The Girls on the Run (GOTR) program culminated with all participants completing a celebratory 5K event on December 5th at Hofstra University. The Hofstra 5K event was a festive occasion where the girls’ perseverance throughout the season is honored. In preparation for the big event, the runner's classmates cheered them on in a practice 5K held at Denton Avenue. The girls' were joined by their coaches, families and friends who witnessed their accomplishment at the Hofstra 5K. A special thanks to the GOTR coaches, Andrea Comerchero, Kristen Nolan, Mati Polanski, Lisa Karo and Tania Wickes. Mr. Lesak joined the girls as a running buddy, while Mrs. Kaye cheered them on. Congratulations to all of our girls!


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The Denton Avenue Band and Fourth Grade Chorus performed to a packed house on December 9th. The audience of parents, staff and fellow students were impressed with the caliber of talent demonstrated by members of the band. The chorus delighted the audience with their heartwarming performance of the song “One Wish,” expressing their hope for peace in the world. Our Band Director, Mark Bligh, and Choral Director, Mrs. Jennifer Kiang, did an exceptional job in preparing our students for this wonderful concert.

The second of our winter concerts showcased the talents of the Denton Avenue Orchestra and Fifth Grade Chorus on December 16th. The orchestra, under the direction of Ms. Stephanie Lanuto, impressed the audience with their talented performance of familiar winter tunes. The diversity in their selections from Jazzy Jingle to the Nutcracker March highlighted the orchestra's musicianship. The Fifth Grade chorus, under the direction of Louise O'Hanlon, demonstrated their vocal versatility with their program, which incorporated a jazzy song and a traditional American folk song. Kudos on a wonderful concert!

Hour of Code

Computers are everywhere, but fewer schools teach computer science than they did ten years ago. Good news! We’re on our way to change this at Denton Avenue School. Under the guidance of our technology teacher, Christine Southard-Lorenzo, many of our Denton classes from K-5 visited the computer lab to participate in Computer Science Education Week’s: The Hour of Code. The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics.


The first and second students celebrated the arrival of December with their first Publishing Celebration. Our young authors proudly read their Small Moment and How-to Books to their parents and guests. In first grade, the children have been busy honing their informational writing skills by teaching the reader how to do something step-by-step. They demonstrated their expertise on a wide range of topics, including How-to: Be the Best Sister, Clean Up Your Toys, Bake a Cake and Make a Snowman. The authors carefully illustrated their books to help the reader understand how to perform each step.

Readers Curl Up with a Good Book

Secret Reader Event at Denton Avenue School hosted by PTA PARP Committee took place on Tuesday, December 22, 2015. This years theme was “Curl Up with a Good Book.”

Denton Avenue had a school wide pajama day enjoyed by both students and staff. Parents wore pajamas, robes and fuzzy slippers and brought a winter-themed story to share with the students. Everyone enjoyed a great read aloud story and delicious snacks. Secret Reader is a great way to promote reading and build excitement around books in school. It was a wonderful celebration of reading! We were delighted to have our Superintendent Dr. Fino Celano and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Christine Finn share a heartwarming winter tale to the children. A special thank you to Randy Sheinberg and Natasha Fotakis, our PARP Chairs and Donna Deodato, our school librarian, for coordinating this memorable event.


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Each year the Human Relations Club sponsors the Marine Toys for Tots campaign at Denton Avenue School. This year the club members with the assistance of their club advisors, Sara Kamali and Jaclyn Mirabella, collected hundreds of toys for needy children in the New York area.

Third Grade Polar Express Celebration

The third grade teachers surprised and delighted the students upon their arrival to school, transforming the hallway into the dream like world evoked by the illustrations in Christopher Van Allsburg's illustrations in the Polar Express. The third graders have been busy reading books about holidays and celebrations from different cultures and reflecting on the positive messages/ lessons expressed in these stories. As a culminating activity, the students celebrated Polar Express Day, connecting the theme of the book – the power in believing – to their own hopes and dreams for their future. The teachers incorporated students' writing into the train tracks that stretched down the hallway to their classrooms. The students will long remember this special reading and writing celebration!

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Denton Musicians Celebrate the Holiday Season

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A special note of thanks to Mr. Bligh and Ms. Lanuto and their students for welcoming the staff and students to school on Wednesday morning with festive holiday music. Their music put a smile on everyone's faces.


I wish everyone in our Denton family a joyous and peaceful holiday season, and a very happy and healthy New Year in 2016. Enjoy a well-deserved vacation!

Mary Louise Haley