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Barnum Woods Elementary School
East Meadow, NY

Barnum Woods Community Report- January 2018


Barnum Woods held its annual “Hoops for Heart” event and its very first “Volleyball for Heart” event.  Students practiced their basketball skills, with the younger children practicing their volleying skills, as well.  The boys and girls also learned about the hazards of smoking, the nutritional value of eating a well- balanced meal and why exercising every day is beneficial to your personal well-being.  Barnum Woods raised $11,842.00 this year, surpassing last year’s donations by $4,600.00.  Our top fundraiser was Molly Nadler who raised an unbelievable $1,505.00.  Samantha Platkin raised $575.00, Mathias Osback raised $565.00 and Gabriel Newman raised $525.00.  This is quite an accomplishment for these students.  Barnum Woods and the American Heart Association are very appreciative of their efforts.  Several of the children went above and beyond to collect donations raising over $100.00 each.  The Physical Education staff was very grateful to all the children and families of Barnum Woods for their outstanding efforts for such a worthy cause.
The students at Barnum Woods performed three concerts at Barnum Woods and one final concert on the stage at Woodland Middle School on December 14th.  Under Ms. Coleman’s direction, the chorus sang five beautiful songs ranging from Seize the Day, from the musical “Newsies,” to holiday classics, such as Winter Wonderland.  Mr. Schaefer and the Barnum Woods 5th Grade Band put on an exciting performance as well.  Students in the band showcased their hard work and their musical talents.  Pieces performed included March of Freedom, Northridge Overture, The Nutcracker March and a rousing rendition of Jingle Bells!  The fifth grade orchestra also contributed a wonderful performance, under the direction of Barnum’s orchestra teacher, Ms. Mander.   The orchestra pieces performed were Entry of the Tumblers, The Abandoned Funhouse, Good Kings Marching and Russian Dance from “The Nutcracker.”
A number of Barnum’s students were selected to participate in the All-County Division 1 Band, Chorus, and Orchestra Ensembles.  Many fifth grade students were nominated for All-County by their school’s music teachers.  Once nominated, a selection committee considered students from all over eastern Nassau County.  Students were chosen to represent their schools based on their NYSSMA scores from the previous spring.  The All-County Division 1 students had at least three rehearsals before performing in a concert at the Tilles Center at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University on January 7, 2018.  The jazz band performed on January 14, 2018.  Congratulations to the following participants from Barnum Woods:

Dave Alavanza
Brendan Cronin
Gabriel Newman
Jasmine Taveras

Jazz Band:
Judah Baroukh

Alexander Benfield
Justin Castillo
Kameron Kozlowski
Nichole Manalil
Maritsa Paul
Adam Quiles
Victoria Tokiwa

Andrew Dungca
Emiliya Seit-Abdulla
Erin Stump