Is it really June? It’s hard to believe that there are only four remaining weeks left in the school year. Indeed, it is a busy time of year, filled with far too many events and celebrations to try and capture in a single newsletter. Simply, please be mindful of the school and district calendar, as there are different trips and celebrations that may impact your child’s school day. I will, however, mention that our 5th grade Moving Up ceremony will be held on Wednesday, June 24th at 12:00 and our 8th grade Moving Up will take place the day prior on Tuesday, June 23rd also at 12:00.
Our second annual 5th grade Arts Alive day was held on the last Friday of May. We welcomed more than 15 local volunteers with a background in the visual, performing or literary arts to work with our 5th grade students in the morning. Students self-selected three workshops to participate in prior to lunch, which included such topics as photography, textile design, clay sculpting, documentary filmmaking, jazz and hip-hop dance, acting, creative writing, comic book design and the circus arts. The day culminated with an opportunity for some of our talented high school students to perform for our 5th graders. It was an incredibly successful day, and we truly thank all of our local arts who volunteered their time to work with our students. Also, a special thanks to Mrs. Katie Bissinger, president of the Haldane Fine Arts Booster Club. Her leadership was essential in organizing a successful experience with our students.
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Haldane's Farm to School Initiative inspires young people to eat their veggies and make healthier choices. With our Farmer in the Classroom program, students visit the school garden and learn where their food comes from and how it grows from seed to harvest. Our Chef in the Classroom program brings enthusiastic young chef interns from the Culinary Institute of America into the elementary school classrooms teaching students how to create tasty dishes with a different, locally-sourced vegetable each month. These vegetable dishes are then served in the cafeteria for the whole school to sample at our monthly veggie taste test.
Haldane’s Farm to School Initiative is coordinated by Hudson Valley Farm to School in partnership with Haldane's Wellness Committee and Garden Committee. To get all the recipes from our Chef in the Classroom program, go to Hudson Valley Farm to School's webpage: