Thursday, February 7, 2013
For ten bucks, you can support the Newbie School with this fundraiser that's bursting with as much charm as the borough itself.
When we initially wrote about the Collsopoly board game in our roundup of Collingswood ephemera making the rounds on eBay, it was a fun surprise to discover that copies of the Monopoly-themed board game—a one-time school fundraiser—still existed, somewhere on the Internet, waiting to be purchased. We didn't actually think there were any of these legendary artifacts still in circulation in town. But according to an announcement from the borough, a limited quantity of these babies are still out there, and one can come home with your for a measly ten bucks. Some very careful language promises that "players compete for properties that are, or were once, a part of Collingswood. "You can’t buy Boardwalk or Park Place in this game, but you can …
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
At a Collingswood elementary school, a group of parents, volunteers and educators cultivated a teachable moment and grew a sustainable garden.
“Wouldn’t it be cool to have a club that picks up trash?” That’s the essence of the epiphany that struck Chloe and Riley Purdy on a trip to the Cape May Zoo about three years ago. “There were tons of trash and litter,” Chloe Purdy said. “The zoo guide told us the animals were in danger from the trash there.” The kids took their troubles to their principal, Mary Bezanis, of Mark Newbie Elementary School. A small chat evolved into a broader discussion about things they could do to be “greener”—plant more gardens, eat healthier and clean up more litter—and those impulses evolved into the Green Team after-school club. Last year the Green Team adopted an osprey and built a platform for it to perch in Avalon, said Newbie parent Kim Finnie. This …
Monday, August 27, 2012
Marking period dates, testing weeks, closures and early dismissals—it's all here.
The Collingswood public school district recently released its calendar and supplement for the upcoming 2012-13 school year. Here's a breakdown of the important dates.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Thomas Sharp Elementary School principal Joe Gurcsik doles out snacks and strategy in equal amounts, teaching fourth- and fifth-grader Chess Club members the joy of the game.
An endgame is unfolding in the library of Thomas Sharp Elementary. In between bites of soft pretzel, Eva Vanlaar, 9, is marshalling her forces against Lourdes Gonzalez, also 9. Seated at the head of their table, crossing guard Don Canning offers advice in equal parts to both. “This one’s got the potential to be a grandmistress,” he says, indicating Vanlaar. Canning knows talent. He used to play against ranked opponents in Collingswood back when there was an active chess club for players his own age. “I took my lumps and learned a lot,” he says. As the three look over the board, Thomas Sharp Principal and Collingswood Elementary Chess Club adviser Joe Gurcsik reminds the room of the afternoon's tutorial on how to avoid a stalemate. But he …
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Mark Newbie fourth-graders boogie to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" at the recent talent show.
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Mark Newbie's got talent! YouTube user "MommyPizza" captured these videos from the school's recent talent show, as the fourth-graders danced to "Thriller," second-graders sang to "Everyday People" and teachers performed the Mexican hat dance. Do you have pictures or video from the talent show? Upload them to this story and tell us what's happening in the caption field.