Friday, January 18, 2019

Stonehedge Weekend Update
January 18, 2019

Next Week

Monday, January 21 - Martin Luther King Day - No School
Wednesday, January 23 - Board of Education Meeting - WGHS Library - 7pm
Friday, January 25 - Merry-Go-Round Theater - Grades 3-5 

In the Future 

Monday, January 28 - Professional Development Day - No School for Students 
Tuesday, January 29 - Yearbook Group Photos
Wednesday, January 30 - Gertrude Hawk Fundraiser Begins
Friday, February 1 - Gr. K-2 - Redhouse Arts Center Performance -Rapunzel 

Positivity Project

The Positivity Project (P2) strength for next week is “Prudence”.

"Whether the weather be cold
Or whether the weather be hot,
We'll weather the weather,
Whatever the weather,
Whether we like it or not!"

Author: Unknown

Stonehedge students used recess to warm up for the wintry long weekend.

You may want to save the date to see the upcoming high school musical.  A number of our former Stonehedge students are in the cast and crew.

West Genesee presents Bye Bye Birdie on Thursday and Friday, February 7 and 8, at 7 pm and Saturday, February 9, at 2 pm in the high school auditorium.  Tickets are $12 and may be purchased at or at the door. All seats are reserved.

Enjoy the long weekend!


Friday, January 11, 2019

Stonehedge Weekend Update
January 11, 2019

Next Week

Wednesday, January 16 - Merry Go Round Theater - Grade 1 
Wednesday, January 16 - Board of Education Meeting - 7pm - WGHS Library

In the Future 

Monday, January 21 - Martin Luther King Day - Students Off
Wednesday, January 23 - Board of Education Meeting - WGHS Library - 7pm
Friday, January 25 - Merry-Go-Round Theater - Grades 3-5 

Positivity Project

The Positivity Project (P2) strength for the week of January 14 is “Hope”.  

Students and Staff Love Being Back at School

The West Genesee Buildings and Grounds Department did an amazing job getting our buildings and lots ready to receive students today.  Thank You! 

Aside from yesterday’s snow-day, Stonehedge had a great first week back.  We hope all of our students and families had a restful and enjoyable two-week break and a great start to the New Year.  Our students always impress me with their good behavior and focus on learning, but this week was especially notable. 

Students hurrying out of the cold eager to get to class

Third grade students getting right to work
WOW!  It is hard to believe that we are half way through the 2018-2019 school year.  The halfway point is a good time to reflect on how far our students have come, but even more important to look at where they are going.  The weekly progress monitoring of student learning is confirming what I have always known; the Stonehedge teachers, staff and parents teach our students better than anyone can!

I am very proud of our students’ academic accomplishments and I am certain that they will continue to impress us with the great things that they do.

Three Stonehedge Students Advance in the Scripps National Spelling Bee

These excellent students proved their skill at the West Genesee District Spelling Bee. They will represent Stonehedge tomorrow in the regional round of the contest. The 35 top spellers at tomorrow’s competition will be invited to compete in the televised oral spelling contest on March 2nd at the WCNY Studios in Syracuse. Ultimately these students might represent New York State at the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Congratulations and we are very proud of you!

Girls on the Run

Mrs. Klink and Ms. Cizenski will hold a "mini assembly" for all girls in 4th and 5th grades on Monday, January 14th to introduce Girls on the Run!
Girls on the Run is a 10 week program for girls in 4th and 5th grades. All girls will be invited to participate in this after-school program. A main goal of the program is to help every girl recognize her inner strength.  The Girls on the Run curriculum inspires girls to define their lives on their own terms and celebrate all that makes them unique.

The Girls on the Run lessons encourage positive emotional, social, mental and physical development.  The girls also develop important strategies and skills to help them navigate life experiences and come to understand how they can positively shape the world.  
More information and permission slips will be coming home with the girls. 

Top-Ten Reasons That You Should Eat More Chocolate!

If you are like me, and enjoy questionable science that supports what you want to believe, this Top-Ten list is for you! …if not, skip right to reason number 10. 
Reason #10:  Chocolate is mineral rich - Chocolate is packed with beneficial minerals such as potassium, zinc and selenium, and iron.
Reason #9:   Chocolate may prevent diabetes - Cocoa has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity.  Dark chocolate (in moderation) might delay or prevent the onset of diabetes.
Reason #8:   Chocolate is good for your skin - The flavonols in chocolate can protect the skin against sun damage …but please do not skip putting on sunscreen.
Reason #7:   Chocolate reduces cholesterol - Consumption of cocoa has been shown to reduce levels of “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and raise levels of “good” cholesterol, potentially lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Reason #6:   Chocolate is good for the heart and circulation - A recent study found that dark chocolate helps restore flexibility to arteries while also preventing white blood cells from sticking to the walls of blood vessels - both common causes of artery clogging. 
Reason #5:   Chocolate can help you lose weight -  Neuroscientist, Will Clower recommends a small square of good chocolate melted on the tongue 20 minutes before a meal to trigger the hormones in the brain that say “I’m full”, cutting the amount of food you subsequently consume.  Finishing a meal with the same small trigger could reduce subsequent snacking.
Reason #4:   Chocolate reduces risk of stroke - Researchers in Finland have found that chocolate consumption lowers the risk of suffering a stroke - by a staggering 17 per cent average in the group of men they tested.
Reason #3:   Chocolate is good for the brain - Flavanols are thought to reduce memory loss in older people, and the anti-inflammatory qualities of dark chocolate have been found beneficial in treating brain injuries such as concussion.
Reason #2:   Chocolate keeps you stress-free and makes you happier - A Finnish study found that chocolate reduced stress in expectant mothers, and that the babies of such mothers smiled more often than the offspring of non-chocolate-eating parents. …gotta love those Finnish researchers!


The #1 Reason to Eat More Chocolate: The Stonehedge PTA’s Gertrude Hawk Fund Raiser will begin on January 30th and run through February 27th!!!

The Gertrude Hawk Fund Raiser is the largest source of income for our PTA.  It is through the hard work of our PTA volunteers and the fund raising efforts like this that our students are afforded many wonderful opportunities at little or no cost to our families. The Stonehedge PTA sponsors many events including: field trips, assemblies, book fairs, enrichment, yearbook, scholarships, class supplies, students T-shirts, family fun nights, …the list continues and always changes to meet the needs of our students and school.  Unfortunately, our PTA’s Fund Raising efforts have dropped off over the last couple of years and there will need to be cuts in PTA sponsored events if accounts are not balanced. So please, support our PTA!

PS: PTA also raises money by collecting Box Tops for Education! 


Friday, December 21, 2018

Stonehedge Weekend Update
December 21, 2018

We Return on Monday, January 7, 2019

Wednesday January 9 - PTA Meeting - High School Library Classroom - 6:00 pm
   2nd grade and 5th grade teams are invited to talk about what is happening in their grades.
Wednesday January 9 - WGCSD Talk with the Superintendent -7:00 pm-8:00 pm- HS LGI Room
Friday, January 11 - Kindergarten Spirit Day

In the Future 

Wednesday, January 16 - Board of Education Meeting - WGHS Library - 7pm

Positivity Project

* The Positivity Project (P2) strength for the week of January 7 is “Perseverance”.

Stonehedge Ended 2018 on a High Note!

I was so impressed by the poise and professional manner in which our students positioned their instruments, warmed up their voices and spread holiday cheer for all to hear! We could see the excitement on our students’ faces as they gave the gift of music to a packed auditorium of friends and family. Thank you to all who were able to attend the concert. Our orchestra, symphony, band, and chorus sounded great!

Stonehedge Band

Stonehedge Chorus

Stonehedge Chorus

Stonehedge Orchestra

The first ever performance of the Stonehedge Symphony!

One of the many things that I love about our music programs is the incredible way that our teachers use music as a gateway to deepen students learning. The teaching in music classes, orchestra, band and chorus focuses on musical skills, but through the learning children also get many other things.  Music is not just a portal to other cultures and countries, it leads to learning about character, citizenship and respect. The rewards of our music programs far exceed the realm of academics. Working together to put on a great performance, our students developed leadership skills and gained  understanding about how to accomplish a group goal. Wonderfully Accomplished!!

Peer Tutors

Students from Mrs. LoBello’s class took working-lunches in the principal’s office so that they could be trained as Peer-Tutors.

There has been extensive research on peer tutoring.  Studies show that peer-tutoring benefits both the tutor and tutee with increased learning as well social and motivational gains ...but if you ask our students they will tell you, it's just more fun!

Stonehedge students enjoyed five days of FUN with Spirit Week!  

Our student council chose a theme for each day and took care to ensure that everyone felt the sense of community and pride that we have in our school.
They did a fantastic job!

Enjoy our photo gallery from SPIRIT WEEK! 

Monday was Tie-dye Day.

On Tuesday students and staff dressed as twins and triplets.

Wednesday was West Genesee Wear Day.

Third graders wearing their West Genesee shirts.

Staff and students wore clothing representing their favorite team on Thursday.

And today was Ugly Sweater Day!

'Tis the Season.....           

Mr. Ramsden's class sang and presented Mrs. Abbott with a book of poems that they wrote.
Third grades unwrapped books from the Reading Tree in the library.

Mrs. Kermes's class sang carols for Mrs. Magoulas and Mrs. Waters.
Mrs. Barbuto, Mrs, Drake and Mrs. Kaley practiced yoga with their classes.

Mrs. Goodnow's class enjoying treats.

Working on a project in third grade.

Bingo in Mrs. Castaldo's room.

Making snowmen in fourth grade

A fourth grade activity.

Snacks and fun in Mrs. Duffy's room.

Fifth grade party time.

We wish you peace and happiness with family and friends during this holiday season and always.
Have a safe and joyful school break.