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The Wardlaw-Hartridge Parents' Association's Spring Gala, "Denim and Diamonds," will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. at The Ellora in Edison, NJ. This fun "get together" will feature dinner, dancing, a Super 50/50 raffle, silent and live auctions filled with amazing items and experiences and, of course, time to relax and mingle! Proceeds from this event are directed towards the completion of the W-H Performing Arts Center. You are welcome to invite your family and friends. In order to make this event a success, we need everyone's help. Attendance is the most important way you can help, but there are many other ways as well.
W-H students in all three divisions celebrated World Languages Week with a series of activities. Lower School students in grades 1-5 wore class specific colors and recited poems in Spanish during a program on Feb. 15 in Lower Snowdon. Senora Maria Hinestroza, Lower School Spanish teacher, planned the assembly and her students were very well-prepared. Middle and Upper School students celebrated World Languages Week with a Feb. 16 event in the AP Room. Senora Jamie Segraves, World Languages Department Chair, provided the welcome and organized the program.
Lower School students had a blast at the annual Valentine's Dance Party in Laidlaw Gym. Students in PreK-Grade 5 were dressed in festive colors as they danced and celebrated with their friends. The older Lower School grades also participated in some very exciting hula hoop competitions. Thanks to the Parents' Association for sponsoring the event and providing the refreshments and tasty treats.
Thanks to the Wardlaw-Hartridge Parents' Association Mini-Grant for Reach the World, the second grade has been partnered with a traveler/university student in Japan. The students have been communicating via email and journals over the last few weeks and will continue to do so through March. "We are learning so much about life in Japan, including details about the country, city and countryside, culture, food, and differences and similarities between the USA and Japan," said Mrs. Kelly Cannizzo, second grade teacher.
The Middle School continued its community service program by volunteering at The Community Food Bank of New Jersey in Hillside on Feb. 11. Students and their families stocked shelves, organized supplies and prepared food packages at the warehouse. Students who volunteered, along with members of their families, included Michele Peruzzo '21, Justyn Niemczyk '21, Henry Bowman '21, Caroline Kolmodin '21, Nate Kolmodin '20, Kunal Patel '22, Ravi Nanavati '23, Scott Greaney '21, Shaan Jasti '21, Nicholas Ji '22 and Sydney Racine '23.
Karl Miran, Athletic Director, announced the Middle School Athletes of the Week during the divisional assembly on Feb. 10 - basketball players Max Hu '21 and Ryan Brandl '22 and girls' basketball and cheer team members Emmy Tobey '21 and Leila Hernandez-Webster '21 (left) and Zara Zaidi '24.
First graders presented their own written work and illustrations at class publishing parties on Feb. 2-3 in Lower Snowdon. The students went through the entire writing process, beginning with a rough draft and various stages of editing. They added colorful illustrations and the books were bound into hard covers. To celebrate their big accomplishment, the classes of Mrs. Bethany Howell and Mrs. Jennifer Molloy held publishing parties where the students shared their stories and pictures with parents, teachers and friends.
W-H safety ambassadors delivered the first of two interactive instructional sessions with the second graders on Feb. 7 in the Lower School STEM Lab. Juniors Cathy Bi '18 and Jason Yin '18 provided instruction on Safety In and Around Cars and seniors Samantha Anastasiou '17 and Scott Hargrove '17 addressed Pedestrian Safety. Next month, fellow safety ambassadors Manasvinee Mayil Vahanan '17, Amaan Bhojani '17, Ovidio Chavez '18 and Brittney Wilson '18 will discuss How to Prevent Falls and Proper Use of Helmets in Wheeled Sports with the second graders.
Eighteen students entertained the audience with 10 acts ranging from vocal, instrumental and dance to comedy performances during the annual Lower School Cabaret on Feb. 8 in the AP Room. Parents, teachers, friends and students were treated to a fabulous show. The list of performers included: Samina Aziz '24, Jasmine Burney '24, Maria Guseva '24, Hannah Malko '24, Naomi Valcourt '24, Zara Zaidi '24, Zia Riaz '24, Ruhee Hegde '25, Sydney Geissler '24, Sanai Eldridge '24, Hannah Yin '24, Diya Patel '24, Anushka Dalal '24, Sanya Sidhu '24, William Barbieri '24, Nidhin Kumar '24, Charlie Silver '24 and Maxim Golubev '24.
Karl Miran, Athletic Director, announced the Upper School Athletes of the Week at morning meeting on Feb. 7 - swimmer Alejandro Tobar '20 and basketball player Audrey Vu '18. Alejandro swam a great race in his 100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley in a tri-meet vs. two tough competitors, Gill St. Bernard and Morristown Beard, last Thursday. Audrey has been a force on the glass. As one of the taller players on the Rams, she is usually asked to guard the biggest opponent and yet she manages to come down with key rebounds.