(photos Cape Ann Veterans Services)
This past week Cape Ann Veterans Services brought copies of the children’s picture book, Veterans: Heroes in Our Neighborhood, and super volunteer readers, into our local Kindergarten, first and second grades to read aloud in the classes. Copies of the book were gifted to the classroom libraries. Veterans: Heroes in Our Neighborhood ©2012 is by Valerie Pfundstein with illustrations by Aaron Anderson and foreword by John Vigiano Sr., a Marine Veteran and retired FDNY Captain, who honors his sons’ memories (both lost on 9/11) by volunteering his time and resources to Gold Star families and wounded heroes.
Volunteer readers at East Gloucester School: Members of the US Coast Guard Station, Gloucester, Navy/Veteran/Gloucester Police Department Officer Kevin Hicks and marine Corps Veteran Michael S. Grossi who read to his son’s class.
Volunteer readers at West Parish: members of the the US Coast Guard Station Gloucester; David Parisi Air Force Veteran who read to his daughter’s class; Marine Corps Veteran/State Trooper Tim Sova who read to his daughter’s clas; Coast Guard and Marine Veteran/deputy harbor master Chad Johnson; Vietnam War Marine Veteran Brian O’Connor; Army Veteran Anthony Trupiano who recently returned home; Ray Towns Army Veteran/commander of Gloucester Amvets; and Korean War Veteran Melvin Olson .
Volunteer readers at Plum Cove: Massachusetts Secretary of Veterans Services Francisco Urena, Marine Veteran; Trina Parisi-O’Donnell, Air Force Veteran whose son attends Plum Cove; Police Officer Brendan Chipperini and Vionette Vee Chipperini Army Veterans; Gloucester Sea Cadet Commander Robert Pallazolla Air Force Veteran; Police Officer Chris Frates Coast Guard Veteran; Richard J Cavanaugh, Army Veteran; and Devan Smith and Mike Pillelli of US Coast Guard Station, Gloucester
Adam Curcuru telling Pauline Bresnahan and Anita Coullard Dziedziek about the book last month.
Councilor Memhard and the City’s school committee hosted a forum on a beautiful September night.
The school committee presentation was briefer than the one at West Parish. The size of the audience was the same. There were repeat attendees and fresh faces. The handout was ambitious and sincere. Various wants and needs expressed were not in concert, but respectful. Councilors Paul Lundberg, Val Gilman, and Council President Joseph Ciolino listened attentively as did Chris Sicuranza from the Office of the Mayor, and Community Development Director Dan Smith. Several teachers currently working at East Gloucester and Veterans elementary schools and the 2 principals were present. Exceptional teachers from both schools made helpful comments. Ruth Flaherty spoke for the EGS staff. Residents and parents shared questions and comments until the scheduled start of the Presidential debates.
School Committee meeting: September 28, 2016
Thank you Marty and director Dawn Sarrouf for sharing this sneak peak and fantastic photos of the East Gloucester Elementary School’s upcoming performance of the Tempest.
Show times are Friday and Saturday, April 1st and 2nd at 7pm; Saturday, April 2nd matinee at 11am; and Monday April 4th at 6pm. COME!
All Photos Courtesy Martin Del Vecchio
To SEE MORE PHOTOS CLICK HERE
Catherine Ryan submits ~
Queuing and sharing. Poem in Your Pocket Day fell on April 30. The power of poetry and listening was unforgettable. Try it yourself next year—bring extra Kleenex.
Mayor Romeo-Theken encourages Gloucester students to send their original poem to the Office of the Mayor, 9 Dale Avenue, Gloucester, MA. She promises to read them! Students should include their name, which Gloucester school, their grade and teacher’s name.
Look for Poem in Your Pocket Day each April. It’s free and simple to participate. Carry a Poem. Share a Poem. For more information, search for Poem in Your Pocket Day (PIYP Day) Academy of American Poets (www.poets.org) or New York City’s excellent web site, http://www.NYC.gov/poem. PIYP Day started in NYC in 2002 inspired by theFavorite Poem Project established in 1997 by Robert Pinsky, former Poet Laureate of the United States. East Gloucester Elementary initiated PIYP Day in 2012 because it always celebrates literacy and arts. Students are encouraged to submit poems to the Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library’s Poetry without Paper contest.
The honorary post for the Gloucester Poet Laureate was created in 1998. There have been four poet laureates: Vincent Ferrini was the City’s first, then John Ronan, Ruthanne Collinson, and the current Poet Laureate, Peter Todd. The Committee for the Arts helps select a new Poet Laureate every four years.
Special thanks to the students; Mayor Romeo-Theken; East Gloucester Elementary school teachers and staff– especially Literacy Coach Melissa Francis; EGS PTO; poet laureate, Peter Todd, and former laureates John Ronan and Rufus Collinson. Student Cal White read Peter Todd’s poem, Friendship, for morning message. Visit Gloucester’s website for more information and to read the poems shared by the poet laureates.
Dawn Sarrouf writes on Instagram and shares these wonderful photos from East Gloucester Elementary ~
“Really? 7:30am Ukelele Jam band at #eastgloucesterelementary with kids, teachers, parents, and even the princile?! Yes, m’am! Every Thursday morning!”
Thanks Dawn for sharing!!!
Photos courtesy Dawn Sarrouf and Michelle DelVecchio
The East Gloucester Elementary School 5th-grade class presents Robin Hood!
There will be three performances:
Thursday, April 9th at 7:00pm
Friday, April 10th at 7:00pm
Saturday, April 11th at 2:00pm
GREAT JOB on the video Martin and Robin Hood Cast!!
Principal Gregg Bach and the Teachers held a Fair at the school Jun 17th .
Message from the Principal
Click on Photo below to enjoy the enthusiasm and happy faces in the Slide-Show.
Michelle Delvecchio talks about the East Gloucester Elementary School Auction and also what it means to live here and what she loves about our community.
Check out the East Gloucester School Elementary School Auction Website By Clicking This Text
Catered By Duckworth Beach Gourmet
This is not to be missed. there are many fantastic prizes to be had.
Now if you click on the Upcoming events tab at the top of the blog you will be able to access the GMG Community Calendar in which you will find all the details about the event. If you have a community event coming up, don’t hesitate to contact us so we can add it and share it.
I donated breakfast with me and on me at Sailor Stan’s as an auction item (I know, not that exciting, right?)
Come on out and bid it’s sure to be a great night and how can you beat it when you have the food being done by Duckworth Beach Gourmet?
from Marty Del Vecchio via Cape Ann Online-
The East Gloucester Elementary PTO is holding an “Auction for the Arts” on Friday, March 26th at 7:00p, at Cruiseport in Gloucester.
East Gloucester is lucky to have Ed Touchette, a truly wonderful art teacher. He is unlucky enough to have no dedicated art room, and to get by on less than $3 per student per year. The proceeds from this auction will help in both regards.
The evening will feature appetizers provided by Duckworth Beach Gourmet, a cash bar, and dance music by Wheelhouse. Bidding for silent auction items will commence immediately, with select items presented in a live auction at approximately 8:00p.
Here’s one of the featured items-
Vintage School Chairs Decorated By Each Classroom
Also here is a list of other items up for Auction