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edgefoundationAddressing the Edgemont School District’s critical need to upgrade the computer network used by students and faculty, the Edgemont School Foundation (“ESF”) announced that it has awarded a grant of $162,000 to the District. The grant – the largest ever by ESF – will fund a much-needed project to upgrade the computer network at all three schools by increasing ten-fold the network’s speed and internet connectivity, migrating from an old network operating system that is being discontinued to a newer operating system that is more compatible with various applications, and retiring several antiquated servers. Without the grant, the project might have been in jeopardy due to budgetary constraints.

The gift was accepted by the Edgemont Board of Education at the April 12th meeting and it allowed the Board to reduced the budget increase for 2011-12 to 2.65%. At that meeting, the BOE formally adopted the budget and it will be voted on Tuesday, May 17th. Also at this meeting, the BOE renewed Superintendent Nancy Taddiken's contract through June 2013.

ESF co-chair Andrew Conway said, “The ESF Board is proud that we were able to fulfill the school administration’s request for funding, thanks to the generous support of the hundreds of donors who have contributed to ESF over the years.”

“Edgemont’s schools are the ‘crown jewels’ of our community, and ESF is dedicated to helping ensure that the schools have the necessary financial resources to continue to provide the best educational experience possible for our children,” said Howard Hirsch, ESF co-chair. “This grant does exactly that and fits squarely within the mission of ESF,” Hirsch added.

The grant expands upon previous grants of $72,785 and $118,000 awarded by ESF that funded the infrastructure for wireless technology in the Junior/Senior High School (March 2007) and both elementary schools (March 2010), essentially making the Edgemont School District a "wireless campus". Since 2004, ESF has awarded the District more than $850,000 for a variety of projects and programs, including a state-of-the-art audio/visual system in the Junior/Senior High School auditorium, a new Student Information System for the District, elementary school playgrounds, Social Emotional Learning Parent Workshops, mobile computer science labs, a Junior/Senior High School Campus Garden and a 4th grade Narrative Dance Program. Since its inception, ESF has given more than $1 million to fund projects and programs that ensure and enhance the value of an Edgemont education.

Nancy Taddiken, the Edgemont School District Superintendent, thanked ESF for its generous support. “Computers and high-speed networks with internet access for online research and communication are an integral component of education today. ESF’s grant will allow us to make necessary improvements to our technology infrastructure this summer, which will directly benefit each and every student who passes through the school system in 2011-2012 and for years to come.”

Work on the technology infrastructure project is expected to be completed over the summer so that all of the planned enhancements will be fully operational for the start of the 2011-2012 school year.

 

 

 

candleAccording to Joan Behrens Bergman, Executive Director of Hoff Barthleson, “As musicians, we find ourselves turning to the language we know best when we want to help others in need. The desperate situation in Japan is such a moment. Through our music we hope to bring solace and to contribute to the return to well-being of the Japanese community. “

A Candlelight Concert featuring members of the Hoff-Barthelson Music School faculty and student body will take place at the Music School, 25 School Lane, Scarsdale, on Sunday, May 1 at 4 pm in support of Japanese relief efforts. HBMS is honored to have many members of the local Japanese community as parents and students at the School, and a significant number of esteemed Japanese-American musicians on our faculty. We welcome the public to join us in support of these valued members of the HBMS community, and to join us in sharing thoughts and feelings through the language we at HBMS know best – our music.

Proceeds for the recital, for which a minimum $20.00 contribution is suggested, will be sent to the Japanese Red Cross.

For additional information and reservations: 914-723-1169, www.hbms.org

 

 

 

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Inspired by the tragic and untimely death of some local students from cancer, fifth grade students from Seely Place and Greenville Elementary Schools became interested in learning how they could help children who are suffering with cancer.

With the help of parent Jill Abraham, several children from both schools joined together to form Caring Kids Curing Cancer (CKCC), a group dedicated to raising money and awareness for pediatric cancer. One of the first pieces of information we received was that for every $1 the U.S. government contributes to cancer for adults, pediatric cancer only receives one cent. Working to make a change was a unanimous decision.

Two years later, we are still going strong and we have become an official Edgemont Club. We have held many great fundraisers and have learned so much about this topic. Our most recent trip was to Montefiore Hospital, a hospital with a fantastic pediatric cancer program. Our friend, Dr. Siobhan Dolan, who works at Montefiore and was able to help make our trip possible. During our visit, we met with Meghan D. Kelly, MSEd, CCLSDirector, Child Life Program and Carl Sagan Discovery Program.

Caring Kids Curing Cancer, presented the Montefiore pediatric cancer unit with a $500 gift card to refill their art supply closet, which they use to ensure that children with cancer will be happy and comfortable while they are being cured. In return, we were presented with a massive amount of knowledge, which has further extended our understanding about the cause and given us more opportunities to help out in the future.

For upcoming projects, we plan to support pediatric cancer at Montefiore by donating more supplies, such as gift cards, books, and baby toys. Each child treated at Montefiore is looked upon as a normal child. The gift cards we plan to donate will be given to the cancer patients to ensure a happy birthday or other holiday. Baby toys and books are a few of the many supplies that the Montefiore staff allow their patients to keep as their own, so the supply is always running low. We look forward to helping the patients at Montefiore and change the lives of children with cancer.

Please keep a close eye out for the many projects that CKCC will organize in the future. We are determined to work hard until pediatric cancer is eradicated forever.

Submitted by Emma Cunningham, 7th Grade Student, Edgemont Jr. High School

tri-m6The Scarsdale High School Tri-M Music Honor Society held a benefit concert on Sunday, March 27th in the high school Music Tower to raise funds to assist Japan in the aftermath of the earthquake. Over $800.00 was raised. High school students performed on various instruments including, piano, harp, violin, flute and cello and there were a variety of singers performing classical, jazz, rock and Broadway selections. The concert was very well received. John Cuk is the faculty advisor for the Tri-M Society and the student officers are Jun Sasamuro, Greg Seiden, Andrew Wang, Rachel Halperin, and Olivia Harris.

 

Here is a list of Sunday’s performers and the program:

  • Andrew Wang: vocalist sang In a Sentimental Mood and All of Me
  • Greg Seiden and Rachel Halperin: vocalists sang A Whole New World
  • Cindy Du: piano: played Sonata in B flat by Clementi
  • Tara Kantor: flute: played Syrinx by Debussy
  • Joseph Louie: violin, Yalini Pathmakumar: violin, Jun Sasamura: cello and Jessica Li: piano played Divertimento in C Major by Haydn
  • Sarah Roth: harp played Interlude by Britten
  • Jacob Kirshenbaum: piano played Concerto for Piano #1 in C Major by Beethoven

Submitted by Andrew Wang, student at Scarsdale High School

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BookDriveOn March 26th, 2011 Scarsdale Schools held its Annual Young Writer’s Workshop. Prior to the event, organizers reached out to our organization, the Child Care Council of Westchester, Inc. (CCCW), to ask us to be the recipient of the gently used children’s books that participating children would bring to donate that day. So that chilly morning, a few of us from CCCW watched as what seemed like hundreds of children poured in for the day’s activities, dropping their books into our boxes on their way in. We have not finished counting the books; but it’s likely we received over 2000 books in new or very good condition, just from that day! We are so appreciative to all the children and their families, who went through their book- shelves and brought books with them.

Our annual Children’s Book Drive is in its third year. It’s a joint project between the Child Care Council of Westchester and Westchester AEYC (Association for the Education of Young Children). Last year we distributed many thousands of high quality books to Westchester programs serving children in need. This year, the Book Drive officially kicks off on April 11th and runs until May 13th -we hope to add more books to the thousands already collected thanks to the Young Writer’s Workshop.

Click here to see a flyer with all the details and drop-off points for books, for those who still may want to donate. Thank you once again to the organizers of this recent event, and to everyone who donated books, lending to our efforts to enhance literacy for Westchester’s children.

Miriam Kerness
2011 Book Drive Organizer
Child Care Council of Westchester, Inc.
313 Central Park Avenue

Scarsdale, NY 10583
(914) 761-3456 x. 134

 

soulridebTwo groups of high school students organized successful fundraisers this weekend and shared photos with Scarsdale 10583.com. On Saturday Marcy 19 the SHS for Haiti Club, headed by Chloe Kaufman organized a Soul Cycle ride to raise money for AFYA to assist earthquake victims. The room was filled with teen riders who raised awareness about events in Haiti as well as $1,500 for AFYA.

SHS for Haiti will continue to support AFYA by collecting sports bras for Haitian women. Due to the earthquake, many women have wounds and Danielle Butin of AFYA has noticed that sport bras are better support than bandages. If you wish to contribute, collection boxes for the sports bras are on hand at Soul Cycle.

Also on Saturday morning, the Scarsdale High School track team organized a Run for Japan to support the Red Cross relief soulridedefforts. There was a terrific turnout and the bake sale alone raised $2,000. The team is still counting up the funds received from sponsors and is hopeful that all told they raised $20,000.

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