2003-02-08 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino
Broad Channel Bits By Liz Guarino

Snow, ice, bitter cold, rain, sunshine! Last week had such warm-for this time of year-days. It was a welcome break from the cold, though I heard a lot of people saying: "Everyone will get sick now!" Is it my imagination or do the television weather forecasters really get more gleeful as the weather worsens? Sometimes I skip the TV forecast, wait till the next day and look
out the window to see what kind of a day it is!

Well, no matter how the weather is outside, the atmosphere inside P.S. 47 is warm and pretty wonderful and the kids are-oh so busy-learning new things. Of late, the air has been filled with music inside the school.  PS 47 was selected to receive a music program for grades kindergarten through 8. 

144 Music has provided musicians to instruct the Kindergarten through 4th grade students on song flutes, recorders and the guitar. Next month grades 5 through 8 will begin a chorus program, and on Friday, January 24 students from grades 3 through 5 danced to the music of a DJ at a Winter Wonderland provided by the school's Parents Association.

"The kids had a ball!" said Mrs. Nelson, Assistant Principal of P.S. 47. 

It's the Year of the Sheep and the parade with the dragon was held last
Saturday in Flushing (dubbed 'little Asia') and Manhattan. P.S. 47's 3rd
grade students were fortunate to experience the holiday first hand at York College where they saw a presentation on the different dances used to celebrate the New Year. They have been preparing for the Chinese New Year through their art studies with Mrs. Ruggiero.

PS 47 has also had three District 27 Fire Prevention Contest winners who now will go on to City competition. 

The three students with the winning essays are: Joe Galimi, Rory O'Connor and Nick Stack. Congratulations on your essays and good luck to all three of you with the rest of the competition!

Operation Explore will take place for the P.S. 47 5th graders on Thursday, February 6.  They will be leaving for upstate New York where they will camp out overnight. The students will be studying the wilderness and will be accompanied on this trip by Mr. Winter, along with a few parent volunteers.

Newsday's Scrabble Competition is coming up and the P.S. 47 students are also working hard preparing for it under the leadership of their literacy teacher Mrs. Moynagh. And the school's little stockbrokers are also gearing up to compete in the Stock Market under the guidance of the middle school math teacher Mrs. Kelly. Mrs. Kelly led last year's students to victory in the competition.

It's baaack-the Defensive Driving Course, that is! This two-session workshop will be held on Monday, March 10 and Wednesday, March 12, from 7 to 10 p.m. Completion of the course gives drivers 10 percent off car insurance or up to 4 points off of their licenses. Sponsored by the St. Virgilius P.A., the course will be held in the school on Noel Road.

The cost for the course is $55, which must be paid by March 3rd. Call Helen 718 945-4648, Cindy 718 634-5449 or Linda 718 318-5835 to register. Refreshments will be served both nights.

DON'T GET LEFT OUT! There are only three Saturdays left to register for the BCAC Jamaica Bay Little League 2003 Baseball/Softball season. Registration is February 8, 15 and 22 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Fees are $85 for the first child in a family; child #2 from that same family pays only $45, while a third sibling costs only $25. Fee includes uniform, insurance and trophy at Family Day. Call for more information, 718 318-0600.

Starting Friday, February 7th and on each on the next three successive
Fridays, 14th, 21st and 28th-- it will be time for Yoga Classes at the
Library. Classes start at 8:30 a.m. and last for one hour. Mary Lou Illuzzi will lead the classes. Participants need an exercise mat or a large towel and should wear loose, comfortable clothing like sweats. All are welcome. Note that there is no pre-registration required for this event.

Did you reserve your seat on the bus trip to Mohegan Sun yet? The trip is planned for Saturday, February 22 and is sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion Post 1404. This is the second trip there; it was very popular last year and is expected to have a capacity crowd this year also. So it is recommended that you book early. Tickets cost $30 each and are available from Carol at 718 634-7235 and Dee at 718 318-6010. There will be a buffet coupon and $10 bet included in the ticket price. The bus will leave from the American Legion Hall promptly at 9 a.m. and return about 9 p.m.

SAVE THE DATE! The minibus from Geraldine Chapey is going to be the recipient of a fundraiser luncheon at Russo's On The Bay on Wednesday, April 30 at noon--including age-appropriate and not-too-loud DJ music and dancing. It will cost $40 for one person, with $5 returning to the bus. There will also be a raffle to raise more cash. A large crowd is expected. Tickets are available at the Golden Age Club meetings every Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m.

Senior groups wishing to reserve the minibus for an outing should call Van Coordinator Stella Pepe at 474-2700 between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to see if it's available. A minimum of 10; maximum of 14 people are allowable. Cost is $7 round trip. There is a wheelchair lift.

To get your event placed in this space, you can send an email to: Lizbcbits@aol.com

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