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Jamie Hulley Foundation Brings Songwriting Program To Race Brook School

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May 292019
 

Students learning about the structural possibilities of a song.

Sixth graders in Bernadette Bober’s room at Race Brook School are participating in a songwriting workshop.

This program was made possible by a grant awarded to RBS from the  Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation.

Students were asked to brainstorm freely as a whole and then broken into smaller groups to allow for the development of themes, lyrics, and melodies.

The groups were offered guidance as needed but encouraged to work as a team to flesh out their ideas. This gets them out of their comfort zone and fosters cooperation and team building.

This program is called “Write it Out”  started by Guilford-based singer/songwriter Laura Clapp. She is a Berklee College of Music graduate, mother of two and performer who loves working with children through song.

More information can be found at www.writeitoutworkshops.com.  

Tree of a Balanced Life Grant Project A Big Hit at Race Brook School

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Mar 052018
 

The “Tree of a Balanced Life” grant project sponsored by the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation focused on the hands-on learning experience of using art to express quotes and thoughts on how to live a more balanced life.

The project promoted Race Brook School’s PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support) program by promoting the cultivation of mindfulness, gratitude, and expression of love for oneself and others in daily life. A local yoga and mindfulness instructor, Lani Rosen-Gallagher, from Full of Joy Yoga in New Haven visited the fourth grade classrooms at Race Brook School in Orange to spend two half-hour sessions discussing mindfulness meditation, daily mantras, and gentle yoga stretches to encourage mindfulness, gratitude, and expression of love for oneself and others in daily life.

Following her presentation, students wrote journal entries reflecting on specific personal examples of how they can apply the yoga instructor’s teachings to promote more balanced and positive behavior towards others in their daily lives.

The fourth graders also researched inspiring and motivational quotes to promote more daily balance and positive behavior. Students chose a favorite quote and wrote a journal entry explaining their personal interpretation of the quote. Fourth-grader Niko Z chose the quote: “Make the world lovely.” For him, he said, “This means that I want the world to be a better place. We can all do nice things for each other, so it makes people feel happy.”

Fellow classmate Jana A. chose the quote: “Reach high, for the stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.” For her, she explained this quote means, “You can make it to the top with your dreams. Try to make your dreams come true. Ask for help. Make new friends. Try hard. Don’t stop dreaming!”

\A local artist, Joanna Escandon, was commissioned to paint a tree on a canvas representing a “tree of a balanced life.” Each student decorated a colorful leaf with a word to represent the theme of their quote, and the artist attached each leaf to the tree. The tree became a collaborative, visual artistic expression that promotes mindfulness, gratitude, and expression of love for oneself and others.

The canvas will be hung in the school library to serve as a model to promote positive behavior and growth for students and teachers and, as a result, to enhance the well-being of others in the school and local community.

Article and Photos Submitted by Fourth-grade teacher Valerie Anton

Bus Routes for Race Brook School

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Aug 182016
 

school busIt’s that time of year again, back to school = the release of the school bus routes.

Here’s the information you need to know about Race Brook School bus runs:

Route No. 50

Arrival Time 8:15 a.m. – Regular Dismissal 3 p.m.

Driver: Don Gillotti

639 Lambert Road, 691 Lambert Road, 719 Lambert Road, Shephard Lane and Estelle Court, Shepherd Lane and Royal Lane, 676 St John Drive, St John Drive and Farm River Road, 655 St John Drive, 15 Pryde Drive, 64 Hampton Close, 79 Hampton Close, 5 Hampton Close, 53 Woodside Drive, 15 Murfield Road, RaceBrook Road and Murfield Road, 708 RaceBrook Road, 642 RaceBrook Road, 620 RaceBrook Road, Racebrook Road and Andrew Lane, 22 Andrew Lane, 55 Andrew Lane, 64 Andrew Lane.

Route No. 51

Arrival Time 8:15 a.m. – Regular Dismissal 3 p.m.

Driver: Mike Tirollo

430 Racebrook Road, 354 RaceBrook Road, Avalon Drive (West), Avalon Drive (East), Prindle Hill Road and Avalon Drive (East), 321 RaceBrook Road, RaceBrook Road and Norman Street, 491 Racebrook Road.

Route No. 52

Arrival Time 8:15 a.m. – Regular Dismissal 3 p.m.

Driver: Joe Moncheski

1091 Orange Center Road, 52 Williamsburg Drive, 10 Williamsburg Drive, 965 Orange Center Road, 831 Walnut Hill Road, 20 Green Hill Road, 47 Green Hill Road, 65 Green Hill Road, 804 Walnut Hill Road, Orange Center and Pinecrest (North), 24 RaceBrook Terrace, 44 Center Road Circle, 1050 Orange Center Road, 940 Orange Center Road (South of Rt 34), 791 Lambert Road No Transportation (Emergency Only) 

Route No. 53

Arrival Time 8:15 a.m. – Regular Dismissal 3 p.m.

Driver: Ken Mitchell Jr.

834 Sheffield Road, Ohman Ave and Columbia Street,  Woodruff Road and Ohman Avenue,  Woodruff Road and Hadley Road, Woodruff Road and Taft Road, College Road and Ohman Avenue, Ohman Avenue and Alling Road, Hadley Road and Alling Road, 181 Derby Avenue, 806 Oakwood Road, 828 Oakwood Road, 319 Derby Avenue, 341 Derby Avenue, Birchwood Drive and Whitney Lane, 834 Birchwood Drive, 860 Birchwood Drive, 5 Ironwood Way, 20 Ironwood Way, Derby Avenue and Mapleview Road, 643 Dogwood Road, Cummings Drive and Twin Acre Road, 142 Grannis Road, No Transportation (Emergency Only) 

Route No. 54

Arrival Time 8:15 a.m. – Regular Dismissal 3 p.m.

Driver: Polly Knight

584 RaceBrook Road, 528 Racebrook Road, Locust Drive and Edward Court, High Meadow Lane and Russell Court, 540 Bishop Drive, 63 Hall Drive, Chippendale Lane and Wedgewood Drive, 464 Lambert Road, 29 Rolling Ridge Road, Lambert Road and Sunset Drive, 567 Lambert Road, 546 Lambert Road, 575 Lambert Road, 54 Tyler City Road, 48 Tyler City Road, 16 Tyler City Road, Grannis Road and Racebrook Road, 27 Grannis Road, 80 Grannis Road No Transportation (Emergency Only) 

Route No. 55

Arrival Time 8:15 a.m. – Regular Dismissal 3 p.m.

Driver: Gary Colello

393 Derby Avenue, 493 Derby Avenue, 931 Green Circle, Trillium Court and Green Circle, 927 Mapledale Road, 916 Mapledale Road, 909 Mapledale Road. Mapledale Road and Peach Tree Drive, Mapledale Road and Cherry Hill Road, 132 Cherry Hill Road, 104 Cherry Hill Road, 122 Pardee Manor, 146 Pardee Manor, Pardee Manor and Mapledale Road, 181 Surrey Drive, 202 Surrey Drive, 810 Mapledale Road, 778 Mapledale Road, 639 Schoolhouse Lane, 669 Orange Center Road, 695 Orange Center Road, 166 Orchard Road, Old Hickory Road and South Hickory Road, 134 Buttonball Road, 125 Rogers Road, 726 Lambert Road, 115 Buttonball Road, 696 Orange Center Road, 116 Tyler City Road, 121 Tyler City Road.

Route No. 56

Arrival Time 8:15 a.m. – Regular Dismissal 3 p.m.

Driver: Andy Vasquez

359 Dogwood Road, 377 Dogwood Road, 438 Howelton Road, 471 Howelton Road, 483 Howelton Road, 486 Grace Trail, 450 Grace Trail, 477 Alling Farm Road, 513 Kanuga Trail, 551 Summit Drive, 594 Summit Drive, Crestwood Terrace and Summit Drive, 455 Dogwood Road, 521 Dogwood Road, 537 Dogwood Road, Dogwood Road and Riggs Road, Bittersweet Road and Harborview Road, Harborview Road and Hunting Hill Road, 605 Dogwood Road, 638 Avon Drive, 595 Avon Drive, 579 Avon Drive No Transportation (Emergency Only)  

Route No. 57

Arrival Time 8:15 a.m. – Regular Dismissal 3 p.m.

Driver: Alicia Abbott-Negron

826 North Lakeview Road, 805 North Indian Hill Road, 825 Tall Timber Road, North Indian Hill Road and Hillcrest Road, North Indian Hill Road and Shagbark Road, 846 Shagbark Drive, Shagbark Drive and Hillcrest Road, 830 Beechwood Road, 841 Dogburn Road, 803 Dogburn Road, 658 Chestnut Ridge Road, 74 Derby Avenue, Juniper Drive and Lakeview Road, 324 Juniper Drive, 303 Great Oak Road, 290 Great Oak Road, 258 Great Oak Road, 616 Chestnut Ridge Road No Transportation (Emergency Only) 

Route No. 58

Arrival Time 8:15 a.m. – Regular Dismissal 3 p.m.

Driver: Peter Danielczuk

317 Lindy Street, Founder Way and Lindy Street, 16 Founders Way, 330 Dogburn Lane, 345 Dogburn Lane, Dogburn Road and Spring Street, 380 Spring Street, 145 New Haven Avenue, 168 New Haven Avenue,  Alpom Drive and Russell Avenue, 120 Russell Avenue, 483 New England Lane, New England Lane and Overland Drive, Overland Drive and Highfield Drive, 523 Highfield Drive, 549 Highfield Drive, 123 Cricket Lane, 141 Cricket Lane, 402 Dogburn Lane, 124 New Haven Avenue, 93 New Haven Avenue, 510 Ferry Road, 483 Marble Road, 518 Marble Road, Quintard Lane and Crofut Road, 16 New Haven Avenue, 5 Russell Avenue, 33 Russell Avenue.

 

Food Truck Festival Filled The Fairgrounds On Friday

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May 272016
 

IMG_0437The third annual Race Brook School Food Truck Festival drew a huge crowd to the Orange Fairgrounds Friday night.

Everyone seemed to have their own strategy as to how they would choose their dinner.

Many knew exactly what they were looking for and made a bee line for the Fish, Grilled Cheese or Falafel, while others looked for familiar faces like Dave from Reno’s or Russ at Fire Dog. Although most had no plan at all and just wandered until they found something that suddenly appealed to their taste buds.

The band Velocity sounded great as it provided background music.

Many vendors of non-food items filled in the center of the field. One thing is for certain this event has grown in three years, both in size and popularity.

Four Juveniles Investigated For Suspicious Behavior At School

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Jul 202015
 

rbs_banner[1]On Friday, July 17, around 8 p.m. police noticed something suspicious on the surveillance camera feed at Race Brook School.  Young females were climbing onto the roof of the building.

While they were en route, the dispatcher kept responding officers updated on the activity.

The juveniles were “hanging out” at the playscape, then two of them pulled a table up the the building and began climbing up to the roof.

When officers arrived, two of the girls fled on foot, and the other two ran across the roof.

Within minutes, one of the girls’ mothers drove up to the scene and spoke to the officers.

According to Asst Police Chief Anthony Cuozzo, the woman said the girls were having a sleepover when they decided to go to the playground. She called the other three girl’s parents.

There did not appear to be any damage done to the property and the girls were allowed to go home.

Cuozzo said Youth Officer Michael Kosh will follow up with the juveniles and their parents.

Cuozzo spoke to the staff at Race Brook School, who verified that no damage had been done that evening.

Two Local Runners Are Top Rockin’ Road Race Finishers (with update)

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Jun 062015
 

IMG_9145The Annual Race Brook Rockin’ Road Race only attracted 101 registered runners.

Event Chairman Melissa Nicefaro did a phenomenal job advertising it, so why the low turnout?

In past years, the Rockin’ Road Race was a wildly popular event and a great fundraiser for Race Brook School. Unfortunately, nowadays every time you turn around someone else is sponsoring another 5K, which takes away the interest from these established fundraising road races.

The town also seems to have gone Golf Tournament crazy, so will there be a Rockin’ Road Race next year? Only time will tell.

…………………..

This is what Melissa Nicefaro had to say in response on our Facebook page:

Yes, it is unfortunate that runner turnout has dropped. What that says to us is it may be time to add something new to make our event stand out from the others. We’re starting to brainstorm ideas for next year’s big event (did you really think we wouldn’t have a seventh annual?!? You should know us better than that!!)

For now, instead of focusing on a lack of runners, I’m choosing to focus on the fact that it was a spectacular day for the RBS community.

The sixth annual Rockin Road Race was a huge accomplishment for over 100 runners and an additional 100 walkers and fun-runners. That’s something to smile about.

………………….

Still, it was a great day to compete in a 5K.

First to cross the finish line was Jeffrey Townsend, 43, of Woodbridge, who ran a 6:05 minute mile with a time of 18:53.

Orange resident Sarah Smeriglio, 17, was the first female to cross the finish line at a pace of 7:33 per mile, coming in at 23:23.

Members of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department left their own pancake breakfast fundraiser this morning to raise the American Flag for the start of the race.

 

Race Brook School Hosts Food Truck Festival May 22

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May 222015
 

1509866_1396964540576288_248310034_nOne of the newer annual events that the public seems to love is the Race Brook School Food Truck Festival.

Now in its second year, people already are talking about coming to the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, on Friday, May 22, from 4-8 p.m. when more than 20 popular food trucks will roll in and serve up a wide variety of their specialties, sure to tempt your tummy and please your taste buds.

Stroll around the grounds and find your favorite foods from Pizza, Lobster, Cannolis, Cupcakes and so much more.

This year there will be more trucks, craft venders and children’s activity vendors. Entertainment will be provided by Velocity, a CT party band that plays covers from Billy Joel, Aerosmith, Earth Wind & Fire, Journey, Steely Dan and more.

Plan to make a night of it, bring a blanket and/or lawn chairs and enjoy the evening with family and friends.

 

Originally Published on: Apr 30, 2015 @ 22:04

Second Publishing on: May 18, 2015 @ 0:24 

And finally, on: May 21, 2015 @ 1:04

Asbestos Abatement Begins At Race Brook School on Monday

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Jul 182014
 

A generic photo of workers doing asbestos abatement.

A generic photo of workers doing asbestos abatement.

Workmen are removing the floor tiles and mastic adhesive under them on the ramp area of Race Brook School. Thus, an asbestos abatement project will be undertaken beginning Monday, July 21 through to Monday, August 4.

During this period of abatement, the building and grounds of Race Brook School will be closed to visitors, and no children under the age of 18 are permitted on the premises. Please honor this notification and the signs posted at the school.

AIG, Abatement Industries Group, the company who has completed all of our previous abatements, will do this work. At the end of the abatement, the building will be re-certified as safe by an environmental hygienist from Facilities Support Services before anyone can re-enter.

Oxford Teen Wins Rockin’ Road Race

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Jun 072014
 

IMG_9707A 19-year-old from Oxford won the fifth annual Race Brook School Rockin’ Road Race this morning.

Chris Faber crossed the finish line at 18:02. 

The first female finisher was 31-year-old Arielle Gionfriddo of Orange, who clocked in at 20:42.

The weather was perfect and runners were treated to music and water stops along the entire 5k route.

One note worthy part of this race was that five members of the Schumacher family from Colebrook, CT  (Litchfield County on the MASS border) won awards for their accomplishments.

One runner, Jan Hewitt, was from Michigan.

See All Results HERE.

 

 

Food Truck Festival Well Received

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May 232014
 

Cannolis anyone?

Cannolis anyone?

The Race Brook School Food Truck Festival that took place at the Orange Fairgrounds Friday from 4-9 p.m. was well attended. 

After being postponed from last week due to rain, the organizers and truck owners had their fingers crossed for pleasant weather, and for the most part Mother Nature cooperated.

If the long lines to the trucks was any indication, we’d have to say that this was a successful school fundraiser and may become an annual event.

The participating trucks were:

 

Children had a blast dancing in and around the gazebo.

Children had a blast dancing in and around the gazebo.

• The Buzz Truck • Caseus • Cowabunga • Fire Dog • Food Extrovert • FourFlours Cookies • Fryborg • Lunch Box 23 • Maddy’s Food Truck • Meriano’s Cannoli Truck • New Haven Pizza Truck • Spuds Your Way • Sugar Bakery • Tampas • Vanchetta