing in their presentation featuring Asian art titled "The Three Perfections." Calligraphy, poetry and painting were known as the "Three Perfections" in ancient China. The combination of these arts was considered the height of artistic expression. Above you will see fans created with water colors by the second grade students. The Asian kimonos were the project of grade three students. In Asia, ceremonial garments reflect and celebrate art and culture, as well as life's special occasions. They frequently include the beauty of the seasons, imperial dragons, insects, cranes and characters.

Kaegebein D.A.R.E. Graduation - December 2003

Front left (not in order) Sara Victor, Jennifer Fiels, Kathleen Brady, Colton Thompson and Ryan McCarthy; (back) Dr. Thomas Ramming, Principal John Wiertel, Councilmember Mary Cooke, Stephanie Carter (Sam Hoyt's Office), Deputy Bob Rein and Legislator Charles Swanick.
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   100 fifth grade students graduated from the Erie County Sheriff Department's Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) class at Kaegebein School on Wednesday, December 10, 2003. The premise of the program is "teaching kids to never take drugs." The class is a seven-week program at which Deputy "Bob" discusses drug, alcohol, tobacco and violance avoidance. Requirements include writing an essay and signing a pledge. One student from each class was voted by their peers as writer of the best essay. Sara Victor, Jennifer Fiels, Kathleen Brady, Colton Thompson and Ryan McCarthy read their essays at the ceremony and received a ribbon, water bottle and gym bag for their efforts.
   Each of the graduates received certificates from the Erie County Sheriff's Department, the Erie County Legislature, the New York State Assembly and Senate. The graduates also received t-shirts, pens and rulers with the D.A.R.E. logo. In attendance were Grand Island School Superintendent Dr. Thomas Ramming, Councilmember Mary Cooke, County Legislator Charles Swanick, and Stephanie Carter, assistant to State Assemblyman Sam Hoyt, along with proud parents, grandparents and siblings. The fifth grade students entertained the audience by singing "Make Your Dreams Come True" during the assembly.

Kaegebein Students Invited To Audition For Stage Play - 2003

   Auditions for the St. Stephen's Parish Players children's production, "Hound of the Clackervilles," are being held at St. Stephen school from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, December 3, 2003 and from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, December 4th. The stage play, produced by St. Stephen's Parish Players, is a mystery and a comedy! Children in grades 3 through 12 from all Island and off-Island schools, including Kaegebein Elementary, are welcome and encouraged to audition.
   No prior acting experience is required. For a copy of the script or for more information, call Linda Burkhart at 774-0447.

Kaegebein Dresses Up! - 2003

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   Kaegebein Elementay School teachers and students dressed for the celebration of Halloween on Friday, October 31, 2003. The evil queen from Snow White sat in school secretary Mrs. Carol Pizur's chair for the day. Spotted with the dressed up second graders parading through the school was a witch that looked a lot like teacher Mrs. Cyndi Booker.

Kaegebein Second Graders Do Pumpkin Math - 2003

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   Kaegebein second grade teachers Mrs. Cyndi Booker and Ms. Lise Morquecho had a "Pumpkin Math" class on Wednesday, October 29, 2003. The students began by looking at the pumpkins on display and estimating the circumference, height, weight and seed count. They were also asked to use adjectives to describe the look of the pumpkins. After being split up into four groups, the students were given their assigned pumpkins and made the actual measurements. These numbers were placed into charts to compare with their estimates. Scooping out the seeds by hand was accompanied by a lot of oohs!

14th Annual Craft Show Offered By Kaegebein PTA - 2003

   The Kaegebein PTA will present its 14th annual Craft Show and Sale Saturday, November 1, 2003 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the school, 1690 Love Road at the Beaver Island Parkway. A full house of crafters with a large variety of specialty items including unique, handmade gifts, crafts and decorations will make this an excellent place to start Holiday Shopping. The day will also feature a bake sale, Dorothy's home made chili & soup with other refreshments (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), raffles, and a movie in the auditorium will be available for kids to watch while parents shop. Admission is $1.50 for adults (children under 16 are free).

Meet The Lunch Ladies - 2003

Dorothy McElroy Blakelock, cook-manager, Kaegebein School
Story and Photo By Jodi Robinson
   Cook-manager Dorothy Blakelock has worked at Kaegebein School for 42 years. Dorothy started as a dishwasher working for just a couple hours a day after her youngest son went to school. Working her way up to salads and sandwiches and then as assistant to Doris Kaiser, Dorothy took over as cook-manager over 25 years ago. After growing up in Buffalo, she moved to Niagara Falls when first married to her husband, the late Bart Blakelock, and then to Grand Island in 1952. Dorothy and Bart raised three children on Grand Island and she now has seven grandchildren to brag about.
   Cooking turkey dinner and making homemade soups are favorite activities at Kaegebein for Dorothy. It brings in "lots of praise," she says. Typical of elementary students, spaghetti and pizza are best sellers at Kaegebein. When she still had a houseful at home, she enjoyed making spaghetti, cheesecake and the weekly Sunday roast beef dinner. Dorothy has recently moved into an apartment near her daughter after 52 years in the home purchased when the family first moved to the island. It was so hard for her to leave that she hung the keys from the door for the new owners. Dorothy is an amazing 79-years-old and is very happy to be working at Kaegebein. In bed by nine most evenings, she is at work early to start her soups every day. She says she has had "a good life, no regrets."
   Former Principal George Wenner, speaking during the Kaegebein School 50th Anniversary Assembly last week, honored Dorothy by saying he had learned a lot from her in their years together. The Kaegebein cookbook compiled in honor of the anniversary was also dedicated to Dorothy by Principal John Wiertel. Mr. Wiertel said in part, "We would like to recognize the incomparable efforts put forth by Mrs. Dorothy Blakelock. Dorothy has personally nurtured everyone at Kaegebein over the past four decades. Dorothy is known for all of the love and care she adds to every delicious meal she prepares. Mrs. Blakelock is truly the grandmother of the Kaegebein School Family." And she intends to continue doing so.

50th Anniversary Celebrated At William M. Kaegebein School - 2003

Birthday Cake, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum/Instruction Dr. Karen Karmazin and Kaegebein PTA President Kathy DeMarco
Former Kaegebein Principals George Wenner and Norma Sutter with Russ Kaegebein, grandson of William Kaegebein.
(left) Principal John Wiertel with former Principals Norma Sutter and George Wenner; (right) Russ Kaegebein and Cathy Kaegebein, wife of the late Paul Kaegebein.
(left) John Wiertel, Supervisor Peter A. McMahon, Dr. Karen Karmazin, Kathy DeMarco, Dave Goris, Bill Russo, George Wenner and Norma Sutter; (right) Former Kaegebein School teachers and staff members Becky Goodwin, Ramona Blackmore, Dorothy Killian and former Principal Norma Sutter.
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(left) Dave Meyers, Norma Sutter, George Wenner and Bill Russo; (right) George Wenner, Russ Kaegebein and Supervisor McMahon.
(left) Some of the students in the gym; (right) Russ Kaegebein.
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   The 50th anniversary celebration recognizing the opening of the William M. Kaegebein School on Love Road in 1953 took place in the school gym on the afternoon of Friday, October 10, 2003. The event was attended by the student body, teacher and staffs and honored guests that included three past principals. Music teacher Kelly Robertson directed the Kaegebein 5th Grade Band as the audience sang the National Anthem.
   Principal John Wiertel introduced the speakers beginning with life-long resident Supervisor Peter A. McMahon. Others who spoke were Assistant Superintendent Dr. Karen Karmazin, School Board President David Goris, Kaegebein School PTA President Kathy DeMarco, Former Principal George Wenner, Former Principal Norma Sutter and Plymouth, Minnesota resident and former Island resident Russ Kaegebein, grandson of William Kaegebein for whom the school was named.
   A slide show of photos through the 50 years was a highlight of the afternoon. Guests were served cake and punch in the cafeteria following the celebration.
   The Town of Grand Island's second major school opened on February 9, 1953 to two sessions of kindergartners and one class each of grades 1-4 students. Architect was Island resident Roswell E. Pfohl. A ground breaking ceremony took place on July 28, 1951 with young Russell Kaegebein helping his grandfather William M. Kaegebein, with the first shovel of dirt. The decision was made to name the school in honor of Mr. Kaegebein, chairman of Board of Education for 14 years, and completing his 41st year as a Board member. For photos and a more complete history of the school, click Kaegebein School History.
   Guests attending included former First Grade Teacher Sally Black. Other names will be added here if they are submitted by emailing to teddy@giecom.net.
   As part of Kaegebein School's celebration, a Kaegebein Cookbook, commemorative mugs, and T-shirts and Sweatshirts are available. A time capsule was buried, a "50th photo," complete with all students, was taken through a 'fly-over,' and a Chicken BBQ and basket raffle were held on October 2, 2003. PTA President Kathy DeMarco and Vice President Lisa Missert served as co-chairmen of the dinner. (photo below)

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Shown in the photo are Joshua, Ryan and Lexi Miller casting their tickets in the basket raffle.

Huth & Kaegebein School Teachers Walk For Breast Cancer
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   The Breast Cancer Walk along the downtown Buffalo waterfront took place Sunday, October 5, 2003 and Grand Island was well represented. Teachers from Kaegebein and Huth Road elementary schools joined thousands of walkers on the slightly chilly and windy day and all for a great cause.

Fire Prevention Program at Kaegebein - 2003

Shown from left are EMS Captain Bob Cleveland, and EMS Lieutenant Joe Torregrossa, Firefighter Stephanie Noyes and Cleveland with Sparky and students.
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   Members of the Grand Island Fire Company presented their annual Fire Prevention check-up program to the students of Kaegebein Elementary School on Wednesday, October 8, 2003. Fireman/paramedic Bob Cleveland, EMS Lieutenant Joe Toragrossa, Firefighter Stephanie Noyes and Sparky, the safety dog visited and refreshed the students' knowledge of emergency and fire safety. Some points brought up during the program included checking the batteries in the home's fire detector twice a year, practicing fire drills as a family, having an emergency meeting place outside, staying by a window in case of fire, and do not hide. After discussing the many reasons why 911 hang-up calls are dangerous, the students were invited to ask questions. All students will receive fire hats to take home at the end of the day.

Art Hall At Kaegebein - Must See! - Fall 2003

Butterfly Prints By Grade 5

Bird On A Branch By Grade 3

Kabuki Mask By Grade 2
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   The Art Hall at Kaegebein Elementary School is presently featuring Asian art, titled "The Three Perfections." Calligraphy, poetry and painting were known as the "Three Perfections" in ancient China. The combination of these arts was considered the height of artistic expression. Grade 5 students made butterfly prints. For this project the students used rice paper, colored inks and rubber stamps to create a nature print.
   Grade 3 students' project is titled "Bird on a Branch," which is Chinese brush painting. The basic idea is that the artist can capture the essence of a subject without "painting every leaf." This artwork, under the guidance of Kaegebein School Art Teacher Alexann Incao, was created very quickly and with simplicity.
   The second grade classes created Kabuki Warrior Masks. These masks have been used in theater in Japan for 600 years.

Kaegebein Readers Earn Pizza Party - 2003

Kaegebein Principal John Wiertel (right) with a group of happy pizza eaters.
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   Kaegebein Elementary students in second and third grades enjoyed a pizza party on Wednesday, September 24, 2003 as a reward for reading eight books and recording the authors and titles on a "paper pizza." They were also asked to rate the books using paper pepperoni. Those completing the PTA Summer Reading Program enjoyed not only the pizza and juice but also played bingo with the winners picking out some cute prizes. Fourth and fifth graders who completed the reading will also have a pizza party on Friday, September 26, 2003.

Kaegebein School and Mr. Wiertel are 50!

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   September 23, 2003 . . . Kaegebein Principal John Wiertel was surprised this morning with skunks, pink flamingos and lots of well wishes. Secretary Carol Pizur and others have been busy making sure this is a birthday Mr. Wiertel will remember. Mrs. Pizur put signs up in the office referring to Mr. Wiertel as an "antique," as well as 50 paper skunks on the front lawn that said "50 stinks." Library clerk Carol Hamlin created a wall display that includes 50 pink flamingos. The word went out throughout the district and Mr. Wiertel has received many emails. Happy birthday, Principal Wiertel!

Apple Day at Kaegebein School - 2003

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   Apple Day is an annual event sponsored by the Kaegebein PTA and commemorating Johnny Appleseed's birthday. Each class at Kaegebein was treated to a story about Johnny Appleseed, read by a parent volunteer, and each student was given an apple to enjoy. Apples were provided for the faculty and staff as well. Co-chairs for the project were Mary Cooke and Chris Salonek. Shown here is part of Mrs. Seibert's and Mrs. Hartman's class eating their apples.

William M. Kaegebein School 50th Anniversary Celebration - 2003

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William M. Kaegebein School at Love Road and Beaver Island Parkway, as it looked when it opened in February 1953

   The Kaegebein Elementary School 50th Anniversary Committee invites the community as well as former residents to help celebrate the 50-year milestone of the school's opening in 1953. A Chiavetta's Dinner and Chinese Auction will be held at the school at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, October 2, 2003.
   More information is available by calling Lisa Missert at 773-3961 or Kathy DeMarco at 774-1127.

First Day at Kaegebein School - 2003

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   Excitement reigned at the William Kaegebein School as students returned Wednesday, September 3, 2003 to grades 2 through 5 for a full day session. A parents coffee hour was provided after the children found their assigned classrooms.

Kaegebein Moving-Up Day Ceremony

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   Kaegebein Elementary's annual Moving-Up Day Ceremony was held on Thursday, June 19, 2003. The event began with the school band playing "Pomp & Circumstance" directed by Mr. Sherman E. Lyke, Jr., as the students entered. The band then played "America the Beautiful" before the pledge allegience. Principal Mr. John Wiertel gave a welcome speech and the presentation of awards followed. The gymnasium was packed with relatives and friends of the soon to be sixth graders. It was standing room only! A reception followed in the cafeteria.

Kaegebein Flag Day Festivities

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   Kaegebein Elementary School students and teachers gathered in the school gymnasium for their annual Flag Day celebration on Thursday, June 12, 2003. The gym was alive with the red, white and blue as most students waved their American flags as they sang the music that best represents "Love of Country." Kaegebein band members, led by instrumental music instructor Sherm Lyke and dressed in patriotic colors played several pieces to an appreciative audience that included a number of parents.

"In Jest" Visits Kaegebein for a "Science Circus"

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   Nels of "In Jest", also known as Professor Nosenoff, entertained the students of Kaegebein Elementary School on Thursday, June 5, 2003. The audience was screaming with enthusiasm and laughter as the "Professor" used comedy and juggling in his efforts to describe mathematic patterns, Fizzics (better known as physics) and robotics. In the finale, a student was perched on the shoulders of Nels as he balanced on a unicycle and juggled three pins. The event was sponsored by the Kaegebein PTA.

Kaegebein Play - Mystery At McDonald's - 2003

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   Students in Mrs. Tricia McDonald's fifth grade class and Mrs. Lynn Ackendorf's third grade class at Kaegebein School joined together to perform a play titled Mystery at McDonald's in the school auditorium. The ideas for the play originated from the fifth grade students, and were then woven together by their teacher. All of the students put forth their best efforts and produced a very successful production. Some of the students who took parts were Maxwell Kilb as Ronald McDonald, Bridget Thompson as Grimace, Kaitlyn Tedd as Birdie, Conrad Baker as Hamburgler and Rachel Surdi as the announcer.

Kaegebein School Student Wins Poster Contest

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Jason Chadwick and his winning poster

   Kaegebein Elementary School student Jason Chadwick won first place in his division in the SPCA School Contest for Humane Posters and Creative Writing. The fourth grade student designed a poster titled "Don't Hurt My Home," that depicts what happens when man sends in machines to destroy a forest. Jason and the other winners received a cash prize. He said he plans to buy legos with his $25 winnings. All of the winning posters are on display for a year in the SPCA auditorium in Tonawanda.

Kaegebein's All American Concert Draws Full House

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    Kaegebein Elementary School Music Teacher Renee Michki led the grade 2 students in "All American Songs" when they presented a concert, open to the public on Wednesday, May 21, 2003. Kaegebein's second grade teachers are Patti Ludwiczak, Cyndi Booker, Sue Kupiec, Sonyz Cieslewicz, Barbara Leifer-Lavitz and Deanna Schoenberg.

Kaegebein Student Plant Sale

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   The Kaegebein PTA Plant Sale was a complete success after the presale orders were picked up on Monday, May 19, 2003. On Tuesday, May 20 the students had the pleasure of purchasing the leftovers at the bargain price of 25 cents per plant. The veggies and plants were just beautiful and the students had a hard time making their decision. Children who didn't have money were offered jobs to do to earn their plants. They didn't mind a little sweeping and picking up petals to earn plant credit.

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   Kaegebein families' gardens are looking good this spring, thanks to the effort of the school's PTA. Chairman Kathy Posch said orders for flowers and vegetables are taken every year starting around St. Patrick's Day, and all proceeds go toward school fundraisers. Organizing the tables, from left, are students Josh Gebhart, Austin Dee, Colton Thompson, and Sara Diletti.

Kaegebein To Present All American Songs

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   Kaegebein School second graders will perform An "All American Songs" concert 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, 2003. The concert, an Armed Forces Day Musical Celebration, will be presented in the Kaegebein School auditorium where the students will be honoring Grand Island's former and present men and women in the military. Teacher Renee Michki said many, many children have brought in pictures of their loved ones who are in the military and all of their pictures will be included in a computer presentation which will be running during the children's performance. The public is welcome.

Praxair Presentation For Kaegebein 5th Graders

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   Kaegebein Elementary 5th graders enjoyed the annual Praxair presentation on Friday, May 9, 2003. This year's presentation was titled "The Cold, Cold World of Cryogenics." The representative from Praxair described Cryogenics as the study of super cold and that temperature is reached at minus 148 Fahrenheit.

Kaegebein's 50s Sock Hop Fabulous Affair
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   Kaegebein School presented "Read 'n Rock," a 1950's night on Thursday, May 1, 2003. This evening was a reward for participation in the "Read 'n Rock" program which began in the beginning of February and ran through April 11. Each student was asked to read 10 age appropriate books, fill out a "Read 'n Rock" sheet and have it signed by a parent. Two tickets were awarded to each student who completed the program, one for the student and one for an adult guest. The evening was loaded with fun, dancing, limbo, jump rope and hula hoop contests. A soda shop was set up in the cafeteria along with a pink Cadillac for pictures. Everyone had a 'rockin' good time!

Ethnic Luncheon Held For Kaegebein 5th Graders
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   The parents of Kaegebein fifth graders used their culinary skills on Tuesday, April 8, 2003 when they hosted the 16th annual ethnic luncheon. Teachers, Miss Amy Hopkins, Mr. Max Pikula, Mrs. Stacey Zahradnik(T.A.), Mrs. Susan Latona, Mr. Michael Stark, Mrs. Susan Skrabacz and Mrs. Tricia McDonald and their students enjoyed the wide variety of entrees and desserts that were presented. This luncheon comes at the end of a social studies section that deals with the process of immigration, history of Ellis Island and the study of different countries. The students will also take a field trip to the Broadway Market in Buffalo before their spring break.

Fantastic Friends Meet For Brunch At Kaegebein
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   Mrs. Chadwick's fourth grade class from Kaegebein and the kindergarten class of Mrs. Hitcho from Sidway held their annual Springtime brunch on April 4, 2003 at Kaegebein as part of their "Fantastic Friends" partnership. The children enjoyed a brunch of eggs, pancakes, sausages, muffins, fruit, and drinks. They also made a bunny craft and had an egg hunt. The "Fantastic Friends" meet throughout the year, working together on different projects, and will meet for the last time this year in June for a picnic at Sidway.

2Smart2Start Program at Kaegebein

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   Univera Healthcare brought their smoking prevention program to Kaegebein School on Friday, March 28, 2003. The program featured stories, folktales and interactive discussions on unhealthy habits and their consequences. It also included an innovative pledge program designed to reward kids for not using tobacco. Kids who sign the 2Smart2Start smoke-free pledge receive a discount card and special offers from stores and entertainment vendors.

Science Afternoon Held at Kaegebein - March 2003


The students (far right) were treated to bottled water and bags of popcorn.
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      Kaegebein Elementary School came "alive" with the sights and sounds of science as the school's 6th annual Science Afternoon was held on Tuesday, March 11, 2003. Through the sponsorship of Kaegebein PTA and under the direction of Kaegebein School teacher Mrs. Susan Kupiec, science held center stage. The students were involved in workshops and presentations on a wide variety of science topics.
   An owl, red-tailed hawk, falcon, snakes, turtles and toads were just a few of the animals introduced in workshops presented by staff members of Beaver Meadow Nature Preserve and Earth Spirit. An assembly entitled "Up, Up and Away" was presented in the auditorium by "Mad Science," an educational group from Rochester. At the assembly, children were actively involved in science experiments dealing with air and pressure.
   Students had an opportunity to learn about a wide variety of science topics at "hands-on" learning centers developed and presented by Junior Participants from the State University College at Buffalo. In other workshops, students put together a life sized puzzle of a food web and learned about Native Americans with original artifacts. Students and teachers alike declared the afternoon a huge success and plans are already in the works for next year's "science adventure."

Kaegebein Elementary's
Destination ImagiNation Team Takes 1st

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    The Kaegebein Elementary School team took first place in their division at the Western New York Destination ImagiNation creative problem solving tournament held Saturday, March 8, 2003 at the Erie Community College South Campus. The six students, three from fourth grade and three from fifth grade, presented a skit about spaghetti and meatballs to come in first. Coached by fourth grade teacher Miss Nanci Peita, they are Jonathan LoTempio, Sara Diletti, Alyssa Montesano, Sara Victor, Conrad Baker and Andrew Dale.
   Destination ImagiNation is the world's largest creativity and problem solving competition for kids with more than 200,000 students in 47 states, several Canadian provinces and 15 countries participating on an annual basis. Destination ImagiNation helps students to develop important skills by emphasizing creativity, brainstorming, teamwork, research skills, problem solving, time management, creative and critical thinking skills. The Kaegebein team will take part in the state finals being held in Binghamton, NY. on Saturday, April 5th.

Kaegebein Art Work Depicts Author's Story


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   The Kaegebein PTA, on Tuesday, March 4, 2003, treated students and staff at Kaegebein to a visit from author and storyteller James Bruchac. During his visit, Jim explained what it is like to be an author and talked about all of his many influences while growing up and hearing Native legends from his father, Joseph Bruchac. Jim believes that through the telling of Native legends, people of all ages are taught valuable lessons and are amused at the same time. He combines the legends with traditional drum songs and explanations of various native philosophies and traditions. His program helped the students at Kaegebein School achieve a better understanding of native culture. Mr. Bruchac also related his real live experiences in the wilderness, and brought along various casts of animal tracks that he has made.
   Under the direction of Kaegebein art teacher Mrs. Alex Incao, fifth grade students surprised Mr. Bruchac with poster-sized interpretations of the monsters depicted in his book, When the Chenoo Howls. He was so delighted by the sponge paintings that the students presented him with a Chenoo which he will display at his Ndakinna Education Center.

Island Schools Students Chosen for All County Festivals

Author Visits Elementary School

Author James Bruchac spoke at Kaegebein Elementary (left) and at Huth Road Elementary.
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   The students of Huth Road School and Kaegebein School had the pleasure on March 4-5, 2003 of a visit from James Bruchac, an author of Native American children's books. Four presentations were made to each grade level throughout the day. Mr. Bruchac, a nationally known author and Adirondack storyteller, has been sharing Native American legends of the Northeast Woodland Indians for the past 10 years. Raised in the Adirondack foothills town of Greenfield Center, New York, he is also a wilderness instructor, tracker and adult book author. He is a member of the Abenaki Nation and the eldest son of Joseph Bruchac, III, also a nationally known author and storyteller. An interesting aspect of his presentation was the hey-ho exchange. At the beginning of his talk, Mr. Bruchac said that during his presentation he would say "hey," and the students were to respond with "ho." That way he knew the students were really listening.

All-School Sing At Kaegebein School
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   Kaegebein School music teachers Susan L. Waters and Renee Michki put together another Kaegebein "All-School Sing" on the afternoon of Friday, February 21, 2003. All of Kaegebein's teachers and students met in the gym from 2-2:30 p.m. where they sang such favorites as the Kaegebein School Song, Star-Spangled Banner, America, Follow the Drinking Gourd, The Cat Came Back and Pop(2)/Junk(3)/Fish(4)/Cold(5). The music teachers have scheduled other 'School Sings' for April 7, 2003 and Flag Day 2003.

Kaegebein School's Best 4th Grade Spellers

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The Niagara District PTA 4th Grade Spelling Bee took place in Kaegebein School auditorium Monday, February 24, 2003. Four finalists were chosen from each grade 4 classroom to compete in the school's final spelling bee. Winners, who will go on to Starpoint Niagara District Final in March, are Alan Endres (first), Michael Paasch (2nd), Saja Abdellatif (third) and Elizabeth Davis (fourth). First place winner Alan Endres received a new dictionary. Melina Lombardo, the fifth place winner, will serve as an alternate.

Kaegebein School Safety Patrol Meets With State Trooper


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   Members of the Kaegebein Elementary School Safety Patrol met with School Resource Officer Christopher Pyc (Trooper Chris) on Friday, February 21, 2003. "Trooper Chris" discussed the importance of the duties of the Safety Patrol in maintaining the safety of all students at arrival and dismissal times. He also reminded the Patrol members that they serve as role models for the other students, and that they were chosen for their demonstration of good character and behavior, as well as they ability to act in a responsible manner. The students were given an opportunity to ask Trooper Chris about his job as a State Trooper and as the School Resource Officer. He also talked to the students about career opportunities in law enforcement. Safety Patrol Advisor Mrs. AnnMarie Stewart, RN School Nurse, arranged for the special meeting and pizza party.

Kaegebein Book Exchange - 2003

Shown are Mrs. Booker's second grade class.
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The Kaegebein PTA Book Exchange took place February 5th and 6th in the school lobby. Thousands of books have been collected over the year and the children chose from between two and six books to take home depending on what grade they are in. This activity ties in with the "Read 'n Rock" program that the children are working towards. Kaegebein School will be hosting a 1950's Night titled "Read n' Rock." Between now and April 11, the students need to read ten age-appropriate books, then fill out the reading record sheet with the completed books. After Spring Break, each student will receive two tickets, one for themselves and another for an adult. There will be a 1950's Sock Hop on May 1, with dance contests, a soda shop and games from the 50's. Students are encouraged to dress in 50's attire.

Fun At Kaegebein Fun Night

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The Kaegebein School PTA provided another wonderful Family Fun Night on Thursday, January 30, 2003 where kids of all ages played games and enjoyed refreshments with proceeds going to help with the numerous activities provided by the Kaegebein PTA.

Kaegebein Art Projects - January 2003

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Kaegebein Elementary School art teacher, Alexann Incao has been very busy with her third graders. The Sun-Moon & Stars project began with the study of Vincent Van Gogh's most famous painting,"The Starry Night." The students cut shapes out of paper and decorated with paint and glitter before stuffing to make them three dimensional. The shapes are now hung from the ceiling in the hallway named "Artistic Alley." The second project is "Impressions of Winter." The children were asked to look outside at dusk/twilight when the snow can look blue. They brought their impressions to class where they began with putting a water color wash on paper. When the paint was still wet, salt was added which creates a frost pattern. After the paint was dry, the students then painted winter scenes. If you happen to go to Kaegebein School, check out "Artistic Alley." It is a treat that we will continue to keep you updated on during the school year.

Kaegebein Craft Fair - Something For Everyone

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The Kaegebein School PTA's Craft Fair 2002 on Saturday, November 2, 2002 was a huge success with the gym and various rooms full of craft displays. Teachers behind the Bake Goods table are (left) Linda Zimmerman, Sonya Cieslewicz and Sue Kupiec.

It's Halloween Time!


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   Mrs. Chadwick's 4th grade and Mrs. Booker's 2nd grade students of Kaegebein Elementary School put on a play celebrating Halloween on October 30-31, 2002. The students did a great job presenting a collection of songs, poems and dances with a spooky theme after spending the month of October practicing. Highlights included the cast singing and dancing to "Staying Alive" and dancing to "Monster Mash", perfect for Halloween!

Kaegebein PTA Craft Show - 2002

   The Kaegebein PTA's 13th annual Craft Show/Sale will be held Saturday, November 2, 2002 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the school, 1690 Love Road at the Beaver Island Parkway. This year's show features 40 crafters who will bring a large variety of specialty items making this an excellent place to start holiday shopping. A giantic bake sale and "Dorothy's Home Made Chili & Soup" will be available. Raffles will be held throughout the day. Crafters who are interested in participating, may contact Sherry Carrato, 774-8303.

"Our Island Home" Produced at Kaegebein School
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   Longtime Island music teacher Marge Egan, now retired, wrote a school play with music many years ago titled "Our Island Home." Kaegebein Elementary School students of Mrs. LaVere's third grade and Mrs. Sandusky's second grade produced the play this month.
   "The Eagle Park Junket" and "We've Got To Build A Bridge" were among the songs included in the play and written by Mrs. Egan.
   Scenery was the art work of the fifth grade classes of Mr. Pikula and Miss Hopkins. The historical play portrayed an Indian Village, the purchase of Grand Island, Mordecai M. Noah's "new nation," Eagle Park, Beaver Island, Falconwood teens, the first schoolhouse, the last ferry trip and the dedication of the Grand Island bridges. "Our Island Home" was Kaegebein School's contribution to the Sesquicentennial celebration.

Kaegebein School Choral Concert 2002

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Kaegebein School choral groups performed for family and friends Wednesday evening, May 15, 2002. Shown left is the 4th and 5th grade chorus and the third grade chorus is pictured right. Choral directors for Kaegebein Elementary School are Christine Clendening (3rd grade chorus) and Sue Waters (4th and 5th grade chorus).

Elementary Orchestra Brings Home "Silver"
By Amy Margaret Bidell
   Orchestra students from Kaegebein and Huth Road schools competed in the New York State School of Music (NYSSMA) Festival on Wednesday, April 24, 2002. Their teacher, Mrs. Kelly Robertson, led the orchestra. Grand Island should be very proud of the orchestra. Out of bronze, silver, or gold, the orchestra received a silver award. Grand Island elementary schools were the only elementary schools at the festival. The pieces they played were "Sailor's Song, Wexford Circle," and "Sourwood Mountain."
   Hosting the festival were Mr. Wally Goodman and Mr. Peter Kent. They were both former orchestra conductors. Although the Grand Island Orchestra did not get the gold, Mrs. Robertson is still very proud of her students as should all of Grand Island.

Elementary Orchestra Going for the Gold
By Amy Margaret Bidell
   Orchestra students from Kaegebein and Huth Road elementary schools will be very busy on Apri 24, 2002. The students will be on their way to Transit Middle School for the annual NYSSMA Festival. NYSSMA stands for New York State School of Music.    Mrs. Kelly Robertson, their string music minded conductor will be leading them in this competition. The Grand Island elementary orchestra is the only elementary school in the competition.
   Although they may not get the gold, we should all be proud of our elementary school orchestra and their efforts. A special thanks to Mrs. Kelly Robertson for the orchestra couldn't have done it without her.

Valentine's Day Play At Kaegebein School

Lena Gormady (left) took the part of "Flora the Florist,"
and Sarah Lew (right) that of Mrs. Lovejoy.

"Loveline Dancers" Rachel Surdi,
Meghan Mahiques, and Emily Pendrys.

Harold Clark in his role as Mr. Grouch.
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   February 2002. . .Fourth grade students at Kaegebein School had fun rehearsing and finally produced their play, "How the Grouch Stole Valentine's Day," with help from their teachers Miss Solecki, Mrs. Vandermey, and Mrs. Radomski.

Kaegebein Celebrates Read-2002

Kay Rogers from Grand Island Memorial Library

Supervisor Peter McMahon

School Board Trustee Myrna Blair
By Lee Cohen

    Kaegebein youngsters joined classes worldwide on Friday to celebrate the joy of reading. For 2002 seconds (about 33 and 1/3 minutes) beginning at noon, each class had invited a visitor who read a story to the students. The program is part of Read for 2002, sponsored by Scholastic Book Club.
   Principal John Wiertel explained that the school has had a special reading day for many years, but that this was the first time the Scholastic program was used. Kaegebein was the only Island school to participate.
   Readers included school board member and Grand Island Foundation president Myrna Blair, Sidway Principal Frank Cannata, school reporter Lee Cohen, Town Councilwoman Mary Cooke, Schools Superintendent Paul Fields, Town Supervisor Peter McMahon, Town Librarian Kay Rogers, Town Clerk Nancy Samrany, County Legislator Chuck Swanick, John Wiertel, and retired Kaegebein teachers Carolyn Grobe, Pat Rizzuto and Sandy Wolgast.

First Thanksgiving Recreated At Kaegebein (2001)

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   Students in Mrs. Chadwick's 4th grade and Mrs. Booker's 2nd grade at Kaegebein Elementary combined their talents to recreate the first Thanksgiving. From the sailing of the Mayflower to the combining of pilgrims and Native Americans to the fireside feast, the narating students were accompanied by the full cast songs to relate the story.

Kaegebein PTA Craft Show Is Saturday
   The Kaegebein PTA's 12th annual Craft Show/Sale will be held Saturday, November 3, 2001 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the elementary school at Love Road and the Beaver Island Parkway. Crafters will be selling their unique, handmade gifts, crafts and decorations. A bake sale and raffle will be held throughout the day and refreshments will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Crafters who are still interested in participating, may contact Sherry Carrato, 774-8303 or Kathy Aronica, 773-1162.

Kaegebein School News
   Kaegebein School will open September 4, 2001 with about 470 students. The PTA store will be open September 5-6, 2001 from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
   Kaegebein PTA will sponsor a Parents Coffee Hour 8:40 a.m. Tuesday, September 4 in Cafeteria I.
   The first meeting of the Kaegebein School PTA is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 18 in Cafeteria I.
   School pictures will be taken on Thursday, September 20.
   Open House for all grades is set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 26.

Kaegebein Elementary
Celebrates Flag Day in Style

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   Dr. Samantha Kuszczak, Director of Curriculum in the Grand Island School system, was the main speaker for the event. Kaegebein School Principal John Wiertel gave the history of the American Flag. Music was provided by the school band under the direction of Sherm Lyke and the other music department staff with the whole student body joining in song. Mrs. Kupiec's 2nd graders were complete with head and shirt decorations and most of the members carried flags.

Kaegebein Library Has A Mystery

   The classes of Mrs. Kupiec and Mrs. Ludwiczak performed "The Mystery of the Library" for Sidway students and for their own classmates at Kaegebein.
   The players were bookworms, librarians, children, dinosaurs and detectives. Needless to say, they solved all the problems of the Library and their own about going to the Library, and came away a happier group.
   Characters shown at the conclusion of the first performance are Christine Licata (Triceratops), Sara Victor (Bookworm), Carmela Gentile (Emily Elizabeth), Victoria Mordaunt (Amelia Bedelia) Molly Higgins (Mrs. Primm), Joshua Gebhart (King Midas), and Joseph Rains (Detective).

Author Elizabeth Levy Visits Kaegebein

   Kaegebein School PTA, once again proudly sponsored a visit from an author of children's books. Elizabeth Levy, author of more than 70 books for children with more than five million books in print, visited the elementary school Tuesday (March 27, 2001). The author also visited Sidway School on Friday, March 23 and Huth Road School on Monday (March 26), all the result of a cooperative effort among the three schools.
   Ms. Levy is best known for her humorous mysteries, which include the "Something Queer and Invisible Inc." series and the Sam and Robert Monster Books." Her most recent series, entitled "America's Horrible Histories" is a light-hearted look at American history.
   Elizabeth Levy grew up in Buffalo and loved many of her teachers and says that as a writer, she tries to re-create the fun she had in elementary school. During her Kaegebein School visit many of her books were illustrated on the project screen and briefly described. She then encouraged the audience members to just write what they think and dream about.
    As an added feature, Kaegebein students, faculty and staff, as well as the author, were dressed in 70s and earlier styles to add to the flavor of the presentation.

Harry Potter Club Alive and Well at Kaegebein

Tea and crumpets on China and the occasional Hogsmeade jellied rat are the after school snack at the Kaegebein School Harry Potter Club. The children join Mrs. JoAnne Piccione and Mrs. Karen Cartwright to read and discuss the Harry Potter books at a weekly club meeting. Pictured above are club members David Perri, Robert Borden and Daniel Ingalsbe holding up copies of The Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowlings, the club's current selection. "Click" for larger view.

Susan Kupiec named Dunlop Teacher of the Week (2001)

   Kaegebein School 2nd grade teacher Susan Kupiec was recently named Dunlop Teacher of the Week, a nationwide contest whose recipients win a plaque, a $200 Dunlop Gift Certificate, and a gift certificate to Staples. She is shown with some of her students: (front) Chris Fadel, Shannon Becker, Samantha Ducette and Ben Tomkins; (back) Jason Chadwick, who, with his mother nominated Susan for the honor, Ms. Kupiec, Brooke De Marco and Miranda Oussler.

Blue Bird Boxes (2001)

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By William O'Connor
   The Environmental Club of Kaegebein Elementary School, with 42 members from grades 2-5, made their little hands busy last Thursday, March 15, 2001 putting together eight nest boxes (known as bird houses by less serious birders) in less than half an hour. Cedar for the boxes and a Peterson field guide were donated to the Club by the Quality Quest Coalition of Grand Island. The boxes were cut to size and pilot holes were drilled by Tom Burke of West River Rd.
   Burke also gave the club a slide show presentation about cavity nesting birds. He explained that cavity-nesters need a hole in a natural or man-made structure to build their nests. One good example of a cavity-nester is the state bird of New York, the bluebird. Fifty years ago, the bluebird was a common sight, and its beauty was the subject of poetry. Habitat loss due to logging and modern farming practices, the introduction of two non-native species (the English sparrow and the starling), and pesticides reduced bluebird numbers by 90% according to Burke. Bluebird clubs have used boxes in New York and other states with considerable success. The nest boxes provide an ideal home for bluebirdsand those made by the Club will be set up Thursday, March 22 in Eco Island.
   The Environmental Club meets once or twice a month and began roughly three years ago, when teacher Cynthia Booker decided to have her class study the amount of trash generated by the use of plastic flatware in the school's cafeteria. Her class was surprised at the amount of trash generated and as a result of their study, Kaegebein switched to metal flatware, and purpose for a school environmental organization revealed itself.
   Other Club activities have included the study of the water cycle with an Americorps Volunteer and a visit to the Grand Island Water Plant, planting of 100 daffodils at Kaegebein last year, studing rainforest butterflies with a Grand Island graduate student and the planting of trees at Eco Island.

Kaegebein Goes Egyptian (2001)

Students in Mrs. Patricia Ludwiczak's second grade learned about Egypt from Roland and Betty Pili' (center). Christian Licata (left) and Patrick Gallagher (right) admire a painting on papyrus.

Imogene Zavodny visited Kaegebein's art room and shared her Egyptian adventure with the fifth grade. Thomas Breier is seen here in an authentic Egyptian headdress.

In preparation for the district-wide art show, "The Artist as Story Teller," students of Kaegebein School Art Teacher Alexann Incao have been studying ancient Egypt. Second graders made clay sarcophagi, wall paintings and paintings of Egyptian cats. Third graders made hieroglyphs in a cartouche and life-size sarcophagi. Fourth grade students created Egyptian designs on sandpaper and masks representing Tutankahman, Nefertiti, Cleopatra or a death mask. Fifth graders created designs in oil pastels and repousse representations of Egyptian gods and are now working on wall tiles.

Kaegebein Classes Donate Valentines To Children In Roswell Park (2001)

Valentine's Day is a special time to think of friends and care about others. Students in Sue Kupiec's and Pat Ludwiczak's classes at Kaegebein School decorated special Valentine's Day bags for children at Roswell Park Hospital. Pictured (left) are Brooke DeMarco, Bethany Cinelli and (rear) Patrick Gallagher and Jason Chadwick.

Kaegebein students compete in Niagara Falls (2000)

During an intramural program at Kaegebein School last month, students participated in local Elks National Hoop Shoot Free Throw competition with each participant getting ten free throws. In the 8- and 9-year-old division, winners were (left) Jeff Szczepaniak and Amy Bidell, and in the 10-11 age group Ashleigh Koerntgen and Adam Funk were the winners. Jeff, Amy, Adam and Ashleigh advance to further competition against other local winners at 9:30 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 6, 2001) at the Niagara Falls Senior High School.

Fourth graders' Thanksgiving Dinner (2000)

Kaegebein School 4th graders in Mrs. Cathie Suszek's class celebrated their Thanksgiving festivities a week late due to the snowstorm that closed their school for two days. The complete turkey dinner was the result of student/parent donations of food. The girls in the class with the help of several moms, took care of the meal, had a tea party and learned the art of crocheting. The girls, and Betty Braun who helped them with the crocheting project are (left) Kaitlin Incorvia, Mrs. Braun, Ashley VanDusen, Amy Bidell and Narmeen Ammar. The boys, dressed in colonial attire and sitting on long benches just as they would have a century ago are shown with their teacher Mrs. Suszek. They are (not in order of photo) Kevin Acquisto, Joseph Aladeen, Ryan Darnley, Brendan Hall, Haroon Khawar, Ben Kose, Alex Laycock, James McDonnell, Stephen Santillo, Michael Scheid, Jeff Szczepaniak and Ryan Vertino. Jordan Smith was absent the day of the Thanksgiving celebration. Girls in the class not shown are Heather Goris, Megan Wagner, Lauren Whitney and Kelly Williams. Parent volunteers were Laurie Williams, Julie Dee, Rene Incorvia, Robin Vertino, Lynn Santillo and Mary Goris.

Kaegebein 5th Graders Earn Buffet (2000)

Kaegebein Elementary School fifth graders enjoyed the fruits of their labor Monday, December 18. Instead of their usual lunch, the 120 member class enjoyed a Winter Buffet Luncheon, of roast beef, potato chips, pretzels, mixed raw vegetables and dip. Desserts were provided courtesy of their parents and teachers. The meal is a long standing tradition at the school.
It was paid for by the students, who raised money by gaining sponsors for and holding a class "Marathon" earlier this year. The event is a single circuit around the 3/4 mile block surrounding the school, with athletic events at several stations. Events included walking, running, hula hoop, jump rope, basketball.
Proceeds from the Marathon will also be used for a Spring Diversity Luncheon in April, and field trips including Maid of the Mist, a theater production (possibly the Lion King), and a fossil dig.

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