Menuscript May 8, 2018
Empathy at TPS
One of the most impressive things that I believe Tuxedo Park School does is to stress to our students that empathy is an important aspect of their character as young people.  At TPS, we remind our students on a daily basis that showing compassion to peers and schoolmates is important and even essential in their educational growth.  Put simply, being a person who shows concern for others is a critical part of our school culture. In fact, one of our core values is to “be kind;” this is a very important aspect of our school’s mission.  It is clear that our students are expected to show concern for others, and when they don’t, they know it does not fit our school culture or norms.  Having empathy for others is a key aspect of who we are as a community.    

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Fifth grade has been studying ancient cultures this year, and their fifth-grade play revolved around one of the most famous storytellers from the ancient world: Aesop. Students have been working on their skits in their groups during advisory periods over the past several weeks. Each group created their sign to introduce their skit and worked together to practice acting, stage presence, and memorization.

To set the stage for those who weren't able to make it.  Here is the introduction the kids gave for their play.

"Aesop's Fables are a collection of fables credited to Aesop, a slave and story-teller believed to have lived in ancient Greece in the 5th or 6th century BCE. Told initially through oral tradition, the stories were not written down for three centuries after Aesop’s death.
Aesop’s fables are the world’s best-known collection of tales. There are over 700 fables attributed to Aesop.
The fables were initially told from person to person for entertainment, as well as means for teaching a moral or lesson.
These fables represent one of the earliest features of human life: storytelling."

The Fourth Grade Public Speaking Contest was a huge success! The students did an amazing job presenting passages from books that have been made into movies.   All students memorized a passage and recited the passage to a panel of judges for the preliminary contest.  The finalists, those with the highest points from the preliminary contest, went on to the Public Speaking Contest.  The finalists presented their book passage, while the other students worked on their public speaking skills by being a part of a skits in between the finalist presentations. The runners-up were Isaac Obeng and Madeline Helgeson. The winner was Grace McDonald. Congratulations to all of the students for their hard work and dedication!

The recitals were a huge success this year. With over fifty-five performances over the span of three days with students demonstrating their skills in percussion, guitar, bass, piano, voice, violin, cello, trumpet, trombone, baritone, saxophone, clarinet, and flute, the students ranged from kindergarten to ninth grade and performed at a variety of levels. A big thank you to all of our TPS teachers including Todd Schietroma, Brooke Broome, Lauren D’Imperio, Rick Savage, Matt Barile, Courtney Martin, and Mikki Skinner for guiding our students in music. 

We had a slow start to the spring season because of the weather; however, the mercury finally rose above 60, and our teams have finally been outside training. There are only three weeks left. Please try an come to see the teams play in their last games of the season. 

Our golf program has been lucky to have Mr. Scecina on board as well as Brandon Gelo, Director of Instruction at The Tuxedo Club. Captain, Jace H. said, “Brandon, Mr. Scecina, and Steve have helped us improve all our strokes. We have also played some fun games to improve our short game.” 

The track team has had three meets at Randalls Island and had some good performances in the shot put and 800-meter run. They are looking forward to their remaining three meets. 

Our boys lacrosse team is developing their skills each week, hoping to win one of their remaining three games against Upper Saddle River, Hackley, and Buckley. Captains Matthew B. and Oliver F. agree that the effort of the players shows that even through the losses, we keep pushing demonstrating their love of the game.
Lastly, the girls lacrosse team is finding success by playing as a team. 

Captain Megan D. said, “We support each other and have learned to rely on each other.” 

The team started a new tradition this year presenting a bear to the player who demonstrates the most hustle and courage in the game. The winner of the bear has to decorate it and bring it to the next game to pass it on.

Coach Bradley said, “It is great to see the joy and pride on the girls' faces when they receive this award at the end of each game.”  

The faculty enjoyed a ‘lunch off’ on Friday thanks to the generosity of the Parents Association. Lunch tables were hosted by parents, giving teachers the opportunity to enjoy some time together. Thank you parents!

We were delighted to offer our students a dress down day, some store bought pizza and an ice cream sundae bar on Friday to celebrate our TPS Annual Fund parent and faculty participation. Our sincere thanks to you all for your energy and enthusiasm around philanthropy at TPS.

On Thursday, May 10, primary and middle school students will perform their annual spring concert. Pre-K through third grade will perform various songs. In addition to singing, second and third-grade will perform on Orff instruments, recorders, and their new band instruments. You will hear Classical, patriotic, and popular pieces, including a rendition of Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds” on both recorders and other instruments. 

The Middle School Band will perform a very timely superheroes montage, including themes from  Superman, Batman, and more. These young students will also play improvised solos of the pop classic “Gimme Some Lovin’.” The Middle School Chorus will perform a beautiful music piece entitled “Adiemus,” which also includes percussion and flute. The band and chorus will combine for a grand finale performing the popular song “This Is Me” from the Greatest Showman soundtrack.

Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry is a national nonprofit that is ending childhood hunger in America. 

The Strohmeyer and Donaghy families will host the annual No Kid Hungry Bake Sale at the Tuxedo Park Library’s Annual Memorial Day Picnic following the town’s parade on Monday, May 27.  All proceeds go toward national and local programs serving thousands of kids, including our local Sloatsburg food pantry.    
·      Bring your spare change to TPS:  May 14-18
·      Sign up to bake goods for the May 27 bake sale by contacting Linda Strohmeyer ( or Suzanne Donaghy (
·      Enjoy the picnic and purchase treats at the Bake Sale on May 27

If you have volunteered in any way this school year, we would like to thank you at a luncheon in your honor on May 18, 12 p.m. at the Pink House. Please join us! RSVP to Fiona Duffy.

May 25, 2018, the much anticipated Green and Gold Banquet starts at 1 p.m. in the Primary Gymnasium. Second grade will be inducted onto a team, and the new captains will be “tapped." This event is for the students only; however, second-grade parents are invited to watch the induction portion of the banquet. 

Spirit week is coming up the week of May 14! Every day that week has a theme promoting spirit.

Monday, May 14 - TPS Logo Day.  
Wear TPS pajamas, TPS shorts, TPS sweatshirts, TPS fleeces, TPS t-shirts.
Tuesday, May 15 – Crazy Hat and Sock Day.
Wear a crazy hat or socks with your uniform
Wednesday, May 16 – TPS Accessory Day with uniform.
Wear a TPS accessory  - bracelets, beads, sunglasses, tattoos, etc.
Thursday, May 17 – Wear everything Green or Gold.

Friday, May 18 - US & MS: Wear your Go Green/Go Gold t-shirt with uniform bottom PS: Wear your team color.

Spirit week items will be on sale the night of the primary and middle school concert; in the mornings in the primary hallway; and at lunches on May 11, 14, and 15. Items include sweatshirts, t-shirt, fleeces, bracelets, Jibbitz, hair ties, cowbells, and all things green and gold.
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Go Green!      Go Gold!

Field Day is May 19, 2018! All students in third through ninth grade are required to attend and participate in Field Day. If for some extenuating circumstance your child cannot attend, please send Mrs. Kranzo an email to notify her. Students in third-ninth grade should be in the gymnasium by 8:45 a.m. in their team shirts and green shorts to meet with their team captains and advisors. Below is the order of events, please review the day with your child.
On Friday, May 18 at 2:30 p.m., the first event begins-the mile run and half-mile run on Shepard Field. 

On Saturday, the Primary Games begin at 10 a.m., for students in pre-k through second grade are optional, but participation is encouraged. Attire should include sneakers and a t-shirt the color of their Winter Games Team. The students should meet their team leader on the bleachers at 10 a.m. ready for a lap of the track and then they will head up to the upper field for their events.

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On Thursday, May 24, 6-8:30 p.m., all of our athletes will be celebrating the year at the annual Sports Banquet in the primary school gym. Sixth-ninth grade students, with their parents, enjoy a night of dinner, dessert, and spring awards presentation. That evening, the best athletes in the school will receive the highly coveted Kennedy Cup and Lorillard Cup. The coaches say goodbye to the freshman class and congratulations to the eighth-grade class.  It is a festive celebration of our athletic program.

The students will perform The Service Project for the In One Act play this trimester on Wednesday, May 30 at 3 p.m., in the primary school gym. This is an original work written by Alex Wise loosely based on the different ‘characters’ of TPS. 

Synopsis: An unlikely group of students try and pull-off a service project on their own to raise money for the school’s annual Mountaintop’s Only Open Triathlon (MOOT). Alice, Mark, and Walt decide to put up the classic tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, but it’s not as easy as they think. From set pieces falling apart to narcoleptic actors, it’s bound to be a wild ride.

Leave your child’s name, or the name of a beloved friend or teacher, embedded at TPS in perpetuity - order your bricks today!

Parents, faculty, past parents and alumni gathered for the TPS benefit What a Wonderful World on April 28, and at the command of auctioneer extraordinaire and parent, Jen Jenkins, bid high and bid often on items generously donated by our community.
Part of our event was spent recognizing the extraordinary commitment of alumni parents Loretta and Chris Stadler, (P'08, P’09, P’15), by presenting them with the 2018 TPS Spirit of Philanthropy Award. The Stadlers who gave so much to our school while their children attended, continue to believe in the mission of TPS and support us in our endeavors to grow good people.
Benefit attendees, roused by our students’ video presentation, raised their paddles to assist us in our efforts to reenergize and refresh the Vera Brigham Library. 

Thank you to auction chairs, Suzanne Hasz and Melissa McNamara, and to their team of volunteers for an extraordinary evening. Thanks also go to all who attended, donated auction items, assisted with planning, decorated, purchased Journal ads, put tables together or generally cheered us all on. We are so grateful!

The next Saturday fused glass class is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., June 2. Lunch is included. Fused glass can be used to make decorative and functional ornaments and dishes. The process involves cutting and gluing the pieces of glass which are then fired in the kiln to fuse them together.

The cost of the class is $100 per person and is open to adults and students in third grade and above. Please email Megan Sweeney if you are interested in participating.

Newly announced summer classes for June 18-22. Visit the Summer at TPS link to sign up.

Woodworking  ($215, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.)
New Builders are introduced to a broad range of materials and hand tools, as well as, construction and architectural terminology.  With safe, appropriate tool usage, along with design, drawing, and painting aspiring builders gain skills and confidence in designing, making, repairing and revising.

Fused glass ($190, 12:30-3 p.m.)
Learn the basics of working with fused glass, or continue to build on what you already know. Cutting and grinding to put different pieces of colored glass together to form different decorative and functional items.  Several different projects can be produced in a week so each student has the opportunity to explore working in depth.

Adventure Camp:
Mr. Stansbery and Mr. France will guide daily adventures, June 25-29, for rising fourth-ninth graders.
Basketball Camp:
Mr France will run a basketball shooting camp July 22-24.

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