Busy, busy, busy bees here at EPDS! Our very own Peter Palumbo joined us today to teach our kids the tricks of the honey trade. Judging by the eager smiles I think that our very own bee keeper has inspired a few more to take on this very sweet and o so rewarding job.

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EPDS Summer Adventures 2012

Join us this summer by the beach for some fun under the sun … Along with our Book Making Program, Summer Adventures is back by popular demand for the month of July. This year we are bringing in local artists, theater arts, mad scientists, and don’t forget the ‘green thumbs!’

For program descriptions and information see the attached brochure for EPDS’s Summer Adventures … feel free to contact us with any further questions or to register with us today.

EPDS 2012 Summer Adventures Brochure

Click the link above to learn more about our Summer Adventures Program.

Come celebrate EPDS Day 2012 with us at Gisuseppe’ Ristorante of Gloucester. In good company with the families and friends of EPDS, enjoy pizza, pasta, music, and more. In the support of our Scholarship Fund %10 of proceeds will be donated and raffle tickets will also be available. This 50/50 raffle gives you the chance to win the EPDS Instant Wine Cellar, drawings will take place later that evening. Entertainment will be provided by Brian King and Mermaid Sessions Open Mic, followed by special guest Ryan Alto of The BF’s. Support Gloucester’s local businesses as well as our school this coming Wednesday, March 28th from 4pm-close. See you there!

Giuseppe’ Ristorante is located on 2 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

If you have any questions feel free to contact us at (978) 283-1700

Extended Day Session 4

Extended Day Session 4 (3/5 – 4/12)

Eastern Point Day School is happy to announce the fourth session of our Extended Day Program! The new session will run Monday-Thursday for 6 weeks starting Tuesday, March 6th and will end just in time for April vacation on Thursday, April 12th. We have arranged hands on activities, fun adventures, and creative learning experiences for all students in grades Pre-K through 8th.

Just like the last session these activities include an after school recess immediately following dismissal and individualized homework assistance. The program is open to the public so feel free to invite your friends. For students who are interested in attending a single class here and there without registering for the full 6 weeks, the cost per after school session will be $20. Sibling discounts are available.

Mondays: The Monthly Cruise “– Students will continue their work on the school newspaper, by bringing world news, opinion, sports, and local happenings to Eastern Point.  With collaboration between Miss. Crystal, students will produce a monthly paper to showcase their creative minds in pictures, articles, and much more.

Schedule : 3:00-3:15 After School Recess

3:15-3:30 Snack Time

3:30-4:30 Paper Discussion and Writing

4:30-5:00 Individualized Homework Assistance

Cost : $100 for 6 weeks (Mondays 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9)

Tuesdays: Green Team – Taking the initiative here at EPDS, students will have the opportunity to become part of the global effort to raise Environmental Awareness. From guest speakers, to starting a compost in preparation for our school’s garden, visiting local nature and conservatory parks, including a trip to Plum Island’s Parker River National Wildlife Refuge as well as Cape Ann Whale Center, students will explore and discover ways our planet is changing as well as ways we can help preserve it.

Schedule: 3:00-3:15 After School Recess

3:15-3:30 Snack Time

3:30-4:30 Going Green

4:30-5:00 Individualized Homework Assistance

Cost: $125 for 6 weeks (Tuesdays, 3/3, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10)

Wednesdays: Kids Cook – Whether it is for the fun had during the cooking process or simply the delicious outcome, the culinary craze is back by popular demand. Students are invited to join us as we cook away cabin fever. (Please note that this activity will take place immediately following after school recess in order to coincide with snack time and to not spoil dinner.)

Schedule: 3:00-3:15 After School Recess

3:15-3:30 Food Prep

3:30-4:30 Cooking

4:30-5:00 Individualized Homework Assistance

Cost: $125 for 6 Weeks (3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11)

Thursdays: Anything Goes – Students are invited to join me as we find adventures, participate in community projects, and explore local happenings. From visits to Stage Fort Park and Sawyer Free Library, to kite flying on Gloucester’s local beaches, Piano or Yoga, fun is to be had all around when anything goes.

Schedule: 3:00-3:15 After School Recess

3:15-3:30 Snack Time

3:30-4:30 Adventure Time

4:30-5:00 Individualized Homework Assistance

Cost:  $125 for 6 weeks (Thursdays, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/12)

*For questions or more information contact Crystal.Ouimette11@gmail.com

or call (978) 283-1700

Our Visit to Cape Ann Animal Aid

Like a game of Dominos, or the expanding waves of a ripple, a good cause can have a much bigger impact than anticipated. For example, a smile translates positive energy from person to person, so couldn’t a good cause have the same potential of reaching far beyond those it directly benefits. Think cause and effect … A good cause gives us hope for a change, a good effect gives us confidence to make the change.

Cape Ann Animal Aid is one of millions of non-profits whose mission is for a good cause, and whose positive effects influence change and social responsibility with a sense of indifference. Since 1964 volunteers have devoted themselves to giving stray cats and dogs of Cape Ann a voice.  Doing their part to promote respect through education, the facilitation of adoption procedures, to the overall enhancement of the lives of our four legged companions.  During our visit I could not help but notice the smiles that took over the kids faces.  I know that the feeling was reciprocated, within an hour’s visit every dog and cat within the facility had been pet, canoodled, poked, fed, and considered for adoption. Students also had the opportunity to learn about animal intake, care, and adoption procedures from Kay Bosworth a volunteer for the shelter.

It was a good feeling knowing that merely our presence had made the days of some of the animals waiting to be adopted. Making a positive impact for a positive cause, a theme students here at EPDS are all too familiar with…Social responsibility to make a change, hoping one day to be the change.

For more information and simple ways you can help Cape Ann Animal Aid visit:

http://www.capeannanimalaid.com/newsite/about_us/history.htm

Colonial Times

With their exploration into the colonial times this semester, students in Mrs.Gallo’s class focused on economics for their presentation this past Thursday. Choosing a trade, students looked the part as they took on various colonial era jobs.

Schooner Adventure

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EPDS is located in historic Gloucester, Massachusetts where our harbor has been home to generations of fishermen and their vessels since the early 17th century. For the students of EPDS, the art of fishing came alive today right here in Mr.Recine’s classroom. From learning how to properly bait fish using “safe” hooks, to reading bank charts to locate schools of fish, students had the opportunity to see history and interact with it thanks to Gloucester’s, Schooner Adventure Traveling Dory Program. Intended to preserve Gloucester’s fishing history, as well as what is hoped to be a shared love for the ocean, students marveled as presenters sang songs, shared historical photos and artifacts, some students even climbed aboard a dory to reel in a “fish.” The presentation served as an introduction to the walking tour of downtown Gloucester’s historical landmarks that students will take in the spring.

Winter Adventures “Ski Club”

Last Friday, the kids of the EPDS Ski Club took to the slopes to learn, to fall, to laugh, and most of all enjoy the winter season. Traveling to Bradford Ski Area every Friday, the Ski program gives students the opportunity to learn and be challenged outside the classroom. Over the next 6 weeks our high hopes are for the kids as they learn to Ski and Snowboard, with a great possibility of putting my own attempts to shame. However,  as I discovered from my first Skiing adventure, perhaps the greatest lesson to be learned from Skiing and Snowboarding is that one will never improve without falling down from time to time.

Extended Day Session III (1/3-2/16)

Extended Day Session III (1/3 – 2/16)

Eastern Point Day School is happy to announce the third session of our Extended Day Program! The new session will run Monday-Thursday for 7 weeks starting Tuesday, January 3rd and will end just in time for February vacation on Thursday, February 16th.   We have arranged hands on activities, fun adventures, and creative learning experiences for all students in grades Pre-K through 8th.

Just like the last session these activities include an after school recess immediately following dismissal and individualized homework assistance. The program is open to the public so feel free to invite your friends. For students who are interested in attending a single class here and there without registering for the full 7 weeks, the cost per after school session will be $20. Sibling discounts are available.

Mondays: The Monthly Cruise “– Students will continue to work on the school newspaper, by bringing world news, opinion, sports, and local happenings to Eastern Point.  With collaboration between Miss. Crystal, students will produce a monthly paper  which showcases their creative minds in pictures, articles, and much more.

Schedule :3:00-3:15 After School Recess

3:15-3:30 Snack Time

3:30-4:30 Paper Discussion and Writing

4:30-5:00 Individualized Homework Assistance

Cost : $100 for 5 weeks (Mondays 1/9, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13)

Tuesdays: Cinema Club – In the hopes of beating those winter blues, students are invited to stay in, chill out, and watch some all time classic movies. Exploring all different types of filming techniques and styles students will have the opportunity to not only watch movies, but see behind the scenes of creativity.

Schedule: 3:00-3:15 After School Recess

3:15-3:30 Snack Time

3:30-4:30 Movie Time

4:30-5:00 Individualized Homework Assistance

Cost: $125 for 6 weeks (Tuesdays, 1/03, 1/10, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14)

Wednesdays: Kids Cook – Whether it is for the fun had during the cooking process or simply the delicious outcome, the culinary craze is back by popular demand. Students are invited to join us as we cook away cabin fever. (Please note that this activity will take place immediately following after school recess in order to coincide with snack time and to not spoil dinner.)

Schedule: 3:00-3:15 After School Recess

3:15-3:30 Food Preparation

3:30-4:30 Cooking

4:30-5:00 Individualized Homework Assistance

Cost: $150 for 7 weeks (Wednesdays, 1/4, 1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15)

Thursdays: Anything Goes – Students are invited to join me as we find adventures, participate in community projects, and explore local happenings. From visits to Cape Ann’s Animal Shelter and Sawyer Free Library, to kite flying on Gloucester’s local beaches, fun is to be had all around when anything goes.

Schedule: 3:00-3:15 After School Recess

3:15-3:30 Snack Time

3:30-4:30 Adventure Time

4:30-5:00 Individualized Homework Assistance

Cost:  $150 for 7 weeks (Thursdays, 1/5, 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16)

For more information email Crystal.Ouimette11@gmail.com or call (978) 283-1700

December Holidays Around the World

“St.Lucy’s Day” — Sweden

It is believed that many years ago, Christians in Sweden were forced to hide in deep caves to avoid religious persecution. It was down deep in these caves that they could find shelter, but they had no food and water to survive. In the late hours of night, a young girl named Luciadagen would come and bring them food and drink. Using the evening stars for guidance, Luciadagen also had the aid of her laurel crown which she adorned with candles to see through the dark of night.

Today, the Swedish custom of celebration is for the oldest daughter to wake before dawn on St. Lucy’s Day, dressed in a white gown for purity, and a red sash which represents martyrdom. On her head she will wear a wreath of greenery with lit candles. Accompanied by “star boys,” her younger brothers will share in the celebration also wearing a gown, and a coned shaped blue hat which has been decorated with stars.  “St. Lucy” will then go around her house and wake the family to serve them St.Lucy’s Day specialties, such as saffron buns, ginger cookies, and hot chocolate.

In class today we learned about how children in Sweden celebrate this holiday. We made “laurel head wreaths” and “Star boy hats.” Students also had the opportunity to decorate ginger bread men, and we all sampled ginger cookies and hot chocolate.