Melissa's Message


Dear Families
What an amazing summer it has been at Portledge!  We have spent the last seven weeks seeing your children grow, have fun, learn, play and make new friends!  Summer highlights can be viewed through our newsletters and the attached link to the photos taken throughout the summer.  Check these out to see what your child was up to during his day at Summer Adventures or if you would like to learn more about what happens each summer at Portledge.  New this summer was our Pre Vet and Junior Vet programs.  Dr. Kathleen Weiman, DVM and Bio teacher Alex Gerin led the program that included field trips to Cornell Extension, Bronx Zoo Veterinary clinic, North Shore Animal League Vet clinic and to Dr. Weiman's vet office.  Highlights can be viewed in the newsletters.  
Sports this summer included basketball with Coach C, Max Lax Lacrosse, Baseball with Coach Marvin Rosario, Gold Coast Soccer and Fencing with NY Fencing Academy. Our philosophy of developmental coaching helps players of all ages and abilities improve their skills, compete and have fun. Each week two sports are offered.
Our tech and science programs all had a new twist. Third grade teacher and STEM master, Donna Salladino enjoyed building, creating and discovering with STEM topics that included Acoustic Devices, STEM and Literature, Natural Disasters and more.  
Luke and Eric Johnson lead the tech and science programs for our older students, topics included robotics and coding.  Each week a STEM and Tech program is offered as well as four weeks of chess with Chess Master, Roger La Flair.
Arts were a big hit as Julie from Madd Potter continued to lead our creative programs; topics included POP Art Sewing where students created giant pizza slices, donuts, and more. During our last week students decorated and built furniture for their own dollhouses; interior designers and architects in the making!  Check out the newsletters for the many other art topics covered with Julie.
Early Childhood had visits from Steppin Out Ponies, Funnyman and Magician Ellis Adler, Party Pets. They viewed a performance of Cinderella, jumped in the Tumble Bus, an old fashioned school bus where children can climb, jump and, tumble! Long Island Science brought a fabulous insect program where children wore masks that let them see how a bug sees the world, learned about various insects and then they all went home with a cricket!  Last, the Nassau County Police Department visited and were so nice to share all of their time,  equipment and knowledge about safety with our early childhood friends.
Finally, our Summer Adventures theatre troupe performed Mary Poppins! Students once again amazed me with their talents, singing, dancing and acting all choreographed by Miss Kathleen Moore and accompanied by pianist Fred Gatti.  This program is truly the "triple threat" Each summer students are learning choreography and gaining singing skills while accompanied by piano, learning the songs, dances, and stories behind a Broadway or movie classic.  
If you joined us this summer, we thank you, and if not we hope to see you next summer, or in our After School Adventures program in October! After School Adventures is open to all students whether or not they attend Portledge. Check out the options in that program too.
All the best for a successful school year!
Melissa Worth

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