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Cape Ann Big Band jaw dropping O’Maley fundraiser

On June 17th, the last day of school, the classic 17 piece Cape Ann Big Band hosted a Spring/Summer Concert at the O’Maley Middle School, A Swing Extravaganza. Listen to some of the songs in the clip below! The band was formed in 2010. The band leader for this super professional, top-notch, sought after band is Carlos Menezes Jr. He just happens to be  the director of the O’Maley music department! Our students have access to astonishing and creative visual arts, performance,and music teachers.  The members of the Cape Ann Big Band, Gloucester Education Foundation, O’Maley Band Parent Organization, Captain Hooks, Supinos, Paula Burns, and others are making this music happen to inspire the kids in our community.”80% of all ticket sales went to help fund new instruments and band room renovations at the Middle School.” Plus Cape Ann Big Band announced during the concert that they are donating those sweet stands to the music department.

Just sayin’-  You can book the Cape Ann Big Band. http://www.cabbswings.com

Here’s two minutes of video snippets including classics Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and ‘S Wonderful with vocalist Katy Geraghty. You’ll hear a huge round of applause for Carlos Menezes Jr solo, and stunning vocals from Kate Barry, Scott Parisi and Nathan Seavey. I loved the rendition of “Me and Mrs. Jones”  the 1972 song by Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, and Cary Gilbert. My phone battery died so I didn’t grab from that song. I also missed the O’Maley Jazz ensemble who played a big set of 10 songs with many solos. They were incredible. Next time you hear that the school band or Cape Ann Big Band are playing a gig make it a point to see them.


The true one and only ‘Cat’ in Gloucester, Cat Barbagallo with the Sayess family, other parents and GEF helping out with fundraising.




Nichole’s Picks 3/19 + 3/20

Pick #1:  The Power of Play Festival

This has received a lot of press…and rightfully so!  What a fantastic event this will be and with such an important message.

See Kim Smith’s post from yesterday to read more

The festival, open to families and children of all ages, will feature games, art projects, dance, sports and other activities to celebrate the importance of play in educating children.  The Power of Play Festival will feature giant building blocks; tiny, 3-D house- and boat-building; Lego-building challenges; sensory play tables with water, sand and goop; giant floor puzzles; collaborative art projects; taekwondo and yoga; puppet workshops and shows; and an obstacle course.


Pick #2:  The Boston Flower  & Garden Show

March 16-20, 2016

Seaport World Trade Center, Boston




The Boston Flower & Garden Show will return to the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston on Wednesday, March 16 through Sunday, March 20, 2016 with the theme “Nurtured by Nature”.   The care we put into our gardens comes back to us a thousand-fold.  Well-designed landscapes rejuvenate by offering places to connect with nature and each other. Floral arrangements, houseplants and containers enliven and refresh our living spaces.  Homegrown food and the results of popular urban agriculture activities like beekeeping fill our tables with nutritious delights.  Celebrate the bountiful benefits of the garden and learn how to keep yourself, and your garden, growing strong!

Please share your photos on our Facebook page and check back often to watch the show take shape!

Package and coat check is available.  There are a limited number of wheelchairs available on a first come first serve basis.

Don’t forget to bring your camera and video recorder to the Show!  There are tons of great photo opportunities and the pictures will help you plan your new garden long after the Show is over.  Share your best footage with your family and friends, and of course with us!

Pick #3  Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 20th at 1:00 pm.


Did you know that “the South Boston, St. Patrick’s Parade is Listed as the second largest parade in the country, being viewed by nearly 600,000 to 1 Million people every year!”


As always, for a more comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

Gloucester Education Foundation to Host First Ever Power of Play Festival

AR-160317292     Photo Martin DelVecchio

The Gloucester Education Foundation will host its first Power of Play Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 20 at the Gloucester High School fieldhouse, 32 Leslie O. Johnson Road. The festival, open to families and children of all ages, will feature games, art projects, dance, sports and other activities to celebrate the importance of play in educating children.

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning but for children, play is serious learning,” said Fred Rogers, the late children’s educator and longtime host of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” “Play is really the work of childhood.”

The Power of Play Festival will feature giant building blocks; tiny, 3-D house- and boat-building; Lego-building challenges; sensory play tables with water, sand and goop; giant floor puzzles; collaborative art projects; taekwondo and yoga; puppet workshops and shows; and an obstacle course.

The event is sponsored by Cape Ann Savings Bank and Cape Ann Savings Trust & Financial Services. Admission is $5 per family.

“Play teaches children how to solve problems, communicate with others, and think creatively — skills that will serve them their whole lives,” said June Steel, president of the Gloucester Education Foundation board of directors. “That’s the real Power of Play. The Gloucester Education Foundation recognizes that children’s education is about more than memorizing facts and preparing for tests. We’re committed to improving our children’s education inside and outside the classroom.”

The Gloucester Education Foundation was created to help drive innovation and encourage creativity in the Gloucester Public Schools and empower educators to strengthen teaching and learning. The foundation’s goal is to help the Gloucester Public School District be one of the best school districts in Massachusetts.




Stacy Boulevard near the Fishermen’s Wives Memorial, Gloucester, MA Saturday, May 16th 2015 from 8am –noon

Plant Donations Accepted
— Friday, May 16th, from 6pm-7pm at the Fishermen’s Wives Memorial

· Veggie Seedlings and Lettuce plants grown by 6th graders at O’Maley

· 19 varieties of tomatoes

· 15 varieties of peppers

· Hardy Gloucester Grown Perennials

Arrive early on Saturday for great bargains – $1.00 seedlings $2.00-$3.00 perennial plants! Help Gloucester Education Foundation and beautify your gardens. If you have a garden, please think about what perennials you have that may need to be divided and donate plants to our cause. Plant identification is helpful but not required.

All usable gardening items, plants, trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials, herbs and vegetable donations are welcome or contact Susan@GenerousGardeners.org to arrange pick up or drop off at an earlier date. Since all of the proceeds benefit GEF, you will get a tax deduction for whatever we earn from your plants.

Please contact Susan Kelly or 978-282-3306 if you have any questions or would like to volunteer to help. Also, if you need pots for your plants, we will be happy to provide them 

GHS Students signage

Hi Joey,

After we saw the piece on Calvo’s exceptional work we thought you may want to check this out.

Next time you are in the GHS field house be sure to have a look at the new sign created and designed by the GHS Cabinet Design & Innovation class.

The original sign was damaged over the years due to various sporting events. The Cabinet Design class under the instruction of Teacher Tim Rose took over the assignment of replacing it. The pictures show some of the talented students who were involved in the project (Mike Munroe, Hannah Pastagal, John Whitmore)

The new sign was created in large part with the help of the new “Computer Numerical Control” or CNC machine which the Cabinet Design Class received through a grant from the Gloucester Education Foundation last year.

Students first designed and then programmed each of the letters using a CNC software program- The design was then fabricated on the CNC.  Each letter was attached to the newly designed backboard and finally finished with a bit of paint and a gloss polyurethane.

As you can see, the new sign is a great improvement of the old, and best of all, our very own GHS students crafted it!

The Cabinet Design and Innovation program is one of the longest running electives offered at GHS and is available to all GHS students. Each year the program enrolls 75 students for a full school year.


Thanks Joey,

Tim Rose, M.Ed.
Technology Education

Cabinet Design & Innovation

Gloucester High School

Gloucester Education Foundation Celebration From Terry Weber

Hi Joey,

On Friday night at the Cape Ann Museum, the Gloucester Education Foundation (GEF) held its annual celebration, noting its growth and progress over the past year. Over 100 people attended including teachers, donors, and city officials.

One exciting GEF initiative you’ll be hearing more about in coming weeks is the "Using Technology to Enhance Project-Based Learning" program which will allow students in the program to use iPads to document changes to Gloucester from 1900 to the present day. More details to come!

To see more pics of the celebration, click here

To learn more about the GEF and their mission, click here


Catherine Ryan submits-

From:   GMG posts calling out for batteries for Kurt Lichtenwald’s inventive Gloucester High School students

AND good egg and GMG reader Mike St. Arnauld, Manager, Tedeschi Food Shops on Washington Street , drumming up EIGHT!~

Delivered to:     GHS successful high school designers – maybe the students will post some updates on the school website or set up a blog for fans.

Kurt Lichtenwald, AKA Coach L, has taught engineering, technology ,robotics and physics for the past 14 years at Gloucester High School .  He has created, developed and implemented the curriculum for each of these subjects. Lichtenwald’s Robotics program is supported by Gloucester Education Foundation.

Mr. St. Arnauld

gmg battery thanks

Vice Principal GHS Katherine DiNardo,  receiving batteries


Gloucester High School students with batteries and work in progress

Kids with batteries

Distinguished Educator Christine L. McGrath Joins the Gloucester Education Foundation Board

Distinguished Educator Christine L. McGrath Joins the Gloucester Education Foundation Board
Gloucester resident contributes classroom and broader system expertise.

GLOUCESTER – Christine L. McGrath, recently retired Superintendent of the Tewksbury Public Schools and former Assistant Superintendent and Administrator of Special Education for the Gloucester Public Schools, was elected to the Gloucester Education Foundation (GEF) Board of Directors at its January meeting.
“The GEF Board is comprised of individuals dedicated to the improving education in the district.  All have community connections, talents, and skills that enhance our work.  We are excited that Chris has agreed to join us.  Her extensive knowledge of the Massachusetts educational system and experience as an educator at all levels are incredible resources on which we can draw,” said GEF President Ed Shoucair.
McGrath is currently serving as Director of Operations for the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (MASS).  She is also an adjunct professor for Fitchburg State College’s Superintendent’s Leadership Academy, a member of the Middlesex District Attorney’s Partnership for Youth Advisory Board, and of the Commission on American and International Schools Abroad for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges for which she conducts international school evaluations.
Known for her energy and enthusiasm, McGrath said of her election, “I am honored to become a member of the Gloucester Education Foundation Board and to support their important and successful efforts on behalf of our school system.  I am pleased to have the opportunity to once again “give back” to my community and my school system.”
Additional information about the Gloucester Education Foundation, including a full list of board members, can be found at their website www.thinkthebest.org <http://www.thinkthebest.org> .


Gloucester Education Foundation Upcoming Events


The Gloucester Education Foundation has several exciting events coming soon that we thought you might like to know about.

Wednesday, December 1st:  Race to Nowhere Fundraiser at Cape Ann Community Cinema


On Wednesday, December 1st, the Cape Ann Community Cinema will show the award-winning film "Race to Nowhere" to raise money for the GEF.  “Race to Nowhere” is new documentary about the pressures faced by American schoolchildren and their teachers in a system and culture obsessed with the illusion of achievement, competition and the pressure to perform.   It is a call to mobilize families, educators, and policy makers to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens.  Watch the trailer here.

The film will be shown at 7:00p; $2 of the $10 ticket cost will be donated to the GEF.  The cinema is located on Main Street above Mystery Train; special thanks to Rob Newton for supporting the GEF!

Thursday, December 2nd:  Holiday Book Fair to support Gloucester District Schools


The Gloucester Public School District is holding a holiday book fair in collaboration with Barnes & Noble.  Shop at B&N (near the North Shore Mall ) any time on Thursday, December 2nd; identify yourself as a GPS book fair customer, and the Gloucester Public Schools District will receive 15% to 20% of your purchases!  This includes their huge selection of books, music, and toys, and even cafe purchases.  In addition, each GPS district school has put together a wish list for its library.

You can also shop online between December 2nd and December 7th at http://www.barnesandnoble.com/bookfairs; just enter book fair ID #10355451 at checkout.  If you already have an B&N account, please click the "Change Payment" link at checkout to specify the book fair ID.

Prefer to shop in Gloucester?  Both the Dogtown Book Shop and The Bookstore of Gloucester will have books requested by GPS teachers and librarians on display throughout the holiday season.  A book donation is a wonderful way to honor an educator or school supporter.

The GEF is proud to help GPS with this exciting fundraiser.

Today:  The Gloucester Education Foundation Is On Facebook!


The Gloucester Education Foundation is now on Facebook!  If you are on Facebook, simply click this link to view the GEF’s Facebook page, where you can see photos and articles about past events.  Then click the Like button, and you will receive notices of upcoming GEF events.